BJP fights a tough battle in Panaji by-poll to retain the seat after 25 years

first_imgAfter 25 years of continous dominance over the Panaji assembly constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party sans Manohar Parrikar is fighting a tough battle on Sunday to retain its winning streak. One of the highlights of the Panaji by-poll is that Goa election authorities have tried to make the polling infrastructure 100% accessible, by getting the stakeholders into confidence over accessibility audit and a tie-up with EazyMov taxi operators to help persons with disability(PswD) voters to cast their votes smoothly. One of the 19 booths of the constituency would be entirely managed by PswD. Panaji has 115 such voters.The stakes are high for the BJP as far as the by-election to four assembly seats, including Panaji, holds the key to the survival of the BJP-led coalition government headed by Pramod Sawant ho succeeded Parrikar after his death on March 17. At present, the government has a thin majority of 20 in the truncated House of 36.In addition to this, BJP has been facing internal bickerings after it denied ticket to Parrikar’s elder son Utpal after allowing him to be projected as a front-runner for the Panaji ticket. The chances of a win for BJP candidate Siddarth Kuncaliekar, a former aide of Parrikar and two-time MLA (while Parrikar was away in Delhi in 2014-17 as Defence Minister) in Panaji hinge on the vote-splitting ability of former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who is in the fray on Goa Suraksha Manch ticket. The regional outfit was floated and mentored by Mr. Velingkar after he was sacked as RSS chief in Goa following his fallout with Parrikar over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary school level. As the election campaign came to an end on Friday evening, both Congress and BJP said that they are confident of winning. CM Sawant dismissed claims made by the Congress about ousting his government soon.“Congress should not dream of forming a government. The dream will never be fulfilled. Our alliance and independent MLAs are all together. There is no question of the government falling,” Mr. Sawant said on Friday. Three assembly by-polls for the constituencies of Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem had been held on April 23.Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied with 14 MLAs each in the State legislative assembly.Meanwhile, Congress said that BJP would lose the by-polls 4-0, leading to the ouster of Mr. Sawant’s government. “The BJP will have to bid goodbye to its government after results are declared. The people are tired of their lies and misgovernance,” State Congress president Girish Chodankar said. The others in the fray include Aam Aadmi Party’s Valmiki Naik, who can play spoilsport for the Congress. Knowing the importance of the Panaji by-poll for his government, Mr. Sawant has virtually camped there for last several days and tried to undo the damage done to the party over the Utpal Parrikar-ticket issue. Mr. Utpal and his younger brother Mr. Abhijat too had joined the campaign. The month-long campaign was also marked with controversies which included a rape victim (who had accused Atanasio Monserrate, now the Congress candidate for the Panaji by-poll in 2016 when she was a minor) going missing and a mysterious assault on the BJP candidate Kuncalienkar. The campaign also saw the Congress attack Mr. Kuncalienkar, accusing of him of alleged scams in creating infrastructure for the Smart City project in Panaji, a charge which the BJP candidate has denied. Panaji has total voters of 22,485 — 10,698 male and 11,787 female. The constituency has seen a voting average of 60-70%, except during 2012 Assembly election. In 2012, Parrikar, who won the seat for six terms, won with a record victory margin of 6,000. The voting was a record of 78.85%.In the 2017 by-poll, Parrikar had defeated his Congress rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Parrikar had won 63.47% of the total votes polled, while his opponent polled 32.56%.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers- CSK win by 19 runs

first_imgChennai batsman Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 and Albie Morkel scalped three as their team beat Hyderabad by 19 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday. Score | PhotosHyderabad players were aware that a target of 166 would prove to be a tough one to reach so their openers Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan started off on a high note scoring close to 12 runs an over. But it was Sohal, who was doing the bulk of scoring and Dhawan providing him with the much-needed support.Sunny Sohal raced to his half-century in no time. But in the 7th over of the innings he was forced to take a walk after putting a 30-ball 56. The reason Shadab Jakati’s ball crashed into his stumps when the score was 71.Jakati struck again on the last ball of the 11th over scalping the other opener Dhawan on 19. Jakati kept the ball low and an inside edge of Dhawan’s bat crashed into his stumps and Hyderabad were 90/2.Bharat Chipli fell in the 14th over off Albie Morkel and Chennai were down to 110/3.  Then Doug Bollinger clean bowled Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara in the 16th over to reduce the visitors to 121/4.Cameron White ended up getting caught by substitute Faf du Plessis off Morkel on the first ball of the 18th over when the score was 137. The last ball of the same over saw JP Duminy walk back on 17 and Hyderabad were down to 143/6.More wickets fell in the last over as Daniel Christian ended up getting run out in Doug Bollinger’s over.advertisementFinally Hyderabad could only manage to score 146/8.Chennai inningsEarlier, Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 as Chennai posted an impressive 165/5 against Hyderabad in the 39th IPL match of IPL-4.Chennai suffered early setback in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja scalped opener Murali Vijay with a ball that kept low and skid on to crash against his stumps when the team total was 18. This was after Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.Post that wicket Suresh Raina and opener Michael Hussey got on with a partnership. And by the 10th over the Chennai score was 58/1.Finally in the 13th over Hussey walked back after posting a good 46 runs on board and putting 60 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina. Hussey went for a pull off Harmeet Singh but failed to cross the boundary and ended up getting caught by Ishant Sharma when the team total was 78.But Suresh Raina was still at the crease and he went on to score a fine 59 off just 35 balls decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes. Finally, Ojha got the better of him in the 18th over. Raina played took the aerial route but his shot was cut short by Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. Chennai were 136/3 post his wicket.Next man Albie Morkel charged away at the opposition bowlers and he picked Ishant Sharma for his batting blitz. He hit a massive six off him in the 19th over and then followed it with another big one measuring 109m and then upped the scale to 114m with the next aerial shot – recording the longest six of the IPL-4 so far.But, Morkel ended up getting run out on the first ball of the 20th over.Captain MS Dhoni, who scored 21, was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. Chennai completed their innings on 165/5 with Subramaniam Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha at the crease.last_img read more

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Raza claims innocence of illegal betting on IPL, PCB asks for inquiry

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said that Akram Raza’s case warranted a full-scale inquiry even as the former Pakistan off-spinner pleaded innocence in the illegal IPL betting case, saying that his arrest was a “set-up”.A senior official said that the board will have to review whether to appoint Raza to the umpires’ panel for the forthcoming Pakistan ‘A’ and Afghanistan series in view of the betting case against him.Raza, a former off-break bowler who played nine Tests and 49 One-day Internationals, was arrested on Saturday with six others after a police raid on a plaza in Gulberg area for running a betting racket.Police have charged seven people, including Raza for taking illegal bets on the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.Raza, who is now a first-class umpire, got bail on Monday, but will have to appear before a court next week in connection with the case.Sultan Rana, who heads the domestic cricket section in the PCB, said that it was too early to say whether Raza was innocent or not.”Certainly the case warrants an inquiry and we will decide on that soon. It is a serious thing because of the sensitivities involved in fixing issues,” he said.”The board will like to hear both sides of the story and we will give Raza a fair hearing when the inquiry is conducted,” he said.Rana conceded that because of the case the board will have to see if Raza can be given an assignment in the upcoming Pakistan ‘A’ and Afghanistan series, scheduled to be held in the country.advertisementBut Raza said he was innocent and would fight his case.”I will prove my innocence because I don’t want my umpiring career derailed now. I have already gone through enough in the past as well and I will fight my case through my lawyer,” he said.Raza said that he was called to the plaza by a friend and then the police raided the place.”I really don’t know why I have been trapped in this case but I have nothing to do with any betting racket on the IPL matches. I will also be writing to the Pakistan Cricket Board to inform them of my innocence,” he said.The off-spinner was one of six players fined by the Justice Malik Qayyum judicial commission after a match-fixing inquiry against Pakistani players between 1998 and 2000.last_img read more

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Tyron Johnson, Madre Harper Out Against Pitt

first_imgWide receiver Tyron Johnson and cornerback Madre Harper did not make the trip to Pittsburgh Saturday and, thus, will not play, John Holcomb reports.We heard rumblings that Johnson would not play on Saturday, but the reason neither traveled for the game was not given. We believe it’s discipline related.Mike Gundy intends to address their absence after the game. Tyron Johnson and Madre Harper did not make the trip and will not play for OSU at Pitt today.— John Holcomb (@holcombOKBLITZ) September 16, 2017Johnson, who has logged 87 receiving yards and 1 TD this season, is listed as OSU’s backup receiver to James Washington. He is also OSU’s kick return man, so his absence could be a big factor against Pitt.Harper is a reserve defensive back listed as the backup to Rodarius Williams. With Harper out, it could open up a larger role Saturday for Clemson transfer Adrian Baker or Malik Kearse.In addition to missing vital backups in Johnson and Harper, the Cowboys will also be without linebacker Calvin Bundage for the first half, and the status of starting Star linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder is still unknown after suffering an undisclosed injury in practice more than a week ago.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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