Candidates

  • No funds to fight polls, Congress nominees in the lurch in Tamil Nadu 19-04-2014 12:05 PM

    At a time when the Dravidian majors, AIADMK and DMK, are campaigning intensely in as many ways as possible, including roping in film stars, the Congress campaign is lacklustre in Tamil Nadu as the party is bereft of allies and its candidates short of funds to run the show. With...
  • Vijayawada: EC issues show cause notice against AAP candidate 17-04-2014 12:56 PM

    A show cause notice was issued against an AAP candidate from Vijayawada Lok Sabha seat and three others for allegedly violating the model code of conduct. Returning Officer J Murali issued show cause notices under section 127-A of the Peoples Representative Act to Harmohindar Singh Sahni of AAP, YSRCP worker...
  • Candidates in Shirdi invoke Saibaba's name to woo voters 16-04-2014 04:51 PM

    The candidates in this constituency, known as home of Shirdi Sai Baba, are wooing the voters in the name of the popular guru, assuring better infrastructure and top class facilities for devotees ahead of his death centenary in 2018. Saibaba, who lived and preached in Shirdi and surrounding areas during...
  • Maharashtra goes for 2nd phase of LS polls on Thursday 16-04-2014 11:22 AM

    Nineteen constituencies across Maharashtra with an estimated 3.25 crore electorate will go to polls tomorrow to decide the fate of 358 candidates, including Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde. About 3,24,27,558 electorate in constituencies of western Maharashtra, Marathwada, Konkan are eligible...
  • Individuals cannot give advertisements against party, candidates: EC 15-04-2014 07:27 PM

    A person not associated with a political party or not contesting elections is barred from giving advertisements on TV and radio against any party as it would indirectly benefit its political rivals. The Election Commission on Tuesday cited its 2004 order saying that advertisements by a person other than a...
  • Maharashtra: 3.18 crore voters to decide fate of 338 candidates on April 24 15-04-2014 04:21 PM

    As many as 3.18 crore voters will exercise their franchise in Maharashtra on April 24 on 19 Lok Sabha seats to determine the fate of 338 candidates including biggies like Chhagan Bhujbal and Milind Deora during third phase of polling. Out of the 338 candidates in the electoral fray, 149...
  • Lost 16 polls, but 73-year-old cobbler in the fray once again 15-04-2014 03:53 PM

    He may have lost 16 elections, but it has not deterred 73-year-old cobbler Om Prakash Jhakku from trying his luck once again from the Hoshiarpur seat of Punjab. Jhakku, who runs his shop from a small rented kiosk in the Kotwali Bazaar in Hoshiarpur, has contested 16 elections unsuccessfully --...
  • Lok Sabha polls: AAP demands EC's immediate intervention 14-04-2014 07:57 PM

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday demanded Election Commission's "immediate intervention" to ensure free and fair elections after two of its candidates were attacked in two seperate incidents in Jharkhand and Bihar. A statement released by the party said AAP candidate from Nalanda parliamentary constituency in Bihar, Pranav Prakash was...
  • Eight industrialists in LS poll fray in Andhra Pradesh 14-04-2014 04:14 PM

    Eight leading industrialists and businessmen are in poll fray from different parties for the Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh. Four of them belong to the YSR Congress, which released the list of its candidates for the simultaneous polls to Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha in the undivided AP. A...
  • AAP releases new list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections 14-04-2014 03:14 PM

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party who is trying to make space for itself in the national arena has released a list of candidates for its four seats in Andhra Pradesh and one in Uttar Pradesh. It has fielded Jagat Ram Sonkar in UP's Bahraich (SC) seat. Sonkar has BJP's...
  • Andhra Pradesh: NTR's son Balakrishna to contest on TDP ticket 14-04-2014 02:56 PM

    Telugu Desam founder-president N T Rama Rao's son and Telugu film star Nandamuri Balakrishna has jumped into the poll fray for the first time as the party announced his name for Hindupur Assembly seat in Anantapuram district. Hindupur was once represented by NTR himself and later for a term by...
  • LS polls: 7 AAP candidates face severe poll-fund crunch in Gujarat 14-04-2014 12:06 PM

    The Aam Aadmi Party, which jumped into the electoral fray accusing Congress and BJP of favouring 'crony-capitalism', seems to be doing 'poorly' in Gujarat as seven of its Lok Sabha nominees have managed to get only Rs 10 as poll funds. According to the party's official website, AAP's Ravji Paramar...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Hectic campaigning on in Puducherry 14-04-2014 11:37 AM

    With just over a week to go for the polls, the Union Territory is witnessing hectic campaigning by candidates who are straining every sinew to secure the lone Lok Sabha seat. As many as 30 contestants are in the fray for the April 24 elections with the major fight being...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Jeep crisis hits candidates on campaign 14-04-2014 11:09 AM

    At the height of the poll season, candidates of various political parties have been hit by a shortage of open-hood jeeps which is a favourite campaign vehicle to criss-cross muddy paths and uneven terrain. President of BJP's Bengal unit Rahul Sinha says campaigning in open-hood jeeps is of great help...
  • 186 candidates in Odisha facing criminal cases 13-04-2014 07:09 PM

    As many as 186 candidates for 77 assembly seats which are going to polls in Odisha in the second phase on April 17 have declared criminal cases against them, according to a report of Odisha Election Watch (OEW). Of the 747 candidates, 186 have declared criminal cases against them, constituting...
  • 116 candidates in fray for six Mumbai LS seats 13-04-2014 06:52 PM

    All six constituencies in Mumbai which go to polls on April 24 are set to witness either triangular or four-cornered contests with Congress-NCP going all out to retain their bastions against the opposition onslaught banking on a "Modi wave". As many as 116 candidates are in fray for the six...
  • LS polls: Congress leads list of tainted candidates in Odisha 13-04-2014 04:58 PM

    The Congress has fielded the highest number of "tainted candidates" in the second and last phase of the assembly polls in Odisha to be held April 17, an election watchdog here said on Sunday. At least 39 of the 77 candidates from the Congress contesting the elections in the second...
  • Gujarat: 50 per cent LS poll nominees 'unsocial' on net 13-04-2014 04:47 PM

    Poll fever has caught up big time on social media but surprisingly 50 per cent of Lok Sabha nominees from three major parties in Gujarat either don't prefer it for canvassing or stick to 'old school' techniques rather than logging on Facebook or Twitter. As per the affidavits filed by...
  • Many LS candidates share names, surnames 13-04-2014 02:27 PM

    Call it an attempt to confuse voters or sheer coincidence, but scores of candidates in fray in several Lok Sabha seats share common names or surnames. In Vadodara, Independent candidate Narendra Babulal Modi has joined the fray against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The 'Delhi West' seat in the...
  • Maharashtra phase-II poll: 358 candidates in fray for 19 seats 13-04-2014 12:12 PM

    Nearly 3.25 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 358 candidates, including Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, in 19 constituencies during the second phase of Lok Sabha election in Maharashtra on April 17. Ten constituencies of Vidarbha...
  • Photos of 'Indian Spider-Man' Gaurav Sharma: An independent candidate who scales walls and climbs his way into your balcony 12-04-2014 10:54 AM

    Gaurav Sharma, an independent candidate also known as the Indian Spider-Man, handed out pamphlets to residents and scaled neighbourhood walls during his election campaign in Mumbai. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election - a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world...
  • Lok Sabha polls: It's Modi versus Modi in Vadodara 10-04-2014 05:52 PM

    It is Modi versus Modi in Vadodara with a namesake of BJP's Prime Ministerial joining the fray as an Independent candidate in this Lok Sabha constituency. While BJP's Narendra Modi filed his nomination on Wednesday, so did Independent candidate Narendra Babulal Modi. According to his affidavit, 49-year-old Narendra Babu Lal...
  • Lok Sabha polls: 27 Congress candidates in Karnataka are billionaires 10-04-2014 02:19 PM

    Of the 28 Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha election in Karnataka, 27 are billionaires, led by its star nominee Nandan Nilekani (Bangalore South). "Till date, Nilekani (co-founder of IT bellwether Infosys Ltd), is the richest candidate in the country with assets worth Rs.7,710 crore (Rs.77 billion). The average assets...
  • Farooq Abdullah among 16 candidates in fray from Srinagar 09-04-2014 07:40 PM

    Union Minister and NC president Farooq Abdullah is among the 16 candidates to have filed nomination papers from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency which is going to polls on April 30. As many as 11 candidates submitted their papers before the election officials on Wednesday, as the deadline to file...
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Congress candidate alleges kidnapped by ultras, released 09-04-2014 02:34 PM

    Congress candidate for Konsa (W) legislative assembly in troubled Tirap district was on Wednesday allegedly kidnapped by ultras while six EVMs were damaged in three districts during the polling to two Lok Sabha and 60 assembly seats in the state, official said. Yumsum Matey representing Khonsa West was allegedly kidnapped...
  • Lok Sabha polls: CM Rawat's wife, senior minister face BJP's 2 ex-CMs 09-04-2014 12:25 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress has fielded two strong candidates against the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttarakhand. It has fielded Chief Minister Harish Rawat's wife Renuka from Haridwar. Haridwar is currently held by Rawat. His wife will take on BJP candidate and former chief minister Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank. The Congress has...
  • CPI releases names of six more candidates 08-04-2014 02:10 PM

    CPI on Tuesday released six more names of its candidates who would contest the Lok Sabha polls from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, taking the total number of its nominees to 69. While the party would contest Patiala, Gurdaspur, Sangrur and Amritsar in Punjab, it has also put up...
  • Congress fields 111 candidates in Telangana for Assembly polls 07-04-2014 07:33 PM

    New Delhi: After much delay, the Congress on Monday released its list of candidates for Assembly elections in Telangana. The party has fielded candidates in 111 of the 119 constituencies. Congress which carved out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh eyeing the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections suffered a huge setback when...
  • LS polls: Success rate of Independent candidates 0.53 per cent since 1952 07-04-2014 12:48 PM

    The country's electoral history has seen over 41,000 Independents contesting Lok Sabha polls till now but only 221 of them have won, the success rate being an abysmal 0.53 per cent. Out of total 41,309 Independents who fought the electoral battle, a whopping 40,420 not only lost the polls but...
  • LS polls: Only 12 per cent women candidates in fray 06-04-2014 01:55 PM

    Number of women candidates in Lok Sabha elections seems to be witnessing an uptick with their overall ticket share remaining low at up to 12 per cent even among parties like Congress, AAP and BJP. According to the lists of candidates announced so far by these three parties, just 133...