Polls 2012

  • If I have committed mistakes, I apologise: Modi December 20, 2012

    Ahmedabad: Pitchforked into the prime ministerial race after his electoral hat-trick and amidst cheers of "PM, PM, PM " from his supporters, Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday apologised to the people of Gujarat if he had committed any mistake. "If there has been a mistake somewhere, If I have erred...
  • Modi starts Gujarat poll campaign with Cong bashing September 11, 2012

    Mehsana: Ahead of the 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections, Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday started his election campaign with a strong message against the Centre. Criticising the Congress, Modi said the CBI is being used to target him. With Vikenanda Yuva Vikas Yatra, the Chief Minister hit the campaign trail early...
  • 9 pc of Obama supporters defect to Romney: poll August 7, 2012

    Washington: Nine per cent of the 2008 supporters of US President, Barack Obama, have now defected to his presidential challenger Mitt Romney, a new poll has said. "Nine per cent of 2008 Obama voters have switched to supporting Romney this year, while five per cent of McCain voters have switched to...
  • Outraised Obama seeks more donations August 7, 2012

    Washington: Outraised by his Republican rival Mitt Romney for third consecutive month, the Obama campaign has sent a mass letter to its supporters seeking more donations from them. The emailed letter also said the campaign would be in trouble, if they did not step up. "We got beat, three months in a...
  • UP: Rahul advises party workers to shun groupism May 2, 2012

    Amethi: Undeterred by the poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday advised party workers to shun groupism and strengthen the organisation. "You all should shun groupism and work unitedly to strengthen the party. Some changes are in the offing to strengthen the organisation...I want...
  • Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi from April 30 April 26, 2012

    Lucknow: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit his Parliamentary constituency Amethi from April 30 to May 2 for the first time since his party's drubbing in the recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. According to Gandhi's office in New Delhi, he will interact with party workers in his Parliamentary Constituency. This...
  • Rahul Gandhi to begin review of UP poll debacle April 5, 2012

    New Delhi: A blame-game over the Congress debacle in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls is expected to begin on Thursday when Rahul Gandhi sets out on the task of analysing the outcome which has come as a rude shock to the party. Gandhi, who led the party in the crucial polls, will...
  • Mulayam warns ministers against celebratory firing March 19, 2012

    Lucknow: Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said strict action could be initiated against ministers if any celebratory firing takes place during their felicitation. "The ministers involved in such an act creating inconvenience to people will not be tolerated. We will take strict action those ministers and they can...
  • SP workers brandish guns at a victory rally March 19, 2012

    Samajwadi Party workers were on Sunday seen brandishing guns at MLA Mehboob Ali's victory rally on the Lucknow-Delhi road. ...
  • Sonia to take decision on Goa legislature leader March 18, 2012

    Panaji: Still smarting under its recent debacle in Goa polls, Opposition Congress has failed to elect its leader for the Assembly leaving the decision to party president Sonia Gandhi. Senior party leaders Mukul Vasnik and Jagmit Singh Brar held discussions with individual legislators after the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) failed to...
  • Azam Khan takes oath as UP minister March 18, 2012

    Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan on Sunday took oath as a Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister for the second time following the fiasco on the first occasion when he had not taken the pledge of secrecy and office as per the Constitutional procedures. Khan was administered oath by Governor BL...
  • Azam Khan to take oath again as UP minister March 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Samjawadi Party leader Azam Khan will be sworn-in again on Sunday as a Uttar Pradesh cabinet member. That is because he did not fully read out his oath during the March 15 ceremony. A PIL brought this to notice after which the Governor's office looked into the recordings...
  • 'Rawat will be given his due, no change in U'khand CM' March 18, 2012

    New Delhi/Dehra Dun: With a solution to the crisis in Uttarkhand continuing to elude the party, Congress on Saturday said rebel leader and Union Minister Harish Rawat will be given "his due" but ruled out changing Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna. The name of Rawat's wife is being considered for Rajya...
  • Uttarakhand CM reaches out to Harish Rawat March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: There seems to no end to worries for the Congress in Uttarakhand. New state Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna is in Delhi and sources say he is trying to reach out to the Harish Rawat camp. But the rebel leader is reluctant to meet him. Rawat sent three...
  • UP: Akhilesh Yadav sets fresh rules for SP workers March 17, 2012

    Lucknow: Haunted by the spectre of a repeat of hooliganism that marred the the 2004-2007 tenure of the Samajwadi Party government, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday issued fresh guidelines with regard to putting up of hoardings and use of party flags on vehicles and asked them to...
  • Will sort out differences with Rawat: Bahuguna March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Beleaguered Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Friday said he would make efforts to resolve differences with senior Congress leader Harish Rawat and hoped that the party would be able to prove majority and form government in the state. "Harish Rawat has been a senior Congressman and I...
  • Akhilesh takes charge of UP, SP workers create ruckus March 15, 2012

    Lucknow: It was high drama in Lucknow on Thursday as the Samajwadi Party workers created a ruckus after Akhilesh Yadav's oath-taking ceremony. Despite promises to restore law and order, several ministers with criminal records were sworn into the new Cabinet as well. Another surprising element of the oath-taking ceremony was that...
  • Uttarakhand: Rawat faction boycotts swearing-in March 15, 2012

    Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Congress continued to remain in turmoil on Thursday as only 14 of the 32 party MLAs turned up to take oath as members of the House. The remaining 18 MLAs, who belong to the Harish Rawat faction, stayed away. This comes two days after Vijay Bahuguna was...
  • Akhilesh Yadav takes oath as UP Chief Minister March 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday took his oath to office in Lucknow to become the youngest Chief Minister of India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh. A total of 47 ministers have sworn in, including 19 Cabinet ministers and 28 MOS, along with Akhilesh Yadav. Akhilesh led his party...
  • Akhilesh to take charge as youngest UP CM today March 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav will take charge on Thursday as the youngest Chief Minister of India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh will take his oath to office in Lucknow. Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh Yadav has indicated that the cabinet will be a small one, with his uncle Shivpal...
  • Uttarakhand: Rawat meets Cong MP Pradeep Tamta March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Harish Rawat on Wednesday was meeting Congress MP Pradeep Tamta along with his supporter MLAs. The meeting comes even as the Congress is battling rumours that Rawat is set on joining the BJP, after the Congress made Vijay Bahuguna the chief minister of Uttarakhand. Rawat had...
  • Punjab polls: Badal's swearing-in ceremony today March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: A host of leaders across party lines are expected to descend in Chandigarh on Wednesday to attend Parkash Singh Badal's swearing-in ceremony. But Mamata Banerjee will not be among them. The Trinamool Chief had initially accepted Badal's invitation but changed her mind on Tuesday. This will be 87-year-old Badal's...
  • Uttarakhand: Bahuguna sworn in amidst high drama March 13, 2012

    New Delhi: A week after election debacle of the party, the Congress split is wide open in Uttarakhand. In a dramatic turn of events, Congress MP Vijay Bhauguna was finally sworn in as the Chief Minister, but party strongman and Union Minister Harish Rawat and his supporters defied the...
  • Vijay Bahuguna: A simple soul, easily accessible March 13, 2012

    Dehradun: Congress leader Vijay Bahuguna, the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, is described by friends as a simple man who loves good food and believes in transparent governance. Barring political veteran Narayan Dutt Tiwari, rarely has a coronation in Uttarakhand brought smiles on so many faces in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. But for...
  • Maya eyes national role, files nomination for RS March 13, 2012

    Lucknow: Making her move to national politics after electoral debacle of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh, party chief and outgoing Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday filed her nomination for a Raya Sabha seat. Mayawati said being in Delhi will help her focus more on UP's problems and concentrate...
  • Akhilesh invites Left leaders for swearing-in March 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister-designate and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav is expected to meet senior Left Front leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday, adding to speculation of the formation of a Third Front. Akhilesh is scheduled to go to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M)) office to invite party...
  • Vijay Bahuguna to be the new Uttarakhand CM March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Putting an end to all the speculations, Uttarakhand general secretary in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that Vijay Bahuguna will be the new Chief Minister of the state. Bahuguna, son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister HN Bahuguna and brother of UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, is...
  • U'khand polls: No decision on CM candidate yet March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday met key party leaders to decide on who would lead the government in Uttarakhand. However, no announcement was made in this regard after the meeting. Meanwhile, according to sources, Union Minister Harish Rawat and senior leader Indira Hridesh are the frontrunners for the...
  • UP polls: Cong pulls up Sultanpur MP Sanjay Singh March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Sanjay Singh, Congress MP from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, has been asked to explain his comments on the party's performance in the state's Assembly election. Sanjay Singh had claimed that internal sabotage was to blame for the Congress's poor show in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections while coming down heavily...
  • Punjab: Cong helped Akalis engineer historic win March 12, 2012

    Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh turned 70 on Sunday, but the euphoria of celebration was missing. Having just led his party to a second consecutive loss in the assembly elections in just five years, his failure was, no doubt, uppermost on everyone's minds. While the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal...