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BSP Announced UP Loksabha Candidate List Election 2014 today 20.03.2014

BSP Announced UP Loksabha Candidate List Election 2014 today 20.03.2014. Bahujan Samaj Party announced the first list of 36 Lok Sabha candidates,

Bahujan Samaj Party to go alone in upcoming Lok Sabha polls 2014. 29 from OBC,17 from SC/ST, 7 women, 18 Muslims and 21 Brahmins have been given the ticket by BSP

Sl No Loksabha Seat BSP Candidate Name
1 Saharanpur Jagdish rana
2 Kairan Kanwar Hassan
3 Muzaffarnaga Qadir Rana
4 Bijnor Maluk Nagar
5 Nagin S Girish Chandra Jatav
6 Moradaba Haji Yaqub Qureshi
7 Rampu Haji Akbar Hussain
8 Sambha Aqilurehman Khan
9 Amroh Haji Farhat Hassan alias haji Shabban
10 Meeru Haji Shahid Ikhlaq
11 Baghpa Prashant Chaudhary
12 Ghaziaba Mukul Upadhyay
13 Gauta Budd Naga Satish Awana
14 Bulandshaha S Pradip Jatav
15 Aligar Thakur Arvind Kumar Singh
16 Hathra S Manoj Kumar Soni
17 Mathur Pandit Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi
18 Agr S Narayan Singh
19 Fatehpu Sikr Ms Seema Upadhyay
20 Firozaba Thakur Vishwadeep Singh
21 Mainpur Dr Sanghamitra Maurya
22 Eta Engineer Noor Mohammed
23 Badayu Akmal Khan alias Chaman
24 Aonl Ms Sunita Shakya
25 Bareill Umesh Gautam
26 Pilibhi Anees Ahmed alias Phool Babu
27 Shahjahanpu S Umed Singh Kashyap
28 Khir Arvind Giri
29 Dhaurhar Daud Ahmed
30 Sitapu Smt  Qaiser Jahan
31 Hardo S Shiv Prasad Verma
32 Misrik S Ashok Rawat
33 Unna Brajesh Pathak
34 Mohanlalgan S R K Chaudhary
35 Luckno Nakul Dubey
36 Ra Bareli Pravesh Singh
37 Ameth Dr Dharmendra Pratap Singh
38 Sultanpu Pawan Pandey
39 Pratapgar Asif Nizamuddin Siddiqui
40 Farrukhaba Jaiveer Singh
41 Etawa S Ajaypal Singh Jatav
42 Kannau Nirmal Tiwari
43 Kanpu Salim Ahmed
44 Akbarpu Anil Shukla Warsi
45 Jalau S Brijlal Khabri
46 Jhans Ms Anuradha Sharma
47 Hamirpu Rakesh Goswami
48 Band R K Singh Patel
49 Fatehpu Afzal Siddiqui
50 Koshamb S Suresh Passi
51 Phulpu Kapilmuni Karwaria
52 Allahabad Keshari Devi Patel
53 Barabank S Kamla Prasad Rawat
54 Faizaba Jitendra Singh alias bablu
55 Ambedka Naga Rakesh Pandey
56 Bahraic S Dr Vijay Kumar
57 Kaisergan Krishna Kumar Ojha
58 Balrampu Lalji Verma
59 Gond Akbar Ahmed Dumpy
60 Dumariyagan Mohammed Muqeem
61 Bast Ram Prasad Chaudhary
62 San Kabi Naga Bhishma Shankar Tiwari alias Kushal Tiwari
63 Maharajgan Kashinath Shukla
64 Gorakhpu Rambhual Nishad
65 Kushinaga Sangam Mishra
66 Deori Niyaz Khan
67 Bansgao S Sadal Prasad
68 Lalgan S Dr Baliram
69 Azamgar Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali
70 Ghos Dara Singh Chauhan
71 Salempu Ravi Shankar Singh alias Pappu
72 Balli Virendra Kumar Pathak
73 Jaunpu Subhash Pandey
74 Machhlishah S V P Saroj
75 Ghazipu Kailashnath Singh Yadav
76 Chandaul Anil Kumar Maurya
77 Varanasi Vijay Prakash Jaiswal
78 Bhadoh Rakeshdhar Tripathi
79 Mirzapu Smt Samudra Bind
80 Robertsgan S Sharda Prasad

BJP releases 3rd Candidate list today for LS Poll 2014- Sushma Swaraj from Vidisha, Ahluwalia contest from Darjeeling

BJP releases 3rd Candidate list today for LS Poll 2014- Sushma Swaraj from Vidisha, Ahluwalia Darjeeling

 

Committee has decided the following names for the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2014 of different States.

ASSAM

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

1. 1.

1

Karimganj (SC) Shri Krishna Das  
2. 2.

2

Silchar Shri Kabindra Purkayastha Sitting MP
3. 3.

4

Dhubri Dr. Debomoy Sanyal Distt. Vice President
4. 4.

6

Barpeta Shri Chandra Mohan Patowari  
5. 5.

9

Tezpur Shri Ram Prasad Sharma  
6. 6.

13

Dibrugarh Shri Rameshwar Teli  

 

 

BIHAR

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

7. 1.

1

Valmiki Nagar Shri Satish Dubey MLA
8. 2.

2

Paschim Champaran Dr. Sanjay Jayaswal Sitting MP
9. 3.

3

Purvi Champaran Shri Radha Mohan Singh Sitting MP
10. 4.

4

Sheohar Smt. Rama Devi Sitting MP
11. 5.

6

Madhubani Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadav Sitting MP
12. 6.

9

Araria Shri Pradeep Singh Sitting MP
13. 7.

10

Kishanganj Dr. Dilip Jayaswal MLC
14. 8.

11

Katihar Shri Nikhil Kumar Chaudhary Sitting MP
15. 9.

12

Purnia Shri Uday Singh Sitting MP
16. 10.

13

Madhepura Shri Vijay Kumar Kushwaha  
17. 11.

14

Darbhanga Shri Kirti Jha Azad Sitting MP
18. 12.

15

Muzaffarpur Shri Ajay Nishad  
19. 13.

17

Gopalganj (SC) Shri Janak Chamar  
20. 14.

18

Siwan Shri Om Prakash Yadav Sitting MP
21. 15.

20

Saran Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy Sitting MP (RS)
22. 16.

22

Ujiarpur Shri Nityanand Rai MLA
23. 17.

24

Begusarai Shri Bhola Singh Sitting MP
24. 18.

26

Bhagalpur Shri Shahnawaz Hussain Sitting MP
25. 19.

27

Banka Smt. Putal Devi Sitting MP
26. 20.

31

Pataliputra Shri Ram Kripal Yadav Sitting MP
27. 21.

32

Arrah Shri R.K. Singh  
28. 22.

34

Sasaram (SC) Shri Chhedi Paswan MLA
29. 23.

37

Aurangabad Shri Sushil Singh Sitting MP
30. 24.

38

Gaya (SC) Shri Hari Majhi Sitting MP
31. 25.

39

Nawada Shri Giriraj Singh MLC

 

 

KARNATAKA

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

32. 1.

15

Udupi Chikmagalur Kum. Shobha Karandlaje  
33. 2.

19

Tumkur Shri G.S. Basavaraj  
34. 3.

20

Mandya Shri Shivalingaiah  
35. 4.

21

Mysore Shri Prathap Simha  
36. 5.

28

Kolar (SC) Shri M. Narayanaswamy  

 

 

KERALA

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

37. 1.

2

Kannur Shri P.C. Mohanan Master National Secy. Kisan Morcha
38. 2.

3

Vadakara Shri V.K. Sajeeva State Spokesman
39. 3.

4

Wayanad Shri P.R. Rasmilnath  
40. 4.

5

Kozhikode Shri C.K. Padmanabhan National Executive Member
41. 5.

6

Malappuram Adv. Sreeprakash Distt. Secretary
42. 6.

7

Ponnani Shri K. Narayanan Master Distt. President
43. 7.

8

Palakkad Smt. Shobha Surendran National Executive Member
44. 8.

9

Alathur (SC) Shri Shajumon Vattekad State President SC Morcha
45. 9.

10

Thrissur Shri K.P. Sreesan State General Secretary
46. 10.

11

Chalakudy Adv. B. Gopalakrishnan  
47. 11. 13 Idukki Adv. Sabu Varghese State President Minority Morcha
48. 12.

17

Pathanamthitta Shri M.T. Ramesh State Vice President
49. 13.

18

Kollam Shri P.M. Velayudhan State Vice President
50. 14.

19

Attingal Smt. Girijakumari  

 

 

 

 

 

MADHYA PRADESH

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

51. 1.

1

Morena Shri Anup Mishra Ex-Minister
52. 2.

2

Bhind (SC) Shri Bhagirath Prasad Singh Ex-IAS
53. 3.

3

Gwalior Shri Narendra Singh Tomar State President
54. 4.

4

Guna Shri Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya MLA
55. 5.

6

Tikamgarh (SC) Shri Virendra Khatik Sitting MP
56. 6.

7

Damoh Shri Prahlad Patel Ex-MP
57. 7.

9

Satna Shri Ganesh Singh Sitting MP
58. 8.

10

Rewa Shri Janardan Mishra Distt. President
59. 9.

11

Sidhi Smt. Riti Pathak Distt. President Panchayat
60. 10.

12

Shahdol (ST) Shri Dalpat Singh Paraste Ex-MP
61. 11.

13

Jabalpur Shri Rakesh Singh Sitting MP
62. 12.

14

Mandla (ST) Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste Sitting MP (RS)
63. 13.

16

Chhindwara Ch. Chandrabhan Singh, MLA
64. 14.

17

Hoshangabad Shri Rao Uday Pratap Singh Sitting MP
65. 15.

18

Vidisha Smt. Sushma Swaraj LOP (Lok Sabha)
66. 16.

20

Rajgarh Shri Rodmal Nagar  
67. 17.

21

Dewas (SC) Shri Manohar Utwal MLA
68. 18.

22

Ujjain (SC) Prof. Chintamani Malviya  
69. 19.

24

Ratlam (ST) Shri Dilip Singh Bhuria Ex-MP
70. 20.

25

Dhar (ST) Smt. Savitri Thakur  
71. 21.

26

Indore Smt. Sumitra Mahajan Sitting MP
72. 22.

27

Khargone (ST) Shri Subhash Patel  
73. 23.

28

Khandwa Shri Nandkumar Singh Chauhan Ex-MP
74. 24.

29

Betul (ST) Smt. Jyoti Dhurve Sitting MP

 

 

MAHARASHTRA

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

75. 1.

29

Mumbai North Central Smt. Poonam Mahajan National Secretary
76. 2.

42

Solapur (SC) Shri Sharad Bansode  

 

 

JHARKHAND

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

77. 1.

1

Rajmahal (ST) Shri Hemlal Murmu MLA
78. 2.

2

Dumka (ST) Shri Sunil Soren Ex-MLA
79. 3.

3

Godda Shri Nishikant Dubey Sitting MP
80. 4.

4

Chatra Shri Sunil Singh  
81. 5.

5

Kodarma Dr. Ravindra Kumar Rai State President
82. 6.

6

Giridih Shri Ravindra Pandey Sitting MP
83. 7.

7

Dhanbad Shri Pashupati Nath Singh Sitting MP
84. 8.

8

Ranchi Shri Ramtahal Chaudhary Ex-MP
85. 9.

10

Singhbhum (ST) Shri Laxman Gilua MLA
86. 10.

11

Khunti (ST) Shri Kariya Munda Sitting MP
87. 11.

12

Lohardaga (ST) Shri Sudarshan Bhagat Sitting MP
88. 12.

13

Palamau (SC) Shri V.S. Ram Ex-IPS
89. 13.

14

Hazaribagh Shri Jayant Sinha  

 

 

LAKSHADWEEP

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

90. 1.

1

Lakshadweep (ST) Shri M.P. Sayed Mohammaed Koya  

 

 

WEST BENGAL

Sl.

No.

Constituency No. & Name

Name of Candidate

Remarks

91. 1.

2

Alipurduars (ST) Shri Birendra Bora Oraon  
92. 2.

4

Darjeeling Shri S.S. Ahluwalia Ex-MP
93. 3.

8

Maldaha Dakshin Shri Bishnu Pada Roy Distt. Treasurer
94. 4.

10

Baharampur Shri Debesh Kumar Adhikari  
95. 5.

19

Joynagar (SC) Shri Biplab Mondal  
96. 6.

31

Kanthi Shri Kamalendu Pahari Distt. Vice President
97. 7.

35

Purulia Shri Bikash Banerjee Distt. President

NCP releases candidate list for Maharashtra upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2014

Loksabha Candidate List for Maharashtra Poll 2014: Sharad Pawar-led NCP to announce first candidate list for Maharashtra upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2014 from 18 out of 22 Parliamentary constituency. In 2009 General Election Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has won 8 loksabha seats.

Below are the candidate list of NCP Party

Praful Patel From Bhandara Gondia Loksabha Seat

Chhagan Bhujbal From Nashik Loksabha Seat

Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil From Madha Loksabha Seat

Pradmasinhh Patil From Osmanabad Loksabha Seat

Supriya Sule From Baramati Loksabha Seat

Udayanraje Bhosale From Satara Loksabha Seat

Satish Patil From Jalgaon Loksabha Seat

Sanjeev Naik From Thane Loksabha Seat

Sanjay Patil From Mumbai north east Loksabha Seat

Anand ParanjapeFrom Kalyan Dombivli Loksabha Seat

Rajiv Rajale From Ahmednagar Loksabha Seat

Manish Jain From Raver Loksabha Seat

Krishnarao Ingale From Buldhana Loksabha Seat

Devdatta Nikam From Shirur Loksabha Seat

Vijay Bhamle From Parbhani Loksabha Seat

Dhananjay Mahadik From Kolhapur Loksabha Seat

Navneet Rana From Amravati Loksabha Seat

Bharati Pawar From Dindori Loksabha Seat.

 

Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya Assembly Poll 2013 Date announced

The Election Commission on Friday announced polling dates for three north-east states – Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

According to the announcement, assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 14 and in Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 23. The counting votes will take place on February 28.

The EC also announced bye-elections to nine assembly constituencies in Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab on February 23 and in Assam, Bihar and Maharashtra on February 24, but their results will be out together on February 28.

 

Tripura Nagaland Meghalaya
Polling date February 14 February 23 February 23
Result to declared on February 28 February 28 February 28

Samajwadi Party names 55 candidates for Lok Sabha polls

Lucknow, Nov 16 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party(SP) Friday announced 55 candidates for the next general elections due in 2014, the first off the block in the race to parliament, and said that candidates for 25 seats would be declared later.

Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav announced 55 candidates for the 80 Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh at the party headquarters in the state. While SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will again contest from Mainpuri, 16 other MPs have been repeated.

Ram Gopal Yadav, Mulayam Singh’s cousin, said that 17 sitting MPs, including Mulayam Singh, have been repeated in the list.

The party has also fielded Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey from Dumariyaganj.

The list includes Dimple Yadav, wife of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. She would be contesting from Kannuaj, a seat thrice held by her husband. She had won from Kannauj in a recent by−poll afterAkhilesh Yadav vacated the seat to move to the state legislature.

Akshay Yadav, Mulayam Singh’s nephew, would contest from Firozabad. He is likely to fight a tough battle against sitting Congress MP and actor Raj Babbar, who was once with the SP.

Ashok Bajpai is the SP candidate from Lucknow, Surendra Singh Patel from Varanasi, Tilakram Verma from Faizabad and Maharaj Singh Dhangar from Agra.

Seventeen sitting MPs are contesting. They include Yashveer Singh (from Nageena), Dharmendra Yadav (Budayun), Mithlesh Kumar (Shahjahanpur), Usha Verma (Hardoi), Sushila Saroj (Mohanlalganj), Premdas Katheria (Etawah), Ghanshyam Anuragi (Jalaun), R.K. Patel (Banda), Rakesh Sachan (Fatehpur), Shailendra Kumar (Kaushambi), Kunwar Reoti Raman Singh (Allahabad), Brij Bhushan Saran Singh (Qaiserganj), late former prime minister Chandra Shekhar’s son Neeraj Shekhar (Ballia), and Pakaudi Lal Kol (Robertsganj).

Ram Gopal Yadav said that the SP was ready for the polls. “This will give us time to prepare for the Lok Sabha polls whenever they are held,” he added.

 

Source: http://in.news.yahoo.com/samajwadi-party-names-55-candidates-lok-sabha-polls-101417358.html

US election live: Obama thanks his supporters, says the best is yet to come

Washington: 12:15 pm: US President Barack Obama also congratulated Republican Mitt Romney for ‘hard campaigning’. “I spoke to Romney and congratulate him for a hard campaign,” Obama said. “I hope to sit down with Mitt Romney in the future to help move the country forward,” the President added.

12:10 pm: US President Barack Obama thanked his supporters after being re-elected on Tuesday. Speaking at his headquarters in Chicago, Obama said, “We are an American family and we rise as one nation.”

“The American people remind us that the road has been hard, the journey has been long. We know in our hearts that for USA the best is yet to come,” he said.

11.25 AM: Mitt Romney concedes, says “I have called Obama for his victory. I have congratulated President Obama. I congratulate Obama for his second term.

11.16 AM: Latest CNN projection: Barack Obama at 303 and Mitt Romney at 203.

11.10 AM: CNN projection: Barack Obama wins Virginia (13).

11.06 AM: President Barack Obama surges ahead in the popular votes.

11.02 AM: CNN projection: 73 per cent of popular votes in, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at 49 per cent each.

10.52 AM: Obama will win Colorado (9), CNN projects.

10.32 AM: Mitt Romney is not ready to concede defeat, says aide.

10.24 AM: Obama will win Nevada, CNN projects.

10 AM: Obama tweeted, “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. – Barack Obama.”

9.54 AM: ”This happened because of you. Thank you,” Obama has tweeted.

9.49 AM: Obama will win Ohio. Obama will be re-elected President, CNN projects.

9.42 AM: New Mexico (5): Obama wins.

9.40 AM: Obama wins Iowa (6).

9.38 AM: Latest CNN projection: Barack Obama at 238 and Mitt Romney at 191.

9.35 AM: Romney will win North Carolina, Obama will win Wisconsin, CNN projects.

9.33 AM: Electoral vote update: Obama 238, Romney 191.

9.30 AM: CNN projections: Obama will win Hawaii, DC. Idaho – Romney 4, Montana – Romney 4, California – Obama 55, Washington – Obama 12.

9.30 AM: Obama will win California, CNN projects.

9.20 AM: Obama will win Minnesota (10), CNN projects.

9.17 AM: AP reports that Mitt Romney has won Arizona (11 seats).

9.15 AM Iowa (6): Around 31 per cent of the votes have been counted. Barack Obama maintains a comfortable lead.

9.12 AM: CNN projections: Wisconsin is likely to shift from a Romney lead to an Obama lead.

9.03 AM: In Florida (29), Barack Obama is leading as 87 per cent of the votes have been counted; In Ohio (18), 59 per cent of the votes have been counted and President Obama is leading. These are two key battleground states.

9.01 AM: Wisconsin: Mitt Romney leads with 51 per cent of the votes, says CNN projection.

9 AM: CNN projections: In Ohio, Obama at 51, Romney at 48. Obama has advantage of over 80,000 votes.

8.58 AM: CNN Projection: Obama doing good in Florida at 50 per cent to Romney’s 49 per cent (80 per cent votes).

8.54 AM: Obama has taken the lead in Florida, with 87 per cent of the vote counted. He’s up 50 per cent-49 per cent.

8.36 AM: CNN projection: Barack Obama will win New Hampshire (4 electoral votes).

8.34 AM: CNN projections: Iowa – Obama 52, Romney 46, Montana – Romney 53, Obama 43, Nevada – Obama 51, Romney 45

8.32 AM: No projections in Iowa, Nevada and Montana.

8.30 AM: Romney will win Utah, CNN projects.

8.12 AM: CNN projections: Obama wins Pennysylvania by 60 against 39 for Romney.

8.10 AM: New Hampshire (4 electoral votes): Barack Obama maintains lead with 16 per cent of the votes counted.

8.05 AM: US elections CNN projection: House of Representatives will stay Republican while the Senate will stay Democrat. Whoever becomes the President will have a tough old time again.

8.01: AM New Mexico (5 electoral votes): Barack Obama leads with 22 per cent votes counted.

8 AM: Florida (29 votes): Mitt Romney maintains a slender lead with 78 per cent votes counted.

7.59 AM: All eyes continue to be on Ohio, where the race is too close to call.

7.56 AM: Obama leads in Colorado (9 Electoral Votes).

7.55 AM: CNN projections so far: Romney at 152 electoral votes (17 states); Obama at 123 electoral votes (11 states plus DC).

7.50 AM: CNN projections:- Colorado – Romney 62, Obama 36. New Hampshire – Obama 56, Romney 43. Virginia (54 per cent Obama and 45 per cent Romney) and Ohio (55 per cent Obama and 44 per cent Romney).

7.42 AM: Mitt Romney maintains a huge lead in Virginia; Barack Obama surges ahead in Ohio.

7.41 AM: Mitt Romney takes a slender lead in Florida, leads in North Carolina.

7.40 AM: CNN Projections: Republicans to keep the house of representatives.

7.38 AM: Barack Obama wins Michigan. Current projection: Mitt Romen 152, Obama 123.

7.30 AM: Romney will win Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska (3 electoral votes), North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Obama will win Michigan, New Jersey and New York, CNN projects.

7.27 AM: Polls closing in another 14 states including Arzona and Colorada.

7.15 AM: Electoral vote update: Romney 82, Obama 64. 270 needed to win.

7.14 AM: Mitt Romney wins Alabama. Romney 82, Obama 64

7.12 AM: Chicago and Boston about to close voting

7.10 AM: CNN projections: Florida – Obama 53, Romney 47

7:04 AM: Mitt Romney has won in Arkansas (6), Tennessee (11).

6.52 AM: Mitt Romney has won in Indiana, a state won by President Barack Obama four years ago. Romney is also the winner in South Carolina, a state where Obama is deeply unpopular. Those states have 20 electoral votes between them. Obama has won his home state of Illinois, as well as Mitt Romney’s home state of Massachusetts and Vice President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.

There have been no surprises in the returns so far from Eastern and Midwestern states. Obama wins the 20 electoral votes in Illinois, and the 11 in Massachusetts, along with 10 in Maryland and Delaware’s three. He’s also the winner in Connecticut, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia. And in Maine, which splits its electoral votes, Obama has won at least three of the four votes. Romney won in Oklahoma, with seven electoral votes.

6.50 AM: According to CNN, with 56 per cent of precincts reporting in Florida, Romney stands at 51 per cent and Obama at 48 per cent among 4.3 million ballots. With 13 per cent of precincts reporting in Ohio, Obama stands at 58 per cent and Romney at 41 per cent among slightly more than 500,000 ballots. With 3 per cent of precincts reporting in New Hampshire, Obama stands at 65 per cent and Romney at 34 per cent among approximately 23,000 ballots. With 16 per cent of precincts reporting in Virginia, Romney stands at 57 per cent and Obama at 42 per cent among nearly 600,000 ballots.

6.45 AM: US elections CNN projection: Mitt Romney will win Georgia.

6.30 AM: Obama will win Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine (three out of four electoral votes), Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Romney will win Oklahoma, CNN projects.

6.11 AM: Mitt Romney has captured West Virginia and its five electoral votes. President Barack Obama is unpopular in the state, and West Virginia GOP officials have been hoping that would lead to victories for other Republicans on the ballot. Romney earlier won in Kentucky, giving him 13 electoral votes overall, while Obama was the winner of Vermont’s three electoral votes.

6.03 AM: Romney will win West Virginia, CNN projects.

5.59 AM: Five per cent of votes counted in Florida, tie between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

5.55 AM: US elections CNN projection: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins Indiana.

5.50 AM: The polls are starting to close in the eastern United States, and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each have an early victory. As expected, Obama was the winner in Vermont, with three electoral votes, while Romney captured Kentucky’s eight electoral votes. Vermont voters also re-elected Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

5.33 AM: First polls close: Romney wins Kentucky, Obama wins Vermont, CNN projects.

5.24 PM: According to Reuters-Ipsos Election Day polling, one in three Obama voters said the economy was the most important issue for them, while half of Romney voters agreed. Healthcare was the second most important issue for Obama voters and the budget deficit was second for Romney voters. Unemployment was third for both. Three-quarters of both Romney and Obama supporters decided to vote for their preferred candidate before the October debates, according to the data.

5.16 PM: According to CNN, results are already coming in from Indiana. While the presidential election there isn’t considered close, the race for US Senate could come down to the wire.

5.14 AM: Some information on early exit polls from Florida: 67 per cent of today’s voters are White, 16 per cent are Hispanic, 13 per cent are Black and 1 per cent are Asian. Forty-nine percent of today’s Florida voters say President Obama would better handle Medicare while 47 per cent say Romney. Twenty per cent of Florida’s voters –one in five– waited until late in the campaign to decide which presidential candidate to support, while 78 per cent say they made up their minds before October 20th.

5.05 AM: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote a 1,118-word victory speech on Tuesday as he concluded his quest for the presidency, claiming he had no regrets.

4.45 AM: The first nationwide exit poll results by CNN are in, and here’s some preliminary data heading into election night: 60 per cent of voters say the economy is the most important issue facing the country, followed by 15 per cent who said the deficit, and 17 per cent who said healthcare. What’s the most important candidate quality? 29 per cent said “a vision for future,” 28 per cent said “share my values,” 19 per cent said “strong leader,” and 20 per cent said “cares about people.” Who is more in touch with people like you? 52 per cent said Obama and 44 per cent said Romney. Who would better handle the economy? 47 per cent said Obama and 51 per cent said Romney.

4.41 AM: Mitt Romney told Reuters that it was quite a moment for him to see his name on the ballot. He said, “We’ve been working for this a long, long time and to be on the ballot for the presidency of the United States is very humbling. It’s a great honor and I hope that I have the chance to serve.”

On Election Day, Americans took time to vote, and to explain why this ritual means so much to them. At polling places and in luncheonettes, in the storm-battered New York metro area and a California city hobbled by foreclosure, in precincts large and small, they celebrated democracy – and the end of a long and bitter campaign.

Turnout appears to be high in many parts of the country, with long waits at some polling places as voters deliver their Election Day verdict.

Both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama need their supporters to show up in high numbers. A robust turnout among minorities would favor Obama, while Romney is looking for a strong showing among working-class white men.

Several storm-ravaged areas of New York and New Jersey and several swing states are reporting heavy turnout. The out reports were a relief for officials who feared Superstorm Sandy might keep people from the polls.

More than 131 million people turned out to vote for president in 2008, shattering all previous records. This year, more than 32 million people voted before Election Day, either by mail or in person.

 

 

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Eyeing 2014, BJP in UP bends ‘backwards’

Lucknow: Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bending ‘backwards’, literally, in Uttar Pradesh to realize its national political ambitions?

They are tailoring an “all inclusive” major action plan to pitchfork its backward caste leaders as they undertake a major campaign in the country’s most populous state.

Insiders say that with UP accounting for 80 Lok Sabha seats, party leaders are leaving nothing to chance for the parliamentary polls less than two years away.

“We are not just hinging on middle class anger against corruption and price rise but are also working on a serious vote bank plan that includes wooing the backward class in Uttar Pradesh,” party leaders said.

So, while the BJP has almost stitched up a deal with its former satrap Kalyan Singh, a Lodh, to return to its fold, it will hold six ‘backward conventions’ across the state.

The brain behind the first of its kind convention are leaders like Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti and Om Prakash Singh and party’s national president Nitin Gadkari.

“We have the blessings of the national leadership and we are sure that the backward castes, like in the 1990s, would be rallying behind the BJP this time,” said another senior leader.
With Kalyan Singh’s return, the party aims at mobilizing the support of the Lodh community, which holds sway in over seven districts of central Uttar Pradesh.

The party wants the other backward classes (OBCs) to close ranks with it as they feel they are sandwiched between a Dalit champion in Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and a Yadav-Muslim obsessed Samajwadi Party.

“Many in the OBCs are finding themselves on the fringes of political discourse. We are out to tap them,” a BJP strategist, who did not wish to be identified, said.

The party has assigned the task of wooing OBCs to its senior leaders including Uma Bharti, Hukum Singh, Nepal Singh, Swatantra Dev Singh and Prem Lata Katiyar.

The party is also promoting OBC leaders by giving them posts in the party hierarchy.

Grass-hoppers from other parties like Ram Narayan Sahu, who after decades of being with SP switched over to the BJP, are being given plum posts in the party.

These conventions were kickstarted by the first backward conference in Amroha Nov 4 and will be followed by a string of them in Agra, Gorakhpur, Mirzapur and Jhansi.

BJP’s Sushil Shakya said that these conventions were aimed at telling the OBCs that the BJP was with them thick and thin.

Party leaders, however, admit that while in the past too the party leadership had dabbled with the backwards, the moves had fallen flat as it lacked a viable OBC face.

“We need to have a pan-UP leadership. Hopefully, with the return of Kalyan Singh, the party would get a boost,” said a leader.

 

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Obama Vs Romney race headed for a photo-finish

Washington: With just a day to go for the US presidential elections, both contestants — incumbent Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney — are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters and were engaged in a heated exchange of words in their final leg of campaigning.

President Obama, and his challenger Romney were engaged in a blistering attack against each other as they hopped on and off across the battle ground States in their last ditch effort to convince Americans to vote for them tomorrow.

Both the leaders held events in four states.

While Obama was joined by charismatic Bill Clinton -? his star campaigner -? Romney went to Pennsylvania in an effort to expand the battle ground States.

“If you believe we can do better, if you believe America should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change. Paul Ryan and I will bring real change to America on Day One,” Romney said.

The Republican accused Obama of “failing to deliver” despite making promises, and claimed he had a better record that the President when it came to fulfilling the promises.

“Accomplishing real change is not something I just talk about. It is something I have done and it is something I will do as President of the US,” Romney said again.
“You have watched what has happened in this country over the last four years with an independent voice. You hoped that President Obama would live up to his promise to bring people together to solve big problems but he hasn’t and I will,” Romney had said in Cleveland, Ohio.

However, Romney’s claims were hammered by not only Obama, but also Clinton during their election meetings.

The Obama campaign had termed Romney a “salesman” who was “repackaging” old ideas to present them as new.

“If you listen to what Governor Romney says, it basically is: Be very, very disappointed, because not every problem has been solved; not everyone who wants a job has one; not everyone’s income is rising. Be disappointed. Forget what caused it. Don’t pay too much attention to what our solutions are. Just be disappointed — and look at me, I look like a President. And I talk like one. And I’m telling you it’s all going to be all right if you elect me,” he said.

In Florida Obama said this election is not just a choice between two parties or candidates, but a choice between “different visions” of America.

“On the one hand, you can choose the return to the top-down policies that crashed our economy or you can join me in building a future that focuses on a strong and growing middle class,” he said.

 

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