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Akhilesh Yadav By Side, Arvind Kejriwal Briefs Media In Lucknow, Says BJP Will End Reservation If It Comes to Power

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Yadav claimed the BJP has been defeated in the first four phases of Lok Sabha polls. (Photo: PTI)

Kejriwal reiterated his claim that Yogi Adityanath will be removed as Uttar Pradesh chief minister if the BJP again comes to power

AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the BJP will change the Constitution and end reservation if it comes to power after the Lok Sabha polls.

“The people of BJP have always been against reservation. They will change the Constitution and end reservation after coming to power,” he said at a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav here.

Kejriwal reiterated his claim that Yogi Adityanath will be removed as Uttar Pradesh chief minister if the BJP again comes to power.

Yadav claimed the BJP has been defeated in the first four phases of Lok Sabha polls.

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A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi retreats to Kanyakumari on a three-day meditation break, the Congress on Wednesday approached the Election Commission, saying that the PM’s move constitutes a “violation” of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).Mobile App – https://onelink.to/desc-youtube



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Congress Attacks PM Over Mahatma Gandhi’s Remarks, Says Lie Is About To Pack Its Bags

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge came down heavily on the prime minister for his remarks and said ”it is time for the lie to pack its bags and go”

The Congress on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks that ”the world did not know of Mahatma Gandhi till the film ’Gandhi’ was made” and said those whose ideological ancestors were involved in his assassination can never follow the path of truth shown by the ’Mahatma’.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge came down heavily on the prime minister for his remarks and said ”it is time for the lie to pack its bags and go”.

”Those whose ideological ancestors along with Nathuram Godse were involved in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, can never follow the path of truth given by Bapu. Now the lie is about to pack its bags and go,” Kharge said in a post in Hindi on X.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also took a swipe at the prime minister, saying, ”Only the student of ’Entire Political Science’ would need to watch the film to know about Mahatma Gandhi.” Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, ”I don’t know in which world the outgoing Prime Minister lives where Mahatma Gandhi was not recognized across the world before 1982. If anyone has destroyed the legacy of the Mahatma, it is the outgoing Prime Minister himself. His own government has destroyed Gandhian institutions in Varanasi, Delhi and Ahmedabad.” This is the identity of the RSS workers that they do not know the nationalism of Mahatma Gandhi. It is due to the environment created by their ideology that Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi, Ramesh said in a post on X.

”The 2024 election has taken place between Mahatma bhakts and Godse bhakts. The defeat of the outgoing Prime Minister and his Godse bhakt companions is obvious,” Ramesh said.

Congress general secretary, organisation, K C Venugopal said Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest icon of modern history in the world. Even before Independence, he was a phenomenon that every colonised country admired and looked to for inspiration, he noted.

”Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, who Modi referred to in his ludicrous statement, were inspired by Gandhi himself. To think that a movie was required to popularise India’s greatest thought leader since the Buddha is not only ignorant, but also an insult to Bapu.

”It comes as no surprise that someone whose ideological forefathers were complicit in Gandhi’s assassination is so ill-informed about his global impact. The Entire Political Science graduate has once again shown why nobody takes him seriously anymore,” Venugopal said in a post on X.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also said in a post that he was appalled by the prime minister’s comment that ”the world did not know about Mahatma Gandhi until Richard Attenborough made the film Gandhi”.

”Has Mr Modi heard of the name Albert Einstein? Does Mr Modi know what Albert Einstein said of Mahatma Gandhi? Did Albert Einstein (died 1955) know about Mahatma Gandhi only after the film ’Gandhi’ was released (1982),” he asked.

Prime Minister Modi in a TV interview to ABP said, ”…Across the world, Mahatma Gandhi was a great person. Was it not our responsibility in these 75 years to ensure that the entire world knows Mahatma Gandhi. I am sorry to say that no one knows about him. The first time when the film ’Gandhi’ was made, it was then that there was curiosity across the world as to who this person was. We have not done so…” ”It was the task of this country to ensure that if the world knows about Martin Luther King, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela ji, then Gandhi was no less. One has to agree and I am saying this after travelling across the world that India should have got that importance due to Mahatma Gandhi. Solution to a lot of problems of the world lies in Gandhi. We have lost a lot…,” PM Modi said in his interview.

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Lok Sabha Polls Phase 6: Women’s Turnout Trumps Men on 60% Seats

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At least 60% of seats that went for polls in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections saw higher female turnouts than males, for the first time in the ongoing polls. It was also the second election phase in which the overall women’s turnout surpassed the men’s.

On May 25, a total of 58 seats across eight states and union territories had voting with an average turnout of 63.37%. As per the data from the Election Commission of India (ECI), the average female turnout was 64.95%, against 61.95% for males.

The analysis of data from the ECI by News18 shows that at least 34 seats saw higher female turnout than males. In addition, 24 of the Lok Sabha seats that voted last week saw higher female turnout this time when compared to 2019. Further, just 15 seats saw a higher average voter turnout than in 2019.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag–Rajouri saw a massive jump, of more than 45 percentage points, in overall turnout as well as female voter turnout. The seat, called Anantnag till 2019, reported an average turnout of 8.98% in 2019 while the female turnout was 7.62%. This time, the female turnout improved to 52.86% and overall turnout was 55.40%.

In the list of seats where female turnout was better than male, the top six positions were taken by constituencies from Bihar – Gopalganj, Sheohar, Maharajganj, Vaishali, Siwan, and Valmiki Nagar. The other seats in the list of top 10 were Bihar’s Purvi and Paschim Champaran.

Smaller districts in Uttar Pradesh also saw higher female participation – Domariyaganj, Lalganj, Sant Kabir Nagar, Azamgarh, Basti, Pratapgarh, and Machhlishahr.

On the other hand, at the bottom 10 positions in the list were nine seats from Haryana. Sonipat, Faridabad, Hisar, Karnal, and Sirsa are the bottom five. These seats had a higher male turnout.

Voter turnout is the percentage of voters that have actually taken part in an election out of the total eligible voters in a seat. A turnout of 63% means out of every 100 voters in a seat, 63 came out for polling. Female turnout is the percentage of women who step out to vote out of all the registered female voters.

Just seven seats saw female turnout above 80%, all from West Bengal. Tamluk, Kanthi, Bishnupur, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, and Bankura also reported female turnout above 80% in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. These seven seats also reported the highest female turnout among the 58 seats, similar to 2019.

The average voter turnout of the 58 seats was 63.37%, down from 64.50% in 2019.

Haryana’s Hisar, Kurukshetra, and Sonipat reported the highest drop in average voter turnout when compared to 2019. The three seats reported more than 70% voter turnout in 2019. It came down by more than seven percentage points.

The voter turnout in all the eight West Bengal Lok Sabha seats that polled under the sixth phase saw a drop. The average turnout on these seats in 2019 was 84.61%, which came down to 82.71% now.

Just three Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh – Shrawasti, Ambedkar Nagar, and Phulpur – reported higher voter turnout than in 2019. Out of the 14 seats from the state that saw polling under the sixth phase, 11 saw a fall in voter participation.

The average turnout of these 14 seats was 54.04% this time, slightly lower from 2019 (54.64%).

The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha polls will be conducted on June 1 while the counting of votes will be done on June 4.

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