Vote Bank

  • Decision on 20 per cent Maratha reservation after June 20: Narayan Rane June 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Having faced a deafening defeat in the Lok Sabha elections and with the Assembly elections just round the corner, Maharashtra government is taking steps to secure the Marathi vote bank. Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane on Friday said that the State was committed to having 20 per cent reservation in...
  • 'Those with blood on their hands should not speak about the country' April 11, 2014

    Karandighi: Targeting Narendra Modi who has accused her of vote bank politics, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday alleged that those who had blood on their hands should not talk about the country. "It does not behove well to talk about the country for those who have blood on their...
  • From Amit Shah to Azam Khan: Is vote bank politics creating a dangerous communal divide? April 9, 2014

    A day before the first phase of polling begins in Uttar Pradesh, the polarisation of voters along communal lines continues. A defiant Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said that he stands by his comments on the religion of Indian Army soldiers arguing that there is nothing wrong in saying that...
  • SP, BJP responsible for Muzaffarnagar riots, says Ajit Singh April 7, 2014

    Slamming BJP and Samajwadi Party, RLD chief Ajit Singh on Sunday held both parties responsible for the Muzaffarnagar riots. "BJP and SP have got communal riots done in Muzaffarnagar for the sake of vote bank politics. We have to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister of this country," RLD chief...
  • Open Mike: Will vote bank politics further widen communal divide? March 26, 2014

    After the communal riots in 2013, the importance of the Lok Sabha elections in Muzaffarnagar is very high. CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose visits Muzaffarnagar to find out the views of its residents on vote bank politics. ...
  • Will BJP benefit from divided Muslim votes in Moradabad? March 24, 2014

    A five-cornered contest in the Muslim-predominant western Uttar Pradesh district of Moradabad has made it tough for pollsters to guess which way the wind blows. Moradabad district, home to the famous brassware artisans whose dazzling craftsmanship is much sought after at home and abroad, was till recently also well known for...
  • Embarrassment for Chiranjeevi, brother Pawan Kalyan to launch his party today March 14, 2014

    Hyderabad: Brother of the Congress leader and film star Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, himself a star, will be launching his new political party, Janasena on Friday in Hyderabad. It is being seen as an embarrassment for Chiranjeevi as Pawan may eat into the veteran actor's vote bank in coastal Andhra. They hail...
  • Arvind Kejriwal protects Delhi autodrivers who refuse to carry passengers, angers 'aam aadmi' January 8, 2014

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seems to be delivering on his populist election promises. This time to a vote bank that helped him come to power Delhi's autorickshaw drivers. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Kejriwal is all set to withdraw Delhi Police's power to fine autorickshaw...
  • Delhi elections: What makes AAP click with the common crowd December 1, 2013

    In the past few months, the Aam Aadmi party has become a force to reckon with in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. Polls surveys have predicted the party will fare well in the elections. ...
  • Antisuperstition bill forces responsible for Dabholkar's killing: Prithviraj Chavan August 22, 2013

    Blaming opponents of the antisuperstition bill for the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said organisations behind such acts should be be isolated and their activities stopped. Amid spontaneous public outrage and grief over 69yearold Dabholkar's killing in Pune on Tuesday, the state government on Wednesday...
  • Etrip system becoming bone of contention between SAD and BJP July 30, 2013

    The etrip system introduced by Punjab government to bring transparency in transactions by traders and check tax evasion has become a bone of contention between allies SAD and BJP, which feels it might affect its vote bank in urban areas. Punjab BJP brass led by party incharge for state affairs Shanta...
  • BJP slams Mayawati for seeking ban on RSS, VHP July 15, 2013

    The BJP on Monday reacted sharply to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati's demand of banning the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Slamming the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for demanding the ban, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Laxmikant Bajpai said: "Mayawati is rattled at...
  • 'Anna Bhagya' scheme launched; set to drain state budget with Rs 4,000 cr July 10, 2013

    Bangalore: Two months into power, the Congress kept its poll sop with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launching the Anna Bhagya scheme. Although, the scheme is costing the government over rupees 4,000 crore, the government is already thinking of adding variety to its free meals. "Though we are giving out rice, there is...
  • Cabinet reshuffle is an exercise in votebank politics: Pushpesh Pant June 19, 2013

    Will the Cabinet reshuffle be able to infuse some enthusiasm into the Union government? Or have these been effected only keeping the upcoming Assembly polls in mind? Former JNU professor Pushpesh Pant joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. Q. Does Modi has that magical pull to attract voters...
  • Only BJP has challenged votebank politics: Modi May 18, 2013

    Rajnandgaon: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said only BJP had challenged the prevailing votebank politics in the country. At a rally in Rajnandgaon, the Assembly constituency of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Modi said before BJP came to power in December 2003, there was no growth in this...
  • Politicians must not confuse values with secularism: Modi April 21, 2013

    Ahmedabad: Emphasising the need to inculcate values in youth to control social evils, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said traditional Indian valuebased systems have been painted in "secular" and "nonsecular" garb. Inaugurating a youth training centre of Brahma Kumaris in Ahmedabad on Sunday, Modi spoke on recent crimes against women. "To...
  • Congress 'using' Dalits as 'vote bank': Rajnath Singh April 15, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday hit out at Congress for doing "nothing for Dalits" in the country and "using" them as mere "vote bank". "Congress ruled the country for 54 years out of the 65 years since independence. This is not little time, but it made no...
  • Bal Thackeray never played vote bank politics: Uddhav February 19, 2013

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday accused NCP chief Sharad Pawar of "playing vote bank politics". "Balasaheb never backstabbed anybody. He did not take a stand only for the sake of vote bank politics like Pawar," Uddhav said. His comment came close on the heels of Maharashtra deputy chief...
  • It's our historical duty to make Dalits equal partners in India: Ashutosh December 17, 2012

    IBN7's managing editor Ashutosh joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on Quota Bill on promotions. Q. Dear Ashutosh, Why is the opposition to this only the SP and no other party. What is the reason for BJP to support this? Are they seeing this help them in...
  • Cong's vote-bank politics behind NE strife: BJP August 19, 2012

    Indore: Blaming the Centre for the violence in Assam and the subsequent exodus of Northeast Indians from various parts of the country to their home states, the BJP on Sunday said the "vote-bank" politics of Congress was "weakening" the country. "Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are crossing over to India in large numbers....
  • Muslims used as 'ballot papers' in polls: Modi September 5, 2011

    Ahmedabad: In an apparent attack on Congress, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that vote bank politics by rulers over the last many years has ensured that the nation remained "weak" and "disintegrated". "Vote bank politics by rulers was to divide the people in India on the basis...
  • Tea tribes drifting away from Left in Bengal April 17, 2011

    Jalpaiguri: As Mamata Banerjee's juggernaut rolls out, the Left seems to have hit a red-end in Jalpaiguri. It looks like the tea tribes are drifting away from the Left. Living on the brink of civilisation, these people have been through decades of neglect and deprivation. Trade-unionism and management woes have...
  • Killed and traumatized, will Nellie citizens vote? April 3, 2009

    Assam: It's been a 25 year wait for justice for Alekjan Bibi. Alekjan is one of the few survivors of a carnage that took place in Assam in 1983. A carnage that left 3300 people, men women and even children dead The All Assam Students' Union had called for a...
  • Varun's imprisonment warning to Hindus: Thackeray April 1, 2009

    Mumbai: The imprisonment of BJP Lok Sabha nominee Varun Gandhi over his alleged hate speeches was a warning to Hindus and an attempt to appease Muslim vote bank, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said on Wednesday. "The way the Mayawati government slapped NSA and jailed Varun is a bid to appease...
  • Terror has no religion, do not go soft: Muslim cleric December 1, 2008

    Lucknow: Going soft on terror will not make Muslims happy as the perpetrators of such acts do not segregate their targets by religion, the cleric who heads Lucknow's oldest Islamic seminary has said after the daring Mumbai attack. "If the politicians of this country think that by shying away from taking...
  • Politicos lure flooded voters of Bihar with food September 15, 2008

    Jankinagar (Bihar): In Bihar, political parties are not losing any opportunity to lure voters in times of trouble. Kosi's curse has left thousands homeless and parties are competing over the menu in relief camps. For three weeks Jaimala Devi's (a victim) family had survived solely on these dry roti’s...
  • France has a votebank in Puducherry June 18, 2007

    Puducherry: The battle for French president is also being fought out in India’s very own French pocket of Puduchery. As 12 French presidential candidates vie for votes back in their homeland, 5,500 expats in this small town are preparing for the polls in their own little ways. And the war strategy...
  • PM's remarks on minorities irks BJP June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress regarding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remark that equity did not amount to appeasement of minorities. The BJP said the UPA government had indulged in the "worst form of appeasement" during its rule by doling out sops with an eye...