Of the 53 invalid votes, 15 came from Parliament followed by five each from Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, and four each in Delhi, West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The only previous occasion when the presidency became vacant mid-term was in 1993 when president Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated.
In a virtual address to party corporators, he said that the common Shiv Sena workers were his 'wealth', and as long as they were with him, he did not care about criticism by others.
KT Rama Rao lashed out at the Centre for focusing only on votes.
To reach out to more people, parties have been using pictures of film actors to attract a crowd and gain votes from youngsters.
The BJP on Saturday declared former councillor Rajesh Bhatia as its candidate for the June 23 Rajinder Nagar Assembly bypoll in the national capital.
With barely two weeks left for the Thrikkakara bypoll, the political outfits are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the votes of the techies and professionals in the constituency.
Addressing mediapersons, Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra said the two BJD leaders, Sudhir Patra and Sudarshan Suar, were murdered due to political enmity.
The stake for the seat is very high despite the fact that it would not affect the prospects of the ruling NDA in the state. However, it has become a prestige issue both for the ruling and opposition.
With JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy escalating the attack on the BJP in the past couple of days, the Congress has accused the BJP of “giving JDS the supari to divide the Muslim votebank”.
Opponent Sugyani Sethy backed by MLA Subash Chandra Behera lost out by six votes.
At face value, Indresh Kumar’s praise of Nizam VII has put saffron party in a fix but it also presents a positive view.
The OBC communities, which form a formidable chunk of the voters in UP, emerged as a strong pressure group against the socio-economically strong Yadavs.
The first phase counting for 13 ZP seats saw BJD turning the tables on the saffron outfit.
General secretary of BJD Yogesh Singh claimed that on being informed about BJP ZP candidate Pravin Naik distributing money at Kinjirma at around 11 pm, some BJD supporters rushed to the spot.
The protestors brought the issue to the notice of officials at a nearby polling station and staged a protest, demanding cancellation of the polls.
Many candidates have also been rampantly using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to appeal to young voters and overcome the trust deficit.
Polls would be held in a single phase for 12,838 posts of ward members in corporations, municipalities, and town panchayats. The counting of votes would begin on February 22.
The power loom at Kendrapara was closed a few years back as a result of which around 4,000 weavers lost their jobs.
Minority votes getting divided since 2014, leading to their declining clout and helping BJP.