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EC appoints three special observers for AP

Special General Observer, Special Police Observer, and a Special Expenditure Observer have been appointed by the Election Commission of India….reports Asian Lite News

The Election Commission of India appointed three special observers for Andhra Pradesh, ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.

Retired IAS officer Ram Mohan Mishra has been appointed as the Special General Observer, Retired IPS officer Deepak Mishra has been appointed as the Special Police Observer, and Retired IRS officer Neena Nigam has been appointed as the Special Expenditure Observer.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission issued a notification for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 to be conducted on April 26.

In the notification issued on Wednesday, the ECI informed that the filing of nominations for the second phase of the 2024 general elections will commence on Thursday.

A total of 88 parliamentary constituencies (PCs) spread across 12 States/Union Territories, along with one part of Manipur (Outer Manipur), are slated to go to the polls in the second phase on April 26, 2024.

The notification for elections in the Outer Manipur PC was included in the gazette notification issued for phase 1.15 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) in Outer Manipur PC will go to polls on April 19, 2024 (Phase 1) and 13 ACs in this PC will go to polls on April 26, 2024 (Phase 2).

The States/UTs included in Phase 2 are Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, apart from one part PC in Manipur (Outer Manipur).

Andhra Pradesh will vote on May 13 and the counting of votes is scheduled on June 4.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and YSRCP Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy launched a scathing attack on the TDP-BJP-JSP alliance and said that the three parties have directly formed an alliance to fight against Jagan Mohan Reddy.

This remark by Andhra CM was made while he was addressing a public gathering at the Government Degree College grounds, Bommala Satram, Nandyal.

“Three parties have allied directly to fight against Jagan Mohan Reddy and the YSRCP. Indirectly, the Congress Party is part of this alliance to fight against me. I am alone fighting for the welfare of weaker sections empowerment.” CM Jagan Mohan Reddy said.

“Are you ready to establish a double-century government? This election is not merely to elect MLAs and MPs, but rather for the empowerment and development of weaker sections,” he said.

Speaking about the development work of his government, Jagan Mohan Reddy said, “Everybody, discuss with your family members about Jagan governance and decide to cast your vote. This election should be the last one for Chandra Babu Naidu. Everybody knows about Jagan’s governance. In 58 months, I have transformed villages and wards and set up secretariats for their welfare. Volunteers are distributing pensions to the beneficiaries at home ahead of sunrise.”

“Government hospitals have been transformed and are serving the public. Medicines are supplied according to WHO standards. A government college is under construction in Nandhyala district. The Arogya Sri limit has been extended up to 25 lakhs. 1700 ambulances and 104 vehicles were purchased to serve the needy. The concept of family doctors and village clinics has been set up in the span of 58 months. This achievement is only possible with our government,” he added.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy held the 21-day ‘Memantha Siddham’ (We are all ready) campaign in Kadapa district ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Following a heartfelt tribute to his father and former CM YS Rajasekhar at Idupulapaya, CM Jagan commenced his ‘Memantha Siddham’ yatra through the lively streets of Vempalli in Kadapa district.

CM Jagan Reddy, alleged TDP Chief and former CM Chandrababu Naidu and Andhra Pradesh BJP Chief Purandeshwari were involved in the recent mega drug haul at Vizag port.

“Recently, the CBI caught a drug container in Visakhapatnam, that arrived from Brazil. All opposition parties are falsely accusing the YSRCP. However, the company belongs to the father-in-law of the state BJP President, Purandeshwari’s sons. They were previously associated with the company. If any crime occurs, they falsely accuse the YSRCP. Even NTR was betrayed,” said CM Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He alleged that Chandrababu and his associates have received direct support from one national party and indirect support from another. “They have even managed to gain support from my sister. I am alone. All these parties have allied to fight against me. I only have the support of the public and God,” he said.

He said that the YSRCP government has strived for good governance for the last fifty-eight months. Grama Sachivalayam and Ward Sachivalayam have been established across the state.

“On the first of every month, beneficiaries receive pensions, even if it is a holiday. Our volunteers distribute pensions to 66 lakh beneficiaries, which reflects YSRCP’s commitment. We provide a pension of three thousand rupees, unmatched by any other state. It costs 24 thousand crores annually on pensions. Without corruption, beneficiaries directly receive pensions through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT),” said CM Jagan.

21 districts and 148 assembly constituencies are expected to be traversed by the bus tour. In the Srikakulam district of the north Andhra region, in Icchapuram, it will come to an end. (ANI)

Jhunjhunu has highest centenarian women voters

Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan tops the charts in terms of women centenarians who will be voting in the Lok Sabha polls on April 19, confirmed election officials on Thursday.

Around 1,451 women voters in this parliamentary constituency are in the age bracket of 100 to 109 against 288 male voters in the same age group.

Also, the seat has the highest number of women voters in the age group of 109-119. Around 57 women voters fall under this age bracket against five males.

Sikar follows Jhunjhunu in having the second-largest number of female voters in the age group of 100-109. It has 813 women voters against 120 male voters.

At 704, Churu has the third-largest number of centenarian women voters who come under the age group of 100 to 109 and 18 women who fall in the 109-119 bracket.

Surprisingly, only two male voters come under this age group in Churu, while 117 male voters in Churu are in the 100-109 age group. Meanwhile, there are a total of 13 voters in the state who are over 120 years of age and will vote under the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. This includes seven male voters and six female voters.

Overall, 6,899 women voters in Rajasthan are in the age group of 100-109 who will go for voting in the first phase on April 19.

Meanwhile, there are around 1,779 males who fall under this category in Rajasthan.

Similarly, 187 women in the age group of 109-119 shall vote on April 19 while 52 males falling under this age group will participate in the biggest festival of democracy, said election officers.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha constituency with the highest number of electors in Phase 1 is Jaipur with 22,87,350 voters while at 18,99,304 Dausa has the lowest voters in Phase 1.

Jhunjhunu meanwhile has the maximum centenarian voters numbering 1,802, said Praveen Gupta, Chief Electoral Officer.

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