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25-Feb-2017 Amethi

Litmus test awaits the Gandhis in Amethi

A litmus test awaits the Gandhis in their bastion Amethi, which votes on Monday in the fifth of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh assembly election.Having been loyal to the Congress party and the Gandhi surname for decades, the constituency first gave the...

25-Feb-2017 Bahraich and Mirzapur districts (Uttar Pradesh)

Education failure, leading reason for UP job woes, isn't an election issue

"Path mera alokit kardo, naval prath ki naval rashmiyon se, mere ur ka tam har do," Saidun Ahmed, 8, recited a Hindi poem by Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari, a twentieth-century poet, at top speed. "Light up my path, with the morning sunlight light of the new sun,...

25-Feb-2017

Maharashtra verdict: Has Modi's demonetisation gamble paid off?

The sweeping victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra's local elections mean that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won his demonetisation gamble.Earlier, too, the BJP had come out on top in a series of civic elections across the country...

21-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Akhilesh Yadav's donkey jibe sharpens focus on Indian wild ass

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's "Gujarat ke Gadhe (Donkeys of Gujarat)" jibe might have been meant to score points in a bitter electoral battle, but it has inadvertently sharpened focus on the Indian wild ass, promoted in a TV spot by no less...

21-Feb-2017 Lucknow

In UP, political discourse gets distasteful

"Gujarat ke gadhe" (donkeys of Gujarat), "Loktantra ke aatankwaadi" (terrorists of democracy), "Behenji Sampatti Party", "Negative Dalit Man"... Political discourse amid ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has touched a new low.With three phases to elect...

18-Feb-2017 Lucknow

RaGa's elan in UP campaign brings out his new avatar

At an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, when Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi imitated the "mitron" idiom of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the audience burst into laughter and cheered him for well over a minute.The Uttar Pradesh polls could well be the...

16-Feb-2017 Imphal

Close fight between Congress, BJP in Manipur

Territorial integrity of the ancient kingdom of Manipur that had merged with India and the recurring economic blockades by tribal groups are the major issues in Manipur where the upcoming assembly polls are witnessing a close battle between the ruling Congress and...

14-Feb-2017 Shahjahanpur

Demonetisation may hurt BJP in UP's Shahjahanpur

Suresh Khanna, the BJP candidate from Uttar Pradeshs Shahjahanpur, is seeking his eighth consecutive election victory in this urban constituency but the going may not be easy for him.There is an unabated resentment over demonetisation amid possible polarisation...

14-Feb-2017

UP: Women winning fewer elections, losing deposits in larger numbers

Poor, populous Uttar Pradesh was the first state to have a female Chief Minister -- Sucheta Kriplani from 1963 to 1967 -- but this pioneering effort has not improved prospects for women in elections.As voter turnout has risen, more competitors have stood against...

14-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Battle for UP causes collateral damage

Uttar Pradesh's revenue has taken a big hit -- first due to demonetisation and now because most government employees are out on election duty.Officials in the concerned departments fear that the revenue targets for the current fiscal might take a knock of...

14-Feb-2017 Shahjahanpur

In UP, villages still cry for roads

Seven decades after independence, residents of a large number of villages in Tilhar constituency here in Uttar Pradesh continue making one key demand: better and macadamised roads.They complain that nothing has changed even as they have time and again reposed...

13-Feb-2017 Saharanpur

SP battles to retain its supremacy in Phase-2 of UP polls

As the battle for ballot in Uttar Pradesh shifts to 67 second-phase seats, including those in Rohilkhand and the Terai region, much seems at stake for the Samajwadi Party (SP), which had done well in many of these constituencies in 2012 elections.This time...

13-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Mayawati's campaign turns a new leaf in UP

People change with times. In Uttar Pradesh, where voters are being wooed left and right, the most striking election campaign, although low profile, is of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).Raring to wrest power from arch rival Samajwadi Party (SP), the BSP has changed...

12-Feb-2017 Lucknow

UP elections and the missing 'madam, chacha, neta and babuji'

The first phase of the elections to the 403-strong Uttar Pradesh state assembly, that ended on Saturday, was marked by many firsts in the electoral history of the politically crucial state -- a major one being the absence of many veterans and political heavyweights...

11-Feb-2017

If Kejriwal wins Punjab, it will alter course of politics

The emerging consensus that there is a wave in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab is terrible news for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, not because they will have lost the election but because the road ahead will become that...

10-Feb-2017 Meerut

Tight contest among BJP, BSP, SP-Congress in UP first phase

There appears no clear front-runner among the three major contestants - BJP, SP-Congress and BSP - in the 73 seats going to polls in the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh with factors including demonetisaiton, problems of farmers and caste and community...

10-Feb-2017 Bisadah (Uttar Pradesh)

In communally divided Dadri, no one talks of development

In the area where a Hindu mob murdered Mohammad Akhlaq after accusing him of eating beef, the election fever of Uttar Pradesh is laced with old tensions.The few Muslim families here are unwilling to speak -- unlike almost everyone else in the state -- on...

09-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Imam Bukhari asks Muslims to vote against SP

Imam Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi, on Thursday appealed to his followers in the community to vote against the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, beginning February 11.Addressing a press conference here, Bukhari...

07-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Dialogues, drama, desperation... cut to UP as action begins

The action has begun in Uttar Pradesh. Election strategists, central and state ministers, Chief Ministers from other states and the Prime Minister himself are criss-crossing the sprawling state as they hard-sell their parties to voters.More than a dozen...

07-Feb-2017 Lucknow

Mood in Lucknow favours SP-Congress alliance

If the sentiments at one of the better known tea stalls here is any indicator, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav appears to be riding high ahead of critical assembly elections.A wide variety of people -- of all ages, from many occupations -- spoke...

06-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab poll: More women vote than men

Punjab may have been unfair to women in terms of its sex ratio, but the percentage of female voters was clearly higher than male voters in the just-concluded assembly elections in the state.With Punjab recording a high voter turnout of 77.4 percent, it was...

04-Feb-2017 Agra

Old-timers, others miss electoral din in UP's Agra

As campaigning for the first phase of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh assembly elections gains momentum, many old-timers and other locals in the City of the Taj rue the absence of the cacophony associated with the earlier electoral battles.Maza nahin aaya...

04-Feb-2017

UP polls : Key lies in Modi regaining the Muslim vote

A major reason why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is believed to be finding it difficult to cross the finishing line with ease in the ensuing UP assembly elections is its loss of the Muslim vote since 2014, when it had secured more support from the community...

03-Feb-2017

Drugs, despair, decline fuel demand for change In Punjab

Kuch na honda Punjab da, zameen banjar, aulad kanjar. (Nothing can come of Punjab -- lands barren, children jobless.)That extreme assessment of India's 11th richest state was made by a drug kingpin in the dark film "Udta Punjab" (Flying Punjab). The statistical...

02-Feb-2017 New Delhi/Chandigarh

In patriarchal Punjab, only 7% of 1,145 candidates are women

Only seven per cent of the 1,145 candidates in the fray in the Punjab assembly elections are females -- a figure pointing to the patriarchal predominance of all political parties -- and making a mockery of their promise of 33 per cent quota for women in legislative...

02-Feb-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab's 'silent' electorate can make things uncertain

Punjab is set to see its most crucial assembly election in decades on February 4, with its undercurrent of "silent" voters likely to turn the poll arena into an uncertain event which could swing anywhere.For the first time, Punjab is witnessing three-cornered...

02-Feb-2017 Lambi (Punjab)

Lambi to be Punjab's mother of all electoral battles

It couldn't have gotten bigger than this. For the first time in Punjab's political history, two stalwarts of two mainline political parties are headed for a face-off in the February 4 assembly elections.Five-time Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is facing...

01-Feb-2017 Panaji

Velingkar vs BJP contest assumes 'mythical' proportions in Goa

The bitter electoral battle between a former RSS leader and guru, and his illustrious and politically-powerful shishyas, is fast attaining mythical proportions in this coastal state going to the hustings on February 4.Ranged against each other are Subhash...

01-Feb-2017 Jalalabad (Punjab)

Jalalabad: Two MPs versus Punjab's most powerful man

It is tucked away in a far corner of west Punjab -- barely a dozen kilometres from the Pakistan border -- and is certainly nowhere near as developed and prosperous as other parts of the state. But the assembly elections this time have made this a high-profile...

30-Jan-2017 Kairana (Uttar Pradesh)

'Hindu exodus' not an election issue in Kairana

The so-called "Hindu exodus" from Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh, which had grabbed headlines, is a non-issue in the electoral battle here.The real issue here is the widespread unemployment with candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwadi...

30-Jan-2017 Jalandhar

NRIs add to poll pitch in Punjab

Punjab's strong non-resident community has arrived in hordes from Canada, Britain, the US and other countries for the February 4 assembly elections in the state.All major parties are paying special attention to the diaspora -- or non-resident Indians (NRIs) --...

30-Jan-2017 Lucknow

By roping in Mukhtaar, Mayawati dents her image

BSP chief Mayawati has never been known in Uttar Pradesh for political niceties. Yet she caught many by surprise when she ushered into the party known crime don-turned-politician Mukhtaar Ansaari.For the 61-year-old four-time Chief Minister of India's most...

29-Jan-2017 Chandigarh

In AAP, the three main Punjab parties see a common enemy

Being dismissed as "outsiders" by the three main political parties in Punjab has hardly dented the resolve of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). A silent undercurrent among voters has positioned the newest party on the state's political scene as a contender to form...

28-Jan-2017 Lucknow

Will political 'imports' hurt BJP's bid to end its UP 'exile'?

Will the Bharatiya Janata Party's hopes of ending its 14-year political vanvaas (exile) in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming election be shattered by a rebellion from within -- and against those being dubbed as "outsiders"?While the jury is still out on the matter,...

27-Jan-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab politicians take poll lingo to new lows

"Dusht" (wicked), "kuttanga" (I'll thrash), "lootere" (robbers), "topiwalas" (a reference to AAP workers), "meesana" (crooked or cunning people): This is what top politicians, across party lines, are openly hurling at each other in the run-up to the February...

22-Jan-2017 Lucknow

SP to contest 298 seats, Congress 105

Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party on Sunday decided to contest 298 of the 403 assembly seats and leave 105 to its ally the Congress, party sources said.This followed a telephone conversation in the morning between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress...

21-Jan-2017 Lucknow

SP-Congress alliance set to collapse before take off ?

Prospects of an alliance between the Congress and the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh appeared set for collapse even before taking off. With the SP refusing to budge from its offer of 90-odd seats and the Congress not ready for anything below 120,...

21-Jan-2017

SP-Congress will give BJP a run for its money in UP

Any satisfaction which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) felt over the internal strife in the Samajwadi Party (SP) must have been diluted to a considerable extent by the truce, albeit an uneasy one, among the family members of its main political rival in...

20-Jan-2017 Lucknow

SP-Congress alliance: Will 'hand'-shake warm up UP voters?

The electoral pact between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress is a done thing now. But as both parties work out the finer details of the alliance, likely to be announced any time now, the winnability of the combination in a state as complex...

19-Jan-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab polls : No cake-walk for Badals this time

With the Punjab assembly polls turning into a three-horse race for the first time, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and deputy, Sukhbir Singh Badal, face the most serious electoral challenge of their careers.Unlike on earlier occasions, when...

17-Jan-2017 New Delhi/Lucknow

SP-Congress alliance in UP, stage set for triangular contest

Setting the stage for a triangular contest in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Tuesday said it will contest the assembly election along with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow there would be an alliance with the Congress for...

17-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Congress-SP form alliance for UP polls, Sheila may step down

The Congress party on Tuesday said it will contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls in alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party."The Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh," senior Congress leader Ghulam...

14-Jan-2017

Punjab polls: Will 'Rahu kaal' end for Congress?

Although two opinion polls have given different findings about which party will be the winner in Punjab, conventional wisdom is that the ruling Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine will have a hard time overcoming the anti-incumbency factor.The reason...

12-Jan-2017 New Delhi

BJP, Congress announces candidates for Goa, Punjab polls

Goa's ruling BJP and opposition Congress on Thursday declared their first lists of candidates for the February 4 Assembly polls.While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) list has 29 names, showing Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as a candidate from Mandrem,...

05-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Opposition parties meets EC, demand Budget after state polls

Contending that the presentation of the Union Budget ahead of assembly elections in five states will give an unfair advantage to the BJP and its allies, seven opposition parties on Thursday approached the Election Commission to demand the fiscal exercise be deferred...

03-Aug-2016 Lucknow

Sonia-Rahul grab eyeballs in UP, but will votes follow?

Congress President Sonia Gandhi succeeded in grabbing eyeballs at her aborted road show in Varanasi on Tuesday. She briefly interacted with party workers and supporters who thronged both sides of the roads for a glimpse of her, but her planned obeisance at the...

07-Jun-2016 Lucknow

Mathura will hurt Akhilesh Yadav in run-up to 2017 polls

Akhilesh Yadav, the 43-year-old Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, has weathered many a crisis on the family and political fronts in the last four years. But the Mathura carnage that claimed 29 lives could hurt him the most in the run-up to assembly polls in the state...

22-May-2016 Lucknow

Mission Mukhyamantri: BJP has task cut out in UP

The question is ringing loud and clear. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam. But what about Uttar Pradesh?With several faces jostling in the BJP landscape for the UP top job, the party has a task cut out: to choose the right...

21-May-2016

With Assam in bag, time to move forward with reforms

Assam has given Narendra Modi a breather. It is now up to him to make full use of the time he has got to recover from last year's drubbings in Delhi and Bihar, and brace for the battles in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa next year.Assam was a low-hanging...

05-May-2016

33 percent of Lok Sabha by 2026 = Uttar Pradesh+Bihar+West Bengal

From 29 percent today, 33 percent members of the Lok Sabha will come from three states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal – within a decade, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data in a Kotak Securities report on the demographic dividend of India’s...

04-May-2016 Nandigram (West Bengal)

Left battles police firing, Trinamool battles Narada in Nandigram

The Left is still fighting the spectre of a police firing that had left 14 dead nine years back in this rural hamlet. The firing, which focussed national and international attention on a peasant agitation against forcible land acquisition, had played a vital...

26-Apr-2016 Kolkata

Has the Trinamool Congress become a lost ship?

There is now a distinct possibility that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) may be engulfed by an internecine struggle as Mamata Banerjee, the party supremo, has been trying to distance herself from the leaders who have been accused of taking money by the Narada...

24-Apr-2016 Kolkata

Congress-Left alliance gathers steam, but remains faceless

Marxist cadres chanting "Rahul Gandhi laal salam", enthusiastic Congress workers crowding CPI-M veteran Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's road show and the red flag fluttering alongside the Congress tricolour - scenes hitherto unthinkable are now common in West Bengal.That's...

16-Feb-2016 Chandigarh

Khadoor Sahib Bye –Poll Result Announced

The results of Khadoor Sahib Assembly bye poll was declared today with the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Mr. Ravinder Singh Brahmpura winning the seat by a margin of 65664 votes while Bhupinder Singh Independent got 17416 votes.Disclosing this here today,...

16-Feb-2016 New Delhi

BJP wins four seats as NDA fares better in by-elections

The BJP on Tuesday won four seats and the Congress two as the ruling NDA bettered the opposition in by-elections for 12 seats held across eight states three days ago. Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) was the worst sufferer.The SP lost two of the...

16-Feb-2016 Bengaluru

BJP wins two seats, Congress one in Karnataka bypolls

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday won two seats and the ruling Congress one seat in the by-elections held to the state assembly in Karnataka.The BJP's Y.A. Narayanaswamy won from the high-profile Hebbal assembly segment of the Bengaluru North...

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