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Assembly elections 2023 Highlights: BJP files complaint with EC against Rahul Gandhi

The counting of votes for assembly elections in five states – Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram – will take place on December 3.
A police officer stands guard as women voters wait in queue to cast their votes at a polling booth during Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, on the outskirts of Bhopal. (PTI)
A police officer stands guard as women voters wait in queue to cast their votes at a polling booth during Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, on the outskirts of Bhopal. (PTI)

Welcome to our live blog coverage of the assembly elections in five states – Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram. The democratic process is in full swing, with Rajasthan gearing up for the crucial voting day on November 25, while Telangana is set to cast its votes on November 30. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram have already exercised their electoral rights....Read More

In the lead-up to the Rajasthan assembly elections, a significant political event unfolded as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje took the stage together at an election rally. This development is noteworthy, as it is seen by many as an effort to convey a united front within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The rally, held on Tuesday, marked the first instance of Modi and Raje sharing a platform since the announcement of the elections. Raje, a prominent figure in the BJP, is speculated to be in the running for the chief ministerial position should the party emerge victorious in the state.

As the electoral drama unfolds across these diverse states, stay tuned with us for real-time updates, analysis, and insights into the political dynamics shaping the outcomes.

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Nov 22, 2023 8:55 PM IST

EC asks Congress to explain misleading newspaper ad

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed Congress to explain the design and placement of an advertisement in the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, which was placed like a news item “with a view to disorient the electors”. The notice was issued to Congress’s Rajasthan state president Govind Singh Dotasra in response to a complaint filed by the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday. More details.

Nov 22, 2023 5:53 PM IST

BJP moves Election Commission against Rahul Gandhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party has moved the Election Commission against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's ‘pickpocket’ and ‘panauti’ (bad omen) jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Panauti... Panauti... Panauti... our boys were well on their way to winning the world cup but Panauti made them lose... the people of this country know,” Gandhi said at a rally in poll-bound Rajasthan on Tuesday. More details here.

Nov 22, 2023 5:29 PM IST

Rajasthan: JP Nadda addresses rally in Dausa

BJP national president JP Nadda is addressing a public rally in Rajasthan's Dausa.

"Is it not true that Rajasthan is now at the number one spot in terms of corruption, atrocities against women, religious appeasement and atrocities against Dalits and backward classes?" he asks, according to ANI.

Nov 22, 2023 4:46 PM IST

Madhya Prades: CM holds meeting to discuss preparation for counting day

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today held a meeting with BJP leaders in Bhopal on Tuesday, ahead of the counting of votes for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections on December 3. He said, "We held discussions with the candidates and also prepared for the counting day," according to PTI.

Nov 22, 2023 1:39 PM IST

High command will decide: Gehlot on his role after elections

Speaking about his role after the election result, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, "My role has always been whatever the high command wants. I do not decide my own role. The role that high command will give me, I will stick to that"

Nov 22, 2023 12:45 PM IST

Gehlot government will never be formed: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it is his prophecy that not only this time but the Ashok Gehlot-led government will never be formed in the state.

"Today, taking the blessings of Mavji Maharaj Ji, I am daring to make a prediction. It is the power of this holy land that this thought has come to my mind and I am taking this courage by seeking forgiveness from Mavji Maharaj. People of Rajasthan should write what I am saying- the prediction is that Ashok Gehlot's government will never be formed in Rajasthan," PM Modi said.

Nov 22, 2023 11:47 AM IST

'Vote for me across 200 seats': Gehlot's emotional appeal ahead of Rajasthan assembly polls

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot made an emotional appeal to voters ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

"There are 200 candidates contesting the election, I got requests from around 150 places but I can't go everywhere for campaign, so I am appealing to everyone that you imagine that I am contesting the election from all these 200 seats. I request you to repeat this government again. You (people) don't have to see who is contesting from the local level," Gehlot said while speaking to ANI.

Nov 22, 2023 11:19 AM IST

Triangular contest takes shape in Kamareddy segment

A three-way contest is shaping up for the upcoming elections in the Kamareddy assembly seat in Telangana. Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao is running from this constituency, giving an advantage to his party, BRS, which holds organizational strength over the relatively weaker opposition. State Congress President Revanth Reddy and BJP's K Venkata Ramana Reddy are challenging the CM in this electoral battle scheduled for November 30. The contest intensified after the BRS chief chose to contest from Kamareddy, leading to a shift for former Congress Minister Mohammad Ali Shabbir. The BJP is emphasizing the "local versus outsider" narrative, with Ramana Reddy pledging local availability and promising development initiatives, reported PTI. Some Congress supporters feel a local candidate would have posed a tougher challenge, according to the report.

Nov 22, 2023 9:48 AM IST

AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi threatens police inspector

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi's brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi on Tuesday threatened a police inspector who was asking him to follow model code of conduct.

"Do you think that after facing knives and bullets, I got weak, still there's lots of courage in me. Five minutes are left and I'll address five minutes, no one can stop me. If I give a signal then you'll have to run, shall we make him run? This is what I'm saying they come like this to weaken us," Owaisi said.

Nov 22, 2023 9:26 AM IST

Ex CM Raman Singh promises probe into Jheeram Ghati massacre if voted back to power

Former chief minister Raman Singh assured immediate probe into the 2013 Jheeram Ghati massacre if BJP is voted back to power in Chhattisgarh. The Surpeme Court on Tuesday rejected the National Investigative Agency's (NIA) plea against the Chhattisgarh police's probe into the Jheeram Ghati killings of Congress leaders in the state in 2013.

Senior Congress leaders, like Vidyacharan Shukla, Nandkumar Patel, Mahendra Karma and many others, including security forces personnel, were killed after their convoy was attacked by Naxals in Jheeram Valley in Bastar district on May 25, 2013.