2014 LOK SABHA POLLS

  • BSP will not contest byeelections on 12 seats in UP: Mayawati May 30, 2014

    BSP will not contest byeelections on 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and instead prepare for midterm polls as the Akhilesh Yadav government "might fall within a year", party supremo Mayawati said on Friday. "We will do preparations for Assembly polls. There is a possibility that this (SP) government may fall...
  • BSP workers rough up Dalit men who went to meet Mayawati May 20, 2014

    BSP workers allegedly roughed up a group of Dalit youths who went to meet party chief Mayawati in Lucknow on Tuesday. The group comprising 79 youths, who have been denied posting after being selected to the post of assistant review officials in the Uttar Pradesh state secretariat, sought an audience with...
  • Congress advises party leaders not to lose nerves in defeat May 19, 2014

    With several Congress leaders in Uttarakhand attacking each other in public following the party's rout in Lok Sabha polls, state unit of the party on Monday asked them not to lose their nerves in defeat and practise restraint. "We should not lose our nerves in defeat. We should accept the mandate...
  • Muslims contributed to Modi's victory, proved they are secular: Azam Khan May 19, 2014

    Suggesting that Muslims have contributed to Narendra Modi's victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, SP leader Azam Khan, who had indulged in a vitriolic attack on the BJP leader, said they had proved that they were a "secular" community. "Narendra Modi's victory in the Lok Sabha polls has amply proved...
  • Akhilesh should resign, seek fresh mandate in UP: Kalyan Singh May 19, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh on Monday demanded resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asking him to take moral responsibility for Samajwadi Party's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. "Talking of morality, it does not hold any meaning for Samajwadi Party. People's mandate went against them. Therefore on principle,...
  • Congress high command to decide on support to JD(U)led government May 19, 2014

    Congress legislature party met in Patna and authorised its central leadership to take a decision whether to continue supporting it or not. The CLP meeting apprised the Congress central leadership of the present political situation in Bihar and authorised them to take a decision, CLP leader Sadanand Singh told reporters. Asked whether...
  • SP meet today to take stock of electoral defeat May 19, 2014

    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has summoned party leaders, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, for a meeting on Monday to discuss the party's dismal performance in the Lok Sabha election. The party will deliberate on the reasons for winning only five of the 78 seats it contested in...
  • Vidisha MP Sushma Swaraj meets Modi in Delhi, eyes top ministry May 19, 2014

    BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who is reportedly not on best of terms with Prime Ministerelect Narendra Modi, held a meeting with the Gujarat chief minister Monday. The meeting took place at Gujarat Bhawan, where Modi has been camping since Sunday, sources said. The former Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha had...
  • LS polls: BSP's 'loyal' votebank fails to help party secure any seats in UP May 19, 2014

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) vote bank remained intact in Allahabad and Phulpur despite the Modi wave, however, it failed to help them secure any seats. Counting details indicate that the party secured 16.2 lakh and 16.3 lakh votes in Allahabad and Phulpur parliamentary seats respectively this time. In 2009 parliamentary elections it...
  • Will take to streets if inflation is not brought down: Sriprakash Jaiswal May 19, 2014

    Former Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday said that if the NDA government did not bring down inflation, as promised in its manifesto, within three months, Congress would take to the streets. Speaking to reporters in Kanpur, Jaiswal said Congress had lost the election, but "has not lost courage. The NDA is...
  • Reversal of roles: BJP snatches all five seats it lost to Congress in 2009 May 17, 2014

    The saffron wave swept Uttarkhand with BJP today winning all five Lok Sabha seats, snatching four of them from the ruling Congress with wide victory margins. All former BJP chief Ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank besides erstwhile Tehri Royal Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah and Ajay...
  • 3,836 of 12 lakh voters pressed NOTA button in Gautam Buddh Nagar May 17, 2014

    A total of 3,836 voters used the None Of The Above (NOTA) option in the Gautam Buddha Nagar parliamentary constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The total votes polled in Noida, Dadri, Jewar, Sikandrabad and Khurja Assembly segments was 2,78,253; 2,48,341; 1,97,655;2,37,972 and 2,32,337, respectively. The total votes thus polled was...
  • Respect people's mandate, says Nitish Kumar May 16, 2014

    Faced with a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said he accepted the verdict. "I respect the mandate of the people," he said in a terse statement issued by the Chief Minister Office in Patna. Kumar remained at his official residence at...
  • Landslide victory for BJP as it bags 73 out of 80 seats; SP, BSP, Congress routed May 16, 2014

    In a stunning comeback in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has clinched victory in 73 seats by surpassing its highest tally of 58 seats in the state which brought the NDA government to power in 1998. The Congress has won two seat, the SP has won 5 while Apna Dal has recorded...
  • Verdict 2014: High five for Modi as BJP sweeps Uttarakhand, bags all the five seats May 16, 2014

    The saffron wave swept Uttarkhand with BJP today winning all five Lok Sabha seats, snatching four of them from the ruling Congress with wide victory margins. All former BJP chief Ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank besides erstwhile Tehri Royal Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah and Ajay...
  • Ajit Singh loses to exMumbai police chief Satyapal Singh in Baghpat May 16, 2014

    Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh lost the Lok Sabha election on Friday from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to BJP's Satyapal Singh, a former Mumbai police commissioner. The 75yearold Jat leader is the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president and has never lost an election since 1999 from Baghpat. BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra...
  • NCP wants stable, decisive government, says Praful Patel May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Expecting the BJP to emerge as the single largest party, key UPA ally NCP on Tuesday said the country should have a "stable" government which will "decisively govern" for the next five years. Senior party leader and Union Minister Praful Patel said the people's mandate has to be respected...
  • Markets hit lifetime highs as exit polls predict majority for NDA May 13, 2014

    Market analyst Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has said that this feels like the start of the mother of all bull runs in the markets. ...
  • SP leader's daughterinlaw found hanging; husband booked for murder May 10, 2014

    The daughterinlaw of a Samajwadi Party leader was found hanging at her house in Yashodanagar , police said. The body of Anita, daughterinlaw of Atmaprakash Shukla, a Samajwadi Party leader and vicechairman of UPTRON (UP Electronics Corporation Limited), was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her house on Friday, they...
  • 61yearold movie director Prakash Jha on the campaign trail in West Champaran May 10, 2014

    Prakash Jha, famous for films on sociopolitical themes such asGangaajal,Rajneeti andSatyagraha, is hoping to be third time lucky by unseating sitting MP Sanjay Jaiswal of the BJP in the Paschim (West)Champaran Lok Sabha seat in Bihar. Contesting on a JD(U) ticket, the 61yearold movie director is among the 12 contestants from...
  • Rahul Gandhi returns the favour, campaigns in Varanasi May 10, 2014

    Days after Narendra Modi took on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the Congress vice president on Saturday retaliated by campaigning in this temple town, where the BJP's prime ministerial candidate is in the fray. Donning a Gandhi cap, the 43yearold leader flanked by Congress candidate Ajay Rai began his roadshow in Muslimdominated...
  • BJP leader, returning after completing Modi's rally preparations, killed in a road accident May 10, 2014

    A local BJP leader was on Saturday killed and another injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a truck while they were returning in the wee hours after preparations for a rally by Narendra Modi. BJP district president Sushil Rai was killed on the spot while party...
  • No victory processions can be taken out after polls results, says DM May 10, 2014

    Ahead of counting of votes for Lok Sabha polls on Friday, victory processions have been banned by authorities in the district as a precautionary measure. "Such processions after poll results have been banned as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order," District Magistrate Koshal Raj Sharma said. Security has been tight...
  • Varanasi's DM, under BJP attack, is a local hero May 10, 2014

    Even as he faces the BJP's wrath for putting curbs on its leader Narendra Modi's election campaign, Pranjal Yadav, the young IITeducated district magistrate of Varanasi, remains a local hero. A mechanical engineer from IITRoorkee, the 34yearold official is a 2006 batch IAS officer. He had been the district magistrate of...
  • BJP seeks repolling on 8 Amethi booths after Smriti alleged bogus voting May 8, 2014

    Alleging irregularities, BJP candidate Smiti Irani is seeking repoll in eight polling booths in Amethi constituency where she was pitted against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. An official said on Thursday that Smriti Irani had alleged bogus voting and intimidation of voters by Congress workers during the polling on Wednesday. She also...
  • BJP, SP enacting drama in Varanasi for poll gains: Mayawati May 8, 2014

    Terming Narendra Modi's rally being denied in the temple town and the ensuing protests from the saffron party leaders in Varanasi as a "new drama",BSP supremo Mayawati has alleged that BJP in connivance with SP were "doing" this to influence the elections on the remaining seats in the state. "The elections...
  • EC not satisfied with Babulal Marandi's reply to show cause, lets him off with a warning May 8, 2014

    The Election Commission on Thursday let off former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi with a "warning" for making a "deemed appeal" to pastors and bishops of various churches in Dumka for support in the Lok Sabha elections. Not satisfied with his reply to the show cause notice, the Commission asked him...
  • Kejriwal challenges Modi for a debate in Varanasi May 8, 2014

    Amid the controversy of Narendra Modi's rally being denied permission in the temple town, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday "invited" the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate for an "open discussion" in Varanasi. "I invite Mr Modi for an open discussion on a public platform. Let Kashi people ask straight...
  • Volunteers stream into Varanasi to add muscle to the campaign of their candidates May 8, 2014

    As political temperature hots up in this ancient temple town for the blockbuster fight, large number of volunteers of all three major players Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party have streamed into the city from across the country to add muscle to the campaign of their candidates. Scores of AAP volunteers...
  • After Smriti Irani cries foul, Priyanka Gandhi's PRO asked to leave Amethi May 7, 2014

    BJP candidate Smriti Irani and Public Relations Officer of Priyanka Gandhi, Preeti Sahay, entered in a verbal dual on Wednesday as the former objected to her presence at one of the booths in Jagdishpur area here. Following the incident, BJP complained to the Election Commission on the presence of Sahay at...