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Election 2019

 

09-Jun-2019 New Delhi

Decoding Congress failure in the 2019 general election

The recently held general election was different from any other held in India in the sense that for this election, the ruling party as well as the opposition were in serious election mode for almost four years before it was held. On the ruling party side,...

29-May-2019 New Delhi

17th Lok Sabha will miss prominent faces, strong voices

In last three decades of India's electoral history they were the strong voices of their party, states and respective constituencies in Lok Sabha but their voices will not be heard in the 17th Lok Sabha, which gave a decisive mandate to Narendra Modi government.Prominent...

28-May-2019 New Delhi

In blow to Mamata, 3 MLAs, 60 councillors from Bengal join BJP

In a huge blow to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, two Trinamool Congress MLAs and more than 60 councillors joined the BJP here on Tuesday along with a CPI-M MLA, with BJP veteran Kailash Vijayvargiya predicting many more defections.The dramatic...

28-May-2019 Bengaluru

Congress blames 'polarisation', Modi wave for rout in Karnataka

Shocked by its worst defeat in parliamentary elections, in which it managed to retain only a lone seat in Karnataka, the Congress has blamed the "polarisation" of votes and an unseen Modi wave for the spectacular performance of rival BJP, which won 25 of the...

28-May-2019 New Delhi

131 of BJP's 303 Lok Sabha members are first timers

Of the BJP's 303 Lok Sabha members who got elected in the just-concluded elections, 131 are first timers and include party President Amit Shah.The list also includes former union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and celebrities from sports to film fraternity...

27-May-2019 New Delhi

Congress in deep trouble, CWC meet likely in four days

Reeling under the impact of poll debacle, the Congress is in deep trouble, with party chief Rahul Gandhi insisting on quitting the post amid a series of resignations, setting the stage for a likely meeting of its highest decision-making body, the Congress Working...

27-May-2019 New Delhi

Congress in crisis as resignations pile up

In the wake of electoral debacle, the Congress appeared to be in a crisis on Monday with resignations of its leaders piling up and the leadership planning to crack the whip.Amid the shock in the party, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday met party...

27-May-2019 New Delhi

3 more state Congress chiefs resign

With the Congress facing an electoral debacle in several states in the Lok Sabha election, three more state party chiefs have tendered their resignations, taking the total number to seven.Congress party chiefs of Jharkhand, Assam and Punjab have also resigned...

27-May-2019 Hyderabad

Is it end of the road for Chandrababu Naidu?

With his worst-ever electoral defeat in Andhra Pradesh and losing relevance in national politics, Nara Chandrababu Naidu is facing the biggest challenge of his career.A leader, whose four-decade-long career saw his political pendulum swinging wildly from...

27-May-2019 New Delhi

Clean sweep for BJP in 10 states, UTs

In 10 states and Union Territories (UTs), voters gave the BJP a clean sweep in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, with the saffron party, riding on Modi wave, repeating its 2014 performance in five states and two UTs.The party with its constituents...

27-May-2019 Kolkata

BJP won rural Bengal riding on Modi government's schemes

Even as the discontent against Trinamool Congress, erosion of left votes and consolidation of Hindu voters are being seen by many as major reasons behind BJP's unprecedented rise in Bengal, political analysts say it was the benefits of various central schemes...

26-May-2019 New Delhi

Democracy triumphs (Column: Spy's Eye)

The parliamentary election in the world's largest democracy was watched by all countries, big and small, for reasons that are not far to seek: the likely impact on India's rising profile at the global level, the manner in which an extraordinary amount of...

26-May-2019 New Delhi

NDA 2.0: Time filmmakers branched out

Nationalism and social issues, which the ruling government had promoted over the last five years, created new genre of themes for filmmakers. During the last five years, especially so in the last three of the Modi/ NDA era, the most successful films turned out to...

26-May-2019 Chandigarh

How Amarinder held his 'fort' against Modi wave

Punjab proved to be the only face-saver for the Congress in the parliamentary elections in north India, with two-time Chief Minister Amarinder Singh securing victory for his party in eight out of the state's 13 Lok Sabha seats.Defying the BJP's anti-dynasty...

26-May-2019 Mumbai

Devendra Fadnavis pilots BJP-Shiv Sena victory in Maharashtra

There is an ungrudging admiration and near-total unanimity among political circles that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is the chief architect of the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena victory in Maharashtra.Considered the blue-eyed boy of Prime Minister Narendra...

25-May-2019 New Delhi

After thumping LS poll win, BJP sets eyes on Delhi Assembly

After bagging all the 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the BJP has set its eyes on the Assembly elections slated early next year, with the party on Saturday exuding confidence of repeating the similar performance then.Delhi BJP chief and winner from North East...

25-May-2019 Amethi

What went wrong in Amethi for Congress?

What went so horribly wrong for Congress President Rahul Gandhi that he lost from his familys pocket borough Amethi Lok Sabha constituency?Ask local leaders and people and they cite reasons like Congress turncoats benefitting BJP's Smriti Irani and apparent...

25-May-2019 New Delhi

Triumph of the BJP's Hindu nationalist card

An electoral face-off between a religious/nationalist party and a gaggle of vaguely Left-Liberal outfits is almost always an unequal contest as the scales are invariably tilted in favour of the former.For the "bleeding heart" liberals, which is how they...

25-May-2019 Agartala/Guwahati

N-E India sends 3 women to Lok Sabha, one more than 2014

North-east India, comprising eight states, is sending three women to the Lok Sabha -- one more than the 2014 general election. Of the three women, elected for the 17th Lok Sabha, two are new faces and belong to the BJP: Queen Oja (from Guwahati parliamentary seat)...

25-May-2019 Bengaluru

Saffron grip spreads across Karnataka on Modi wave

Riding on the popularity wave of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spread its saffron colour across Karnataka, winning a record 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections, held in two phases on April 18 and April...

24-May-2019 Hyderabad

Prashant Kishor, I-PAC basking in glory of YSRCP victory

Political strategist Prashant Kishor and the I-PAC of which he is a mentor are basking in the glory of YSR Congress Party's landslide victory in the Andhra Pradesh elections.As the YSRCP stormed to power with 151 seats in 175-member Assembly, the India-Political...

24-May-2019 Kolkata

Bengal witnesses violence post result declaration

Clashes between activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party and other incidents of violence were reported from Bankura, Cooch Behar and other districts in West Bengal, police said on Friday."On Friday, some BJP workers attacked...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

Time for 'token action' over, say Congress leaders after poll debacle

The Congress needs "meaningful and difficult decisions" to chart its future course in view of its second successive debacle in the Lok Sabha elections with questions now being raised about leadership of party chief Rahul Gandhi and the strategy to take on...

24-May-2019 Kolkata

Heavyweights, prominent names across parties lose in Bengal

Prominent political figures including a state minister, a former union minister, sitting MPs, as also stars from other fields across various parties fell by the wayside in the Lok Sabha polls, that produced a number of upsets in West Bengal.Leading the list of...

24-May-2019 Mumbai

The 'Jacks' who slayed the giants in Maharashtra polls

The Lok Sabha election results saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) return to power at the Centre with a brutal majority, erasing the Opposition parties from many parts of the country.However, amid the 'Modi tsunami', there were still some constituencies...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

Ninth time a single party crosses 300 mark in Lok Sabha

As the BJP crossed the 300 seat mark in the Lok Sabha elections, it was the ninth time that any single party has achieved such a feat.The BJP has already won 302 seats and was ahead in one seat in the 543-member Lower House of Parliament.In 1952, when the...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

After Raj Babbar , tweeple put pressure on Sidhu to quit

After Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar sent in his resignation to the party high command owning moral responsibility for the party's poor performance in the state, Twitter users mounted pressure on Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to quite politics."Uttar...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

Several film celebs win in LS battle, some lose

In the political 'dangal' of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, a slew of film celebrities including Hema Malini, Sunny Deol, Kirron Kher, Manoj Tiwari, Anubhav Mohanty, Mimi Chakraborty and Nushrat Jahan emerged victorious.Veteran actress Hema Malini, Bollywood's...

24-May-2019 Amaravati

BJP, Congress decimated in Andhra Pradesh

 In the Andhra Pradesh elections, which were all about YSRCP versus TDP, both the BJP and the Congress were decimated.For the Congress, this is the second successive election when it drew a blank in both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the new state...

24-May-2019 Kolkata

Five generals of BJP who made lotus bloom in Bengal

As the BJP made stunning inroads in the Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal, winning an unprecedented 18 out of 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, IANS takes a look at the top five generals of the saffron outfit in Bengal who helped the party cut deep into Mamata...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

BJP vote share in Odisha increases by almost 73%

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) vote share in Odisha in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections increased by almost 73 per cent with the party set to increase its tally to eight seats from the two it won in 2014.On Friday, the party confirmed its victory in five...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

Saffron surge breaches Mamata bastion

Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal could not remain immune to the saffron surge that swept the country on Thursday, as the BJP demonstrated a spectacular performance in the Lok Sabha elections in the state where it hardly counted so far.In the state where 42...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

NDA gained most in rural east, UPA in rural south (Data Deep Dive)

The BJP made major gains in rural constituencies of east India and lost the most in rural north.A deep dive into the Lok Sabha election results brings out a clear picture of how the nation voted in a historic verdict in favour of Prime Minister Narendra...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

Narendra Modi progenitor of Hindutva Plus

After smashing through all bastions in north and middle India -- from Haryana, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Delhi in the north to Bengal in the east, all the way up to Assam in the northeast, Hindutva has a new sheen, hue and connotation. It is a relentless drum...

24-May-2019 Patna

NDA sweeps Bihar with 39/40 seats, Mahagathbandhan routed

The rout of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which led the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, has been the biggest shock in these elections.The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has swept the state, bagging 39 of the 40 seats, while the...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

Muslims and election: They also serve who only stand and wait

Indias 187 million Muslims deserve a round of applause for the diligent docility with which they have allowed themselves to be the "other" against which the divisions within Hindu society have been composed into an ever increasing expanse of saffron. In geological...

24-May-2019 Lucknow

'Royal' candidates bite dust in Modi storm

It is a royal victory for the BJP but royals in Uttar Pradesh have lost big, too.For the first time, almost all candidates in the opposition who belong to royal families have lost elections.In Pratapgarh, two royal candidates have lost elections. Rajkumari...

24-May-2019 New Delhi

In continuing Modi surge, BJP claims Middle India

The Bharatiya Janata Party has effected a redrawing of its support base that now spreads beyond the Hindi heartland to include at least 10 states that form its core.The results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections show that Middle India is now firmly in the BJP's...

24-May-2019 Bhubaneswar

Two high-profile BJP leaders bite dust in Odisha

Amid celebrations in the BJP camp for the stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha elections, two of its high-profile leaders lost in Odisha.Former MP Baijayant Panda, who was contesting from the Kendrapara Parliament constituency, lost to actor-turned Rajya Sabha...

23-May-2019 Patna

Chiefs of Grand Alliance partners in Bihar defeated

There was such a Modi wave in Bihar this time that the chiefs of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and VIP - the three allies of the RJD-led Grand Alliance in Bihar - have been defeated in Lok Sabha polls.RLSP chief and former...

23-May-2019 Panaji

BJP wins 1 LS seat, 3 Assembly bypolls in Goa

In what could be described as a mixed bag of results, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa won one Lok Sabha seat, but lost the other amid a saffron tsunami in the country on Thursday.However, the BJP won three Assembly by-elections in the state, while...

23-May-2019 Shimla

BJP retains all four Himachal seats with record margins

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday retained all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state as its candidates won by a record huge margins, election officials said.Hamirpur sitting MP Anurag Thakur, Kangra candidate Kishan...

23-May-2019 Chandigarh

Punjab: Congress wins 8 seats, Akali Dal-BJP 4

Punjab's ruling Congress won eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats, one of the few states where it did well, while the BJP and its ally Akali Dal bagged two seats each. Bhagwant Mann, the AAP's only hope, retained his seat.The prominent winners included actor-turned...

23-May-2019 Chandigarh

Clean sweep for BJP in Haryana, wins all 10 seats

In a first in Haryana's electoral history, the ruling BJP made a clean sweep by winning all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while the Congress and Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) faced humiliating defeats.Union Ministers Rao Inderjit...

23-May-2019 Jaipur

Huge victory margins in Rajasthan tell a different tale

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) approaches towards a clean sweep in Rajasthan, the increasing vote margins on many crucial seats prove the slogan "Modi tujhse bair nahin", which once echoed in 2018 in Jhunjhunu.A huge gathering in the town during a...

23-May-2019 Mumbai

Maharashtra: BJP-Shiv Sena script spectacular saffron success

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine marched to a spectacular victory in Maharashtra, leading in or bagging (as of 6 p.m.) 41 of the state's 48 Lok Sabha seats.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis termed the success by saying: "Its not just a...

23-May-2019 New Delhi

No Congress MPs in 18 states/UTs, half-a-dozen ex-CMs bite dust

If one drives from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, one will not find a Congress MP in half-a-dozen of states. The party has scored a nil in 18 states and union territories in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress losers include eight chief ministers...

23-May-2019 Hyderabad

KCR's Federal Front dream shattered with poll results

The crushing defeat of non-NDA parties in Lok Sabha elections shattered the dreams of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who was looking to play a key role at the Centre.The results came as a huge blow to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)...

23-May-2019 Lucknow

Is it the end of caste politics in UP?

The caste arithmetic in Uttar Pradesh has fallen flat on its face and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance has nothing left to cheer about.The alliance that was forged in January this year had claimed to trounce the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and, thereby, halt its return...

23-May-2019 Shimla

BJP retains all four Himachal LS seats

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday retained all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state as its candidates won by a record huge margins, election officials said.Hamirpur sitting MP Anurag Thakur, Kangra candidate Kishan...

21-May-2019 New Delhi

Sharply varying exit poll numbers in key states trigger uncertainty

A general consensus appears to have emerged among political parties that the Bharatiya Janata Party will emerge as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha. However, the exit  polls raise the question whether the party will have clear numbers, as...

21-May-2019 New Delhi

Opposition leaders meet over EVM concerns

Two days ahead of the Lok Sabha election results, leaders of around 20 opposition parties met here on Tuesday amid their concerns over the electronic voting machines (EVM) and use of VVPATs.Among those who attended the meeting were Congress leader Ghulam...

21-May-2019 Chandigarh

Cat is out of the bag: Hardeep Singh Puri on Amarinder-Sidhu row

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Amritsar, Hardeep Singh Puri, on Tuesday took a jibe at the ongoing war of words between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying, "...the cat is out of the bag"."All along...

19-May-2019 New Delhi

Exit polls not perfect for Lok Sabha elections

If exit polls are to be believed, the Narendra Modi government is coming back to power with full majority, but the predictions by poll survey agencies in the past have found not to be close to the actual results.Riding on 'Modi wave', National Democratic...

19-May-2019 Kinnaur

102-year-old voter casts ballot in Himachal

Shyam Saran Negi, a 102-year-old voter who also participated in the 1951-52 general elections which were the country's first, cast his ballot on Sunday at a picturesque hamlet in Kinnaur district as elections were held to elect four members of Parliament from...

18-May-2019 Hyderabad

Stalin in role to rope in KCR, Jagan

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is said to be in close touch with DMK leader M.K. Stalin on building the numbers for the UPA, if push comes to shove following the counting of votes on May 23.Stalin, whose party is an ally of Congress, is reportedly working...

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