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07-May-2021 Kolkata

Election saga: How BJP lost the plot in Bengal polls

The defeat in Bengal Assembly polls is surely going to be a big lesson for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).In a rare electoral setback for the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combine, the duo failed to crack the sentiments of the people of West Bengal, resulting...

06-May-2021 Kolkata

7 BJP candidates had their deposits forfeited in Bengal polls

Of the 292 candidates who contested in the recently concluded Assembly elections in West Bengal, the deposits of seven BJP candidates have been forfeited.The seven saffron party nominees who suffered humiliating defeats were from Bhaganbangola, Lalgola,...

04-May-2021 Kolkata

Seats won by wafer-thin margins in Bengal Assembly polls

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikaris narrow win over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the battle of prestige in Nandigram was one of the major talking points of the Bengal Assembly polls after the results were announced on May 2.While the victory of...

04-May-2021 Kolkata

Setback in Junglemahal & North Bengal key reason for BJP's defeat

Though BJP gained 74 seats compared to the last assembly election in 2016 but it was nowhere near its performance in the Lok Sabha polls where it not only got 18 seats but was ahead in 122 of the 294 assembly seats in the state.Despite the saffron brigade's...

02-May-2021 Guwahati

BJP-led NDA returns to power in Assam for 2nd time in a row

The ruling BJP-led NDA returned to power in Assam for the second consecutive term as the "Mitrajot" secured 68 seats in the 126-member assembly, election officials said on Sunday midnight.According to the latest tally of the Election Commission results late...

02-May-2021 Kolkata

Three of five BJP MPs bite the dust in Bengal

While the Trinamool Congress is close to attaining a three-fourth majority in the Assembly elections in West Bengal, three of the five heavyweights of the BJP have fallen prey to the deluge of the ruling party.Star BJP candidates and MPs Swapan Dasgupta, Locket...

02-May-2021 Thiruvananthapuram

CPI-M falls 3 short of making to power on own in Kerala

While Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written himself into record books by becoming the first to retain power in the state, his CPI-M fell three short of forming a government on its own, winning 68 seats out of the 99 seats that the party-led Left...

12-Apr-2021 New Delhi

WB, other poll-bound states see Covid cases zoom amid electioneering

West Bengal, which is midway through its poll process, as well as Tamil Nadu, Assam, and the Union Territory of Puducherry, where voting has concluded, witnessed a massive surge in Covid cases since the Assembly elections were announced by the Election Commission...

01-Apr-2021 Jaipur

It's 'united' Congress Vs fractured BJP in Rajasthan bypolls

The by-polls being held on three seats of Rajasthan on April 17 are being looked upon as semi-finals of Assembly election 2023 as the results are being perceived as a report card for the ruling government, busy showing its 'united' face and the opposition,...

30-Mar-2021 Chennai

Kanyakumari : Once a Left citadel, now has no LDF candidate

The Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu that shares its borders with Kerala was once a left citadel with the CPM having both MLAs and an MP from the district. However in the 2021 assembly elections, both Left parties, CPM and CPI have not one candidate as...

28-Mar-2021 New Delhi

Assembly polls: High turnouts and their variable effects

High voter turnout during the first round of Assembly polls in West Bengal on Saturday has once again given a chance to political pundits to speculate if it is a sign of anti-incumbency in the Trinamool Congress-ruled state.Union Home Minister Amit Shah,...

24-Mar-2021 New Delhi

Congress clawing back in Kerala, Assam; alliance with DMK sweeping TN

Written off by many in the state Assembly elections, the Congress is now wresting back lost territory in Kerala and Assam.While the LDF in Kerala and the BJP in Assam are still in pole position and are projected to win these states, the Congress is catching...

24-Mar-2021 Guwahati

Assam polls : BJP for correct NRC, Cong for CAA's repeal

In the run up to the assembly elections in Assam, the ruling BJP is highlighting the "perfect NRC" more while the main opposition Congress has given top priority to CAA even as both the national parties have common issues of empowerment of women, jobs to...

28-Feb-2021 Kolkata

Bengal polls: Left, Cong joint rally at Kolkata

For the first time, the CPM-led Left Front and the Congress are going to hold a joint rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground on Sunday, in a bid to display the strength of the Third Front ahead of the high-voltage West Bengal Assembly polls.Hooghly's Pirzada...

17-Feb-2021 Chandigarh

Congress sweeps Punjab urban polls, CM says validation of policies

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday hailed his Congress' spectacular victory in the municipal polls as not just a validation of his government's development-oriented policies but also a total rejection of the "anti-people" actions of the major...

13-Feb-2021 Chandigarh

Tough sailing for BJP in Punjab municipal polls amid farm protests

"BJP people are advised not to trouble us by ringing the door bell," reads an advisory at the gate of a house in Punjab amidst the protest of farmers.Banners, posters and advisories expressing anger against the saffron party over the contentious Central farm...

10-Nov-2020 Patna

NDA retains power in Bihar by slimmest of margins

The NDA has returned to power in Bihar, though by the slimmest of margins, as results on the Election Commission site indicated that it crossed the majority mark of 122 seats in the 243-member house as the NDA comprising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),...

11-Feb-2020 New Delhi

Sanjeev Jha retains Burari with best, Joon with least margin

The Burari Assembly seat, a Purvanchali-dominated contituency, has elected Sanjeev Jha of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with the highest margin across the constituencies -- 88,158 votes.Jha''s winning margin has continued to rise from 10,351 votes in 2013 to...

11-Feb-2020 New Delhi

BJP fails to open account in 3 MPs'' constituencies in Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party was swept aside in the Delhi Assembly elections by the Arvind Kejriwal wave. The party which made a clean sweep in the general elections eight months ago could not manage to open its account in three parliamentary constituencies...

28-Jul-2019 Bengaluru

14 more Karnataka Congress-JD-S rebel legislators disqualified

A day before the trust vote on the B.S. Yeddiyurappa government in the Karnataka Assembly, Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14  rebel legislators of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) for defying their parties whip to attend...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

18-May-2019 Chandigarh

Religion, riots, dynasty dominate Punjab poll battle

In agrarian Punjab, where Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes make 55 per cent of the population, religion and riots more than concerns of farmers and poor are likely to play a decisive role in the Lok Sabha elections going to the polls on Sunday.Chief...

17-May-2019 New Delhi

Aligarh elected only one Muslim, Rampur three Hindus since 1952

Uttar Pradesh is known for its 'Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb' -- a fusion of Hindu and Muslim culture -- and its Aligarh and Rampur Lok Sabha constituencies have shown this since the first Lok Sabha.Of the total 16 general elections since independence, Rampur, an...

17-May-2019 Chandauli (Uttar Pradesh)

Chandauli also faces prestigious battle in final phase

After Varanasi, if there is any other Lok Sabha constituency that has the spotlight fixed on it in Uttar Pradesh, it is the adjoining Chandauli.State BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey is seeking re-election form Chandauli and this increases the importance...

17-May-2019 Lucknow

National pride prevails over Hindu pride in UP, so does caste factor

There is hope for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh and it is the Modi factor that is working in the rural areas once again.Though the Modi wave is not as strong as it was in 2014, it is still palpable and more than Hindu pride it is national...

16-May-2019 Chandigarh

Caste arithmetic not major factor in Punjab polls

Caste politics may take centre stage in most north Indian states, but in agrarian Punjab where Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes make up 55 per cent of state's population, it doesn't play any decisive role, say political experts.The reason: neither section,...

16-May-2019 New Delhi

Is polarization helping BJP in West Bengal?

With the Lok Sabha elections being in the last leg, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of West Bengal has sensed that the BJP has gained ground in the state, possibly at the cost of the Left, due to polarization efforts of the saffron party.The state, which...

14-May-2019 Ranchi

Will BJP make a dent in JMM bastion in Jharkhand?

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to hold a rally at Deoghar in the Santhal Pargana division of Jharkhand on Wednesday, the question being asked is whether the  Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) efforts pay in making a dent in the Jharkhand Mukti...

10-May-2019 Chandigarh

A 'do-or-die' battle for Khattar, Hooda in Haryana

BJP-ruled Haryana will go to the polls on all its 10 seats on May 12, the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election, in a do-or-die battle for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his  predecessor and 'marginalised' Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The...

10-May-2019 Rohtak

2016 Jat agitation may swing votes in Rohtak

As the election campaign in Rohtak reaches in its final stage the people of this parliamentary constituency, which has been represented for long by both former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender, feel that votes in this election...

09-May-2019 Lucknow

These Bhojpuri stars depend on 'Modiji' for victory

They are top Bhojpuri stars who have a huge fan following in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. As they step into the hotbed of caste politics in eastern Uttar Pradesh, they are drawing huge crowds - crowds that dance to their songs, ask them to repeat one-liners...

07-May-2019 Chandigarh

Hooda clan in Haryana fray to revive Congress

It is a high-stakes battle for the Hooda father-son duo and also for their Congress party in these parliamentary polls in Haryana where the legacy matters and where the party has been on a steady downhill journey since its humiliating rout in 2014.Former...

06-May-2019 Shimla

It's battle of prestige for Himachal CM in Mandi

It is a battle of prestige for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigner and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to retain the Mandi parliamentary seat in Himachal Pradesh.Thakur's prestige is at stake to retain the seat as incumbent MP Ram Swaroop Sharma,...

06-May-2019 New Delhi

Congress and BJP: How different are their attitudes towards Muslims?

If Indira Gandhi had won the 1977 general elections, it would have been a popular endorsement of her Emergency regime.Why would Narendra Modi's return after the elections be seen differently from Indira Gandhi's after the Emergency? There is a list of failures...

05-May-2019 Bhopal

In Khajuraho, it's 'daughter-in-law' vs 'son-in-law'

The fight in Madhya Pradesh's Khajuraho parliamentary constituency is between the "son-in-law" and "daughter-in-law" as the rival parties, rather than focusing on critical issues  for the area, are wooing voters through emotional appeal.The Congress...

05-May-2019 Amritsar

After Arun Jaitley, Hardeep Singh Puri may face uphill task in Amritsar

After witnessing an embarrassing defeat of its high-profile candidate Arun Jaitley in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP this time fielded Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri  from Punjab's Amritsar.Pitted against Congress sitting MP Gurjit Aujla, diplomat-turned-politician...

04-May-2019 Chandigarh

Infighting-ridden AAP now a sinking ship in Punjab

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had emerged as a dark horse in Punjab in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, winning four parliamentary seats while its performance in the remaining nine  seats left its rivals stumped, but it is a different story this time round.The...

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