The uneven pattern in the party’s electoral fortunes across the seven phases of the election is evidence that ‘Good News’ can indeed help swing an election.
It is evident that the ‘exit poll’ was part of a well-considered strategy to boost the prospects of the BJP in the UP elections. But who its authors are is still a mystery.
As voting for the 11th legislative assembly elections ends in Manipur today, a round-up of poll-related stories from the northeastern state.
Special mobile apps, software, infrastructure, training for personnel and feedback mechanisms have been created to make voting easier for persons with disabilities.
The editor of the newspaper’s website must not be made a scapegoat for an illegal act that was committed by others more powerful than him
The cases will be registered under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code along with section 126A and B of the Representation of the People Act.
Was Dainik Jagran attempting to neutralise the possible momentum UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav or Mayawati may get from the western UP sentiment, which seemed to be clearly going against the BJP?
Opposition parties are likely to see the Jagran report as not just deliberate defiance of the EC but also an attempt to try and influence UP voters in favour of the BJP even as six phases of the election still remain.
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 RBI Act, IT Act and RP Act would leave the RBI and IT department with no means to probe funding of political parties.
The order, dealing a major blow to Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, came after the EC heard the two sides on Friday.
Advancing the Budget presentation could give the BJP an unfair advantage in the upcoming state elections. By failing to defer it until after the polls, the party is unwilling to follow the high principles expected in a bipartisan polity.
The elections from teachers’ and graduates’ constituencies were effected with the intention of ensuring that educated voters help to curb criminality in politics, but these polls seem to be numerically ineffectual.
NE Dispatch: BJP Forms Government in Arunachal; RSS Sloganeering At Assam Heritage Site Triggers Protests
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Uttar Pradesh is set to vote in seven phases.
The prime minister’s words will be meaningless, other than to draw attention to Rahul Gandhi’s cause, unless he supports them with actions to reform political funding.
The Election Commission has also recommended that the government amend laws to allow exemption from tax only to parties that win seats in elections.
In an interview with The Wire, D. Raja talks about the need for electoral reforms, BJP’s varying stance on FCRA when it came to the funding of NGOs and political parties and more.
If Narendra Modi is serious about his promises to tackle black money, making political funding more transparent and accountable is an excellent place to start.
A successful summit could be electorally useful for Goa’s chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, and the BJP, especially given AAP’s presence in the state.
Apart from the impracticality of the idea, competition is the essence of democracy and it would not be desirable to have an “opposition mukt Bharat”.
Addressing a class of government-run school students on Teacher’s Day, Pranab Mukherjee supported the idea of holding all elections together and talked about secularism and evolution of the democratic process in India post independence.
Given its counterproductive amendments, the government might not have any real intention of allowing the watchdog to emerge, says activist Anjali Bhardwaj.
In conversation with the lawyer who has single-handedly taken on the Arvind Kejriwal government in the office of profit legal fiasco.
Activist have urged the commission to instruct the Centre to suspend all direct and indirect funding to political parties as an interim measure while they remain opposed to being under the RTI scanner.
‘Punish me, not the people of Delhi’ is chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s response to the threat that 21 of his MLAs could be disqualified for holding offices of profit.
In Tamil Nadu, it is the Election Commission, and not the political parties, that is providing the nail biting finish to election season.
According to the convention, by-elections are not conducted in states if less than a year of their tenure is left. But the law lays down that elections be conducted within six months of a vacancy and it is now up to the Supreme Court to take a call on Uttarakhand.
Why was the PMO reticent in providing information about Modi’s degrees? And what could be the political fallout? The Wire breaks it down.
Since poll campaigns are turning uglier, more personal and combative the moral obligation entailed in the model code can really bear down heavily on candidates at a time when they are trying show to the voters how upright and competent they are for the job.
That the Election Commission was defensive and apologetic for the violence that broke out during day two of the assembly polls is a measure of how the establishment colludes by accepting violations as normal.
One hopes the Election Commission, the police and the high court live up to expectations and seize the initiative in this matter. Public trust in constitutional institutions is too precious to be dissipated.
Eight takeaways from Bihar’s stunning election result
Angry that its earlier orders about inflammatory advertisements had been ignored, the Election Commission says only pre-certified ads can be published on polling day.
Suggestions to allow candidates to spend more money in elections are based on a misreading of how parties function on the ground.
Whatever the immediate trigger, the turmoil at NMML is likely to strengthen the perception that the NDA government is looking to assert direct control over key cultural and educational bodies with a view to changing their character.
The battle for power in Bihar assumes significance in the context of Modi leading the NDA charge after BJP’s debacle in the Delhi assembly polls early this year.
Extensive central forces and a reworked expenditure monitoring system will be deployed to curb money and muscle power
In a decision of enormous significance for Tamil Nadu and indeed for politics in the rest of India, the Karnataka High Court has acquitted J. Jayalalithaa, former Chief Minister of the state, of all charges in the disproportionate assets case against her.