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  • J&K Government Formation: Mehbooba Mufti Hints at Snapping Ties with the BJP
    PDP president Mehbooba Mufti gave a hint on Friday of snapping ties with coalition partner BJP if the confidence-building measures (CBMs) are not announced by the Centre to end the political logjam in Jammu & Kashmir. While holding a meeting with the party workers in Jammu, Mehbooba called for a “positive atmosphere” that needs to be created before the new government can be formed.
    2016-02-06 12:35:33 PM
  • Modi Launches Attack on Congress While Campaigning for Assam Polls
    During his campaign in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress for holding the Parliament to ransom. Address a huge gathering at Moran in Upper Assam, Modi said that the party, which has been reduced from 400 to 40 seats, is creating obstacle. Expressing frustration at not being able to push the reforms agenda, Modi blamed the Congress for not allowing the Upper House of Parliament to function.
    2016-02-06 12:33:52 PM
  • TRS Secures a Convincing Win in Greater Hyderabad Civic Polls
    Proving the exit polls right, the ruling TRS secured a thumping victory by winning 99 out of the 150 seats of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. While the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) won 44 seats, neither the BJP nor the Congress could touch double digit. They got 4 and 2 seats respectively. In 2009, the Congress had won 50 seats. The final results of Puranapul revealed that the MIM won with a margin of 2878 votes.
    2016-02-06 12:32:23 PM
  • Greater Hyderabad Civic Polls Results to be Announced Today
    The people of Greater Hyderabad region have to wait a little longer to know the results of the civic polls today. The results of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election 2016 will be delayed for few hours as the counting of votes has been postponed to 4 pm instead of 8 am due to the re-polling at the 52nd Division in Puranapul. The election has seen a close fight between ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Majlis-e-Itttehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
    2016-02-05 12:07:50 PM
  • Kerala Assembly Polls: CEC Rejects Demand for Raising Expenditure Limit for Candidates
    Citing lack of justification for raising the expenditure limit of candidates contesting Kerala assembly elections, the Election Commission on Thursday rejected the demand of certain political parties. While addressing the reports, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said in no uncertain terms that the poll panel has laid down a limit of Rs. 28 lakh, but  "very few winning candidates report expenditure to this limit". According to him, most of the candidates report “only 40 to 50 per cent (of the limit amount)".
    2016-02-05 12:06:55 PM

  • Congress, CPI(M) Workers Join Hands in Bengal; Top Leadership Still Undecided
    If reports are believed to be true, then the CPI(M) and Congress workers in West Bengal have already started working in tandem to defeat the TMC in the coming assembly elections. Although the leaderships of the Congress and CPI(M) are still undecided on whether to join hands ahead of the elections, it is speculated that the CPI(M) would resolve the issue on 15 February 15, when it will start holding a three-day intra-party discussion. Meanwhile, the workers of both the parties are making alliances at their level to script defeat for the TMC.
    2016-02-05 12:04:50 PM
  • Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls: BJP to Use Digital Screens for Campaigning
    BJP is also set to make optimum use of technology during the campaigning for Tamil Nadu assembly elections. According to the mandate of party president Amit Shah, the Tamil Nadu BJP team will take digital screens to every nook and cranny of the state. The digital screens, which will be mounted on vans, will highlight the achievements of the BJP-led Central government and the party’s vision for the state.
    2016-02-05 12:02:31 PM
  • Modi Government Likely to Roll Out Food Security Act Soon
    If all goes well, the Modi government is likely to announce the National Food Security Act (NFSA) with an outlay at Rs 130,000 crore very soon. Interestingly, the outlay is double the number earmarked in the last Budget. The total allocation towards food subsidy in the last Budget was Rs. 124,419 crore. After the announcement of the rollout, the full-fledged implementation will reportedly begin from 1 April.
    2016-02-04 12:15:48 PM
  • Exit Polls Indicate Clear Victory for TRS in Greater Hyderabad Civic Polls
    If the exit polls are taken at their face value, it clearly indicates a convincing victory for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti in the civic polls Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls. According to two news channels and an agency, the ruling TRS is certain to win 80 seats and get a clear majority in the 150-member council.
    2016-02-04 12:14:53 PM
  • Mehbooba Mufti Meets Jammu-Based Party Leaders; No Clarity on Coalition
    Maintaining suspense over government formation in the state, PDP Leader Mehbooba Mufti met Jammu-based party leaders at the Jammu region's party headquarters at Gandhi Nagar. What transpired in the two-and-a-half hour meeting was not revealed by Mufti. However, PDPD member and spokesman Firdos Tak said that BJP will have to respond to issues raised by Mufti before any steps could be taken for the formation of coalition government.
    2016-02-04 12:12:46 PM

  • Bengal CPM Opines in Favour of Alliance with Congress for Assembly Elections
    In a move that could cement the possibility of CPM allying with the Congress for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, the majority of the members of the CPM state secretariat have opined in favour of the alliance on Wednesday. With secretariat being the highest decision-making body of the CPM, it is almost certain that the state unit is going to endorse the opinion and urge the central leadership to approve their plea for an alliance.
    2016-02-04 12:10:45 PM
  • Nitish Kumar Eyes ‘Mahagathbandhan’ Ahead of 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls
    With an eye on Uttar Pradesh 2017 elections, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has floated the idea of 'mahagathbandhan' in the state. He has been proactively reaching out to smaller outfits to forge a political alliance to counter BJP in the assembly elections. The ruling Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have rejected the idea. However, JD(U) expects to win over Congress and other “secular” parties to create a bigger force. Nitish held a lunch meeting with Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary on Wednesday on this regard.
    2016-02-04 12:08:28 PM
  • BJP Demands Probe into Rebel CPI(M) leader's Murder in Kerala
    The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has become edgy in Kerala as the BJP state unit looks determined to order a re-investigation into the murder of rebel CPI(M) leader T.P. Chandrasekharan. Chandrasekharan left the CPI(M) in 2009 to join the splinter group Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP). He was hacked to death on March 4, 2012. Some CPI(M) members were arrested for his murder. After meeting Chandrasekharan's widow K. K. Rema, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said that he would request Prime Minister Modi to consider the RMP plea for a CBI probe into what is seen as a top-level political conspiracy.
    2016-02-03 12:17:32 PM
  • AGP Likely to Go it Alone in Assam Assembly Elections
    The Asom Gana Parishad may go it alone in the forthcoming Assam assembly elections. This may be a setback for the BJP as the party's state president Sarbananda Sonowal had recently said that it was in talks with the AGP for an electoral alliance. It is known that the BJP had tried to engage the AGP in its alliance to strengthen the party's prospects in Assam. However, senior AGP leaders like Phani Bhushan Choudhury and Brindawan Goswami are against the move.
    2016-02-03 12:16:30 PM
  • Specific CBMs Must for Govt Formation With BJP : Mehbooba Mufti
    Breaking her silence on government formation in J&K, People's Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said that her party will renew its alliance with the BJP if the latter adopts confidence building measures specific to the state. These were the PDP chief's first public comments on government formation in J&K, after her father, J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's demise. Mehbooba has, however, not mentioned what CBMs her party is seeking from the BJP-led central government. The PDP president said that her party has no differences with the BJP but that the Indian government should start CBMs because of the complex situation in the state.
    2016-02-03 11:24:36 AM

  • Modi Woos Dalits, Slams Congress in BJP's Tamil Nadu Poll Rally
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for Tamil Nadu assembly elections by addressing a rally at Coimbatore yesterday. In his speech, Modi attempted to placate the Dalit community by declaring that reservation in jobs and education for them will continue. He reminded the people that his government had made grand attempts to revive the legacy of the great Dalit scholar Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and celebrated his 125th birth anniversary. Modi told the gathering that the Congress was spreading lies about his government and trying to block its reform measures in the Parliament. Interestingly, Modi did not make any reference to local heavyweights like AIADMK and DMK or state politics in his speech.
    2016-02-03 11:23:06 AM
  • Hyderabad Municipal Polls: 43% voter turnout at 4 PM
    Polling started on a peaceful note at 7 A.M. today for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation at 7,802 polling stations across the city. Over 30,000 security personnel and 45,000 election personnel had been deployed to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections. The state government had declared holiday for all its offices, educational institutions and business establishments so that people can cast their vote. A half-day holiday had also been declared for IT/ITES companies. Although polling began on a slow note with less than 12% casting their vote in the first three hours, the turnout picked up in the afternoon and stood close to 43% at 4 P.M. As voting gathered strength, stray incidents of arguments and violence were reported. Police had to rush in more reinforcements in Mir Chowk and other old city wards to quell unrest.
    2016-02-02 06:12:04 PM
  • Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Elections Today
    It's an important fight for votes in Hyderabad today as the city goes to poll for the eagerly anticipated Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections. This is the first election to the GHMC after the formation of Telangana state. The election will serve as a crucial test for all the major parties in the fray. An estimated 74 lakh voters will cast their vote today amidst tight security. The state election commission will web cast the polling activity in sensitive areas. There had been some frenetic campaigning by important leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the TDP-BJP alliance, the opposition Congress and the MIM. About 24 assembly segments come under the domain of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Elections to this body have grown in significance because of the size and profile of Hyderabad city. Counting of votes will take place on February 5.
    2016-02-02 12:29:58 PM
  • EC Panel to Visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry
    The Election Commission of India, which is the apex body for conducting elections in the country, will visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to assess poll preparedness in these sates. The Commission’s poll panel will visit Kerala between February 3 and February 5. It will visit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for three days in the week after that. Election officials will also meet state government representatives and political parties to form an appraisal of the situation. The Election Commission has already toured West Bengal and Assam, the other two states going to elections in 2016. Sources claimed that the Commission may declare the poll schedule for the five states in the month of March. Assembly elections to the five states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry are likely to be held in April-May. Key government sources stated that the central government is keen to form a consensus with other political parties on holding an uninterrupted budget session in view of the assembly elections.
    2016-02-02 12:26:48 PM
  • Narendra Modi Kick-starts BJP's Election Rally in Tamil Nadu
    In preparation for the forthcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in the state today. The party is projecting this rally as the launchpad of Bharatiya Janta Party's election campaign in the state. Prime Minister Modi was on a five-hour visit to the textile city of Coimbatore in western Tamil Nadu. Incidentally, Coimbatore is among the 20 cities chosen for the Union government's first phase of Smart Cities project. Modi will also inaugurate an ESI Medical College here. The BJP is looking to create a formidable alliance in the state for the upcoming assembly polls. Modi's public rally will be important for the party to prove its strength in the state and strengthen its bargaining power at the time of seat-sharing with possible allies.
    2016-02-02 11:35:02 AM

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