Congress first win in by-poll election after Rahul Gandhi become party president

Congress party for the first time have won though it’s just a by-poll, but still it’s a big thing. After so long finally Congress scored a perfect score somewhere. This is seen as blow for the Bharatiya Janata Party before the state elections and the national election next year. The Ajmer and Alwar parliamentary seats were won by the party. On this party president Rahul Gandhi said by tweet, “Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan.”

For this by-poll election though this is not so big yet Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Congress Leader Sachin Pilot put in all their energy for campaign in the seat which was vacant after the death of the lawmaker. Ms Raje also said through a tweet “We are committed to Rajasthan’s development… now we have to work very hard.” What BJP should worry about is in Ajmar Congress is leading with 84,000 votes and in Alwar they are leading with two lakh votes. In Mandalgarh assembly seat Congress party came third and won with just a margin of 12,000 votes. BJP and Ms Raje did all they could to retain their seats in Ajmar and Alwar. It is said by the party works that they went out of the way to retain it.

BJP had to witness a setback not only in Rajasthan but also in West Bengal where Trinamool Congress took over the seats. As Congress won over Rajasthan’s Ajmar and Alwar, similarly TMC of West Bengal under Mamta Banerjee won over Naopara and Ulluberia. A shocking thing that we came across was these by-polls happened just four days after the release of the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Whereas this by-poll was seen as prestige battle for Ms Raje in Rajasthan and same was for vice president Shri Rabin Chatterjee. The number of seats in Alwar, Ajmar and Mandalgarh are 11, 23 and 8 respectively. As we know TMC won over Naopara and Ulluberia with BJP coming in the second position. This is seen critically because next year we have national elections.

Ashok Chavan who is the head of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said, “The process of the revival of the Congress has begun. The political environment in the country is changing rapidly and it is the beginning of the end of Narendra Modi government.” The high voltage run up in all this was the Congress accused the BJP of polarizing the voters and they did nothing to stop attacks on the Muslims in incidences which were mostly linked to cow vigilantes. Sachin Pilot who lost the single seat of Rajasthan in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections today said “The people have rejected the Vasundhara Raje government and its policies. Young people have realized that the politics of polarization doesn’t work.” Whereas at the same time Ms Raje said that this by-poll won’t affect the big picture of 2019 elections.

Sources: NDTV, The Indian Express

UP By-polls: BJP wins Muzafarnagar

BJP took the Muzaffarnagar seat from UP’s ruling party, Samajwadi Party, while Congress won the Deoband seat. The results of two of the three by-polls in the State were announced today.

The win is huge for the BJP with the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, right around the corner. According to the latest trends, Samajwadi Party was leading in Bikapur. “Congress has won Deoband (Saharanpur), while BJP has won Muzaffarnagar seat. SP is leading in Bikapur (Faizabad), where counting is still underway,” UP Chief Electoral Officer, Arun Singhal told PTI.

According to a report by NDTV, Muzaffarnagar has been the ruling party’s stronghold since 2012. While Congress’ Mavia Ali won the Deoband seat, the Muzaffarnagar seat was secured by BJP candidate, Kapil Dev Agarwal. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies have won 7 out of the 12 seats in the by-polls conducted across eight states.



BAFTA 2016: The Revenant shines yet again

Grabbing 5 biggies at the British Academy Film Awards, this Saturday, The Revenant ruled the stage yet again, after scoring the top three awards at the Golden Globes, a few months back. Giving the DiCaprio starrer a good strife, Mad Max: Fury Road bagged 4 awards at the BAFTAs.

Playing the emotionally draining Hugh Glas in Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won the Best Actor BAFTA, having come close the last three times for The Departed, The Wolf of Wall street and The Aviator. Praising the influence of the many British actors in his career, the actor exclaimed that he was “humbled and honoured”.  This is Iñárritu’s third BAFTA for Direction (He previously won for Babel and Birdman). The Mexican director described the win as “overwhelming”, going on to praise DiCaprio’s talent and commitment.

Mad Max: Fury Road surprised last night’s awards ceremony with four wins- Editing, Makeup and hair, Production and Costume design. The BAFTA this year shared a similar streak with that of the Golden Globes, with Brie Larson and Kate Winslet winning Best Actress in a Leading and Supporting Role, for Room and Steve Jobs respectively.

Meanwhile, Mark Rylance won his first BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a Soviet mole in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. While Spotlight grabbed the best original screenplay, veteran composer Ennio Morricone scored the Best Music award for The Hateful Eight. 

Source: BBC  The guardian

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