BJP breaching ‘coalition dharma’, says ally SAD
The Shiromani Akali Dal, one of the oldest allies of the BJP, on Thursday accused it of using political muscle to force an Haryana MLA to join it ahead of the Assembly election.
MLA, Balkaur Singh had joined the BJP in New Delhi.
Upset over the episode, the Akali Dal’s core committee held a meeting in Amritsar, and said the BJP’s act was against the principle of coalition “dharma”.
Congress candidate leading in Dantewada assembly bypoll count
The Congress candidate was leading by a margin of 2,778 votes in the Dantewada assembly bypoll where counting was taken up on Friday morning, officials said.
The counting of votes in the bypoll held on September 23 in the Naxal-affected seat began at 8 at the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) campus in Dantewada district headquarters,a poll official said.
As per the early trends, Devti Karma of the Congress was leading by a margin of 2,778 votes against her nearest rival Ojaswi Mandavi of the BJP, he said.
Karma had secured 6,720 votes, while Mandavi got 3942 votes after initial rounds of counting, he added.
The ruling Congress and main opposition BJP are locked in a direct fight in this seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribe, where bypoll was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in a Maoist attack in April this year. –PTI
BJP determined to take the largest share in Maharashtra Assembly polls
The BJP will most likely hold a meeting of its central election committee (CEC) for clearing the candidates for the Haryana Assembly election on or after September 29, and await the declaration of its seat-sharing arrangement with the Shiv Sena for the Maharashtra polls around the same time.
Party president Amit Shah was engaged in day-long meetings on Wednesday and Thursday with core groups of both States at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. International wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former India hockey captain Sandeep Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Balkaur Singh joined the party while the meetings were under way.