Lok Sabha elections 2019: Time to vote Pune… is now

A strong anti-incumbency wave against the government of the day, coupled with an advertisement blitzkrieg by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), propelled voter turnout in Pune to 54 per cent; that was 2014. 2019, it’s the dominance of local issues with strong doses of nationalism. Will the voting percentage improve? At least 20.74 lakh voters […]


Nominating Sadhvi Pragya absolutely right decision: Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah on Monday defended the party’s decision to nominate Sadhvi Pragya as a Lok Sabha candidate saying the allegations against her are false and the real culprits in the Malegaon blast case have evaded the law. Sadhvi Pragya, who is out on bail in the Malegaon blast case of […]


Gujarat: Rallies turn away from cities

Modi and Shah addressed rallies away from the four major urban centres of Gujarat: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.Vinay Umarji reports. As the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress ended their Gujarat campaigns on Sunday, April 21, one thing was obvious: The game has shifted away from urban centres. The two BJP heavyweights, Prime Minister […]


‘He comes out with so many novel ideas’

‘The trading community will be a priority for Modi when he forms the next government.’Subhayan Chakraborty and Nivedita Mookerji report. Five years ago, then Gujarat chief minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Damodardas Modi wooed traders from all across the country with the promise of trust, ease of doing business and […]


Priyanka says she’s ready to contest polls if asked

Amid speculations she could be pitted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said she will be happy to contest if asked by party President Rahul Gandhi. “You will find out. If my Congress president tells me to contest, I will be happy to […]


Bid adieu to ‘missing MP’, Smriti Irani asks Amethi voters, offers sugar at Rs 13 a kg as deal sweetener

Talking on development, Smriti Irani said despite Rahul Gandhi consistently "abusing" Prime Minister Narendra Modi and calling him a "chor" (thief), the prime minister has never discriminated against the development of Amethi. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, pitted against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his home turf here, Sunday appealed to voters to give farewell […]


Amethi candidate challenges Rahul’s poll affidavit

Complainant Dhruv Lal alleges discrepancies over citizenship and educational qualifications in Congress president’s election affidavit. An independent candidate on Saturday raised objections over Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s nomination from Amethi, alleging discrepancies over citizenship and educational qualifications in his election affidavit. Citing the complaint, the Bharatiya Janata Party said in New Delhi asked Gandhi to […]


Congress Achilles Heel in Haryana: Four Lok Sabha seats where it is yet to declare candidates

In 2014 polls, out of 36 assembly constituencies that fall under these four parliamentary constituencies, Congress could barely win six – Gannaur, Rai, Kharkhoda, Gohana, Baorda (all five under Sonipat Lok Sabha constituency) and Kaithal (in Kurukshetra). The four Haryana parliamentary constituencies where Indian National Congress has not been able to announce (read finalise) its […]


Opinion | Some questions for BJP

Terrorism is a serious charge even if you have not been convicted for it. The fact of the matter is that the courts refused to let the 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Thakur off the hook. Her motorcycle was allegedly used to transport explosives and for a blast that killed six people. It is not […]