Lok Sabha Polls

  • Rahul not responsible for Congress' defeat in LS polls: Antony August 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Rejecting criticism about Rahul Gandhi's leadership, Congress leader AK Antony on Friday said he was not responsible for the party's Lok Sabha poll debacle and exuded optimism that it will revive under Sonia Gandhi and Rahul. Antony, who headed a committee that probed the reasons for the party's poll...
  • Antony panel submits report on Congress's poll debacle to Sonia Gandhi August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly three months after its biggest debacle ever in the Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader AK Antony submitted his report to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. In his report, Antony has blamed the loss on anti-Congress media coverage, poor local leadership, corruption, inflation and infighting in...
  • Priyanka's office denies reports of her assuming significant role in Congress August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka's office on Tuesday denied reports of her assuming more significant role in the party. Accorfing to reports, Priyanka was set to assume important role in the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls. The remarks came after reports suggested that several party leaders were...
  • Moily comes out in Rahul's defence, says he was and will be our leader July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the voices of dissent are out in the open against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former Union minister and senior party leader Veerappa Moily defended him saying, "Rahul was and will remain our leader." There has been a crisis within the Congress with cadres pointing fingers at...
  • Crisis within Congress deepens, leaders believe Rahul a liability July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The crisis within the Congress is deepening with each passing day and leaders have turned rebels questioning party Vice President Rahul Gandhi's style of working. According to sources, senior party leaders have blamed Rahul for Congress's decimation in the Lok Sabha polls wherein the party was reduced to...
  • Rahul, Sonia grapple with crisis, Congress faces revolt in Maharashtra, Haryana, Assam July 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Its worst electoral mauling seems to have started a chain reaction in the Congress party which is trying hard to douse the rebellion among its ranks. The party is falling apart as a host of leaders have turned rebels in the recent days. The Congress leadership is grappling with...
  • Congress in crisis; Maharashtra, Assam ministers quit, flay CMs July 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In a double blow to the Indian National Congress, Narayan Rane from Maharashtra and Himanta Biswa Sarma from Assam resigned from the respective state Cabinets on Monday. The resignations come in the backdrop of Congress's severe mauling in the recent Lok Sabha elections where the party won just...
  • Anti-Gogoi MLAs to approach Assam Governor and Speaker July 21, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been facing severe opposition within his Cabinet after party's poll debacle. Nearly 25 MLAs on Monday will approach the Assam Governor and Speaker to tell them that they have no faith in Gogoi. Congress-in-charge of Assam CP Joshi will brief party President Sonia Gandhi...
  • Social media played key role in Lok Sabha polls: Rajnath Singh July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Social media has played a significant role in recent Lok Sabha elections and it will continue to do so in future, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. "There was an important role of social media in 2014 elections. It will continue to do so in future too....
  • Suspended Kerala Congress leader sticks to remarks against Rahul July 8, 2014

    Kochi: Unremorseful over his controversial 'joker' remarks against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi despite his suspension, former Kerala Minister TH Mustafa on Tuesday said he had not committed anything wrong. Mustafa, suspended from the party for his May 28 remarks, told reporters that he had not called Gandhi a 'Joker', but only...
  • Congress leaders want radical changes in the party after poll loss July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: After the party's worst ever debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, split within the Congress seems to be out in the open. Congress leaders across the country are demanding radical changes in the party. Party workers have slammed several top central leaders for being arrogant and inaccessible. According...
  • Election of Tharoor, three others challenged in Kerala HC June 30, 2014

    Kochi: Petitions challenging the election of former union minister Shashi Tharoor and three others in recent Lok Sabha polls were filed on Monday in the Kerala High Court. Jose K Mani of Kerala Congress (Mani-Kottayam), Anto Antony (Congress-Pathnamthitta) and P Karunakaran (CPIM-Kasaragod) are the others against whom the election petitions were...
  • AAP to renominate almost all 27 MLAs for fresh Delhi polls June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: After its rout in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP has decided to renominate almost all its 27 sitting legislators if Delhi goes to polls, the party said on Saturday. "The screening process is in its final stages and we will be renominating almost all our 27 MLAs for the...
  • Congress meets Delhi leaders, begins analysis of LS poll debacle June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Starting a soul-searching exercise following its worst-ever Lok Sabha poll result, an informal group of Congress leaders on Saturday met party leaders from Delhi to identify the reasons behind its whitewash by BJP in the seven parliamentary seats in the national capital. Veterans of Delhi Congress and former MPs...
  • Asrarul Haque defends remark on Sonia's pre-poll meet with Shahi Imam June 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress MP Maulana Asrarul Haque on Monday defended his remark on party President Sonia Gandhi saying he was misquoted. As party leaders trained their guns on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for the poor electoral performance, Haque criticised party President Sonia Gandhi for pre-poll meeting with the Shahi...
  • BSP will not contest bye-elections on 12 seats in UP: Mayawati May 30, 2014

    BSP will not contest bye-elections on 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and instead prepare for mid-term polls as the Akhilesh Yadav government "might fall within a year", party supremo Mayawati said on Friday. "We will do preparations for Assembly polls. There is a possibility that this (SP) government may fall...
  • MP government to seek Central funds for pending projects May 30, 2014

    The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh has pinned high hopes on the NDA government at the Centre for getting Central funds for the state's pending projects. "Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed his Cabinet colleagues and officers to prepare a list of pending projects with the Centre for...
  • Will continue to pull up lax officials: Akhilesh Yadav May 29, 2014

    Defending recent action against administrative officers in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that his government would continue to crack the whip on laxness by officers. "It is the duty of officers to work. Action will be taken against those found to be lax," Yadav told...
  • 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,...
  • JD(U) office bearers to meet tomorrow, discuss future strategy May 27, 2014

    After the drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, Janata Dal (United) officer bearers will meet in the national capital on Wednesday to discuss their future political strategy. The meeting to be chaired by party President Sharad Yadav will be attended by office-bearers from various states including Bihar, the only...
  • Narendra Singh Tomar: From a municipal councillor to a cabinet minister May 27, 2014

    From a municipal councillor to a Cabinet Minister in Narendra Modi government, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Narendra Singh Tomar's rise in his political career has been quite significant. 56-year-old Tomar, who made his debut in the Union Council of Ministers, has held several important positions in the party and was instrumental...
  • BSP workers rough up Dalit men who went to meet Mayawati May 21, 2014

    BSP workers allegedly roughed up a group of Dalit youths who went to meet party chief Mayawati in Lucknow on Tuesday. The group comprising 79 youths, who have been denied posting after being selected to the post of assistant review officials in the Uttar Pradesh state secretariat, sought an audience with...
  • BSP workers rough up Dalit boys who met Mayawati May 20, 2014

    BSP workers allegedly roughed up a group of Dalit youths who went to meet party chief Mayawati in Lucknow. The group comprising 79 youths, who have been denied posting after being selected to the post of assistant review officials in the Uttar Pradesh state secretariat, sought an audience with the BSP...
  • Congress advises party leaders not to lose nerves in defeat May 19, 2014

    With several Congress leaders in Uttarakhand attacking each other in public following the party's rout in Lok Sabha polls, state unit of the party on Monday asked them not to lose their nerves in defeat and practise restraint. "We should not lose our nerves in defeat. We should accept the mandate...
  • Muslims contributed to Modi's victory, proved they are secular: Azam Khan May 19, 2014

    Suggesting that Muslims have contributed to Narendra Modi's victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, SP leader Azam Khan, who had indulged in a vitriolic attack on the BJP leader, said they had proved that they were a "secular" community. "Narendra Modi's victory in the Lok Sabha polls has amply proved...
  • Akhilesh should resign, seek fresh mandate in UP: Kalyan Singh May 19, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh on Monday demanded resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asking him to take moral responsibility for Samajwadi Party's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. "Talking of morality, it does not hold any meaning for Samajwadi Party. People's mandate went against them. Therefore on principle,...
  • Congress high command to decide on support to JD(U)-led government May 19, 2014

    Congress legislature party met in Patna and authorised its central leadership to take a decision whether to continue supporting it or not. The CLP meeting apprised the Congress central leadership of the present political situation in Bihar and authorised them to take a decision, CLP leader Sadanand Singh told reporters. Asked whether...
  • SP meet today to take stock of electoral defeat May 19, 2014

    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has summoned party leaders, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, for a meeting on Monday to discuss the party's dismal performance in the Lok Sabha election. The party will deliberate on the reasons for winning only five of the 78 seats it contested in...
  • Vidisha MP Sushma Swaraj meets Modi in Delhi, eyes top ministry May 19, 2014

    BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who is reportedly not on best of terms with Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, held a meeting with the Gujarat chief minister Monday. The meeting took place at Gujarat Bhawan, where Modi has been camping since Sunday, sources said. The former Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha had...
  • LS polls: BSP's 'loyal' votebank fails to help party secure any seats in UP May 19, 2014

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) vote bank remained intact in Allahabad and Phulpur despite the Modi wave, however, it failed to help them secure any seats. Counting details indicate that the party secured 16.2 lakh and 16.3 lakh votes in Allahabad and Phulpur parliamentary seats respectively this time. In 2009 parliamentary elections it...