Elections

EC puts board of 'No Tobacco' in polling booths during 2019 Lok Sabha elections

The Election Commission has banned all kinds of tobacco in polling booths during next year's general elections, in a bid to effectively implement tobacco control laws in the country...

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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad supports simultaneous elections

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today supported the idea of simultaneous elections coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to the media, Prasad said that one nation one election will streamline the process of governance...

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Law Commission to consult political outfits on simultaneous election

In order to build a larger consensus on the notion of simultaneous election, Law Commission has decided to hold a two-day brainstorming session with all major political parties. On July 7 and 8, political outfits will discuss the proposed roadmap and feasibility of One nation one election...

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Karnataka Polls: BJP, Congress claim number; all eyes on Governor’s move

Amidst the political chaos in Karnataka, leaders of political parties today met Governor Vajubhai Vala and submitted their claims to form a government. BJP under the leadership of state Chief B S Yeddyurappa called on the Karnataka Governor...

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BJP set to oust Left from Tripura, win majority in Nagaland & Meghalaya: Exit Polls

After a massive and impressive victory in Assam in 2017 assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is poised for a big leap forward in other north-eastern states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya that went to the polls recently if the exit poll predictions are to be believed...

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In tight race, campaigning ends today for Nagaland and Meghalaya assembly polls

Campaigning for the Nagaland and Meghalaya assembly elections has picked up as the contesting parties and their prominent leaders are making all possible efforts to woo the voters. Polling in both the states will be held on Tuesday...

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Election Commission announces schedule for Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland; results on 3 March

The Election Commission of India officially announced the schedule for assembly elections of North East states: Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018. While polling for assembly elections in Tripura will be held on 18 February, the states of Nagaland and Meghalaya will go to polls on 27 February. Counting for all three states will be held on 3 March...

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Election Commission to announce poll dates for 3 North-East states today

The Election Commission of India will officially announce the Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018 polling schedule, today. The assembly elections of these three states will be conducted in a single phase and is expected to be held in February...

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#GujaratElection2017 : 68% voting in 1st phase, EC rejects charges of EVM manoeuvring

Sixty eight per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of Gujarat polls, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Unmesh Sinha said on Saturday evening...

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Congress trying to confuse voters on Hindutva issue

Congress is now a sinking ship. Its policy of divide and rule as regards Muslim voters has proved unsuccessful and ineffective in comparison with the ‘Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas” slogan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The results of Uttar Pradesh local body elections are a testimony to this...

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BJP releases fifth list for Gujarat elections

The fifth list for the Gujarat Assembly Election of BJP was released on Friday. The List of thirteen people consist the name of Pankaj Desai who has been fielded from Nadiad which is the main belt of the Party and from Unjha the sitting MLA Nayan Patel will contest...

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Gujarat Elections: Total 1280 out of 1703 nomination papers found valid for first phase

The first Phase of polling in Gujarat is set to begin but before that after the scrutiny of 1703 nomination papers, 1280 nomination papers have been found valid for 89 Assembly seats. The last day for withdrawal of nomination papers is on Friday...

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Gujarat Assembly Elections: Filing of nomination for first phase expires by Tuesday; 377 nominations filed

The last day for filing the nomination for the first phase of polling which is to be held on 9th December in 89 constituencies is on Tuesday. Total 377 candidates have filed their nominations on Monday. Also, the Congress has issued its second list for 13 seats and the four candidates have been replaced from the preceding one...

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani files nomination from Rajkot West

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today filed his nomination for the prestigious Rajkot West segment. On this occasion, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was also present. Speaking to the media after filling his nomination Rupani reiterated that BJP will sweep Gujarat polls with more than 150 seats...

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Notification issued for the second phase of Gujarat assembly elections

The Election Commission has issued the notification for the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections. The polling for the second Phase will be held on December 14 in 93 constituencies. 27th November is the last date of filing the nomination. On 28th November, the analysis will be held and the last date of the withdrawal is 30th November...

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EC to issue Notification for second phase of Gujarat assembly elections

The Gujarat Assembly Election second phase’s notification which is to be held in 93 constituencies on 14th December will be issued on Monday. On Sunday, Congress released the first list of its 77 candidates for succeeding Gujarat Assembly elections. BJP has previously publicized two lists of 106 candidates...

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Gujarat election: Senior Cop PC Baranda resigns; might contest poll from Bhiloda segment

In a surprising move, senior IPS officer PC Baranda tendered his resignation. ahead of the crucial Gujarat assembly polls. He was serving as Superintendent of Police of Chhota Udepur district. According to media reports, the 58-year-old officer is all set to begin his political journey from Bhiloda segment, a tribal-dominated area of Arvalli district. The top officer expressed his wish to contest poll on BJP tickets...

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Voting for Panchayat elections held in Sikkim begins

The Voting for Panchayat elections have been started in Sikkim on Friday. For 500-gram panchayat and 84 Zilla panchayat seats, more than 2 lakh people across the state are expected to exercise their voting right. 16 out of 849 polling booths have been declared active in the region of south Sikkim...

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EC officials to review the preparedness for assembly polls in Gujarat

To review the preparedness for the assembly polls in Gujarat which will be held within two months, the election commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti will be on a two-day visit to Gujarat from Monday...

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Election Commission to receive cooperation from international election bodies for technical development

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of the Election Commission of India to enter into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration with the Election Management Bodies of other countries/international agencies. ..

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BJP surges ahead in first by-elections after #demonetization

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) maintained its leading position by bagging two of the four Lok Sabha and 3 of the 10 Assembly seats in six states where by-elections were held on November 19...

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Assembly elections underway in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry; PM Modi urges people to vote in record numbers

Under tight security and elaborated arrangements for free and fair voting made by Election commission, assembly polls elections began in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala began on Monday.Voting for 233 seats will go in Tamil Nadu while Kerala would see polling for its 140 seats assembly. In Puducherry, 30 seats would go for polls. The polling started at 7 a.m and will continue till 6 p.m. All non-sensitive booths have a policeman each for providing security and central paramilitary force personnel ..

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Election commission features Prabhu Deva in song video urging for 100% voting  

Focusing its campaign to achieve 100 percent turnout in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2016, Election commission has introduced a music video featuring actor-director-choreographer Prabhu Deva. The actor also worked in an advertisement urging for 100% voting in the upcoming elections. The song is written by Yuga Barathi and sung by Prabhu Deva which says “Ennathukku nottu, enakku oru doubtu” which means I do have a doubt, why do we need a note to vote. “I have a doubt, why do we need a note) ..

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Politics of corruption and violence have to be replaced by politics of development in Kerala: PM Modi

While addressing the people in public meeting in Kasaragodu and Kuttanad in Kerala on Sunday, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that politics of corruption and violence have to be replaced by politics of development in Kerala. PM alleged that the Left front practiced 'Politics of Violence', several BJP activists were killed for decades. “For Kerala to shine, the politics of violence and corruption has to replace with politics of development, which BJP stands for,” said the PM...

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Election Commission provides complaint redressal mechanism for upcoming assembly elections

In view of the ongoing elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued instruction to provide a Complaint redressal mechanism in all the five election going states. The main objective to provide this IT platform is - Manage the complaints being received through call centres/telephone/online/fax/ post /paper complaints/in person in an integrated way and a time bound manner. Inform the complainants about the status of receipt and disposal of complaints...

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BJP releases ‘Assam Vision Document’ ahead of assembly polls; calls infiltration a major issue

The BJP on Friday released their vision document at Taz Vivanta in Guwahati ahead of the assembly elections in Assam, with pointing immigration to the state a major election issue. During the event, Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtey accused the Congress party for destroying the state’s demography by encouraging infiltration. "Congress tried to destroy and change the demography of the state by encouraging infiltration. Congress has been doing it for many decades and took no action," Arun Jaitley, ..

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Election Commission announces polling dates for Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry

Assembly election dates for four states Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and union territory Puducherry were announced by the Central Election Commission of India on Friday. While polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be held in a single phase, it will be conducted in two phases in Assam and six phases in West Bengal. “17 crore voters will take part in these elections. Assam: 1.98 crore, Kerala: 2.56 crore Tamil Nadu: 5.80 crore, West Bengal: 6.55 crore, Puducherry: 9, 27,000”, informed ..

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Poll Panel gears up for Assam elections

With only a month left for the State to go for Assembly elections, the model code of conduct is expected anytime soon after announcement of poll dates. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is in constant touch with the State Election department, taking last minute inputs...

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Verdict 2014: Silent Revolution in Indian Politics

Election 2014 will be recorded in the political history of India for four things, ie (i) silent rise of nationalism (ii) shift from secularism to permissive communalism (iii) breakdown of communal & identity politics and (iv) above all the wisdom of the electorate...

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Don't undermine conduct of country's election: SC

The Supreme Court Wednesday decried the tendency of undermining the conduct of election in the country while comparing it with elections in England and America, saying the world was envious of the way elections were carried out on such a vast scale in the country...

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Modi, Sonia and NDA ministers take oath as MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues Thursday took oath as members of the newly-elected 16th Lok Sabha...

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Our government will fulfill people's aspirations: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday expressed his gratitude to the citizens of the country for giving a decisive mandate in the Lok Sabha polls. He said his government will make all efforts to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people...

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Kamal Nath takes oath as pro tem speaker

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath Wednesday took oath as the pro tem speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha at Rashtrapati Bhavan here...

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Lok Sabha adjourned till Thursday

The first sitting of the newly elected 16th Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day Wednesday following the death of union minister Gopinath Munde...

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British Indian MP flays BBC over Modi coverage on 16 May

A British Indian MP has come down heavily on the BBC for a programme on India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she stated was not objective...

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Report on Bengal poll violence to be submitted to Rajnath

A five-member BJP central team will Saturday visit West Bengal to probe attacks on party activists allegedly by the ruling Trinamool Congress and submit a report to party president and Home Minister Rajnath Singh...

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Muslims in 2014 parliament: a debate

In the 18th May edition of Indian Express Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers raised a very much expected topic of Muslim representation in the new parliament. There was a quick and sharp rebuttal from Mr. M. G. Vaidya, the veteran RSS thinker, which was also published by Indian express, perhaps as an indication of change...

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Because of Rahul’s crazy policies and joker-like behavior Congress suffered very badly

The Congress today reacted angrily to former Kerala minister TH Mustafa's demand for Rahul Gandhi's ouster for leading their party to its worst-ever performance, and handing over the reins of the party to his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra...

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Mukul Rohatgi appointed attorney general

The Narendra Modi government Wednesday appointed senior Supreme Court counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the Gujarat government in several 2002 post-Godhra riot-related cases, as attorney general of India...

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Nripendra Mishra appointed Modi's principal secretary

Nripendra Mishra, former chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), was Wednesday appointed principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Investor confidence, service quality priority areas: Telecom minister

Telecom and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Tuesday the new government will focus on quality of service and restoring investor confidence on a priority basis...

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Will ensure transparency in energy sector: Goyal

Newly appointed Minister of State (independent charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal Tuesday said he would ensure transparency in the working of the key energy ministries brought under a single head...

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Jaitley is big player after Modi; Rajnath gets home, Sushma foreign

Arun Jaitley has turned out to be the most important person in the new government after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with three heavy portfolios of finance, defence and corporate affairs, it was announced Tuesday...

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#ModiMinistry: Committed to Minimum Government with Smart and Maximum Governance

Making a compact and sleek Cabinet by combining ministries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has out not only broke earlier set notions about Ministry formation but has confused his baiters who underrated Modi when it comes to running a Nation...

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Sadandanda Gowda: A veteran parliamentarian

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda, the 61-year-old ever-smiling veteran parliamentarian from Karnataka, who took oath as a union cabinet minister Monday, was elected from the prestigious Bangalore North constituency in the Lok Sabha election...

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Harsimrat Badal: A powerful Punjab leader

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, 47, has emerged as a powerful leader of Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in the last five years after she was first elected MP in 2009...

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Ananth Kumar: Six-term Lok Sabha veteran at 54

Born in Bangalore in July 1959, Ananth Kumar is a parliamentary veteran, having won from the prestigious Bangalore South constituency in Karnataka consecutively for six terms since 1996...

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Venkaiah Naidu: Senior most BJP leader from Andhra

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka but has been made a cabinet minister from the Andhra Pradesh quota...

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Arun Jaitley: One of BJP's most articulate leaders

A known confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley is an acclaimed lawyer and one of the most articulate leaders of the BJP...

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Ravi Shankar Prasad: The lawyer of "Ram Lalla"

A prominent BJP leader from Bihar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a strong and persuasive debater on television in defence of his party's views, is popularly known as Lord Ram's lawyer. ..

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Sushma Swaraj - an orator and a prominent face of BJP

A top woman leader of the BJP and one of its best orators, Sushma Swaraj has blazed some records in her over three decade-old political career including being the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana and the first woman chief minister of Delhi...

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Rajnath Singh: The thakur from UP has been there, done that

Almost a decade back after the BJP lost power in Uttar Pradesh under his stewardship, Rajnath Singh cut a lonely figure at his current Ashoka Road residence in the national capital...

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Modi becomes PM in history-making transition in India

Narendra Modi, India's 14th prime minister, took oath Monday at a ceremony held in the open at Rashtrapati Bhavan and attended by the Who's Who of the nation - including political leaders, business honchos, celebrities and leaders of religious faiths - as well as leaders of neighbouring countries...

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Meaning of the unprecedented results of Lok Sabha polls

Modi has to fight with pseudo-secularists. He has to tackle the insiders as well as others around him on the economic, social, cultural and of course political fronts...

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Modi oath one of the biggest functions in Rashtrapati Bhavan

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony Monday will be one of the biggest such events held at Rashtrapati Bhavan with around 4,000 guests, including seven heads of government, attending...

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6,000 men, air defence to secure Rashtrapati Bhavan Monday

An "impregnable" air defence system in the sky and about 6,000 security personnel, from paramilitary commandos to police sharpshooters, on the ground will be deployed to guard heads of state and government who will be present at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, Monday evening to attend the open-air oath-taking ceremony of the new Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi...

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Shazia Ilmi, Gopinath quit AAP, hit out at Kejriwal

In a double whammy for the Aam Aadmi Party, two of its key leaders - Shazia Ilmi and G.R. Gopinath - Saturday quit the party and lashed out at its chief Arvind Kejriwal's policies and attitude...

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Eight countries' leaders to be at Modi swearing-in

Leaders from all eight countries, including Pakistan, who were invited to the swearing-in ceremony of prime minister-designate Narendra Modi have confirmed their participation, the external affairs ministry said Saturday...

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Bhartruhari Mahtab appointed BJD leader in Lok Sabha

Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bhartruhari Mahtab will be the party's leader in the Lok Sabha, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here Saturday...

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Modi will not discriminate against anyone: Sirajuddin Qureshi

The head of a prominent Muslim institution has welcomed Narendra Modi as the next prime minister of India and feels that the BJP leader will provide better administration and government and "take everybody with him"...

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'BJP pinged 144 million Net users in latest election'

The IT cell of "Elect Modi Campaign" reached out to as many as 144 million people across India in the latest elections -- a formidable bank to tap into to garner vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party, a senior office bearer overseeing it has said...

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Pakistan must learn from Indian elections: daily Dawn

A Pakistani writer paid tributes to Indian democracy Friday by underlining the graceful manner the Congress accepted defeat -- in contrast to what losers do in Pakistan...

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Narendra Modi: From provincial to prime ministerial

"I believe God has chosen me," Narendra Modi had once said in the course of the election campaign that has catapulted the Gujarat chief minister to the very pinnacle of power as the next prime minister of India...

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It was a big mistake by the USA to have denied Modi a visa for all these years

As Narendra Modi gets ready to take oath as India's 15th Prime Minister, analyst Fareed Zakaria says it was a big mistake by the United States of America to have denied him a visa for all these years...

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Mulayam dissolves state executive of SP

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Thursday dissolved its Uttar Pradesh executive and 15 other wings following the party's debacle in the Lok Sabha election...

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Nagaland tops in Lok Sabha voter turnout

The highest turnout of voters in the Lok Sabha election was recorded in the northeastern state of Nagaland, with 87.82 percent of electors exercising their franchise, while the lowest turnout of 49.52 percent was in Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission Thursday said...

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Modi Got 7.5 Times More News Coverage than Rahul

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi got majority of the prime time coverage in national news channels between March and April, according to a study conducted by CMS Media Lab, a non-profit research organisation. He received 2575 minutes of prime time coverage, 33.21% or one-third of the total time. Despite extensive campaigning Rahul lost out to Kejriwal, coming third in the list. Modi received nearly 7.5 times more coverage than Rahul...

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An endangered species of Indian politics

An endangered species of Indian politics..

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Nawaz Sharif, Rajapaksa, Hamid Karzai will attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in Monday

After the government of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka confirmed the presence of their Presidents Hamid Karzai and Mahinda Rajapaksa during Narendra Modi's swearing in as Prime Minister, indications come from Islamabad on Thursday that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be attending the event on May 26...

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In a first, Modi invites SAARC heads to swearing in

In a major diplomatic signal to the region as well as to the global community, India's prime minister-designate Narendra Modi, who surprised the world with his election victory and is set to head the country's next government, has invited heads of all the SAARC countries, including Pakistan, for his oath-taking ceremony May 26...

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You can see Modi because the party's senior leaders have hoisted me on their shoulders

You can see Modi not because Modi's stature is very large. You can see Modi because the party's senior leaders have hoisted me on their shoulders...

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Maharashtra MPs with criminal cases are all millionaires

A majority -31- of the newly-elected 48 Lok Sabha members from Maharashtra have a criminal background and are also multi-millionaires with assets ranging from a minimum of Rs.99 lakh to Rs.66 crore...

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Terra Incognita: Why Modi matters

The world needs more leaders like India's incoming PM, not because of his chequered past, but because we need to not fear national, linguistic and religious pride and nation-states that respect their origins...

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Modi's win shows that Britain has finally left India: The Guardian

It should be obvious that underlying changes in Indian society have brought us Mr Modi and not the other way round..

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Modi's victory signals rise of new India

Modi's victory signals rise of new India..

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How BJP's online campaign proved vital for success

With the BJP registering a thumping victory in the general election, significant credit goes to the party's online campaign to tap the general psyche by connecting with millions of youngsters...

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YSR Congress extends issue-based support to BJP

YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy Monday met BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, and said his party will give "issue-based support" to his government...

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Will start tradition of accountability in Congress: Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said he had failed in fulfilling the party's expectations, and offered to resign from his post following the party's poll debacle, the Congress said...

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Sonia termed results disappointing, offered to quit: Dwivedi

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Monday volunteered to step down from her position after the party’s worst performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said...

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Price rise, corruption contributed to defeat: Manmohan

Price rise and corruption were the issues on which the UPA government failed to communicate with the people, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the CWC Monday, accepting shortcomings of his government that led to the poll drubbing...

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Sonia, Rahul offer to resign, but party rejects it

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday offered to resign for the party's worst performance in a general election, but the Congress Working Committee unanimously rejected it, senior leader Amarinder Singh said...

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Thambidurai elected AIADMK parliamentary party leader

AIADMK general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday announced the election of senior leader M. Thambidurai as the party's parliamentary leader...

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From 60 to 12 MPs: Left supporters target 'jaded leadership'

There is seething anger in the ranks of the Left over the drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha elections and senior leaders as well as sympathisers are clamouring for a new leadership...

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Congress, RJD call for handshake with JD-U

Days after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha polls, the RJD and the Congress called for an urgent "understanding" with the JD-U to prevent any further split in "secular" votes...

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Paid price for supporting UPA government

A day after her party failed to open its account in the Lok Sabha elections in its worst-ever performance, BSP chief Mayawati Saturday said her party suffered in the elections for supporting the UPA government at the Centre as the people were angry at “the policies and failures” of the Congress-led coalition...

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61 Women elected to Lok Sabha, 186 MP facing criminal case

The 16th Lok Sabha will have a record number of 61 women leaders as compared to 59 women MPs elected during the previous General Elections. ..

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Youth's wishlist for Modi: Jobs, safety of women

The country's youth, which came out in large numbers on election day to vote, as the BJP led by Narendra Modi offered them hope, opportunities and security in a flagging economy, a shrinking job market and a seemingly uncaring state, now demands that the new government stick to its promises and deliver without failing...

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Lotus blooms, Congress wilts in Karnataka

The Lok Sabha election has been a god-sent opportunity for a bruised BJP in Karnataka to bounce back a year after it was dumped, thanks to a "Modi wave" under which the Congress wilted during peak summer...

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AAP looks at forming government in Delhi with Congress support again

After the AAP drew a blank in the Lok Sabha polls in the capital, the possibility of forming the government in Delhi, with Congress support, was discussed at an internal party meeting held on Saturday...

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RSS will have no role in cabinet formation: Venkaiah

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will have no role in the formation of the union cabinet, senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Sunday...

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PM’s silence hurt Congress

Outgoing Union Minister Kamal Nath, who was the president of the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry of the UPA hit out at the Ex Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and criticising him of being uncommunicative...

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Global media hails Narendra Modi’s victory

Major global media including print and electronic welcomed the spectacular and historic electoral victory of the Bharatiya Janata Pary (BJP) –led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and its charismatic leader Narendra Modi in the just concluded General Elections in India the results of which were announced on Friday. ..

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Congress debacle raises questions about Rahul Gandhi's leadership

The Congress Friday touched its lowest ever tally in a general election raising questions about Rahul Gandhi's leadership abilities, the fading charisma of the Nehru-Gandhi family and its future role in Indian politics...

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Not a tsunami, it is a 'tsu-NaMo' in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh stands saffronized. Powered by Narendra Modi, the BJP swept the Lok Sabha election winning a breathtaking 71 of the 80 seats in the state, surpassing 57-seat tally of 1998...

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Narendra Modi gets grand welcome in New Delhi

Thousands of BJP supporters gave a rousing welcome Saturday to Narendra Modi, set to be India's prime minister, as he flew into Delhi and set out in a motorcade to the party headquarters...

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Russia terms Modi win as People's will expressed

Russia expressed the hope for further strengthening of close strategic ties with India following BJP’s “convincing” election victory...

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Obama calls Narendra Modi; invites him to visit US

“The U.S. President invited Narendra Modi to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship,” the White House said following the maiden telephonic conversation between the two leaders...

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Modi Magic crosses boundaries as Sharif, Rajapaksa, Hasina and Cameron greet India's next PM

With India's neighbouring nation, the Prime Minister of UK David Camaron shared their words of greetings towards India's next Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ..

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Poll results presented amazing example of Indian democracy: RSS

Expressing satisfaction over the change brought in through the ballot this time, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) General Secretary Suresg alias Bhayyaji Joshi Friday said that this change for the positive future was the end result of the yearning of the common voters. They voted for the change as they were fed up with the wrongdoings of the previous regime...

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Modi magic scripts history for BJP, total rout of Congress

Endorsing the outcome of pre-poll surveys, opinion polls and post-election exit polls conducted by a series of psephologists, political analysts, and television channels the people of India that is Bharat Friday gave the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance a convincingly thumping majority...

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Nation sings 'Achhe Din Anewale Hai' as Narendra Modi to become next PM

Narendra Modi, who was till this morning was a Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP, has created history Friday on his way to becoming India's 14th prime minister as he led the BJP to a spectacular victory in a Lok Sabha battle that crushed the Congress and others ranged against him and gave, for the first time in 30 years, any party a majority in parliament on its own...

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Sonia, Rahul take responsibility for poor Congress show

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday took responsibility for the party's worst ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha election...

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Omar Abdullah takes responsibility for defeat, undecided on stepping down

Expressing shock over the rout of the Congress-National Conference (NC) ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday took responsibility for the defeat, but said he had not decided to step down...

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Manmohan Singh congratulates Modi, to resign Saturday

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday congratulated BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for leading his party to victory in the Lok Sabha election...

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BJP first party in 30 years to win parliamentary majority on its own

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was Friday set to create an electoral record by becoming the first party in 30 years to win a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha...

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Listen Vijay Geet Shared by Narendra Modi

Listen Vijay Geet Shared by Narendra Modi..

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India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।

India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।..

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BJP set for majority in Lok Sabha, supporters celebrate

The BJP was Friday set for a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha, its candidates taking early leads in 265 of the 498 seats in two hours of vote count across the country...

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All who were spreading lies and apprehensions about Modi got punished! Indian Voter saw it all! It's a victory of good intentions!

All who were spreading lies and apprehensions about Modi got punished! Indian Voter saw it all! It's a victory of good intentions!..

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I accept the defeat of my party in Assam. I will resign

I accept the defeat of my party in Assam. I will resign..

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Narendra has my blessings, he will will lead India to the road of development.

He has my blessings, he will will lead India to the road of development...

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Indian stocks on fire as BJP leads in vote count

Indian stocks were virtually on fire leading a key index to gain as much as 1,000 points, or 4.2 percent, as Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party took a big early lead in India's national election vote count...

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Low representation doesn't deter Indian women from voting

They might not be getting their due when it comes to representation in parliament, but women have increased their participation in the voting process by nearly 10 percent in this general election, even surpassing men in eight states...

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Lok Sabha set to welcome newly-elected MPs

Guidance centres at railway stations and airport here and round-the-clock assistance for registration and temporary accommodation are some of the arrangements made by the Lok Sabha secretariat for the newly-elected members of the 16th Lok Sabha...

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SC junks plea on hate speeches during election

The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking direction to the Election Commission to take action against all the politicians who delivered hate speeches during campaigning...

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India all set for counting of 2014 poll votes tomorrow

The Election Commission is all set to count Friday some 537 million votes cast in the Lok Sabha polls which are widely tipped to end a decade of Congress rule, a top official said Thursday. "We are fully prepared and geared up for the counting day tomorrow... There is absolutely no problem," Election Commissioner HS Brahma said. He said all data accruing from the nationwide counting process would be updated on the poll panel's web site after every five minutes...

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Jayalalithaa sacks Malaisamy from AIADMK

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday expelled former Rajya Sabha MP K. Malaisamy from the AIADMK, a day after he said the AIADMK may back a BJP-led government...

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NDA will get simple majority at 279: NDTV exit poll

The BJP-led NDA will get a simple majority of 279 seats, whereas the Congress-led UPA will be decimated to a mere 103, an exit poll by NDTV news channel claimed Wednesday...

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NDA will not need NCP's support: Munde

Exuding confidence of securing a majority to form the next government at the centre, BJP leader Gopinath Munde Wednesday discounted the possibility of seeking support of Sharad Pawar's NCP...

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Wait until results are out, says Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa Wednesday reiterated her earlier stance that she would comment about the elections only after the results are out...

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America on the horns of a Modi dilemma

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi's likely elevation as the next Indian prime minister has put the US in a quandary - how to mend fences with a man it has shunned for years without losing face...

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BJP leaders go into huddle of meetings ahead of counting

The BJP is riding high on exit and post-poll surveys predicting its win and its leaders on Wednesday went into a huddle of meetings to discuss the possibility of the party forming the government at the Centre and changes in the organisation ahead of counting of votes on May 16, the infrmed sources have said...

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Naveen Patnaik doesn't rule out support for BJP

Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik has said he is not in talks with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on government formation at the Centre. But, he has not ruled out supporting the BJP either...

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Can Congress accept Rahul failed to match Modi: Jaitley

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Wednesday asked the Congress whether it has the capacity to accept that party vice president Rahul Gandhi could not "measure up" to their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi...

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Can Congress accept Rahul failed to match Modi: Jaitley

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Wednesday asked the Congress whether it has the capacity to accept that party vice president Rahul Gandhi could not "measure up" to their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi...

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Northeastern parties forum reaffirms support to BJP

Eleven major regional parties under the banner of North East Regional Parties Forum (NERPF) Tuesday reaffirmed support to the BJP for the formation of the NDA-led government at the centre...

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Arun Jaitley terms PM as wise, but short on leadership qualities

Using the medium of his blog, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday described Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a wise man, but found him wanting in asserting himself as a leader...

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Shield Rahul: Exit poll gave Loyalist new task

The Exit poll results have shaken many. Most shaken is the uncertain future of the Gandhi Pariwar. More important is the future of Rahul Gandhi's place in politics which will make the youth icon of congress "jobless" who is bearing a Rs. 9 lakh loan on his head. ..

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Results will reflect govt’s performance of which Rahul is not a part.

Results will reflect govt’s performance of which Rahul is not a part...

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Congress was out-funded in this election: Jairam Ramesh

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Tuesday said his Congress party has been "out-funded" as far as this election was concerned, but maintained that the exit polls which predict a BJP clean sweep would be proved wrong on counting day...

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Over 83 percent turnout in West Bengal re-polling

Over 83 percent polling percentage was recorded Tuesday in re-polling in 11 booths spread across six of the nine Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that went to the hustings April 30...

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Does the ‘Collective Responsibility’ lingo of Congress leaders indicate the slave mentality?

Yes..

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Repoll in 52 polling booths in three states on Wednesday

Repoll will be held on Wednesday in 52 polling booths spread across three states, including those in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh...

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PMO staff give Manmohan Singh standing ovation

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was given a standing ovation by his staff at South Block during a farewell they hosted for him Tuesday, a day after the general elections ended. It also saw some moist eyes...

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Narendra Modi is a mix of Atal, Advani and Pramod Mahajan

As the exit polls give a mandate to the BJP-led NDA coalition, Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Amar Singh on Tuesday said that he will accept the verdict given by people...

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Exit polls give all time high majority to BJP-NDA, predict rout for Congress

The ‘Modi-Magic’ has finally has its impact. And the Exit Polls endorsed it. All the Exit Polls predicted thumping win for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in the just concluded Festival of Democracy in India...

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The policy of arrogance, dynasty and inheritance is being rejected by the people of India

Confident of the BJP-led NDA emerging victorious when results are declared on May 16, the party on Monday said people had rejected the politics of "arrogance, dynasty and inheritance", and advised Congress to "reconcile" itself to sit in the opposition...

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Congress harps 'collective' leadership as exit polls predict rout

The Congress Monday sought to save its vice president Rahul Gandhi from being blamed for the Lok Sabha election debacle being predicted by the exit polls, saying the party contested under a "collective" leadership...

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BJP-led NDA to win big, oust Congress

The BJP-led NDA coalition is poised to return to power by winning a majority in the Lok Sabha, ending a decade of Congress-led UPA rule, exit polls said Monday after the general election ended...

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Lok Sabha election ends, India awaits verdict

India's most bitterly fought national election ended Monday evening, with some 60 percent of the 66 million electorate in three states voting in the 10th and last leg of a contest widely tipped to end a decade of Congress rule...

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Repolling at three booths in Muzaffarnagar to be held on May 13

Repolling at three booths in the riot-affected Muzaffarnagar district will now be held on May 13 as per election commission orders, official sources said on Monday..

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20 injured in political clash in Bengal, 12 held

At least 20 people were injured Monday in a clash between activists of the CPI-M and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, police said. Twelve people have been arrested in this connection...

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SC notice to EC on vote count procedure

The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the Election Commission on a plea seeking combined counting of votes from a constituency as a whole and not ward-wise...

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Millions vote in three states, spotlight on Varanasi

Braving a scorching sun at places, millions of men and women voted Monday in the last lot of 41 Lok Sabha constituencies including Varanasi where BJP's prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi faces a stiff challenge from the AAP and the Congress...

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FIR filed against Ajay Rai in Varanasi

The Election Commission Monday asked authorities in Varanasi to file an FIR against Congress candidate Ajay Rai for displaying the party symbol at a polling booth there...

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No discontent over vacating Varanasi seat for Narendra Modi

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday denied any discontent over vacating the Varanasi seat for Narendra Modi and shifting to Kanpur...

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No discontent over vacating Varanasi seat for Narendra Modi

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday denied any discontent over vacating the Varanasi seat for Narendra Modi and shifting to Kanpur...

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Narendra Modi Tells Story of 2014 Campaign

BJP's Prome Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi shares his experience, emotionsand observations of the Election campaign for 2014 Lok sabha. ..

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Modi, Rajnath meet RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

BJP prime ministerial candidat candidate Narendra Modi and president Rajnath Singh met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here to "exchange notes" as the Lok Sabha campaign drew to a close...

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Umbrellas with political symbols soar high in Bengal summer

Saving us from the scorching heat and nagging rains, the ever-lofty umbrellas are now at a new high. Decked up with symbols of political parties, these mobile shades are being used as effective campaigning tools with the mercury soaring during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls...

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EC notice to Rahul for violating model code

The Election Commission Friday issued a notice to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi saying that he had violated model code of conduct with his speech in Himachal Pradesh this month in which he alleged people will be killed if BJP comes to power...

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Criticise constitutional bodies but in dignified way, say experts

With BJP's disagreement with the poll panel over denial of nod for a rally by Narendra Modi in Varanasi escalating into a virtual confrontation, experts Friday said that any criticism of constitutional offices by aggrieved parties should be dignified and not sarcastic...

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EC appoints special observer for Varanasi

Tamil Nadu's chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar is being sent as a special observer by the Election Commission for May 12 poll in Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, official sources said Friday...

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Nothing wrong in Amit Shah's speech about Azamgarh: Election Commission

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday said there was "nothing particularly wrong" in the speech of BJP leader Amit Shah in which he reportedly described Azamgarh as "a base of terrorists"...

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Sonia doing 'oonch-neech' politics: Modi

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying she is "using words like 'oonch-neech' for vote bank politics"...

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I would have sent Narendra Modi to jail had I been in Delhi

Mamata Banerjee today attacked the Congress alleging it was 'cocooned in fear' and did not have the guts to act against the BJP and said had she been in Delhi she would have sent Narendra Modi to jail...

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Now, Punjab candidates stand vigil where EVMs stored

The last time this happened was 37 years ago when citizens' groups stood guard outside the rooms where the boxes containing the ballots cast in the 1977 general election - after the emergency was lifted - were stored. It's now being replicated by some candidates in Punjab, in effect a third ring of security at the places where the EVMs in which the votes cast for the state's 13 Lok Sabha seats have been kept...

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Election Commission flip-flops on exit poll ban

In a flip flop, the Election Commission on Friday said exit polls will be banned till May 16, the day of counting, but soon after clarified that the prohibition will be in place only till the end of the last phase of polling on May 12...

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BSP won't support Modi in government formation: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati declared Friday that under no circumstances will her party support a possible BJP government after the Lok Sabha election. ..

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Barrackpore: Dinesh Trivedi battles Saradha scam and Marxist 'outsider'

Polemics over the "outsider" tag, an accident and a physical assault - it is all happening for the Lok Sabha contestants in the industrial belt of Barrackpore, where former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi of the Trinamool Congress faces firebrand trade unionist, CPI-M's Subhashini Ali...

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President Pranab Mukherjee Not to Vote in Ongoing LS Polls

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday decided not to vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in order to express his "neutrality in the political fray"...

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No commission on snoopgate, centre tells SC

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is not investigating Snoopgate, or the alleged spying on a woman in Narendra Modi's Gujarat, which commissioned bitter political sparring in the middle of the national election...

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BJP will get clear majority, lead strong government: Modi

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday said BJP will get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha elections and will form "the strongest and most stable government" in the last three decades. ..

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Varanasi battle gets intense as senior leaders join campaign trail

With three days left for the big battle in Varanasi, workers and senior leaders of BJP, Congress and AAP are swarming into the ancient Hindu holy city to give a push to the prospects of their candidates in the prestigious election which is being watched with keen interest in India and outside. ..

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Narendra Modi Roadshow in Varanasi Draws Huge Crowds

Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, is driving through Varanasi, the huge crowds on the streets of his constituency providing a show of strength at a time when his party has alleged that the Election Commission was wrong to bar him from holding a rally in the heart of the city...

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At 7 Race Course Road, PMO, it is packing, cataloguing time

There is a lot of activity at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and at 7, Race Course Road these days, albeit of a different kind. "We're busy in packing," said an official at the PMO, with eight days left for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demit office...

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Re-polling ordered in three polling stations in Nagaland

The Election Commission on Thursday ordered re-poll in three polling stations of the lone Nagaland Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency on May 10...

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EC rejects DMK plea for live coverage of counting process

The Election Commission has rejected DMK's plea for live video coverage of the counting process on May 16, and has told the Madras high court that it is not necessary to install video cameras on every counting table and assistant returning officer's table...

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Don't conduct polls if security can't be ensured, Jaitley tells EC

Expressing "disappointment" with the Election Commission's stand on Narendra Modi's rally in Varanasi, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Thursday said that polls should not be conducted in the country if security cannot be ensured...

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Economy stable, inflation being curbed: Chidambaram

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday said the "economy has stabilised" and the government is taking steps to curb inflation...

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Congress better suited to tackle terror: Sonia

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday took on the BJP for failing to contain terrorism when it ruled India for six years under Atal Bihari Vajapyee's leadership...

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Over 82 percent voting in Bengal's Maoist areas: Poll panel

The final voter turnout in the polling for six Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, including in the Maoist-affected Junglemahal area, stood at over 82 percent - a nearly five percent increase in comparison to the 2009 polls, said an official...

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Over 82 percent voting in Bengal's Maoist areas: Poll panel

The final voter turnout in the polling for six Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, including in the Maoist-affected Junglemahal area, stood at over 82 percent - a nearly five percent increase in comparison to the 2009 polls, said an official...

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Manmohan Singh to address nation on eve of demitting office

On the eve of his demitting office after ten years at the head of a UPA coalition government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to "address the people" in a farewell address...

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Modi accuses EC of acting in partisan manner

Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday accused the Election Commission of acting in partisan manner. ..

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BJP stages massive protests in Varanasi over poll panel's decision

BJP workers Thursday took to roads in Varanasi and protested the Election Commission's decision to deny its prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi permission to hold rallies in the city. ..

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Chandrababu Naidu confident of victory in Seemandhra

The party exuded confident of winning more than 125 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh and thus forming the next government...

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Modi wraps up Bengal campaign, accuses ‘Didi’ of letting down people

Narendra Modi Wednesday wrapped up the Bengal leg of his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections by firing fresh salvos at Chief Minister and Trinmool Supremo Mamata Banerjee, with whom he has been engaged in a duel since he broached the Saradha scam at a rally in Siliguri on April 10. ..

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Assam: Re-polling ends in Karimganj

Re-polling has passed off peacefully in three booths in Karimganj on Wednesday. The turnout was moderate possibly because of the incessant rains that lashed the entire area from the morning...

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CPI-M demands repoll in over 300 Bengal booths

The CPI-M has demanded repoll in over 300 polling booths in five parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal where voting was held Wednesday, alleging "rigging" by the ruling TMC...

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Congress afraid of a tea seller's challenge: Modi

BJP leader Narendra Modi Wednesday said the Congress was worried and afraid of the challenge from a tea seller and son of a poor family like him in the ongoing Lok Sabha election, as it has been talking nonsense about him. ..

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Modi 'Banned' From Varanasi, Alleges BJP, Warns of Protests

Varanasi, the most hotly contested territory in this election, turned into a flashpoint today after the party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was refused permission for three events tomorrow in the city...

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Next government will have to re-develop confidence in economy: Arun Jaitley

BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the main challenge before the next government will be to work for re-developing the confidence in the economy and expedite decision making...

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Commerce ministry praises Gujarat; minister tries to save face

Union Commerce and Industries minister Anand Sharma was seen trying desperately to save the government’s face after a report sponsored by his ministry praised the Gujarat model of land acquisition as the ‘best practice’ and in an election rally Narndra Modi took a dig at the government’s approach of ‘criticizing the model and giving it a trophy’ at the same time...

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CBI gives Amit Shah clean chit in Ishrat Jahan encounter case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday gave a clean chit to former Gujarat home minister and key Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah in connection with the Ishrat Jahan encounter case...

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After Smriti Irani's Complaint, Priyanka Aide Asked to Leave Amethi

As Amethi votes, a controversy has erupted with the BJP candidate, Smriti Irani, complaining that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's political secretary was trying to influence voters and had entered a polling station without clearance from the Election Commission...

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Millions vote in penultimate round of Lok Sabha battle

With the Lok Sabha battle getting increasingly bitter, millions voted Wednesday in 64 constituencies across seven states, with sporadic violence reported mainly from Andhra Pradesh...

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Assam: Re–poll in Karimganj parliamentary constituency today

Re–polling is been underway in three polling stations under Karimganj parliamentary constituency following reports of alleged electoral malpractices. Polling began at 7 am and will be ended at 5 p m...

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EC no to Modi for holding rallies in Varanasi, BJP furious

The Election Commission (EC) has denied permission to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to address election campaign rallies in Varanasi. Narendra Modi was scheduled to hold campaign rallies in Varanasi’s Muslim dominated Beniyabagh area this afternoon. ..

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Polling peaceful in Bengal's Maoist heartland

Nearly a quarter of the electorate voted in the first two hours in West Bengal's Maoist heartland where elections are underway for six Lok Sabha constituencies Wednesday, officials said...

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Polling underway in Seemandhra amid sporadic clashes

Polling is underway Wednesday for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats in Seemandhra amid sporadic clashes between activists of rival parties, officials said...

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In a first, Rahul Gandhi in Amethi on polling day

In a first in the last one decade, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday reached his parliamentary constituency Amethi during voting...

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Uniform Civil Code does not mean thrusting of Hindu code

Narendra Modi has said implementation of a Uniform Civil Code does not mean that Hindu Code would be imposed on all citizens of the country...

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FIR registered against Kumar Vishwas, Somnath Bharti in Amethi

Aam Aadmi Party's candidate from Amethi, Kumar Vishwas and party leader Somnath Bharti has stoked a fresh controversy by involving into a verbal clash with the local police here, accusing them of targeting only their party while ignoring Congress and the BJP...

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Spirit of democracy reaches dizzying heights of Ladakh

Surrounded by high mountains and deep gorges, snow-bound Zanskar, in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, is all ready to vote. Poll officials and paramilitary personnel began the tough trek to some of the remote hamlets a few days ago to set up booths and ensure all arrangements are in place for Wednesday’s Lok Sabha election...

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Mamata's Bengal a 'scam Bengal': BJP

Castigating Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her attacks on his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad Tuesday described her regime in West Bengal as "scam Bengal" and said good governance was the biggest casualty...

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Rajasthan launches probe into Vadra land deals

The Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan has launched a probe into land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in the state when the Congress was in power...

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Snoopgate: SC issues notice to Centre, Gujarat on plea seeking quashing of all probes

The father of female architect, who was allegedly snooped on by Narendra Modi's government in Gujarat, on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of all probes into the matter...

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BJP believes in divisive politics: Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday accused the BJP of indulging in "divisive politics" and benefitting a few industrialists while failing to work for the masses. ..

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Arun Jaitley: India has only two options, a Modi led government or chaos

Stating that NDA will bag a comfortable victory in the Lok Sabha polls, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said, "There are only two options before the country - a Modi led government or chaos."..

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