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time to write off congress

Even after his party’s bad performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and its failure to form governments in Goa and Manipur, Congress leader C P Joshi appeared unfazed before the media on March 16. And in response to a reporter’s query whether his party would last until the 2019 parliamentary election, he said his party would pose a “formidable challenge” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Lok Sabha polls. By [...]

India Continues to Sting China's Tail Through Dalai Lama and Taiwan

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will undertake a visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on April 5. The visit is taking place despite China’s warning of “severe damage” to relations with India and increased instability along China-India border. Tawang has a special place in the hearts of millions of Buddhists across the world. Moreover, the 430-year-old monastery in this mountainous town is considered the holiest and the largest in the world, second only to the [...]

Next President of India in 2017

The state assembly elections of UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab, and Goa are over and there is some time before election fever grips the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. There is one more major election coming up this summer that will keep the people of India excited. President Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He was elected on July 22, 2012, and was sworn in three days later (July 25, 2012). President Mukherjee’s [...]

Yogi Adityanath : New CM of Uttar Pradesh

Today will complete the transition from Ajay Singh Bisht – the person, to Yogi Adityanath – the religious priest, to the political and administrative head of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Yogi Adityanath, 44, has been hand-picked to be appointed today as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and will be sworn-in at ceremony attended by the Prime Minister and other senior leaders of BJP. Senior BJP leader and State Party President Keshav [...]

Trivendra Singh Rawat : New CM of Uttarakhand

Trivendra Singh Rawat, 56, was sworn in today as the ninth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in a ceremony held in Dehradun. Attending the event was PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah, among several other Union Ministers. Seven others were also sworn in today and included party heavyweight Satpal Maharaj, Prakash Pant and Yashpal Arya. Coming in wake of a sweeping victory, where the BJP wrested 57 out of 70 seats, the [...]

The EVM Controversy

The latest round of state legislative assembly polls in India – held across the five states of Manipur, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Uttarakhand, Goa, and Punjab – have raked up a new debate about the validity of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the electoral process. In UP, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA recorded a landslide victory bagging 325 of the 403 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which once controlled the majority in the state [...]

Ayodhya to Raise Ram Mandir

A landslide victory — winning over 325 of the 403 seats in the Uttar Pradesh state legislative assembly — may not be the end of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) worries in the state. The first question that the people of UP have for the party that rules both centre and state is: “Who will be the CM of UP?” This may be an easy one. Rajnath Singh, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Yogi Adityanath, Srikanth Sharma, Dinesh [...]

Assembly Elections-2017 Results

The results of the most-awaited elections of 2017 are out and Narendra Modi has led BJP to a historic sweep in UP and Uttarakhand. The BJP suffered losses in Punjab and Manipur. Government formation in Goa is still open with hectic negotiations already underway. Results: Uttar Pradesh: 403 seats BJP: 312 SP-Cong: 54;  SP: 47; INC: 7 BSP: 19 RLD: 0 Apna Dal (Soneylal): 9 Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party: 4 Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam [...]

Why did BJP win in Uttar Pradesh

The people of Uttar Pradesh have spoken. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now being called the Bharatiya Juggernaut Party following its massive win in the UP Assembly Elections 2017. Of the 403 Vidhan Sabha seats up for grabs, the party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed to win 323 seats. This, despite not having put forth any chief ministerial candidate, is a mammoth win. The last party to win over 300 seats at [...]

Assembly Elections Exit Polls-2017

Between the voting and final election results being announced, the most exciting and sought after events are the exit polls. These polls elicit controversy, heated debate and generate diverse opinions from experts covering the entire political spectrum. Exit polls for five states – Uttar Pradesh (UP), Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – have just been released and most are unanimous that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to bag four states, while facing a rout in [...]