Elections

  • Relatives to slug it out in Maharashtra poll ring 30 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Maharashtra will witness many politicians battling it out against their relatives who are contesting as candidates of rival parties to enter the Assembly. Ashish Deshmukh, nephew of NCP leader and Food and Civil Supplies minister Anil Deshmukh, is pitted against his uncle in Katol, which Anil has been representing...
  • Haryana polls: Dalits live in fear in Mirchpur, have no hopes from any party 53 minutes ago

    Mirchpur: As Haryana is going to polls on October 15, caste factor continue to play a crucial role in the state politics. Dalits make up 20 per cent of Haryana's population, above the national average of 16 per cent, but social and political clout still remains with the Jats. In 2010,...
  • Maharashtra polls: BJP broke alliance with Sena as it wanted to tie up with NCP, says Uddhav 53 minutes ago

    Mumbai: As Maharashtra is heading for a multi-cornered battle, political parties are accusing each other for breaking the alliance. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has accused its former ally Bharatiya Janata Party of breaking the 25-year-old partnership. In his first interview after parting ways with the BJP, Uddhav said...
  • Voting through paper ballot a possibility in three seats: CEC 13 hours 55 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Three constituencies in Marathwada could see voting through paper ballot instead of the Electronic Voting Machines on October 15 Maharashtra assembly polls if the total number of candidates in each of them exceeds 63. These constituencies are Bhokar, Nanded South and Nanded North. At...
  • BJP will get absolute majority in Maharashtra polls: Prakash Javadekar 14 hours 0 minutes ago

    Nashik: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday that BJP will get an absolute majority in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. "People will vote for good governance and stable government. They will vote for BJP and we will get an absolute majority in the state Assembly elections. People...
  • BJP will bring back one-party era with absolute majority: Rajiv Pratap Rudy 15 hours 6 minutes ago

    Nagpur: The BJP will get absolute majority by winning more than 180 seats in upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra and install a first single-party government after a span of 25 years, senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said on Tuesday. "For the first time after a long spell of 25 years,...
  • PM to hit campaign trail in Maharashtra, Haryana on October 4 15 hours 20 minutes ago

    New Delhi: As BJP seeks to wrest control of Haryana and Maharashtra from Congress in October 15 assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the party's campaign in the two states from October 4. BJP sources said party veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will also campaign in Maharashtra....
  • NCP withdrew support in Maharashtra with eye on Union Cabinet: Prithviraj Chavan 16 hours 14 minutes ago

    Tuljapur: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday charged that NCP had withdrawn support to his government with an eye on Union Cabinet berths and as part of a "game plan" worked out with BJP. "NCP has given the state (which is under central rule) to BJP by withdrawing...
  • Ahead of Maharashtra polls, HC orders drive to remove illegal hoardings 16 hours 29 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections of October 15, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked all the municipal corporations and councils to conduct a special drive to remove illegal hoardings and banners. The division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka said the drive...
  • Shiv Sena will not win more than 20-22 seats: Narayan Rane 17 hours 41 minutes ago

    Tuljapur (Maharashtra): Former Industries Minister Narayan Rane took potshots at the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, claiming that it will not get more than 20-22 seats in the October 10 state Assembly elections. "So Uddhav Thackeray is now dreaming to be the CM of Maharashtra but can he become the CM by...
  • BSP for early Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir 18 hours 21 minutes ago

    Jammu: Bahujan Samaj Party on Tuesday called for early elections in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the Election Commission to hold assembly polls well before the tenure of the present assembly ends. "The Party has asked the election Commission of India for early elections in J&K quite well before the...
  • Decision on continuing in NDA after talks with PM, says Uddhav Thackeray 18 hours 27 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena will take a decision on whether to withdraw from the NDA after holding discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, its chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday, indicating that the party may continue in the Centre's ruling coalition despite parting ways with BJP in Maharashtra. ...
  • Prakash Chautala, Congress come under BJP chief's sharp attack 19 hours 8 minutes ago

    Narnaund (Hisar): BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday hit out at Om Prakash Chautala, a former chief minister of poll-bound Haryana saying his "arrogance" remains the same despite his sentencing in the teachers' recruitment scam. He also attacked Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Congress, accusing the party of pushing the...
  • Golden Triangle zone a litmus test for parties in Maharashtra polls 20 hours 18 minutes ago

    Mumbai: As Maharashtra goes to polls in October, the key stakeholders in the multi-cornered Assembly election would be eyeing a strong performance in the Golden Triangle zone of the state, which may come to have a crucial bearing on who forms the government there. The Golden Triangle, which comprises Mumbai and...
  • Haryana Election Commission leaves no stone unturned to ensure maximum voting 20 hours 35 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Election Commission is working in full swing in poll-bound Haryana to ensure free and fair polling on October 15. Although the Lok Sabha election witnessed an increase in the polling percentage across the country, the Commission is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that maximum number...
  • Shiv Sena rules out pulling out of NDA government at Centre 22 hours 28 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Even as the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance has called it quits in Maharashtra, the former does not plan to pull out of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Shiv Sena has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha. Anant Geete, the sole MP from Shiv Sena in the Modi...
  • Maharashtra elections: Sharad Pawar doesn't rule out post-poll alliance with Congress, says won't go with BJP 22 hours 39 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar refuted all rumours of forming an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in poll-bound Maharashtra. Speaking exclusively to Network18, Pawar said, "NCP will prefer a secular formation. There is no question of going with the BJP." The NCP parted ways with Congress in...
  • Maharashtra polls: Congress fields 27 women candidates; BJP 21 23 hours 23 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Ex-Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's wife Ameeta, who is making her electoral debut in Maharashtra Assembly polls, and late BJP leader Gopinath Munde's daughter Pankaja Munde are among the key women legislators testing their luck this time, with the Congress firmly in the driver's seat fielding the highest number of...
  • Afghan Diary: Democracy, a new era or namesake? Yesterday

    The democratic transition is perhaps the most celebrated phenomenon in the history of Afghanistan. As the new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, takes oath in the presence of over 1,400 national and international guests, the war-torn country enters a new era which was long awaited. Democracy to Afghanistan has come at...
  • Maharashtra polls: Prithviraj Chavan lacked coalition mindset, says Sharad Pawar Yesterday

    Pune: Firing a salvo at his estranged ally Prithviraj Chavan, NCP President Sharad Pawar has criticised the former Congress chief minister for not having a "coalition mindset" and accused him of indulging in "diversionary tactics". Stepping up his attack on the Congress, Pawar said, "The previous Congress chief ministers who led...
  • Maharashtra elections: Uddhav and Raj's parallel politics change equations Yesterday

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray has asked Anant Geete, the Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries, to resign from the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Geete is expected to tender his resignation as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in India from his US tour. It is very...
  • Maharashtra polls: NCP leader Kakde's nomination declared invalid Yesterday

    Pune: Senior NCP leader and spokesman Ankush Kakde's nomination as the party candidate for a city Assembly seat for October 15 elections was officially declared invalid during scrutiny on Monday. Kakde's nomination was rejected as he had missed on tagging a mandatory election affidavit to his nomination forms. A close...
  • Government buses can't display election ads: Election Commission Yesterday

    New Delhi: As Maharashtra and Haryana go for Assembly polls next month, the Election Commission on Monday ruled out allowing display of election advertisements on government transport buses, saying the party in power can use it to its advantage and disturb the level playing field. In a communication to Chief Electoral...
  • Congress is not our political rival: NCP leader Sunil Tatkare Yesterday

    Mumbai: Despite parting ways with the Congress which was the Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) ally for 15 years, the NCP said on Monday that its former partner is not its political adversary. "Shiv Sena-BJP were our main political rivals. There is no question of considering Congress as our adversary," NCP Maharashtra...
  • Assembly polls: Everybody has an outside chance in Maharashtra Yesterday

    Mumbai: For the first time, all major political parties in Maharashtra have taken a gamble in its recent political history. The 25-year-old relationship between the Shiv Sena and the BJP ended on a sour note, last week. On the same day, the ruling Congress and NCP also ended their relationship. All...
  • Press lotus symbol so hard that current is felt in Italy: Amit Shah Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Launching BJP's campaign for Haryana Assembly polls, party president Amit Shah on Monday alleged that corruption had flourished during the successive governments in state and sought a decisive mandate for all-round development of the state. "For 20 years, we are seeing Hooda and Chautala (ruling the state). One comes and...
  • JDU, INLD to go together in Haryana Assembly Elections Yesterday

    New Delhi: Moving a step closer towards the unification of old 'Janata Parivar', Janata Dal United and Indian National Lok Dal on Monday decided to go together in Haryana Assembly elections. "In an effort to unite the distintegrated Janata Dal Parivar, it has been decided by JDU and INLD to go...
  • RPI-BJP deal: Is Athawale the real beneficiary in the name of Dalits? Yesterday

    Mumbai: In the home state of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale has made an electoral pact with the BJP. It easily got him a Rajya Sabha membership before the Lok Sabha polls and now eight seats in the Assembly elections. However, this move is not being welcomed...
  • Shiv Sena lashes out at RPI(A) chief for allying with BJP Yesterday

    Mumbai: Hitting out at Ramdas Athawale for isolating it by forging an alliance with BJP for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Shiv Sena on Monday said the RPI(A) chief has "betrayed" dalits, whom he represents. "Ramdas Athawale switched sides to make an alliance with the BJP only to grab the goodies offered...
  • Maharashtra elections: I tried to save the Congress-NCP alliance, says Prithviraj Chavan Yesterday

    Former chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan who turned in his resignation on Friday accused former ally NCP of conspiring with opposition BJP and alleged that the two parties had a gameplan prior to the split. Chavan said that he tried to salvage the 15-year-old alliance between the NCP and...