LOK SABHA ELECTION 2009

  • Democratic colors of India: 363 parties participated in 2009 polls March 7, 2014

    New Delhi: If we ask you to hazard a guess as to how many political parties participated in the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, there is a big probability of your answer going well off the mark. As many as 363 political parties participated in the yajna of democracy contesting...
  • Cashforvote 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 cashforvote 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...
  • BSP leader murder: Lookout notice for suspects issued April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The police has issued a lookout notice against two people suspected to be contract killers in BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj murder case. On Monday, one more person had been detained from northwest Delhi. Police suspect he could be the driver of the car that was used by the assailants....
  • 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...
  • The fall and fall of Advani: Ready for a forced exit? September 1, 2009

    New Delhi: From being the man responsible for the rise of the BJP in the 1990s to being blamed for its fall in 2009, LK Advani's fortunes have suffered a sharp fall. And the past three months have been particularly harsh for the BJP's iron man. On May 16, when the...
  • BJP lists its reasons for Lok Sabha poll loss August 20, 2009

    Shimla: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday admitted that its loss in the Lok Sabha elections was due to wrong slogans that did not click with the voters and projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the future prime minister of India was one of the reasons for its...
  • BJP has too many spokespersons: Advani July 7, 2009

    New Delhi: "Keep away from small temptations", was the advice to party colleagues by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani Monday as he expressed concern over some BJP leaders voicing their unhappiness over the party's functioning to the media. "The urge (among some party leaders) to see their names...
  • Varun Gandhi's election challenged by his uncle July 1, 2009

    Allahabad: A petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday challenging the election of BJP leader Varun Gandhi from Pilibhit Lok Sabha seat for allegedly seeking votes by spreading hatred against members of a particular community. Congress candidate from Pilibhit VM Singh, who is also the maternal uncle...
  • Varun meets RSS leaders, to strengthen BJP in UP June 24, 2009

    Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi, who courted controversy with his alleged hate speeches during the runup to the recent Lok Sabha elections, on Wednesday held a closeddoor meeting in Lucknow with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders, party sources said. The meeting assumes significance against the backdrop of the...
  • The road ahead: Rajnath redefines Hindutva June 20, 2009

    New Delhi: After the round of letter leaks and angry outbursts, the BJP leadership met in the Capital on Saturday to discuss what went wrong with campaign 2009. Party President Rajnath Singh came out with his own interpretation of Hindutva, while accepting responsibility for the defeat in the elections. Amidst...
  • Yashwant for probe into resignation letter leak June 15, 2009

    New Delhi: No one's listening to the gag order issued by BJP President Rajnath Singh. Rumblings in the BJP continue and even those who have been warned, continue to ask uncomfortable questions. Former union minister Yashwant Sinha, who resigned from all party posts, once again challenged the top leadership of the...
  • Split BJP gags leaders as Yashwant Sinha resigns June 13, 2009

    New Delhi: The rebellion in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be getting deeper with senior leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday resigning from the all posts of party. In his resignation letter which stated that Sinha was resigning from the post party vicepresident, member of National Executive and incharge of...
  • Jaswant questions BJP leadership on poll loss June 11, 2009

    New Delhi: Rumours of discontent within the Bharatiya Janata (BJP) have been rife since its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Now Senior party leader and Lok Sabha MP Jaswant Singh has written to the party leadership and questioned why no one takes responsibility when things go wrong. He has...
  • Political party bribed Army officers during polls: EC June 4, 2009

    London: Members of a political party bribed Army officers in a blatant bid to rig postal ballots during last months General Elections in India, according to Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi. He did not identify the party. The visiting Indian official, who was giving a presentation on the justconcluded elections at...
  • 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 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Murmurs of protest have started in the Bharatiya Janata Party against L.K. Advanis election as Leader of Opposition with party vicepresident 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 sisterinlaw Maneka Gandhi and Rahul's cousin Feroze Varun Gandhi are taking...
  • No friendly fight, JDU lists BJP's follies June 1, 2009

    New Delhi: The BJP has reelected 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 DalUnited, for the first time publicly accused it of mishandling the election campaign. ...
  • Devil's Advocate: Venkaiah on BJP loss, fixing blame May 31, 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...
  • Watch: Goofups, gaffes while swearingin May 29, 2009

    New Delhi: If making it to Manmohan Singh's team of ministers was a tough task, for some it was tougher getting it right during the swearingin ceremony on Thursday morning. And this despite conscious efforts to get the pronunciations right. Most ministers consciously fumbled during the oath taking ritual. Take...
  • Watch: Trinamool ministers want to unseat Left in WB May 28, 2009

    A part of the new Government are 19 ministers from allied parties. The seven Trinamool ministers are clear about their agenda they want to use their position to try and unseat the Left Front from West Bengal. Trinamool Congress minister Mohan Jatua, Sultan Ahmed and Saugata Ray spoke to...
  • Who said what after the swearingin ceremony May 28, 2009

    New Delhi: There is a strong dose of youth in Team Manmohan Singh. As Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi says, young ministers are his imprint on the Cabinet. Agatha Sangma, for instance is the youngest to take oath. She is 27 years old. Winning for a second time from Tura...
  • Gaffes, laughs galore at Rashtrapati Bhawan May 28, 2009

    New Delhi: It was a sombre ceremony at the Ashoka Hall in Rashtrapati Bhawan as 59 new parliamentarians took oath as ministers Thursday but for a few eager MPs who unwittingly evoked much laughter. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who was sworn in as Minister of State with independent charge, walked...
  • Mamata and Karunanidhi: The contrast of the allies May 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Mamata has decided to spend five days every week in West Bengal, plotting the downfall of the Left government whereas DMK ministers are getting ready to move into the Capital permanently with family and friends. ...
  • Cong MPs happy with anything, allies play hard to get May 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Congress is finding it hard to please all its allies. He might be made incharge of Civil Aviation again, but NCP leader Praful Patel said he was hopeful of being elevated to another ministry. "In terms of a coalition, there are always some issues. It's a give and take...
  • TMC supporters celebrate as Mamata returns home May 24, 2009

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief and recently inducted Railway Minster Mamata Banerjee arrived in Kolkata on Saturday. And even as she dons her new role at the Centre, she promised her supporters that Bengal and it's development would always remain her priority. Mamata supporters awaited the leader's arrival outside the Kolkata...
  • Maya cracks the whip, warns officials to shape up May 23, 2009

    Lucknow: The poor performance of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the justconcluded Lok Sabha polls appears to have woken up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to the need for devoting attention to the governance of the sprawling state she held a long review meeting on Friday. A series of...
  • Let my daughter do good for Bengal: Mamata's mother May 23, 2009

    Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee, who took oath as a Union Cabinet Minister, was very 'stubborn' in her childhood days, her mother said on Friday. ''She was very stubborn. She used to do whatever she pledged,'' Gayatri Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo's mother, told reporters. While watching the repeat telecast of the swearingin ceremony...
  • Manmohan Singh: An accidental politician a second time over May 23, 2009

    New Delhi: Exactly five years to the day he was sworn in as Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh was sworn in to the post again. It has been an amazing journey for a man who called himself an accidental politician. ...
  • Arjun Singh in the winter of his career with Congress May 23, 2009

    New Delhi: Unable to hold back his tears, Arjun Singh broke down at a Congress rally this year. The reason his son and daughter had been denied tickets by the Congress. It was the first sign that the veteran Congressman was in the winter of his career in the...