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West Bengal polls: BJP's Dilip Ghosh faces 24-hour campaign over Sitalkuchi remarks
Politics

West Bengal polls: BJP's Dilip Ghosh faces 24-hour campaign over Sitalkuchi remarks

The Election Commission had issued a notice to Ghosh for his alleged remarks that there would be "Sitalkuchi in several places", a reference to the killing of four people in CISF firing

Assam polls: EC orders repolling in Ratabari booth after EVM found in BJP candidate's car; Congress threatens to boycott polls
Politics

Assam polls: EC orders repolling in Ratabari booth after EVM found in BJP candidate's car; Congress threatens to boycott polls

The area also witnessed violence over the incident on Thursday night, forcing the police to fire in the air to bring the situation under control

India elections top priority, will hire official to liaise with EC, says Twitter
News & Analysis

India elections top priority, will hire official to liaise with EC, says Twitter

Twitter to hire an official to liaise with EC, in the process of hiring a new country head for India

Karnataka Assembly Elections: 3,374 candidates file nominations; BJP leads with 282, Congress follows with 250
Politics

Karnataka Assembly Elections: 3,374 candidates file nominations; BJP leads with 282, Congress follows with 250

According to Election Commission data, of the total nominees, 250 were from the ruling Congress, 282 from the Opposition BJP, 231 from the JD (S), 1,673 Independents and 938 from regional parties and fringe outfits

Election Commission of India launches social media communication hub; will be more active on Facebook and YouTube
News & Analysis

Election Commission of India launches social media communication hub; will be more active on Facebook and YouTube

The EC will now be on these two social media platforms and they have been launched after due deliberations with other stakeholders.

Congress likely to exempt party leaders in Himachal, Gujarat from holding organisational polls
India

Congress likely to exempt party leaders in Himachal, Gujarat from holding organisational polls

The Congress is likely to postpone its organisational elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, which go to polls later this year.

UP Election 2017: Amid Akhilesh Yadav-Mulayam war, Congress-SP alliance likely
Politics

UP Election 2017: Amid Akhilesh Yadav-Mulayam war, Congress-SP alliance likely

Akhilesh Yadav and Congress are likely to contest the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 together, insiders have said. The announcement is likely to take place next week after meeting with Rahul Gandhi on 9 January

UP Election 2017: Caught in web of political turmoil, state will look to 11 March for clarity
Politics

UP Election 2017: Caught in web of political turmoil, state will look to 11 March for clarity

The announcement of seven phase poll schedule for the 2017 Assembly Election in Uttar Pradesh has caught India's most populous and politically critical state in an unprecedented political turmoil and confusion.

PMO's interference in the workings of EC questions state of propriety in India
India

PMO's interference in the workings of EC questions state of propriety in India

The substantive issue is whether it is feasibility, and advisable, to hold elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies simultaneously. While the merits and demerits of holding simultaneous elections can, and should, be discussed, what the above sequence of events highlights is the process that seems to be being followed.

EC issues notice to Nitin Gadkari for 'inducing voters to take bribe'
Economy

EC issues notice to Nitin Gadkari for 'inducing voters to take bribe'

The EC said district electoral officer of Latur (Maharashtra) had informed the poll watchdog that Gadkari, while addressing a public meeting in Nilenga assembly constituency yesterday, allegedly made "statements to the effect of inducing the voters to take bribe if offered by someone and then decide how to vote".

Counting begins for presidential elections in Maldives
World

Counting begins for presidential elections in Maldives

The EC had earlier scheduled the run-off for 16 November, but brought it forward to tomorrow to avoid a constitutional crisis.

Cong must study 1936 US election before seeking opinion poll ban
Politics

Cong must study 1936 US election before seeking opinion poll ban

A straightforward reason for the Congress party wanting opinion polls to be banned is the fact that all the opinion polls expect the party to perform badly in the forthcoming state assembly elections, as well as the Lok Sabha elections, due next year.

How the right to reject will put pressure on political parties
Politics

How the right to reject will put pressure on political parties

This process will ensure that political parties will be under pressure to put up cleaner and more acceptable candidates.

Rakhi and Ramdev: On sexy gurus and their babes
Ideas

Rakhi and Ramdev: On sexy gurus and their babes

From Rajneesh to Nithyananda, India is the land of the sexy gurus. But the Rakhi and Ramdev circus offers a refreshing twist on an old tale.