These are the top stories from the northern region at 9.45 pm AMETHI DEL23 UP-RAHUL-LD RAFALE Amethi (UP): Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the SC has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”. AMETHI ELN76 UP-RAHUL-4THLD NOMINATION Amethi (UP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday filed his nomination for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, flanked by family members during a road show and at the local collectorate in an event meant to show that the Gandhis cared for their bastion.
AMETHI ELN74 UP-IRANI-NOMINATION Amethi: Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani will file her nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. AONLA ELX52 UP-ADITYANATH-MUSLIM Aonla (UP): Claiming the BJP has brought back dignity and respect to Muslim women, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday urged them to recognise their "true brothers" as he referred to the Centre's step to ban triple talaq NEW DELHI ELN29 BJP-BAINSLA-LD JOIN New Delhi: Gurjar quota agitation leader Kirori Singh Bainsla on Wednesday joined the BJP, giving a boost to the saffron party's efforts to win over influential leaders in Rajasthan where it had lost assembly polls.
LUCKNOW ELN25UP-PREPOLL Lucknow: The stage is set for polling in eight Lok Sabha seats of western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday amidst tight security in the first leg of the seven-phased general elections. DEHRADUN ELN36 UKD-CURTAIN RAISER Dehradun: An interesting battle is on the cards in the five Lok Sabha seats of Uttarakhand going to polls in the first phase on Thursday with the BJP banking on the success of Balakot air strikes to garner votes and the Congress betting on the alleged Rafale scam to dent the prospects of the saffron party.
JAMMU ELN47 JK-POLLING Jammu: More than 33 lakh voters will decide the fate of 33 candidates in the twin parliamentary constituencies of Jammu and Baramulla which are going to polls on Thursday in the first phase of the seven-phased general elections. NOIDA ELX62 NCR-PREPOLL-SECURITY Noida: Over 10,000 security personnel will secure Noida and Greater Noida even as drone cameras would be deployed for vigilance in Gautam Buddh Nagar, which goes to Lok Sabha poll on Thursday.
CHANDIGARH ELX29 HR-DUSHYANT Chandigarh: Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala Wednesday said his party is in the process of forging an alliance with "like-minded outfits" to contest the Lok Sabha polls and an announcement in this regard will be made within four days. CHANDIGARH ELX44 PB-AMARINDER-COMPLAINT Chandigarh: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the model code of conduct by referring to Balakot air strikes, Punjab Chief Minister Wednesday moved the Election Commission of India seeking action against him.
CHANDIGARH DES11 PB-OFFICER-VICTIMS Chandigarh: The families of the two men killed in the police firing during the "anti-sacrilege" protests in 2015 Wednesday criticised the transfer of the officer probing the case on EC orders, claiming that the poll watchdog "played into the hands" of the BJP government at the Centre. BARMER ELX23 RJ-BSP-NOMINATION-REJECT Barmer: The nomination of BSP candidate from Barmer Pankaj Choudhary, an IPS officer who was dismissed form the service last month, was rejected Wednesday for lack of requisite documents, an election official said. Kishtwar DEL28 JK-RSS LEADER-VIOLENCE Kishtwar: Violence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar town on Wednesday as angry mourners clashed with police during the funeral procession of the senior RSS functionary killed in Tuesday's terror attack along with his PSO, prompting the Army to stage flag march in the area.
LUCKNOW ELX33 UP-ADITYANATH-INTERVIEW Lucknow: As Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Amethi Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath repeated the BJP charge that by picking a second seat to contest the Lok Sabha polls the Congress president had “fled” from the constituency regarded as his family’s home turf. PITHORAGARH ELX60 UKD-ALMORA-PROFILE Pithoragarh: The contest for Uttarakhand's Almora seat, one of the five in the state going to polls Thursday, will be a battle between two Tamtas, one from the BJP the other from opposition Congress. NEW DELHI DEL43 MHA-JK-2NDLD HIGHWAY New Delhi/Srinagar: Facing criticism for closing down the national highway connecting Jammu with Srinagar, the Union Home Ministry Wednesday cited statistics to claim the ban was for only 15 per cent of total weekly hours.
SRINAGAR ELX42 JK-FAROOQ Srinagar: NC president Farooq Abdullah Wednesday appreciated Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his statement that war was not an option between India and Pakistan, but attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was "still speaking the language of a tea-seller". NEW DELHI DES9 DL-SCHOOLS-RESULTS New Delhi: The pass percentage in Delhi government schools for class 11 has touched 80 per cent for the first time since 2010, according to statistics. PTI ASH ASH.
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