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Lok Sabha polls 2019

Jan 22, 2020, 01.57 PM IST

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LOK SABHA POLLS 2019

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  • Bhanupratap Shahi, who had won the Bhawanathpur seat as the nominee of a local political outfit in 2014, has now joined the BJP and is its nominee for the seat in this election. The BJP candidate whom Shahi had defeated five years ago, Anant Pratap Dev, is trying his luck to enter the state assembly as an independent.

    Election for four phases and 65 seats in Jharkhand concluded on Monday, bringing under focus the fifth and final phase in which the political clout of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s first family will be at test.

    Assam is seeing violent protests over the Citizenship Act. But how long can the protest go on?

    The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will replace the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, promulgated on September 20, 2019, to cut the base corporate tax rate to 22 per cent from 30 per cent. Also, the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) Authority Bill, 2019, that provides for creation of a unified financial regulator for IFSCs was introduced.

    Reiterating that Hemant Soren of the JMM will be the chief minister as declared earlier, Singh said the Jharkhand results are a defeat of BJP's "arrogance and diversionary tactics". Congress coordinator for Jharkhand polls Ajay Sharma said this is the defeat of BJP's corruption and its arrogance.

    The proposed legislation -- The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill 2019 -- was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy. The move comes three months after Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two UTs -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

    The Grand Old Party had spent Rs 516 crore in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while the BJP had pumped in Rs 714 crore. BJP is yet to submit its Lok Sabha expense statement to EC and is expected to outdo the Congress as has been the trend since 2013. The latest records show that the Congress’ headquarters raised Rs 856 crore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls across the poll-bound states.

    The winter session that began on November 18 had 20 working days. While the Lok Sabha outshone Rajya Sabha with 116% productivity to 99%, the quality of debates in the Upper House was better with less disruptions. However, the monsoon session,which was the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, had a better record.

    The results, despite the usually limited role of "national" issues in state polls, will be seen as a verdict on recent incidents that have seen BJP and its opponents clash over allegations of "majoritarianism" and "intolerance" with regard to violence on campuses and legislations like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

    Forty two-year-old Prashant Kishor, whose first claim to fame was the management of Narendra Modi's election campaign in 2014, said, "Also would like to reassure to all -- Bihar mein CAA-NRC laagu nahin hoga (CAA-NRC will not be implemented in Bihar)".

    Replying to a query while addressing a press conference, Arora said as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect immediately from the announcement of Delhi assembly election schedule, and "no state-specific schemes will be announced in the national Budget".

    The visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs was slated from Dec 18 to 21, but it has been postponed in view of curfew and law and order situation in parts of the state.

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