• Rebels kill 12 in anti-election campaign in India INDRAJIT SINGH - Associated Press - Sat 12 Apr, 2014
    Security officers stand guard at the door as Karbi tribal women in traditional outfits stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth in Diphu, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament announced May 16. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    PATNA, India (AP) — Indian Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday as they continue a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting a five-week national election.

  • New Delhi, Apr.12 (ANI): People in India's northeastern region participated enthusiastically in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, despite a boycott call given by some insurgent outfits. Whether men, women, young or old, the enthusiasm was visible on the face of every voter in the northeast, as they cast their ballots to choose …

  • New Delhi, Apr.12 (ANI): To motivate a large number of northeastern people living in New Delhi to cast their votes during the elections, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in collaboration with the district election officer hosted a cultural program at the Nehru Park in the capital. The North-East …

  • India starts voting in world's largest election WASBIR HUSSAIN - Associated Press - Tue 8 Apr, 2014
    Indian voters wait in queues to cast their votes during the first phase of elections in Dibrugarh, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, Monday, April 7, 2014. Indians began voting Monday in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal. The country's 814 million eligible voters will vote in stages over the next five weeks. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Voters in India's remote northeast cast ballots on the first day of the world's biggest election Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of a surge in economic growth.

  • First phase of LS polls starts from Assam, Tripura

    New Delhi, Apr.7 (ANI): Speaking in a press conference the Election Commission (EC) on Monday said that in Assam where five parliamentary constituencies went to polls in nine districts the turnout was till 5 p.m was approximately 72.5 percent. However there were still queues in several polling stations and he expected …

  • Barh (Bihar), Apr. 7 (ANI): Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, on Monday criticised election manifesto released by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying it was for industrialists and ignored poor. "The election manifesto released by the BJP is beneficial only for rich people and not for others. The manifesto …

  • India kicks off world's biggest election in Assam, Tripura Shyamantha Asokan - Reuters - Mon 7 Apr, 2014
    An election official holds an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) before handing it over to the polling officers at a distribution centre ahead of general elections in Jorhat district, in Assam April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

    By Shyamantha Asokan DIBRUGARH, India (Reuters) - The first electors cast their votes on Monday in the world's biggest election, with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi holding a strong lead but likely to fall short of a majority. Elderly women in saris and young men in jeans and polo shirts lined up …

  • India begins world's largest election WASBIR HUSSAIN - Associated Press - Mon 7 Apr, 2014
    Indian voters wait in queues to cast their votes during the first phase of elections in Dibrugarh, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, Monday, April 7, 2014. Indians began voting Monday in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal. The country's 814 million eligible voters will vote in stages over the next five weeks. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — India started the world's largest election Monday, with voters in the remote northeast making their way past lush rice paddies and over rickety bamboo bridges to reach the polls. Most parties were campaigning on promises of economic growth.

  • New Delhi, Apr 7 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its much-delayed manifesto on a day India began voting for a new government in the first of a nine-phase general election. "Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat" (One India, great India) and "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas" are the main slogans of the 40-page …

  • Voting began at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m. In Assam, polling is taking place for five parliamentary constituencies which are Kaliabor, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, and Tezpur. In Tripura, the lone constituency is Tripura (West). A total 51 candidates are in the fray in the first phase, some of the prominent …

  • India kicks off world's largest election WASBIR HUSSAIN - Associated Press - Mon 7 Apr, 2014
    An Indian couple smile as they come out of a polling booth after casting their votes during the first phase of elections in Agartala, in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura, India, Monday, April 7, 2014. The Indian national elections will be held over several weeks in phases to ensure safe and fair elections. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Indians began voting Monday in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal.

  • BJP manifesto blackout in northeast areas voting Monday Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Sun 6 Apr, 2014

    New Delhi/Kolkata, April 6 (IANS) Electors in Assam and Tripura, voting in Monday's first phase of polling for the Lok Sabha, will cast their ballot unaware of the BJP's unified vision of development and prescription for economic revival, differences over which have reportedly delayed the party manifesto's release. Chief …

  • India poised for mammoth vote, BJP coalition strong Shyamantha Asokan - Reuters - Sat 5 Apr, 2014
    Lal Krishna Advani (R), of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)listens to party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during a workers' party meeting ahead of the general election, at Gandhinagar in Gujarat April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

    By Shyamantha Asokan LEZAI, India (Reuters) - The biggest election the world has ever seen begins on Monday in a remote backwater of tea gardens and rice paddies, with India looking increasingly likely to embrace a coalition led by Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to jumpstart a flagging economy. India's …

  • Chennai, Apr.4 (ANI): Former Election Commissioner of India, N. Gopalaswami, on Friday contradicted the attack made by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayaram Jayalalithaa, on election body over poll expenses methodology, saying the norm has existed since 1975. While addressing a public rally yesterday Jayalalithaa openly …

  • New Delhi, Apr.3 (ANI): Social worker Pandit Vikas Sharma and some of his colleagues on THursday criticised the Congress Party's 2014 election manifesto for failing to announce any policy for the benefit of handicapped persons in the country. Squarely denouncing and blaming both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party …

  • Lakhimpur (Assam), Mar 30 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the opposition party "talks big" and believes in the "politics of hate." Addressing an election rally here, Gandhi said "The opposition, particularly the BJP, are going round the country indulging …

  • Anil Trivedi, tall, with an unkept grey beard, settles down over a cup of tea in my Indore hotel room, putting aside his AAP cap. His companion, Gaurav Chandak, a younger man, is an Indian Institute of Technology graduate and a committed social worker. He "had to vote" for the BJP in the December elections, he complains, …

  • Modi's election bandwagon rolling as he picks up allies Douglas Busvine - Reuters - Tue 11 Mar, 2014
    Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, gestures as he addresses a gathering during the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) national convention in New Delhi February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

    By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Opposition challenger Narendra Modi's hunt for allies to emerge from April-May election with a coalition large enough to rule is gaining momentum, with regional politicians flocking to team up with his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Foes flock to Pied Piper Modi," …

  • India to vote April-May, results on May 16 Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Wed 5 Mar, 2014

    New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) India will elect a new parliament over nine days in April-May in the world's largest democratic exercise, with the Election Commission Wednesday saying the results will be declared May 16. Political parties across the spectrum, already in election gear, largely welcomed the staggered exercise. …

  • CPI-M announces 24 Lok Sabha candidates Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Sun 2 Mar, 2014

    New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The CPI-M Sunday announced the names of 24 candidates who will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election from 13 states and union territories.

  • Congress-BJP syndicate forcibly divided Andhra: Mamata Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Tue 25 Feb, 2014

    Agartala, Feb 25 (IANS) The Congress-BJP syndicate "undemocratically and forcibly divided" Andhra Pradesh and they are trying to sell the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday. "Congress and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) have formed a syndicate. The syndicate undemocratically and forcibly bifurcated …

  • Bhubaneswar/Kolkata, Feb.8 (ANI): Leaders of the Congress, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) from eastern states have won seats in the Rajya Sabha. In Odisha, Congress leader Ranjib Biswal and three BJD legislators, including two state ministers won the elections. "The election was held under the auspicious …

  • Bangladeshis snatching away Indians' livelihood: Modi Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Wed 5 Feb, 2014

    Kolkata, Feb 5 (IANS) BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday said influx of people from Bangladesh into India has "snatched" away the livelihood of many people in West Bengal. Modi asserted that the rights to resources and development "first and foremost" belong to sons of the soil. The Gujarat chief …

  • EC appoints observers for elections in four states Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Tue 4 Feb, 2014

    New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) The Election Commission of India has appointed special observers for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, and West Bengal on Feb 7, a statement said Tuesday. "The duties of the special observers will be to keep a watch on electoral malpractices including role of money …

  • Rajya Sabha polls: AGP suspects horse trading by Congress Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Mon 3 Feb, 2014

    Guwahati, Feb 3 (IANS) Twice chief minister and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta Monday appealed to the Election Commission for direct supervision of the Rajya Sabha election in Assam, alleging "horse trading" by the ruling Congress. Mahanta wrote a letter to the Election Commission Monday following …

  • Ramachandran to be next IOA president Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Sat 25 Jan, 2014

    New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) N. Ramachandran, Rajeev Mehta and Anil Khanna will be elected unopposed as president, secretary general and treasurer respectively of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) during the Feb 9 elections. The elections may finally pave the way for the IOA's return to the Olympics fold since it was suspended …

  • IOA factions trying to find consensus on candidates Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Fri 24 Jan, 2014

    New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Abhay Chautala and the Randhir Singh groups in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) are trying to avoid an election Feb 9 and are working on a consensual list of office bearers as the deadline for filing nomination ends Saturday. Randhir Singh's group wants that candidates from the 2008 association …

  • Congress begins candidate selection process in northeast Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Thu 23 Jan, 2014

    Agartala/Guwahati, Jan 23 (IANS) The Congress has begun the process of selecting candidates in the northeastern states for the upcoming parliamentary polls, party sources said Thursday. The Election Commission is all set to hold Lok Sabha elections starting mid-April and the polls are likely to be in five or six phases, …

  • Congress aims to win all three Rajya Sabha seats in Assam Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Wed 22 Jan, 2014

    Guwahati, Jan 22 (IANS) The ruling Congress in Assam has chalked out a strategy to win all three Rajya Sabha seats in the state, polling for which will take place Feb 7, party leaders said Wednesday. The three seats will fall vacant April 9. They are currently held by state Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita, Bodoland …

  • Elections for 55 Rajya Sabha seats Feb 7 Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Mon 13 Jan, 2014

    New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Biennial elections for 55 Rajya Sabha seats, including seven from Maharashtra, will be held Feb 7, the Election Commission announced Monday. The elections will be held for the seats falling vacant between April 2-14 this year. Besides Maharashtra, the elections will be held in Tamil Nadu and Andhra …

  • AAP opens 300 offices, aims to be a national player Alok Singh - IANS - Thu 2 Jan, 2014

    New Delhi/Ghaziabad, Jan 2 (IANS) With over 500,000 new members and 300 offices coming up in all corners of the country in just around three weeks' time, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had a dream debut in the Delhi polls, has its eyes firmly set on the coming general elections. According to party's political affairs …

  • AAP prepares for general elections Indo Asian News Service - IANS - Thu 26 Dec, 2013

    New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Thursday named two members, Pankaj Gupta and Sanjay Singh, as its team that would look into preparations for the Lok Sabha elections next year. "Pankaj Gupta and Sanjay Singh will look into the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls. They will help in making the party's …

 
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