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28-Jul-2019 Bengaluru

14 more Karnataka Congress-JD-S rebel legislators disqualified

A day before the trust vote on the B.S. Yeddiyurappa government in the Karnataka Assembly, Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14  rebel legislators of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) for defying their parties whip to attend...

27-May-2019 Hyderabad

Is it end of the road for Chandrababu Naidu?

With his worst-ever electoral defeat in Andhra Pradesh and losing relevance in national politics, Nara Chandrababu Naidu is facing the biggest challenge of his career.A leader, whose four-decade-long career saw his political pendulum swinging wildly from...

26-May-2019 New Delhi

Democracy triumphs (Column: Spy's Eye)

The parliamentary election in the world's largest democracy was watched by all countries, big and small, for reasons that are not far to seek: the likely impact on India's rising profile at the global level, the manner in which an extraordinary amount of...

26-May-2019 New Delhi

NDA 2.0: Time filmmakers branched out

Nationalism and social issues, which the ruling government had promoted over the last five years, created new genre of themes for filmmakers. During the last five years, especially so in the last three of the Modi/ NDA era, the most successful films turned out to...

26-May-2019 Chandigarh

How Amarinder held his 'fort' against Modi wave

Punjab proved to be the only face-saver for the Congress in the parliamentary elections in north India, with two-time Chief Minister Amarinder Singh securing victory for his party in eight out of the state's 13 Lok Sabha seats.Defying the BJP's anti-dynasty...

25-May-2019 New Delhi

After thumping LS poll win, BJP sets eyes on Delhi Assembly

After bagging all the 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the BJP has set its eyes on the Assembly elections slated early next year, with the party on Saturday exuding confidence of repeating the similar performance then.Delhi BJP chief and winner from North East...

23-May-2019 Jaipur

Huge victory margins in Rajasthan tell a different tale

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) approaches towards a clean sweep in Rajasthan, the increasing vote margins on many crucial seats prove the slogan "Modi tujhse bair nahin", which once echoed in 2018 in Jhunjhunu.A huge gathering in the town during a...

23-May-2019 Mumbai

Maharashtra: BJP-Shiv Sena script spectacular saffron success

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine marched to a spectacular victory in Maharashtra, leading in or bagging (as of 6 p.m.) 41 of the state's 48 Lok Sabha seats.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis termed the success by saying: "Its not just a...

23-May-2019 New Delhi

No Congress MPs in 18 states/UTs, half-a-dozen ex-CMs bite dust

If one drives from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, one will not find a Congress MP in half-a-dozen of states. The party has scored a nil in 18 states and union territories in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress losers include eight chief ministers...

23-May-2019 Hyderabad

KCR's Federal Front dream shattered with poll results

The crushing defeat of non-NDA parties in Lok Sabha elections shattered the dreams of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who was looking to play a key role at the Centre.The results came as a huge blow to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)...

23-May-2019 Lucknow

Is it the end of caste politics in UP?

The caste arithmetic in Uttar Pradesh has fallen flat on its face and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance has nothing left to cheer about.The alliance that was forged in January this year had claimed to trounce the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and, thereby, halt its return...

21-May-2019 New Delhi

Sharply varying exit poll numbers in key states trigger uncertainty

A general consensus appears to have emerged among political parties that the Bharatiya Janata Party will emerge as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha. However, the exit  polls raise the question whether the party will have clear numbers, as...

21-May-2019 Chandigarh

Cat is out of the bag: Hardeep Singh Puri on Amarinder-Sidhu row

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Amritsar, Hardeep Singh Puri, on Tuesday took a jibe at the ongoing war of words between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying, "...the cat is out of the bag"."All along...

19-May-2019 New Delhi

Exit polls not perfect for Lok Sabha elections

If exit polls are to be believed, the Narendra Modi government is coming back to power with full majority, but the predictions by poll survey agencies in the past have found not to be close to the actual results.Riding on 'Modi wave', National Democratic...

18-May-2019 Hyderabad

Stalin in role to rope in KCR, Jagan

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is said to be in close touch with DMK leader M.K. Stalin on building the numbers for the UPA, if push comes to shove following the counting of votes on May 23.Stalin, whose party is an ally of Congress, is reportedly working...

18-May-2019 Chandigarh

Religion, riots, dynasty dominate Punjab poll battle

In agrarian Punjab, where Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes make 55 per cent of the population, religion and riots more than concerns of farmers and poor are likely to play a decisive role in the Lok Sabha elections going to the polls on Sunday.Chief...

17-May-2019 New Delhi

Aligarh elected only one Muslim, Rampur three Hindus since 1952

Uttar Pradesh is known for its 'Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb' -- a fusion of Hindu and Muslim culture -- and its Aligarh and Rampur Lok Sabha constituencies have shown this since the first Lok Sabha.Of the total 16 general elections since independence, Rampur, an...

17-May-2019 Chandauli (Uttar Pradesh)

Chandauli also faces prestigious battle in final phase

After Varanasi, if there is any other Lok Sabha constituency that has the spotlight fixed on it in Uttar Pradesh, it is the adjoining Chandauli.State BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey is seeking re-election form Chandauli and this increases the importance...

17-May-2019 Lucknow

National pride prevails over Hindu pride in UP, so does caste factor

There is hope for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh and it is the Modi factor that is working in the rural areas once again.Though the Modi wave is not as strong as it was in 2014, it is still palpable and more than Hindu pride it is national...

16-May-2019 Chandigarh

Caste arithmetic not major factor in Punjab polls

Caste politics may take centre stage in most north Indian states, but in agrarian Punjab where Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes make up 55 per cent of state's population, it doesn't play any decisive role, say political experts.The reason: neither section,...

16-May-2019 New Delhi

Is polarization helping BJP in West Bengal?

With the Lok Sabha elections being in the last leg, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of West Bengal has sensed that the BJP has gained ground in the state, possibly at the cost of the Left, due to polarization efforts of the saffron party.The state, which...

14-May-2019 Ranchi

Will BJP make a dent in JMM bastion in Jharkhand?

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to hold a rally at Deoghar in the Santhal Pargana division of Jharkhand on Wednesday, the question being asked is whether the  Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) efforts pay in making a dent in the Jharkhand Mukti...

10-May-2019 Chandigarh

A 'do-or-die' battle for Khattar, Hooda in Haryana

BJP-ruled Haryana will go to the polls on all its 10 seats on May 12, the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election, in a do-or-die battle for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his  predecessor and 'marginalised' Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The...

10-May-2019 Rohtak

2016 Jat agitation may swing votes in Rohtak

As the election campaign in Rohtak reaches in its final stage the people of this parliamentary constituency, which has been represented for long by both former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender, feel that votes in this election...

09-May-2019 Lucknow

These Bhojpuri stars depend on 'Modiji' for victory

They are top Bhojpuri stars who have a huge fan following in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. As they step into the hotbed of caste politics in eastern Uttar Pradesh, they are drawing huge crowds - crowds that dance to their songs, ask them to repeat one-liners...

07-May-2019 Chandigarh

Hooda clan in Haryana fray to revive Congress

It is a high-stakes battle for the Hooda father-son duo and also for their Congress party in these parliamentary polls in Haryana where the legacy matters and where the party has been on a steady downhill journey since its humiliating rout in 2014.Former...

06-May-2019 Shimla

It's battle of prestige for Himachal CM in Mandi

It is a battle of prestige for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigner and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to retain the Mandi parliamentary seat in Himachal Pradesh.Thakur's prestige is at stake to retain the seat as incumbent MP Ram Swaroop Sharma,...

06-May-2019 New Delhi

Congress and BJP: How different are their attitudes towards Muslims?

If Indira Gandhi had won the 1977 general elections, it would have been a popular endorsement of her Emergency regime.Why would Narendra Modi's return after the elections be seen differently from Indira Gandhi's after the Emergency? There is a list of failures...

05-May-2019 Bhopal

In Khajuraho, it's 'daughter-in-law' vs 'son-in-law'

The fight in Madhya Pradesh's Khajuraho parliamentary constituency is between the "son-in-law" and "daughter-in-law" as the rival parties, rather than focusing on critical issues  for the area, are wooing voters through emotional appeal.The Congress...

05-May-2019 Amritsar

After Arun Jaitley, Hardeep Singh Puri may face uphill task in Amritsar

After witnessing an embarrassing defeat of its high-profile candidate Arun Jaitley in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP this time fielded Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri  from Punjab's Amritsar.Pitted against Congress sitting MP Gurjit Aujla, diplomat-turned-politician...

04-May-2019 Chandigarh

Infighting-ridden AAP now a sinking ship in Punjab

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had emerged as a dark horse in Punjab in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, winning four parliamentary seats while its performance in the remaining nine  seats left its rivals stumped, but it is a different story this time round.The...

04-May-2019 Gurdaspur (Punjab)

It's celebrity card again in Punjab's border constituency

Amid blistering heat, a sea of people thronged actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol's roadshows vying for a selfie with their favourite candidate. True to star gesture, the Gadar star is also not missing an opportunity to get off from his vehicle to meet children.It's...

01-May-2019 Ranchi

Spouses sweat it out for bigwigs in Jharkhand

Family members, mainly spouses, campaigning for candidates are common feature in elections. In Jharkhand, spouses of political bigwigs, including Arjun Munda, Jayant Sinha and Kriti Jha Azad are sweating it out as political and actual temperatures soar for...

01-May-2019 Lucknow

In Ayodhya, Narendra Modi avoids temple talk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first visit to Ayodhya after becoming Prime Minister, addressed an election rally on Wednesday but avoided talking about the Ram temple issue.Though the Prime Minister ended his speech with "Jai Shri Ram", he did not make...

30-Apr-2019 Ludhiana

On his scooter, 'Baba Jee Burger Wale' campaigns in Ludhiana

 He has no high-profile means or a campaign strategy as he moves around on an Activa scooter with his lone Punjab Police security guard riding pillion. But 'Baba Jee Burger Wale', as independent candidate Ravinder Pal Singh is better known in the Model town...

30-Apr-2019 Jaipur

'Betting high on Modi's return'

Bookies in Jodhpur district have predicted a near sweep by the BJP in Rajasthan, saying it could get 20-22 Lok Sabha seats in the state while the Congress would get the remaining 3-5 seats.The BJP has a strong presence in the most crucial seat of Rajasthan....

30-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

Can Hooda do an Amarinder for Congress in Haryana?

With the stakes being high in the Haryana Lok Sabha elections, whose results will influence the state's Assembly elections to be held in October, the Congress is betting big on its old warhorses Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepinder Singh Hooda to stop...

29-Apr-2019 Shimla

Fresh tug of war between two Himachal Congress arch rivals

In a fresh tug of war between two Congress arch rivals in Himachal Pradesh, six-time former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, the former  slammed the latter at an election rally for ditching the party."I cannot forgive...

28-Apr-2019 Asansol,

I will be delighted if Mamata becomes PM : Moon Moon Sen

Veteran actress Moon Moon Sen says she is in politics to win people's love and feels donning a politician's hat has been easier for her as there is far less amount of mudslinging compared to the film industry.The 64-year-old Oxford alumnus, who is fighting the...

28-Apr-2019 Shimla

Congress 'fauji' battles BJP's 'fauji' in Shimla

It's an ex-serviceman versus an ex-serviceman from Himachal Pradesh's Shimla (reserved) seat. Both are aiming guns loaded with political salvoes and firing at each other.One is a retired Colonel of the Indian Army, while another is former Senior Non-Commissioned...

28-Apr-2019 New Delhi

BJP intensifies poll campaign in Delhi

With less than 15 days to go to for the May 12 Lok Sabha elections in the national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday intensified their poll campaign here.Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is pitted against Congress' J.P. Agarwal and the...

27-Apr-2019 Jaipur

'Star wars' in Rajasthan as campaigning ends

Saturday turned into 'star war day' in Rajasthan with many Bollywood stars campaigning for candidates of different parties. Saturday was the last day of campaigning in the state.The campaigning stopped here from 6 p.m. on Saturday as the voting for 13 seats will...

27-Apr-2019 Krishnanagar (West Bengal)

One time goalkeeper now ready to score goal for BJP in Krishnanagar

Having saved goals aplenty during a sparkling soccer career, former India custodian Kalyan Chaubey has adopted the "offence is the best defence" approach in his maiden electoral contest, but says the new turf is "more competitive and cruel" with opponents always...

27-Apr-2019 New Delhi

The mistakes which Rahul has made

Although the latest poll surveys suggest that the Bharatiya Janata Party may not be able to get a majority of its own in the ongoing polls, the leaders of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), which has not been formed except in bits and pieces, are bound to...

26-Apr-2019 Begusarai (Bihar)

Begusarai Battle: Will it be for identity or ideology?

The Begusarai parliamentary constituency, which represents Begusarai district in northern Bihar has a distinct and prominent presence on the political map of Bihar. Unlike other parts of the state and the country, Begusarai district has by and large witnessed...

26-Apr-2019 Panaji

Manohar Parrikar's mentor takes on BJP in Panaji by-election

Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who groomed top state BJP leaders for decades including late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Friday announced his candidature for the Panaji Assembly by-election.Addressing a press conference here, Velingkar, who...

26-Apr-2019 New Delhi

LS polls phase IV: BJP to defend 45 seats, mostly in Hindi heartland

After completion of polling in 303 Lok Sabha constituencies, 71 seats spread across nine states, mostly in the Hindi heartland, will be up for grabs in the fourth phase on April 29, of which the ruling BJP will have to defend 45.Of the seats going to polls...

26-Apr-2019 New Delhi

'PM KISAN scheme to benefit just 38% farmers till polls conclude'

The ambitious PM-KISAN scheme that aims to provide Rs 6,000 annually to small and marginal farmers will reach only 38 per cent of the intended beneficiaries by the end of ongoing Lok sabha polls, thanks to tardy furnishing of information by the states, lack...

25-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

Six moms in Haryana lead from the front in sons' fight

In Haryana, a state where the sex ratio was the worst till last year and where women are told to remain behind the 'ghoonghat' (veil), at least six mothers have got down to lead from the front for the political cause of their sons.Four of these mothers...

25-Apr-2019 Suri (West Bengal)

Saradha accused Mitra fielded in Bengal assembly bypoll

West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Thursday fielded former state minister Madan Mitra, who spent nearly 21 months in jail after his arrest by the CBI in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam, as its candidate for the Bhatpara assembly by-poll.Chief...

25-Apr-2019 Lucknow

For Dimple, it is not very simple in Kannauj

Kannauj, the perfume capital of the country, does not smell good right now. Traditionally, a Samajwadi bastion, the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat which has Dimple Yadav as its sitting MP, seems undecided about its choice in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Dimple Yadav...

25-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

Couple entry for Badals in Punjab amid "match-fixing" allegations

The Shiromani Akali Dal's first couple party President Sukhbir Singh Badal and his Union Minister wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal, are making a couple entry in the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab this time.While Sukhbir Badal, who is a sitting legislator from the...

24-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Rahul's fascination for Vijender's art lands him poll ticket

The Congress decision to nominate star boxer Vijender Singh for the prestigious South Delhi constituency has come as a surprise to many but former chief national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has not been taken aback at the development.The longest serving national...

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