Siddhu on joining Congress: No party is good or bad!

Navjot Singh Siddhu, the cricketer turned politician and a vehement critic of the Indian National Congress for several years, justified his decision to join the party saying that no party, by itself, is good or bad. “No party is good or bad. The same party can be run by bad people, the same party can be run by good people,” he said. He said he was willing to forget past issues in the interest of the people. “They’ve been criticizing me. Nitishji has been critizing Laluji. They’ve formed a government….

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Supreme Court to consider banning charge-sheeted candidates from polls

The Supreme Court has today agreed to hear a petition that seeks to ban anyone who has been charge-sheeted in a criminal case from contesting elections in India. BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, who is among one of the most prolific filers of public interest litigation in India, is among those who had filed such petitions seeking disqualification of such candidates in elections. The petitioners alleged that the current law — which prohibits only convicted people from standing for elections — is being misused by criminal politicians. Charge sheets are filed…

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UP POLLS: BSP gives most number of seats to Upper Castes; Muslims second

Bahujan Samaj Party has allocated the highest block of candidacies for the upcoming elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly to upper caste Hindus, followed by Muslims. Announcing the details, party supremo Mayawati said a total of 113 seats — amounting to 28% of the total 403 seats — have been given to candidates belonging to upper caste Hindus. Out of these, 66 were allocated to Brahmins — coming to around 16.4% of the total seats. Brahmins comprise about 5% of UP’s population. 36 seats went to Rajputs and Kshtriyas,…

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COLUMN: Why it’s hypocritical for Rahul Gandhi to accuse Narendra Modi of taking money from corporates

One of the interesting aspects of the current accusations and counter accusations around the alleged funding of BJP’s 2014 Lok Sabha campaign by corporate houses is the sheer hypocrisy of it. Let’s see why. According to third-party figures, an estimated Rs 23,000 cr was spent by candidates and political parties on the 2014 general election. Assuming that about 40% of this was spent by the BJP and its candidates, the saffron party’s tally comes to around Rs 9,200. The Indian National Congress and its candidates are likely to have spent about Rs…

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Will currency ban hit non-BJP parties in UP elections?

The currency ban could give the Bharatiya Janata Party an upper hand in the upcoming UP election by denying funding to opposition parties. The Congress has already attacked the move to ban 500 and 1000 rupee notes with effect from midnight today. Since nearly the entire money used to fight elections in India is in ‘black’, the sudden and unexpected move by the BJP government to ban old notes of 500 and 1000 rupees will render much of the political funds totally useless. To make matters worse, not all parties…

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Left likely to form next govt, leads Kerala Assembly Election Results, BJP ahead in 2 places

The Left Democratic Front is indeed likely to form the next government in Kerala going by initial trends that give it a slight edge. According to official results, LDF is ahead in 88 out of 140 seats, followed by UDF or Congress in 50 seats and NDA in 1 seat. See the chart below: LEADS UDF 50 LDF 88 BJP 1 (total) 139 BJP is leading in Nemom in Trivandrum where O Rajagopal is fighting. BJP’s head of Kerala, Kummanam Rajasekharan, is set to lose the fight. Chief Minister Oommen…

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KERALA ASSEMBLY ELECTION RESULTS: Counting starts; Will BJP hit Congress or Left?

Counting has started in Kerala in arguably the most eagerly awaited assembly elections in Kerala’s recent history, and the first trends will be available by 8:00 AM. The voting this time created a lot of excitement for one key reason — the rise of the BJP and the inevitable pain that it will cause to the other parties in the field — Congress-led UDF and the Left Democratic Front or LDF. Traditional wisdom said that rise of Hindutva-oriented BJP would cripple the LDF — which gets about 70% of its…

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EXIT POLL RESULTS LIVE – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal

The Exit poll results are starting to pour in for the assembly elections held over the last few days in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam. KERALA Kerala will see the Left Democratic Front roar back to power with 90-100 seats out of 140, while the Congress front will face a crushing defeat according to India Today channel. The anti-incumbency factor was 67%, which means that two thirds of the people wanted a change in the government. The most favored CM candidate was VS Achyuthanandan, while Pinarayi Vijayan got…

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Democratic Presidential Results: Bernie Sanders wins big in Utah

The first numbers from this Tuesday’s Democratic Presidential Primary Polls are in and as expected, Hillary Clinton has won the Arizona Primary with an clear margin. However, Bernie Sanders registered a strong win in Utah with about three quarters of the votes in his favor. Arizona accounts for 85 delegates being chosen today, while the remaining two states account for only 64 delegates. Clinton has won about 59% of the votes in Arizona while Sanders won 38% with 71% of the votes counted. Out of the 56 delegates announced in…

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Bernie Sanders has to win all 12 upcoming Democratic primary polls as Hillary increases lead

Bernie Sanders and his Republican compatriot Donald Trump have one thing in common – loads of passionate, dedicated supporters who have made themselves heard on social media. But with the Democratic race continuing to favor Hillary Clinton, how much longer can Bernie Sanders supporters continue to keep the spirits up? Are they giving up yet? Going by social media reactions, the supporters of the senator are holding on for one last time, hoping to win all the Democratic Presidential Primaries that are scheduled for the next 40 days. If that…

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BJP to triple Kerala vote share as Hindus leave Congress in droves – prepoll survey

A survey conducted by Asianet News and C-FORE polling agency ahead of upcoming assembly elections has revealed a dramatic shift of Hindu votes away from the Congress-led United Democratic Front towards the Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP is set to triple its vote share to 18% from 6% five years earlier, the survey found. The emergence of the BJP has, however, not hurt the base of the Left Democratic Front, indicating that it is the relatively well-off Hindus — who traditionally favored the Congress — who have shifted alliances. The numbers…

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UDF faces anti-incumbency in Kerala local body polls

The Congress Party-led United Democratic Front faced a strong wave of anti-incumbency in the latest polls conducted in Kerala. According to the results of the local body polls, the Left Front has made decisive gains across the state, with the Congress now placed at third place in the Trivandrum Municipal Corporation election behind the LDF and the BJP. At present, LDF has leads in around 390 panchayats, while the UDF has leads in 320 and the NDA in 28. In Municipalities, the LDF leads in 37, followed by the Congress-led…

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Left Parties lead in Kerala Panchayat elections

In a boost for the Left front, early trends have given a lead to the Left Democratic Front in Kerala’s local body elections. Early indications say that LDF has 27 leads, while Congress-led UDF led in 9 seats. LDF is leading in 11 municipalities and the UDF in 6. The fight is crucial for the LDF as it has come under attack from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The Congress Party was hoping that the rise of the BJP would splinter Left Parties’ vote base and help it remain in…

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LDF leads in Kerala Panchayat Elections results

Kerala is all set for the revelation of Panchayat Election numbers today. The first indications of the local body elections will come out by around 8 am, and all figures are expected by 1 pm. The performances will be seen as a precursor to the big fight next year for the state assembly. The election is crucial for all three fronts in the fight – the Congress-led UDF, the Left Democratic Front or LDF and the National Democratic Alliance of the BJP. LDF has a slight lead in terms of walkovers….

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Delhi Elections Exit Poll Results – AAP to win 35-45 seats

The Aam Aadmi Party made a clean sweep of Delhi, according to all the exit polls conducted so far. The AAP is seen winning between 35-45 seats, while the BJP is expected to win 22-28 seats according to the exit poll results. The absolute decimation of the Congress Party seems to have worked to AAP’s advantage in these Delhi elections. A negative campaign run by the BJP in the last days also seems to have dented the right-of-center party’s strong vote-base among the trader class, known as Baniyas. Latest exit…

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