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Tag: Lok Sabha Polls

25K Of 1 Lakh Overseas Indians Registered In e-rolls Voted In LS Polls: EC

New Delhi: Only a little over 25,000 of the nearly one lakh overseas Indians who had registered as voters flew down to India to exercise their franchise in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, according to data issued by the Election Commission this month. A total of 99,807 overseas Indians, who are living abroad and have […]

Sonia Gandhi gives nod to Left-Congress alliance in Bengal

Kolkata: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has given her nod to Congress-Left Front alliance in West Bengal for the upcoming assembly by-polls in the state following the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha polls in the state, top party sources said on Saturday. Gandhi held a meeting with West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra […]

Adityanath's meeting with UP guv triggers speculation of cabinet reshuffle

Lucknow: Fuelling fresh speculation of a possible cabinet reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Governor Anandiben Patel here on Saturday. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Governor Anandiben Patel at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday. The one-on-one meeting lasted for around 30 minutes,” an official told PTI. He declined to elaborate further. The […]

"Future of Cong-JD(S) alliance to depend on Cong high command"

Bengaluru: JD(S) patriarch H D DeveGowda on Sunday said the future of his party’s alliance with Congress would depend on the decision of the high command of the grand old party, based on the advice of their Karnatakaleadership. The former Prime Minister also made it clear that Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah woud officially be […]

Cong Cannot See Beyond A Family, My Govt Gave Bharat Ratna To Pranab Da: Modi

New Delhi: Accused by the Congress of not recognising its leaders’ contribution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday launched a stinging counter-attack, saying the party cannot see beyond the Gandhi family and it began “flying so high” that it was disconnected from the country’s roots. Modi said the Congress members did not mention even former prime […]

Make India $5 trillion economy: PM to secretaries

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked the top bureaucrats of each government department to plan, create roadmap and take decisions to make India a $5 trillion economy while making “ease of living” their top priority. “Every department of the Union government and every district of each state has a role to play […]

EC says no ghost voters in Lok Sabha poll

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday made it clear that there were no ghost voters during the recently held Lok Sabha polls as the provisional voter turnout data reported on the EC website is only the tentative number of voters. “The provisional voter turnout data reported on EC website is only the tentative number […]

Congress may not contest UP bypolls

Lucknow: The Congress in Uttar Pradesh may decide against contesting the bye-elections to 11 Assembly segments that have been necessitated after 11 legislators from the state won the Lok Sabha polls. Majority of the party leaders feel that the party should avoid contesting bye-elections until its organisation strength right from the booth level has improved. […]

Odisha Consumers To Pay Higher Electricity Bills From October 1
Poll effect: 15,000 govt schools get electricity connections in rural MP

New Delhi: The just-concluded general elections came as a boon for primary schools in Madhya Pradesh’s rural areas. As per the state Chief Election Commissioner’s (CEO) report, 15,000 government primary schools, which were made polling stations in far-flung areas, got permanent electricity connections during the Lok Sabha polls. Not just electricity, repair works were also […]

Congress top decision-making body meets to discuss LS rout

New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) met on Saturday to discuss the reasons for the party’s abysmal performance across the country in the 2019 general elections. Foremost on the table is the challenge to keep the flock together in states like Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, where efforts were on to destabilise the government. The […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Elections 2019 records highest ever turnout in LS polls

New Delhi: An estimated 67.11 per cent of the nearly 91 crore electors turned up to cast their vote in this year’s seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, the highest ever turnout recorded in any parliamentary polls in the country. The overall turnout in 2014 was 66.40 per cent. In the 2009 elections, the turnout was pegged […]

Op-Ed: Will Naveen Make It For the Fifth Time In A Row?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: As the counting day nears there is growing anxiety among ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders. The question uppermost in their minds is what happens if the party fails to reach the magic figure in the state assembly. On the face of it this a purely hypothetical question but it is […]

Several injured in West Bengal post-poll violence

Kolkata: Several persons were injured in post-poll clashes between political parties in two districts of West Bengal, police said on Monday. Many polling agents of opposition parties were beaten up, and houses and vehicles of many activists were attacked after voting on Sunday in nine constituencies in the last and seventh phase of Lok Sabha […]

Godse extremist remark: Kamal Haasan secures anticipatory bail

Chennai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actor-politician Kamal Haasan in the case filed against him for his Hindu extremist comment. Campaigning for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s (MNM) candidate in the bye-election for the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency, the actor speaking about the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, […]

Election Commission
EC seeks report after Tej Pratap's bouncers thrash media persons

Patna: The Election Commission (EC) has sought a report from the Patna District Magistrate on the alleged thrashing of media persons by RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and former Bihar Minister Tej Pratap Yadav at a polling booth here on Sunday. According to local TV reports, Yadav was coming out after casting his vote at […]

BJP will get full majority, Modi will again be PM: Shah

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said that his party will get absolute majority in the Lok Sabha polls and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would form the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “After the results will come out on May 23, the BJP will have a full majority […]

In a first, EC orders curtailment of campaign in Bengal, removes 2 top officials

New Delhi:  In an unprecedented step, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered end to poll campaign from 10 p.m. on Thursday in West Bengals remaining 9 Lok Sabha constituencies which go to the polls on May 19, cutting it short by a day in view of the widespread violence witnessed in the state. The Election […]

One killed, many injured as violence hits Bengal in LS polls

Kolkata: A BJP activist was killed in West Bengal’s Jhargram district early on Sunday as a number of violent incidents and clashes rocked the state in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls. Eight parliamentary constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal voted on Sunday. A BJP activist, Ramen Singh (30) from Jhargram constituency’s […]

Voting begins in 59 seats in 6th phase of LS polls

New Delhi:Voting began on Sunday across 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over seven states, largely in the Hindi heartland, as the sixth and penultimate round of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total electorate of 10.17 crore is eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase, which covers 14 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, […]

Key Constituencies in Phase 6 of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: As the campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 59 constituencies ended Friday evening, over 10.17 crore voters across seven states will decide the fate of 979 candidates by casting their votes on May 12. On Sunday, voting will take place for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, eight […]

Modi slams Congress over Pitroda's remark on 1984 riots

Rohtak (Haryana): Upping the ante against Congress leader Sam Pitroda over his reported “Hua toh hua” (it just happened) remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the Congress for its “arrogance”. “Yesterday, one of the top Congress leaders said the 1984 riots just happened (‘Hua toh Hua’). These three […]

Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi Odisha visit
Get ready for Modi as PM for 5 more years: Amit Shah to CM Mamata

Ghatal: Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim that she does not consider Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said she should rather prepare herself for another five years as Modi is set to return at the helm following the Lok Sabha polls. “Mamatadi (Banerjee) has recently said […]

BJP offered Rs 10 cr each to our 7 MLAs: AAP

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading and said that it offered Rs 10 crore each to at least seven of its MLAs for joining the saffron party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Speaking to the media, AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia […]

Poonam Sinha richest candidate in 5th phase: ADR

New Delhi: Poonam Sinha, wife of Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha and the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from Lucknow, is the richest candidate with declared assets of over Rs 193 crore in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls, according to the National Election Watch (NEW) and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Sinha topped the […]

4th phase polls: Political bigwigs face acid test in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly seats in Odisha are going to vote in the fourth and last phase polling tomorrow, all eyes are on the fate of political heavyweights who are in the poll arena. Lok Sabha battle: Though six LS seat to witness polling, it’s Kendrapara that has acquired the tag […]

Voting begins in 117 seats in third phase of LS polls

New Delhi: Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third – and largest – phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total of 116 seats across 14 states were slated to see voting in the phase including polling in the first of […]

AI, social media regulation find prominence in poll manifestos

New Delhi: Going by the poll manifestos published by major political parties, the use of digital technology is likely to get a boost under the new government that will come to power after the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. While most political parties have promised greater implementation of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence […]

84 candidates declare criminal cases in Odisha: ADR

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha gears up for the second phase of the Assembly elections scheduled for Thursday, 84 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, including 68 with serious criminal cases, according to Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). “Among the major parties, 21 are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 17 from […]

Aazam Khan stokes controversy with makes "underwear" jibe

Lucknow: The usage of foul language during electioneering hit a new low Sunday when veteran SP leader Aazam Khan made an “underwear jibe”, which the BJP said was made against actor Jaya Prada, fighting the Lok Sabha polls from Rampur against him. Without naming the actor, who is fighting as a BJP candidate from Rampur, […]

Go ahead take action: Rahul dares Modi on graft cases

Rae Bareli: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday made it clear that he doesn’t attach much importance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s threats of putting Congress leaders behind bars if voted to power for the next five years. Modi is “not invincible” and it will become clear after the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi told reporters […]

Chiranjeevi, Jr. NTR, Ram Charan cast their vote

Hyderabad: Popular Telugu stars such as Chiranjeevi, Jr. NTR, Ram Charan and Allu Arjun among others cast their ballot here on Thursday. Actors Sudheer Babu, Manchu Vishnu, Amala Akkineni, composer MM Keeravani and filmmaker S.S Rajamouli among others, also stepped out to vote on the first day of the Lok Sabha elections. Chiranjeevi voted along with […]

Jana Sena candidate arrested for damaging EVM

Amaravati: A Jana Sena Party candidate in Andhra Pradesh was arrested after he damaged an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) on Thursday as polling for the 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175-member Assembly was underway in the state. Madhusudan Gupta threw the EVM on the floor at a polling station in the Guntakal Assembly constituency of Anantapur […]

Key Indian equity market indices open in green

Mumbai: Despite a muted trend in Asian markets, the key Indian equity market indices on Thursday opened higher as the first phase of the Lok Sabha Polls began with voting in 91 seats. The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 38,585.35 points on Wednesday, opened higher at 38,621.58 points. Minutes into […]

Google Doodle in India focuses on Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: Google on Thursday marked the beginning of the general elections in India with a doodle that featured an inked finger, which when clicked led users to a page explaining the voting procedure. This doodle’s reach was only for India where the world’s largest democratic exercise kicked off earlier in the day. The interactive […]

Polling begins in 91 seats in phase one of LS polls

New Delhi: Polling began Thursday morning in 91 constituencies spread across 18 states and two union territories in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Voting is also underway in 175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, 32 in Sikkim and 28 seats in Odisha. Polling in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Over 14 crore voters in first phase of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: Over 14.21 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,279 candidates in 91 constituencies across India in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. The first phase is third biggest in terms of number of Lok Sabha seats among the seven phases in which the election will be conducted. More than […]

Kejriwal seeks probe into Pakistan's role in polls

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday raised questions over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and sought a probe into the role of Pakistan in helping the party for winning the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Sharing a news article, which says “Pakistan PM Imran Khan sees better chance of peace talks […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Elections 2019: Campaigning ends for phase 1 of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The hustle and bustle of campaigning came to an end on Tuesday in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories which will go to the polls on Thursday marking the start of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise. An Election Commission (EC) officer said that since poll timings vary in […]

BJP manifesto promises major infrastructure push

New Delhi: The BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls promised a major infrastructure push, including setting up of “next generation infrastructure” like gas and water grids, information superrhighway (i-way), doubling functional airports in the country and wayside amenities along all national highways. It also promised to set up a new Water Ministry which […]

Congress fields ex-CM Madhu Koda, wife in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Congress has announced names of three of the seven candidates from Jharkhand for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The party has fielded former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay from Ranchi, Sukhdeo Bhagat from Lohardagga and Geeta Koda from the Chaibasa seats. Geeta Koda and Sukhdeo Bhagat are legislators in the state assembly. As per […]