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19-Apr-2019 New Delhi

570 candidates with criminal cases in 3rd phase polls

A whopping 570 candidates out of a total 1,612, who are contesting in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections, have declared criminal cases against them, according to Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) data published on Friday.The ADR data was...

19-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

As poll scene hots up, Amarinder cool about 'Mission-13'

At a time when the poll scene is hotting up for the May 19 Lok Sabha polls in Punjab and leaders of all parties have jumped head-long into campaigning, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is playing it cool regarding his 'Mission 13' campaign.Having led the...

19-Apr-2019 Mumbai

Mumbai commuters to candidates: Catch me if you can!

The biggest nightmare for candidates in the Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad Lok Sabha constituencies is how to "catch" the slippery commuters who are their main electoral bank.As is well-known, nearly two-third of Mumbaikars comprising office-goers, workers...

18-Apr-2019 New Delhi

It's curtains for 5-time consecutive Lok Sabha winners

Four veteran politicians -- L.K. Advani, Sumitra Mahajan, Kamal Nath and Yogi Adityanath -- who were elected to the Lok Sabha on five or more successive occasions since 1998 will not be seen in the next Lok Sabha.Thirteen political leaders who were MPs in...

18-Apr-2019 Shimla

At 91, eight-time matronly Congress legislator battles on tirelessly

At 91, eight-time matronly Congress legislator Vidya Stokes continues to battle tirelessly to ensure victory of the party in all the four parliamentary seats of Himachal Pradesh.She is daily rubbing shoulders with party leaders, a majority of them almost...

16-Apr-2019 Shimla

Himachal youth getting tips through 'Walls of Democracy'

High school and college students of Himachal Pradesh are daily getting tips on ways to strengthen democracy through 'Walls of Democracy' set up in 7,681 places, poll officials said.The aim is to increase awareness among the future and first-time voters in...

16-Apr-2019 Chennai

Tamil Nadu's caste knots in cluttered Lok Sabha contest

Caste intricacies has tied up the elections in Tamil Nadu in several knots because of a cluttered four-cornered contest throwing up new factors. The four corners in the poll contest are represented by AIADMK-led National Democratic Alliance -- comprising BJP,...

15-Apr-2019 Lucknow

SBSP -- BJP'S partner in UP -- to go it alone

The Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) said on Monday that it will go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.

"We will field 25 candidates and contest on our own. We have waited long enough for the BJP and we are going ahead alone,"...

15-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath makes mafia dons lose clout in UP elections

For the first time in perhaps four decades, criminals are taking a backseat in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh and it is the Yogi Adityanath government that deserves credit for this.The crackdown on criminals by the Yogi government has forced a...

14-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Only 42 more women in Parliament since first Lok Sabha

Slogans of various political parties about empowering Indian women in politics seem to have remained just lip service, if one goes by the statistics.The case in point is that in the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, there were only 66 women members out of the total House...

14-Apr-2019 Mumbai

Marathas sulk in underdeveloped Marathwada

Despite giving a Deputy Prime Minister, a Lok Sabha Speaker, several Union Ministers, four Maharashtra Chief Ministers and a Deputy Chief Minister, the Marathwada region of Maharashtra remains the most backward in the state.As the eight Lok Sabha constituencies...

14-Apr-2019 Kolkata

Once formidable Left Front in choppy waters again?

The CPI-M led Left Front (LF), which ruled West Bengal for 34 years at a stretch before suffering a crushing defeat in 2011, is now a divided house, with analysts foreseeing the coalition faring poorly in the coming Lok Sabha polls after the failure of the...

12-Apr-2019 Bhopal

BJP mulls Sadhvi Pragya or Uma Bharti against Digvijaya

Bhopal may need to brace for a heavy dose of polarisation if RSS has its way in the selection of a challenger for Digvijaya Singh in the Lok Sabha elections. Hardliners Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Union Minister and former chief minister Uma Bharti are among...

10-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Half of PM Modi's cabinet not elected directly

With the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha completing its term, almost half of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet was occupied by ministers who were not directly elected by people of the country.As per the government data, 12 of the 25 current cabinet ministers...

10-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Jolt to Mayawati as Bhim Army supports Congress

In an unexpected move, the Bhim Army has announced its support to the Congress that is bound to upset the Bahujan Samaj Party's apple cart in western Uttar Pradesh where eight constituencies go to polls on Thursday in the first phase."We are going to support...

10-Apr-2019 New Delhi

8 key UP LS constituencies to vote on Thursday

Eight seats of western Uttar Pradesh will go the polls in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday with BJP facing a tough contest in all the seats due to the alliance of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. The Congress is...

10-Apr-2019 Shimla

For once, political battle in Himachal sans titans

The battle in the Himachal Pradesh political arena is without the titans this time.For almost two decades, the electoral battle was seen as a war for supremacy between Congress leader and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and BJP's two-time Chief Minister...

10-Apr-2019 New Delhi

11 of 53 MPs in LS polls 1st phase had below 75% attendance

As 91 Lok Sabha constituencies go to polls on Thursday, a look at the data on the sitting MPs' participation in Parliament shows that 11 of the 53 sitting candidates contesting in the first phase had lower than 75 per cent attendance while Telugu Desam...

10-Apr-2019 Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh)

Gateway to west UP, Saharanpur in triangular fight

The gateway to western Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur will see a cracker of a contest in the Lok Sabha polls with all the three main contenders - BJP, SP-BSP-RLD and Congress - focusing on the seat and putting up a strong fight.Saharanpur goes to the polls on...

09-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Who will win 2019?

With an upswing of about 4 per cent in vote share, as reported in recent polls/surveys, can the Congress tide over its lowest ebb (44 MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha) and dethrone the incumbent? Perhaps a deep dive into two latest surveys -- CSDS-Lokniti and Times...

08-Apr-2019 Patna (Bihar)

Nawada will see fight between two powerful castes

The political battle in the Nawada parliamentary constituency in Bihar is a direct fight again between two powerful castes.This rural and semi-urban seat, still lagging behind on the development front, will see an electoral battle for local supremacy between...

08-Apr-2019 Aurangabad (Bihar)

Can the powerful Rajputs be derailed in Aurangabad?

It's a constituency that has consistently voted for Rajputs though they make up just 12.5 per cent of the 17 lakh voters. Now, the opposition has fielded an extremely backward caste (EBC) candidate to break the Rajput stranglehold.Aurangabad has been a traditional...

07-Apr-2019 Amaravati

YSR, Andhra's 2nd most powerful family

If the NTR clan continues to dominate the politics in Andhra Pradesh for over three decades, the YSR family remains its biggest rival since taking the centre stage in 2004.The family of Congress leader and former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is...

07-Apr-2019 Amaravati

NTR's dynasty remains at the centrestage of Andhra politics

When it comes to political dynasties in the country, few can match the charisma and the melodrama associated with Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao's personality.Even 23 years after his death, the legacy of the founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and former Andhra...

07-Apr-2019 New Delhi

India needs human-centric AI to curb fake news

As social media giants fight to curb fake news ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, an Indian-origin tech junkie has stressed it is not enough as the nation needs better human-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions to combat the spread of misinformation.For...

07-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

In electoral season, Deras are all-important in Punjab

Deras, or sects, in Punjab hold a lot of importance in the electoral season. With each Dera capable of influencing scores of voters, who are their followers, political parties and leaders have no option but to look up to these during elections.The latest visit...

07-Apr-2019 Mumbai

Tough battle for Konkan, which gave 7 Bharat Ratnas

A keen tussle is on for four Lok Sabha seats in the lush green coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra, known for its proximity to the country's commercial capital, besides giving seven Bharat Ratnas to the country since Independence, and the world-famous...

06-Apr-2019 Raiganj

Four-cornered battle awaits Congress legacy-laden Raiganj in Bengal

North Dinajpur district's Raiganj, once a Congress bastion, is set to witness a gritty four-way fight with the CPI-M's sitting MP, Mohammed Salim, facing a tough challenge from the BJP, Congress leader Deepa Dasmunsi and West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress...

06-Apr-2019 Bengaluru

Deve Gowda clan thrives in Karnataka

"A cat has nine lives, but Deve Gowda has 10!" is an oft-repeated phrase in Karnataka, as the former Prime Minister and ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo battles at the age of 86 to baptise two of his grandsons in the political terra firma.As one...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Caste lines favour BJP-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra's reserved lands

The SC/ST voters will play a crucial role in deciding the fate of candidates in at least 17 out of 48 constituencies in Maharashtra where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- Shiv Sena combine are looking to repeat their 2014 performance when they won 42 seats...

06-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Will BJP listen to Advani's advice?

It would have been better if L.K. Advani had given his excellent advice to his party men about their attitude towards other parties before being denied a Lok Sabha ticket.Now, it would appear that the nonagenarian former Deputy Prime Minister was expressing...

05-Apr-2019 New Delhi

TMC government has failed on key issues: ADR

The Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has failed to meet top basic priorities of voters and performed "below average" on issues of employment, agriculture loan and farm product price, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Released...

05-Apr-2019 Bengaluru

BJP again bets on Modi to retain Bangalore seats

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is banking on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his campaign to retain the three key Lok Sabha constituencies in India's tech hub of Bangalore, where polling will be held on April 18 in the first phase of...

05-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Sons turn backroom boys for contesting parents

They are children of political leaders and have now taken over the responsibility of serving as quintessential backroom boys while their fathers contest the elections.Neeraj Singh, the younger son of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is managing the campaign...

05-Apr-2019 Mumbai

The big fat political families of Maharashtra

All politicians in Maharashtra love to call its 12-crore people a 'family'.No wonder, since politics runs in the families of all major clans in the state, some in the fourth and many in the third and second generations, with a belief that every time you...

05-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Interesting facts about Lok Sabha elections

With the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections all set kick off on April 11, IANS has compiled some interesting facts about India's general elections.* The first Lok Sabha elections in 1952 cost around Rs 10.45 crore, while the 2014 general elections cost almost...

04-Apr-2019 Gandhinagar

Congress fields 8 Patidars, BJP 6 for Lok Sabha polls

With the filing of nominations for the Gujarat's 26 Lok Sabha seats coming to a close on Thursday, the opposition Congress has doubled its Patidar nominees on the back of its improved performance in the 2017 Assembly elections, while the ruling BJP has fielded...

04-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Gathbandhan ahead in UP, NDA gains in Bihar: Survey

The SP-BSP-RLD gathbandhan (alliance) is likely to get a large chunk of Lok Sabha seats at the cost of the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections, but the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is far ahead of the RJD-led alliance in Bihar, a survey has...

04-Apr-2019 Srinagar

Abdullahs and Muftis, two political dynasties in J&K

The Abdullahs are undoubtedly the first political dynasty of Jammu and Kashmir having remained central to state's politics for over 80 long years.The founder of the regional National Conference (NC), Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was born in 1905 in a middle...

02-Apr-2019 Fatehpur Sikri (Agra rural)

Glamour tadka in Akbar's erstwhile capital

Though actor Raj Babbar is a popular figure in his home town Agra, he looks set to face a formidable opposition in Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Raj Kumar Chahar in the Fatehpur Sikri constituency.The seat is presently held by the BJP's Choudhary Babu Lal,...

02-Apr-2019 Begusarai

Split in anti-BJP votes may hamper Kanhaiya's chances in Begusarai

Situated on the northern bank of the Ganga river, Begusarai in north Bihar has earned the "Leningrad of Bihar" and "Little Moscow" monikers, and is again drawing national attention because the CPI has fielded its firebrand leader Kanhaiya Kumar while the BJP...

02-Apr-2019 Mandya (Karnataka)

Star war for supremacy in Karnataka's Mandya seat

In an electoral battle between two un-equals, age wise or otherwise, a star war is on for supremacy in Karnataka's Mandya Lok Sabha constituency where polling is due on April 18 in the first phase.In what could have been a sure victory for Janata Dal-Secular...

02-Apr-2019 Bhopal

Close call between Congress, BJP in Mandsaur

The death of six farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur in 2017 had given farmers across the country a platform to vent their anger that had been brewing over farm distress, and leading to a series of nation-wide protests.Nearly two years...

02-Apr-2019 Patna

Tough battle for former CM Manjhi in Gaya

It is a battle of Manjhi versus Manjhi in Gaya parliamentary constituency. In a direct contest, the ruling NDA and the opposition Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) have fielded candidates belonging to the Mushahar Dalit community, considered among the most...

02-Apr-2019 Hyderabad

TRS sitting pretty in India's largest constituency Malkajgiri

Malkajgiri, the largest Lok Sabha constituency in the country in terms of voters, will see a three-cornered contest but the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears to be sitting pretty.Spread over parts of Hyderabad and its outskirts, it is called a mini India for...

01-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Nitish government score on poll issues below average

The performance of Nitish Kumar government in Bihar was below average on the most important concerns of voters, including employment opportunities, availability of water for agriculture and better healthcare facilities, according to a report by the Association...

01-Apr-2019 Secunderabad

Uphill task for BJP in Secunderabad

Secunderabad is set to witness a three-cornered contest as the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears to have an edge in its bid for a maiden win in this Lok Sabha constituency, which so far elected either Congress or BJP candidates.Eighteen years after TRS...

31-Mar-2019 New Delhi

'Berozgars' vs 'Chowkidars': Berozgars won the round

In the ongoing twitter bout between the giant killer 'chowkidar' and the challenger 'berozgar", the underdog challenger won the round on March 30. The 'berozgars' delivered a killer undercut with their #MainBhiBerozgar punch that became number one national...

30-Mar-2019 Kolkata

Trinamool launches 'Pradhan Mantri Hisab Do' drive

The All India Trinamool Congress on Saturday launched a new video series on social media using the hashtag 'Pradhan Mantri Hisab Do'.The party shared on AITC Twitter handle the first video, which highlights two stark pictures from Haryana and West Bengal.The...

30-Mar-2019 Kolkata

Bengal folk theatre echoes Mamata's 'Delhi Chalo' dream

A folk theatre or Jatra troupe in West Bengal is travelling to all corners of the state staging a production that highlights Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's ambitions to play a big role in national politics after the Lok Sabha polls.The production,...

30-Mar-2019

It's nationalism, stupid!

Unlike 2014, the economy is no longer the focal point of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign.While five years ago, the party's emphasis was on a market-driven pursuit of across-the-board economic growth 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', the focus has now shifted...

30-Mar-2019 Kolkata

BJP may win 8, Trinamool to shine in WB: ABP-Nielsen

The BJP could come up with its best ever showing by winning eight Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal but that will not be enough to stop the Trinamool Congress from finishing with 31 seats, three less than last time, according to an opinion poll.The ABP News-Nielsen's...

30-Mar-2019 Baramulla

Triangular contest in Baramulla LS constituency

This Lok Sabha constituency, spread over 15 assembly segments in three districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora, will see a triangular contest in the first phase of the 2019 general elections.The voting segments of the constituency include the far-flung...

29-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Stars politicians raise glam-quotient at election time (Dangal 2019)

 It's election time and can the stars be for behind? There are the veterans and there are the newbies, each hoping for a share of a pie. And from all accounts, they're all having a ball as they come down to earth, as it were, to seek a different kind of moolah...

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