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  • UP Elections 2017: 10 Things Top Politicians Said As Things Got Personal
    Political barbs freely flew over the weekend in Uttar Pradesh as the state witnessed the third of its seven-phase election. All the political heavyweights hit the campaign trail - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. And in rally after rally, the digs got increasingly personal in an election that has been described by many as the semi-final before the General Elections of 2019. The digs continued well-into Monday, as the state Chief Minister spoke of PM Modi's Gujarat, Amitabh Bachchan and donkeys.
  • UP Election 2017: Political Heavyweight Rita Bahuguna Joshi Seeks To Retain Lucknow Cantt
    Rita Bahuguna Joshi joined the BJP months before the Uttar Pradesh election after spending decades in the Congress. She is one of the most prominent among the "outsiders" - leaders imported from other parties - that the BJP has fielded in this year's UP elections causing much heartburn in the party cadre. But Ms Joshi is a strong candidate in Lucknow Cantt where she takes on Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, who makes her debut as a Samajwadi Party candidate. Ms Joshi had won the seat in the last election as a Congress candidate.
  • UP Elections 2017: 62% Turnout In Phase 3 As UP Votes In Samajwadi Strongholds - 10 Points
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's "Kaam Bolta Hai (work tells)" slogan was put to test today as 69 of the state's 403 constituencies voted in the third of its seven-phase assembly elections. Till 5 pm, provisional data showed 62 per cent voting - a 2 per cent rise over 2012. That year, the ruling party had won 54 of the 69 seats - the test is to see how many it can retain this time. Among the seats - spread across 12 districts -- that went to polls included the ones where various members of the state's ruling first family have been fielded: the Lucknow Cantt where the family's chhoti bahu Aparna Yadav took on Rita Bhaguna Joshi, the Congress veteran who switched sides and is now fighting on a BJP ticket; Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Shivpal Yadav's Jaswantnagar and cousin Anurag Yadav from Lucknow's Sarojini Nagar seat. The BJP -- which is hoping for a big win in Uttar Pradesh -- is banking on what they have said is the people's support for the central government's move to ban high denomination notes in November.
  • E Palaniswami Wins Tamil Nadu Floor Test After 5 Hours Of Drama: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami won a test of strength on Saturday in an assembly where close to 100 opposition lawmakers were missing after violence and chaos over a demand for secret voting. But the trust vote may only be the first of many battles that the 63-year-old Chief Minister will have to fight. Former chief minister O Panneerselvam has promised that he had lost the battle, not the war, and said he would go back to the people. DMK chief MK Stalin first complained to the Governor about the way the vote was conducted, and then, sat on a hunger strike under the gaze of Mahatma Gandhi's statute at the city's Marina Beach before he was detained by the police and whisked away.
  • E Palaniswami Wins Tamil Nadu Floor Test Amid Chaos: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami won a test of strength today in an assembly where close to 100 opposition lawmakers were missing after violence and chaos over a demand for secret voting. But the trust vote may only be the first of many battles that the 63-year-old Chief Minister will have to fight. O Panneerselvam has promised that he had lost the battle, not the war, and would go back to the people. DMK chief MK Stalin started right away, heading first to Raj Bhavan to complain about the way the vote was conducted, and then, sat on a hunger strike under the gaze of Mahatma Gandhi's statute at the city's Marina Beach before he was detained by the police and whisked away.
  • 10 Things To Know About Tamil Nadu's New Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami
    Handpicked by his mentor VK Sasikala before she left for a Bengaluru jail to serve her four-year sentence for corruption, AIADMK's chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami was sworn-in as Tamil Nadus chief minister on Thursday evening. Mr Palaniswami received the invitation to form the government from Governor C Vidyasagar Rao earlier in the day after convincing Raj Bhavan that he, and not rival O Panneerselvam, had the majority support within the party. It is a job that Ms Sasikala was hoping to get before the Supreme Court sent her packing to jail, and put her political career on ice. She continues to hold the AIADMK general secretary's post but has left it to Palaniswami to govern Tamil Nadu.
  • Team Sasikala Takes Charge Of Tamil Nadu, Trust Vote On Saturday: 10 Points
    AIADMK's Edappadi Palaniswami, party chief VK Sasikala's proxy, will seek a vote of confidence on Saturday to prove he has majority support in the Tamil Nadu legislature, at a special session called by the state's Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Mr Palaniswami took oath as Chief Minister earlier this evening along with a 31-member cabinet. Mr Palaniswami is the state's third Chief Minister in three months. An old-time loyalist of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, he replaces O Panneerselvam, whose portfolios have been allotted to other ministers. Mr Panneerselvam whose bid to be Chief Minister was rejected, has said his "battle will continue." Later in the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Spoke to Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & congratulated him on taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu."
  • Kashmiris Helping Terrorists Are 'Anti-Nationals', Says Army Chief
    A day after four soldiers, including a decorated Major, were killed by terrorists in encounters in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had a strong warning for locals he said are "not supporting the army" despite people-friendly ops. Local people who picked up arms and appeared to support terrorists would be treated as anti-nationals and would face harsher action, said General Rawat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the soldiers who died in encounters in Kashmir's Handwara and Bandipora.
  • Expect Invitation To Form Government Today, Says Team Sasikala: 10 Facts
    A team led by Edappadi Palanisamy, handpicked by VK Sasikala as the AIADMK's presumptive Chief Minister, met Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Wednesday evening and said it expects him to invite them today to form government in the state. The Governor later met O Panneerselvam, who too has staked claim to the top post. Ms Sasikala has reached Bengaluru, where she will spend the next four years in jail, after the Supreme Court convicted her in a corruption case stomping out her attempt to become the next Chief Minister. Prison authorities have made it clear that Ms Sasikala will merit no special privileges during her stay in jail. As she arrived in a big convoy, a few people gathered to watch, a stark contrast from 2014; thousands of AIADMK workers had gathered when she was last imprisoned along with J Jayalalithaa, the powerful matriarch of the ruling AIADMK who died while she was Chief Minister in December.
  • Sasikala, Asked To 'Surrender Now', Heads To Bengaluru By Road: 10 Points
    Time up, VK Sasikala must surrender in Bengaluru right away, the Supreme Court has told the AIADMK chief, whose lawyers appealed for more time. Ms Sasikala is still in Chennai and will travel the 345 km to Bengaluru by road today escorted by the police from both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to begin a four-year prison term ordered yesterday by the top court in a corruption case. She is likely to visit Jayalalithaa memorial at Chennai's Marina beach before heading towards Bengaluru. This morning, she has inducted her nephews TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh into the party. Mr Dinakaran, who was expelled from the party by J Jayalalithaa in 2011, has been appointed deputy general secretary of the AIADMK ensuring that Ms Sasikala will have control of the party from jail. The court verdict ended her plans to become Tamil Nadu's next chief minister and Ms Sasikala, who received the news from Delhi at a five-star beach resort 80 km away from Chennai, returned to her Poes Garden residence in the state capital late last night after presiding over the election of her loyalist Edappadi K Palanisamy to lead the ruling party in the state assembly, in a bid to ensure that her rival O Panneerselvam does not continue in the top post. Mr Palanisamy met the state's governor on Tuesday to stake claim to form government.
  • ISRO Makes History, Sets World Record By Successfully Launching 104 Satellites In One Go: 10 Points
    India's space agency ISRO launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh today. India has become the first country to successfully carry so many satellites in a single mission. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 is the star of what has been described as an incredible step for the country's space programme. It tore into the sky at 9.28 am, breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull with a growl. The countdown began 28 hours ago, says ISRO or the Indian Space Research Organisation.
  • Uttarakhand, UP Election 2017: Voting Ends In Both States, 66% Turnout In UP Phase 2 - 10 Points
    The assembly elections closed in Uttarakhand today with the state witnessing 68 per cent polling - up from 66 per cent of 2012. Uttar Pradesh, which had the second of its seven-phase elections - recorded 66 per cent voting. Today's polling was considered crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party, which holds 34 of the 67 constituencies that went to polls. The 11 districts are part of the state's Rohilkhand region, where Muslims form a significant part of the population. In Uttarakhand, the BJP is hoping to unseat the state's ruling Congress government, which is battling corruption charges.
  • Supreme Court Orders Jail for Sasikala: What Next
    AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala has been ordered to serve a four-year jail term in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court, ending her wait for an invitation from Tamil Nadu's Raj Bhavan to take over as the chief minister. She will, instead, go to jail. The court did not rule on charges against former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was accused of holding assets disproportionate to her known income in the early nineties, as she died in December. In its verdict, that could help chief minister O Panneerselvam retain his chair, the top court set aside the Karnataka High Court's 2015 judgment which gave Jayalalithaa and Sasikala a clean chit.
  • VK Sasikala Returns Home, Likely To Surrender In Bengaluru Today: 10 Points
    VK Sasikala, convicted by the Supreme Court of corruption and given a four-year jail term, is likely to surrender in Bengaluru on Wednesday, sources in her party, the AIADMK, have said. She came back to her Poes Garden residence late at night from Golden Bay, the five-star resort on the outskirts of Chennai where she was huddled with over a 100 party legislators since morning. At a late meeting of party legislators, her first public appearance since the top court verdict earlier today, Ms Sasikala broke down and said "no force can separate me from AIADMK, I'll think of the party wherever I am". The Supreme Court verdict means Ms Sasikala cannot hold public office or contest elections for 10 years, the period of her jail term plus six years after that, ending her bid to be the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
  • VK Sasikala, 2 Judges, And Their Verdict On Alleged Corruption: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court will at 10:30 this morning rule on whether VK Sasikala, AIADMK chief, is guilty of helping former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa amass illicit wealth worth over 60 crores in the 1990s. The verdict will decide the political career of Ms Sasikala, who has staked claim to be Tamil Nadu's next Chief Minister. If the court upholds a High Court verdict acquitting Ms Sasikala, there will no legal impediment in her taking oath as Chief Minister. If it convicts her, she will be sent to jail and cannot hold public office or contest elections for the period of her jail term and six years after that. Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Amitava Roy will give separate judgements - they could give concurring judgements or differing judgements. If there is a split verdict, the case will be referred to a three-judge bench which will hear it all over again. If that happens, Ms Sasikala can be sworn in as Chief Minister. After she takes oath, she will have to prove that she has majority support in the state assembly through a trust vote.

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