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EC turning a blind eye to violation by Yogi, claims Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Thursday accused Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath of blatantly violating the 72-hr Eelection Commission ban on canvassing and the poll body with turning a blind eye to the violations. The former chief minister also claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were “nervous and […]

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In Solapur will Bhim-AIMIM combine end national parties’ run?

‘The Dalit vote traditionally went to the Congress, but everyone knows by now that the Congress and the BJP are the same. We all stand united behind Balasaheb (Prakash Ambedkar) this time.’  Abhishek Waghmare reports. On the 128th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, his grandson, Prakash Ambedkar, attended the commemoration ceremony in Solapur, one of the […]

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PHOTOS: Jallianwala Bagh exhibition at a UK museum

A museum in the United Kingdom has launched an exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh in collaboration with the Partition Museum in Amritsar to mark the centenary of the British colonial era massacre. ‘Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege’ opened at Manchester Museum in time for Saturday’s 100th anniversary of the tragedy that affected thousands. The exhibition […]

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Mayawati’s Deoband speech under EC scanner

The election speech of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati at Deoband on Sunday where she called upon Muslims to vote for the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, and not for the Congress party, has come under the scanner of the Election Commission. The office of Chief Electoral Officer Lakku Venkateshwarlu in Lucknow is believed […]

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Lok Sabha polls: Predict who will win Phase 1

Think you are a political junkie?Go ahead, play the Rediff.com Election Game! 91 Lok Sabha constituencies go to the polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election. Want to predict the outcome of the Lok Sabha election in the states that vote on Thursday, April 11, 2019? Take the Rediff.com Election Game and […]

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BJP tops list of political advertisers on Google

The Bharatiya Janata Party has topped the chart of political advertisers on Google with an advertisement spent share of around 32 per cent, while its rival Congress is ranked sixth with a meagre 0.14 per cent share. Political parties and their affiliates have spent Rs 3.76 crore on advertisements since February 19, 2019, according to […]

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Largest democracy lags the world in voter turnout

India had a record voter turnout of 66.4 per cent in 2014. This is still lower than the global median of 68.03 per cent, reports Sachin Mampatta. India’s 900 million voters will take part in the world’s biggest democratic exercise when the country goes to elections next month. However, an analysis of the data from across […]

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Mallya flays banks for saving Jet, sinking Kingfisher

Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday lashed out at public sector banks for “double standards” under the current National Democratic Alliance regime for their intervention to bailout Jet Airways while the same lenders made his Kingfisher airlines “fail ruthlessly”.  In a series of tweets reacting to banks led by State Bank of India taking […]

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Do rich candidates have it easy in polls?

An analysis of the assets data from Association of Democratic Reforms shows that the average assets of a winner of the 2014 LS election was more than the average assets of a candidate: more the money you have, more the chances of winning. There could be vast differences among Indian voters in their political choices, […]