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BJP denies ticket to 14 MLAs in Chhattisgarh's first list of 77

38 candidates for Telangana and 13 for Mizoram also declared.

  • The BJP swept the JMC elections and made some advances in Kashmir, by winning 100 wards in the valley, in the four-phased Urban Local Bodies elections in the state.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday emerged as a clear winner in the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) elections with 43 seats in its kitty, bettering its previous strength of 25 in the 75-member body. The Congress suffered a big loss in the election, winning only 14 seats against its 26 in the 2005 civic polls, election officials said. Then it was ruling Jammu and Kashmir in coalition with the PDP. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along with the National Conference (NC), the CPI(M) and the BSP had boycotted the four-phased Urban Local Bodies elections which were held after a gap of 13 years. (Text: PTI)

    The BJP Saturday released its first list of 77 candidates for the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, fielding Chief Minister Raman Singh from the Rajnandgaon seat. Among the 77 candidates announced out of a total of 90 Assembly segments, 14 are women candidates and 14 sitting MLAs have been replaced with new names, Union Minister JP Nadda told reporters. The list was finalised at the BJP's central election committee meeting that was chaired by party president Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others. (Text: PTI)

    BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said though there was a demand for a section of leaders to bring an ordinance on the Temple, Rao said the party understands the sentiments of the people.

    A group of BJP workers was arrested on Saturday in Nilackal for violating section 144 of CrPC that has been clamped in the area in view of the protests by Ayyappa devotees against entry of women of all age groups into the ancient Sabarimala temple. The BJP workers were led by party state general secretary AN Radhakrishnan and were taken to Nilackal police station after the arrest. They were staging protests and chanting Ayyappa mantra. (Text: PTI)

    Addressing a joint press meet organised by the coalition partners, H D Deve Gowda said, "This is just the preface. We will together win this by-elections.

    The BJP Saturday failed to open its account in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region in the urban local body elections held earlier this month.

    The Janata Dal-Secular supremo accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in politics of polarisation and exploiting public sentiments, be it the Ram temple issue or the ongoing Sabarimala row.

    Ever since the party and the parivar sensed that the mantras of neither "achhe din" nor "sabka saath, sabka vikas" is evoking a favourable response, the focus of the saffron propaganda has been on Hindu-Muslim polarisation.

    In an unprecedented move, BJP is contemplating dropping more than half its sitting MLAs in Rajasthan to cushion its prospects in the assembly polls from the discontent against incumbent legislators.

    While the BJP emerged as the single largest party in 12 municipal bodies, it has majority in five of these bodies.

    VHP president Alok Kumar said the demand for legislation or ordinance for the construction of Ram Temple is getting louder in recent times.

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