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BMC Election 2017

Richest Civic Body In India While the state legislative assembly elections in UP and the terse political situation in Tamil Nadu are hogging much of the media space, an epic battle of a different kind is unfolding in the country’s financial capital – Mumbai. Both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are locked in a small but significant struggle for dominance of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The BMC elections are held in 227 [...]


Across Uttar Pradesh, if the Samajwadi Party’s “Kaam Bolta Hai” slogan has to submit to the voters’ acceptability test in real terms, it is in the state’s all 12 districts, stretching from Lucknow to Etawah, from Mainpuri to Sitapur, and others. Regarded as the SP’s bastion, the area witnessed only over 61 percent turnout in the third phase of polls for 69 assembly seats — a low turnout in comparison to what was witnessed during [...]


The political world in Tamil Nadu started picking up shape at long last with Edappadi Palaniswami taking charge as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, ending the 10-day long bitter feud between AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala and former CM, O Panneerselvam (OPS). His appointment is in acceptance of the “letter of submitted by Palaniswami on Tuesday that he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party at a meeting of the party MLAs held [...]


Firecrackers, dancing and singing on the streets, sweets being distributed across the city, strangers hugging each other. No, Chennai has not come up with an unprecedented Valentine’s Day celebration but the city, today, echoes the jubilant sentiments of Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court of India upheld the trial court’s verdict convicting CM aspirant Sasikala Natarajan in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case. Sasikala has been ordered by the Supreme Court to surrender immediately. It is likely [...]


Understanding Indian public mood is not easy, nor is it easier to concretely predict any parliamentary or assembly polls in the country. Trends in the past have shown that whenever there has been larger turnout of voters in an election, it has not correlated with a change. This narrative has yet again become a part of discussion on television channels, print media and also digital media following the upsurge in voters’ participation in Goa and [...]


  “It’s election time in UP, and the country is discussing about TN politics. This must be a first”, says Anand, a resident of Chennai, on his Facebook wall. The political conundrum that Tamil Nadu finds itself in is an unprecedented one and is indeed a knotty affair and the news reports echo varied opinions with no end in sight. The situation highlights the nuanced constitutional process followed in selecting a Chief Minister. Here we say ‘selecting’ [...]


As tension continues to be prevalent in Nagaland with tribal groups opposed to the 33% reservation to women in ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) in the upcoming election under Schedule IX (A) of the Constitution of India, the Congress demanded the imposition of the President’s Rule in Nagaland alleging that Naga’s People Front-led (NPF) Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government has failed to control the situation. What is the Crisis? Here is a nutshell of the [...]


Loyalty pays. It just takes around three decades to reach the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow. That just about sums up Sasikala Natarajan’s journey thus far. So who is Sasikala Natarajan and why is she in the middle of a controversial storm in Tamil Nadu? Sasikala has been a personal confidante and assistant to late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for over 30 years. Post Jayalalithaa’s recent death, Sasikala is now [...]


Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 Punjab Assembly elections were held today for 117 seats in a single phase. The results is due to be announced on 11 March 2017. This elections is unique for being a three-way contest between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) – BJP Alliance; Indian National Congress (INC); and AAP. Major issues which will determine poll outcomes: High unemployment rate, drug abuse, rising crime, desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, water sharing dispute with [...]


The mark of a mature democracy, they say, is political consciousness of the common man. Looking at the large scale corruption that politics has festered in the country, we may be disinclined to look upon India as a mature democracy, but the fact remains undeniable that every man and woman (and often even children) in the country has a strong political opinion. Take your local chai wala, for instance (no pun intended). Notice how each [...]