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Perform or Perish: QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY CRITICAL…

Perform or Perish: QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY CRITICAL…

Perform or Perish QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY CRITICAL By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Perform or perish is the lesson the voters have sent out this election. The BJP-led NDA Government can ill-afford to bask in its poll glory. Political...
How BJP’s online campaign proved vital for success

How BJP’s online campaign proved vital for success

New Delhi, May 20 With the BJP registering a thumping victory in the general election, significant credit goes to the party’s online campaign to tap the general psyche by connecting with millions of youngsters. Vikas Pandey with Narendera Modi at...
Modified Govt.: SPUR ECONOMY, END ‘KUTTA FUNDS’ …

Modified Govt.: SPUR ECONOMY, END ‘KUTTA FUNDS’ …

Modified Govt. SPUR ECONOMY, END ‘KUTTA FUNDS’ By Shivaji Sarkar The Narendra Modified politics should have electrifying effects on the economy. The nation expects it. The mandate of 335 seats is decisive. It robs the new government of any alibi...
Election 2014: Star politicians who stole the show

Election 2014: Star politicians who stole the show

New Delhi, May 17  The poll battle is over and many film celebrities like Hema Malini, Moon Moon Sen and Kirron Kher have emerged victorious to become members of parliament. “Dream Girl” Hema Malini, contesting on a Bharatiya Janata Party...
We accept defeat, says Congress leader

We accept defeat, says Congress leader

New Delhi, May 17  Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi Friday said the party accepted the mandate of the people and its defeat in the general elections. “We accept the mandate of the people and welcome it and accept our defeat,” Chaturvedi...
TsuNaMo sweeping India, BJP led NDA heading for landslide majority

TsuNaMo sweeping India, BJP led NDA heading for landslide majority

By TN Ashok New Delhi, May 16: As counting got underway here this morning in one of the most fiercely fought general elections in India,  the BJP led NDA front seemed to be heading  for a clear majority on its own leading in 277 seats and allies 49...
Google doodle salutes Indian election

Google doodle salutes Indian election

New Delhi, May 16  Google doodle saluted the Indian parliamentary election Friday, a day when the vote count was held. Some 550 million votes are being counted at 989 counting centres across the country. The `l’ of Google was an inked index finger.
Ajit Singh loses in Baghpat

Ajit Singh loses in Baghpat

Lucknow, May 16  Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh Friday lost the Lok Sabha election from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to BJP’s Satyapal Singh, a former Mumbai police commissioner.
India’s vote count begins

India’s vote count begins

New Delhi, May 16  A mass of Indian officials Friday morning began counting the millions of votes polled in the staggered Lok Sabha election, officials said. Tens of thousands of officials began the formal counting at 8 a.m. in 989 centres across the...
UP put on high security alert for vote counting

UP put on high security alert for vote counting

Lucknow, May 15  A state of high security alert was sounded in Uttar Pradesh ahead of counting of votes for 80 Lok Sabha seats Friday, an official said Thursday. Fearing clashes between supporters of winning and losing candidates, the state government...
Nearly 90 mn UP votes to be counted Friday

Nearly 90 mn UP votes to be counted Friday

Lucknow, May 15  Nearly 90 million votes polled for the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will be counted Friday at 76 centres spread across the state, an official said Thursday. The counting process, which begins at 8 a.m., will be videographed and...
India ready to count 537 million votes

India ready to count 537 million votes

New Delhi, May 15  The Election Commission is all set to count Friday some 537 million votes cast in the Lok Sabha polls which are widely tipped to end a decade of Congress rule, a top official said Thursday. “We are fully prepared and geared up...
Of ‘Hopes’ & ‘Emotions’: FOOLS RUSH WHERE ANGELS FEAR…

Of ‘Hopes’ & ‘Emotions’: FOOLS RUSH WHERE ANGELS FEAR…

Of Hopes & Emotions FOOLS RUSH WHERE ANGELS FEAR… By Chanchal Chauhan The BJP has already started thanking the electorate for its massive support to their ‘strong leader’. With exit polls putting its Government in Delhi, it’s brimming with...
Meghalaya to count votes under CCTV surveillance

Meghalaya to count votes under CCTV surveillance

Shillong, May 14  Counting of votes for Meghalaya’s two Lok Sabha seats will be done under CCTV surveillance, an election official said Wednesday. Over 69 percent (10,80,845) of the 15.67 lakh-strong electorate cast their votes for the two Lok...
Counting in Delhi: 8.2 million votes, 2000 EVMs, 150 candidates

Counting in Delhi: 8.2 million votes, 2000 EVMs, 150 candidates

New Delhi, May 14  Counting of 8.2 million votes in Delhi will be done at seven counting centres where more than 7,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and seven companies of a paramilitary force will be on duty, said a Delhi Election Commission...
Kerala set for counting of votes

Kerala set for counting of votes

Thiruvananthapuram, May 13  All arrangements have been made for smooth counting of votes that begins Friday 8 a.m. in 160 halls across the state, an election official said. Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Netto said there are 21,427 electronic...
UP turnout beats 1977 post-Emergency balloting

UP turnout beats 1977 post-Emergency balloting

Lucknow, May 13  Voters in Uttar Pradesh have set a new record at turnout with over 58.29 percent ballots cast in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls compared to 56.44 percent in 1977, post-Emergency general elections, officials said Tuesday. The...
Obama looks forward to working with new Indian government

Obama looks forward to working with new Indian government

Washington, May 13  As exit polls suggested that the Narendra Mod- led Bharatiya Janata Party was set to win the Indian election, President Barack Obama said the US looked forward to “working closely” with India’s next administration. “I...
Re-poll in 11 Bengal booths Tuesday

Re-poll in 11 Bengal booths Tuesday

Kolkata, May 13  The Election Commission Monday said re-polling will be held in 11 polling stations Tuesday in six of the nine Lok Sabha seats that went to hustings April 30 for the third phase of the polls in West Bengal. Chief electoral officer (CEO)...
Bengal records nearly 80 percent turnout amid violence

Bengal records nearly 80 percent turnout amid violence

Kolkata, May 13  Political violence left 24 injured as over two crore people – nearly 80 percent of the electorate – voted Monday in 17 Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal in the general election’s final phase. Dubbing the clashes...