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24-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Modi, Rahul firm up narratives in election criss-cross

They have different styles of campaigning and have adopted different strategies to woo voters in the Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are the lead campaigners for their parties, but have followed a diverse...

24-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Why Wayanad could be a safe seat for Rahul Gandhi

Wayanad, which could soon become a VVIP constituency if Congress President Rahul Gandhi decides to contest the Lok Sabha election from there, has been a Congress safe seat.In the last two Lok Sabha elections, in 2014 and 2009, M.I. Shanavas of the Congress won...

24-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Now streaming : Chunavi parodies on social media

There is a hint of sarcasm in the melodious rendering of Rahul Ram's new song "chunaav ka mahina" - a parody of "sawan ka mahina" from the 1967 film "Milan" - that hit YouTube recently.As "chunaav ka mahina he mach gaya chor, phir aaya he time to choose who...

24-Mar-2019

Future of 'Mahagathbandhan' and emerging trajectories of 2019 polls

Indian politics is always moving along new, emerging trajectories. After 20 years of the Congress dominating electoral politics, it was perhaps in 1967 that for the first time the party faced a setback. In 1977, there was another strong anti-Congress mood prevailing...

24-Mar-2019 New Delhi

87,000 groups on WhatsApp targeting voters (Dangal 2019)

The first phase of voting begins from April 11 and WhatsApp - and not its parent company Facebook - has turned out to be the biggest social media platform for more than 87,000 groups to target millions with political messaging.According to WhatsApp, over...

23-Mar-2019 Bhopal

Congress move to field Digvijaya hints at tough fight

Indicative of a tough fight, the Congress has decided to field former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister from the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, it was announced here on Saturday. Bhopal is one of the four seats the party has not been able to wrest from the BJP for...

23-Mar-2019 Bengaluru

BJP shrugs off Yeddy Diaries' impact on poll prospects

Dubbing the report in 'The Caravan' news magazine based on 'Yeddy Diaries' a concoction, a defiant BJP's Karnataka unit on Saturday accused the Congress of using its dirty tricks department to harm its prospects in the upcoming general elections."A desperate...

23-Mar-2019 New Delhi

What'll happen if BJP can't get a majority of its own

Although it is now almost certain that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - the group of parties led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - will attain a majority in the Lok Sabha in the forthcoming general elections, the question will nevertheless arise whether...

23-Mar-2019 Hyderabad

Vishweshwar Reddy declares 895 cr assets

Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, the Congress party candidate from Telangana's Chevella Lok Sabha constituency, has declared family assets worth Rs 895 crore, making him the richest politician in both the Telugu states.Vishweshwar Reddy owns movable assets of Rs 223...

22-Mar-2019 Gangtok

Why are national parties shunned in Sikkim?

Creating political space in Sikkim has become nearly impossible for national parties, with the country's ruling BJP also failing to establish itself politically after its talks with the opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) broke down over acceptance of the...

22-Mar-2019 Tirupati

Two former TTD chairman battling for prestigious Tirupati seat

Elections in Tirupati always evoke keen interest among political parties in Andhra Pradesh as the leaders feel privileged to represent the constituency for its religious significance.Both the Tirupati Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies are considered prestigious.There...

20-Mar-2019 Jammu

Could NC, Congress afriendly Dangal' prove costly in J&K?

The Regional National Conference (NC) and the Congress on Wednesday decided to forge an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls in J&K.Interestingly, as per the terms of alliance announced by the NC president, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Congress' Rajya Sabha MP...

20-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Political campaign spends on social media a mystery

Despite all the efforts put in place by social media companies to show who is paying for the political advertisements on their platforms, the users may not know the actual amount spent to run political campaigns on these websites.Facebook has a searchable database...

20-Mar-2019 Kolkata

Trinamool's Mimi wants to lend people a voice before making promises

Glamorous Bengali actress Mimi Chakraborty is banking on the love showered by the people on her through the years as she now canvasses for votes in the lanes and alleys of the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency.The 30 year old, nominated as Trinamool Congress candidate...

20-Mar-2019 Srinagar

NC-Congress seals Alliance for upcoming Lok Sabha polls

Congress and National Conference have sealed alliance in Jammu and Kashmir for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said Jammu and Udhampur will be contested by Congress. “I will contest from Srinagar and...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Sangh backs pivot Modi to return to power

In the face of an increasingly hostile Rahul Gandhi, the RSS continues to bank on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pivot to stay in power for the next five years. With Modi remaining BJP's single biggest vote catcher, it is an unequivocal thumbs-up for...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Do the facts add up to Yogi Adityanath's claims?

In the last two years, there has been "no communal incident," in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told reporters on Tuesday on completing two years office.Reality:The Home Minister told Parliament on March 13, 2018 that the rise in communal...

19-Mar-2019 Siliguri/Kolkata

Which way is political wind blowing in Bengal's tea gardens?

Brewing discontent, resentment over low wages and lack of land rights for tea garden workers, whose votes are decisive in four Lok Sabha constituencies in North Bengal, could emerge as hurdles to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in the upcoming polls.About...

19-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Congress faces alliance troubles

The Congress appears to be caught between its goal of defeating the ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha elections and expanding its own base in various states, leading to its failure to seal crucial alliances including in Bihar.The Congress has also fielded candidates...

18-Mar-2019 New Delhi

142 percent jump in assets of 153 MPs - 2009 to 2014

The average assets of 153 MPs who were re-elected in 2014 grew by 142 percent, averaging Rs 13.32 crore per MP, with Shatrughan Sinha, Pinaki Mishra and Supriya Sule sharing the top honours.According to Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms...

18-Mar-2019 Srinagar

J&K politicians indulge in 'freestyle wresting'

Political temperatures have steadily risen in Jammu and Kashmir and rival parties are now engaged in a no-holds-barred battle to score brownie points against one another to win the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC)...

18-Mar-2019 Bengaluru

Congress, JD-S seat pact to 'outsmart' BJP in Karnataka

Karnataka's ruling coalition allies Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) hope to "outsmart" the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by jointly contesting the 28 Lok Sabha seats across the state in April, a party official said."With the JD-S and Congress contesting together,...

17-Mar-2019 Chandigarh

Kirron Kher faces fight from Congress and within BJP

The quintessential 'Mummyji' of Bollywood movies is donning her motherly avatar as she has begun her over two-month long electoral campaign to retain the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat.Having been elected from here in the 2014 general election by a margin of...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Is the opposition losing its way?

The political edge which the national opposition appeared to have gained as a result of its successes in three recent Assembly elections and in several by-elections before that has undoubtedly dissipated.It isn't only Surgical Strike 2.0 which has robbed...

16-Mar-2019 New Delhi

The return of the Brahmin?

In 1996 my book "The Last Brahmin Prime Minister" was on the stands. The title was so controversial that friends like Dilip Padgaonkar stopped talking to me - but only for a short while. He was too dear a friend.And now that my mind is working in the reverse...

14-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Can social media tame fake news?

Major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are aware of the damage fake news can cause to the election process in India. But none has one simple solution to eliminate the impact that misinformation can have on millions of voters.After facing flak...

14-Mar-2019 Thiruvananthapuram

2019 polls could make or break the CPI-M in Kerala

Can Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hope for a resounding third anniversary celebrations of his government two days after the results of the Lok Sabha polls are announced on May 23? This is the question that has been making the rounds immediately...

14-Mar-2019 Greater Noida

India News Kicks Off Special Election News Shows Ahead of 2019 Polls

As the country is gearing up to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha elections, India News, one of India’s leading Hindi news channel, kicks off a series of extensive election news shows. From engaging prime time debates on critical political issues to covering...

13-Mar-2019 Gurugram

Unkept promises may spoil BJP's chances in Gurugram

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is striving to return to power at the Centre, it could not be that easy for it in Haryana as majority of poll promises, say political pundits, have not been kept in the state.The voters of the Gurugram parliamentary constituency,...

13-Mar-2019 Panaji

Will 'Hindu' parties impact BJP in Goa?

The thunder of all the bombs dropped by the IAF on Balakot may not politically echo in the BJP's favour in Goa where it appears to be caught between a rock, a hard place and a granite slab ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and three Assembly by-polls - as...

13-Mar-2019 Jaipur

When one CM won and lost all of Rajasthan's 25 LS seats

Call it an irony or sheer coincidence. Rajasthan has been witness to winning and losing all its 25 Lok Sabha seats elections the two separate tenures of senior Congress leader Shivcharan Mathur as the Chief Minister.He became the chief minister for the first...

12-Mar-2019 Dehradun

Royal jitters in Uttarakhand BJP

Royal jitters are being felt in the BJP in Uttarakhand ahead of the April 11 Lok Sabha election.Stoking a controversy, Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, a BJP MLA and the erstwhile scion of Landhaur Estate in Haridwar, has sought ticket for his wife Rani Devyani...

12-Mar-2019 Nanded (Maharashtra)

Citing disparity, poll Phase II schedule revision sought

Contending disparity and inequality in the dates announced for Phase II of Lok Sabha elections, two Maharashtra lawyer-activists have shot off a representation to the Election Commission (EC) contending there is an inodrinate gap of 21 days between the last date...

12-Mar-2019 New Delhi

BJP, Congress rivalled on less than 170 seats in 2014

The battle for 2019 goes way beyond Bharatiya Janata Party-versus-Congress contest as the data available for 2014 general election show that the two major contestants rivalled each other only on less than 170 seats,Out of the 282 seats won by the BJP in...

12-Mar-2019 Bengaluru

Campaign for Mandya seat in Karnataka intensifies

Karnataka's ruling coalition allies, the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and the Congress, are engaged in an intense engagement over the seat-sharing arrangement in the state, particularly in the JD-S stronghold of Mandya.While JD-S leader and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's...

11-Mar-2019 Patna (Bihar)

BJP may deny ticket to half-a-dozen sitting MPs

A day after the Election Commission announced seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, more than half-a-dozen sitting BJP MPs, including Union Ministers in Bihar, are unsure about getting the party ticket this time.A senior BJP leader, who refused to be identified,...

10-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Muslim MPs' LS share dips, will 2019 be different?

As the battle for Lok Sabha 2019 gathers steam, the falling representation of Muslims in Lok Sabha has been one of the areas of concern as the House is a representation of the country's social fabric.It remains to be seen how many Muslim leaders are fielded...

05-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Key players of team Amit Shah

The Election Commission is yet to announce the Lok Sabha poll schedule but Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have already carpet-bombed the opposition as the IAF targeted terror camps in Pakistan, giving the ruling party a head start.While...

05-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Opposition 'unity' hit, Congress says 'no' to AAP

The opposition's desire to put up a united front against the BJP suffered a blow on Tuesday after the Congress refused to tie up with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and a miffed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal vowed to defeat the "unholy Congress-BJP...

02-Mar-2019

It's advantage Modi, but.........

Considering that previous governments had backed away from a military response to terrorist provocations from Pakistan -- notably in November, 2008, when a Lashkar-e-Taiba suicide squad attacked Mumbai -- the raid by Indian jets on a Jaish-e-Muhammed terror camp...

01-Mar-2019 Shimla

For Congress, contesting Lok Sabha polls appears to be uphill task

For the Congress party leadership in BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh, contesting the parliamentary polls appears to be an uphill task.A majority of Congress leaders apparently consider themselves over the hill, while all four imcumbent BJP Members of Parliament...

24-Feb-2019 Lucknow

As crucial LS polls near, alliance woes for the BJP mount in UP

At a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is firefighting growing friction and hostilities with its partners elsewhere in the country, its relationship with its allies in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh seems to be heavily strained.While the...

22-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Mulayam's flip-flops to benefit BJP and singe BSP-SP alliance?

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and founder of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav continues to baffle his own party leaders and political observers alike by repeatedly making statements that can benefit the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and embarrass...

27-Jan-2019 New Delhi

Cong loyalist drove 'Operation Priyanka'

In a Chanakya-inspired move that will rank among the most astute in recent times, a veteran Congress loyalist is said to have been the one who successfully managed Priyanka Vadra's formal entry into politics as the party's general secretary for Uttar Pradesh...

26-Jan-2019 New Delhi

Can Priyanka match Modi's oratory? Scales more evenly balanced

Is Priyanka Vadra the brahmastra (the ultimate weapon) of Rahul Gandhi directed only at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or is one of the Congress president's targets also the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) combine in Uttar Pradesh?While...

19-Jan-2019 Kolkata

Shatrughan Sinha toes Rahul Gandhi's line in attacking Modi

Admitting that he is a "rebel", Bollywood actor and dissenting BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday stepped up his attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by adopting Rahul Gandhi's "chowkidar chor hai" jibe."People often ask me why I speak against Bharatiya...

19-Jan-2019 Kolkata

Mamata's Kolkata rally: Who said what

Following are the snippets from the speeches of various leaders at the rally of anti-BJP parties at the Brigade Parade Ground here on Saturday.* National Conference President Farooq Abdullah: "This (Electronic Voting) machine is not there in any part of the world....

19-Jan-2019 Kolkata

23 political parties come together in 'oust Modi' campaign

Twenty-three political parties, including the Congress and major regional parties like SP, BSP and DMK, came together on Saturday at a mega rally organised by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to throw the gauntlet at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defeating...

05-Jan-2019 New Delhi

What is Gadkari's game?

Unlike the Congress, the communists or the socialists, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has rarely seen major fissures.Occasionally, a person may have become involved in political feuds within the party, as was Balraj Madhok, who was the president of the Jan...

30-Dec-2018 New Delhi

Anti-BJP parties come together but unlikely to form Federal Front

The anti-BJP front gained currency this year in the wake of BJP's defeats in Kairana, Phulpur and Gorakhpur parliamentary by polls in Uttar Pradesh by the coming together of SP, BSP and RLD and as 2018 winds up the parties are now emboldened to go for the...

25-Dec-2018 Lucknow

Year that saw tectonic shift in UP's political landscape

A year is a long time in politics. In Uttar Pradesh, the change of the calendar from 2017 to 2018 saw a tectonic shift in the political landscape, one that left the ruling BJP and its cadres shocked to the core. Mayawati, the Dalit powerhouse who was daggers...

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