PUNJAB POLLS

  • Akali DalBJP sweep Punjab civic polls June 11, 2012

    Chandigarh: The ruling Shiromani Akali DalBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance made a clean sweep in the municipal election in Punjab on Sunday winning four municipal corporations, three municipal councils and 26 nagar panchayats, an official said. Stray incidents of violence, including a firing incident in Ludhiana city, and clashes between Akali...
  • Parkash Singh Badal takes oath as Punjab CM March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Eighty sevenyearold Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday took oath as Punjab Chief Minister. This is Badal's fifth term as the Chief Minister. Badal's son Sukhbir will remain his deputy. Badal's 18member cabinet includes 14 colleagues from his party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The remaining four are from its...
  • Punjab polls: Badal's swearingin 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 swearingin 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 87yearold Badal's...
  • 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...
  • New Punjab assembly a 'crorepati' club March 12, 2012

    Chandigarh: When the newlyelected Punjab assembly meets for the first time later this month, it will look more like a millionaires club than a legislature. The 117member house has no less than 101 crorepatis, data analysed by NGO Punjab Election Watch (PEW) has revealed. The affidavits submitted by Punjab politicians who...
  • Punjab: Amarinder invited to Badal's swearingin March 11, 2012

    Chandigarh: Notwithstanding the bitter political wrangling between them during the highoctane poll process in Punjab, SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal has decided to invite his political rival Congress' Amarinder Singh for his swearingin as chief minister for the fifth term. Besides Amarinder, CLP leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal's name also figures...
  • Badal invites Jayalalithaa to his swearingin March 10, 2012

    Chennai: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday invited his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa to participate in his swearingin ceremony on March 14. The AIADMK supremo, however, expressed her inability to attend the ceremony as she was scheduled to undertake campaign for the March 18 Sanakarankoil assembly bypoll...
  • Punjab: 'Wrong candidates' led to Cong defeat March 10, 2012

    Amritsar: Former deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Darbari Lal feels that the Congress has suffered a drubbing in the Assembly elections due to "wrong allocation" of tickets by the state party unit. Lal, who was denied the Congress ticket in this election, says, "The major reason for the party's defeat...
  • Badal invites Mamata to his swearingin ceremony March 9, 2012

    Kolkata: At a time when nonCongress chief ministers have come together on some issues, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has invited his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to his swearing in ceremony on March 14. "Badal telephoned Banerjee on Friday and invited her to attend his...
  • Parkash Singh Badal will continue as Punjab CM: SAD March 8, 2012

    Chandigarh: Putting at rest all speculation, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday declared that Parkash Singh Badal will remain the Chief Minister of Punjab, a post he would be holding for a record fifth time. "I had declared it well in advance that Badal will be the Chief Minister," SAD President...
  • Punjab polls: Badal to be sworn in as CM on Mar 14 March 8, 2012

    Chandigarh: Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal will be sworn in as Punjab Chief Minister on March 14 for a record fifth time with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) electing him as its Legislature party leader unanimously on Thursday, ending all speculation over the leadership issue. "I had declared it well in advance...
  • Battle for the States: Yogendra Yadav answers questions on polls March 7, 2012

    Yogendra Yadav of CSDS answers viewers' questions on postpoll survey and election results. ...
  • The Last Word: Will Cong defeats enhance Govt's policy paralysis? March 7, 2012

    Will the policy paralysis get worse? Or is there a possibility that Dr Manmohan Singh could take radical initiatives? ...
  • Badal vs Badal: who will be Punjab CM? March 7, 2012

    Chandigarh: It was an election fought in the name of one Badal but led from the front by another, a twopronged strategy that propelled the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to a record consecutive term. The milliondollar political question now is which Badal will be the next chief minister of...
  • Sonia, Rahul to take stock of poll debacle March 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the poll debacle in the four state. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to attend the meeting at around 11 am. Performance of Congress, which had banked on the charisma and aggressive campaigning by Rahul Gandhi,...
  • Punjab: SADBJP defies antiincumbency, wins big March 7, 2012

    Chandigarh: The BJP can breathe easy in Punjab as its alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal has created history by becoming the first coalition government to beat antiincumbency and return to power. The Congress faced a clear defeat and Manpreet Badal's Punjab People's Party even failed to open their account. The...
  • Battle for the states: Assembly polls verdict March 6, 2012

    The SP gained absolute majority while the Congress finished fourth in UP polls. Rahul Gandhi, who was the face of the party in the poll campaign in UP, has acknowledged the defeat. ...
  • Punjab polls: 14 women candidates enter Assembly March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: Out of total 93 women candidates contesting the 117seat Punjab Assembly polls, only 14 of them managed to win. SAD had fielded 10, BJP three, Congress 11 and Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) three women. Maximum six women each of SAD and Congress returned home victorious in comparison to two...
  • Opposition to Lokpal cost Cong dearly: Team Anna March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: As Congress suffered a major blow in the elections to five states, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Tuesday claimed that the opposition to an effective Lokpal cost the party dearly and took a dig at its top leaders. In her tweets, Bedi said when the Congress started to...
  • Ramdev sees poll results as verdict against graft March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev on Tuesday sought to claim victory in Congress's poor show in the Assembly elections, and announced another round of antigovernment protest on black money during the monsoon session of Parliament. Claiming that the verdict of the people's court was clearly against corruption and Congress's reluctance to...
  • ExPunjab police chief loses poll battle in Moga March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: Former Punjab DGP and Shiromani Akali Dal candidate PS Gill lost to his Congress rival by a margin of more than 4,500 votes in the Moga Assembly seat. Gill, who was handpicked by the SADled government as the Director General of Police in 2009, lost to Congress's Joginder Pal Jain...
  • SADBJP lose vote share but retain Punjab March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: Despite attaining absolute majority in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal and its ally BJP lost its vote share in comparison to Congress which failed to leave up to its expectations in the poll results of the 117 member Assembly. The fatherson duo of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal...
  • SAD calls meeting of newlyelected MLAs on Mar 8 March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: With SADBJP alliance retaining power in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has called a meeting of the party's newlyelected legislators on March 8. The newlyelected MLAs of the party would meet at 10 am in Chandigarh on March 8 while the party's core committee would meet...
  • Punjab: Prominent winners and losers March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: The ruling Shiromani Akal Dal(SAD)Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) created history in the Punjab Assembly by retaining power in Punjab belying history which has not seen the incumbent returning to power in the last 46 years. The SADBJP alliance won 68 seats, while Congress won 46 seats. The Others won three seats...
  • Punjab: Warhorse Badal beats antiincumbency March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal created history on Tuesday to become the first party ever to retain power in Punjab bucking the antiincumbency factor with Parkash Singh Badal, the grand old man of the state politics, and his son Sukhbir Singh leading the charge. And Parkash Singh...
  • Punjab results decimate Manpreet Badal, PPP March 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: Any hopes for a third front in Punjab's electoral politics were shattered as results to the 117 assembly seats were declared on Tuesday. Former finance minister and People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal, who broke away from his uncle, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in October 2010...
  • Our development work made us win: Punjab CM March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali DalBharatiya Janata Party alliance created history in Punjab by retaining power with a comfortable majority. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal thanked the people of Punjab and appreciated his party's performance in the state. Reacting to the victory, Parkash Singh Badal said, "One of the two...
  • I take responsibility for Punjab loss: Amarinder March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Punjab Congress chief and former chief minister Amarinder Singh said that he was ready to step down taking full responsibility for the party's loss in Punjab assembly elections. "This is my fight and my loss. I take full responsibility of this battle. All workers and party members worked very...
  • SADBJP retain Punjab, create history March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The ruling Shiromani Akal Dal(SAD)Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) created history in the Punjab Assembly by retaining power in Punjab, defying history which has not seen the incumbent returning to power in the last 46 years. The SADBJP alliance won 68 seats, while Congress won 46 seats. The Others won three...
  • Disappointed with Punjab trends: Singhvi March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The Congress that was confident of winning in Punjab Assembly polls was disappointed with the vote count trends in the state. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) combine seemed to be headed for a majority according to trends. "I am extremely disappointed with Punjab. I will be baffled...