General Election 2009

  • Cash-for-vote scam: BJP MPs tell court they were whistleblowers April 27, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP MP Faggan Singh Kulaste and former MP Mahabir Singh Bhagora, who are accused in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, on Saturday told a Delhi court that they were whisteblowers and their intention was to "expose horse trading" in Parliament. "Our intention from the beginning was to expose horse...
  • Jayalalithaa to hold rally in Madurai on Monday October 18, 2010

    Madurai: AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa will be holding a rally in Madurai on Monday. Party general secretary, Jayalalithaa, is slated to address the meeting to be held in the city outskirts along the Ring Road. The demonstration has been organised to protest against the failure of the ruling party in...
  • Govt acted in haste on Telangana issue: Karunanidhi March 28, 2010

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Sunday said "a delayed decision and hasty announcement" on Telangana had created the present situation in Andhra Pradesh and ruled out bifurcation of his state. "What we understand is that there should not be a delayed decision followed by a hasty announcement," Karunanidhi...
  • CNN-IBN wins Asian Television Award for poll coverage December 7, 2009

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN, the No.1 English news channel in India, won the 14th Asian Television Awards, which recognises excellence in programming, production and performance. The channel was awarded in the Best News Programme category for its excellent coverage on counting day during the General Elections 2009 when CNN-IBN was the...
  • Police to file chargesheet against filmmaker Prakash Jha September 10, 2009

    Patna: Filmmaker Prakash Jha seems headed for trouble with police in Bihar ordering a chargesheet to be filed against him for allegedly distributing money among voters during the April-May Lok Sabha elections that he contested, police said on Thursday. West Champaran Superintendent of Police KS Anupam said Jha was found guilty...
  • FTN: BJP needs to change or it will become irrelevant September 1, 2009

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been caught in a series of problems for the past few months. Following the loss in Lok Sabha elections earlier in the year many senior BJP leaders have targeted the top leadership demanding action against those responsible for the poll debacle. Even as the...
  • View chat: With Sudheendra Kulkarni on BJP crisis August 25, 2009

    BJP's senior leader and political advisor Sudheendra Kulkarni announced his decision to quit the party on Sunday following ideological differences. What next for Kulkarni? And will BJP come out of its present crisis? ...
  • Jaswant sacking: Diversion from BJP's real problems? August 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Was Jaswant Singh a victim of a deliberate strategy to dismiss any serious introspection on what went wrong for the BJP in elections 2009? Twenty-four hours after sacking Jaswant Singh on the first day of the Chintan Baithak a report prepared by veteran leader Bal Aapte enquiring into...
  • BJP makes up its mind, says Hindutva is its way July 26, 2009

    Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party will not drop its Hindutva agenda at any cost, BJP president Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, adding there was no "need for making those factors public" that led to the "party's unsatisfactory performance" in the Lok Sabha elections. "We are determined to follow the Hindutva agenda....
  • Despite poll debacle Karat is still CPM's big man June 23, 2009

    New Delhi: Prakash Karat may have led his party to its worst ever showing at the polls in four decades but his position as CPM General Secretary is at no risk. The party’s Central Committee, which met to introspect the debacle, backed what has been viewed as the Karat line...
  • Jaitley quits as BJP General Secretary June 17, 2009

    New Delhi: Arun Jaitley has been enjoying his cricket in the English summer even as the situation in the BJP back in India has turned volcanic. The Rajya Sabha Opposition leader on Tuesday quit as party general-secretary. However, his detractors are making it look like admission of guilt after a...
  • Sonia tours Rae Bareli to thank Cong foot soldiers June 12, 2009

    The victorious Congress saw Sonia Gandhi triumphant after the General Elections. She visited her constituency Rae Bareli along with her daughter and campaign manager Priyanka Gandhi to thank her party workers. ...
  • Mascot Kalavati turned away from Rahul's office June 10, 2009

    New Delhi: Last year, Rahul Gandhi made Kalavati – a Dalit woman from a nondescript village in Uttar Pradesh – famous in Parliament and across India, making her a symbol of UPA's governance challenge. Many months have passed and Kalavati seems to have been relegated to those video-taped recordings of that...
  • Watch: BJP leader tells why party failed in LS polls June 8, 2009

    BJP's key strategist wrote an article pointing out party's mistakes. ...
  • Secret of UPA's success: Sachar committee report June 6, 2009

    New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) made electoral gains in places which have a substantial minority population and where the a report recommending welfare schemes for minorities was implemented. An analysis of the Lok Sabha elections shows that the UPA won one fifth of its total seats and the Congress...
  • Are MPs ready for a woman Speaker? June 3, 2009

    New Delhi: The Congress on its part has found a trump card once again. Its leader Meira Kumar will be unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha on Wednesday - making her the first woman to hold the post. But, with a woman at the helm, will it...
  • Advani gets LS post, BJP leader sulks June 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Murmurs of protest have started in the Bharatiya Janata Party against L.K. Advani’s election as Leader of Opposition with party vice-president and Rajya Sabha member Pyarelal Khandelwal complaining about it to BJP chief Rajnath Singh. In a letter to Singh, Khandelwal, a senior leader from Madhya Pradesh, took exception...
  • All in the family: Four Gandhis in Parliament June 2, 2009

    New Delhi: For the first time in India's Parliament there are four Gandhis in the lower house. However, they represent both sides of the political divide. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi are on the treasury benches. Sonia's sister-in-law Maneka Gandhi and Rahul's cousin Feroze Varun Gandhi are taking...
  • Watch: R P N Singh, Shashi Tharoor's first day in LS June 2, 2009

    Day one of the 15 Lok Sabha saw many young faces make their debut. ...
  • Full House as Parliament meets for first time June 1, 2009

    New Delhi First Day, First Show. And it was predictably a full House, as India's Parliament, meeting for the first time after the national election, came alive with the rainbow colours of the country amid a babel of tongues that speak for this polyglot nation. The young and the old,...
  • Profile: Meira Kumar set to be first woman LS Speaker June 3, 2009

    New Delhi: A diplomat-turned-politician and Congress' Dalit face, Meira Kumar has come a long way since entering electoral politics in the mid-1980s to becoming the first woman to be chosen to occupy the high office of the Lok Sabha Speaker. Kumar, who is the daughter of late Congress stalwart Jagjivan Ram,...
  • No friendly fight, JD-U lists BJP's follies June 1, 2009

    New Delhi: The BJP has re-elected L K Advani as its parliamentary party leader but it couldn't reach a consensus on his deputy. The party also got a jolt today as its largest ally, the Janata Dal-United, for the first time publicly accused it of mishandling the election campaign. ...
  • India all set to have first woman Speaker June 1, 2009

    New Delhi: The first session of the 15th Lok Sabha begins on Monday and India is all set to have its first woman Speaker Meira Kumar - the Union Water Resources Minister. Chairperson of the UPA, President of India and now Speaker. On the June 3, it's a foregone conclusion now...
  • Advani to lead BJP in LS; search on for deputy June 1, 2009

    New Delhi: A meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) newly elected MPs in New Delhi on Sunday elected L K Advani as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha but didn’t decide on his deputy in the House. "After his election as the leader, the parliamentary party has authorised...
  • The Week That Wasn't: Cyrus on the Cabinet confusion May 31, 2009

    As the Elections conclude so the does the special series The Election That Isn't. However, on The Week That Wasn't this week Cyrus takes a dig at the confusion in the Cabinet. He also interviews Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, however, he's still trying to figure out what the Minister said...
  • Devil's Advocate: Venkaiah on BJP loss, fixing blame June 1, 2009

    The BJP had projected L K Advani as the party's prime ministerial candidate, but the party did miserably against what was hoped and expected by the BJP strategists. Why did the BJP do badly in these elections and where does the responsibility lie? Those were the two key issues that...
  • Cong and BJP promise to behave in new Lok Sabha May 31, 2009

    New Delhi: The first session of the 15th Lok Sabha begins on Monday with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) set to start a new innings and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it will play the role of a "constructive Opposition." The session will begin with the formal swearing in...
  • Prez address to new LS to read like Cong manifesto May 31, 2009

    New Delhi: The Presidential address when a government is being sworn in or at the beginning of the Budget session is always expected to toe the government line. Last Budget session, the President harped on the aam aami agenda. In her first address to the 15th Lok Sabha, President Pratibha Patil’s...
  • Friends turn foes? JDU blames BJP for NDA's poll debacle May 31, 2009

    New Delhi: Trouble seems to be brewing in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after its poll debacle. The BJP's largest alliance partner, the JD(U), has for the first time publicly accused it of mishandling the election campaign. The meeting was attended by JD(U) president and NDA acting-convener Sharad Yadav, Bihar Chief...
  • India wants peace but Pak makes it tough: Krishna May 30, 2009

    SM Krishna took charge as the Minister of External Affairs on Friday. In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, Krishna spoke on a variety of foreign policy matters including India’s relationship with its troubled neighbour Sri Lanka and charges of UPA government being pro-US. However, his strongest message seemed to go...