Lok Sabha Election

  • After facing massive defeat in LS polls, Akhilesh gets cracking May 29, 2014

    Akhilesh Yadav is angry, and how! The Samajwadi Party was routed in the Lok Sabha polls and now the Uttar Pradesh chief minister has dissolved the state executive of the party, disbanded all subsidiary affilate organizations and has turned his ire on the bureaucracy. In the fortnight after the drubbing where...
  • Maoist leader, accused of killing police officer in 2009, arrested May 29, 2014

    A Maoist leader, wanted in connection with the killing of a police officer in 2009, was arrested from a riverine area near Ghelpur Chaturpatti village of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district on Thursday. "We had intelligence inputs about Maoists assembling at a spot in the area. Accordingly we moved our forces to surround...
  • 3 BJP MLAs resign from Rajasthan Assembly May 29, 2014

    Three BJP MLAs on Thursday resigned from Rajasthan Assembly after they were elected as MPs in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. The three MPs -- Om Birla, Bahadur Koli and Santosh Ahlawat, who were elected to the Lok Sabha from Kota, Bharatpur and Jhunjhunu seats respectively, submitted their resignation to...
  • PM Modi's 10-point agenda includes freedom to babus, innovation June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got his ministers working and has issued them guidelines and priorities. Modi, who addressed his second Cabinet meet in the past 48 hours, has listed down a 10-point priority list for his government. Sources say that Modi has urged ministers to build up confidence...
  • PM Narendra Modi likely to move to 7 RCR on Friday: sources June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is still placed at the Gujarat Bhawan, is likely to move to 7 Race Course Road on Friday, say sources. According to the sources, 7 Race Course Road houses five bungalows spread over about 12 acres. Modi will be the first Prime Minister...
  • UP CM Akhilesh Yadav blames the Centre for power crisis May 29, 2014

    Lucknow: With the state reeling under acute power crisis, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has blamed the Centre for it. Akhilesh has clarified that the power cuts are not driven by any ulterior motive. "We are working on transmission generation and distribution of power. The government is working to...
  • Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung calls on PM Narendra Modi June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed his best wishes. Jung met the Prime Minister at South Block on Wednesday evening. "It was a courtesy meeting and Jung conveyed his best wishes to the Prime Minister," a government release said. Modi also...
  • Gadkari takes charge as Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: More ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet are taking charge on Thursday. Nitin Gadkari took over as the Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping. This is Gadkari's first stint as a Cabinet minister. He has previously been President of the BJP. "I had asked PM Modi...
  • PM Narendra Modi to retain the Varanasi seat, vacate the Vadodara seat June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who contested on the Varanasi seat as well as the Vadodara seat in the Lok Sabha elections has decided to retain the Varanasi seat and vacate the seat from his home state of Gujarat. Modi had won both the seats with a thumping majority. He...
  • MM Joshi not to be a part of the Modi Cabinet: sources June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government will stick to the formula of ministers below the age of 75 years, say sources. Sources have now ruled out the possibility of Murli Manohar Joshi being included in the Modi Cabinet. The hunt for the Defence Minister is thus still on with Arun...
  • Modi gives a dos and don'ts list to his ministers, to list his top priorities today June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got cracking on the road ahead for his government. Sources have told CNN-IBN that Modi could outline his government's policies through an address to the nation soon. A report in national daily 'The Hindu' newspaper says the government will list its top ten...
  • Smriti Irani breaks silence, urges people to judge her for her work May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Breaking her silence over her qualification row, Human Resource Development Minster Smriti Irani requested the people to judge her for her work. "I have been judged by my organisation with my capacity to deliver on assignments. I will humbly request all of you to judge me by my...
  • Modi Cabinet to meet today to discuss Parliament session dates June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi Cabinet will meet for the second time in 48 hours on Thursday. On the agenda is finalising dates of the Parliament session. Sources say that the first Cabinet meet on Tuesday had cleared a central ordinance on the Polavaram Irrigation project, which merged seven mandals...
  • US Secy of State calls Sushma Swaraj, discusses re-energising ties May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday made his first call to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who took charge of her ministry earlier in the day. According to sources, the two leaders discussed about re-energising ties between the two countries and focusing on enhancing trade and economic...
  • Live blog: May 29 May 29, 2014

    Narendra Modi's Cabinet is set to meet for the second time today where a decision on the dates of the Parliament session are likely to be taken. ...
  • UP power cuts: BJP says SP deliberately doing it due to poll loss May 29, 2014

    Lucknow: Power cuts in Uttar Pradesh after May 16 have been making life tough for people. While the BJP has alleged that the SP is extracting the price of its defeat from the people, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has clarified that power cuts have not been driven by any ulterior...
  • No BJP wave in Haryana, Cong will win state elections says Hooda May 28, 2014

    Chandigarh: Dismissing BJP's good show in Lok Sabha elections in Haryana as a mandate for Narendra Modi and not the party, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said there was no saffron wave in the state and ruling Congress would score a hat-trick in the coming Assembly polls. BJP won seven...
  • MM Joshi hopeful of Cabinet berth, Modi makes controversial appointments June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, speculations are already rife over the next Defence Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker. Currently Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of Defence along with the Finance portfolio. Meanwhile, questions are also being raised over the controversial appointments of...
  • Prithviraj Chavan taking steps to expand Maharashtra ministry May 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Smarting from the worst-ever debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will expand his ministry on Thrusday, in probably the last such exercise before the state Assembly elections due later this year. Facing demands for his ouster following the drubbing, Chavan had met Congress president Sonia...
  • Kerala: Congress leader calls Rahul 'joker', demands his ouster May 28, 2014

    Kochi: Blaming Rahul Gandhi for the party's electoral reverses in the Lok Sabha election, a senior leader in Kerala on Wednesday termed the Congress vice president a 'joker' and demanded he be removed from his posts if he does not step down voluntarily. TH Mustafa, a former minister, also demanded Rahul's...
  • MLAs elected as MPs yet to resign from Assembly May 28, 2014

    The Rajasthan Assembly has far not received resignations from any of the four MLAs who were elected as MPs in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, its Speaker on Wednesday said. "Assembly has not received so far any resignation of four BJP MLAs who were elected as MPs in Lok Sabha polls,...
  • The elitism of the subsidised: Kishwar, Irani and the Indian N-word May 28, 2014

    In a country where hierarchy and class differences manifest at every turn, we have several forms of the West's N-word. One is "neech", with its connotations of lower caste and social background, a word which has never really lost its pejorative associations despite years of affirmative action and which caused...
  • Article 370: MoS PMO's remark can create a communal divide, says PDP May 28, 2014

    Srinagar: Lambasting the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitender Singh for his comments on Article 370, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said that his comments have the potential to divide the state on communal lines. "We condemn the statement by the MoS PMO. His...
  • We should not be treated just as a regional party: Shiv Sena May 28, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi mollified the Shiv Sena on Wednesday after Anant Geete refused to take charge as the Heavy Industries Minister. Geete has now taken charge of his ministry. The party says while it was unhappy with the ministry given to it, it has spoken to Modi about its...
  • 30 pc Modi ministers face criminal charges, 18 pc have not been to college June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 44 ministers out of 46 Ministers (including Prime Minister) from Lok Sabha 2014 and the current Rajya Sabha. The details of Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Seetharaman were not analysed as they are...
  • Terrorism a mutual concern for both the neighbouring countries: Pak May 28, 2014

    Islamabad: Calling the bilateral meeting between the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers as "constructive", Advisor to Pakistani PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that though Nawaz Sharif's visit to India was a ceremonial occasion, "the outcome was better than expected". Aziz also said that the Pakistani Prime Minster also invited...
  • More than one-sixth of Modi's ministers have not been to college June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The row over the new Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualification has led to a nationwide debate over the minimum qualification required to be a minister at the Centre. According to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis, there are eight ministers whose educational qualification is...
  • Smriti Irani a graduate or not? Differences in her affidavits emerge May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: There is more controversy over Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualifications. Two separate affidavits filed by the minister have discrepancies in them. In an affidavit filed by Irani to the Election Commission in 2004, she claims to have completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University's School...
  • PM told Pak talks can't go ahead if terrorism continues: Sushma Swaraj May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday took charge even as she began her work on Tuesday with meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Soon after taking charge, Swaraj said that her first prerogative would be to portray the strengths of India...
  • Abrogation of Article 370 a very complex affair, say legal experts May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that a debate on the repealing of Article 370, which guarantees special status to Jammu & Kashmir has begun. Speaking to the media after taking charge Jitendra Singh said "the process of repealing...