FRIDAY 06 POPULAR VOTE 72,440,615 NOVEMBER, 2020 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes 214 264 COUNTING DOWN TO THE WIRE IN THESE STATES Electoral college votes facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard IN TROUBLE Results from these battleground states will decide who will be the next President of the United States. As of now, Joe Biden has an upper hand NO INTERIM RELIEF TO ARNAB GOSWAMI PAGE 7 68,894,239 JOE BIDEN epaper.morningstandard.in The Bombay High Court posted his bail plea for hearing on Friday at 3 pm POPULAR VOTE NEVADA A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PENNSYLVANIA NORTH CAROLINA ■ ■ ■ Electoral votes: 6 ■ Vote counted: 76% Joe Biden 604,251 (49.4%) Donald Trump 592,813 (48.5%) PAGES 12 Electoral votes: 20 ■ Vote counted: 88% Donald Trump 3,232,131 (50.3%) Joe Biden 3,120,731 (48.6%) The fight for a second term gets tougher for Trump as absentee ballots are eating into his leads in battleground states, sending his team into a nervous frenzy to file lawsuits and seek recount GEORGIA THE race to 270 electoral college votes to claim the White House appeared within reach of Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday as he needed to bag just one of the four battleground states where the outcome is yet to be called. Biden already has 264 in the bag, in contrast to President Donald Trump’s 214. Trump needs to claim all four battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada to race from behind and touch 270. But his lead was narrowing in Georgia with more postal ballots getting counted. In Pennsylvania, more than seven lakh mail-in ballots are yet to be tabulated. And Biden is leading in Nevada. In another swing state of Arizona, whose result has already been called in Biden’s favour, Trump narrowed the gap to 3.4% as more votes were counted. With his hold on the Oval Office slipping, a nervous Trump tweeted: “Stop the count!” He was referring to the absentee ballots, most of which are perceived to be Democrat leaning. His campaign team launched a spate of legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia and sought recount in Wisconsin. In Pennsylvania, a judge ordered that poll watchers must be allowed within six feet of counting of votes, which Trump hailed as a victory . As for Biden, there was a spring in his step. “I will gov- ern as an American president”. “There will be no red states and blue states when we win. Just the United States of America,” he said. Biden has received over 72 million votes, the most in US history. At last count, Trump was trailing Biden by over 4 million popular votes. The overall voter turnout in the presidential election was pro- ‘VOTER FRAUD CLAIMS BASELESS’ US President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud are baseless, according to international observers. Observers from the Organization for Security and co-operation in Europe, of which the US is a member, said the November 3 general elections were competitive Electoral votes: 16 Vote counted: 99% Donald Trump 2,436,027 (49.5%) Joe Biden 2,422,493 (49.2%) ■ BIDEN WIN JUST A STATE AWAY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Electoral votes: 15 Vote counted: 94% Donald Trump 2,732,084 (50.1%) Joe Biden 2,655,383 (48.7%) ■ jected to be the highest in 120 years at 66.9%. Biden got booster shots from “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan, which Trump had flipped in 2016. However, two days after election day there was still no clar, ity on when the final winner would be determined. Amid all the tension, Trump loyalists staged protests in Detroit and Phoenix, while antiTrump protesters elsewhere demanded full count of the ballots. HOUSE, SENATE RACES: P12 ■ As of 12.25 am Friday ALASKA Electoral votes: 3 Vote counted: 50% Donald Trump 118,602 (62.1%) Joe Biden 63,992 (33.5%) ■ ■ Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, in Washington | AP OVER DOZEN INDIAN AMERICANS WIN More than a dozen Indian Americans, including five women, have won state-level elections. This is in addition to the four Indian Americans elected to the US House of Representatives | P10 Nitish plays emotional card, calls it Delhi govt bans crackers till Nov-end, traders fume his last poll; RJD smells his defeat PA R V E Z S U LTA N @ New Delhi The ruling NDA is banking on Modi’s appeal and even Tejashwi Yadav has claimed that his fight is against the PM | PTI R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna SLIP of tongue or the emotional card, either way this is a make-or-break election for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who rather unexpectedly declared on Thursday that this would be his last polls. Turning 70 in a few months, age is not really on his side, even by the norm in politics where no one really retires. But aware that he will be close to 75 when the elections are next held in the state, it is crucial that Nitish wins in the face of a stiff challenge from the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s 31-year-old Tejashwi Yadav. Campaigning in Purnea district on the last day of electioneering, Nitish made an emotional appeal to the people, asking them to vote for his party’s sitting MLA as this was his last election. “Day after tomorrow is voting day and this is my last election. All is well that ends we l l . Wi l l you vote for my party candidate?” he asked dramatically, setting tongues wagging in Bihar and beyond. Most political parties downplayed the remarks, including Nitish’s own, the Janata Dal (United). Senior party spokesperson Ajay Alok rubbished the interpretation that Kumar was retiring from politics. “Nitish Kumar will head the state as the chief minister with the people’s mandate,” he said. Its ally the Bharatiya Janata , Party also dismissed any such , speculation. “He has not announced that he is quitting politics. The people will not allow him to go out because Bihar needs him,” BJP leader Prem Ranjan Patel said. The RJD took a dig at the CM, saying that Nitish had played the emotional card as he had sensed that he was losing. But whatever prompted Nitish to call it his last election, it is a kind of do-or-die campaign for him. CONTINUED ON P8 IN BATTLEGROUND BIHAR, IT’S PM VS TEJASHWI THIS TIME RAKESH KUMAR THAKUR & MUKESH RANJAN “Since 2005, Bihar has been on a path of growth. @ Patna /Muzaffarpur For social and economic /Bhagalpur/Khagaria prosperity, the rule of law and better infrastructure are WITH campaigning for the prerequisites. Only the NDA third and last phase of the can give Bihar these two Bihar elections coming to things,” the PM wrote. end on Thursday, the loudThat the ruling alliance is speakers have turned silent banking on Modi’s appeal and the choppers transport- and not on Nitish is clear ing VIP candidates have re- from the places where the turned to the hangars. PM campaigned. In a careOn the face of it, Chief f u l ly -c raf t e d t ou r p roMinister Nitish Kumar and gramme, the BJP deployed RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Modi more in not-so strong were the two main rivals of areas of the BJP-JD (U). this election. But, for the 7 Modi began his rallies in crore voters in Bihar, the Sasaram followed by Motifight was not really between hari, Forbesganj, Saharsa, Nitish and his young chal- Bagah and Samastipur, arelenger but between as where the NDA is Prime Minister s o m ewh at we a k . Narendra Modi’s apAnd almost everypeal and Tejashwi’s where, rarely was I have full faith promises. there any direct Kaushal Kishore, that the power praise for Nitish and of ‘double a school teacher in his work. Rather, his Darbhanga district, engine’ will take speeches centred Bihar to new said he would be votaround his governheights of ing for Chirag Pas- development in ment’s aid to the Biwan’s Lok Janshakti har CM to help dethis decade Party in the name of velop the state. PM Narendra Modi Modi. “See, I am not In other words, Nivoting for Nitish Kutish was only the vemar or Chirag, I am voting hicle to drive the growth enfor a candidate of my choice gine, nothing more. “We in the name of Prime inister have done a lot under Nitish Modi,” Kishore said. Kumar and will do a lot more Stating that he had no if voted to power. The BJP g rudge ag ainst Nitish, delivers what it promises,” Kishore said, “I personally M o d i said almost support Modi for the work everywhere. he has done. The vote I will That the RJD also considcast will indirectly go to ers Modi and the BJP as its Modi. He is a more popular main rival are apparent from leader and an acceptable Tejashwi’s utterances. At face in Bihar.” rallies in Seemanchal and Perhaps realising the Araria, and while speaking mood in his favour, Modi for to reporters in Patna, Tejasthe first time reached out di- hwi said: “After the first and rectly to the voters, issuing a second phases of elections, four-page letter in which he it is clear that the grand alliappealed to the “brothers ance is coming to power and sisters of Bihar” to vote comfortably. Nitish is nofor the NDA as “reforms are where in the race. This fight impossible in a state of dis- is now between me and the CONTINUED ON P8 order and anarchy .” BJP .” IN the wake of the worsening air pollution and incessant spike in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government on Thursday banned firecrackers, including ‘green crackers’, in the city . The ban on sale, purchase and bursting of firecrackers will remain in force from November 7 to the month-end. Following a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation, which was also attended by the health minister Satyendar Jain, revenue minister Kailash Gehlot, chief secretary and senior officials of various departments, Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal announced the cracker ban on twitter. The CM further said that as Covid cases are increasing due to pollution and festival season; medical infrastructure is also being improved. “Reviewed corona situation in Delhi and preparedness with Chief Secy, Health officials and all DMs. Corona cases have increased due to festival season and pollution. It was decided to: 1. Ban crackers in Delhi, 2. Ramp up medical infra, Oxygen and ICU beds are being increased in Delhi govt hospitals,” he tweeted. The decision of ban came on a day when the Air Quality Index of Delhi breached the ‘se- Corona cases have increased due to festival season and pollution. It was decided to ban crackers, ramp up medical infra; oxygen and ICU beds are being increased in Delhi govt hospitals —Arvind Kejriwal, CM D E L H I STATUS OF CASES Today 5,289 66 -6,715 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 3,71,155 6,769 38,729 4,16,653 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 15,803 7,887 527 7,231 1,028 344 C O V I D W A T C H TESTING STATUS Cumulative 8,572 6,263* 183 H O M E I S O L AT I O N : 2 3 , 4 1 1 vere’ mark for the first time this season with index standing at 450, worst since December. Delhi has also been witnessing a continuous surge in daily count of Covid cases for more than a week. The city reported more than 6,500 cases for the third day in a row on Thursday . The cracker ban has , however, annoyed the traders, who termed the decision dictatorial. “The decision is totally arbitrary and the government is behaving like a dictator. If green crackers were made legal three years ago, why have they been 15,704 36,590 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 49,32,727 2,59,617 Total tests done so far Tests per million Calls received in control room: 301 Containment zones as on date 3,684 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1539 Total number of calls refused : NILL *596 BEDS OF CCC ARE OCCUPIED BY PERSONS UNDER QUARANTINE INCLUDING TRAVELLERS WHO CAME BY VANDE BHARAT MISSION AND BUBBLE FLIGHTS Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for November 05 As cases surge in Delhi, Centre flags high mortality, low RT-PCR tests EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IN a review of Covid-19 situation in Delhi, which is currently witnessing the third wave of the pandemic, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan expressed concern at the mortality rate in the capital which is higher than the national average. Comparing the Covid trajectory of Delhi with that of the country, Vardhan said, “The recovery rate of India is currently more than 92% while that of Delhi is 89%. Against a national case fatality rate of 1.49%, Delhi continues to have a fatality rate of 1.71%.” For the last several days, Delhi has been recording the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases in the country after Kerala and authorities have attributed the rapid surge to gatherings during Dussehra and rising pollution. Vardhan expressed particular concern over the surge in cases and the high positivity rate in North, Central, North East, East, North West and South East districts of Delhi. According to the Union health ministry, Delhi continues to have a highly skewed rapid antigen testing to RTPCR ratio — 77% of the tests are RAT based while RT-PCR comprises only 23% of the total tests. Noting that false negative results might give way to com- placency among the infected, Vardhan pressed for mandatory testing of all RAT negative persons if they develop influenza like or severe acute respiratory symptoms. Dr Sujeet Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, cautioned the state health authorities to be alert and requested for the formation of a committee of medical experts for better clinical management of Covid patients. In the meeting, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain requested the Centre to increase the number of ICU beds at AIIMS-Delhi and other central hospitals to augment the present capacity which has come under strain. EXPRESS READ Jharkhand withdraws consent for CBI probe RANCHI: Jharkhand on Thursday withdraw the general consent accorded to the CBI to investigate cases, joining seven other states ruled by non-BJP parties that have effected a similar move. The CBI has to now seek state government permission to probe each case, official sources said. Policeman found hanging in Kashmir ‘Inform when Hathras probe will be over’ SRINAGAR: A policeman, who had gone missing in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday evening, was found hanging from a tree with torture marks on Thursday morning. A police officer said the body of Mohammad Ashraf was found hanging in an apple orchard. LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court asked CBI to inform it on November 25 how much time it would take to complete probe in the Hathras gang-rape and murder case. It also asked CRPF to file an affidavit stating it has given security to the victim’s family. banned now? This will lead to huge losses to the traders who are already suffering due to Covid,” said Vishal Jain, a trader from Jama Masjid area. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had announced that he would oraganise Lakshmi Puja on Diwali this year, which would be at t e n d e d by h i s c ab i n e t colleague. Addressing a webcast, Kejriwal said the rituals would be broadcast by TV channels. “We had celebrated Diwali together at Connaught Place through a light show. We will celebrate Diwali together this year as well, without burning crackers…On November 14, at 7:39 PM, we will perform Lakshmi Puja together,” the chief minister said. SIT indicts 75 officials for links with don Vikas Dubey N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE three-member SIT set up to investigate the killing of eight policemen by late gangster Vikas Dubey submitted its report to the state authorities late Wednesday recommending , action against 75 officials, including 40 policemen, for collusion with the gangster. The rest of 35 officials are from various departments, including revenue, food and the district administration. Eight police personnel, including a deputy SP were killed , by Dubey and his henchmen at Bikru village of Kanpur in a late night ambush on the policemen out to arrest him in an attempt-to-murder case on July 2. After the killings, the gangster fled the village and was nabbed in Ujjain in MP a week later. He was killed in a police encounter while being transported back to Kanpur after he allegedly tried to escape. The SIT, led by additional chief secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, has submitted a 3,200page report. Sources said home department officials would examine the report and initiate action. Details of the report were not known. Sources said the report mentions call records of Dubey and his contacts at Chaubeypur police station under which his village Bikru comes. Post massacre, the entire police staff deputed at Chaubeypur police station was sent to police lines. Chaubeypur SHO Vinay Tiwari and his junior sub-inspector KK Sharma were suspended and arrested for allegedly alerting the gangster about the impending ambush.
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