As India’s most populous state votes, The Wire takes you through the history of elections, party politics and power shifts in Uttar Pradesh.
Instead of relying on emotive religious issues, the AIMIM’s leaders use statistics and facts to drive home their point.
People alleged that political parties have consistently ignored their issues, from the lack of clean water to flood relief.
“Amma gave him several opportunities when she was alive. Which is why I gave him an opportunity as well,” Sasikala on Pannerselvam.
Based on people’s demands, the elections in Tehri Garhwal are being fought on the issues of increasing employment opportunities, more tourism and promoting fruit cultivation.
The major parties are fielding many new faces related to established political names in the upcoming UP polls.
While the election is being fought on the performance of the chief minister and sitting MLAs, there are differing perceptions of the large number of rebels and turncoats.
For the government to truly fight black money and ensure complete transparency in political funding, the ambit of the Right to Information Act must be expanded to include political parties.
The unequal distribution of government welfare schemes, and caste and sub-caste factors are going to play a key role in the assembly polls.
“I want to see Narendra Modi coming to Mumbai and campaign for BMC polls. I want to see Sena’s win after his rally here,” Thackeray said
There’s very little sensitivity being shown in forcefully shoving India’s small traders and producers into the formal economy. To what extent will this affect the BJP’s support base?
Using military activities to shop for votes will lead to political mud-slinging, to the detriment of the honour and sanctity of the special forces.
Proposed amendments to the IT Act and the RBI Act will exempt political parties from keeping records of donations made through electoral bonds.
The BJP and the BSP have made inroads into several districts across the phase two region, a Samajwadi Party stronghold since the 2012 elections.
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The Wire takes you through Punjab’s political landscape and its history of power shifts.
Nagas rage violently against chief minister T.R. Zeliang’s refusal to meet their demand on local body polls after two people were killed in a police firing.
Social Security Provisions for Assam’s Tea Garden Workers in Budget a Step Towards Amending Plantations Act
Centre has allocated Rs 771.10 crore for a social security scheme, which is likely a move towards doing away with the ‘in kind’ component of wages paid to the plantation labourers.
While the Budget’s effort to include electoral funding issues is commendable, a closer look at the provisions tells a different story.
The government must announce fiscal measures to stimulate demand if it wishes to repair some of the damage it has willfully wreaked upon the economy via demonetisation.
Shivpal’s announcement comes at crucial juncture as the SP-Congress alliance has taken off well and Akhilesh is the leading candidate in many opinion polls.
Dalits have become a bargaining force in Punjab politics but they have failed as a credible political front. Jat Sikh dominance is unlikely to be impacted in the upcoming polls.
In poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, politicians who were hoarding black money for campaign purposes found several loopholes to get around demonetisation.
Now that promises of progress and development haven’t played out as they hoped, the BJP’s top duo are turning back to communal polarisation.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
With a Zumba dancer, mining activists and single parents as candidates, AAP is defying prejudices in the upcoming Goa elections.
BJP functionaries have blamed ‘vested interests’ for the allegations of sexual harassment against the former governor, saying he was targeted for his ‘anti-conversion work’.
BJP president Amit Shah said the party would ensure the Ram Temple is constructed under constitutional provisions.
Shiv Sena is fighting for survival, while the BJP to wants to take control of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Asia’s richest civic body.
For several of these BJP leaders, the companies they are now on the boards of are unrelated to their past experience.
Unless leaders from both parties come out in full support of the alliance, they may not be able to convert popular support into votes.
As many as 80 of his staff members wrote a letter to the president and prime minister demanding Shanmuganathan’s removal for compromising the dignity of Raj Bhavan.
Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BJP are strongly placed but the BSP is a contender too
The charge was refuted and dubbed as a ploy to defame the civic bodies that are controlled by the BJP.
The political reality of women in India pretty much mirrors the actual reality.
Navsarjan Trust said its activities were a “threat to the BJP” and hence its FCRA licence was cancelled.
While the BJP and the BSP will gain from its troubles, the Samjawadi Party’s prospects of returning to power will suffer if it fails to repeat its 2012 performance in these areas.
When asked to comment on the impact of Gandhi’s campaigning in the UP elections, Katiyar chose to respond with a comment on her appearance instead.
His remark came after the Allahabad high court directed the UP government to ensure that no fresh caste certificates are issued to those belonging to 17 Other Backward Classes (OBC) groups.
Manohar Parrikar has roped two Congressmen into the BJP whom he had accused of being corrupt in the past.