As the auspicious day of Bhoomi pujan of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya approaches, some of the Congress leaders, which until now were known for appeasing minorities, have decided to make a flip flop and woo the Hindu voters. For a party which denied existence of Lord Ram, Gandhi scion and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi;s sister Priyanka Gandhi issued a statement welcoming the Ram Mandir. In addition to Priyanka Gandhi, Former MP chief minister Kamal Nath and erstwhile Union Minister Manish Tewari also took to Twitter and conveyed their subtle support for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Gandhi scion And UP General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra extended her support for the Bhoomi pujan ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. She issued a statement on the event, claiming it to be a cause for national unity, brotherhood and cultural congregation.
Climate Change EU EUBudget Multi annual Financial Framework V4 The anti climate change narratives have clearly become a key scapegoat for Central European populists who have been using the topic''s inherent long term nature to buttress their voters' support As we all continue to face mounting challenges, among which the ever accelerating climate change stands out the most, the beginning of the 2020s seems to have thus far only accentuated societal divides.These have been across Europe and North America propelled primarily by various populist movements that do not hesitate to capitalise on virtually any ephemeral issue of public discontent for further political gains, while simultaneously undermining any attempts of social cohesion.
For instance, ;America Ka Neta Kaisa Ho, Jo Biden Jaisa Ho,; (America;s leader needs to be like Biden) has been picked from a popular election campaign slogan from the world;s largest democracy.Opposition Democratic Party ''s election slogan in Indian languages comes four years after the phenomenal success of Trump campaign ''s election slogan in 2016, "Ab Ki Trump Sarkar " (This time, Trump government), on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ''s 2014 election catch line "Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkaar ".Ajay Bhutoria, national finance committee member for Biden for President 2020, said the campaign is planning to reach out to the Indian American voters in their own languages.Currently, he is collaborating with the Biden Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Team to communicate directly with Indian Americans in more than 14 languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Urdu , Kannada, Malayalee, Oriya, Marathi and Nepali.Bhutoria, in a statement, acknowledged that this is influenced by his upbringing in India, wherein elections are community celebrations, with catchy slogans and rallies featuring Bollywood music on loudspeakers.The slogan "America Ka Neta Kaisa Ho Joe Biden Jaisa Ho " has been created to generate similar enthusiasm among Indian American voters in the country. The presidential elections are scheduled for November 3. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is challenging Republican incumbent President Donald Trump.Bhutoria hoped that his digital outreach will motivate more Indian Americans to become engaged in politics, register to vote, and cast their ballots for former vice president Biden this November. "The Biden campaign felt that there was a need to create campaign graphics in regional Indian languages so that our diverse community feels even more connected to Joe Biden, " said Neha Dewan, national director, South Asians for Biden. "As vice president, Biden often reminds us that immigrants are a core chapter of the American story. #8216;Our country ''s ability to draw hard working people from every culture and every nation has always made us stronger ', " she said.
WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc on Tuesday placed a "voting info" label on a post by US President Donald Trump that said mail in voting would lead to a "CORRUPT ELECTION." The label is the most recent of several placed on posts by Republican Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden since the company launched a policy to add information to posts by federal candidates and elected officials."Mail In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation s History #RIGGEDELECTION," Trump wrote. Voting by mail is not new in the United States nearly 1 in 4 voters cast 2016 presidential ballots that way. Routine methods and the decentralized nature of U.S. elections make it very hard to interfere with mailed ballots, experts say. The Facebook label, which does not dispute Trump s claim, redirects users to details from a U.S. government website on how to vote in the 2020 elections.
Trump, who sat down with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace for an interview at the White House, also touched on several issues such as coronavirus, Joe Biden;s plan to ;defund the police; and his election campaigns.While discussing a poll by the news channel, where voters felt that Biden had a stronger mental capacity to be president, Trump suggested that Biden take a cognitive test.
Polish president Andrzej Duda, who has doubled down on themes of homophobia and has been propped up by anti Semitic right wingers, eked out a narrow victory in a tight re election campaign that highlighted political divisions in the central European nation and raised fears about his pledges to impose bigoted policies in his next term.Election officials in Poland reported that Duda earned 51.2 percent of the vote, while Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski yielded 48.88 percent, in results that have not yet been finalized. Opposition party Civil Platform, which supported Trzaskowski, claimed there were voting irregularities, including concerns that some voters could not vote in time because they did not get their voting packages in the mail, according to Reuters. Reports also suggest that a court challenge could be in the works.
Washington. US President Donald Trump is in an electoral mood. After declining popularity in last month #39;s surveys and polls, Trump has turned his anti immigrant card. They reached power on this basis. In this episode, Trump has first given a decree to leave the country to students taking work visas, H 1B visas and then online classes.More than 4 lakh people applying for H 1B visa will be affected by this order. Experts say that many surveys and polls show that Trump is losing popularity among his anti immigrant base voters. At the same time, the Democratic presidential candidate is also trailing Biden.
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Rome: Worldwide confirmed coronavirus infections hit the 1 crore mark Sunday as voters in Poland and France went to the polls for virus delayed elections. Vice President Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona after surges in infections prompted worries that the U.S. has lost control of its outbreak.New clusters of cases at a Swiss nightclub and in the central English city of Leicester showed that the virus is still circulating widely in Europe, though not at the exponential rate of growth seen in parts of the U.S., Latin America and India.
But the uncertainty surrounding many of the nightly races, as voters wait for their mail in ballots to be counted, could be a sign of what #39;s to come. The coronavirus pandemic is worsening in many regions, and if it does not improve rapidly before the fall, more states could shift to absentee voting, meaning that hundreds of millions of Americans could face a similar wait on Election Night. of November.The post was not held, and Ocasio Cortez, who turned his campaign team into a constituent service army during the worst coronavirus crisis in New York City, appears ready to move on to a second term in Congress.
In an interview to PTI on Tuesday, Al Mason, co chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, asserted that due to the aggressive outreach of Trump, there are indications of a sizable swing of the community away from the Democratic Party they have traditionally supported and voted for. "More than 50 per cent of Indian Americans in the battleground states, who have been voting for Democrats thus far, are crossing over to support President Trump, in his re election bid, " he said.The US presidential election will be held on November 3. Trump, a Republican, is expected to be challenged by former US vice president Joe Biden, who is set to be nominated by the Democratic Party in August.Mason said his analysis is based on the findings of his team at the grassroots level in some of the key battleground states like Michigan, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.There is an estimated four million Indian American population of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the November 2020 presidential election. "These 50 per cent of the Indian Americans (switching away from Democrats), which constitute 50,000 to 60,000 additional votes for President Trump in each of the battleground states, will make a big difference, " Mason asserted.In Michigan, Mason claimed, 45,000 of the 70,000 Indian American voters who vote for Democrats, will switch sides in favour of Trump #8212; giving him a total of 65,000 votes. Similarly, in Florida, his study revealed that 50,000 of the 110,000 Indian Americans who vote for Democrats will switch sides in November, he claimed.According to Mason, 50,000 of the 200,000 voters in Texas, 40,000 of the 110,000 voters in Pennsylvania and 45,000 of the 100,000 voters in Virginia who vote for Democrats are expected to switch sides in favour of Trump in the election.Political pundits have identified Michigan, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania as the top key battleground states. While Michigan has 120,000 potential Indian American voters, Florida has 190,000, Texas 470,000 and Pennsylvania 170,000.Mason said there are substantive reasoning and influencing factors for the probable mass exodus of Indian American voters from the Democrats camp to the Trump side. Majority of the Indian Americans, he said, highly approve of Trump ''s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as all prudent steps he has taken for the revival of the US economy. "But there is also a major factor in play #8212; Respect. Indian Americans feel respected and acknowledged for the first time by a US president #8212; President Trump. They notice that the India US relation has never been better, as it is now under Trump, " Mason said in response to a question. "Right from the start of his presidency, Trump has been the best friend of India and Indian Americans. Therefore, they value the genuine friendship between President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi #8212; giving Trump credit for the same, " he said.Responding to a question, Mason exuded confidence that the recent temporary suspension of the H 1B visa is unlikely to have any impact on this swing. "No amount of temporary suspension on H 1B, H 4 visas, which is most sought after among Indian IT professionals, will ever affect the existing great relation between India and the US, " he said.Mason noted that Trump has directed his administration to reform the H 1B visa system and move in the direction of merit based immigration. "These reforms, the White House said, will prioritise those workers who are offered the highest wage, ensuring that the highest skilled applicants are admitted. Such a move was long due and is not only a win win situation for the US and India, but also Indian Americans because IT professionals in India and Indian Americans offer the biggest and highest skilled applicants talent pool in this sector, " he said.
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.The first round of elections controversially took place on March 15 during the coronavirus pandemic which saw a record low turnout of voters. Opposition politicians called on President Emmanuel Macron to postpone the second round which will now take place on 28 June.According to Ipsos, only 45.5 per cent of voters took to the polling stations, compared to 63.55 per cent in the last local election in 2014.
Less than five months before voters will decide his fate, President Donald Trump is confronting a vastly different political reality than he once envisioned. For starters, if the election were held today, he d likely lose. The president, West Wing advisers and campaign aides have grown increasingly concerned about his reelection chances as they ve watched Trump''s standing take a pummeling first on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and now during a nationwide wave of protests against racial injustice. His allies worry the president has achieved something his November foe had been unable to do: igniting enthusiasm in a Democratic Party base that''s been lukewarm to former Vice President Joe Biden.
The explicit inclusion of vishwas (trust belief) in the slogan is telling. It is an understanding of politics that is based on the personal popularity of Modi, and the trust that voters have placed in him. One can juxtapose this trust based conception of politics against one of democratic accountability, wherein voters place well defined demands on the elected representative and support him her based on the fulfilment of these demands. I call this accountability based model the politics of vikas (development) because it is common to claim that politicians and leaders are judged on economic delivery. In contrast to this view of accountability based voter behaviour in India, I wish to develop a model of vishwas, and how it structures politics which I believe is helpful in understanding the current moment in Indian politics. The overturning of historical empirical patterns on elections is straightforwardly associated with the centralisation of political power in the Modi government. This centralisation, and the extraordinary level of support for Narendra Modi and the BJP, is a natural outcome of the politics of vishwas. This is a form of personal politics in which voters prefer to centralise political power in a strong leader, and trust the leader to make good decisions for the polity in contrast to the standard models of democratic accountability and issue based politics, which place power in the hands of citizenry.
This debate, however, lacks important context: Many U.S. citizens are already voting online at home and abroad. In fact, 23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow some voters to return absentee ballots via email, while five others permit some voters to do so using a web portal.We are election officials in two states that require us to offer an online method to some of our voters. For these voters, the argument is not an academic one, but an issue of necessity traditional voting methods simply don t work for those living abroad, deployed in the military or those with disabilities. As election officials, it s our duty to stand up for the constitutional rights of our citizens, whatever their circumstances, and the reality is that online voting dramatically improves the opportunities for these two groups to engage with our democracy.
TwitterEmailPrintSave StoryFacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StoryLatinos are poised to become the majority in Texas in a matter of years. Will they bring their power to bear in the 2020 election?Photographs by Bill McCullough for The New YorkerThe weekend before Super Tuesday, Manuel Ortiz, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, drove to Montopolis, a majority Latino neighborhood on the city s southeastern edge. He was joined by four other college students, all canvassers for the Texas Youth Power Alliance, an initiative that aims to register three hundred thousand new voters before November. Ivy, the group s field organizer, parked her aqua Honda in front of Nuestra Se ora de los Dolores, a Mission style Catholic church built in the fifties. She wore oversized glasses and spoke to the others in a sweetly commanding tone. Avoid dogs, she said. Don t go through No Trespassing signs, gated areas, or ones with, like, a gun sign. The shadow of the 2016 election, when Texas, reliably red, registered among the lowest voter turnouts of any state, loomed over the canvassers efforts. Ortiz, who was dressed in a light wash denim jacket adorned with pins of Selena, a raised fist, and a prickly pear was feeling restless but keen. As a canvasser, he has developed a sort of poised patience and has learned to listen without pressing. His cacti patterned bag was filled with dozens of voting guides en espa ol.Latinos, who make up nearly forty per cent of the state s twenty nine million people, have long had the lowest turnout of any demographic group in Texas. Within his family, Ortiz told me, he is the most dedicated voter. His older sister had called the day before to say that she had cast her ballot in the Democratic primary, but he had not yet convinced his parents to do so. My mom got really uncomfortable in the last Senate election, he said. She felt overwhelmed with the system, those weird voting machines they can scare people. His parents are from San Luis Potos , a state in central Mexico known for its mining industry. They settled in Southern California in the eighties, and became eligible for amnesty under a sweeping immigration reform bill signed by Ronald Reagan in 1986. Before Ortiz was born, the family moved to Eula, a settlement in northern Texas, where residents have been voting Republican since the late sixties and Latinos remain a minority. The outcome of the 2016 election, Ortiz s first as a voter, hurt a lot to see, he told me. All of those people had heard his Donald Trump s hateful rhetoric and they were O.K. with it. But it also made me want to fight back. Early this year, he had mailed an absentee ballot back home. I want people from my area, which is generally a lot more conservative, to know that there is some Democratic presence there, he said.
The verdict of Delhi will be known today. These election results of this half state will not only decide its rulers for five years but will also leave a new imprint on the huge canvas of Indian democracy.The poisoning that took place in full view during the election campaigning must be fresh in your memory. It was campaigning for Delhi state elections but the issues were being determined as if for the entire country. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had in a way fielded the entire brigade of nationalists. In the seven decade long history of Indian democracy, it was perhaps for the first time that a party had deputed nearly 250 of its MPs for a contest over 70 assembly seats. During the campaigning, the party s former president and home minister Amit Shah used all his might. Like a common party worker, he went door to door, addressed all small and big gatherings in support of the party s candidates and tried to convey his message through rallies. Yogi Adityanath, the firebrand chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also addressed 12 election rallies. The entire focus of these leaders was to turn the majority of voters in their favour. The BJP always tries to convey that it wants to win numbers for the majority community. Others try to win a majority for numbers.