Ruling Congress today swept the three municipal corporation polls – Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala, even as the opposition SAD-BJP alleged misuse of official machinery. The Congress swept most of the wards in the three municipal corporations as results were declared late evening, prompting celebrations in the ruling camp. The Akali-BJP alliance, however, demanded countermanding of the Patiala corporation polls citing gross poll code violations. Polling was also held in 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats today, amid tight security arrangements. For the three municipal corporations, Patiala registered the highest poll percentage of over 62.22 per cent followed by Jalandhar at 57.2 and Amritsar at 51 per cent while the voting percentage in the 29 municipal councils and nagar panchayats ranged between 60-86 per cent.
RML resident docs ‘abused’ after patient’s surgery postponed
Resident doctors of the government-run Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi were allegedly abused by relatives of a patient after her scheduled surgery was postponed by the institution at the last minute. The hospital has filed a complaint with the North Avenue police station following the ruckus yesterday. “An FIR has been lodged and investigations are underway,” a senior police official said.
The police said Muntazar Khan, 28, the brother of the patient, Rukhsar, was arrested today. A senior resident doctor said the planned surgery of the patient was postponed as she was stable and another patient, who was in serious condition, had to be operated immediately.
Campaign hots up in RK Nagar; DMK going all out to wrest seat
Ruling AIADMK and DMK are locked in a fierce contest in the RK Nagar Assembly segment here which goes to the bypolls on December 21, with allegations of distribution of cash for votes flying thick and fast. Stalin, addressing poll meetings at RK Nagar today, alleged distribution of money by both the ruling AIADMK and sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran. Senior AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai speaking to reporters dismissed DMK’s charges as borne out of “fear of poll defeat.”
BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan in a tweet said she met special poll officer Vikram Batra and “registered our strong protest against crores of cash for votes and huge violation of election code of conduct by T T V Dinakaran, AIADMK and DMK.”
She urged imediate action for a free and fair bypoll.
Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik win gold at Commonwealth Wrestling
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar today made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold as India won an impressive 59 medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. The freestyle wrestling team won 10 gold, seven silver and two mronze medals today as India returned with a total of 29 gold, 24 silver and 6 bronze medals from the championships. Besides Sushil, Another Olympic medallist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships today. Sakshi defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg women’s freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.
Frigid conditions in J&K, HP; icy winds dip mercury in plains
Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand reeled under the grip of a piercing cold wave with most places recording the minimum temperature below the freezing point today. Though the sun shone bright in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi, icy winds pushed the minimum temperature below the normal level. While it was cold in the night and morning in Delhi, the mercury settled at 23.6 degrees Celsius owing to a warm afternoon. The city recorded a minimum of 7.8 degrees Celsius. In Rajasthan, Churu quivered at 1.6 deg C and was the coldest place in the desert state, where the minimum temperature remained below 10 deg C at most places.
Gujarat: Over 70% voter turnout in re-polling
More than 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the re-polling held today at six polling booths in four Assembly constituencies of Gujarat, said officials. Following the Election Commission’s (EC) directive yesterday, the polling was held at two booths each in Vadgam and Savli constituencies and one each in Viramgam and Daskroi constituencies. While the Chhaniyana-1 and 2 booths of the Vadgam seat clocked a 74 and 73 per cent voter turnout respectively, booth number 27 in Viramgam recorded an 83-per cent turnout, said Gujarat’s Chief Electoral Officer B B Swain. Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is contesting from the Vadgam (SC) seat as an Independent candidate supported by the Congress. The Nava Naroda booth of the Daskroi seat registered a 73-per cent voter turnout, while the Nhara and Sankrada booths in Savli constituency registered a 71 and 75 per cent voter turnout respectively.