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  • Congress and SP fight over seat-sharing
    The Congress-Samajwadi alliance has run into trouble with the duo failing to reach an agreement over share of seats for the forthcoming Assembly polls. The SP has come out with its first list of candidates for 208 seats, which include nine held by the Congress. Worse, the SP plans to field candidates in Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli and Rahul’s Amethi Lok Sabha segments too, and is not willing to give Lucknow Cantonment seats to the Congress. Aparna Yadav, wife of Mulayam Singh’s younger son Prateek Yadav is a SP candidate from Lucknow.
    2017-01-21 04:14:51 PM
  • All-women team of observers for Goa
    Election Commission is deputing send an all-woman team of observers to Goa that goes to the polls on February 4. The step has been taken in view of complaints in the past against male poll observers of frequenting casinos, bars and beaches in the coastal state, neglecting their poll duties. Contrary to it, there are no women in the observers list for Manipur, and very few in the lists drawn up for the elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Poll observers are expected to ensure strict observance of the model code of conduct.
    2017-01-21 04:13:47 PM
  • RLD seals pact with JD (U); to contest all 403 seats
    The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will contest on all 403 seats in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, in alliance with JD (U) and some smaller parties. Meanwhile, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother, Shivpal Singh Yadav features in the first poll list of Samajwadi Party candidates, whereas several others of his close associates have been left out. SP National Vice-President Kironmoy Nanda has stated that the party will contest on 300 seats out of the total 403, leaving the rest to Congress with which it is in the process of inking a deal.
    2017-01-21 04:13:13 PM
  • Amit Shah to build the tempo for Modi’s election rally in Goa
    Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting near Panaji in Goa, BJP president Amit Shah will address two election rallies at Vasco and Ponda on January 23 and hold a meeting with the key office-bearers to review the campaigning for the single-phase election on February 4. According to BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and other senior leaders would attend the meeting. BJP has fielded candidates in 36 constituencies and extended support to Independents on four seats.
    2017-01-21 04:11:43 PM
  • Many Mulayam Singh loyalists denied tickets in SP’s first poll list
    The first list of the Samajwadi Party (SP) released by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav has no mention of the 40 candidate choices of Shivpal Yadav, brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav.  Prominent among these candidates are those from Meerapur, Thana Bhavan, Sardhana, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshehr, Mathura and Agra. Meanwhile, the Congress Party that has formed an alliance with the SP is also miffed that the latter has not consulted them while finalising the first list of 208 candidates for the first three phases and eighteen candidates who will stand in the fifth phase. Now, all eyes are on the SP’s list for the fourth phase.
    2017-01-21 04:10:41 PM

  • BJP likely to announce its second list of Uttar Pradesh on 20th January
    The BJP is rushing through its process of finalizing the list of candidates for the UP elections. On 19th January the senior leaders of the BJP had a brainstorming session with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah to finalize the second list.  In the first list, 149 candidates for the UP have already been announced. It is being reported that 150 more candidates have been finalized and the list may be out on Friday the 20th. The elections in Uttar Pradesh would be held from February 11 onwards in seven phases.
    2017-01-20 01:25:36 PM
  • Congress chief captain Amarinder Singh says Congress likely to get two third majority
    Punjab Congress chief captain Amarinder Singh foresees a landslide victory in the coming elections in Punjab and maintained that he was confident of getting a two-third majority which is required to carry out much needed constitutional changes that would bring Punjab back on track. Talking to media in Amritsar he also said that he thought Akali Dal BJP combine would get only 10-20 seats. He also maintained that Navjot Singh Siddhu has joined the party without any preconditions. Captain also took the occasion to attack AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal, who he thought was a confused man and that people would not vote for his party.  
    2017-01-20 12:58:13 PM
  • BJP Likely to Declare remaining seats Candidates for UP and Uttarakhand Polls Today
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has already announced its first list of candidates for the coming Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections on January 17. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to announce the candidates for the remaining seats for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting scheduled to take place this evening.
    2017-01-19 06:24:43 PM
  • Samajwadi Party to contest 300 plus seats out of total 403
    Samajwadi Party National Vice President Kironmoy Nanda quoted that Samajwadi Party won't join hands with RLD. However, SP  will contest on 300 seats on its own and the remaining 103 seats will leave for Congress.
    2017-01-19 06:04:17 PM
  • 211 Nomination filed on last day in Goa
    On 18th January 2017, a total of 211 nominations were filed in Goa. It was the last day of filing nominations for the state Assembly elections starting February 4. According to Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO), N. S. Navti,  405 nominations have been filed for the 40-member Assembly. The scrutiny of the papers is taking place today. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is January 21. Among the prominent names who filed papers on the last day were Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, Water Resources minister Dayanand mandrekar, Forest Minister Rajedra Arlekar and former chief minister Pratap Singh Rane.
    2017-01-19 02:15:06 PM

  • Congress to have seat sharing arrangements in Goa
    The Congress party is fighting on 36 seats in the assembly of 40 seats in Goa. Congress which is in opposition has entered a seat sharing arrangement with Goa Forward party which was launched last year. Congress has given two seats of Fatorda and Siolim to Goa forward. Congress is supporting independent candidate Rohan Khaunte in Porvorim constituency. It has also allowed Atanasio Monserratte, who it expelled, to fight from Panaji. Digvijay Singh of congress has termed BJP government as the government of U-turns and expressed that Congress strategy was to stop BJP march to power in the state. 
    2017-01-19 01:49:23 PM
  • The election in Punjab is now entering a decisive phase as a number of bigwigs have filed their nomination papers. The cricketer turned politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu who recently joined the congress, filed his nomination from Amritsar East on 18th of January. He would be fighting against the BJP district chief Rajesh Kumar Honey.  Captain Amarinder Singh would be fighting against Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi constituency. He is fighting from his bastion Patiala Urban as well. Bhagwant Mann the AAP MLA has filed his nomination from Jalalabad.
    2017-01-19 01:48:12 PM
  • Former congress veteran 91-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari and son join BJP
    In a surprise move the former congress veteran 91-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari has joined the BJP along with his son Rohit Shekhar. He was greeted by BJP party president Amit Shah in new Delhi. Allegedly Tiwari is seeking a BJP ticket for his son Rohit from Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Not very long ago, in 2013 Tiwari had refused to accept Rohit as his son and only conceded after a long court battle and a DNA test. Tiwari was three times chief minister of UP and one time of Uttarakhand. Apart from this, he served as external affairs minister in Rajiv Gandhi cabinet.
    2017-01-19 12:51:02 PM
  • Prime Minister to kick off Goa campaign on January 28
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the star campaigner for BJP would be addressing a public meeting near Panaji, Goa which goes to polls on February 4, 2017. The party president Amit Shah is also going to be present in Goa on 28th when Modi addresses the rally. The BJP which won 2012 assembly elections is fighting 36 seats and supporting four independents. Last time BJP had pre-poll alliance with Maharashtwadi Gomantak Party (MGP) but this time it is going all alone while MGP has formed an alliance with Goa Suraksha Manch.  
    2017-01-19 12:38:54 PM
  • The grand alliance in the making in UP
    The grand alliance of Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, and the congress is going to be a reality soon. It may be announced by Akhilesh Yadav today but unofficially the senior congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad & SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav have confirmed it. The seat sharing has also been done by the alliance members. The Congress would get to fight 89 of 403 seats. Fourteen of the candidates chosen by Akhilesh Yadav would fight on the Congress symbol. RLD is asking for 30 seats while it is being offered 20. 
    2017-01-18 02:50:06 PM

  • Small parties have big dreams in Manipur
    It is going to be an interesting election in Manipur where the Okram Ibobi led Congress will be fighting against not only the BJP but also small parties. The congress is likely to suffer on account of anti incumbency factor. This time small parties are also in the fray and want to make it big. Manipur People’s party which has ruled the state twice is fighting on 39 of 60 seats while National People’s Party, the party started by PA Sangama, is fighting for the first time in Manipur.  Activist Irom Sharmila’s  People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) is also likely to make a debut in politics with these elections.
    2017-01-18 02:16:58 PM
  • AAP would make Punjab "drug free"
    Arvind Kejriwal the Delhi chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo today promised the people of Punjab that it would make Punjab a 'drug-free' state and make arrangements for the treatment of 40 lakh drug addicts in the state. Speaking at an election rally he also offered to give jobs to 25  lakh people and 80 % reservation to Punjabis in new industries that would be set up if AAP came to power in Punjab. AAP is a strong contender in ensuring Punjab elections which are going to witness the triangular contest.
    2017-01-18 01:57:02 PM
  • Hot contests in Punjab
    The political temperature in Punjab is rising.  The Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh will be fighting chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi in the ensuing state elections.  Cricket turned politician who has recently joined the Congress will be contesting from Amritsar East and Sukhbir Singh Badal who is fighting from Jalalabad will face Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu. Meanwhile the congress party has come up with its fifth list in Punjab and announced six more seats.
    2017-01-17 01:50:14 PM
  • 149 candidates in BJP’s first list of Candidates for UP and Uttarakhand
    BJP has released the first list of its candidates in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The two states go to poll in seven phases from February 11 along with three other states. The tickets have been given to the sitting MLAs but some fresh faces are also in the list. In its first list 149 candidates have been declared.  Senior BJP leader J.P. Nadda said that the party has tried to give representation to all sections of the society without disclosing the castes of the candidates.    The first list has names of former Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Vajpayee and Shrikant Sharma, BJP national secretary.     
    2017-01-17 01:02:18 PM
  • Akhilesh Yadav gets to ride the cycle
    The Election Commission has ruled that Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi party is the real Samajwadi Party and he will be able to use “Cycle”, in the coming elections. Cycle is Samajwadi party’s election symbol. Earlier the EC had reserved its decision after hearing the plea of the two warring faction of Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav.  Election Commission decided in favor of Akhilesh after considering the fact that most MLAs and MP were backing him and that his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had failed to provide proof of support of party MLAs.
    2017-01-17 01:01:25 PM

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