18th December, 2017
- BJP all set to
form government for sixth straight term in Gujarat; Heads for a win in Himachal
- Gujarat Chief
Minister Vijay Rupani wins from Rajkot West constituency; State BJP President
Jitubhai Vaghani also wins from Bhavnagar West.
- In Himachal
Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is leading in Arki constituency; BJP's
Chief Ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing from Sujanpur.
- BJP attributes
the performance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and
- Sensex surges
over 200 points following poll results.
- Both Houses of
Parliament adjourned for the day amid uproar over Prime Minister's remarks
against Dr Manmohan Singh.
- Twelve people
killed in a fire at a shop in Mumbai.
- And, UN Security
Council to vote today on a draft resolution rejecting US recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Janata Party is all set to retain sixth straight term in power in Gujarat. The
party is also leading in Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Out of 39 results
declared so far, the party has bagged 22 seats. Congress gets 14 seats. Prominent winners include Gujarat Chief
Minister Vijay Rupani, State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani and incumbent
Minister Babubhai Bhimabhai Bokhiriya. The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and
Congress candidate Virbhadra Singh is leading in Aki constituency. Bjp's Chief
Ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing in Sujanpur constituency.
In Gujarat, of
the total 182 seats, BJP has won 18 seats out of 32 results declared so for.
Congress has got 12 seats. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has been elected from
Rajkot West constituency defeating senior Congress leader Indranil Rajguru by a
margin of over 20 thousand votes. State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani has won
from Bhavnagar West seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Dilipsingh Gohil.
Young Leader and independent candidate Jignesh Mevani is leading from Vadgam
with a huge margin of more than 20 thousand votes. Party candidate and
incumbent Minister Babubhai Bhimabhai Bokhiriya has been declared elected from
Porbandar seat. He defeated his nearest Congress rival Arjunbhai Modhavadiya by
a margin of 1,855 votes. Sitting MLA and BJP candidate Suresh Patel has won
Maninagar constituency by a margin of over 75,000 votes. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi had represented this seat in the 2012 Assembly elections. The
party has also won Mahuba and Rajkot West. The Congress candidate Imran
Yusufbhai Khedawala has wrested the Jamalpur Khadia seat from BJP. The party
candidate Indrajit Sinh Parmar has won from Mahudha constituency defeating his
nearest BJP rival Bharatsinh Parmar by a margin of 13,601 votes.
Kandhal Jadeja is leading in Kutiyana seat. Senior tribal leader and founder of
Bharatiya Tribal leader Vasava Chhotubhai is ahead in Jhagadia seat. Gujarat
Assembly speaker and BJP candidate Ramanlal Vora has established a lead in
Dasada seat. Senior BJP leader Atmaram Parmar is also ahead in Gadadha seat.
However, Deputy CM Nitin Patel is trailing in Mehsana. Congress candidates
Arjun Modhwadia, Paresh Dhanani and Shaktisinh Gohil are leading. OBC leader
Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress ahead of polls is leading in Radhanpur
seat. Our correspondent has more:
BJP workers across the state are celebrating the stunning
victory of the party in the assembly election. Celebrations broke out at the
Gujarat BJP headquarters 'Kamalam' in Gandhinagar since morning. Party
supporters are gathering in large numbers at the office and distributing sweets
among themselves. The BJP supporters are taking out processions on roads and
waiving the saffron flag to celebrate the joy of victory. The party is all set
to retain power for the sixth term in the row. Deputy CM Nitin Patel has
expressed happiness over the performance of the party. With Yogesh Pandya,
Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad.
In the 68-member
Himachal Pradesh Assembly, 7 results have been declared so far. BJP gets 4 and
Congress 2. BJP's Kishori Lal defeated his nearest Congress rival Paras Ram by
nearly 6,000 votes in Anni reserved constituency. Suresh Bhardwaj of the party
emerged winner by nearly 2,000 votes over his nearest independent candidate in
Shimla. Anirudh Singh of Congress won Kasumpti seat defeating his nearest BJP
rival Vijay Jyoti by a margin of nearly 9,400 votes.
candidates who are in the lead include Vikramaditya Singh,
Asha Kumari, GS
Bali, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and Mukesh Agnihotri. Other
BJP leaders who are trailing include Sarveen Choudhary, Kishan Kapoor,
Maheshwar Singh, Anil Sharma and Satpal Singh Satti
leaders in lead are Anil Sharma, Kishan Kapoor and Jai Ram Thakur.
votes started this morning for both the states. In Gujarat, while the BJP is
seeking a sixth straight term in office, the Congress is aiming to stage a
comeback in power after being in the opposition for over two decades. Counting
is being held at 37 centres in 33 districts amidst tight security.
Pradesh, BJP and Congress are contesting from all the seats.
As the BJP pulled ahead of the Congress, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi flashed a victory sign after he arrived in Parliament
Minister Rajnath Singh said, the results in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
were an approval of the government's policies. Talking to reporters outside
Parliament, Mr Singh said, BJP will get majority in both the states and form
Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said, it is a victory for those who reposed
their trust in BJP's good governance and development model, as well as of the
In his remarks,
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, it is a lesson for the
Congress and other Opposition parties that questioned the Gujarat model of
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, the Opposition's tactics failed to
click in Gujarat.
spokesperson Manish Tewari said, Congress fought well in Gujarat.
trends available from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh so far:
Gujarat - Total seat
Result declared - 32
BJP - wins 18 and leading in 85
Congress - wins 12 and leading in 61
Others - win 2 and leading in 4
Himachal Pradesh - Total
Results declared - 7
BJP - wins 4 and leading in 37
Congress - wins 2 and leading in 21
Others - win one and leading in 3
Latest reports indicate that
Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel is leading in Mehsana.
At the stock
markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange opened with a huge loss of 867
points, this morning, as reports of vote counting pointed to a close fight
between the BJP and the Congress in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections.
But later, as available trends showed the BJP surging ahead in both the states,
the Sensex recovered smartly, and jumped 212 points to 33,675, a short while
The Nifty at the
National Stock Exchange climbed 74 points, to 10,407.
And at the
foreign exchange market, the rupee also recovered smartly from sharp initial
losses, and was down just 7 paise, to 64 rupees 11 paise against the dollar a
short while ago. In early trade, the rupee had tumbled as much as 68 paise.
results and trends available from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh so far:
Gujarat - Total seats -
Result declared - 40
BJP - wins 22 and leading in 78
Congress - wins 16 and leading in 61
Others - win 2 and leading in 3
Himachal Pradesh - Total seats -
Results declared - 7
BJP - wins 4 and leading in 37
Congress - wins 2 and leading in 21
Others - win one and leading in 3
Services Division of All India Radio will broadcast a live bilingual programme
on 'Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results' at 9:30 tonight.
Experts sitting in the Delhi studio will interact with the experts in our
Ahmedabad and Shimla studios. This can be heard on FM Gold channel and
Both Houses of Parliament
were adjourned for the day today following uproarious scenes by opposition
Congress members, who demanded an apology from the Prime Minister for his
remarks against Dr Manmohan Singh. Earlier, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha
witnessed brief adjournments on the issue. The agitating members in both the
Houses trooped into the well of the houses forcing adjournments.
In the Lok Sabha, the issue was raised by Mallikarjun Kharge during the
Question Hour, while in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma raised it as soon as the
House met for the day.
Arun Jaitley today sought the gross additional expenditure of 66,113 crore
rupees as second batch of supplementary demands for grants for 2017-18.
Presenting the statement in the Lok Sabha, Mr Jaitley said, of this, the
proposals involving net cash outgo aggregating to 33,380 crore rupees gross
additional expenditure matched by savings of the ministries or by enhanced
receipts of 32,732 crore rupees. He said besides, token provision of one crore
30 lakh rupees is being sought for enabling re-appropriation of savings in
cases involving New Service or New instrument of service.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today announced the resignation of three sitting BJP
members of the House. Making the announcement in the House, she said, Mr Yogi
Adityanath, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Nana Patole have resigned from their
Correspondent reports that Mr Adityanath and Mr Maurya were elected to Uttar
Pradesh Legislative Council after becoming Chief Minister and Deputy Chief
Minister of the State. Mr Nana Patole, a known rebel MP has tendered his
resignation due to several reasons including farmers’ suicides, demonetization
and introduction of Goods and Services Tax.
In Mumbai, 12 people
lost their lives in a fire at a shop at Khairani Road this morning. The fire
broke out at around 4:30 AM. Fire Brigade officials said, three fire engines,
and four Jumbo Tankers were used to douse the fire. Our correspondent reports
that the situation is now under control.
The fire brigade
official received the call arouund 4.30 in the morning and immediately three
fire engines and 4 jumbo tankers were sent to douse the fire in Bhanu Farsan
Shop at Sakinaka in Mumbai. The fire was brought under control immediately. But
12 workers who were sleeping inside the shop on a loft were trapped due to
intense heat and smoke. The loft subsequently collapsed and the workers were
charred to death. The firemen removed the charred bodies from the debris but
their identity is not yet known. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained
and enquiry is on. Shalesh Patil, AIR News, Mumbai.
Narendra Modi will inaugurate Delhi Metro’s Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden
section on the 25th of this month. This was confirmed by Delhi Metro Rail
sources. The 12.64-kilometer new route will enable commuters to travel directly
from Kalkaji Mandir to Noida's Botanical Garden. It will be the Metro’s
first-ever corridor to use communication-based train control signalling technology that will facilitate
movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds. The Commissioner of
Metro Rail Safety granted the necessary approval for this section after
inspecting the stretch last month.
Nations Security Council is due to vote today on a draft resolution rejecting
US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The draft resolution was
submitted by Egypt, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, following
an emergency meeting earlier this month. As a permanent Council member, the US
is likely to veto the resolution. According to reports, the resolution does not
mention the US or its President Donald Trump by name, but expresses deep regret
at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem. The draft reportedly
also appeals to all UN members to refrain from setting up an embassy in
broken out across Islamic countries over the US decision.
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has urged UN
Secretary General Antonio Guterres to summon a high-level meeting of the
organisation's various bodies to achieve the global commitment of eradication
of child labour by 2025. During last month's 'Fourth Global Conference on the
Eradication of Child Labour', in which more than 100 countries took part,
governments had pledged to take immediate action towards eradicating child
labour in all its forms.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma's third career double
hundred in the just-concluded series against Sri Lanka has pushed him up two
spots to fifth in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings among batsmen. It is the
first time that Rohit has crossed the 800-point mark as he ended the
three-match ODI series which India won 2-1 with 816 points.
Australia has won the third test match of Ashes series
against England at Perth by an innings and 41 runs. England were bowled out at
218 runs in their second innings.
Australia had declared their first innings at 662
runs, while England could muster only 403 runs in their first innings.
Australia now leads the five-match series 3 nil.