Elections

  • Maharashtra polls: NCP releases manifesto; promises sops for students, minorities 15 minutes ago

    Mumbai: In a bid to outdo the Congress Assembly poll manifesto, the Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) manifesto for the Maharashtra assembly polls released on Thursday, has promised to increase the income limit for Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Scheme beneficiaries to Rs 3 lakh. Incidentally, the Maharashtra state Congress assembly poll manifesto released...
  • Maharashtra polls: Congress releases manifesto, promises Rs 500 cr drought fund 45 minutes ago

    Mumbai: The Congress on Thursday released its manifesto for the Maharashtra assembly polls, promising increased income limit for beneficiaries of a health scheme from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh, besides police stations for women as well as elimination of manual scavenging in the state. Releasing the manifesto which was...
  • Put Congress' 'malgovernance' into dustbin: Naqvi 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    Chandigarh: Exuding confidence that BJP will form the next government in Haryana on its own, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said that time has come to rid the state from "malgovernance" of Congress. "Today, it is Gandhi Jayanti and in entire country 'Clean India' campaign was launched, in...
  • Haryana polls: BJP releases manifesto, promises foodgrain at Re 1 per kg 2 hours 45 minutes ago

    Chandigarh: The BJP in Haryana has promised foodgrain at Re 1 per kg for BPL families, free treatment to the poor and stipend for unemployed youths in its election manifesto, which it released on Thursday hoping to come to power on its own for the first time in the state. The...
  • Statehood for Vidarbha, a headache for Shiv Sena 3 hours 13 minutes ago

    Mumbai: The tough stand of the BJP for a separate state of Vidarbha has created a big hurdle for the Shiv Sena at least in Vidarbha region after the split of the 25-year-old alliance. Nagpur, the major city in Vidarbha has been the headquarters of the RSS and after the death...
  • NCP will always stand with secularism, says Sharad Pawar on alliance with BJP 5 hours 12 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Amid accusations that his party could go with the BJP after the Maharashtra Assembly elections, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday asserted his support for secular parties. "NCP has always stood by the secular parties and will do the same in future," Pawar told mediapersons. Taking a jibe at the...
  • Haryana elections: Congress may bag more votes by passage of Gurdwaras Management Bill 5 hours 24 minutes ago

    Kurukshetra: Ahead of Haryana Assembly elections, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is trying hard to woo the Sikh vote bank in the state where one of the significant vote share comes from over 10 lakh Sikhs. Earlier in the year, the state government had passed a bill creating a separate...
  • Nitin Gadkari doesn't rule out post-poll pact with Shiv Sena 5 hours 50 minutes ago

    Pune: In an indication of a possible post-poll understanding with Shiv Sena, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that BJP could consider joining hands again with its estranged ally if the situation so demanded. Describing breaking of the 25-year-long saffron alliance in Maharashtra as most "unfortunate and painful," Gadkari, when...
  • I would've been happy if Sena-BJP alliance continued: LK Advani 6 hours 13 minutes ago

    Ahmedabad: Breaking his silence over the Shiv Sena-BJP split in Maharashtra, veteran BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday said that he would have been happy if the alliance had continued. "I would have been happier, if this (alliance) would not have been broken. But, this is also right that people...
  • Raj Thackeray blames Sharad Pawar for Shiv Sena-BJP split 6 hours 55 minutes ago

    Nagpur: MNS chief Raj Thackeray has blamed NCP chief Sharad Pawar for the 25-year-old Shiv Sena-BJP alliance split in Maharashtra ahead of the Assembly polls. "He (Pawar) told a senior BJP leader that you break the alliance with Sena and we (NCP) will support you," Thackeray alleged. Addressing a meeting...
  • Is Sharad Pawar responsible for the collapse of alliance politics in Maharashtra? 8 hours 58 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Kicking off the Congress campaign from Tuljapur (Tulaja Bhavani temple) former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan alleged that NCP leader Sharad Pawar was hand-in-glove with the BJP leaders. Following Chavan's resignation as the Chief Minister, the Maharashtra government collapsed and in no time, Presidential rule was imposed on the state....
  • Maharashtra elections: PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi, celebrity MPs as star campaigners 10 hours 3 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi are among the star campaigners who will criss cross the length and breadth of Maharashtra to woo over eight crore voters ahead of the October 15 state Assembly polls. BJP has submitted a list of 54 star campaigners...
  • Maharashtra: Despite split with Shiv Sena, Gadkari says post-poll alliance possible February 11, 1410

    Mumbai: Despite the bitter political political divorce between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the party is not ruling out a post poll alliance. "In the future we can meet and form an alliance," he said adding that...
  • BJP may have post-poll alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra: Kalraj Mishra Yesterday

    Mirzapur: Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday claimed that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in the upcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra and said there may be a post-poll alliance with Shiv Sena in the state. The Union Minister for MSME (micro, small, medium enterprises) expressed his views after...
  • Had Rajnath been BJP chief, alliance would have remained: Uddhav Thackeray Yesterday

    New Delhi: In a veiled attacked on BJP chief Amit Shah, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that he had told Rajnath Singh to continue as BJP President till the Maharashtra assembly elections and had he been at the helm of affairs the alliance would not have broken. Thackeray also...
  • Chavan's decisions will be probed if NCP comes to power: Ajit Pawar Yesterday

    Mumbai: Taking on Congress after their bitter split, NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said some decisions taken by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will be probed if his party came to power after the polls and ruled out any post-election truck with his estranged ally. The former Deputy Chief...
  • Maharashtra polls to witness new arithmetic: Prakash Javadekar Yesterday

    Mumbai: The October 15 Assembly polls in Maharashtra would see "a new arithmetic" emerging, BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. "These elections are going to be different. A new arithmetic will be seen. People will vote for good governance," he told reporters. The two long-standing alliances around which...
  • Mafia don-turned-politician DP Yadav shares stage with Amit Shah in Haryana, Congress cries foul January 22, 1410

    New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday targeted BJP chief Amit Shah over his sharing of the dais with mafia don-turned- politician DP Yadav during an election rally, saying birds of a feather flock together. DP Yadav is the father of Vikas Yadav who was convicted in the Nitish Katara and Jessica...
  • 'Hidden agenda' behind NCP snaping ties: Congress Yesterday

    New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday suspected a "hidden agenda" behind NCP parting ways with it in Maharashtra, a day after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan accused his former alliance partner of having a pre-meditated plan to topple the state government. At the same time, party spokesperson Anand Sharma steered clear of questions...
  • Congress releases manifesto in Haryana; woos farmers, promises growth Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Congress, seeking a third term in a row in Haryana, on Wednesday released its election manifesto for the October 15 polls, attempting to woo farmers and other sections, even as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda promised to put the state on higher growth trajectory. Seeking mandate in the name of...
  • Assembly polls: Modi to campaign in Haryana, Maharashtra from October 4 Yesterday

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will campaign for BJP by addressing poll rallies in Haryana and Maharashtra from October 4 even as the party decided to keep its focus on good governance and development in its bid to unseat Congress. Party's senior leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, besides...
  • If BJP was confident, won't have called Modi for rallies: Shiv Sena Yesterday

    Mumbai: Taking a dig at former ally BJP for announcing that Narendra Modi would hold poll rallies in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the Prime Minister would not have been invited to address the public if BJP was confident of winning on "Modi wave." "There are so...
  • EC guidelines on financial transparency come into force Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Election Commission guidelines making it virtually mandatory for political parties to deposit their funds in banks and not to exceed ceiling limits in financial assistance for candidates to ensure transparency and accountability came into effect on Wednesday. The Election Commission order of August 29 in this regard...
  • Sena MP Anant Geete not to resign from Modi Cabinet, says alliance still intact at Centre Yesterday

    New Delhi: Anant Geete, Shiv Sena's lone member in the Union Cabinet, on Wednesday said he will not resign as Heavy Industries Minister after his party decided to continue in NDA despite parting ways with the BJP for Maharashtra Assembly elections. Asked whether he will resign, Geete said, "Certainly not". "It (the...
  • We are not fighting against Congress, breakup unforunate: NCP's Supriya Sule -1586937731 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Supriya Sule, the daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and MP said that her party wanted to save the Congress-NCP alliance in the state. Speaking to CNN-IBN she said, "we were very keen on the alliance. We wanted the Congress to decide quickly. Sharad Pawar spoke to Sonia Gandhi....
  • Maharashtra elections: Will BSP benefit from the Athawale-BJP alliance? -263646851 minutes ago

    Mumbai: It seems the decision taken by the RPI (A) chief and MP Ramdas Athwale to go with the BJP for the sake of power has not gone down well with the Dalit communities across Maharashtra. Arjun Dangale, a close aide of Ramdas Athawale declared that he will align with...
  • Relatives to slug it out in Maharashtra poll ring Yesterday

    Mumbai: Maharashtra will witness many politicians battling it out against their relatives who are contesting as candidates of rival parties to enter the Assembly. Ashish Deshmukh, nephew of NCP leader and Food and Civil Supplies minister Anil Deshmukh, is pitted against his uncle in Katol, which Anil has been representing...
  • Haryana polls: Dalits live in fear in Mirchpur, have no hopes from any party January 11, 1410

    Mirchpur: As Haryana is going to polls on October 15, caste factor continue to play a crucial role in the state politics. Dalits make up 20 per cent of Haryana's population, above the national average of 16 per cent, but social and political clout still remains with the Jats. In 2010,...
  • Maharashtra polls: BJP broke alliance with Sena as it wanted to tie up with NCP, says Uddhav January 11, 1410

    Mumbai: As Maharashtra is heading for a multi-cornered battle, political parties are accusing each other for breaking the alliance. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has accused its former ally Bharatiya Janata Party of breaking the 25-year-old partnership. In his first interview after parting ways with the BJP, Uddhav said...
  • Voting through paper ballot a possibility in three seats: CEC Yesterday

    Mumbai: Three constituencies in Marathwada could see voting through paper ballot instead of the Electronic Voting Machines on October 15 Maharashtra assembly polls if the total number of candidates in each of them exceeds 63. These constituencies are Bhokar, Nanded South and Nanded North. At...