The first phase civic body election results in Madhya Pradesh were declared on Sunday, while the counting of votes for the second phase of polling was held on Wednesday.
Bhopal: Three candidates of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI) won the councillor elections from Neemuch, which witnessed communal tension in May this year.
SDPI candidates Arbina Bi and Jafar Shah won from wards 10 and 11 of Rampur municipality of Neemuch district by defeating two BJP candidates while Jafar Shah won from wards no 11 of Manasa by defeating a Congress candidate.
PFI and SDPI have become active in a dozen districts of Madhya Pradesh over the past two years.
SDPI leader K Saleem from Indore said, “Congress leaders have asked us not to contest the election because it will help BJP like AIMIM. By defeating BJP candidates, we have proven that SDPI is fighting for the rights of people.”
In the run-up to the civic elections, state home minister Narottam Mishra had repeatedly targetted the SDPI, calling it anti-national.
Saleem attributed the party’s win to the goodwill for SDPI after its volunteers saved lives during the floods in the city two years ago.
BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal insisted that too much should not be read into the SDPI wins., “Many factors are involved in local bodies election so it is wrong to say that they (candidates) won because of SDPI.”
In May this year, communal violence erupted in Neemuch after some people tried to install a Lord Hanuman idol near a Muslim Shrine.
Police arrested three persons in separate cases, recovering 105 gm heroin and 2 gm methamphetamine from their possession. In the first case, Chandigarh Police’s district crime cell arrested Shubham Jain of Burail village and recovered 51 gm heroin and 2 gm methamphetamine, commonly referred to as ice, from his possession during a check at a naka near D Park, Sector 52.
An alert father chased and caught a man who was fleeing after snatching the gold locket of Raj Kumar, a resident of Sector 38 West’s seven-year-old daughter in Sector 38 West on Thursday. A resident of Sector 38 West, Raj Kumar, told the police that he worked as a peon with Life Corporation of India. He informed the police and handed the accused over to them. The police identified the accused as Anuj, 23, also a resident of Sector 38 (West).
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority has issued a show-cause to Bajwa Developers Private Limited for using forged documents to get the change of land use for a project in Sector 102. The project is coming up in Dehri and Dharali villages of Sector 102 under the name “Sunny Lovely Industrial Park”. GMADA has asked the firm, whose owner is Jarnail Singh Bajwa, to reply within 15 days.
The number of Covid-positive patients in the tricity crossed the 1,500 mark on Friday as 278 more people tested positive. Chandigarh logged 127 new infections, highest since 129 on February 5. As many as 113 people were found infected in Mohali and 38 in Panchkula, pushing tricity’s active cases to 1,561. Now, the number of actively positive patients in Chandigarh is 627, a figure last recorded on February 13.
Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) on Friday intensified its ‘Save water, save farming’ campaign outside the Trident Group’s unit located at Dhaula village in Barnala, with a large number of women and union president Joginder Singh Ugrahan also camping outside the premises. Punjab government had recently appointed the Group’s chairperson, Rajinder Gupta as the vice-chairperson of the Economic Policy and Planning Board.