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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...

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...

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)...

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 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 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...

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 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 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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

12-May-2019 New Delhi

Over 60% turnout in Delhi's seven LS seats

A turnout of 60.21 per cent was recorded in elections for Delhi's seven parliamentary constituencies on Sunday amid reports of EVM malfunctioning in some polling stations, the Election Commission said.The polling percentage was less then that in 2014 when...

12-May-2019 New Delhi

At 111, Delhi's oldest voter keeps his date with democracy

Bachan Singh is among the millions who voted in the capital on Sunday in the penultimate phase of the general election, but he is unique because of his vintage.At the ripe old age of 111, Bachan Singh is Delhi's oldest voter.His house is within 100 metres of...

12-May-2019 Agartala

77% turnout in re-polling for Tripura West LS seat

Around 77 per cent of the 141,251 voters cast their votes during the re-polling at 168 polling stations in the Tripura West parliamentary constituency on Sunday, election officials said.In the troubled-marred polling on April 11 in the first phase of the Lok...

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...

01-May-2019 Ranchi

Spouses sweat it out for bigwigs in Jharkhand

Family members, mainly spouses, campaigning for candidates are common feature in elections. In Jharkhand, spouses of political bigwigs, including Arjun Munda, Jayant Sinha and Kriti Jha Azad are sweating it out as political and actual temperatures soar for...

30-Apr-2019 Ludhiana

On his scooter, 'Baba Jee Burger Wale' campaigns in Ludhiana

 He has no high-profile means or a campaign strategy as he moves around on an Activa scooter with his lone Punjab Police security guard riding pillion. But 'Baba Jee Burger Wale', as independent candidate Ravinder Pal Singh is better known in the Model town...

29-Apr-2019 Kulgam

South Kashmir polls: Kulgam no different than Anantnag

The polling in Kulgam district on Monday started on a very dull note and remained the same even as some areas showed an upward trend in the later part of the day but the overall polling remained almost close to what it was in Anantnag district on April 23.In...

29-Apr-2019 Kulgam

10.2% polling in Kulgam amid clashes and shutdown

Clashes marred the second leg of three-phased schedule for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency in Kulgam on Monday. The district observed a complete shutdown in wake of the polling. The lower voter turnout barring Noorabad assembly segment was witnessed in Kulgam....

28-Apr-2019 Asansol,

I will be delighted if Mamata becomes PM : Moon Moon Sen

Veteran actress Moon Moon Sen says she is in politics to win people's love and feels donning a politician's hat has been easier for her as there is far less amount of mudslinging compared to the film industry.The 64-year-old Oxford alumnus, who is fighting the...

28-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Films and politics

The phenomenon of film actors joining forces with politicians is not a new thing. In the South, it happened much earlier while the Hindi film actors took the cue a bit late. One of the reasons the Hindi film industry kept away from politics for long was...

25-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

Six moms in Haryana lead from the front in sons' fight

In Haryana, a state where the sex ratio was the worst till last year and where women are told to remain behind the 'ghoonghat' (veil), at least six mothers have got down to lead from the front for the political cause of their sons.Four of these mothers...

25-Apr-2019 Suri (West Bengal)

Saradha accused Mitra fielded in Bengal assembly bypoll

West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Thursday fielded former state minister Madan Mitra, who spent nearly 21 months in jail after his arrest by the CBI in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam, as its candidate for the Bhatpara assembly by-poll.Chief...

25-Apr-2019 Lucknow

For Dimple, it is not very simple in Kannauj

Kannauj, the perfume capital of the country, does not smell good right now. Traditionally, a Samajwadi bastion, the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat which has Dimple Yadav as its sitting MP, seems undecided about its choice in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Dimple Yadav...

25-Apr-2019 Chandigarh

Couple entry for Badals in Punjab amid "match-fixing" allegations

The Shiromani Akali Dal's first couple party President Sukhbir Singh Badal and his Union Minister wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal, are making a couple entry in the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab this time.While Sukhbir Badal, who is a sitting legislator from the...

24-Apr-2019 Shimla

Himachal Congress arch rivals' progeny campaign together

The road to political success that six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, both Congress veterans, have followed throughout their lives has never been the same.Arch rivals -- Virbhadra Singh, 83, and...

23-Apr-2019 Hisar (Haryana)

It's grand fight of grandsons in Haryana's Hisar

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Hisar gave the country its youngest-ever Member of Parliament (MP) in Dushyant Chautala. He was only 26 years and one-month old at that time. This time, the Hisar Lok Sabha seat is witnessing the grand fight of two great...

23-Apr-2019 Anantnag

In Anantnag, boycott prevails over ballot

The first phase of elections in the restive South Kashmir Lok Sabha constituency that started from Anantnag district on Tuesday witnessed a very low voting as people preferred to stay away from the election process, adding worries to the contesting candidates...

22-Apr-2019 New Delhi/Shimla

Cash-for-query BJP ex-MP joins Congress

In a setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Himachal Pradesh, its three-time MP Suresh Chandel, who was caught in a sting operation in cash-for-query scam in Parliament in 2005, joined the Congress on Monday.He belongs to Bilaspur district under...

22-Apr-2019 Lucknow

'Anarkali' jibe of Azam Khan 's son irks Jaya Prada

As campaigning ended in Rampur on Sunday evening, another salvo was fired at Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Jaya Prada from the Azam Khan camp.Azam Khan's son, Abdullah Azan Khan, in a meeting held in Pan Dareba said: "Ali bhi humare, Bajrangbali bhi...

21-Apr-2019 Wayanad (Kerala)

Wayanad: Congress claims Rahul wave, opposition differs

 From the moment it was announced that Congress President Rahul Gandhi will contest the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, for many his victory was a foregone conclusion. The opposition disagrees.For those who insist that Gandhi's victory from this hilly region is a...

21-Apr-2019 Balurghat (West Bengal)

TMC faces Left legacy, BJP's ascent in Balurghat

With a long pending railway project, lack of development, scarce job opportunities and rampant infiltration and smuggling in the region, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has its task cut out in retaining the Balurghat Lok Sabha constituency in...

21-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Congress-AAP 2014 vote share suggests tie-up only way out

With just 20 days to go for polling in the national capital, suspense continues over Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress on forming an alliance to take on the BJP.While the AAP is also keen on an pre-poll alliance in Haryana, which will...

20-Apr-2019 Lucknow

Who is Acharya Pramod Krishnam?

With a long white flowing beard, white robes and a red �tilak on the forehead, Acharya Pramod Krishnam looks more like a godman and less like a politician, who is set to take on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 6 in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha...

20-Apr-2019 Jangipur (Murshidabad)

Pranab's son faces 'tough' battle in Jangipur

Former President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee faces a tough battle in West Bengal's Jangipur as he seeks a hat-trick of wins from the constituency which had sent his father to Parliament twice.Amid a desperate drive by state's ruling Trinamool Congress...

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,"...

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