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Punjab Assembly Polls 2017: A Cliffhanger in the Cards
avatar By : Shankar Jha
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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avatar By : Shankar Jha
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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samajwadi party family feud
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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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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Dayashankar Singh: The Man Who Turned Around the Script of UP Assembly Elections 2017
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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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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Two Years of Modi Government
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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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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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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AIADMK wins in Tamil Nadu
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
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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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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LDF Wins in Kerala
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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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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third front in tamil-nadu
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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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
In the last quarter of a century, since 1991, there have been just five persons to don the mantle of chief ministership in “Gods’ own country” – K. Karunakaran, AK Antony, EK Nayanar, Oommen Chandy, and V. S. Achuthanandan. Ever since Kerala was born following the States Reorganisation Act of...
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West Bengal polls: Over 84% voting in final phase
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
The concluding phase of polling on the 32nd day of the poll process in West Bengal was historic as about 90% of the ‘eligible’ 9400 residents of the 51 Enclaves of Bangladesh (merged with India following enclave exchange between the two countries on 31 July 2015), voted for the first...
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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
In star struck Tamil Nadu, the overlapping line of demarcation between Tollywood and politics has besmirched all for decades. It is not just the Tamil superstars like (late) MG Ramachandran and J.Jayalalithaa but even the “behind the scene” mortals such as script writers C.N. Annadurai and M. Karunanidhi, who donned...
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West Bengal Phase-5 Poll Summary
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
In all, 81.66% of 1,23,97,832 voters turned out for elections for 53 seats in Hooghly, Kolkata(South) and South 24 Pargana districts on the penultimate phase of West Bengal elections on 30 April. Fate of those among 349 candidates, including 43 women, was sealed in the ballot box included that of...
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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
As it is, politics revolving around personality cults rules the roost in Tamil Nadu. For decades, J.Jayalaithaa and M. Karunanidhi have remained the tallest political figures in the state and not many in contemporary politics could match the type of hero worship and veneration that they commanded. They have remained...
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Summary of fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections.
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
The just concluded fourth round of polling in West Bengal on 25 April is crucial to the fortunes of the ruling Trinamool Congress. The results of the elections in the TMC’s citadel – Howrah and North 24 Parganas districts – will determine the extent of damage of the flyover collapse...
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avatar By : Nivedita Majumdar
The crucial third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections 2016 was concluded on 21 April after deploying over one lakh security personnel. As many as 62 constituencies spanning the four districts of Burdwan, Kolkata North, Murshidabad and Nadia went to polls in this phase. About 1.37 crore voters cast their...
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Kerala Assembly Polls 2016 : Candidates in Fray
avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
As the stage gets set for the elections for the 140 assembly seat in Kerala due on May 16, political heavyweights and star candidates would surely create an impact in the state elections, tipped to be three-cornered for the first time with the BJP-led NDA emerging as a serious contender...
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avatar By : Deepak Parvatiyar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has effectively performed this practice more often than not in successive elections: exploit outdated elections laws to ensure he is able to campaign for the BJP on a polling day! He did it again, in West Bengal this time, at a time when the second phase...
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