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  • BJP loses assembly by-election in Nagaland
    The BJP Monday lost the assembly by-election to its coalition partner Naga People's Front (NPF) candidate in Nagaland. Neiphrezo Keditsu, the NPF candidate retained the Northern Angami-II assembly constituency, held by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who vacated the seat after being elected to the Lok Sabha. "Neiphrezo Keditsu defeated BJP candidate Visasolie Lhoungu by 3,045 votes," W. Honje Konyak, Kohima returning officer said. The BJP, which is supporting the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government headed by T.R. Zeilang, has only one member in the 60-member Nagaland assembly. ( IANS).
    2014-10-20 05:39:21 PM
  • Winning, losing part of democracy, says Congress
     The Congress Monday downplayed the electoral defeat it suffered in Haryana and Maharashtra, saying such developments are part of the democratic process. "Winning and losing is part of democracy. Our party has always maintained that we should neither go overboard on victory nor despair on a defeat," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media here. He said there was no dissent as far as party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's leadership was concerned. "The faith of crores of Congress workers is in Rahul Gandhi. They have never had any doubt regarding his leadership." (IANS)  
    2014-10-20 05:33:58 PM
  • What to do, wonders BJP in Maharashtra
      Despite emerging as the single-largest party with 123 (122+1 ally) seats in Maharashtra, the BJP faces a predicament here - it cannot form the government, being 22 short of the simple majority, nor does it want to sit in opposition. This has set off a hectic politicking between the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), both looking at the possibility of cobbling up a workable alliance - against the backdrop of the rancour developed in the past one month between the 25-year-old former allies.  The BJP will now be entirely dependent on a demanding opposition partner for pushing through any policy initiatives or major decisions, though the prime BJP chief ministerial contender Devendra Fadnavis is considered an aggressive go-getter. While the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) provided some relief with an offer of unconditional external support, this may come with many hidden strings attached, besides growls from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). One option would be to approach the Shiv Sena for rapprochement and renewed alliance. But there is a hitch - the BJP has already said the chief minister's post is non-negotiable, and would not have the post of deputy chief minister - and, according to some speculation, it may offer the Sena at best five ministries.
    2014-10-20 05:30:44 PM
  • Haryana gets a relatively young legislature
     The newly elected 13th legislative assembly of Haryana is a relatively young one, with the youngest just 29. Nearly half of the 90 legislators elected this time are 50 years old or less. While the youngest one, Sukhvinder of the BJP, who trounced Ranbir Singh Mahendra of the Congress, who is former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and son of former chief minister Bansi Lal, from the Badhra assembly constituency, is just 29 years old, the oldest is INLD legislator Hari Chand Middha (Jind seat) at 72. At least 44 legislators in the new assembly are 50 years old or less. Of these, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 23 young legislators, followed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) with 12 and the Congress with four. Nine of the 13 women legislators elected this time are under the age of 50 years. It is for the first time in Haryana that 13 women legislators have made it to the assembly. The earlier high was 11 women legislators in the 2005 assembly polls. The election results this time have also sent the first legislator-couple case to the assembly. Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi and his wife Renuka Bishnoi will enter the Haryana assembly as the first elected couple. Both, aged 46 and 40 respectively, have been legislators earlier but were never elected together. Kuldeep is son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal.
    2014-10-20 05:24:08 PM
  • Upto BJP whether or not to accept NCP offer: RSS
     The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Monday left it to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to accept or turn down the offer of unconditional outside support by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for government formation in Maharashtra. Talking to media persons after the conclusion of a three-day conclave here, Sah Sarkaryavahak Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the RSS was aware of the offer made by the NCP but added that it "was best left to the BJP to take a call on the issue on merit." "This is a political issue and should be left to the BJP," he said while answering a poser on whether the Sangh approved of the overtures of the NCP, which was targeted by the BJP during the poll campaign as a corrupt party. Asked whether the Sangh had now set its eyes on Jharkhand, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh and would help the BJP in these states when assembly polls were held, the RSS leader said the Sangh treated all states at par and for it was the country -Bharat Mata - which occupied the prime position. (IANS)
    2014-10-20 05:07:58 PM
  • BJP may decide Haryana chief minister on Tuesday
     Having got a majority on its own for the first time in Haryana, the BJP is likely to decide its chief ministerial candidate here Tuesday. Well placed sources in the party said that the newly elected BJP legislators will meet here on Tuesday and elect their leader who will be the next chief minister. The swearing in could take place before Diwali Oct 23. The BJP parliamentary board has deputed Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Dinesh Sharma as observers for the meeting here. The names doing rounds include Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh activist Manohar Lal Khattar, state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma, BJP spokesperson Abhimanyu, senior legislator Anil Vij and BJP Kisan cell leader O.P. Dhankar. All of them have been elected legislators. Khattar, despite being a first-time legislator with no administrative experience, is said to have an edge at the moment over others. Among the available legislators only Ram Bilas Sharma has been a minister in the past while Anil Vij has been legislator earlier also and was leader of the BJP group in the outgoing house. The rest have been elected for the first time and do not have administrative experience. Other names of leaders, who did not contest, include Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal. The name of Congressman-turned-BJP leader Birender Singh is also being mentioned.
    2014-10-20 05:02:18 PM
  • Order on framing of charges in 2G money laundering Oct 31
     A special court on the 2G spectrum case Monday said it will deliver  its order on the framing of charges over alleged laundering of money against former telecom minister A. Raja, among others, Oct 31.The The court is headed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini   DMK MP Kanimozhi, and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, are among the co-accused. Charges have already been filed against them, as also Swan telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables directors Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, and Kalaignar TV directors Sharad Kumar and P. Amirthan.  
    2014-10-20 11:47:35 AM
  • Record 13 women get elected to Haryana assembly
    Haryana's legislative history has a new entry - 13 women candidates have been declared elected to the new state assembly out of the record 116 who had contested. Out of those elected, eight belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), three to the Congress and one each to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC). Five sitting legislators have been re-elected. These include two ministers - Geeta Bhukkal and Kiran Choudhary - in the outgoing Congress government. The other three re-elected are Renuka Bishnoi (HJC), Shakuntla Khatak (Congress), Santosh Chauhan Sarwan and Kavita Jain (both BJP). The newly-elected women legislators include Santosh Yadav, Seema Trikha, Latika Sharma, Rohita Rewari, Bimla Chaudhary and Prem Lata (all BJP) and Naina Singh Chautala (INLD).  
    2014-10-20 09:39:07 AM
  • BJP to send Rajnath, Naidu as observers to Maharashtra, Haryana
    The BJP  decided to send senior party leaders Rajnath Singh to Maharashtra and Venkaiah Naidu to Haryana to take a decision on the chief ministerial candidates in the two states. Briefing reporters after the BJP's parliamentary board meeting, party general secretary J.P. Nadda said he and Singh would be visiting Maharashtra to select the leadership and form a government. Asked what was the party's reaction to offer of support from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nadda said they are aware of their support but no call has been taken yet. He further said Naidu and another party leader Dinesh Sharma would go to Haryana to take forward the process of government formation.  
    2014-10-19 11:08:15 PM
  • BJP keeps winning momentum, Modi-Shah team gets boost
    The BJP's victory in Haryana assembly polls and its strong performance in Maharashtra are likely to help the party carry the momentum of its Lok Sabha success, reinforce Narendra Modi's credentials as a strong campaigner and give the party renewed confidence to expand its base in states where it is weak. The party's first-ever victory in Haryana and its emergence as the single-largest party in Maharashtra have come on the back of an aggressive campaign by Modi who addressed about 35 rallies in the two states. In the vote-count, the BJP secured majority in the 90-member Haryana assembly and was hovering at leads/victories on around 120 seats in Maharashtra, thus emerging as the single-largest party but falling far short of the crucial figure of 145 in the 288-seat house.   The assembly poll results were crucial for BJP as these were the first major polls after the Lok Sabha elections and were being perceived as a vote on the performance of the five-month-old Narendra Modi government at the Centre. This was also the first round of assembly polls under party president Amit Shah, a confidant of Modi.  
    2014-10-19 10:32:43 PM
  • Exit polls get it right in Haryana with BJP win, Maharashtra results a bit different
    The results of assembly polls in Haryana largely matched the predictions made by exit polls for the BJP, but the outcome in Maharashtra slightly differed from the projections with the party failing to secure majority on its own.   The India TV-C-Voter exit poll for Maharashtra predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party will emerge as the single-largest party in the 288-member assembly getting 124-134 seats. The poll predicted that Shiv Sena would get 51-61 seats, Nationalist Congress Party 31-41 seats and the Congress 38-48 seats.   Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was projected to win 9-15 seats.   According to Today's Chanakya's exit poll results, the BJP was projected to get 151 (+ - 9 seats), Shiv Sena 71 (+ - 9 seats), Congress 27 (+ - 5 seats) and NCP 28 (+ - 5 seats). The MNS and others were projected to get 11 (+-5 seats).   The ABP News-Nielsen exit poll predicted that the BJP with its smaller allies was projected to get 127 seats in Maharashtra. It predicted that Shiv Sena will get 77 seats, Congress 40, NCP 34 and MNS five seats.   The C-voter poll, telecast by Times Now channel, predicted that BJP would get 129 seats in Maharashtra, while Congress would get 43 seats, Shiv Sena 56 and NCP 36 seats.   For Haryana, the India TV-C Voter predicted BJP getting 34-40 seats in the 90 member assembly. It said that the Indian National Lok Dal would get 25-31 seats. The Congress, which has been in power in the state for the past 10 years, was projected to get 12-18 seats. (IANS)  
    2014-10-19 09:46:46 PM
  • Nobody has approached Shiv Sena for support: Uddhav
    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday that nobody from the BJP has approached his party for support to form the next government in Maharashtra. Speaking to newspersons, Thackeray, in his first reaction this evening after the assembly election results threw up a hung house with the Bharatiya Janata Party as the single-largest party but short of a majority, however, made it clear that the Sena would not approach the BJP with any proposal to support it in the government formation. "So far there is no proposal of any kind from BJP and we will not go to anybody with any proposal. If they make any proposal, we shall consider it," he declared on its erstwhile 25-year old ally. Emerging as the second-largest party after the BJP, the Shiv Sena's position suddenly became tricky after the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party offered external support to help the BJP form a government. The NCP decision has strengthened the BJP's position and robbed the Sena of bargaining power for extending support. Shortly after this, a senior BJP leader from New Delhi called up and spoke to Thackeray, but details of the conversation were not immediately available. Thackeray said that if the BJP assured a 'united' Maharashtra, the Sena could consider extending support, referring to the BJP plans to carve out Vidarbha state. Source: IANS
    2014-10-19 07:32:33 PM
  • Maharashtra Assembly Election Update at 7.15 pm
    BJP is leading in 122 seats, among which it has already won 119 seats. There is a swing of 76 seats in favour of the saffron party. Shiv Sena is in second position, leading in 63 seats, among which it already won 59 seats. SS has also gained 19 seats. The biggest loser this election is INC, which is currently leading in 42 seats, among which it has already won in 41 seats. The seat numbers of INC dipped by 40 seats. NCP is on fourth spot, leading in 41 seats, among which it has won 39 seats. They have lost 21 seats when compared to 2009 assembly election. MNS has won just 1 seat. Compare to 2009, it is a negative swing of 12 seats. Others have won 19 seats, which is 22 less that last assembly election. Source: Media Sources
    2014-10-19 07:23:57 PM
  • Number of Independent Candidates who won during 2014 Assembly Election in Maharashtra decreased from 2009 Tally
    Just 6 independent candidates out of the total 1,820 independent candidates won during this assembly election in Maharashtra. The candidates who won are Fad Mohan Madhavrao (Pathri constituency), Ganpat Kalu Gaikwad (Kalyan East), Ravi Rana (Badnera), Shirishdada Hiralal Chaudhari (Amalner), Jadhav Patil Vinayakrao Kishanrao (Ahmadpur), and Omprakash Babarao Kadu (Achalpur). Twenty four independent candidates won during 2009 assembly election. Source: Media Sources
    2014-10-19 07:09:42 PM
  • NOTA's Influence Dip in Naxal Affected Gadchiroli
    In Naxal affected Gadchiroli constituency, NOTA received just 17,510 votes, coming third. BJP’s Dr Deorao Holi won the seat by defeating NCP’s Bhagyashree Atram. The widespread campaign by Naxals to boycott the polls, especially among tribal and OBC people didn’t have much effect it seems. Source: Media Sources
    2014-10-19 06:59:19 PM
  • NOTA has Few Takers in Maharashtra during this Assembly Election
    None of the Above' option or NOTA, as it is popularly known had very few takers in Maharashtra during October 15 polling. Just 4,60,741 voters pressed this button in Maharashtra, which is just 0.9 per cent of the voters. Source: Media Sources
    2014-10-19 06:46:53 PM
  • Prithviraj Chavan concedes defeat and Assured that his Party will Play Role of Constructive Opposition
    Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan has said that INC’s defeat in the state is disappointing but th condition is definitely better than the last Lok Sabha election held, just a few months back. He also said that the party will introspect the probable reasons why the party is going to get anything from 40 to 44 seats. He stressed upon strengthening of party’s organisation for future electoral success. He assured that INC will play the role of constructive opposition in the assembly. Source: Media Sources
    2014-10-19 06:40:22 PM
  • BJP office resonates with slogans, drums, cracker bursts
    BJP workers shouted slogans, distributed sweets, danced to drum beats and burst crackers at the central office here on Sunday following the party's performance in the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls. The workers raised slogans like "Bharat Mata ki Jai (Hail Mother India)", "BJP ki Jai (Hail BJP)" and "Haryana-Maharashtra jeet gaya (we won Haryana, Maharashtra)" at the Bharatiya Janata Party's national headquarters on Ashoka Road in New Delhi area. Some party workers broke into dance to express their joy. They distributed sweets and also burst crackers. They were anticipating a good show by the party on the basis of the exit polls and started arriving early at the central office. A band was also in attendance and it belted out popular musical tunes that made many to tap their feet and break into a jig. A big screen was put up at the office for visitors and passersby to see the election trends and results as the counting of votes progressed both in Haryana, where the BJP emerged an absolute winner, and in Maharashtra where it became the single largest party in a hung assembly. The workers said that celebrations will continue all through the evening. Source: IANS
    2014-10-19 06:31:16 PM
  • The Big Losers of 2014 Maharashtra Assembly Election
    Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Narayan Rane lost this election, which is surely humiliating for him. Shiv Sena's Ajeenkya DY Patil lost to Prithviraj Chavan of INC. Raj Thackeray's MNS almost became non-existent in Maharashtra assembly. Some of MNS's well known faces such as Pravin Darekar, Bala Nandgaonkar, and Nitin Sardesai lost. Source: Media Sources
    2014-10-19 06:16:59 PM
  • BJP to govern Maharashtra, looks for Haryana CM
    The BJP declared on Sunday that it will take power both in Maharashtra, where it finished the single largest group in a hung assembly, and Haryana, where it was poised to get a majority on its own. The Congress was humiliated in both places. For the first time, the Bharatiya Janata Party had a clear mandate in Haryana but the party was poised to win only 119 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, falling well short of the 145 seats required for a simple majority. But with the NCP offering unexpected "outside support" to it, leaving the runner up Shiv Sena high and dry, BJP president Amit Shah said in New Delhi that his party would "form the next government" in the state. The NCP decision to give outside support could reduce the BJP's need to lean on its estranged and long-time ally Shiv Sena, which it dumped before the bitterly contested Oct 15 polls. Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel said Maharashtra needed stability and so the NCP was ready to prop up a BJP government. With the NCP's expected 42 seats coming its way, the BJP can cross the threshold. The Shiv Sena, which could end up with 61 seats, had earlier said it was ready to make up with the BJP, a sentiment shared by some of its leaders, including L.K. Advani. "I hope the BJP and Shiv Sena will come together," said Advani, one of those who was not happy with the BJP decision to dump its ally of 25 long years after a row over seat sharing ahead of elections. The Congress, which with the NCP ruled Maharashtra for 15 years until their alliance collapsed before the elections, is expected to finish third in Maharashtra with 44 seats. But Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut claimed that "all options" will still be open for his party but he did not elaborate. Not anticipating bonhomie between the BJP and NCP and thinking the BJP will seek his party's aid, Raut said earlier: "Whatever happens, the chief minister will be from our party." BJP credited the showing in Haryana and Maharashtra to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popular appeal. Amit Shah said the victory in Haryana and the near victory in Maharashtra proved that the "Modi wave" which catapulted the BJP to power in the Lok Sabha battle was still intact. Earlier, Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said that while no discussions had taken place with the Sena, "if the need arises, we expect our friends to support us". Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai added that the acrimony between his party and the BJP was history. Sources: IANS
    2014-10-19 06:10:34 PM

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