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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...

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...

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