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2022 Assembly polls: How TINA and NOTA made their mark
Politics

2022 Assembly polls: How TINA and NOTA made their mark

Narendra Modi wears the TINA badge with aplomb. From naysayers chirping away about alleged misrule, unfulfilled promises, administrative mismanagement, et al, the game changed dramatically on D-day

Going it alone, BJP does unthinkable in Tamil Nadu by becoming third pole in Dravidian politics
Politics

Going it alone, BJP does unthinkable in Tamil Nadu by becoming third pole in Dravidian politics

The BJP, ably led by Tamil Nadu unit president K Annamalai, has become the third largest party by winning 230 seats spread across the state

NOTA actor Yashika Aannand under critical care following car accident near Chennai
Entertainment

NOTA actor Yashika Aannand under critical care following car accident near Chennai

Yashika Aannand and her friends were returning from Mamallapuram to Chennai late Saturday night when the car accident took place.

Plea in SC seeks more teeth for NOTA option: Electoral provision is crucial for voters' right to reject
India

Plea in SC seeks more teeth for NOTA option: Electoral provision is crucial for voters' right to reject

The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and the EC on a plea seeking that an election result should be nullified if NOTA gets the most votes

SC directs Centre, EC to respond on plea to nullify election result if maximum votes are for NOTA
India

SC directs Centre, EC to respond on plea to nullify election result if maximum votes are for NOTA

The petition said candidates ‘rejected’ by voters should not be fielded again in the fresh polls

Maharashtra Assembly polls: Congress' Dhiraj Deshmukh beats 'NOTA' to win Latur Rural seat, gets 67.64% vote share
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Maharashtra Assembly polls: Congress' Dhiraj Deshmukh beats 'NOTA' to win Latur Rural seat, gets 67.64% vote share

The NOTA option has secured the second slot in the Latur rural Assembly segment, from where late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's son Dhiraj is set to register a handsome victory.

Firstpost Editor's Picks: NOTA in Bihar, China-US trade dispute, French Open 2019; today's must-read stories
India

Firstpost Editor's Picks: NOTA in Bihar, China-US trade dispute, French Open 2019; today's must-read stories

Firstpost Editor's Picks: NOTA in Bihar, China-US trade dispute, French Open 2019; today's must-read stories

Widespread use of NOTA in Bihar should compel EC to tweak rules, improve option's efficacy
Politics

Widespread use of NOTA in Bihar should compel EC to tweak rules, improve option's efficacy

Bihar's romance with NOTA in the Lok Sabha elections should persuade the Election Commission to alter the rules to turn it into a more lethal political weapon.

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: Most NOTA votes were cast in Bihar; Maharashtra recorded 4,86,902 such votes with Palghar topping the list
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Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: Most NOTA votes were cast in Bihar; Maharashtra recorded 4,86,902 such votes with Palghar topping the list

Over 86 thousand people collectively voted for NOTA (None Of The Above) in the states of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh

Dalit Sikhs in Punjab unite to press NOTA in final phase of Lok Sabha election, say community has lost faith in govts
Politics

Dalit Sikhs in Punjab unite to press NOTA in final phase of Lok Sabha election, say community has lost faith in govts

Landless Dalit labourers in Punjab's Malwa region have decided to press the NOTA button when the 13 constituencies of Punjab go to polls on 19 May to protest against the failure of successive governments to ensure proper implementation of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964

Day before Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, CEO to issue public notice in newspapers informing voters about NOTA
India

Day before Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, CEO to issue public notice in newspapers informing voters about NOTA

A public notice will be issued by poll authorities on Saturday a day before the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi to disseminate information to voters about the option of using NOTA if they wish to reject all candidates, the Delhi CEO said

From UP to Assam, disgruntled villagers choose poll boycott to protest govt apathy; NOTA finds no favour
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From UP to Assam, disgruntled villagers choose poll boycott to protest govt apathy; NOTA finds no favour

Every election, there are a few angry voters who believe that the threat to boycott polls is the best way to get candidates and governments to take note of them

Lok Sabha election 2019: Uttar Pradesh's voters on what they know of NOTA, and if they would use it
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Lok Sabha election 2019: Uttar Pradesh's voters on what they know of NOTA, and if they would use it

KL travelled across Uttar Pradesh, the state that sends the most MPs to Parliament, to ask voters if they knew about the ‘NOTA’ option on the Electronic Voting Machine — an opportunity to select “None Of The Above” if the candidates were not up to scratch.

Opposing NOTA, Mohan Bhagwat appeals to people to vote for 'national security, development and identity'
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Opposing NOTA, Mohan Bhagwat appeals to people to vote for 'national security, development and identity'

Mohan Bhagwat was talking to reporters after casting his vote in Maharashtra's Nagpur constituency, where Union minister Nitin Gadkari is the BJP's candidate

Explainer: What is NOTA option? Can it have an impact on the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?
Politics

Explainer: What is NOTA option? Can it have an impact on the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?

Other countries where voters are allowed to vote for NOTA are Columbia, Ukraine, Brazil, Bangladesh, Finland, Chile, Belgium, Spain, and Sweden.

Voters rate govt 'below average' on governance, says ADR report, holds to account all of India's political class
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Voters rate govt 'below average' on governance, says ADR report, holds to account all of India's political class

It turned out that for all 31 categories of performance, across urban and rural voters, the performance of the ruling government was rated 'below average' in the ADR survey. According to the survey, the top two priorities of the 2017 survey remained the same in 2018 — Better Employment Opportunities and Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centers

Lok Sabha poll results 2019: Former AAP polling agent and techie explains why EVMs can't be scammed
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Lok Sabha poll results 2019: Former AAP polling agent and techie explains why EVMs can't be scammed

In the poll season, claims of EVM manipulation have become part of our everyday news cycle — science be damned.

BJP's Kunvarji Bavaliya wins Jasdan bypolls; party's tally in 182-member Gujarat Assembly reaches 100
Politics

BJP's Kunvarji Bavaliya wins Jasdan bypolls; party's tally in 182-member Gujarat Assembly reaches 100

The Jasdan by-poll became a battle of prestige between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in the wake of the latter winning the just held assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

NOTA outperforms AAP, SP, NCP in legislative Assembly elections: It's a trend that is catching on fast
Politics

NOTA outperforms AAP, SP, NCP in legislative Assembly elections: It's a trend that is catching on fast

The NOTA or none of the above option was the sixth most popular choice in the recently-concluded Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections, after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The situation was similar in other states — NOTA outperformed several political parties, including the AAP and Samajwadi Party, which contested the assembly polls in the five states.

Chhattisgarh polls: Not rivals, candidates fear NOTA may emerge biggest slayer in repeat of 2013 nightmare
Politics

Chhattisgarh polls: Not rivals, candidates fear NOTA may emerge biggest slayer in repeat of 2013 nightmare

In 2013, NOTA was at the third position in 35 of the 90 Assembly seats of Chhattisgarh.