The counting of votes for urban body polls in Madhya Pradesh took place on Sunday. Of the 11 civic bodies where the polling took place in the first phase of elections on July 6, the ruling BJP has emerged victorious in Burhanpur, Satna, Ujjain, Khandwa and Sagar, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won a mayor’s post in Singrauli. This is the first time that the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP contested civic elections in Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress has won the mayor’s post in former chief minister Kamal Nath’s bastion Chhindwara, Jabalpur and Gwalior. From Bhopal and Indore, the BJP has won mayoral seats.
In the first-phase elections, voting was held in 11 municipal corporations, 36 nagar palikas and 86 nagar parishads, the counting for which began at 9am on Sunday. Mayoral polls in the first phase were held in Burhanpur, Satna, Khandwa, Sagar, Singrauli, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Chhindwara, Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain.
Here’s the full list of winners:
A 43-year-old man has been arrested, along with Prakash’s’ brother and friend, for allegedly murdering his live-in partner at their house in south Delhi’s Tughlakabad Extension and dumping the woman, Julekha Bibi Khan’s body in a car that they abandoned on a service lane along the Yamuna Expressway at Dankaur near Gautam Budh Nagar, the police said on Sunday. The third suspect, Sanjay (who goes by his first name), was arrested last week, the police said.
Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday accused Sangrur MP Simranjit Singh Mann of “defending the shameful act” of his maternal grandfather, who honoured General Reginald Dyer with a ‘siropa’ at the Akal Takht after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. AAP’s Punjab chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said MP Mann should refrain from making such baseless statements and also apologise publicly for hurting people’s sentiments.
Two women died by suicide with their teenaged children in Hisar and Sonepat in two separate cases on Sunday. In the first case, upset over being given a “cheap” laptop, a 37-year-old woman allegedly jumped in front of a moving train with her two children in Hisar on Sunday morning. The woman, her 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter died on the spot. Their post-mortem was conducted at a hospital in Agroha.
In the extended state committee meeting of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) held at Doraha on Sunday, the party members condemned the recent statement by Sangrur MP Simranjit Singh Mann in which he referred to Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a terrorist. Polit Bureau member of MCPI (U) and AIKF national president Prem Singh Bhangu presented a report on the farmers’ issues.
With basmati prices touching ₹4,000 per quintal, paddy growers in Haryana are hoping to reap a rich harvest this kharif season. An agent, Rishi Kumar of Taraori Grain Market, Karnal, says, “Pusa 1509 is being sold for around ₹4,000 to private players. Traders are showing a good interest in the harvest as paddy from Uttar Pradesh is being sold immediately.”