Assembly Elections 2008

  • No India Shining, BJP ads play it safe on content March 26, 2009

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fine-tuning its own anthem to take on the Congress' Jai Ho… jingle. Having burnt its fingers once in 2004 with the India Shining campaign, the saffron brigade is being extra cautious. The BJP poll-advertisement jingles draws on veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy. The...
  • EC certified political adverts valid across country March 23, 2009

    Thane: Political advertisements certified by the Election Commission will be valid for broadcast on TV and radio across the country, the poll panel has said. The EC, issuing an instruction to state election officers to this effect, said the parties need not obtain permission from each of the state election...
  • Cong office staff get bonus for Delhi, Rajasthan poll wins January 17, 2009

    New Delhi: Even as economic slowdown grips India, the permanent staff at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi have reason to cheer. They are getting a month's salary as bonus for winning the Delhi and Rajasthan Assembly elections. But the bonus is not as unexpected as the wins that came last month. It's...
  • Omar Abdullah not just another political scion January 5, 2009

    New Delhi: A Member of Parliament at 28, India's Minister of State at 29, the President of his party at 34, and now the youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir at 38 - but for those achievements - it may have been easy to dismiss Omar Abdullah as just...
  • Omar Abdullah sworn in as J-K Chief Minister January 5, 2009

    Jammu: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Monday took oath as the eighth chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir along with 10 ministers in Jammu on Monday. Governor N N Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Abdullah and his council of ministers. After Omar, Tara Chand of the Congress was...
  • J&K's youngest CM gets ready to assume office January 5, 2009

    New Delhi: It's history in the making for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as it's youngest Chief Minister to date gets ready to assume office. Thirty-eight-year-old Omar Abdullah's swearing in marks the return to power of Kashmir's first family. Omar's father Farooq Abdullah and grandfather Sheikh Abdullah have both...
  • Omar to be sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir CM today January 5, 2009

    Jammu: National Conference President Omar Abdullah is all set to be the youngest chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. He will be sworn in as the chief minister on Monday. Omar is the young face of Jammu and Kashmir and is wildly popular among his followers. The youth of the...
  • PDP quits UPA in Delhi; Mehbooba thanks Sonia January 4, 2009

    Srinagar: The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from United Progressive Alliance at the centre after the Congress decided to partner with the National Conference and form a government in Jammu and Kashmir. "In view of your new arrangement with the National Conference, both in the state and in the UPA,...
  • No rotation of CM's chair in J-K, Omar gets a free run January 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Congress has ruled out a rotation of chief ministers in Jammu and Kashmir even as the party will have a deputy chief minister in the state Cabinet. Now the challenge before the party is to find the right candidate with chief minister-designate and National Conference President Omar Abdullah insisting...
  • No rotation of CM in J-K, decides coalition January 2, 2009

    New Delhi: A meeting of Jammu and Kashmir coalition partners, the National Conference (NC) and the Congress, on Friday decided there would be no rotation of chief ministership between the two parties in the state and the NC's Omar Abdullah will head the government for the full six-year term. Congress sources...
  • J-K youth enthused by Omar's vision for the Valley December 31, 2008

    Srinagar: It's time for celebration at Abdullah's residence after the Congress endorsed Omar Abdullah as the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The patriarch of the National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah cut a cake to celebrate the moment but he had a piece of advice for his son. “He should...
  • BJP sweeps Karnakata by-polls, Cong fails to score December 31, 2008

    Bangalore: Congress' hopes have been ruined in Karnataka as the Grand Old Party failed to win a single seat in the Assembly by-elections held on Sunday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got a simple majority in the Karnataka Assembly winning five of the eight seats to which by-elections were held with...
  • Congress-NC alliance finalised, Omar to be J-K CM December 31, 2008

    New Delhi: The Congress-National Conference tie-up in Jammu and Kashmir has been finalised and the state will have its youngest chief minister in 38-year-old NC President Omar Abdullah. But there could still be a twist in the tale as the Congress may not just want to remain kingmaker. "There will be a...
  • Cong committee set to finalise alliance with NC February 6, 2009

    New Delhi: The Congress Core Committee meeting has begun. The committee is expected to take the final decision on a possible alliance with the National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior Congress leaders are also expected to meet NC President and chief ministerial candidate Omar Abdullah on Tuesday....
  • Migrant candidates voted out of J-K assembly December 30, 2008

    Srinagar: This year's assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir was a verdict for democracy; however, among the Kashmiri Pandits, there is a feeling that they are left out. Despite their 47 candidates in the poll fray, almost thrice the number in 2002, none could make it to the assembly this...
  • One happy family: Omar, Farooq deny rift rumours December 30, 2008

    A day after National Conference emerged the single largest party in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, former state chief minister Farooq Abdullah rejected all speculations of a rift within the party and named his son and National Conference President Omar Abdullah the party's chief ministerial candidate. In this exclusive interview...
  • J-K Polls: Political negotiating begins for NC December 30, 2008

    J&K / New Delhi: Giving shape to the contours of its relationship with the National Conference, Sonia Gandhi met Jammu and Kashmir leaders Saifuddin Soz and Ghulam Nabi Azad knowing that the meeting holds the key to government formation in the state. The Congress is working at the best for...
  • J-K wants Omar Abdullah to fulfill promises: Geelani December 29, 2008

    Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference's hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani has justified the election boycott call given by the separatists. Speaking to CNN-IBN in Srinagar Geelani reminded National Conference President Omar Abdullah of the huge weight of expectations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. CNN-IBN: Omar Abdullah is going to be the next...
  • Geelani wishes Omar good luck; PDP watches December 29, 2008

    Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, 38, is set to become Jammu and Kashmir’s youngest Chief Minister and lead a coalition government. Here is what the top three political groups are saying about him and his future government. Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani “He (Omar Abdullah) is a young man...
  • Jubilant NC's victory march in Omar Abdullah's turf December 29, 2008

    NC President Omar Abdullah supporters in Ganderbal have enough reason to be jubilant. Here's a look at how they are celebrating. ...
  • Farooq steps back, names Omar for J-K CM December 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Allaying all speculations of a rift within the National Conference, party leader Farooq Abdullah named his son and party president Omar Abdullah as Jammu and Kashmir's chief ministerial candidate. "I've thought about the issue overnight and have decided Omar should be National Conference's chief ministerial candidate. Younger CM will...
  • Farooq, Omar Abdullah poll-arised over J-K CM seat December 29, 2008

    Srinagar: It seems like the Jammu and Kashmir elections are turning into a family feud. While former chief minister Farooq Abdullah has been the National Conference's dominant choice for Chief Minister, his son and party president Omar Abdullah is popular among the youth. In exclusive interviews to CNN-IBN, both seemed at...
  • The big five questions J-K needs to answer December 29, 2008

    Violence-free polls, high voter turnout and now a new alliance - India's most turbulent state Jammu and Kashmir is back to business after years of insurgency. That's perhaps the message the establishment is trying to send across to Pakistan engulfed in the post-26/11 war hysteria. But the bigger question is...
  • The big picture: J-K verdict, India's future? December 29, 2008

    Srinagar: Violence-free polls, high voter turnout and now a new alliance - India's most turbulent state is back to business after years of insurgency. That’s perhaps the message the establishment is trying to send across to Pakistan engulfed in the post-26/11 war hysteria. “People of J-K have expressed full faith in...
  • Now: I'll be CM, says Farooq | Earlier: 'Omar can be CM' December 28, 2008

    Srinagar: National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah jumped into the chief ministerial race saying he will head a potential NC-Congress government in Jammu and Kashmir, hours after indicating that his son Omar Abdullah will get the top job. Answering a flurry of questions on the chief ministership, Abdullah declared he would be...
  • Gender bender: Only 3 women in new J-K House December 28, 2008

    Srinagar: Only three women, including PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, out of 67 hopefuls could make it to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly as results of all 87 seats poured in. Sakina Itoo and Shamima Firdous, both National Conference, were the other two women who romped home from Noorabad and Habba Kadal...
  • In Pics: Democracy wins in J-K December 28, 2008

    The National Conference has again emerged as the single-largest party. ...
  • Omar, Farooq take J-K but democracy wins December 28, 2008

    Srinagar: For the fourth time in the year, an election result has thrown up a fascinating picture. 2008 has been a year of electoral surprises and the Jammu and Kashmir has lived up to it. This has been perhaps the most tightly fought election in the history of the...
  • Winners all: Abdullahs seek Cong as partner December 28, 2008

    Srinagar: The National Conference on Sunday emerged as the single largest party in Jammu and Kashmir as counting trends indicated a hung legislative assembly. PTI reports back-channel talks have begun between the National Conference and the Congress for forming a coalition government in the state. "Personally, I would prefer to have an...
  • With eyes on LS, BJP says it'll sit in J-K Opposition December 28, 2008

    New Delhi: After bagging double-figure seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for the first time, BJP on Sunday said it is ready to play the role of a "nationalist Opposition" and work towards capitalising on its achievements for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. "We, in...