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Election 2019


Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Monday hinted at snapping the alliance with Samajwadi Party by announcing that her party would contest the bye-elections to 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh on its own. Marking a meeting of party leaders from Uttar Pradesh in Delhi, Mayawati directed them to start preparing for the by-poll …

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed reservations over electronic voting machines adopted in the Lok Sabha elections and urged opposition parties to unitedly demand the return of ballot papers for polls. She also urged the opposition parties in the country to set up a fact-finding committee to probe possible tampering of electronic …

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which retained power at the Centre and recorded historical electoral gains by winning four Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, is now looking at consolidation in the state by poaching the erstwhile ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders. The ruling party at the Centre is also eyeing the disgruntled TDP members of Andhra Pradesh. While many senior …

Sushma Swaraj, India’s foreign minister in the outgoing government, tweeted a ‘Thank you’, note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after she was not inducted into his new council of ministers. In the tweet, Sushma, 67, thanked him for giving her the opportunity to serve people – Indians and non-resident Indians – and respect that he …

President Ram Nath Kovind intervened twice to remind the ministers taking oath as part of PM Modi’s ministry on Thursday that they had omitted a word. Mansukh Lal Mandaviya (minister of state with Independent charge) and Faggan Singh Kulaste (Mos) did not repeat ‘I’ in the second instance. The word is usually repeated with the President, …

It was December 2007 and elections in Gujarat had just concluded. The man accused as a fascist, divider and communalist by a cozy coterie comprising academics, activists and select journalists in the nation’s capital has just been returned with a majority similar to the one he got in 2002. Narendra bhai Damodardas Modi was the …

Did the landslide win of the Modi-led NDA government surprise you? Someone once told me that the best time to understand Indian elections is after the results have been counted. In all my election trips, (this was the 28th election trip), I do not think I have ever been this surprised. By surprise I mean, …

One of the key political lessons from the 2019 general election is that parties should neither question military operations nor soft-peddle on national security. The Congress appears to have committed the same mistake in the run-up to 2019 polls that it committed 20 years ago. Before the October 1999 elections, the then Congress leadership questioned …

The nature of Narendra Modi’s 2019 victory has brought him at par with India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. No PM since Nehru has com pleted a full term in the office with a single party majority and been re-elected with the same. This is symptomatic of a leader’s ability to successfully secure and regain …

After the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) landslide victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi on a Thanksgiving visit on Monday. He marked his visit by offering prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple before heading to address party workers. Modi won the Varanasi parliamentary seat by a margin 4,79,505 votes, …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath for his second term at 7 pm on Thursday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. “The President will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union council of ministers on May 30 at 7 pm,” said a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. …

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy, who played a crucial role in the party’s victory in Bengal, said on Sunday that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was only trying to grab headlines by talking of quitting as chief minister the day before. “It was a drama. Trinamool Congress (TMC) is all about Banerjee. Others …