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avatar By : Shankar Kumar
Over 61 percent turnout in third phase Across Uttar Pradesh, if the Samajwadi Party’s “Kaam Bolta Hai” slogan has to submit to the voters’ acceptability test in real terms, it is in the state’s all 12 districts, stretching from Lucknow to Etawah and Mainpuri to Sitapur and others. Regarded as...
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In the do and die battle for the ruling Congress in Uttarakhand, only good performance at hills and plane can keep it away from defeat. In the last election in the state, the party did well in the hills while it’s main rival, the BJP in the plane. This election...
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avatar By : Shankar Kumar
Electoral pundits often say that it is Western Uttar Pradesh that actually sets the trend of voting in the state. They appear to be right as around 65 percent voters participated in the first phase of election, held across 73 of the total 403 assembly seats in the state. A...
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Amid tight security, the Election Commission’s close watch which included large scale use of CCTV cameras in voting booths, polls conducted for Punjab’s 117 assembly seats and Goa’s 40 assembly seats, remained largely peaceful. Due to glitches in Electronic Voting Machines in some places in Punjab, though, some tense moments...
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Akalis may fade, close contest a surety between Congress and AAP
avatar By : Shankar Kumar
Mist over voters’ priority in Punjab assembly election has to a large extent evaporated. Earlier confusion among electorate as to whom they will vote for this time round, has started disappearing. Direct contest between the Congress and the AAP appears to be on the card in Punjab, while Prakash Singh...
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Remaining always in the grip of crisis out of militancy, fake encounters, territorial integrity, blockades and violence, Manipur today symbolizes chaos and unpredictability. According to an estimate, more than 46 per cent of people in Manipur are below the poverty line. Agriculture is the mainstay of people’s life in this...
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BJP plays Parrikar card to win voters back
avatar By : Shankar Kumar
It is battle of nerves for the BJP and the Congress in Goa, a small state with just 40 assembly seats. Going for the poll on February 4, what is unnerving strategists of these two national level parties is the presence of a rookie, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which...
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After months of talks, and weeklong high drama in the bungalows of Lutyens’ Delhi and Lucknow, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress finally sealed their pre-poll alliance deal for Uttar Pradesh election. Under this deal, while the SP will contest on 298 seats, the Congress on 105 of the...
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Powered by favourable wave, BJP appears ready to sink Rawat's boat in Uttarakhand
avatar By : Shankar Kumar
In Uttarakhand, like elsewhere, political parties are besieged with the problem of plenty and turncoats. Despite this, in the small hilly state which is going for a single-phase poll on February 15, there is no ambiguity or confusion in assessing what move electorates will take this time around. Four main...
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It is election time and Punjab has thrown several possibilities regarding winners and losers, yet there is a fear that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party may not be able to duck anti-incumbency factor this time around. Ruling for the past 10 years, the SAD-BJP combine may find itself...
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Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017: A Look At the Current Political Scenario
avatar By : Shankar Kumar
It is not a mere saying, but a fact that the road to power at the Centre passes through Uttar Pradesh, the highly important state that every political party wants to control in its bid to strengthen its electoral calculations. At the time when the Election Commission has declared seven-phase...
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avatar By : Nivedita Majumdar
While voters in Uttar Pradesh are all too familiar with pre-election drama, discontentment and defections every five years, what is happening within the Samajwadi Party now is unprecedented. Trouble has been brewing up within this party for quite sometime now with regular tiffs between party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and...
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Who Will be Next CM of UP?
avatar By : Nivedita Majumdar
With just about six months to go for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017, the political scenario is all heated up in the state. Now the big question on everyone's mind is who is going to form the next government and who will be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh....
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avatar By : Nivedita Majumdar
In case you didn't know, elections to the state legislative assembly of the politically significant state of Uttar Pradesh are due early next year. Politically significant because it sends the largest number of MPs (80 to be precise) to the nation's apex law-making body, the Lok Sabha. In fact, many...
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BJP performance in 2016 assembly elections
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
Following his party’s better show in recent elections in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala,Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the BJP president Amit Shah, who till recently was struggling to explain the party’s debacles in Bihar and Delhi, attributed it to the voters’ approval of Modi government's “pro-poor, pro-farmers and pro-village work”. Obviously,...
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avatar By : Nivedita Majumdar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA 2 government completed two years in office on 26 May 2016. Modi came to power on the back of raging anti-incumbency. The Indian electorate was palpably disenchanted with the sagging economy, scam-ridden UPA government and dwindling employment opportunities for the ever growing young...
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Puducherry Assembly Elections 2016 winner
avatar By : Nivedita Majumdar
Do exit polls matter? Are exit polls reliable? The truth is, if conducted properly with the right sample size, exit polls should be able to predict election results accurately. An exit poll is a type of survey which is conducted after voters have cast their votes at their polling stations....
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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
For a child initiated to English medium schooling, it is well impossible to avoid the “great fall” that Humpty Dumpty had. Can the century-old Indian National Congress' drubbing at 2016 Assembly elections be seen as analogous to that of the fall of Humpty Dumpty? In the nursery rhyme, all the...
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TMC wins in West Bengal
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
Post verdict, Didi summed it all aptly. “If a party loses its ideology, it loses everything. CPI(M)-Congress have lost everything,” said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) boss. But was that so? After all even Mamata Banerjee is known to switch affiliations – from centrist Congress to right wing National Democratic Alliance...
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By retaining her government for the second consecutive term, J Jayalalithaa made history in Tamil Nadu. Despite All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazahagam’s seats share going down, Amma did prove most of the exit polls wrong by bouncing back to power. In the process, TN yet again proved that it...
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BJP Wins in Assam
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
The poll outcome in Assam has been a giant leap for the Bharatiya Janata Party in a state where in the last assembly elections in 2011 it won just 5 of the 126 seats! The poll outcome though was along the predicted lines of the exit polls this time.  This...
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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
Unlike Tamil Nadu, Kerala kept its tryst with history by not allowing an incumbent government a second consecutive term since 1970s. With the return of Left Democratic Front after five years, the outgoing Chief Minister Oomen Chandy failed to do a Jayalalithaa in neighbouring Tamil Nadu. He failed to retain...
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Last Phase of 2016 Elections: Impressive turnout in Puducherry, two states
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
Voters braved rains in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, but the turnout, as per the initial analysis of figures by the Election Commission on Monday night was less than the 2011 assembly elections as well as the 2014 Lok Sabha elections figures in both the states. Voting Percentage The figures received...
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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
Can the Third Front – the first significant conglomeration of smaller parties against the two major Dravidian forces in Tamil Nadu – cut through their dominance this election? Dalit-Backward centric focus in Tamil Nadu elections Analysts are already referring to the dilution of Dravidian ideology as a reflection of “no...
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