The ruling BJP in Gujarat won 47 out of 75 municipalities, down from 59 it held before the local elections, while the Opposition Congress won 16, in results announced on Monday.Though the BJP retained its urban base in towns, winning most municipalities, it saw a decline in the total number of seats, while the Congress made some inroads. “In the elections to 75 municipalities, the BJP has won 47, the Congress 16, the NCP 1 and the BSP 1, while in 6 municipalities, no one got a majority, and Independents got 4,” State Election Commissioner Varesh Sinha said.BJP bags 1,167 seatsIn terms of total seats, the BJP has won 1,167 seats, the Congress 630, Independents 202, the NCP 28 and the BSP 15, while 18 seats have gone to other parties.After the elections for municipalities in semi urban towns, elections will be held for two district panchayats and 17 taluka panchayats this month.“People of Gujarat have once again reposed their faith in the BJP,” State BJP president Jitu Vaghani told media persons. He, however, denied that the Congress made inroads in urban pockets, which have been BJP bastions.Mr. Vaghani said that in all places where the Congress won Assembly polls recently, the BJP won the municipality polls.He gave the example of Amreli district, where the Opposition party lost municipality polls despite winning all five Assembly seats in the district.Both the BJP and the Congress made claims regarding improving of their performance because this was for the first time in a decade that the parties contested local bodies elections on party symbols.
Sajad Lone of the Peoples Conference (PC) said here on Friday that his party was caught unawares by the coming together of the National Conference (NC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress. Their sole aim was to stall the “PC from forming a government in J&K”.“We continue to have the requisite numbers [for government formation]. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti did not have the support of a majority of former PDP legislators. This contemptuous presumption that elected leaders are cattle and can be herded is ridiculous. I am ready to prove it on the floor of the Assembly,” Mr. Lone said.However, Mr. Lone said, he respected Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the Assembly. He dared Ms. Mufti to challenge the dissolution in court. Mr. Lone on Wednesday evening staked claim to form a government with the BJP’s support. He claimed to have the backing of 18 MLAs from other parties. The PDP had also claimed the support of 56 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly.Denying reports of any horse trading, Mr. Lone said money was with those people and leaders who ruled the J&K in the past. “Where will I raise money to do horse trading,” he asked. He said the PDP was not serious about forming a government. “The party was lying. Even the letter shot off to Mr. Malik was not written to stake claim for forming a government,” he said. ‘Blatant lie’“The claim that the alliance of NC, PDP and Congress was formed to protect Article 35A and Article 370 was also a blatant lie. The Congress eroded the special status 95 times and made amendments at least 52 times,” he said.Describing Article 35A and Article 370 as “sacred for the people of J&K”, Mr. Lone said his party would reach out to the people and contest the next elections. “The PC has emerged as an alternative to the traditional politics of exploitation and misrule practised by the twin-family political monopoly that has used blackmail and expedient ideological ambiguity to deprive J&K of peace and prosperity. What I speak in Delhi is what I will say in Srinagar,” he said.On the BJP alliance, Mr. Lone said it was no sin as both Ms. Mufti and Mr. Abdullah had allied with it in the past.As for BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav’s remarks against Pakistan being behind the NC-PDP-Congress alliance, which he later backtracked on, Mr. Lone said, “I would not be surprised if the accusation proves true.”Mr. Lone was joined by former PDP legislator Imran Ansari, who joined the party. “There is a queue to join us. You will see more faces joining us soon,” Mr. Ansari said.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu registered an impressive victory in the Bijepur Assembly constituency in western Odisha when results of the bypoll were declared on Thursday. She defeated Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a record margin of 97,990 votes.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had campaigned for two days for the bypoll, congratulated Ms. Sahu for her “huge historic win, breaking all records in Odisha’s electoral history”.While Ms. Sahu polled 1,35,957 votes, Mr. Gartia secured 37,967 votes. Congress nominee Dillip Panda put up a dismal performance by bagging only 5,873 votes.CM vacates seatThe bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who contested from two Assembly seats for the first time in the elections held earlier this year, vacated Bijepur and retained Hinjili seat in his home district Ganjam in south Odisha.In fact, Mr. Patnaik was elected from Bijepur by defeating Mr. Gartia by 57,122 votes. He had bagged 1,10,604 votes, while Mr. Gartia had secured 53,482 votes and Congress nominee Ripunath Seth had got 14,344 votes.In the previous bypoll in Bijepur that was held in February 2018 following death of Ms. Sahu’s husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu, she had won as a BJD candidate by a margin of over 41,000 votes.The Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in the three elections held before the February 2018 bypoll, has been gradually losing its vote share in the seat in the last three elections, primarily due to its weak leadership at the State level.Vote share upBut what came as a surprise for many this time was the drastic decrease in the BJP’s vote share within a short span of time. The party’s decline from 53,482 votes in the elections held earlier this year to 37,967 votes in the current bypoll has left many leaders of the party dumbfounded. The bonhomie between the party and the BJD in the aftermath of the general election was said to have been the contributing factor.While the Chief Minister led the BJD’s campaign, the BJP’s effort was led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned for two days. The campaign for the Congress was led by the party’s State unit president Niranjan Patnaik.
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Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting that there has been a consistent reduction of the criminal case backlog over the past three to four years. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting that there has been a consistent reduction of the criminal case backlog over the past three to four years.“On December 31, 2016, there was a backlog of 30,667 criminal cases in the parish courts. As at the end of Fiscal Year 2018/2019, some 12,399 of these cases had been cleared. This represents a 40 per cent reduction in the backlog,” Mr. Chuck pointed out.He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21.Mr. Chuck noted that the Government is committed to supporting the Chief Justice’s vision and will stay the course so that, in the words of the Chief Justice, Jamaica will have the best court system in the Caribbean in three years and one of the best in the world in six years.“I applaud the leadership of the Chief Justice, who has shown, by example, that these defined standards are achievable. In particular, he has indicated that all probates and divorces will be completed within four months of filing, and at the end of 2019, there will be no outstanding matter,” he said.“He has also promised that all outstanding judgements by his colleagues will be completed by the end of 2019, and I expect this promise to be kept,” the Minister added.Mr. Chuck cited the 309-page Judgement of the Constitutional Court in the recently delivered National Identification System (NIDS) constitutional ruling, which was done within six months.“Still, there are too many matters in the Courts dragging on for five years and more, and some in excess of 10 years. A first-class justice system requires that all matters be completed in under five years, and we must give the court system the support it needs to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice within three years in the Supreme Court, and two years in the parish courts as soon as possible,” the Minister said. Story Highlights He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21. “On December 31, 2016, there was a backlog of 30,667 criminal cases in the parish courts. As at the end of Fiscal Year 2018/2019, some 12,399 of these cases had been cleared. This represents a 40 per cent reduction in the backlog,” Mr. Chuck pointed out.
Image Courtesy: NASSCOIn today’s spotted we bring you an image of the final block to be erected for the Palmetto State, the fifth ECO Class tanker being built for crude oil transporter American Petroleum Tankers (APT) by Californian shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO.Palmetto State is the last vessel to be constructed as part of an eight-ship ECO Class tanker program for two companies including APT and SEA-Vista LLC.“As the final tanker in an eight-ship program, NASSCO shipbuilders processed 90,000 tons of steel to construct the Palmetto State and her sister ships,” the shipbuilder said.Scheduled to be completed in June 2017, the 53,700 dwt tanker will feature a length of 187.8 meters and a width of 32 meters, according to VesselsValue’s data.In September 2016, NASSCO held a keel-laying ceremony for Palmetto State. Later that month, the shipbuilder handed over Bay State, the fourth vessel built for APT.