Kamal Nath to take oath as Madhya Pradesh CM on December 17

Tiding over internal troubles and factionalism, Congress party in a late Thursday night development announced 72 year old Kamal Nath as the next chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.

With this, Nath, a former union minister and nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara constituency of Madhya Pradesh, breaks the 15 year long run of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. He is also the first Congress chief minister in the last five years to succeed a BJP chief minister.

The announcement was made on late Tuesday night by of A K Antony, former union minister and party observer for the state. Antony said Nath was being elected “unanimously” as the new Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader at meeting of the newly elected MLAs.

“It is a challenging time and we will all together fulfil the promises made in our ‘Vachan Patra’,” Nath said in Bhopal when asked about Congress’ main poll promise of farm loan waiver in the state’s manifesto.

After the announcement, Nath thanked Jyotiraditya Scindia, senior party leader and campaign committee chief, by saying: “He has supported me and that matters a lot.”

He added that he was “hungry” for Congress’ return to power in the state and asserted that the party has got “unconditional” support from Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP).

Hours before the announcement, Congress president Rahul Gandhi shared a photo of him with Scindia and Nath on Twitter and quoted Leo Tolstoy as “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

Congress’ troubles over chief ministerial selection however continues in both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Both the top leaders, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, held another round of late night meetings with Gandhi on Tuesday but senior party leaders say issues are yet to be ironed out.




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Election Results LIVE 2018 – Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram


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–Congress looks strong in Rajasthan, leading in 20 seats. With lead in 17 seats, TRS consolidates position in Telangana.

–30 minutes into counting, TRS ahead in early leads – Jogu Ramanna leads in Adilabad



Close fight between the BJP and Congress in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Congress takes big early lead in Rajasthan. TRS leads in Telangana.


The results for assembly elections to five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh – will be declared tomorrow. The time of the start of vote counting is 8 am. Election trends will start coming out soon. The election results 2018 are important as it may impact 2019 general elections. All the major political parties would want to end the year on a winning note.

The Election Commission of India has made all the necessary arrangements for the poll results. In Telangana, the Chief Electoral Officer said necessary arrangements have been made for the counting day and the strongrooms, where voting machines are kept, are secured with central paramilitary forces providing. Here are the answers to some of the questions related to assembly election results.

Election result date: The election results 2018 will be announced on December 11.

Election results time: The counting will begin at 8 am. The results will be declared in the evening.

Where to watch election news coverage: Election Coverage starts when counting begins

The Telangana election results, the Madhya Pradesh election results, theRajasthan election results, the Chhattisgarh election results and Mizoram election results will announced tomorrow by the Election Commission.

Exit polls for five states in elections have predict a worrying outcome for the BJP in three heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. An aggregate of exit polls shows the BJP’s winning streak is set to end in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, both heading for hung verdict.




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Rajasthan Elections LIVE : Final Voter Turnout Of 74.21 Per Cent

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Voting for 200 seats in the Rajasthan assembly election will start at 8 am. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a major challenge as the northern state has always voted out the incumbent government for more than two decades. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, however, is looking to hold on to power by riding on her government’s schemes and the work it has done for the people of Rajasthan. The Congress is counting on anti-incumbencyto win in Rajasthan. In the last round of by-elections in February, the Congress wrested the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh assembly seat from the BJP. The votes for Rajasthan will be counted on December 11 along with Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Chhattisgarh.

Here are the live updates for Rajasthan assembly election:

Final Voter Turnout Of 74.21 Per Cent

59.43% voter turnout in Rajasthan till 3pm

District wise voter turnout till 3.00 pm

Ajmer: 56%
Alwar: 60%
Barmer: 59%
Bharatpur: 62%
Bikaner: 59%
Chittorgarh: 67%
Churu: 58%
Jhalawar: 62%
Tonk: 57%
Udaipur: 60%

41.37 per cent voter turnout in Rajasthan till 1pm

22.01 per cent voter turnout till 11am across Rajasthan

Voter turnout in Rajasthan till 9am is 6.11 per cent

Vasundhara Raje casts her vote, slams Sharad Yadav for body-shaming
“I am extremely shocked,” she said on Bihar politician Sharad Yadav’s comment on her weight that was seen as body-shaming. “It is very important that Election Commission takes notice of the remark. I feel insulted. Women are insulted,” Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said after casting her vote at pink polling booth No. 31A at Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of the BJP is scheduled to cast her vote at 8:15 am for the Rajasthan assembly election. She is counting on her government’s programmes to fetch her a large number of votes, enough to keep her in power for another term. The Congress is hoping anti-incumbency will work in the northern state.

Mock polling being conducted at booth No. 106 in Jodhpur’s Sardarpura constituency. Voting for the Rajasthan assembly election will start at 8 am.

Election official prepare to receive voters at a polling booth in Jodhpur. Voting for the Rajasthan assembly election will start at 8 am.

The counting of votes will take place on December 11. The results of three other states – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram – will be announced on the same day.


No chief ministerial candidate in Congress
The Congress is yet to announce a chief ministerial candidate in Rajasthan. Its election in-charge Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot are seen as front-runners for the top job if the party wins.
Voting in the Rajasthan assembly election will start at 8 am. A “pink polling booth” in Jhalawar.


Prominent candidates in Rajasthan assembly election: Congress
Heavyweight candidates from Congress include State Chief Opposition Leader  and famous Jat leader Rameshwar Lal Dudi from Nokha, State Party Chief Sachin Pilot from Tonk, Former Chief Minister and State General Secretary of AICC Ashok Gehlot from Sardarpur, Senior Congress Leader and former Revenue Minister Hemaram Choudhary from Gudha Malani, State Vice President and former Cabinet Minister Mahendra Jeet Singh Malviya from Bagidora, Former State Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal from Kota and Son of Jaswant Singh and former MP Manvendra Singh from Jhalrapatan.
Prominent candidates in Rajasthan assembly election: BJP
From Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), State Rural Development Minister Rajendra Rathore from Churu, State Party President and Mayor of Jaipur Ashok Parnami from Adarsh Nagar, State Women and Child Welfare Minister Anita Bhadel from Ajmer South, State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria from Udaipur, and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from Jhalrapatan are the prominent candidates.

In the last five elections since 1993, Rajasthan has swung between the BJP and the Congress. But the Congress, which won only 21 assembly seats in 2013 against the BJP’s 161, would need an 8 per cent swing in its favour to win the election.

A “pink polling booth” at Jhalawar in Rajasthan. Voting for the Rajasthan assembly elections will start at 8 am.


The election for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, scheduled to be held on Friday, 7 December, is largely being seen as a bipolar contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

The Assembly elections in five states are being termed a litmus test for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Rajasthan Elections: All You Need to Know

Will Rajasthan see a break in the 25-year trend of alternating between the BJP and the Congress governments every consecutive term, as the state goes to polls on 7 December?

In Rajasthan, the BJP is fighting anti-incumbency to retain power though no party has been repeated after one term in the last 20 years. With the poll surveys predicting that Congress was ahead, the BJP has made persistent efforts over the last few days to shore up its prospects with Modi, the main vote getter for the BJP, addressing around 12 rallies.

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MP polls: Rajnath Singh takes dig at Congress manifesto; says party ‘holding on to cow’s tail’ for survival in state

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the Congress in Madhya Pradesh has now latched onto the cow for its survival.

The Congress, in its manifesto for the 28 November Assembly elections, has promised to build cow shelters across the state.

“Congress leaders are now doing temple-hopping as they know that the party cannot achieve anything on its own. They are kneeling before God and holding onto cow’s feet,” Singh said, addressing campaign rallies in Sagar, Morena and Gwalior region. They are holding on to the cow’s tail and promising to build shelter homes for cows,” he said.

“For us (the ruling BJP) cow is not an election issue. Temple and cow are crucial parts of our culture,” he added.

Saying that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the first choice of people, the senior BJP leader alleged that the “Congress does not like him as he is born in a simple family.”

The opposition party is yet to choose its chief ministerial candidate while the BJP has renominated Chouhan, Singh said.

When he campaigned in the state during 2003 elections, “there was darkness under the regime of then chief minister Digvijay Singh, now there is brightness (electricity) in each household,” he said.

Under the Congress rule from 1993-2003, agricultural grown rate of the state was three percent, which has now soared to 20 percent, while the per capita income has risen to Rs 80,000 from Rs 15,000, the Union minister said.




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Rajasthan Poll Campaign LIVE: Modi accuses Sonia Gandhi-led Congress of laundering Rs. 90,000 cr from national treasury

“The BJP government under Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan has replaced wooden ‘chulhas‘ with gas connections and at a subsidised cost. People now have been ridden of the fatal smoke that the women and children were exposed to in a household that could only afford a wooden chulha. The BJP government has given gas connections to 12 crore households in the four years that it came to power,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Kota, Rajasthan

“55 crore people have been given health services through the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. In the two months after its launch, 3 lakh people have gotten surgeries and organ transplants done. Imagine the scale it will soar to in due course of time. The government will bear the expense of Rs. 5 lakh crore for this scheme”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Kota, Rajasthan

“In four years the Congress gave broadband connection to 59 villages. Modi gave broadband connection to 1 lakh villages in the same time”,said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Kota, Rajasthan


  • “Those who laundered that Rs. 90,000 crore were investigated by Modi. And, that is why the Congress is attacking me. But you can stop this by one vote. You need to choose,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Kota, Rajasthan

    “One vote can stop the stealing of 90,000 crore from the tax payer’s money. You made be the Prime Minister. Modi investigated into bogus [deals of the Congress] when someone[Sonia Gandhi] was remote-controlling the government. Subsidies of food, gas and health facilities were given to fake identities at the expense of the national treasury which is the taxpayer’s money” ,said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Kota, Rajasthan

    Congress has made a similar poll promise in Madhya Pradesh. A number of farmers in Madhya Pradesh have stopped repaying loans after Gandhi made the promise to waive loans up to Rs 2 lakh if the Congress government comes to power.

    Gandhi has reaffirmed that Congress will waive farmer loans within 10 days of coming to power.

    Speaking in Jalore, Rahul Gandhi has attacked the prime minister over the issues of corruption, demonetisation and the Rafale deal.

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Jalore.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has concluded his address in Banswara. He is expected to address another rally in Kota later toda

    1.25 crore houses were built, keys were distributed, people celebrated Diwali too. Seven lakh homes in Rajasthan, one lakh in Banswara. Your vote will bring BJP to power and poor will be benefit: PM Modi

    Congress talks about farmers… But, naamdar does not know if Chana (chickpeas) grow on a tree or a plant. They do not know the difference between Moong (mung bean) and Chana and they talk about farmers’ welfare: PM Modi

    By 2022, every family will have a house. Not only walls, but water, electricity and gas connections as well: PM Modi

    Rahul Gandhi has concluded his address in Pokhran. He is exected to address rallies in Jalore and Jodhpur next.

    Tribal communities have existed for thousands of years. Did they not make sacrifices during the freedom struggle? Did they not contribute in the nation’s development? You know this, I know this, history knows this but Congress does not know this: PM Modi

    Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has hit out at PM Modi and the BJP over issues corruption and black money.

    Congress never thought about welfare of the tribal communities. It was only under Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s leadership that a dedicated Ministry of Tribal Affairs was created: PM Modi

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally in Beneshwar Dham, Banswara.


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Congress cannot fight me, that is why abusing my mother: PM Modi

Hitting out at the Congress, Modi today said that the people of Madhya Pradesh will give a befitting reply to the party for abusing his mother in the coming assembly elections.



  • Raj Babbar had compared devalued rate of rupee to PM’s nonagenarian mother
  • Congress has disrespected my mother, Modi said
  • He also accused Congress of indulging in caste politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lambasted the Congress for making a personal attack on him. Referring to Congress leader Raj Babbar’s recent remark, Modi said the Congress is rattled by the good work of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“For the past 18 years, I have been defeating the Congress at every single opportunity, and today it has fallen to the level that it has dragged my mother in elections. Congress cannot fight Modi, that is why it is now abusing my mother,” said Modi while addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur.

Congress leader Raj Babbar had recently compared the devalued rate of the Indian rupee to the PM’s nonagenarian mother, who is around 97 years old. “He [Modi] used to say that the rupee has fallen so much against the dollar that it was nearing the age of the then prime minister [Manmohan Singh]. Today, the rupee’s value has dropped so low, that it is inching closer to your [Modi’s] beloved mother’s age,” Babbar had said on Thursday at a rally in Indore.

Hitting out at the Congress, Modi today said that the people of Madhya Pradesh will give a befitting reply to the party for abusing his mother in the coming assembly elections.

He also said that corruption is the culture of the Congress. “Those who are out on bail in corruption cases are now unnerved. Coffers of banks were emptied for rich during madam’s [Sonia Gandhi] government, but we opened banks’ doors for needy youth,” he said.
Accusing the Congress of indulging in caste politics, Modi said, “People had voted Congress out of power in Madhya Pradesh 15 years ago because of its divisive politics.”

Earlier, Congress president on Friday had targeted Modi alleging that he created a cobweb just like the Bollywood villain Mogambo to “loot” the armed forces and that the Rafale scam is one of his many adventures which will be exposed soon.

In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul said PM Modi has created a “cobweb”, just like Bollywood villain Mogambo, to “loot” India’s armed forces. He alleged the Rafale scam was “one of his many adventures” that will be exposed soon.

The 230 member-Madhya Pradesh assembly will go to polls on November 28. It will be only clear on December 11 as to who the people of the state have blessed with their votes after the EVM’s are opened for counting on this day.




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Rajasthan Polls 2018: At Alwar rally, PM Modi blames Rahul Gandhi for personal attacks by Congress leaders

Launching the BJP’s poll campaign in Rajasthan, prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sharply criticised the Congress for what he described as the party’s ‘jatiwadi mansikta’ (caste mentality).

Modi’s criticism came two days after a video of Congress leader CP Joshi was circulated on social media in which he can be heard raising questions about the PM’s caste at an election rally in Nathdwara. Modi used this to attack the Congress several times during his 48-minute speech at Alwar’s Vijay Nagar ground on Sunday.

Koi ma ko gali deta hai, koi meri jati ko lekar sawaal poochta hai… bolne wala koi bhi ho, bolwane wala to namdaar hi hai (Someone abuses my mother, someone questions my caste. I know whosoever may be saying it but he’s saying it at the behest of naamdar),” he said, adding that the Congress in Rajasthan had no vision for the state’s welfare.

Modi said that the Congress was resorting to “jatiwaad ka zeher (the poison of caste)” since they had nothing to compare their achievements to that of the BJP government.

In his response to CP Joshi, Modi quoted both Kabir and Saint Ravidas to drive home the point that humans were one despite their caste.

Quoting Kabir, he said, “Kabira kuan ek hai, pani bhare anek/ Bhaande hee mein bhed hai, pani sub mein ek (O Kabir, the well we all fill our vessels from is the same/ The jars are different, but the water from that one source is same).”

He also quoted Ravidas and said, “Jaat paat mat poochiye, ka jaat aru paat/Ravidas poot sab prabh ke, kou nahi jaat kujaat (Don’t ask anyone caste because everyone is a child of God and no caste is bad).”

Modi said when the prime minister of the country goes abroad, no one asks his caste. “Duniya ko to sawa sau karore Hindustani dikhte hain (People see 1.15 crore Indians),” he said.

The PM also dubbed the Congress as anti-Dalit and anti-backwards as he recounted the cases of Dalit atrocities in 2010 in Haryana’s Michipur village, in 2005 in Sonepat’s Sonaha and in 2000 in Karnataka, saying there were Congress governments in these states when these crimes occurred.

“Jab Mandal commission ki report par charcha ho rahi thi tab namdaar Rajiv Gandhi ne uske khilaaf jo zeher ugla tha, jo alochana ki thi, wo aaj bhi Parliament ki diwaro me goonj rahi hai (Rajiv Gandhi’s opposition and condemnation to reservation for the backward castes during a debate on the Mandal Commission report still reverberates in Parliament),” he said.

Modi said four members of one family got Bharat Ratna but Ambedkar did not get the country’s highest civilian award.

“Dalit, shoshit, gareeb, pidit aur kamzor ke prati nafrat ka bhaav Congress ki rago me bhara pada hai (Hatred for Dalits, the oppressed, the poor and the weak runs through Congress’ veins),” Modi said, adding that whenever anyone from these groups challenges the ‘naamdar’, they get annoyed.

Modi said the Congress had pulled out all stops to defeat Ambedkar in elections, and said that everyone knew what the party had done to Jagjivan Ram when he tried to challenge the family.

Talking about Congress in Rajasthan, Modi referred to a video of BD Kalla where he is seen stopping a man shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jai and telling him to say ‘Sonia Gandhi ki jai’, and said for the Congress, “Bharat Mata se koi aur mata badi hai (There is a mother bigger than Mother India for the Congress).”

Modi also talked about Congress spreading canards about its leader Nawal Kishore Sharma, who later became Governor of Gujarat when Modi was the CM. The PM took snipe at confusion in the party over the CM candidate and said it had “gali gali me mukhyamatri (a CM in every lane).

Praising the work done by Vasundhara Raje government in 5 years, Modi said Raje opened as many higher secondary schools and medical colleges in 5 years as Congress did in 50 years, and added that for the amount of development that happened in Raje’s rule, people would have had to wait for 50 years if there was a Congress government.

In his speech, Modi did not name Rahul Gandhi even once, and referred to his father Rajiv Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi only once. For the rest of his address, he kept calling them ‘naamdar’.



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