After coming to power in India’s only Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir a year ago by becoming a partner of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] mandarins are n
The phase one of the Assam elections has begun. Here is a quick fact sheet: Of the total 126 constituencie
The phase 1-A of the West Bengal elections has begun. Here is a quick fact sheet: Of the total 294 constituencies,
Love commandos, a Delhi-based volunteer group that helps lovebirds who marry against wishes of their families and earn their wrath, has called young voters to boycott such candidates in the ongoing
Even in God’s own country – Kerala - which is rated high for grass root democracy and political awareness, parties have fielded candidates who stand accused of serious crimes including
As the BJP celebrated its magnificent victory in Assam, the outcome of assembly elections in five states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry – should make India&rsqu
In the spring of 2012, Akhilesh Yadav was on the campaign trail to get the Samajwadi Party, of which he had been in charge for two years then, back into power in Uttar Pradesh. One day as he was le
After the exit polls predicted a majority for the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh in 2012, a mad rush was seen outside government employment exchange offices across the state. Over 10,000 people o
Since public memory is woefully short, it may not be common knowledge that general elections for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies were held simultaneously initially – in 1951, 1957, 1962 an
Akhilesh Yadav may never have visualized that things will come to such a pass. He is today pitted against his father Mulayam Singh Yadav who had built the Samajwadi Party and the virtual split
The debate over holding simultaneous elections in the country, i.e. conducting both general and state elections at the same time, has of lately taken flight. Last year, the Standing Committee on Pe
Prime minister Narendra Modi made the suggestion for holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections at the all-party meeting ahead of the parliament session. The Standing Comm
Rejecting the allegation of more than Rs 104 crore deposits in the bank account of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) post demonetisation, BSP supremo Mayawati launched a seething attack at the centre a
The year 2017 will see India roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the country’s biggest indirect tax reforms. The target date is April 1, but it could be pushed back. GST is essentially
The supreme court has ruled that electoral candidates cannot seek votes in the name of religion, caste, creed, community or language. A seven-judge bench, headed by chief justice of India TS Thakur
Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi: The outcome of elections in UP will be construed as referendum on Prime Minister’s policies, particularly the demonetisat
The year 2017 will witness assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa – with over 16 crore voters and 1.85 lakh polling stations across the five s
In a swift series of events, the SP patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, fondly known as Netaji, expelled his son, Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party. After a prolonged internal struggle of power, and
The dangal is on. The biggest political slugfest of the central government’s term is on, with elections announced in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Al
The Election Commission of India has directed the government not to announce any schemes for the states where elections are going to take place. The election commission wrote a lette
Punjab’s deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal may well be right when he claims that no one can say his government has not performed on the parameters of development. What is left unsaid
Ahead of state assembly polls in five states –Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur – Facebook has decided to give polling day reminder on the newsfeed of its Indian users
With the final phase polling in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur , the assembly polls for five states, including Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand, came to an end. Amidst all five states, the bat
A staggering 192 newly elected MLAs in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa have declared criminal cases against themselves. Also, 540 of the new MLAs are crorepatis.
61 out of 338 candidates who are contesting polls in Himachal Pradesh have declared criminal cases against them, 158 are crorepatis. The Himachal Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democrat
Campaigning in Himachal Pradesh early in November, prime minister Narendra Modi raised the pitch for good governance when he spoke about ridding the state of the five demons of mining mafia, forest
In Ahmedabad, any mention of this locality elicits quite a reaction. “There’s no point in going there. It’s been 15 years now. It’s all developed!” And I’d be te
Assembly elections in Gujarat, since 2002, have been like Churchill’s description of Russia – with a little twist: wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, but eventually a non-riddle.
An hour of vote count has showed that it is not going to be an easy win for the BJP in Gujarat as well as Himachal Pradesh, as had been predicted by the numerous exit polls. While th
Prime minister Narendra Modi flashed the victory sign before entering parliament, as trends indicated that the Bharatiya Janata Party was all set to retain Gujarat and win in Himachal Pradesh.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has thanked voters of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and credit good governance for his party’s victories in the state assemblies. “I bow to th
1934 The first elections After the British law paved the way for representational assemblies, the first elections were held in 1934. Gujarat was then part o
Prime minister Narendra Modi emerged as the most mentioned personality, while Vijay Rupani emerged as the most mentioned candidate on Twitter, the social media giant said in a release.