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Delhi goes to polls on Feb 8, counting on Feb 11

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New Delhi: The election commission on Monday announced February 8 to be the date of Delhi assembly elections. Model code of conduct comes into effect with the announcement, the EC said.

The date of notification is January 14, while January 21 will be the last date of filing nominations.

There are total of seventy seats in Delhi out of which Aam Aadmi Party won sixty seven last time.

Mainly three political parties are in the fray for the election — Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.

Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Arora, whose tenure is ending on February 22, said that he held a meeting with Chief Secretary and senior officials last month about holding elections.

Ninety thousand officials are to be deployed for poll duties, he said. Additional secretaries will look after deployment of officers.

Arora lamented that some constituencies in Delhi had lower turnouts last time than Maoists affected areas. But he assured that the EC is taking all steps to ensure more participation this time. There are 13,750 polling stations in Delhi.

Arora also announced pick and drop facilities for senior citizens who would like to vote. The postal ballot facility for people with disabilities and senior citizens above the age of eighty is also available.

Teams for monitoring the media has also been formed, informed the Election Commission.

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President Ram Nath Kovind Tweet “Congratulations to all on the inauguration of Ram Mandir construction!, it become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.”

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday congratulated everyone on the inauguration of the Ram Temple construction work, saying that the temple complex will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideas of Ramrajya

Kovind wrote (translated from Hindi), “Congratulations to all on the inauguration of Ram Mandir construction! The temple of Maryada Purushottam Prabhu Ram is being constructed in accordance with the process of justice and with the enthusiasm of public and social harmony. Temple complex, I believe, will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.”

Taking to Twitter, Kovind wrote (translated from Hindi), “Congratulations to all on the inauguration of Ram Mandir construction! The temple of Maryada Purushottam Prabhu Ram is being constructed in accordance with the process of justice and with the enthusiasm of public and social harmony. Temple complex, I believe, will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Ram Temple ‘bhoomi pujan’ at Ayodhya on Wednesday.

In Ayodhya, PM Modi’s first halt was at Hanuman Garhi temple, marking the first-ever visit by any Prime Minister to this temple. He is also the first Prime Minister to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi site.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to unveil a plaque to mark the occasion and also release a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’.

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