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TN police files case against Union Minister Murugan for alleged poll code violation

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TN police file case against Union Minister Murugan on charges of poll code violation

Chennai, April 3 (IANS) – The police in Tamil Nadu’s Sathyamangalam have registered a case against Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L. Murugan, who is also the BJP candidate from Nilgiris Lok Sabha constituency, on charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct. According to the police, the case was registered based on a complaint filed by the assistant returning officer of the Bhavanisagar Assembly constituency, R. Uma Shankar.

The poll official alleged that Murugan held a meeting inside a private school on March 26 along with his party cadres. A case has also been registered against the management of the school located on the Sathyamangalam-Bannari road under the Bhavanisagar Assembly constituency. An inquiry was conducted following which a case was registered against L. Murugan and 100 party cadres for violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

L. Murugan is involved in a three-cornered battle in the Nilgiris (SC seat) against former Union Minister and sitting MP A. Raja of the DMK, and D. Lokesh Tamil Selvan of the AIADMK. The case comes at a crucial time during the election season and could have an impact on Murugan’s campaign in the constituency.

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The charges against the Union Minister and his party cadres raise questions about the adherence to electoral rules and regulations during the campaigning process. The incident highlights the importance of conducting political activities within the framework of the Model Code of Conduct to ensure a free and fair election process. The BJP candidate will now have to navigate the legal proceedings while continuing his electoral campaign in Nilgiris.

With the case registered against L. Murugan, the focus now shifts to how the legal process unfolds and what impact it may have on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu. The developments in this case will be closely monitored by political analysts and observers as the election season progresses. The BJP candidate will need to address these allegations and ensure that his campaign remains on track despite the legal challenges.

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BJP’s Vamsha Tilak nominated as candidate for Secunderabad Cantonment by-election

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Vamsha Tilak is BJP candidate for Secunderabad Cantonment by-election

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Dr T. N. Vamsha Tilak as its candidate for the upcoming by-election in Secunderabad Cantonment Assembly constituency. The by-election is scheduled to take place on May 13, along with the Lok Sabha polls, after the seat fell vacant following the untimely death of MLA Lasya Nanditha in a road accident.

Nanditha, who was elected in November 2023, passed away in February 2024, leading the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) to nominate her sister Nivedita as their candidate. With the main opposition party aiming to leverage the sympathy garnered post Nanditha’s demise, the election is expected to be closely contested.

Nanditha’s victory in 2023 saw her defeat BJP’s Narayanan Sri Ganesh by a notable margin of 17,169 votes. Sri Ganesh, who has since joined the Congress party, has been named as the Congress candidate for the upcoming by-election. The contest between Tilak, Nivedita, and Sri Ganesh is set to be a crucial one in the political landscape of Secunderabad Cantonment.

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Small fire erupts in Home Ministry office at North Block

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Minor fire breaks out in Home Ministry office in North Block

A fire broke out in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) office in the North Block on Tuesday morning but was quickly brought under control by the fire department. The blaze reportedly started on the second floor at IC Division.

According to the Delhi Fire Service (DFS), the fire was reported at 9.22 a.m. and seven fire tenders were deployed to the scene. By 9.35 a.m., the flames were extinguished, averting a major disaster in the government building.

The fire reportedly originated in a Xerox machine, computers, and some documents within the office. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the authorities.

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This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety measures in all workplaces, especially in government offices where sensitive documents and equipment are stored. It also highlights the swift response and efficiency of the fire department in handling such emergencies.

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Woman arrested for selling stolen SUVs in Bihar and Jharkhand

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Woman held for selling stolen SUVs in Bihar, Jharkhand

In a recent operation by Delhi Police, a 37-year-old woman named Lovely Singh was arrested for selling stolen luxury SUVs in Jharkhand and Bihar. She was apprehended from Patliputra in Bihar, leading to the recovery of nine SUVs, including Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Alcazar.

The arrest of Lovely came after her husband, Govind, was apprehended last year with a stolen Maruti Brezza. Govind disclosed that Lovely was involved in receiving stolen vehicles from Delhi and selling them in Bihar and Jharkhand. After efforts to trace her, she was declared a proclaimed offender by the Court.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Apoorva Gupta stated that Lovely was arrested on April 3 this year and revealed during interrogation that she had a background in working in an insurance company before getting involved in the sale and purchase of stolen vehicles. She and her husband started engaging in this illegal activity after coming into contact with individuals in the industry.

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Lovely disclosed that she had been arrested in Ranchi in 2021 for a case involving stolen vehicles and robbery. To evade arrest, she would frequently change her accommodations and establish connections with auto lifters and other receivers of stolen luxury cars to continue her illicit activities. She aimed to earn easy money to meet her daily needs.

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