Westbrook exits, ruled out with hamstring injury

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook left Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a hamstring injury and will not return.

Westbrook exited the court in the first quarter but it was unclear how he suffered the injury.

Westbrook was coming off the bench in the Lakers’ preseason finale, a move coach Darvin Ham said before the game was “not a demotion” but “a realignment.”

The Lakers were also without Anthony Davis for the preseason finale. Davis did not make the trip to Sacramento, with Los Angeles holding him out for precautionary reasons as he continues to manage lower back tightness, according to the team.

Davis is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday for the regular-season opener against the Golden State Warriors.

Point guard Dennis Schroder also did not play against the Kings because of a thumb injury that will sideline him for the start of the season, sources told ESPN.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin contributed to this story.

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Best of the best: 10 records to be broken at the T20 World Cup – T20 World Cup

Records for the most runs, wickets and catches in all ICC Men’s T20 World Cups are just some of the benchmarks under threat in the eighth edition of the tournament.

White-ball stars including Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler, Shakib Al Hasan and David Warner could reach major milestones for batting, bowling and fielding at the T20 World Cup.

If records truly are made to be broken, here are 10 that could be smashed at the T20 World Cup 2022:

Note: players named in the T20 World Cup 2022 squads are in bold

A standout in the early editions of the T20 World Cup, Mahela Jayawardena is the only batter to reach four-figures for total runs across multiple tournaments.

The former Sri Lanka captain’s record is now under threat from India’s Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, with Australia opener David Warner also within striking distance.

Top 10: Total runs

  Runs Matches
Mahela Jayawardena (SL) 1016 31
Chris Gayle (WI) 965 33
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 897 35
Rohit Sharma (IND) 847 33
Virat Kohli (IND) 845 21
David Warner (AUS) 762 30
AB de Villiers (SA) 717 30
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 698 31
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 661 31
Shoaib Malik (PAK) 646 34

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Only eight batters have hit a ton in T20 World Cups and just one – Chris Gayle – has done it twice. 

The retired West Indies opener will now give others a chance to catch, and perhaps overtake, his benchmark for centuries.

Jos Buttler was the only centurion in the T20 World Cup last year, while Alex Hales announced himself with a ton in 2014, leaving the England openers best placed to claim the record from Gayle.

Leaders: Total tons

  Runs Opposition, Year
Brendon McCullum (NZ) 123 Bangladesh, 2012
Chris Gayle (WI) 117 South Africa, 2007
Alex Hales (ENG) 116* Sri Lanka, 2014
Ahmed Shehzad (PAK) 111* Bangladesh, 2014
Tamim Iqbal (BAN) 103* Oman, 2016
Jos Buttler (ENG) 101* Sri Lanka, 2021
Suresh Raina (IND) 101 South Africa, 2010
Chris Gayle (WI) 100* England, 2016
Mahela Jayawardena (SL) 100 Zimbabwe, 2010

While tons are hard to hit in T20Is, the top batters can regularly reach half-centuries.

India batter Virat Kohli will look to extend his incredible record for 10 scores of 50 or more, which have been made in 21 matches and while only being dismissed 11 times, but Rohit Sharma could yet claim this crown.

Seven batters have four scores of 50 or more in T20 World Cups, but Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is the only one set to have an opportunity to add to that tally in Australia this year.

Leaders: Scores of 50+

  Scores 50+ Matches
Virat Kohli (IND) 10 21
Chris Gayle (WI) 9 33
Rohit Sharma (IND) 8 33
Mahela Jayawardena (SL) 7 31
David Warner (AUS) 6 30
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 6 35
Shane Watson (AUS) 5 24
AB de Villiers (SA) 5 30

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Kohli v Australia: ‘He likes a fight, he likes a scrap’ | T20WC16

During the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2016, Mohali was host to a Virat Kohli masterclass.

Virat Kohli also tops all-comers for runs scored in a single edition of the T20 World Cup and is the only batter to appear in this top-10 list twice.

Several batters with strong past performance could again target Kohli’s leading total this year, including the top three in the MRF Tyres T20I Batting Rankings in Mohammad Rizwan, Suryakumar Yadav and Babar Azam.

Top 10: Runs in a tournament

  Runs Year Matches
Virat Kohli (IND) 319 2014 6
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 317 2009 7
Babar Azam (PAK) 303 2021 6
Mahela Jayawardena (SL) 302 2010 6
Tamim Iqbal (BAN) 295 2016 6
David Warner (AUS) 289 2021 7
Mohammad Rizwan (PAK) 281 2021 6
Virat Kohli (IND) 273 2016 5
Jos Buttler (ENG) 269 2021 6
Matthew Hayden (AUS) 265 2007 6

Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan will be back to extend his lead for the most wickets in all T20 World Cups, with India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin the closest in the count set to appear again this year.

Several others including Mitchell Starc (24) and Tim Southee (22) should rise into the top 10 but will need incredible tallies to catch the Bangladesh veteran.

Top 10: Total wickets

  Wickets Matches
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 41 31
Shahid Afridi (PAK) 39 34
Lasith Malinga (SL) 38 31
Saeed Ajmal (PAK) 36 23
Ajantha Mendis (SL) 35 21
Umar Gul (PAK) 35 24
Dale Steyn (SA) 30 23
Stuart Broad (ENG) 30 26
Dwayne Bravo (WI) 27 34
R Ashwin (IND) 26 18

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‘A legend of the game’: Shakib Al Hasan | T20 World Cup

Only two bowlers have claimed four wickets or more in three innings at T20 World Cups, including Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan.

The 35-year-old veteran returns for an eight edition and may well claim the record for himself, though team-mate Mustafizur Rahman could instead surge to the top with a couple more devastating displays.

Leaders: Four-or-more-wicket hauls

  4+ Wickets Matches
Saeed Ajmal (PAK) 3 23
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 3 31
Mustafizur Rahman (BAN) 2 10
Morne Morkel (SA) 2 17
Ajantha Mendis (SL) 2 21
Umar Gul (PAK) 2 24
Shahid Afridi (PAK) 2 34

Only six bowlers have claimed 13 wickets or more in a T20 World Cup with Pakistan quick Umar Gul a standout for achieving it in each of the first two editions.

Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga set a new benchmark for total wickets at last year’s tournament. but in-form bowlers like Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan could be eyeing-off similar numbers this time.

Leaders: Wickets in a tournament

  Wickets Year Matches
Wanindu Hasaranga (SL) 16 2021 8
Ajantha Mendis (SL) 15 2012 6
Dirk Nannes (AUS) 14 2010 7
Adam Zampa (AUS) 13 2021 7
Trent Boult (NZ) 13 2021 7
Umar Gul (PAK) 13 2009 7
Umar Gul (PAK) 13 2007 7

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Hasaranga hat-trick v South Africa | 2021 ICC Men’s T20WC

Former South Africa stalwart AB de Villiers was as reliable in the field as behind the stumps, and holds the record for the most catches at T20 World Cups.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Australia batter David Warner are not far behind and could prove at this year’s T20 World Cup that catches win more than just matches.

Three players are equal on 13 catches at T20 World Cups, including West Indies all-rounder Daren Sammy who leads on his own for taking four in one match. 

Leaders: Total catches

  Catches Matches
AB de Villiers (SA) 23 30
Martin Guptill (NZ) 19 28
David Warner (AUS) 18 30
Rohit Sharma (IND) 15 33
Dwayne Bravo (WI) 15 34
Steve Smith (AUS) 14 18
Glenn Maxwell (AUS) 14 20
Ross Taylor (NZ) 14 28

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Former India skipper MS Dhoni’s record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper at T20 World Cups looks safe, but South Africa’s Quinton de Kock and Australia’s Matthew Wade will hope to rise up the ranks with a deep run into the knockout stages.

Top 10: Total dismissals

  Dismissals Matches
MS Dhoni (IND) 32 33
Kamran Akmal (PAK) 30 30
Denesh Ramdin (WI) 27 29
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 26 31
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN) 24 33
Mark Boucher (SA) 16 16
Quinton de Kock (SA 15 13
Matthew Wade (AUS) 14 13
Mohammad Shahzad (AFG) 13 19
Luke Ronchi (NZ) 12 9

No keeper has yet claimed 10 dismissals across a T20 World Cup although six have come close with nine including Australia’s Matthew Wade last year.

Leaders: Dismissals in a tournament

  Dismissals Year Matches
AB de Villiers (SA) 9 2012 5
Adam Gilchrist (AUS) 9 2007 6
Kamran Akmal (PAK) 9 2010 6
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 9 2009 7
Matthew Wade (AUS) 9 2021 7
Quinton de Kock (SA) 8 2014 5
MS Dhoni (IND) 8 2015 5
Kamran Akmal (PAK) 8 2009 7
Matthew Cross (SCO) 8 2021 8

Horoscope for Oct 15 Aries Gemini Cancer Virgo and Pieces need to stay alert good day for politicians – OTV News

Ashwini: You will spend more time with your life partner. You will try to implement new methods in your work. You might experience mental anguish.

Dwija: You will show more interest in doing social work. Businessmen will start a new business. Students will concentrate on their studies.

Krutika: Legal affairs can disturb your mental state. Women will be self-reliant.

Remedy: Eat some sweets before stepping out of your home.

Lucky color :Red

Lucky number :9

Industry says India must avoid placing price cap on Russian oil – Economic Times

New Delhi: India should avoid backing the West’s plan to place a price cap on oil bought from Russia as it could sour relations with Moscow and block the supply of discounted crude, multiple officials and industry executives said, requesting anonymity.

The US, the UK, Canada, Japan and European allies are working on a price cap plan to restrict Moscow’s energy revenues without curbing the flow of Russian oil to the export market, which is essential to keeping global prices from skyrocketing, given the latest production curbs by the cartel OPEC+.

“Russia has threatened to cut supplies to countries that participate in the price cap plan. So, it makes no sense for us to infuriate Russia and risk our steady flow of cheap oil from there,” said an official. “The price cap, however, could become the key reference in our purchase negotiations for Russian oil and benefit us in securing cheaper deals.”

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Russia is today the second-largest supplier of oil to India, making up around 20% of the country’s crude imports, up from barely 1% before the war.

The US, European Union and allies are still figuring out the implementation mechanisms of the price cap plan but aim to cut off Western shipping services for Russian oil sold above the price cap. The price cap could kick in early December, coinciding with the EU’s ban on imports, financing and insurance of seaborne Russian crude.

“Solutions to EU restrictions on financing and insurance can be found. Russia can offer sovereign guarantees but finding enough ships to transport oil could be a big problem,” said an industry executive.

The Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air said in a report last week that 49% of ships carrying Russian fossil fuel in the past 30 days were owned by European shipping companies, and at least 59% were insured in Europe. “This gives Europe a stranglehold on Russia’s exports and enables the imposition of a price cap on exports to third countries as well,” it said.

India takes all its oil from Russia on a delivered-at-port basis, which means the entire burden of arranging ships, financing and insurance is on the supplier, which are in most cases, commodity traders. So, for supplies to India, it’s the traders which must figure out ways to handle the price cap.

A shipping ban might not be easy to enforce. The European Commission is reportedly considering some concessions to Malta, Greece, and Cyprus, whose fleets carry most Russian oil.

In recent months, EU countries haven’t strictly enforced a ban on using European-owned and insured ships to carry coal to third countries as policymakers weren’t ready to accept the price spike that the ban had contributed to.

If Russia responds to the price cap by cutting supplies significantly, even for the short term, the global markets could go into a price frenzy since markets are already tight, a refinery executive said.

Pak PM Sharif caught in another ‘audio leak’ row: ‘will tell you final number…’ – Hindustan Times

Updated on Oct 15, 2022 07:16 AM IST

The audio clip surfaced days after the Shehbaz Sharif-led Pakistan government ordered a high-level investigation into the alleged hacking and leak of sensitive audio conversations.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif.(AP)

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been caught in another ‘audio leak’ controversy after a purported clip of him talking about the posts of his key aides surfaced on social media on Thursday. In the latest audio clip, Sharif can be heard discussing the appointment of special assistants with an unidentified person who asks for posts of the PM’s key aides, reported The News International. (Also Read | Ex Pak PM Imran Khan says good that ‘let’s play with it’ audio got leaked)

The voice, believed to be of PM Sharif, could be heard, saying, “No, it is not like that, Bilawal Bhutto spoke to me in this regard.” Another voice then said, “We have to adjust Zafar Mahmood and Jahanzeb Sahib also…I will tell you a final number today.”

The Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader also reportedly talks about reminding Muttahida Qaumi Movement member, Malik Ahmed, of the role he played in making the deal with the two parties.

“I am sending you his portfolio; he belongs to Karachi.”

The audio clip surfaced days after the Sharif government ordered a high-level investigation into the alleged hacking and leak of sensitive audio conversations. The series of audio leaks have raised concerns about the cyber security of PM’s residence and office.

Last month, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan demanded Sharif’s resignation over ‘leaked’ audio clips about the ‘import of machinery for a power plant from India.’

“PM Shehbaz Sharif should resign after the audio leaks involving him, some cabinet members and government officials have surfaced. In the audio leaks, Shehbaz is talking about bringing machinery from India for his niece Maryam Nawaz’s son-in-law (Raheel Munir). If Shehbaz has any shame left in him, he should resign… otherwise we will make him go home,” Khan was quoted as saying.

He also said that the audio leaks are a serious breach of national security as they call into question the entire security of the Prime Minister’s Office and House.

(With ANI inputs)

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Punjab Beauty Pageant Promised NRI Groom To Winner. Posters Are Viral – NDTV

According to news agency ANI, a father and son who put up the posters were arrested.

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Posters of a beauty contest promising the winner a chance to marry a Canadian Non-Resident Indian or NRI groom in Punjab’s Bathinda have led to the arrest of two people, the police said on Friday.

The posters were found pasted on walls at several places in Bathinda on Thursday, quickly spreading online and triggering a backlash.

They advertised a competition of “beautiful women” to be held at a local hotel on October 23 with the winner being offered a chance to get married to an NRI who lives in Canada.

A police official told news agency PTI that a case was registered over the posters, including charges under the Indecent Representation of Women (Management) Act, 1986.

According to news agency ANI, a father and son who put up the posters were arrested.

Punjab Social Security Women and Child Development minister Baljit Kaur condemned the event.

“Pasting posters to organise a beauty competition in Bathinda to choose a girl of a particular caste for marriage is highly condemnable,” she said in a statement.

The minister ordered the director of the social security, women and child development department to submit a report in this regard as soon as possible.

Ms Kaur asked the deputy commissioner of Bathinda to take strict action against those responsible.

She said the matter came to her notice through social media.

“There will be an awareness march in the city against the incident,” Ms Kaur said, adding the desire of Punjabis to settle abroad also leads to such incidents.

Kremlin Invites Residents in Occupied Kherson to Take ‘Vacation’ in Russia

The Kremlin-backed administration of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Kherson region is offering residents “vacation” to Russia amid the lingering war and concerns over efforts to “Russify” Ukrainians.

The Russian-recognized regional administration of Kherson announced in a Telegram post last week that it has set up a hotline for “children and their parents, as well as everyone who wants” to take a holiday. Located in southern Ukraine, Kherson has seen intense fighting as Ukrainian forces seek to push out the Russian military. The hotline implementation followed reports of Russia forcibly migrating Ukrainians from occupied territories.

Volodymyr Saldo, the former Kherson mayor who the Kremlin has installed as head of the occupied region, told the Russian state-run news agency TASS on Friday that most residents were staying put despite having the option to leave the region’s daily rocket fire. He said only about 350 residents had asked for help leaving.

A car without wheels, which was carjacked by Russians soldiers, stands on bricks in front of the destroyed Village Council on September 27, 2022, in Vysokopillia, Ukraine. Russian-backed authorities in the Kherson region are offering vacations to residents wanting a break from the war.
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Saldo said on Thursday in a Telegram post that he was organizing for residents to travel to Russia “for recreation and study,” or to “protect themselves from the consequences of missile strikes.”

The post acknowledged that the region continued to be contested despite Russian President Vladimir Putin saying in September that Kherson was among four regions of Ukraine that had voted to join Russia, a notion that was rejected in a lopsided United Nations General Assembly vote.

Kirill Stremousov, Saldo’s deputy, earlier on Telegram downplayed Kherson residents leaving the region, saying it didn’t amount to an evacuation. But on Friday, Stremousov took a different tone, encouraging residents to remain calm and take “a humanitarian trip to rest and [recuperate] in the Russian Federation.”

“It’s no secret that the shelling of the Kherson region is dangerous primarily for the civilian population,” he said in the post Friday.

Since Putin launched Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, international monitors and Ukrainian officials reported that Ukrainian citizens caught in occupied areas have been forced to relocate to Russia, which the Kremlin has denied.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a U.S.-based think tank, has previously published research on the Kremlin’s efforts to strip Ukrainians of their cultural identity.

“Russian authorities are continuing to engage in “Russification” social programming schemes that target Ukrainian children,” the think tank on Friday found in its research.

The ISW cited reports from local media and Ukrainian officials that Russia was deporting children, some orphans, from occupied regions. The deportations have been described by Russian officials as “children’s trips” and “further education” programs, according to the the group’s research. Teenagers in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol are also being pressured to join an anti-Ukrainian “Youth Guard” paramilitary group, the ISW added.

Newsweek has reached out to the Ukrainian Ministry of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories for comment.

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Indian PhD student stabbed multiple times in Australia; India demands strict action against perpetrators – The Tribune India

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Sydney, October 14

A 28-year-old Indian PhD student in Australia has been stabbed multiple times in the face, chest and abdomen by a man he had never met before, prompting India to demand strict action against the perpetrators.

The incident took place on October 6, as Shubham Garg walked along the Pacific Highway, Sydney, New South Wales Police Force said in a statement.

Police have arrested Daniel Norwood and the 27-year-old suspect is charged with attempted murder after Garg, allegedly suffered multiple stab wounds to the face, chest and abdomen, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Garg suffered multiple stab wounds to his face, chest, and abdomen. He sought assistance from a nearby house before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital. The man underwent surgery and remains there in a serious but stable condition, the NSW Police Force statement said.

Garg was approached by an unknown man near the Pacific Highway Lane on Thursday. The unknown man allegedly threatened him while demanding cash, media reports said.

The man refused and was allegedly stabbed a number of times in the abdomen before the assailant fled, the reports said.

Following extensive inquiries by detectives, a search warrant was executed on a home on the Pacific Highway at Greenwich at about 3.40 pm on Sunday.

Norwood was arrested at the scene and was taken to Chatswood Police Station, where he was charged with one count of attempted murder after the alleged stabbing, the statement said.

A number of items were seized from the home and have been taken for forensic examination, it said.

He was refused bail and appeared at Hornsby Local Court on Monday and will remain in custody with the next court appearance.

The Police Media Unit advised the following to In The Cove, “We can confirm the men are not believed to have known each other before the incident.”               

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi on Friday said that the High Commission in Canberra is in touch with the local authorities over the incident and expects action to be taken against the perpetrators.

The Indian High Commission in Canberra and the consulate in Sydney are in close touch with the local authorities and a suspect is in custody.

“It is a sad incident. He (Garg) is in a hospital and treatment is being done,” Bagchi said.

Garg’s father Ramniwas Garg on Friday expressed concern over the racial attack on his son and has demanded a strict punishment to the culprit.

The family has also requested for an urgent visa for one of its members to look after Garg in Australia. PTI

Meanwhile the family has sought immediate government assistance in this matter. 

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Chhattisgarh IAS officer arrest: Rs 2-3 crore was daily collection as illegal levy on coal transportation, says ED – The Indian Express

The Enforcement Directorate, which arrested Chhattisgarh IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi along with two others in connection with a money laundering case, has claimed that officials and politicians in the state were involved in an illegal levy on coal transportation which was generating Rs 2-3 crore per day.

The agency has arrested one Laxmikant Tiwari and Sunil Kumar Agarwal of Indramani Group in connection with the case, along with Vishnoi. It has claimed that Raigadh Collector Ranu Sahu and kingpin of the alleged scam Suryakant Tiwari are missing.

“During the course of search and investigation, cash of Rs 1.5 crore, which was found with Laxmikant Tiwari was seized. He has admitted that he handled [Rs] 1-2 crore of the extorted money on daily basis. Sunil Kumar Agrawal of Indramani Group, a big coal businessman was found to be involved in this racket and…a business partner of Suryakant Tiwari. Sameer Vishnoi and his wife were found to be in possession of Rs 47 lakh of unaccounted cash and gold jewellery (4kg),” the ED said in a statement on Friday.

According to the ED, the accused are part of a scam in which illegal levy of Rs 25 per tonne was being allegedly extorted. The proceeds of the crime, the ED has alleged, were being used for “investing in benami assets, bribing officials to influence senior officers and also used by or on behalf of political executives of the state”.

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The ED initiated the money laundering investigation based on an FIR lodged by Income Tax Department. The agency has seized Rs 4.5 crore unaccounted cash, gold jewellery, bullion and other valuables worth around Rs 2 crore (approx) in its searches in the case.

According to the ED, extortion of illegal coal levy became rampant when the Director of Geology and Mining Department, issued a notification on July 15, 2020, which modified the earlier online process of e-permit for transporting the coal from mines to users to manual NOC. No SOP or procedure was circulated in this regard, the ED has claimed.

On Wednesday, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel had hit out at the Centre over the ED searches at several locations in the state, saying “the probe agencies should not be misused for political mileage”. Talking to reporters in Raipur, Baghel sought to know why the agency has not revealed details of recovery made during its action.

No Time & No RaGa: As EC Announces Himachal Election Dates, It’s Baptism by Ballot for New Congress Chief – News18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spent a total of 10 days in the last one-and-a-half months in poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh but the new Congress president to be elected next week will barely have three weeks to settle in before Himachal Pradesh polls on November 12.

This is while Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra will not be touching either of the poll-bound states. The Election Commission announced a single-phase poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh on Friday, saying the polling would happen on November 12 and results would be out on December 8. Though the Gujarat schedule was not announced, it is expected that the state will poll two or three weeks later with results coming out for both states on the same day, as it happened in 2017.

This leaves an arduous task for the new Congress President — Mallikarjun Kharge or Shashi Tharoor — who will barely have any time to gear up for the two crucial state polls which will be his first electoral test, with Rahul Gandhi on the padyatra.

The Congress campaign in both states has been lacklustre so far and looks dependent on Priyanka Gandhi in Himachal Pradesh. She kicked off the campaign on Friday with a rally in Solan and is expected to hold three more rallies in the state soon. Rahul Gandhi’s padyatra is expected to be in Maharashtra at the time of Himachal polls and will move up northwards by the time of Gujarat polls.

The BJP, however, has been on an overdrive in both these poll-bound states with the Prime Minister himself leading the charge by inaugurating or laying the foundation stone of development projects worth crores and has been attacking the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. The PM has spent 10 days touring both the states since end-August and has covered Una, Chamba, Kullu and Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. He has covered Mehsana, Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar, Bharuch, Jamnagar, Surat, Bhavnagar, Ambaji and Bhuj in Gujarat.

The BJP also started five yatras in Gujarat this week which were launched by Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda and are being attended by top Union Ministers. Further, Himachal Pradesh is the home state of Nadda and he has been on repeated visits to the state and will campaign extensively there. The BJP is also drawing up an elaborate campaign plan for the PM, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other Union ministers.

The new Congress chief will need to hit the ground running in both poll-bound states, with barely any time at hand to settle in the new job.

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