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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...

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...

13-Feb-2016 Chandigarh

Congress ropes in Prashant Kishor for Punjab strategy

The opposition Congress in Punjab has roped in political strategist Prashant Kishor to plan the party's strategy for next year's assembly polls."The All India Congress Committee has given its approval for Prashant Kishor to assist Punjab Congress in the...

15-Jan-2016 New Delhi

CEC Inaugurates Matdaata Mahotsav of ECI

During his inaugural speech, Chief Election Commissioner of India ( CEC) , Dr. Nasim Zaidi stated that while most of the countries have been experiencing the declining trends, India has witnessed significant increase in voters’ participation in recently held...

15-Dec-2015 Chandigarh

Congress, Akalis, AAP flex political muscles in Punjab

Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and opposition Congress held political rallies on Tuesday in Patiala and Bathinda respectively while Aam Aadmi Party held statewide protests against the state government.Hardliner Sikh leader Simranjit Singh Mann held...

16-Nov-2015 Lucknow

Notwithstanding murmurs, dim chances of grand alliance in UP

After the impressive electoral victory of the Grand Alliance or "Mahagathbandhan" in neighbouring Bihar, murmurs for a similar political arrangement ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh have begun, though it is highly unlikely.While senior...

15-Nov-2015 Patna

L.K. Advani, Shatrughan invited to Nitish's oath-taking

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has inivted veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani and BJP Lok Sabha member Shatrughan Sinha to his oath-taking ceremony to be held here on November 20, an aide said on Sunday."Advani and Shatrughan Sinha have been invited to the...

13-Nov-2015 Patna

Lalu Prasad told to pick RJD leader, will it be son Tejaswi?

The RJD's 80 new legislators on Friday authorised party chief Lalu Prasad to choose the party leader in the house, amid signs that it could be his son Tejaswi Yadav.The Rashtriya Janata Dal's legislature wing is to formally meet here on Saturday.The RJD...

10-Nov-2015 Patna/Kolkata

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Mamata radar

After yet again proving his brilliance as an election strategist by shaping Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's successful campaign strategy, Prashant Kishor has received feelers from Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress for plying his trade in next year's...

10-Nov-2015 Patna

Upper castes too voted for Nitish, Lalu and Congress in Bihar

Not just the Dalits, OBCs and Muslims, the upper castes too supported the Nitish-Lalu combine, with a majority of the upper caste candidates of the Grand Alliance winning the Bihar assembly elections.This is contrary to common perception that the overwhelming...

08-Nov-2015 New Delhi

Bihar verdict: Has the 'Modi magic' faded?

The Bihar poll outcome has come as a big disappointment for the BJP whose efforts to rake up extraneous issues like beef-eating and Pakistan, which were not considered germane by a politically conscious electorate, led to a drubbing that the party leadership...

08-Nov-2015 New Delhi

Why Bihar rejected Modi-Shah and embraced Nitish Kumar

Bihar has awarded the performer. And punished negativity and needless aggression. This is the dominant feeling of most political analysts and voters from the state.The stunning victory of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Grand Alliance is widely viewed...

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