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  • 'Disappointed' Mulayam Invokes 'Obedient' Modi to Chide Akhilesh
    The tumultuous Samajwadi Party meeting at Lucknow delivered an unexpected spin-off for BJP, with Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav citing none other than Narendra Modi's example as an obedient son who respects and visits his mother even after becoming the Prime Minister of India. Mulayam's comments seemed to reflect his disappointment with his son Akhilesh and was an oblique hint of what was expected from a respectful offspring. The BJP leaders, on the other hand, happily read Mulayam's statement as an endorsement of Modi's values.
    2016-10-25 12:00:31 PM
  • Shiromani Akali Dal to Announce Candidates for Punjab Assembly Polls 2017 Within Two Weeks
    Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that his party is going to announce its candidates for the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections within the next two weeks. Welcoming Congress leader Seth Satpal Mall into the party fold, Badal said that while the probable candidates had already been conveyed by the party, an official announcement regarding this would be made soon. In response to a question about the AAP's promise of announcement of VAT rationalization in its election manifesto, Badal said Kejriwal should stop fooling the people with vision-less manifestos.
    2016-10-25 11:58:08 AM
  • Congress Collusion with SAD-BJP to Stop AAP in Punjab: Kejriwal
    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Congress had joined hands with the SAD-BJP alliance to prevent the AAP from winning the Punjab assembly elections due early next year. He said this while addressing members of the trading community and industry in Bathinda. Kejriwal went on to allege that the Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh was the "joint candidate" of Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance.
    2016-10-25 11:38:22 AM
  • Five States to Go to Polls Simultaneously After Budget on Feb 1: EC
    The Election Commission of India has stated that the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will go to elections simultaneously, most likely between February and March next year, shortly after presentation of the Union Budget on February 1. The EC added that polling will be held in a single phase Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur. It will be held in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh.
    2016-10-24 11:23:24 AM
  • Rift Within SP Widens; Party Seems on Verge of Split
    The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh seems to be on the verge of a split following the expulsion of party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav for six years. The expulsion happened close on the heels of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacking his uncle Shivpal Yadav from the cabinet once again besides three other senior ministers considered close to Amar Singh. SP supremo Mulayam refused to give details and said that he would speak up after meeting party legislators and office-bearers. The latest development in the long-running feud within the party’s first family will not just impact its 2017 election campaign but also change the electoral arithmetic in Uttar Pradesh.
    2016-10-24 11:20:42 AM

  • Setback for Congress in UP As Party Veteran Rita Bahuguna Joshi Joins BJP
    After being with the Congress for the last 24 years, former Uttar Pradesh Congress chief and prominent Brahmin face of the party Rita Bahuguna Joshi has joined the BJP. She was formally inducted in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah. Joshi said she was hurt when the Congress questioned the surgical strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control. She also slammed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on the surgical strikes. Her induction in the BJP may affect the Congress's Brahmin outreach.
    2016-10-21 10:59:20 AM
  • Narendra Tomar Appointed BJP's In-Charge for Punjab Election 2017
    BJP President Amit Shah formally appointed Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar as the in-charge for coming Punjab Assembly elections 2017 and Captain Abhimanyu, a minister in Haryana government, as co-in-charge. BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey will oversee Chandigarh's local body elections. The BJP is currently in power in the state as an alliance partner of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Their alliance is going to lock horns with the main opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party in the upcoming state assembly elections.
    2016-10-21 10:58:03 AM
  • UP Elections 2017: PM Modi to Lead BJP Rallies; Party May Go Without CM Face
    The BJP has sounded the poll bugle in Uttar Pradesh with the announcement of as many as eight rallies in the state in the next two months. The party will kick-start its campaign with a rally in Mahoba on 24 October, led by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party has indicated that it is not going to put up any chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming state Assembly election. Campaigning will start from all four parts of the state and end with a mega rally in Lucknow on December 25, which happens to be the birthday of BJP veteran and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
    2016-10-18 11:26:50 AM
  • Akhilesh To Be Samajwadi Party's CM Candidate for UP Polls 2017
    Samajwadi Party vice president Kironmoy Nanda has announced that Akhilesh Yadav is going to be the the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Nanda informed the media that the decision has been made with the approval of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam Singh had said last week that party MLAs would determine the next chief minister after the elections due to be held around April next year triggering speculations that current chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had lost the support of the party chief. Apparently, Akhilesh's uncle and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav had warned Mulayam Singh that he'd be committing a grave mistake if he didn't project Akhilesh as the chief ministerial candidate.
    2016-10-18 11:25:31 AM
  • Congress May Rout Kejriwal's AAP in Punjab: India Today-Axis Opinion Poll
    The Congress is likely to win 49 to 55 seats and emerge as the single largest party in the forthcoming Punjab assembly elections, according to India Today-Axis Opinion Poll. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had triggered massive interest among voters but also bitter dissent within, is predicted to be a close runner-up with 42 to 46 seats. The Congress tally may fall short of majority in the 117-member state Assembly. In that case, the party is likely to go for an alliance with Navjot Singh Sidhu's newly formed Aawaz-e-Punjab, which might manage to secure a few seats and help the two parties reach the magic figure of 59 to form government in the state.
    2016-10-14 10:59:33 AM

  • BJP Set to Score Big in UP, Hung Assembly Likely: India Today-Axis Opinion Poll
    According to India Today-Axis opinion poll, the BJP's dream run looks set to continue in Uttar Pradesh with the party expected to win 170 to 183 seats. Nonetheless, it won't be enough to get majority in the state. A party must secure at least 202 seats to form majority in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The elections are likely to result in a hung Assembly, the opinion poll has revealed. It goes on predict Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is to be the runner-up with 115-124 seats. Incumbent Samajwadi Party is likely get 94 to 103 seats and sit in opposition. The Congress, which has been out of power in the state since 1989, is likely to fare miserably again, with 8 to 12 seats.
    2016-10-13 11:06:32 AM
  • BSP to Fight Upcoming State Elections Alone
    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is not going to form any pre-poll alliances in the election-bound states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, party chief Mayawati told while addressing a rally in Lucknow. A stampede at the end of the rally, caused by rumours of a live power line being snapped, led to the death of two women and injured a dozen.
    2016-10-10 11:10:12 AM
  • Don't Waste Your Votes on SP, Congress: Mayawati to Muslims
    BSP chief Mayawati made a strong pitch for Muslim support ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year telling the minority community not to 'waste' their votes on either Samajwadi Party or the Congress if they want to keep the BJP out. Mayawati also slayed the BJP government at the Centre, arguing that discrimination against Muslims has increased since the party came to power. She accused the BJP government of trying to gain political mileage from the incidents on the India-Pakistan border. While addressing a rally in the state capital Lucknow on the occasion of BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s death anniversary, Mayawati said internal differences in the ruling Samajwadi Party had weakened the party and divided its supporters.
    2016-10-10 11:09:00 AM
  • AAP Announces Seven More Candidates for Goa Assembly Polls
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released a list of seven more candidates for the upcoming Goa Assembly elections due to be held early next year. With this, the number of its candidates for the 40-member state assembly has gone up to 11. The candidates' list was formally announced after getting cleared by AAP's Parliamentary Affairs Committee in Delhi. Former MGP leader and teacher Devendra Prabhu Parsekar Desai is going to contest from North Goa's BJP stronghold Mandrem constituency. The first list of four candidates was declared last month. The party is going to contest from all 40 seats.
    2016-10-08 11:53:49 AM
  • AAP Declares Third List of Candidates for Punjab Assembly Polls
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has declared its third list of 29 more candidates for the coming Punjab assembly elections. AAP state convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi has said that the party will announce all the candidates by the end of this month. Among the candidates selected in the third list are a Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee wrestler, a former journalist, an industrialist, a Behbal Kalan activist, a Sikh preacher, a private bus operator as well as three former MLAs. With this, the party has announced 61 candidates for the total 117 Assembly seats in Punjab.
    2016-10-08 11:41:53 AM

  • UP Elections: BJP to Declare First List of Candidates by Oct 20
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to declare its first list of candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by October 20. According to sources, the party has finalised candidates for almost 125 seats. Candidates will also be named for reserved seats and constituencies where the party won in 2012. A senior BJP leader is reported to have said that candidates for all 403 seats of the state assembly will be declared in four phases.
    2016-10-08 11:32:39 AM
  • UP Assembly Polls: Shivpal Yadav Announces SP's Merger With QED
    The Samjawadi Party's state president Shivpal Yadav has announced its merger with Quami Ekta Dal. The announcement is seen as a move to corner party member and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who had objected to the merger three months back. The Quami Ekta Dal (QED) is a political outfit floated by jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari who faced conviction in a murder case. The merger could compound an already heightened power struggle between Akhilesh and and his uncle Shivpal that may potentially lead to a split in the party. The Samajwadi Party is hoping that the merger will help tap the Muslim vote bank in eastern Uttar Pradesh ahead of the assembly elections next year.
    2016-10-07 11:19:13 AM
  • AAP Confirms 40 Names for Punjab, Goa Assembly Polls 2017
    The Aam Aadmi Party looks set to be the first among the main political contenders to settle on candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab and Goa. The party has finalised a list of close to 30 candidates for Punjab and 10 for Goa. The party’s top decision-making body met key representatives from Punjab and Goa units to finalise the second and third lists.
    2016-10-06 11:05:01 AM
  • UP Assembly Polls 2017: BSP Geared Up for Oct 9 Rally
    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which happens to be the main opposition in Uttar Pradesh, is geared up to hold what is being touted as its 'biggest-ever' rally, in Lucknow on October 9. The rally will mark the 10th death anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram. It will be held at Kanshiram Smarak. According to reports, as many as 18 trains have been booked and arrangements have been made to gather over 5,000 participants from each of the 403 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh.
    2016-10-06 11:03:23 AM
  • Madras HC Sets Aside Notification for Tamil Nadu Local Body Polls
    The Madras High Court has set aside the notification for civic body polls in Tamil Nadu following a series of petitions, including those filed by main opposition DMK. The court has directed the state election commission to issue a fresh notification, ensure fair elections and wrap up the poll process by end of this year. The order was passed after taking note of election-related violence and murders in several regions of the state. Elections were to be held in two phases, on October 17 and 19, as per the original notification.
    2016-10-05 10:49:15 AM

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