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24-Mar-2018 Kolkata

Is Sonia the answer to ego hassles in non-BJP camp?

An indication as to how difficult it is going to be for the opposition at the national level to get its act together was available after K. Chandrashekar Rao met Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to lay the foundation for a federal front.However, even before the...

15-Mar-2018 Lucknow

Congress still in doldrums in UP

Even as the by election outcome in Gorakhpur and Phulpur handed a lifeline to the Samajwadi Party and the BSP and sent the ruling BJP into a tailspin, the fate of the Congress, which ruled Uttar Pradesh for over five decades, remains uncertain.While both...

14-Mar-2018 Lucknow/Patna

Shock defeat for BJP in UP, Bihar by-polls

In results that can set the tone for the 2019 general elections, the BJP on Wednesday received a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha and assembly by-elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar losing four of the five seats, including the prestigeous Gorakhpur and...

14-Mar-2018 Lucknow

SP wrests Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, set to win in Gorakhpur

In a major blow to the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, backed by its otherwise bitter foe BSP, wrested the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh and was set to win in Gorakhpur, seats vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav...

14-Mar-2018 Lucknow

UP bypoll results ring alarm for BJP, hold out lifeline for SP-BSP

In a little over a year, Uttar Pradesh's political landscape has seen a dramatic change. On March 11 last year, the BJP state headquarters rang with celebrations as the party returned to power after a 14-year gap. But on March 14 this year, silence reigned...

17-Feb-2018 New Delhi

For Narendra Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper

For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening.They must be wondering what could have gone wrong when the BJP was looking forward to not...

08-Feb-2018 Shillong

Three nominations rejected, 374 valid for Meghalaya polls

The Election Commission on Thursday scrutinized nomination papers of 377 candidates from different political parties and Independent candidates for the February 27 Meghalaya Assembly elections and ruled 374 of them valid, an election official said.Chief...

07-Feb-2018 Shillong

443 file nominations for Meghalaya polls

As many as 443 candidates filed their nomination papers for the February 27 assembly elections to the Meghalaya assembly, an election official said on Wednesday"A total of 443 candidates have filed nomination papers for the 60 assembly constituencies. On...

07-Feb-2018 Kohima

253 candidates file nominations for Nagaland polls

Nominations for the February 27 Nagaland assembly polls ended on Wednesday with 253 candidates, including substitute candidates, filing their papers, Chief Electoral Officer Abjijit Sinha said.These included five women candidates - A.K. Mangyangpula and Wedie-u...

02-Feb-2018 Shillong

Meghalaya polls: BJP releases 1st list of 45 candidates

The BJP on Friday announced its first list of 45 candidates for the Meghalaya Assembly polls and voiced the confidence to oust the ruling Congress that has been in power for the last one decade.Election to the 60-member assembly is scheduled to be held on...

23-Jan-2018 Gandhinagar (Gujarat)

182 Gujarat MLAs take oath of office

All the 182 newly-elected legislators of the 14th Gujarat Assembly on Tuesday took oath as members of the House, with Pro-tem Speaker Nimaben Acharya administering them the oath of office and secrecy.Since the Vidhan Sabha building is undergoing renovation,...

18-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Assembly polls in three northeast states on Feb 18, 27

Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to polls in February to elect new assemblies, the Election Commission announced on Thursday, setting the stage for the first round of elections in 2018 ahead of the battle in Karnataka and later in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan...

06-Jan-2018 Agartala/Shillong

Tripura parties' ally with BJP, Congress: Pre-poll activities pick up

With the political activities gradually picking up ahead of the crucial assembly elections in February in Left-ruled Tripura, tribal parties are negotiating with the BJP and Congress for electoral alliances, informed sources said on Saturday.Meanwhile, Bharatiya...

25-Dec-2017 Shimla

Himachal cabinet to have old, new faces

The new Himachal Pradesh cabinet, to be headed by new and 'young' Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, will be a blend of old and new faces.An indication in this regard was given by Thakur himself."The cabinet will have both experienced and new faces," he told...

19-Dec-2017 New Delhi

BJP, Congress dare each other after Gujarat verdict

A bitter war of words broke out between the BJP and the Congress on Tuesday on whose credibility had taken a hit after Gujarat's bitterly-fought election.Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the election outcome was a "massive jolt" to the BJP although...

19-Dec-2017 Shimla

After losing CM-face Dhumal, BJP looks for alternatives

After creating massive support for the BJP but not able to save his face, the saffron brigade is now looking for alternatives to replace septuagenarian Prem Kumar Dhumal, who suffered an abject defeat in the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls.Political observers...

18-Dec-2017 Gandhinagar

NOTA, Independents play spoilsport for Congress in Gujarat

A marked increase of the None Of The Above (NOTA) voters in the Gujarat assembly elections played a significant role in deciding the result as many victories of the ruling BJP, which ended up with 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, were with thin margins,...

18-Dec-2017 New Delhi

In three Gujarat seats, Congress loses by less than 1,000 votes

With the BJP on Monday managing to hold on to power in Gujarat - though with a reduced tally of 99 seats, the Congress, which along with its allies won 80, lost by a margin of less than 1,000 votes in at least three seats.In Botat constituency, Bharatiya...

18-Dec-2017 New Delhi

NOTA gets 2.5 times more votes than AAP in Gujarat

NOTA (None of the Above) option got 2.5 times more votes than the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 29 seats that the party contested in Gujarat, according to an election result analysis by IANS.The NOTA is an option in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and...

18-Dec-2017 Gandhinagar/Shimla

BJP retains Gujarat just barely, snatches Himachal from Congress

The BJP on Monday just managed to hold on to power in Gujarat, edging past the half-way mark to clinch a sixth term in government, but wrested Himachal Pradesh from Congress with a comfortable majority.Overcoming initial setbacks in a seesaw battle, the...

18-Dec-2017 Gandhinagar

Bharatiya Janata Party retains power in Gujarat but just barely

The ruling BJP was on Monday set to retain power in Gujarat, just edging past the half-way mark in one of the most bitterly contested elections that saw the Congress improve its tally compared to five years ago.Election Commission officials said the Bharatiya...

18-Dec-2017 Shimla

BJP ousts Congress in Himachal

The BJP was set on Monday to wrest power in Himachal Pradesh from the Congress, winning 19 seats and leading in 25 in hard fought Assembly elections, although its two top leaders were worsted in the contest.Needing 35 seats to control the 68-member House,...

18-Dec-2017

Gujarat is a setback for BJP, but will it make party more humble?

For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to have struggled to cross the 100-seat mark in Gujarat when it was boasting about bagging 150 is suggestive of an undeniable downward turn in its popularity ratings.Considering that it tried all the tricks in the book,...

09-Dec-2017 Gandhinagar

Congress urges EC to look into EVM glitches in Gujarat

The Congress party on Saturday urged the Election Commission to look into the malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines as Gujarat began its first phase polling.Senior party leader from the state Ahmed Patel requested quick action. "There are reports...

04-Dec-2017 New Delhi

89 nominations filed in Congress presidential poll

The election for choosing a new Congress president saw 89 sets of nominations being filed on Monday - all likely in support of Rahul Gandhi as the new party chief.Talking to the media after the process was over for filing of nominations, Mullappally Ramachandran,...

02-Dec-2017 Lucknow

UP civic polls: Drum beating by BJP after results was premature

A day after the civic polls results were announced and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed yet another 'saffron tsunami' in its favor, questions being asked now are whether this muscle flexing, chest thumping and drum beating was justified?...

22-Nov-2017 Gandhinagar

'Fools' have accepted formula given by 'fools': Nitin Patel

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel lashed out at Patidar leader Hardik Patel for accepting the Congress formula on job quotas and supporting it in upcoming Assembly elections, calling him a "fool"."Fools have given a formula and fools have accepted it,"...

20-Nov-2017 Gandhinagar

BJP announces third list of candidates for Gujarat

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday came out with its third list of 28 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections.The list includes the sitting MLA and Assembly Speaker Raman Vora, who will contest from the Scheduled Caste (SC) seat of Dasada,...

19-Nov-2017 Gandhinagar

Congress releases first list of 77 candidates for Gujarat polls

 The Congress on Sunday released its first list of 77 candidates, which included one PAAS leader, for the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections on December 9.The party's Central Election Committee finalised the list, as per which senior leader and sitting...

17-Nov-2017 Gandhinagar/New Delhi

BJP announces Gujarat first list, includes 5 Congress defectors

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday virtually renominated all its sitting MLAs in Gujarat in the first list of 70 candidates it declared while giving tickets to five of the Congress MLAs who defected to it in August.Significantly, the party has decided...

17-Nov-2017 New Delhi

BJP declares Gujarat first list, Rupani to contest from Rajkot

The BJP on Friday declared its first list of 70 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly polls with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani being nominated to contest from his traditional Rajkot West constituency.Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel will contest from Mehsana,...

09-Nov-2017 Shimla

Polling for Himachal assembly begins

Polling for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh assembly in a single phase began amid tight security on Thursday, an election official said here.Voters across the state could be seen reaching polling stations even before polling started at 8 a.m. despite cold."There...

08-Nov-2017 Shimla

Himachal's 68 Assembly seats to go to polls on Thursday

Sixty-eight Assembly seats will on Thursday go to the polls in a single phase in Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh, where the BJP is determined to take power. Officials said everything was in place for a smooth conduct of the polling in 7,525 booths.A total of 50.25...

08-Nov-2017 Dharamsala

Tibetans in Dharamsala divided over voting in Assembly poll

Tibetans in Dharamsala, living in exile for long in the second capital of Himachal Pradesh, are divided over securing voting rights in India.Some of the Tibetans feel that exercising their vote in India could dilute their struggle for freedom while others say...

07-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Himachal Pradesh polls: Only 19 women among 338 candidates

 Out of 338 candidates contesting the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, only 19 are women, the Election Commission said on Tuesday.The poll panel also said that about 112 candidates are contesting the assembly elections as independents; the main parties, the...

06-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Facebook to encourage users in Gujarat and Himachal to vote

Social networking major Facebook on Monday said that it will encourage its users in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to participate in this years state elections.The social networking major said that it will collaborate with the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer...

06-Nov-2017 Sujanpur

Declaration as CM face turns Dhumal a favourite in Sujanpur

 With the booster dose of being declared the Chief Ministerial face of the BJP, Sujanpur constituency appears to have turned a favourite seat for Prem Kumar Dhumal against Congress heavyweight Rajinder Singh Rana in an otherwise difficult constituency.Dhumal,...

03-Nov-2017 Shimla

It will be a do-or-die battle equally for Congress and BJP CM faces

 It's literally a do-or-die battle for both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial faces in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly polls. Both veterans -- one in his eighties and the other in his seventies -- are struggling for...

01-Nov-2017 Shimla

Congress Himachal poll manifesto woos farmers, youths, employees

 The ruling Congress in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday released its manifesto for the November 9 assembly election, promising interest-free loans to farmers, laptops for students and special grade pay scale for all employees.Releasing the manifesto, Congress...

29-Oct-2017 Shimla

War of caps: State which flaunts political loyalty on its head

The electorate in Himachal Pradesh wear their loyalties not on their sleeves but on their heads. In other states, voters may prefer to maintain silence about their affiliation to a political party during the polls. But in this hill state, they pronounce...

25-Oct-2017 New Delhi

Two phase Gujarat Assembly polls on Dec 9, 14

The Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.The Commission had already announced that the results for Gujarat polls will be announced along with that of Himachal Pradesh on...

15-Oct-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab continues to reject BJP's 'Congress-mukt Bharat' rant

If Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah's 'Congress-mukt Bharat' (Congress-free India) campaign has hit a wall in any state, it is definitely Punjab.The unprecedented victory of the Congress, by over 1.93 lakh votes, over the Bharatiya...

12-Oct-2017 Nanded (Maharashta)

Spectacular Nanded win electrifies Congress, shocks opposition

The Congress on Thursday retained control over the prestigious Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), bagging a staggering 69 of the 77 seats in the 81-seat body and decimating the opposition.The Congress hopes to win a few more seats as counting...

22-Sep-2017 Chandigarh

Sunil Jakhar, Swaran Salaria file nominations for Gurdaspur LS bypoll

Congress leader Sunil Jakhar and BJP rival Swaran Salaria on Friday filed their nominations for the October 11 by-election in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, with senior Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa a noticable absentee among leaders accompanying...

19-Aug-2017

Will Modi opt for early general election?

The synchronisation of the next general election with the assembly polls of 2018 to set a pattern may not be the only reason why the Narendra Modi government is said to be considering bringing forward the 2019 general election by a year.While the need to...

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