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Assembly elections 2023 highlights: Campaigning for MP polls conclude; PM held 15 rallies, CM Chouhan 160 in last phase

Nov 16, 2023 12:52 AM IST

  • Assembly elections 2023: Leaders will make a last attempt today to sway voters in their favour ahead of polling day.

Welcome to our live blog coverage of the assembly elections in five states—Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram. With voting for the first phase of Chhattisgarh already over, eyes have now turned to the second phase of voting in the state on the day Madhya Pradesh will also go to polls. Today was also the last day of election campaigning in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh before the silence period kicks in. As the day unfolds, we will be your guide through the twists and turns of this electoral saga, providing frequent updates, analysis, and insights into the political landscape.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi (L to R).

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  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 09:06 PM

    Campaigning for MP assembly polls concludes; PM Modi held 15 public meetings, CM Chouhan 160 in last phase

    The election campaigning for the upcoming assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh concluded on Wednesday. With this, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a list of public meetings held by the party's star campaigners in the state in the last 30 days from the poll date.

    According to the list, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held 15 public meetings while state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed the highest 160 meetings in the state in view of the polls scheduled to be held on Friday.

    In the list of star campaigners, BJP national president JP Nadda held 14 public gatherings and state BJP president VD Sharma addressed 55 public meetings.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 06:38 PM

    Would Ram temple have been built under Congress rule, Adityanath asks during MP campaign

    "After a wait of 500 years" the construction of a grand temple at Ayodhya was about to be completed, CM Yogi Adityanath said. "Had the Congress been there (in power), would a grand Ram temple have been built at the Ram Janmabhoomi?" he asked. Under the BJP rule, the Kedarnath temple was restored following a natural disaster and the Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi and Mahakal Lok in Ujjain were developed, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister added. “When the Congress can neither work for development and the welfare of the poor, nor can it respect your faith, what is the point of carrying the burden of Congress?" he said.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 05:47 PM

    T’gana polls: Cong, BRS conspiring to defeat BJP in Kamareddy but KCR will lose both segments, says Kishan Reddy

    Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday predicted that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would lose in both the constituencies, Gajwel and Kamareddy, from where he is contesting in the upcoming assembly polls. Speaking to media persons, Reddy, who is also Union Minister for Tourism, alleged that both the BRS and Congress are conspiring to defeat the BJP candidate in Kamareddy.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 04:56 PM

    ‘Congress united in Rajasthan’: KC Venugopal scotches speculations of infighting ahead of Assembly polls

    Congress national general secretary KC Venugopal on Wednesday dismissed fears of disunity within the ranks saying that all leaders were working together to ensure the party's return to the hustings in poll-bound Rajasthan.

    His remarks come amid frenzied speculation in media circles of infighting among Congress members in Rajasthan. The reports have also spelt fresh fears of the opening of a fresh chapter in the running feud between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 03:48 PM

    ‘Abused the public,’ Chhattisgarh CM hits out at PM Modi over 'Murkho ke Sardar' remark against Rahul Gandhi

    Speaking to ANI the Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel said, "He has verbally abused the public, verbally abused our leader. PM Modi has become so arrogant that he doesn't consider anyone before him. Ye ahankar Ravan ka nahi raha toh Modi ka ye ahankar kahan tikega?"

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 02:49 PM

    ‘Chhattisgarh government has taken a historic decision, free education will be provided to students from KG to PG’: Rahul Gandhi

    "Chhattisgarh government has taken a historic decision, free education will be provided to students from KG to PG," Rahul Gandhi said addressing a poll rally in Chhattisgarh.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 01:44 PM

    Kamal Nath demands probe into viral videos linking Tomar's son to massive money transactions

    Former Madhya Pradesh, CM and veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath has demanded an investigation into the viral videos linking Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar's son with massive money transactions.

    "I want to know from the top leadership of the BJP whether the interest of the party and family comes first for them or the interest of the country. Three videos of the son of Union Minister and BJP candidate in the upcoming assembly elections, Narendra Singh Tomar, have surfaced so far. The matter, which allegedly started with a transaction of 100 crore, has now reached a transaction of up to 10,000 crore," Nath wrote in a post on X.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 01:06 PM

    Kharge’s rally at Amla cancelled as helicopter develops snag

    Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s election rally at Amla in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh was cancelled as the helicopter that was supposed to carry him developed some technical snag, reported PTI.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 01:05 PM

    Baghel hits back at Himanta

    Baghel has responded to the allegations made by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, turning the spotlight onto Sarma's alleged involvement in the Saradha Chit Fund scam.

    "Did Himanta Biswa Sarma receive a clean chit in the Saradha Chit Fund Scam? He should thank them that they did not take action, and he could become the CM."

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 01:02 PM

    ED and Baghel must have had a good connection: Himanta Biswa

    Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that the ED's approach to Bhupesh Baghel's case is unprecedented, saying, "I think ED has not shown that kind of concession to any politician anywhere in India."

    “They said before the court that Bhupesh Baghel accepted 508 crores. Still, they have not issued a notice to him so far. Baghel wants to thank ED. They never give such a facility to anyone else. ED and Baghel must have had a good connection. Otherwise, why was he not served a notice so far?…”

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 12:37 PM

    On EC's notice to Priyanka Gandhi, Congress alleges BJP's interference

    Congress MP Manickam Tagore alleged that the BJP is threatened by the campaign of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. "For that, they are using the Election Commission," Tagore claimed.

    "The election commission should be fair and neutral... They should act on the complaints that the Congress party has given them... They are not acting on those subjects..."

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 12:24 PM

    CM Baghel will go to jail after election: Anurag Thakur

    Union minister Anurag Thakur launched a scathing attack on the Congress party, accusing them of being synonymous with dynastic politics and corruption. Thakur also targeted Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, alleging involvement in several scams and corruption.

    "Where there is corruption, the Congress government is present there. Now when they are not able to answer the Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh public, they have stooped down and are passing derogatory remarks...CM Bhupesh Baghel has done several scams and corruption and on November 17 he will have to answer the public of Chhattisgarh. After this, he will go to jail and will have to answer in court too," Thakur told reporters.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 11:43 AM

    Congress questions PM-Kisan tranche timing

    The Congress party has raised concerns over the timing of the release of the 15th instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme, just two days ahead of crucial state elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

    Under the PM-Kisan scheme, initiated by the government to provide direct income support to farmers across the country, eligible farmers receive Rs. 6,000 annually in three equal instalments.

    "The 15th instalment under PM-Kisan is coming today i.e. on November 15, 2023. Now when elections are to be held in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in two days, in Rajasthan in 10 days and in Telangana in 15 days, the 15th instalment is being released today," Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X.

    "Is this delay not intentional?" Ramesh asked.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 11:22 AM

    BJP leader's supporter thrashes local for addressing complaint

    A supporter of BJP candidate Sanjay Pathak in Madhya Pradesh's Katni district allegedly assaulted a local resident who was addressing a complaint to the MLA. The incident, captured on video, shows Pathak's supporter slapping the victim. The victim filed a police complaint, and a case has been registered against one Rajnish Chouhan. The incident occurred during campaigning for the state assembly polls, with the MLA present at the scene.

    Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Manoj Kediya said, "On the complaint of the victim, a case has been registered against the accused under various sections and investigation into the matter is underway. After the probe, the accused will be arrested."

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 11:05 AM

    Rajasthan CM condoles Koonar's demise

    “I am deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Karanpur MLA and former minister Shri Gurmeet Singh Koonar. Despite being unwell for a long time, Shri Kunnar was always striving for development work in his area. Koonar Saheb's demise is an irreparable loss for the Congress Party and the politics of Rajasthan,” chief minister Ashok Gehlot said in a social media post.

    “I pray to God to give peace to the departed soul and courage to the family.”

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 10:42 AM

    Rajasthan assembly election: Congress candidate dies during treatment at AIIMS

    Congress's candidate from Rajasthan's Karanpur assembly constituency, Gurmeet Singh Koonar, died during treatment at AIIMS in New Delhi, party leaders said on Wednesday. He was 75.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 10:28 AM

    Clean sweep after PM's roadshow in Indore

    The entire stretch was cleaned up in a matter of hours.

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded a roadshow in Indore on Tuesday evening, he called upon the BJP Karyakartas to swiftly ensure the cleanliness of the entire route, sources said. True to the city's accolade as the cleanest in India, the entire stretch was cleaned within hours.

  • Wed, 15 Nov 2023 10:08 AM

    Telangana Congress leader's video viral ahead of polls

    A video of senior Congress leader and MP from Nalgonda, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, went viral on social media in which he was heard claiming that former party president Sonia Gandhi is going give him the CM post. The video emerged on social media ahead of the November 30 elections in Telangana.

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