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  • In the 2015 Assembly elections, AAP had won 67 of 70 seats. This time, the party is battling an obvious anti-incumbency and a resurgent BJP.

    BJP general secretary Ram Madhav was speaking at a conference here on 'Indian Democracy at Work- Money Power in Politics'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts towards 'one nation and one election' would be an important milestone in the reforms process, he said.

    "A numerical majority in elections gives you the right to make a stable government. The lack of popular majority forbids you from a majoritarian government. That is the message and essence of our parliamentary democracy," Pranab Mukherjee said.

    Leader of Opposition Pravin Darekar of BJP said, "At the time of the constituent assembly meeting, Babasaheb Ambedkar (architect of the Constitution) had moved a proposal to reserve some electoral constituencies for SC and ST communities, but Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi had opposed it."

    The DMK said it has posted a "massive victory," despite the ruling party's alleged misuse of power and results showed the people's 'hate' for the AIADMK. The polls, held after a gap of eight years, is the first local body elections since the demise of the towering Dravidian leaders J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.

    According to the party, winnability is the criteria for selection of candidates as many senior leaders are keen to contest the polls. The Congress has no member in the outgoing Assembly.

    "I would like to say to people present here, this practice should start from the private schools since at government-run ones, we run the risk of inviting accusations of imposing the bhagwa (saffron) agenda", Giriraj Singh said.

    The western state saw a flurry of activities through the 365 day circle of the calendar, few of which would cast their shadow over the next or even beyond.

    With the BJP winning all the seven parliamentary seats, it seems that Delhi followed the national narrative that drove the parliamentary election. Both AAP and Congress had flirted with each ahead of the election to seal an alliance but couldn't reach a definite agreement and ultimately fought separately.

    Without naming Thakur, the Speaker said he would "ask the respected member to come to the House at noon after Question Hour". Birla made these observations after the Congress once again raked up the issue of the controversial remarks on Godse. As soon as the House met for the day, Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said opposition members have raised the issue.

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday inspected night shelters in Varanasi and distributed blankets to the occupants amid the biting cold wave in the region.

    The state revenue department has asked for reports from the district collector of Chhindwara and divisional commissioner of Jabalpur to take forward the idea, in accordance with a letter sent by the chief minister’s office in February.

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