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05-Dec-2018 Hyderabad

TRS, Congress-led People Front locked in tough battle in Telangana

As curtains drawn on campaigning in Telangana on Wednesday, battle lines are clearly drawn for the first full-fledged Assembly elections in India's youngest state with the ruling TRS and Congress-led People's Front locked in a tough fight.The Bharatiya...

02-Dec-2018 Hyderabad

Telangana Muslim votes may split between TRS, Congress

Muslim votes in Telangana are likely to be split between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the opposition Congress-led People's Front as the two major contenders for power have intensified their efforts to woo the minority community.With a huge...

27-Nov-2018 Budhni (Madhya Pradesh)

Taking on MP CM, Congress' Arun Yadav confident of being giant-killer

Pitted against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) citadel here, former state Congress chief Arun Yadav is confident of emerging a giant-killer, asserting the alarming rise of the "sand mafia" and the Vyapam examination...

26-Nov-2018 Aizawl

Congress, MNF in multi-faceted battle in Mizoram

Mizoram will see a multi-cornered contest in the November 28 Assembly polls with the normally two main contenders - the ruling Congress and main opposition MNF - now seeing a third actor in the BJP and three regional parties ZPM, NPP and PRISM.The Bharatiya...

25-Nov-2018 Betul

Employment a big issue in Betul, the bellwether seat of MP

Unemployment has emerged as the biggest issue in the Betul Assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh, which has earned the reputation of being a bellwether seat as to which party would win the elections in the state.Located in the southern part of Madhya Pradesh and...

22-Nov-2018 Jammu/Srinagar

Grand alliance unlikely again in J&K

The otherwise warring PDP, National Conference and Congress may have tried -- though failed -- to cobble a coalition in Jammu and Kashmir but they are unlikely to come together again.Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday night disappointed the hopes of the...

20-Nov-2018 Raipur

Polling underway for last phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls

Polling was underway on Tuesday in the second and concluding phase in 72 seats spread across 19 districts to elect a new Chhattisgarh Assembly, with nearly 13 per cent of the over 1.5 crore electorate casting their votes in the first two hours, officials said."Till...

18-Nov-2018 Chandigarh

Congress sits pretty as AAP, Akali Dal grapple with infighting

Infighting in Punjab's main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the politically-active Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is giving the ruling Congress in the state a happy-hours' feeling.The AAP's Punjab unit is in a complete disarray -- be it the leadership crisis, having...

17-Nov-2018

Renaming spree: Erasing Muslim heritage

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has lived up to his reputation as a Hindutva hawk.There has been no mellowing of his attitude as is  common in the cases of other hardliners ascending to the seat of power. Instead, he has taken the opportunity...

11-Nov-2018 Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh)

Congress exploits Vajpayee's name to take on Chhattisgarh CM

The Congress, out of power in Chhattisgarh since 2003, is exploiting the name of BJP's iconic leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take on Chief Minister Raman Singh on his home turf Rajnandgaon that goes to the polls on Monday.Raman...

10-Nov-2018 Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh)

BJP, Congress head for photo finish in battle for Bastar

The insurgency-riddled Bastar region, which is made up of seven districts, is heading for a cliffhanger between the ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress as assembly polling begins in Chhattisgarh on Monday.The Congress had bagged eight seats in the...

10-Nov-2018

Opposition unity needs more effort to bring Mayawati on board

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) 4-1 defeat in the Karnataka by-elections has further lengthened the list of the party's reverses in more than 20 by-polls spread across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab, Maharashtra and elsewhere.The...

06-Nov-2018 Bengaluru

Karnataka has rejected BJP's negative politics, say JD-S, Congress

Victory of the ruling JD-S-Congress alliance in four of the five by-elections in Karnataka was a rejection of the opposition BJP's negative politics, asserted a Congress leader on Tuesday."A resounding win for the Congress-JD-S alliance in Karnataka. 4-1 thrashing...

06-Nov-2018 Bengaluru

JD(S)-Congress jolt to BJP in Karnataka

In a stunning blow to the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the JD-S-Congress coalition on Tuesday worsted the saffron party 4-1 in the Karnataka by-elections, winning two Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies, while conceding only the Shimoga...

05-Nov-2018 Aizawl/Guwahati

Jolt for Congress in Mizoram, Speaker quit party, joins BJP

Ahead of the Assembly polls, in a big jolt for the ruling Congress, Mizoram assembly Speaker Hiphei on Monday resigned from his post and the party before joining the BJP.Hiphei is the fifth legislators of the ruling Congress in Mizoram to have resigned from...

05-Nov-2018 Chandigarh

Chautala family feud out in open, INLD heading for split?

Haryana's main opposition party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), could be heading for a split, with the fight within the family of its President Om Prakash Chautala coming out in the open on Monday.Chautala's elder son Ajay Chautala, who came out from the...

30-Oct-2018 Jaipur

New party wants 'BJP-Congress mukt Rajasthan'

The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), formed by Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal, wants a "BJP-Congress mukt Rajasthan"."We have formed the party with a promise to free the people from the clutches of the Congress and BJP. People want a third option," Beniwal...

27-Oct-2018 Katihar (Bihar)

Tariq Anwar quits NCP, LS, unfortunate, says party

In a jolt to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), one of its founding leaders, Tariq Anwar, on Friday quit the party and the Lok Sabha expressing disagreement with party chief Sharad Pawar who he said gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in...

22-Sep-2018 Patna (Bihar)

RLSP warns BJP to get rid of Nitish Kumar's JD-U

The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) on Saturday challenged its ally BJP to get rid of Nitish Kumar-led JD-U ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, RLSP state president Nagmani said here.Nagmani's statement comes at a time when seat-sharing talks between Bharatiya...

01-Sep-2018

Will Rahul seize the day if he goes to Nagpur?

If Rahul Gandhi participates in the meeting called by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to discuss the country's future, he can take the opportunity to seek clarifications on the organisation's worldview. The replies by the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat,...

30-Aug-2018 Patna (Bihar)

BJP to contest 20 seats in 2019 polls in Bihar

Seat-sharing formula for the 2019 general elections has been finalised by the NDA constituents in Bihar, with the BJP getting the lion's share of 20 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the rest going to its allies including the JD-U, LJP and the RLSP, party leaders...

14-Aug-2018 Chennai

DMK leaders pledge support to Stalin

Top DMK leaders on Tuesday asked their Working President M.K. Stalin to take over as the party President following M. Karunanidhi's death, dismissing any challenge from his brother M.K. Alagiri who revolted on Monday claiming that party cadres were with...

28-Jul-2018

Congress' yielding on PM face improves chances for grand coalition

After the hug and the wink, a step back. The Congress's realisation, albeit belatedly, that Rahul Gandhi still does not have the gravitas required to become the prime minister will be generally welcomed. Evidently, the party is becoming more mature along with...

14-Jul-2018

How can the Congress shed its 'Muslim party' image?

Ever since the A.K. Antony committee identified the Congress's Muslim "appeasement" tag as a major reason for its electoral reverses, the 133-year-old Grand Old Party (GOP) has been unable to formulate a clear-cut policy on the country's largest minority...

19-May-2018 New Delhi

Yeddy does 'Atal', deals blow to BJP's south strategy

The BJP's efforts to expand in southern states suffered a blow on Saturday with its two-day old government collapsing as Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa resigned before a trust vote in an assembly where no party has majority.The party now hopes that the...

17-May-2018 Kolkata

Trinamool's all-conquering run in Bengal Panchayat polls, BJP second

The ruling Trinamool Congress looked set for a resounding win bulldozing all political rivals in rural West Bengal on Thursday in the vote count for the three-tier state Panchayat election, with the BJP emerging a distant second in almost all the districts.The...

15-May-2018 New Delhi

How Karnataka Dalit, Lingayat cards didn't work for Congress

Two of the major chunks of voters that the Congress was banking on in Karnataka were Dalits and Lingayats and on Tuesday as election results were declared both appeared to have voted in large numbers for the BJP.In fact, the Congress in 2013 rose to power...

15-May-2018 Bengaluru

All eyes on Governor as Karnataka throws fractured mandate

All eyes were on Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday after hotly-contested elections threw up a hung Assembly, forcing the BJP and a hurriedly stitched alliance of the Congress and the JD-S to stake claim to form a government.The BJP, which appeared...

28-Apr-2018

Can Yechury stitch together an anti-BJP coalition?

Given the weakened position of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) at the national level, the uneasy truce between its two factions led, respectively, by the present and former General Secretary, will be of interest mainly to the party faithful.Even...

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...

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