Madhya Pradesh By election results: The counting of votes in assembly bypolls to 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh, where the fate of Shivraj Singh Chouhan government hangs in balance, will begin at 8 am today. The stakes are high for both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in the bypolls, considered a litmus test for the parties. The ruling BJP with 107 MLAs in Madhya Pradesh assembly, which holds an effective strength of 229, needs at least eight more MLAs for a simple majority in the state assembly. Meanwhile, the Congress will be hoping to regain its turf as it had sitting MLAs in 27 seats out of 28 in the state where bypolls were held. Overall, the Congress party had sitting MLAs in 42 seats out of 58, which the BJP had seven. It has 87 legislators in the house. Thhe bypolls will also be a test of the Jyotiraditya Scindia factor as the scion of the erstwhile royal family of Gwalior had quit the Congress with his loyalist MLAs, who are now fighting on BJP tickets. The result also bears significance for former chief minister Kamal Nath, who lost power in the state seven months ago after the revolt by Scindia. The counting will be held in 19 districts.
Springing in a major development amid longstanding Indo-Sino tensions, India and China have agreed upon a three-step disengagement plan. The plan talks of disengaging troops from parts of Eastern Ladakh sector and moving back to their respective positions before April-May timeframe earlier this year, news agency ANI said in a report.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the death of a Dalit woman, who was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras district, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Hathras administration has imposed Section 144 in the district. Stay with TOI for all the latest updates:
Demonstrators rallied in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar on Tuesday to protest against a visit by China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, amid accusations that Beijing is suppressing native language and culture in ethnic Mongolian regions of China.