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Election 2019

 

19-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

As poll scene hots up, Amarinder cool about 'Mission-13'

At a time when the poll scene is hotting up for the May 19 Lok Sabha polls in Punjab and leaders of all parties have jumped head-long into campaigning, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is playing it cool regarding his 'Mission 13' campaign.Having led the...

19-Apr-2019 Mumbai

Mumbai commuters to candidates: Catch me if you can!

The biggest nightmare for candidates in the Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad Lok Sabha constituencies is how to "catch" the slippery commuters who are their main electoral bank.As is well-known, nearly two-third of Mumbaikars comprising office-goers, workers...

18-Apr-2019 New Delhi

It's curtains for 5-time consecutive Lok Sabha winners

Four veteran politicians -- L.K. Advani, Sumitra Mahajan, Kamal Nath and Yogi Adityanath -- who were elected to the Lok Sabha on five or more successive occasions since 1998 will not be seen in the next Lok Sabha.Thirteen political leaders who were MPs in...

18-Apr-2019 Shimla

At 91, eight-time matronly Congress legislator battles on tirelessly

At 91, eight-time matronly Congress legislator Vidya Stokes continues to battle tirelessly to ensure victory of the party in all the four parliamentary seats of Himachal Pradesh.She is daily rubbing shoulders with party leaders, a majority of them almost...

17-Apr-2019 Bhopal

Kailash Vijayvargiya says no to LS elections

Bharatiya Janata Party national General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who was considered a strong contender from the Indore parliamentary constituency in Madhya Pradesh, on Wednesday said he will not contest the Lok Sabha elections."People of Indore, activists...

17-Apr-2019 Jaipur

Has BJP got its social engineering right in Rajasthan?

Has the BJP got its social engineering right in by forming alliance with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party in Rajasthan and roping in Gujjar community leader Kirori Singh Bainsla into the party?This will be known when the state goes to polls on April 29 and...

16-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

In Chautala vs Chautala, AAP shows a bias

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has been accused of showing a political bias in the ongoing feud in the Chautala family in Haryana.The Kejriwal government has allowed Ajay Chautala to come out of Tihar...

16-Apr-2019 Agartala

BJP now a major force in Tripura LS battle

Tripura, which has traditionally witnessed a direct or triangular contest, will for the first time in seven decades see a multi-cornered battle as the ruling BJP has emerged as a potent political force after last year's Assembly polls.While one of the two Lok...

16-Apr-2019 Shimla

Himachal youth getting tips through 'Walls of Democracy'

High school and college students of Himachal Pradesh are daily getting tips on ways to strengthen democracy through 'Walls of Democracy' set up in 7,681 places, poll officials said.The aim is to increase awareness among the future and first-time voters in...

16-Apr-2019 Chennai

Tamil Nadu's caste knots in cluttered Lok Sabha contest

Caste intricacies has tied up the elections in Tamil Nadu in several knots because of a cluttered four-cornered contest throwing up new factors. The four corners in the poll contest are represented by AIADMK-led National Democratic Alliance -- comprising BJP,...

15-Apr-2019 New Delhi

BJP fields Ravi Kishan in Gorakhpur, drops Kalraj

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday named seven more candidates for the Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, fielding Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan from the Gorakhpur seat.

The BJP has denied ticket to Sant Kabir Nagar MP Sharad Tripathi who...

15-Apr-2019 Ranchi

Jharkhand: BJP, Congress name women after 15 years

The two national parties -- the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- have fielded one woman candidate each in the Lok Sabha elections from Jharkhand after a long gap.The last BJP woman candidate was Rita Verma. She won the Dhanbad parliamentary...

15-Apr-2019 Lucknow

SBSP -- BJP'S partner in UP -- to go it alone

The Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) said on Monday that it will go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.

"We will field 25 candidates and contest on our own. We have waited long enough for the BJP and we are going ahead alone,"...

15-Apr-2019 Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh)

BJP vs coalition in Bulandshahr, Modi a key factor

This Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP bastion which it has claimed for around 25 years, may, if the Modi magic continues, give it another chance amid the twin challenges of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance and the polarisation of a section of the voters.

Many...

15-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath makes mafia dons lose clout in UP elections

For the first time in perhaps four decades, criminals are taking a backseat in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh and it is the Yogi Adityanath government that deserves credit for this.The crackdown on criminals by the Yogi government has forced a...

14-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

After Surjewala experiment, Congress banks on big names in Haryana

By 0fielding former Union Minister Kumari Selja, state Congress President Ashok Tanwar and former cabinet Minister Ajay Singh Yadav for the May 12 Lok Sabha elections in Haryana, the opposition Congress has again taken a political gamble of fielding big...

14-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Only 42 more women in Parliament since first Lok Sabha

Slogans of various political parties about empowering Indian women in politics seem to have remained just lip service, if one goes by the statistics.The case in point is that in the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, there were only 66 women members out of the total House...

14-Apr-2019 Shimla

BJP in Himachal gunning its own leader

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh is gunning its own party leader, who resigned from the Jai Ram Thakur-led cabinet two days ago.The BJP is asking its former Power Minister Anil Sharma to quit from the party over his love for his son.Congress...

14-Apr-2019 Mumbai

Marathas sulk in underdeveloped Marathwada

Despite giving a Deputy Prime Minister, a Lok Sabha Speaker, several Union Ministers, four Maharashtra Chief Ministers and a Deputy Chief Minister, the Marathwada region of Maharashtra remains the most backward in the state.As the eight Lok Sabha constituencies...

14-Apr-2019 Kolkata

Once formidable Left Front in choppy waters again?

The CPI-M led Left Front (LF), which ruled West Bengal for 34 years at a stretch before suffering a crushing defeat in 2011, is now a divided house, with analysts foreseeing the coalition faring poorly in the coming Lok Sabha polls after the failure of the...

13-Apr-2019 Bengaluru

This time, it'll be straight contest in Karnataka

Karnataka will see straight contests in the Lok Sabha elections after three decades between the Congress-JD-S combine and the BJP.The state will witness a two-phased polling on April 18 and April 23 in 14 constituencies each out of 28 seats across the southern...

13-Apr-2019 Lukhnow

Priyanka preparing UP for 2022, Rahul the Congress for 2024

It is true that there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends in politics. But this Machiavellian law is clearly not applicable when a coalition of parties is in the midst of an existential battle. No one can grudge the Congress partys desire to revive,...

12-Apr-2019 Bhopal

BJP mulls Sadhvi Pragya or Uma Bharti against Digvijaya

Bhopal may need to brace for a heavy dose of polarisation if RSS has its way in the selection of a challenger for Digvijaya Singh in the Lok Sabha elections. Hardliners Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Union Minister and former chief minister Uma Bharti are among...

12-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

Uncertainty over BJP fielding Kirron Kher from Chandigarh

With just five weeks to go for voting for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Chandigarh, uncertainty continues on whether the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will re-nominate sitting member of parliament (MP) Kirron Kher for this crucial seat.With the Congress re-nominating...

10-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Half of PM Modi's cabinet not elected directly

With the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha completing its term, almost half of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet was occupied by ministers who were not directly elected by people of the country.As per the government data, 12 of the 25 current cabinet ministers...

10-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Jolt to Mayawati as Bhim Army supports Congress

In an unexpected move, the Bhim Army has announced its support to the Congress that is bound to upset the Bahujan Samaj Party's apple cart in western Uttar Pradesh where eight constituencies go to polls on Thursday in the first phase."We are going to support...

10-Apr-2019 New Delhi

8 key UP LS constituencies to vote on Thursday

Eight seats of western Uttar Pradesh will go the polls in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday with BJP facing a tough contest in all the seats due to the alliance of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. The Congress is...

10-Apr-2019 Shimla

For once, political battle in Himachal sans titans

The battle in the Himachal Pradesh political arena is without the titans this time.For almost two decades, the electoral battle was seen as a war for supremacy between Congress leader and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and BJP's two-time Chief Minister...

10-Apr-2019 New Delhi

11 of 53 MPs in LS polls 1st phase had below 75% attendance

As 91 Lok Sabha constituencies go to polls on Thursday, a look at the data on the sitting MPs' participation in Parliament shows that 11 of the 53 sitting candidates contesting in the first phase had lower than 75 per cent attendance while Telugu Desam...

10-Apr-2019 Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh)

Gateway to west UP, Saharanpur in triangular fight

The gateway to western Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur will see a cracker of a contest in the Lok Sabha polls with all the three main contenders - BJP, SP-BSP-RLD and Congress - focusing on the seat and putting up a strong fight.Saharanpur goes to the polls on...

09-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Who will win 2019?

With an upswing of about 4 per cent in vote share, as reported in recent polls/surveys, can the Congress tide over its lowest ebb (44 MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha) and dethrone the incumbent? Perhaps a deep dive into two latest surveys -- CSDS-Lokniti and Times...

08-Apr-2019 Patna (Bihar)

Nawada will see fight between two powerful castes

The political battle in the Nawada parliamentary constituency in Bihar is a direct fight again between two powerful castes.This rural and semi-urban seat, still lagging behind on the development front, will see an electoral battle for local supremacy between...

08-Apr-2019 Aurangabad (Bihar)

Can the powerful Rajputs be derailed in Aurangabad?

It's a constituency that has consistently voted for Rajputs though they make up just 12.5 per cent of the 17 lakh voters. Now, the opposition has fielded an extremely backward caste (EBC) candidate to break the Rajput stranglehold.Aurangabad has been a traditional...

07-Apr-2019 Amaravati

YSR, Andhra's 2nd most powerful family

If the NTR clan continues to dominate the politics in Andhra Pradesh for over three decades, the YSR family remains its biggest rival since taking the centre stage in 2004.The family of Congress leader and former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is...

07-Apr-2019 New Delhi

'Ab Hoga Nyay' is Congress slogan for LS polls

The Congress on Sunday unveiled its campaign slogan -- "Ab Hoga Nyay" (Now, there will be justice). It will feature in all its advertisements, posters, radio jingles, billboards and songs.'Nyay' is the acronym of its minimum income guarantee scheme -- Nyuntam...

07-Apr-2019 Amaravati

NTR's dynasty remains at the centrestage of Andhra politics

When it comes to political dynasties in the country, few can match the charisma and the melodrama associated with Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao's personality.Even 23 years after his death, the legacy of the founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and former Andhra...

07-Apr-2019 New Delhi

India needs human-centric AI to curb fake news

As social media giants fight to curb fake news ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, an Indian-origin tech junkie has stressed it is not enough as the nation needs better human-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions to combat the spread of misinformation.For...

07-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

In electoral season, Deras are all-important in Punjab

Deras, or sects, in Punjab hold a lot of importance in the electoral season. With each Dera capable of influencing scores of voters, who are their followers, political parties and leaders have no option but to look up to these during elections.The latest visit...

07-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Congress manifesto a mirage not reality

After I finished reading the 55-page Congress manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, I suddenly remembered a scene in the famous political satire British sitcom, 'Yes Prime Minister'.It was set in the days before the budget and the Finance Secretary of...

07-Apr-2019 Mumbai

Tough battle for Konkan, which gave 7 Bharat Ratnas

A keen tussle is on for four Lok Sabha seats in the lush green coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra, known for its proximity to the country's commercial capital, besides giving seven Bharat Ratnas to the country since Independence, and the world-famous...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Congress leader assaults BJP spokesperson on live TV

With the Lok Sabha polls approaching, the politicians are busy attacking each other with sharp criticism. In a similar case, Congress spokesperson Alok Sharma on Saturday threw a glass of water on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson KK Sharma during...

06-Apr-2019 Chennai

Will DMK's 'anti-Hindu' comments get AIADMK-BJP votes?

The BJP and its alliance partners in Tamil Nadu are claiming consolidation of Hindu votes in their favour owing to the "anti-Hindu" speeches of leaders of the opposition DMK and DK, but the DMK rules out this issue impacting its poll prospects."People are...

06-Apr-2019 Shimla

It's Anurag Thakur vs RL Thakur in HP's Hamirpur

The Congress on Saturday named former athlete and five-time legislator Ram Lal Thakur to take on BJP's three-time MP and former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur in Hamirpur of Himachal Pradesh.The Congress has already announced candidates for the three other Lok...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi/Chandigarh

BJP names 8 candidates for Haryana, retains 5 MPs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced eight candidates, including three sitting lawmakers and two Union ministers, for 10 Lok Sabha seats of Haryana.The candidates for Hisar and Rohtak seats, represented in the 16th Lok Sabha by Jannayak...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

BJP names 24 candidates, Uma Bharti among 10 dropped

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released a list of 24 candidates across seven states for the Lok Sabha elections, denying tickets to 10 sitting MPs including Union Minister Uma Bharti and five-time MP from Ranchi Ram Tahal Choudhary.The list,...

06-Apr-2019 Ranchi

BJP axes two sitting Jharkhand MPs, fields RJD defector

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday announced its remaining three candidates from Jharkhand, dropping two sitting MPs and fielding the RJD state President who had joined it last month.While the BJP had announced 10 candidates for 13 of the state's 14...

06-Apr-2019 Raiganj

Four-cornered battle awaits Congress legacy-laden Raiganj in Bengal

North Dinajpur district's Raiganj, once a Congress bastion, is set to witness a gritty four-way fight with the CPI-M's sitting MP, Mohammed Salim, facing a tough challenge from the BJP, Congress leader Deepa Dasmunsi and West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress...

06-Apr-2019 Bengaluru

Deve Gowda clan thrives in Karnataka

"A cat has nine lives, but Deve Gowda has 10!" is an oft-repeated phrase in Karnataka, as the former Prime Minister and ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo battles at the age of 86 to baptise two of his grandsons in the political terra firma.As one...

06-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Political pygmies to challenge stalwarts in UP

Chandra Shekhar 'Azad' and Amit Jani are relatively unknown entities in Uttar Pradesh politics.They have hit headlines occasionally with their fledgling outfits but now they are ready to make news with their electoral debuts.Chandra Shekhar Azad who heads the...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Caste lines favour BJP-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra's reserved lands

The SC/ST voters will play a crucial role in deciding the fate of candidates in at least 17 out of 48 constituencies in Maharashtra where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- Shiv Sena combine are looking to repeat their 2014 performance when they won 42 seats...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

No cakewalk for V.K. Singh in Ghaziabad

It was once known as the badlands on the eastern fringes of the national where only the brave stirred after dark. Then came roads, industries, a railway junction, educational institutes, shopping complexes, Metro connectivity and even condominiums, so much...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Will BJP listen to Advani's advice?

It would have been better if L.K. Advani had given his excellent advice to his party men about their attitude towards other parties before being denied a Lok Sabha ticket.Now, it would appear that the nonagenarian former Deputy Prime Minister was expressing...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Congress manifesto gives one signal, fighting Left another

Rahul Gandhi's choice of Wayanad as his constituency in south India has set tongues wagging. Is this an insurance just in case there is a shock reversal in Amethi? Since he is fighting the BJP in the company of regional parties, is the Amethi-Wayanad arc designed...

05-Apr-2019 New Delhi

TMC government has failed on key issues: ADR

The Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has failed to meet top basic priorities of voters and performed "below average" on issues of employment, agriculture loan and farm product price, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Released...

05-Apr-2019 Shimla

First-time BJP Himachal MP tops in fund allocation from state

BJP's first-time MP Ram Swaroop Sharma, who defeated six-time Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha Singh from Mandi in 2014, has topped among the state's four lawmakers with fund utilisation over the allocated amount as high as 103.25 per...

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