Punjab Polls

  • Punjab polls: Olympian Pargat Singh joins SAD 09-01-2012 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh has joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ahead of Punjab elections this month. He will contest from the Jalandhar Cantonment constituency. Pargat will formally join the Akali Dal on Monday. He has resigned from the post of Director, Sports to contest the...
  • Punjab polls: 3 Badals fight against each other 09-01-2012 07:49 AM

    Chandigarh: For someone who is said to be perhaps fighting his last election, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would definitely not have expected to be fighting it against his own brothers. The three Badals are pitted against each other for the Lambi Assembly constituency in Punjab, which goes to...
  • Cong name candidates for Punjab, U'khand polls 09-01-2012 12:26 AM

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday announced a list of six candidates for Punjab and Uttarakhand assembly elections. The names of Vinay Mahajan and Gurpreet Kaur Dhaliwal figured in the list announced for Punjab. They will contest from Sujanpur and Mansa constituencies respectively. Aryendra Sharma (Sahaspur), Devendra Sethi (Dehradun Cantt), Hiran...
  • Punjab polls: Cong list full of leaders' relatives 06-01-2012 05:54 PM

    New Delhi: Former chief minister Amarinder Singh and his son Raninder Singh are among 114 Congress candidates whose names were released on Friday for the Punjab Assembly polls, with the party fielding the kin of many top leaders from the state. The Congress list includes former deputy chief minister Rajinder...
  • All about family in Punjab Congress this election 06-01-2012 01:59 PM

    Chandigarh: The Congress in Punjab may well have finalised candidates for the Jan 30 assembly elections based on the ability to win but, with numerous family members in the fray, the list is an embarrassing giveaway -- 'relatively' speaking, of course. From the son of state Congress president Amarinder Singh,...
  • Assembly elections: Uma Bharati meets Ramdev 06-01-2012 10:20 AM

    Haridwar: The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to campaign against the Congress in the upcoming assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. Party leader Uma Bharti met yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Haridwar late Thursday evening. Ramdev had earlier announced his plans to...
  • Congress announces 114 names for Punjab polls 06-01-2012 10:00 AM

    Chandigarh: After the uncertainty of the last few days, the Congress has finally released its list of 114 candidates for the 117-member Punjab assembly elections to be held on January 30. State Congress president and former chief minister Amarinder Singh will contest from his traditional Patiala assembly seat while another...
  • Jaspal Bhatti wants EC to allow mud-slinging 05-01-2012 06:41 PM

    Chandigarh: He may be the brand icon of the Election Commission (EC) for the Jan 30 assembly elections in Punjab but that has not deterred satirist-comedian Jaspal Bhatti from urging the commission, in a lighter vein, to allow leaders and candidates to indulge in "mudslinging and even character assassination to...
  • Poll process starts in Punjab with notification 05-01-2012 06:26 PM

    Chandigarh: The process of elections to the Punjab assembly officially began Thursday with Governor Shivraj Patil issuing the notification under the Representation of the People Act for the Jan 30 polls for 117 assembly seats. With the notification now issued, those who want to contest can file their nominations, a...
  • Ramdev to take on 'corrupt' leaders in state polls 05-01-2012 01:54 PM

    Haridwar: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's social outfit, the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, has initiated a training programme for young volunteers from across the nation to campaign against 'corrupt and tainted' political leaders during the upcoming five-state assembly polls. Ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls, Ramdev and his brigade of dedicated...
  • Anna not to campaign in the upcoming polls 05-01-2012 12:57 PM

    Pune: In the battle between Team Anna and the government, the government can heave a sigh of relief. Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare will not campaign in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi confirmed on Thursday. Bedi, who met Anna Hazare in Pune, also added...
  • Punjab polls: Sidhu fires verbal shots at Cong 05-01-2012 08:42 AM

    Chandigarh: The election fever is heating up in Punjab with BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu leading the campaign in his usual flamboyant style, hitting out at what he calls a corrupt Congress government at the centre. Adding star power to his campaign was Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna. "Sonia Gandhi and...
  • Punjab CM, CEC in a tiff ahead of polls 04-01-2012 08:02 AM

    Chandigarh: Ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab, the war of words between Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Chief Election Commissioner heated up, with the Chief Minister saying that the Election Commission is over stepping its Constitutional mandate. The Chief Minister accused the election officers of creating a...
  • Punjab polls: Cong attacks Badal over EC row 03-01-2012 05:12 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday attacked Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for criticising the Election Commission. Irked over Badal's letter to Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi asking election officials in the state "not to overstep their constitutional mandate", Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said "it was the case of...
  • EC acting beyond limits, says Punjab CM 03-01-2012 01:25 PM

    New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has hit out at the Election Commission, accusing it of stepping outside their Constitutional mandate. The Chief Minister accused the election officers of creating a confusion and interfering in governance matters. The Election Commission has retorted by saying that it was only...
  • Corruption cases dented BJP's image in 2011 03-01-2012 12:08 PM

    New Delhi: Fight for oneupmanship among the top brass in the BJP and a slew of corruption cases plaguing its governments in Karnataka and Uttarakhand blunted the main Opposition's attacks in 2011 against the Congress-led dispensation reeling under scams and policy paralysis. 83-year-old L K Advani, with his never-say-quit spirit,...
  • BJP declares list for UP, U'khand, Punjab polls 03-01-2012 01:35 AM

    New Delhi: BJP on Monday night declared its second list comprising 81 candidates for Uttar Pradesh, along with candidates for 48 seats of Uttarakhand and 20 seats of Punjab for the forthcoming Assembly elections in these states. After declaring candidates for 143 seats of UP earlier, the BJP Central Election...
  • Congress finalises Punjab list for assembly polls 03-01-2012 12:55 AM

    New Delhi: Congress on Monday finalised its list of candidates for Assembly elections in Punjab, where the party is poised for keen contest with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal " Bharatiya Janata Party combine. The names were decided by the Central Election Committee of the Congress headed by party chief...
  • CPI fielding candidates in poll-bound states 03-01-2012 12:38 AM

    Hyderabad: The Communist Party of India is fielding candidates in five states going to polls earlier this year, including Uttar Pradesh, having an understanding with Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (Marxist"Leninist), besides some secular and democratic forces, the party's general secretary AB Bardhan said in...
  • Ex-IAS officer launches website on polls 02-01-2012 08:30 PM

    Chandigarh: An interactive website listing information regarding two past Assembly elections in five states which go to polls later this month was launched on Monday. Five states - Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, will feature on the website where users can find information about candidates, constituencies, total votes...
  • Budget to be presented after state polls: Pranab 02-01-2012 12:24 PM

    New Delhi: The Union Budget will be presented after the completion of elections in five states, but the Government has not yet decided the final date of presentation, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday. "We have not yet decided the time (for the Budget), but naturally it will be...
  • Punjab: EC raises cash carry limit to Rs 2.5 lakh 30-12-2011 09:00 PM

    Chandigarh: In the wake of complaints of harassment from various quarters, the Election Commission on Friday enhanced the limit of carrying cash from Rs one lakh now to Rs 2.50 lakh during the period when model code is in force. The Election Commission had recently banned carrying of more than...
  • Assembly polls: EC team to visit Punjab today 27-12-2011 04:43 PM

    Chandigarh: An Election Commission team, led by CEC SY Quraishi, will undertake a two-day visit to Punjab, beginning on Tuesday, to take stock of poll arrangements in the state going to hustings on January 30. Quraishi will be accompanied by Election Commissioners VS Sampath and HS Brahma, a spokesman of...
  • BSP to go it alone in Punjab polls 26-12-2011 07:17 PM

    Chandigarh: The BSP on Monday announced to go it alone in January 30 Punjab polls, putting to rest all speculations about the party forging pre-poll alliance with People's Party of Punjab. "We did not have any meeting with (PPP head) Manpreet (Singh Badal) and neither did he meet us," BSP...
  • Punjab polls: Cong yet to announce candidates' name 25-12-2011 03:30 PM

    Chandigarh: The Congress is yet to announce its candidates for the January 30 Punjab Assembly polls, even as ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has already announced its first list of candidates. "We will announce the candidates' name in the next 3-4 days," Congress in-charge for Punjab, Gulchain Singh Charak said in...
  • 'All set to break cycle of the Akali, Cong in Punjab' 24-12-2011 09:54 PM

    The Congress seems to have an edge in Punjab with Chief Minister Parkash Badal's nephew Manpreet floating a third front. ...
  • Single-phase polling in Punjab on January 30 24-12-2011 06:10 PM

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday announced that the elections for 117 seats in Punjab assembly will be held on January 30. The battle for Punjab is a straight fight with the alliance of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contesting elections against the...
  • 7-phase poll for UP from Feb 4, results on Mar 4 24-12-2011 05:09 PM

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday announced the dates for the Assembly elections in five states " Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. While Uttar Pradesh will go for a seven-phase election, the other states will have one phase each. The elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held...
  • Anna's campaign should be tackled electorally: Sonia 24-12-2011 12:35 PM

    New Delhi: In another strong attack on Anna Hazare and his team, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in a meeting with the Congress General Secretaries said that Anna's campaign needs to be tackled electorally. She told the Congress General Secretaries that they must ensure that the Congress wins in Punjab, Uttarakhand...
  • EC to announce election dates for five states 24-12-2011 09:23 AM

    New Delhi: The Election Commission will announce poll dates for five states including Uttar Pradesh on Saturday at 4:30 pm. Assembly polls will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa. Uttar Pradesh is likely to have a 5-phase election, possibly in February. The other four states are...