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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference in Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference in Delhi.

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Highlights: The first round of polling for the Chandigarh municipal corporation has concluded and BJP councillor Manoj Sonkar has been elected as the new mayor. Congress and AAP councillors walked out of the assembly halls in a show of protest as the second round of polling for the senior deputy and deputy mayor posts started....Read More

Originally scheduled for January 18, the polls were earlier deferred moments before councillors were about to cast their votes, owing to the poor health of presiding officer Anil Masih. This triggered a protest by the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress members who accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of orchestrating the turn of events.

The mayoral elections are also seen as the first try-out run for the INDIA bloc vs BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, which are scheduled later this year.

The deputy commissioner had earlier announced February 6 as the next date for the polls, which was retrenched to an earlier date following the Punjab and Haryana high court directing the UT administration to hold the elections on January 30.

Here's more on the mayoral elections in Chandigarh:

  • The voting started at around 11 am at the Assembly Hall of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC), Sector 17.
  • Around 700 police personnel, along with those from paramilitary forces, have been deployed to maintain law and order during the election at the municipal corporation building.
  • In the 35-member municipal corporation house, the AAP and the Congress together have 20 votes, while the BJP, which has been ruling the MC for eight years, has 15 votes — 14 of councillors and one of MP Kirron Kher. The magic number is 19.
  • The Aam Aadmi Party has said that BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar's win in the Chandigarh mayoral elections amounts to ‘cheating in broad daylight’.
  • AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that if the BJP could "stoop so low" in mayoral elections, it can go to any extent to win the Lok Sabha elections.

Follow all the updates here:
Jan 30, 2024 10:05 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Mallikarjun Kharge says brazen misuse of electoral machinery

Citing the poll result, Congress Mallikarjun Kharge termed it as a brazen misuse of electoral machinery' at the behest of BJP.

“The brazen misuse of electoral machinery at the behest of BJP in the Chandigarh Mayoral polls will further erode the confidence of people in free and fair elections. As I said yesterday, 2024 is the last chance for us to save Democracy. If we do not come together, to save it from BJP, our future generations shall repent,” he wrote on X.

Jan 30, 2024 9:08 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: What Rahul Gandhi said on election results

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Jananta Party over the contentious Chandigarh mayoral election results as he drew a parallel between Tuesday's events and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse on this day 76 years back. “It is beyond imagination what the BJP, which can kill democracy in front of the whole world in the mayoral elections, will do to remain in power in Delhi,” he wrote on X. Read further.

Jan 30, 2024 7:42 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Presiding officer speaks on voting

Anil Masih, the presiding officer for the Chandigarh Mayor election, tells ANI that a total of 36 votes were cast.

When we were issuing the ballot papers, a few AAP and Congress Councillors were concerned that the papers had spots and marks - so, they asked me to change around 11 ballot papers. I honoured their request and kept the ballot papers in question on the side and issued them fresh ballot papers."

"When I finished the counting of votes, I was about to declare the results as per the process. BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar received 16 votes and AAP candidate Kuldeep received 12 votes; 8 votes were invalid...I asked the polling agent of the AAP-Congress candidate to check the ballot paper but instead of doing that AAP and a few Congress councillors jumped on the table to disrupt the process, captured the ballot papers and tore them up...AAP and Congress hatched a conspiracy to derail the election process..."

Jan 30, 2024 5:50 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Congress hits out at BJP

The Congress hit out at the BJP alleging a "shameless capture" of the democratic system in the country. "Brazen, shameless capture of the democratic system. Declaring opposition votes invalid to win the Mayor Election in Chandigarh shows that it is second nature for the BJP to override the democratic mandate," AICC general secretary K C Venugopal wrote in a post on X.

Jan 30, 2024 5:37 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Kejriwal accuses BJP of hooliganism

Accusing the BJP of indulging in "hooliganism" in full public view, Kejriwal says that if people do not stop it together it will be extremely "dangerous" for the nation.

"The AAP-Congress alliance had a clear majority and it was a straight election. Eight votes or 25 per cent of the total votes were declared invalid. What kind of election was this? The mayoral poll result shows there is something wrong and at a large scale, they can go to any extent in national polls," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

Jan 30, 2024 5:19 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Arvind Kejriwal says BJP won with ‘open fraud’

“Gandhiji was assassinated on this date and after 76 years, they (BJP) have murdered the democracy... It is a black day for democracy. They did hooliganism openly and it is captured on camera,” Kejriwal says in his press conference, according to ANI.

He adds: "The whole country is seeing how they stole votes... Anyone can win or lose elections, the country should not lose... The issue is that they have won the Chandigarh Mayoral elections with open fraud..."

Jan 30, 2024 5:13 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Arvind Kejriwal says ‘black day for democracy’

Citing the alleged 'cheating' during Chandigarh mayor polls, Arvind Kejriwal says that it is a black day for democracy. He also demands a case against the presiding officer.

Jan 30, 2024 5:08 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Delhi CM warns of 'US Capitol-like riots' if BJP loses LS polls

Addressing a press conference, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal claims there will be 'US Capitol-like riots' if the Bharatiya Janata Party loses Lok Sabha polls

Jan 30, 2024 4:53 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: BJP says INDIA bloc ‘brain dead’

The Opposition's INDIA bloc is brain dead, BJP leader Pralhad Joshi has said after his party defeated the AAP-Congress alliance in the Chandigarh mayoral elections.

The party's chief, JP Nadda, also said the BJP victory showed that the INDIA bloc's arithmetic and chemistry weren't working. More here.

Jan 30, 2024 4:46 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Arvind Kejriwal to hold press conference at 5pm

AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a press conference at 5pm.

Jan 30, 2024 4:24 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Bhagwant Mann says ‘black day' for democracy

Reacting to the developments in Chandigarh, AAP leader and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann claims that the day will be written and remembered as a 'black day' in the democracy of our country.

“Unfortunately, this is the same month when we celebrate Republic Day. Today, Constitution has been shredded. The manner in which Chandigarh mayor election was 'looted' by the BJP before the media, in front of the cameras. They did this in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, northeastern states before this,” Mann was quoted as saying by ANI.

Jan 30, 2024 3:37 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Visuals from Assembly Hall

After BJP's Manoj Sonkar won the Chandigarh mayor election, a ruckus broke out in the House, reported ANI. Both, councillors of the Congress and the AAP have accused the BJP of cheating and not following the due electoral process.

Jan 30, 2024 3:27 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: What AAP-Congress is alleging?

High drama unfolded earlier today at the Assembly Hall of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) after the presiding officer declared eight votes of Congress and AAP councillors invalid, paving the way for the BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar's victory in the mayoral elections.

The AAP-Congress coalition is accusing presiding officer Anil Masih of manipulating ballots during the counting process. It is citing a purported video showing Masih making some marks on some ballots. Read further.

Jan 30, 2024 3:22 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Raghav Chadha says results setback for Indian democracy

AAP MP Raghav Chadha says that the Chandigarh mayoral poll result is not a setback for one coalition, one alliance or one party but for India's democracy.

"We are aggrieved and hurt and we are worried as to what will happen in the upcoming 2024 polls. If the BJP can resort to such low levels and commit forgery and illegality...BJP can go to any level to rig the election process..." he alleges.

Jan 30, 2024 3:20 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: Newly-elected mayor reacts to allegations

Addressing reporters, newly-elected Chandigarh Mayor Manoj Sonkar says that levelling allegations is a known job of the AAP and the Congress.

“Wherever they don't have their way, they level allegations...Everything is on camera. But when they couldn't digest their defeat, they created this atmosphere and started blaming us,” he says, according to ANI.

He added: “They started tearing ballot papers and jostling people around after the name of the Mayor was announced...When they can't run a small city, how can they run a state?”

Jan 30, 2024 3:17 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: ‘Does the BJP want to make this country North Korea?’ questions Raghav Chadha

Citing the mayoral poll results, AAP MP Raghav Chadha claims that the BJP "can use all illegal tactics” during the Lok Sabha polls as well, reported ANI.

"...This shows that BJP for a mayor election can use all illegal tactics…what would they do during the Lok Sabha elections seeing their loss? Does the BJP want to make this country North Korea?"

Jan 30, 2024 3:07 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: ‘Not a single vote of BJP was declared invalid,’ says AAP's Raghav Chadha

AAP MP Raghav Chadha says: "For the first time in the Chandigarh mayor elections- 8 out of the 36 votes were declared invalid. Congress & AAP alliance had to get 20 votes. We got 12 votes & 8 were declared invalid. Not a single vote of the BJP was declared invalid," according to ANI.

Jan 30, 2024 3:03 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: AAP moves HC

The AAP has moved the Punjab Haryana high court over the election results. The high court is likely to hear the case tomorrow.

The court was told that eight votes were declared invalid without any reason. The AAP also demanded that the record of the election be sealed.

Jan 30, 2024 2:51 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: BJP's Rajinder Kumar elected deputy mayor

According to ANI, BJP candidate Rajinder Kumar has been elected as deputy mayor, after councillors of the AAP and Congress refused to cast their vote in the election of deputy mayor and senior deputy mayor.

Jan 30, 2024 2:35 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls: BJP spokesperson's 'thugbandhan' dig

Reacting over the election results of the mayoral polls in Chandigarh, BJP national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill says that BJP's win is a “victory of democracy” and “the defeat of the 'thugbandhan' of Congress and AAP”.

"BJP's victory is the victory of truth over lies, of the politics of service to the nation over the politics of corruption...INDI alliance's loss in the Chandigarh Mayor election is just a trailer. In 2024, INDI will get to know - kismein kitna hai dum. There is just one voice across the country - ye dil manage more, Modi sarkar once more," he said in a video message, according to ANI.

Jan 30, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Raghav Chadha to hold press conference at 2.30

“I along with Senior Congress leader Pawan Bansal will address a joint press conference at 2:30 pm at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh. We will expose the FRAUD that BJP has committed today in Chandigarh Mayor Elections, ” Raghav Chadha wrote on X.

Jan 30, 2024 2:22 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Arvind Kejriwal claims ‘cheating in broad daylight’

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has attributed the BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar's win in the Chandigarh mayoral elections to "cheating in broad daylight". In his first reaction to the development, he said if the BJP could "stoop so low" in mayoral elections, it could go to any extent to win the Lok Sabha elections.

"The manner in which cheating has been done in broad daylight in the Chandigarh Mayor elections, is extremely worrying. If these people can stoop so low in a mayor's election, then they can go to any extent in the country's elections. This is very worrying," Kejriwal wrote on X. Read more.

Jan 30, 2024 1:47 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Nadda to INDIA bloc – ‘Fought their first, still lost to BJP’

"That the INDI Alliance fought their first electoral battle and still lost to BJP shows that neither their arithmetic is working nor their chemistry," BJP national president JP Nadda wrote on X, targeting the AAP-Congress alliance in the Chandigarh mayoral polls. BJP councillor Manoj Sonkar has been elected as new mayor.

Jan 30, 2024 1:36 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Second round of voting starts; Congress, AAP councillors walk out

Congress and AAP councillors walked out of the municipal corporation's assembly halls as the polling for senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor started.

Jan 30, 2024 1:32 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Their own councillor didn't vote, claims BJP about INDIA bloc

“Polls were held as per the Punjab and Haryana high court orders. Their own councillors did not vote as it was an unholy alliance,” senior BJP leader Sanjay Tandon said.

Jan 30, 2024 1:21 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Opposition accuses presiding officer of marking on polled votes

A protest ensued in the assembly halls as the opposition accused presiding officer Anil Masih of making tick marks on polled votes while counting votes, as eight votes were declared invalid.

Jan 30, 2024 1:08 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: BJP's Manoj Sonkar elected for top post

39-year-old BJP councillor Manoj Sonkar has been elected as the new mayor of the Chandigarh municipal corporation with a 16-12 majority. Studied till Class 7, Sonkar runs a liquor business.

Votes break down:

BJP: 16

INDIA bloc: 12

Invalid: 18

Jan 30, 2024 12:24 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Voting for mayoral post over; results soon

Voting has taken place for the post of mayor first. The result will be declared soon. After the votes are counted, the newly elected mayor will hold elections for the positions of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor.

Jan 30, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Polling begins, MP Kirron Kher to cast first vote

Polling for Chandigarh's mayoral post has started. MP Kirron Kher (ex offico member of the house) to cast the first vote. Polling time is 1 hour. Total number of votes to be polled is 36.

Jan 30, 2024 11:00 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: SAD councillor demands ‘NOTA’ option in ballot papers

Lone Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor in the 35-member house of MC had demanded the ‘NOTA’ option in the ballot paper but no provision has been made.

Deputy commissioner said there is no such provision in the MC Act to include the NOTA option.

Jan 30, 2024 10:30 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: AAP, Congress councillors present; some BJP councillors are not

Even though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the UT administration to hold the elections at 10 am, some BJP councillors have not reached the Assembly Hall till now. Besides, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh has not reached inside the hall.

Jan 30, 2024 9:49 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Who is in the fray from AAP, Congress and BJP?

  1. As the AAP and Congress have agreed to contest the mayoral polls by joining hands in a show of maiden fight against the BJP as members of the INDIA bloc, Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor from AAP is contesting for the mayoral post. He will face BJP's Manoj Sonkar.
  2. For senior deputy and deputy mayoral posts, the Congress has fielded Gurpreet Singh Gabi and Nirmala Devi, respectively. They will face BJP's Kuljeet Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma for the respective posts.
Jan 30, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Security tightened outside MC House

Security tightened outside Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office as voting begins shortly.

Jan 30, 2024 8:38 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Ahead of voting, parties treaded cautiously

As the battle for power in Chandigarh draws longer, cautious parties are keeping their councillors on the move. AAP has relocated its councillors to undisclosed locations and taken away the councillors’ phones. Congress councillors are moving across Punjab as they first paid obeisance at Golden Temple, Amritsar, and then at Nakodar Dargah on Thursday. BJP’s councillors are resting easy at home.

Jan 30, 2024 8:09 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: January 18 election deferment announced at 10:30 am, opposition cried foul

  1. The January 18 Chandigarh mayoral polls were deferred owing to the poor health of presiding officer Anil Masih.
  2. The announcement of deferring the elections was made at 10.30 am just as councillors from the opposition AAP and Congress assembled to participate in the election that was to begin at 11 am at the municipal corporation (MC) office in Sector 17, Chandigarh.
  3. BJP councillors were conspicuous by their absence. Outgoing mayor Anup Gupta of the BJP arrived at 11.45 am and said he had also got to know of the deferment at 10.30 am.
  4. Though the official message by MC landed in the councillors’ WhatsApp group around 10.30 am, the message of his ill health started making rounds of unofficial groups around 10 am.
  5. Soon after the message circulated and councillors were restricted from entering the MC building, the Congress-AAP councillors and party workers started the protest, alleging yet another political manoeuvre by the saffron fold to delay the election as they were not ready to face defeat. “No BJP councillor or MP Kirron Kher reached the MC office, which meant they already knew the elections won’t take place today,” said the protesting AAP councillors, accusing the BJP of misusing government apparatus.
Jan 30, 2024 8:03 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Anil Masih nominated as presiding officer

  1. The deputy commissioner nominated Anil Masih as the presiding officer to the Chandigarh mayoral polls. He had taken ill earlier, which eventually led to deferring the January 18 polls.
  2. According to MC rules, one of the nominated councillors is appointed as presiding officer for the mayor’s election, following which polling for senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor is conducted.
  3. When Masih was nominated as a councillor in October 2022, Masih was the general secretary of BJP’s Minority Morcha.
Jan 30, 2024 7:55 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Why were the elections deferred earlier?

  1. The Chandigarh mayoral polls, scheduled for January 18, were postponed after presiding officer Anil Masih reportedly took ill.
  2. The notification of Masih's poor health came when AAP and Congress councillors assembled to vote for the municipal corporation office's mayoral and deputy mayoral posts. Notably, the BJP councillors were not present in front of the building, which triggered protests and the AAP and Congress members accused the BJP of orchestrating the turn of events.
  3. The Congress and the AAP had accused the BJP of not allowing the elections, fearing “imminent defeat”. The BJP dismissed the allegation.
Jan 30, 2024 1:21 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Opposition accuses presiding officer of marking on polled votes

A protest ensued in the assembly halls as the opposition accused presiding officer Anil Masih of making tick marks on polled votes while counting votes, as eight votes were declared invalid.

Jan 30, 2024 1:08 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: BJP's Manoj Sonkar elected for top post

39-year-old BJP councillor Manoj Sonkar has been elected as the new mayor of the Chandigarh municipal corporation with a 16-12 majority. Studied till Class 7, Sonkar runs a liquor business.

Votes break down:

BJP: 16

INDIA bloc: 12

Invalid: 18

Jan 30, 2024 12:24 PM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Voting for mayoral post over; results soon

Voting has taken place for the post of mayor first. The result will be declared soon. After the votes are counted, the newly elected mayor will hold elections for the positions of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor.

Jan 30, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Polling begins, MP Kirron Kher to cast first vote

Polling for Chandigarh's mayoral post has started. MP Kirron Kher (ex offico member of the house) to cast the first vote. Polling time is 1 hour. Total number of votes to be polled is 36.

Jan 30, 2024 11:00 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: SAD councillor demands ‘NOTA’ option in ballot papers

Lone Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor in the 35-member house of MC had demanded the ‘NOTA’ option in the ballot paper but no provision has been made.

Deputy commissioner said there is no such provision in the MC Act to include the NOTA option.

Jan 30, 2024 10:30 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: AAP, Congress councillors present; some BJP councillors are not

Even though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the UT administration to hold the elections at 10 am, some BJP councillors have not reached the Assembly Hall till now. Besides, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh has not reached inside the hall.

Jan 30, 2024 9:49 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Who is in the fray from AAP, Congress and BJP?

  1. As the AAP and Congress have agreed to contest the mayoral polls by joining hands in a show of maiden fight against the BJP as members of the INDIA bloc, Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor from AAP is contesting for the mayoral post. He will face BJP's Manoj Sonkar.
  2. For senior deputy and deputy mayoral posts, the Congress has fielded Gurpreet Singh Gabi and Nirmala Devi, respectively. They will face BJP's Kuljeet Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma for the respective posts.
Jan 30, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Security tightened outside MC House

Security tightened outside Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office as voting begins shortly.

Jan 30, 2024 8:38 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Ahead of voting, parties treaded cautiously

As the battle for power in Chandigarh draws longer, cautious parties are keeping their councillors on the move. AAP has relocated its councillors to undisclosed locations and taken away the councillors’ phones. Congress councillors are moving across Punjab as they first paid obeisance at Golden Temple, Amritsar, and then at Nakodar Dargah on Thursday. BJP’s councillors are resting easy at home.

Jan 30, 2024 8:09 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: January 18 election deferment announced at 10:30 am, opposition cried foul

  1. The January 18 Chandigarh mayoral polls were deferred owing to the poor health of presiding officer Anil Masih.
  2. The announcement of deferring the elections was made at 10.30 am just as councillors from the opposition AAP and Congress assembled to participate in the election that was to begin at 11 am at the municipal corporation (MC) office in Sector 17, Chandigarh.
  3. BJP councillors were conspicuous by their absence. Outgoing mayor Anup Gupta of the BJP arrived at 11.45 am and said he had also got to know of the deferment at 10.30 am.
  4. Though the official message by MC landed in the councillors’ WhatsApp group around 10.30 am, the message of his ill health started making rounds of unofficial groups around 10 am.
  5. Soon after the message circulated and councillors were restricted from entering the MC building, the Congress-AAP councillors and party workers started the protest, alleging yet another political manoeuvre by the saffron fold to delay the election as they were not ready to face defeat. “No BJP councillor or MP Kirron Kher reached the MC office, which meant they already knew the elections won’t take place today,” said the protesting AAP councillors, accusing the BJP of misusing government apparatus.
Jan 30, 2024 8:03 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Anil Masih nominated as presiding officer

  1. The deputy commissioner nominated Anil Masih as the presiding officer to the Chandigarh mayoral polls. He had taken ill earlier, which eventually led to deferring the January 18 polls.
  2. According to MC rules, one of the nominated councillors is appointed as presiding officer for the mayor’s election, following which polling for senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor is conducted.
  3. When Masih was nominated as a councillor in October 2022, Masih was the general secretary of BJP’s Minority Morcha.
Jan 30, 2024 7:55 AM IST

Chandigarh Mayoral Polls Live: Why were the elections deferred earlier?

  1. The Chandigarh mayoral polls, scheduled for January 18, were postponed after presiding officer Anil Masih reportedly took ill.
  2. The notification of Masih's poor health came when AAP and Congress councillors assembled to vote for the municipal corporation office's mayoral and deputy mayoral posts. Notably, the BJP councillors were not present in front of the building, which triggered protests and the AAP and Congress members accused the BJP of orchestrating the turn of events.
  3. The Congress and the AAP had accused the BJP of not allowing the elections, fearing “imminent defeat”. The BJP dismissed the allegation.
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