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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...

29-Apr-2017

Who will stop the BJP? No one in sight

After the resounding victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the UP assembly and Delhi municipal elections, the party increasingly appears to be politically invincible.The three parties which offered some resistance to it in 2014 -- the AIADMK in...

28-Mar-2017 Srinagar

12 Days to Go: Election atmosphere is completely missing

While bypolls to two parliamentary seats in Kashmir Valley are just 12 days away, the election related campaign from all the major political parties have remained limited to party offices, communities halls and government Dak Bungalows. Leaving aside militancy...

27-Mar-2017 Srinagar

Farooq Abdullah says 'Tiger is back', but where are the stripes?

Farooq Abdullah has been an instant crowd-puller in the past. But the "Tiger is back" image he has been trying to generate has failed to ignite the magic he was once famous for.Farooq Abdullah has always enthused Kashmiris -- be it through his playboy image...

25-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Data suggest Congress not doing as badly as it seems

The Congress partys humiliating defeat in the recent assembly elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and the assembly constituency of its Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, are symbolic of its present condition.The party is going through one of its worst slumps...

20-Mar-2017 Srinagar

Kashmir's battle of ballot bigger challenge for security forces

Fighting elections in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy began in the early 1990s has been a challenge to politicians, but not as big as it has been for security forces to secure the process.Amid poll boycott appeals by separatist leaders and grave threats from...

19-Mar-2017

Love jehad to sabka vikas : Can Narendra Modi tame Yogi Adityanath?

Did the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) desist from naming its Chief Ministerial candidate for UP before the assembly polls because it wanted to spring a nasty, or pleasant, surprise - depending on one's point of view - on an unsuspecting public?For some, the...

14-Mar-2017 Lucknow

Ominous silence before the proverbial storm in Samajwadi Party

With Holi, the Festival of Colours, concluding, it seems to be time for some fireworks in the Samajwadi Party (SP), which was humbled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the just-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.Reduced to an all-time low of...

14-Mar-2017 Chandigarh

AAP, Akali missteps helped Congress rebound in Punjab

The stupendous victory of the Congress in the just-concluded assembly polls in Punjab may be credited to a variety of factors, but unintended help also came from the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine and new political entrant AAP.More than the anti-incumbency...

13-Mar-2017 Panaji

How Manohar Parrikar and the BJP got a fix on power in Goa

In a case of delicious political irony, Goa Forward MLA Vijai Sardesai, the man often referred to as a 'fixer' in public discourse by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was the one who literally 'fixed' Parrikar's chief ministership.On Lenten Sunday, when...

12-Mar-2017 Jammu

BJP landslide humbles rivals, allies in Kashmir

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ruffled many a feather by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landslide in Uttar Pradesh had shattered the opposition hopes of unseating him soon.Abdullah was in fact making a rational analysis that...

12-Mar-2017 Imphal

Who will take power in Manipur? Congress or BJP?

Uncertainty looms large on government formation in Manipur although the ruling Congress is the single largest party in the new assembly with 28 seats.Independent candidate Ashab Uddin, who is yet to announce his support for any party, is likely to play a vital role...

11-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Poor performance in UP to make RLD irrelevant?

Poor performance in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections may have shut the doors on the future prospects of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for making a comeback in either state or national politics, at least for a decade, say experts.The reasons being its traditional...

09-Mar-2017 Chandigarh

Punjab battle : AAP upbeat as Akalis, Congress keep up bold face

Third time lucky, third time unlucky or making it in the first attempt. This sums up the political fortunes of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress and the AAP respectively as Punjab prepares to count the votes of 117 assembly seats on Saturday.The fate of the...

07-Mar-2017 Varanasi

'Mast-maula' Kashi keeps parties on edge, leaders guessing!

For the past week, the sleepy, "mast-maula" Varanasi has pitchforked itself into envious limelight as the biggest and best in Indian politics camped here to woo voters as the city readied to go to the hustings in the last phase of the ongoing assembly elections...

03-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Clash of titans in Varanasi : Modi vs Rahul-Akhilesh road show

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold a mega road show in Varanasi on Saturday, the day Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are also scheduled to address a similar event in the Prime Minister's Lok...

01-Mar-2017 New Delhi

UP results likely to impact Congress thinking on alliances

The Congress has much at stake in the outcome of assembly elections in five states, particularly Uttar Pradesh, where its decision to abandon the original plan of contesting all seats is being viewed with some scepticism even within its own ranks.The results...

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...

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