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Sikh leaders cutting across party lines have welcomed the decision of a court to award death penalty to one of the convicts in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, and vowed to continue their fight till each and every victim gets justice. A Delhi court awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh for killing two men in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

09:25:02 on 20 Nov

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As union minister Sushma Swaraj announced today that she would not contest any more elections, a big "thank you" was tweeted by her husband Swaraj Kaushal, who remarked - even Milkha Singh stopped running.
Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Minister and senior BJP leader, revealed her decision not to contest next year's polls at a press conference in Madhya Pradesh.

08:55:02 on 20 Nov

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Polling concluded in the second phase of the CG Assembly Elections, 20 November, with 64.8% voter turnout being recorded till 5 pm. However, the figure is likely to rise, with voting still underway at the polling booths where voters are in queue. The second phase decides the fate of many high-profile candidates – including former CM Ajit Jogi and his two family members.

06:45:35 on 20 Nov

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The Yogi Adityanath-led government in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved procurement of 112 luxury vehicles at a whopping Rs 25 crore ahead of Kumbh-2019. As per the information, some of the vehicles will be bought in-lieu of non-working vehicles while some will be bought citing security issues at Kumbh 2019.

06:25:02 on 20 Nov

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The sessions court in Ahmedabad framed charges against Patidar OBC quota stir leader Hardik Patel in a sedition case dating back to 2015. Two of his colleagues, Dinesh Bambhaniya and Chirag Patel, were also named in the case. The trio have also been accused of inciting violence to pressurise the government to accept their demand for reservation for the Patel community.

05:19:27 on 20 Nov

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A three-way contest is in the offing as Chhattisgarh goes for the second and concluding phase of Assembly polls on Tuesday for 72 seats spread across 19 dists, with the ruling BJP wrestling it out with the opposition Congress and the Jogi-Mayawati-led alliance emerging as a formidable third front. Till 2:55 pm, 45.2 percent voter turnout was recorded for the second phase.

04:26:30 on 20 Nov

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Union minister Sushma Swaraj, one of the senior most leaders of the ruling BJP, has declared that she will not contest the 2019 national election. Sushma Swaraj, the Union Minister for External Affairs, shared the decision with reporters in Madhya Pradesh, where elections will be held later this month. Reports say she cited health reasons.

02:59:34 on 20 Nov

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Cong chief Rahul Gandhi said CBI DIG Manoj Sinha's allegations of corruption against senior government officials in his affidavit to the SC are the latest episode of a crime thriller "Chowkidar is thief" playing out in Delhi. "Officers are tired, trust is broken and democracy is crying," the Congress president said, a day after Sinha dragged the names of several officials.

02:49:03 on 20 Nov

K Shailima, the daughter-in-law of Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, is richer than her husband and TS I-T Minister, KT Rama Rao. Owning assets worth over Rs 35.98 crore, Shailima is much ahead of her husband KTR who has assets worth Rs 4.93 crore. This detail was revealed in KTR's electoral affidavit as he was filing the nomination for the upcoming election in the state.

02:11:27 on 20 Nov

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The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. At 12 pm, the voter turnout stood at 25.2% in the final phase of elections. A delegation of Congress leaders led by PL Punia met the Election Commission in Delhi over alleging attempts to misuse and tamper EVMs.

01:40:50 on 20 Nov

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A three-way contest is in the offing as Chhattisgarh goes for the second and concluding phase of Assembly polls for 72 seats spread across 19 districts. Congress has alleged faulty Electronic Voting Machines are being deployed in their strongholds in Chattisgarh. National Spokesperson of the Congress PL Punia will be meeting the Election Commission over this.

12:10:48 on 20 Nov

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The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. o ensure peaceful polling, over one lakh security personnel have been deployed and extra vigil is being maintained in Naxal-affected districts of Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur.

09:17:39 on 20 Nov

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As many as 3,584 nominations were filed by political parties for Telangana Assembly elections, slated to be held on December 7, a release from the office of Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said. caretaker ministers KT Rama Rao and Jagadish Reddy and state Congress Working President Revanth Reddy were among the prominent leaders who filed their nominations Monday.

07:57:01 on 20 Nov

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The byelections to 20 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will take place before the Lok Sabha poll, CEC OP Rawat said. Vacancies had arisen in 18 seats due to the Madras HC confirming the disqualification of MLAs owing allegiance to AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran. In respect of the other two, the death of Karunanidhi and the AIADMK legislator A.K. Bose had caused vacancies.

07:26:02 on 20 Nov

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The TRS and the Congress face three crucial days till the withdrawal of nominations to find out how many of the rebel candidates have stayed in the contest. Filing of nominations coming to an end on Monday. The problem is more for the Congress, which delayed the announcement of candidates. The TRS had the time to pacify rebels as it had announced the candidates early.

06:28:29 on 20 Nov

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Elaborate security arrangements including more than one lakh personnel, helicopters and drones have been put in place for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh elections today. After a promising 76.28% turnout in the first phase in Maoist affected areas, the second phase will see voting for 72 seats spread across 19 districts. Polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm.

06:03:14 on 20 Nov

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PM Narendra Modi set an ambitious target of India breaking into top 50 nations on the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking and said efforts are on to nearly double the size of country’s economy to USD 5 trillion. In his opening remarks at a meeting called on ease of doing business ranking with the Indian industry, Modi said the era of policy paralysis has ended.

09:56:44 on 19 Nov

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said everyone would be the face of the 'Mahagathbandhan' after her meeting with her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu, who had projected Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the proposed anti-BJP bloc. Banerjee, who met Naidu in Kolkata, said they would fight together against the BJP to save the nation.

09:27:01 on 19 Nov

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A man reportedly belonging to a right-wing organisation Monday threw ink at Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and former JNU students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar here, police said. The two were in Gwalior to address a seminar at the Chamber of Commerce Bhawan here as part of their "Samvidhan Bachao" protest.

08:25:01 on 19 Nov

Chaos reigned supreme in the People’s Front, or Maha Kootami, as the grand alliance of four opposition parties in Telangana is known, with one party fielding its official candidates in constituencies allotted to the other alliance partners. Telangana will go to polls on December 7. The party was forced to do so after the candidates refused to back out of the contest.

08:14:11 on 19 Nov

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The Jana Sena Party of actor-politician Pawan Kalyan Monday decided not to contest the December 7 assembly elections in Telangana and said it would fight the Lok Sabha polls next year instead. The issue was discussed with all leaders of the party, and it has been decided to prepare for the Lok Sabha polls from now itself, Kalyan said.

07:24:45 on 19 Nov

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat, Nabanna, to invite her to attend a meeting of opposition leaders in New Delhi on November 22 for talks on the proposed joint front against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the Lok Sabha elections next year.

06:15:42 on 19 Nov

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh denied allegations of having any connection with Naxals after reports that the Pune police investigating the Bhima-Koregaon case found phone calls made to Maoist supporters using the former MP CM’s number. The former MP CM said the BJP and the RSS are apprehensive of him and so they somehow want to create a negative atmosphere.

05:07:40 on 19 Nov

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It was last month that Telangana caretaker Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao took the stage in Ibrahimpur, a small village bordering Siddipet and Sircilla constituencies, and had an emotional outburst. Ibrahimpur is the village that Harish had adopted three years ago. Folllowed by this the villagers took a unanimous resolution to vote only for him.

04:51:54 on 19 Nov

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The grand meeting of opposition parties scheduled for November 22 has been postponed, sources told News18 on Monday in what constitutes a setback to plans of a mega anti-BJP alliance in 2019. Sources in Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP said a new date would be decided when the Andhra Pradesh CM meets West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday evening.

04:22:54 on 19 Nov

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Three AIADMK men, serving life imprisonment on charges of setting ablaze a bus in Dharmapuri killing three girls of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), were set free from the Vellore Central Prison on Monday. The convicts had resorted to the violence following former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s conviction in a corruption case on February 2, 2000.

02:44:38 on 19 Nov

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Gurgaon. Inaugurating the expressway, PM Modi said, "It is a significant day for will bring about a transport revolution in the state". PM Modi also said that the expressway should have been ready a decade ago, during the Commonwealth Games, but due to corruption, it was delayed."

02:14:06 on 19 Nov

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As election campaign reaches a fever-pitch in TS, the Congress is all set to rope in UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who will be travelling to the state to address a public meeting in Medchal constituency in the outskirts of Hyderabad on Nov 23. Rahul Gandhi is also expected to visit constituencies in north and south Telangana, but his travel dates are yet to be finalised.

01:55:01 on 19 Nov

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In a change of strategy, the BJP on Monday fielded Transport Minister Yunus Khan against Congress Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot in the Muslim-dominated Tonk Assembly constituency by replacing sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta. After the Congress fielded Pilot in Tonk, the BJP did brainstorming and replaced Mehta, who figured in the first list issued on November 11.

12:12:58 on 19 Nov

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BJP MLA from Rajasthan Gyan Dev Ahuja resigned from the party Monday, citing its “dictatorial attitude”. Ahuja, who was denied a ticket to recontest the upcoming elections from Ramgarh in Alwar district, said he would stand as an Independent. The move to drop Ahuja comes months after the Congress swept by-polls to three seats in the state, including Alwar.

11:20:06 on 19 Nov

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Prof M Kodandaram, the chief of the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), which is a part of the mahakutami, will not be contesting in the upcoming Telangana polls. Instead, if the alliance comes to power, he would be made the chairman of the common minimum programme (CMP). The CMP outlines what the coalition government plans to do during its tenure.

02:29:43 on 18 Nov

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Uncertain of the party’s performance at the Centre and sensing better prospects in state politics, two sitting and at least half a dozen former Congress MPs have opted to contest Assembly polls in Rajasthan. Congress’s first list of 151 candidates released earlier this week mentions former union ministers and top leaders who have decided to return to state politics.

09:55:01 on 18 Nov

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Stepping up his attack on Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has challenged the former to participate in a debate over the details of the Rafale fighter jets deal signed with the French government. Speaking to media here on Saturday, Gandhi claimed that the Prime Minister will not be in a position to answer his questions over the alleged scams in the deal.

07:26:01 on 18 Nov

Telugu film actor and TD MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna on Saturday announced that he will campaign for the victory of Mahakutami in Telangana. The TD is contesting for 14 seats in Telangana state allying with the Congress lead Mahakutami with CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi. Balakrishna said that he will conduct road shows in TS and also participate in the public meetings.

06:57:01 on 18 Nov

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For those of us that follow politics with academic interest, it is inconceivable that the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), more commonly known as the Majlis Party, based in Hyderabad and the BJP, can be on the same side of a political equation. Telangana CM KCR pulled off a minor political miracle by forging relationships with both the MIM and BJP.

01:45:01 on 17 Nov

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A mega rally by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu is in the works as the two parties seek to cement partnership for upcoming Telangana elections and for the Lok Sabha battle. The joint rally, the first election meeting in which the leadership of both parties will share the dais, is likely to be held in Hyderabad in the last week of November.

01:23:00 on 17 Nov

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Polling is being conducted amidst boycott calls given by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference NC) on account of disagreements with the centre over Article 35A of the Constitution. The government has declared a holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas where polls are taking place so as to enable the voters to cast their vote.

12:17:37 on 17 Nov

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Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and listed the names of Congress presidents from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family. Chidambaram also dared the PM to speak on the Rafale deal, unemployment and suicide of farmers during his rule. Modi had asked the Congress to make a Congressman, from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family.

12:04:23 on 17 Nov

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The Hyderabad HC dismissed a petition by Marri Shashidhar Reddy seeking for a direction to the EC not to issue any notification for conducting elections to the Legislative Assembly for Telangana in the year 2018 or any future date only after delimitation process connected to seven mandals in Khammam district which were transferred to AP is over by suitable amendment.

06:57:01 on 17 Nov

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Mamata Banerjee ordered the CBI from investigating cases in Bengal, the second state after Andhra to prevent the federal agency from operating within their respective state. The move is seen to be triggered by perceptions in the two states ruled by opposition parties who have frequently accused the CBI of acting at the behest of the BJP-led govt at the centre.

09:55:51 on 16 Nov

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All eyes will be on the RLSP state executive meeting here on Saturday amid speculations that its founding president and Union minister Upendra Kushwaha could make a "big announcement" with regard to his continuance in the BJP-led NDA. Nagamani echoed the prevailing mood on the eve of the meeting with a cryptic remark, "There will be a big explosion in a day or two".

08:55:18 on 16 Nov

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Uttar Pradesh politician Mayawati today stressed that she would prefer to sit in the opposition rather than form any alliance with either the Congress or the BJP in Chhattisgarh, describing them as "Saanpnath" and "Naagnath" (both snakes).
Mayawati, said neither party cared about the marginalized, the poor, the farmers and labourers.

05:26:43 on 16 Nov

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PM Modi took on the Congress at an election rally in Chhattisgarh, saying that the party which had governed India for most of its independent history had strived to improve the fortunes of the Nehru-Gandhi family rather than develop the country. Hitting out at Congress chief Rahul, Modi asked if his "grandparents" helped Chhattisgarh progress by laying out water pipelines.

03:45:13 on 16 Nov

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PM Narendra Modi on Friday dared the Congress to make someone outside the Gandhi family the party president for at least five years. The Prime Minister said if the Congress makes someone who is not from the (Gandhi) family as party president for at least five years, then he will believe that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru really created a truly democratic system there.

02:34:34 on 16 Nov

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The irreconcilable differences in the BJP's stance on a Uniform Civil Code and the SC's Sabarimala verdict bear testimony to the doublespeak of political parties on gender justice. Its two-faced approach to Triple Talaq and Sabarimala is matched only by the sheer hypocrisy of the Congress on these issues. BJP is all about “my patriarchy is better than your patriarchy”.

01:50:17 on 16 Nov

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Stepping up its attack on the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal, the Congress alleged that PM Narendra Modi had enhanced the benchmark price for 5.2 billion Euros to 8.2 billion Euros and discarded objections by one of his ministries on the sovereign guarantee issue. It said the “entire spectrum of deception” on the deal “lies at the doorstep of the PM".

01:10:03 on 16 Nov

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The ongoing seat sharing controversy in Telangana TDP shifted to AP with the ticket aspirants reaching Amaravati to hold negotiations with party president N Chandrababu Naidu. Kukatpally Assembly seat, for which two TDP leaders were aspiring, was finally given to Nandamuri Suhasini, daughter of Harikrishna, who was recently killed in a road accident in Nalgonda district.

12:18:08 on 16 Nov

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The RSS thinks the BJP can breach the southern fortress through Sabarimala route and has advised the saffron party to organize Ayyappa devotees at booth level ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due early next year. The Sangh hopes that the SC decision to throw open the doors of the temple to women of menstruating age may actually open the doors of southern states.

11:07:34 on 16 Nov

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Taking a dig at AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu, IT Minister KT Rama Rao in the caretaker government of Telangana highlighted that the Telugu Desam Party leader has never fought an election alone. The Telangana Legislative Assembly Elections are scheduled to be held on December 7 to elect members from 119 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.

10:43:50 on 16 Nov

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More than four days after the nomination process for poll-bound Rajasthan started, the Congress party released its first list of 152 candidates well past Thursday midnight. The list includes heavyweights former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, former union ministers C. P. Joshi and Girjija Vyas.

09:25:01 on 16 Nov

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Congress candidates who failed to get tickets are now alleging that corruption was involved in picking nominees for the December 7 elections. Congress leader Kyma Mallesh alleged that Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee leaders had collected `10 crore as part the deal to field a weak candidate against TRS nominee Danam Nagendar from Khairatabad.

08:57:02 on 16 Nov

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BJP national president Amit Shah and top RSS functionaries are said to have discussed a leadership change in the state BJP in Mangaluru on Thursday. Shah, who attended the annual South India RSS annual meeting, is said to have taken stock of the growing clamour in the party for the ouster of Karnataka BJP president B S Yeddyurappa on the sidelines of the meeting.

07:00:57 on 16 Nov

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JD(U) Party leader and former Bihar minister Manju Verma was suspended from the party Thursday for her alleged involvement in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case. Verma resigned as social welfare minister following the Muzaffarpur case after it came to light that her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had spoken to Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused, several times.

09:57:01 on 15 Nov

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It is an open secret that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, TRS president and the state’s caretaker, is a superstitious man with immense belief in numerology. When he dissolved the Assembly on 6 September 2018, eight months ahead of its end term, pundits saw it as a move guided not just by numbers and electoral arithmetic, but superstition too.

08:25:01 on 15 Nov

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Nearly two years after the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court on Thursday issued notices to her niece J Deepa and nephew and J Deepak in a case related to the administration of her estate. The siblings have been asked to submit their replies by November 28.

07:57:01 on 15 Nov

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Pune city police Thursday filed a chargesheet against five activists arrested in June this year for their alleged Maoist links in the ongoing investigation of Elgaar Parishad case. Investigating officer of the case ACP Shivaji Pawar filed the 5000-page chargesheet in the court of Additional Sessions Judge KD Vadane.

07:40:01 on 15 Nov

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav accused Biha CM Nitish Kumar of "snooping" by installing a powerful CCTV camera atop a boundary wall of the CM residence near his bungalow. The leader of opposition in the state assembly, Yadav's 5, Desh Ratna Marg bungalow is just behind Kumar's 7, Circular road, house in Patna. The official residence of the chief minister is 1, Anney Marg.

07:01:00 on 15 Nov

A trove of over 600 pages of documents pertaining to the Election Commission of India that were obtained through RTIs reveal a range of practices that appear to violate principles of citizen privacy, consent and responsible data-sharing among various state institutions.The RTIs have emerged at a time when large scale voter deletions have been found in Delhi, AP and TS.

06:57:02 on 15 Nov

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The family of the eight-year-old Kathua rape victim, on Wednesday, 14 November, decided to drop lawyer Deepika Rajawat, who had spearheaded their cause initially. The Kathua rape case jolted the conscience of the people after the charge sheet filed by the J&K police revealed that the girl was sedated, raped repeatedly, and then bludgeoned to death in January this year.

05:52:32 on 15 Nov

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On Wednesday evening, mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy walked out of central jail on the outskirts of the city after obtaining conditional bail in an alleged Ponzi scam. He was smiling and looked confident. Unlike in the past, he spoke to the waiting media for over 45 minutes, defending himself and attacking Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy for his plight.

04:57:02 on 15 Nov

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Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday signalled that the government would deliver on its promise on extending quota benefits for Maratha community in education and jobs. “I want to assure the community that it should be ready to celebrate the reservation on December 1. There was no need to agitate anymore,” he said in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

04:47:00 on 15 Nov

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The ‘Gedi route’ – a road near the girls’ hostels at the Panjab University – has changed a lot in the last few days. On this road, where men usually drive luxury cars and play loud Punjabi songs while ‘checking out’ women, hundreds of students have been shouting Azadi and ‘Death to Patriarchy’ slogans in the middle of the night.

04:40:01 on 15 Nov

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Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s statement that his country doesn’t want Kashmir as Pakistan can’t even manage its own provinces has got Home minister Rajnath Singh’s approval. ‘What he said is right. They are unable to manage Pakistan, how will they manage Kashmir? Kashmir is and will always be a part of India,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.

03:21:28 on 15 Nov

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The EC has appointed Ashish Kundra as the Chief Electoral Officer of Mizoram to replace SB Shashank, who had courted controversy in the poll-bound state. Shashank had reportedly sought deployment of additional central armed police forces and complained to the EC that the state's former principal secretary, Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, was interfering in the poll process.

12:42:10 on 15 Nov

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A record 331 candidates filed their nominations on Wednesday for the upcoming Telangana elections, scheduled to be held on December 7. The EC had said that it was receiving nominations from November 12 and 48 aspirants had filed their affidavits on the first day while the number of the second day was 39. 78 candidates from the TRS had filed their nominations on Wednesday.

11:22:31 on 15 Nov

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Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrashekar Rao, who filed his nomination from Gajwel Assembly constituency on Wednesday, has declared assets worth over Rs. 20.60 crores. However, he does not own any vehicle. His total movable assets are valued at over Rs. 10.40 crore while his wife K. Shobha has movable assets of over Rs. 94.5 lakh.

10:55:02 on 15 Nov

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The TRS announced 10 more candidates for the December 7 assembly elections in Telangana. The party had earlier declared candidates for 107 Assembly segments. The total number of constituencies is 119. The latest list includes former minister Danam Nagender who will contest from Khairatabad in Hyderabad. Rao is consulting senior party leaders for the remaining 2 seats.

08:57:01 on 15 Nov

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday sought to know from the state Chief Electoral Officer when the Election Commission proposes to hold the by-elections to Tiruparankunram and Tiruvarur Assembly constituencies. The assembly seats had fallen vacant after the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi (Thiruvarur) and AIADMK MLA A K Bose (Thiruparankundram).

06:57:01 on 15 Nov

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The first round of pre-election opinion polls are in for the coming assembly elections. The overall trend seems to be this: it’s advantage Congress in Rajasthan and close contests in MP, Chhattisgarh and now in Telangana. On the face of it, this may not be all that bad news for the BJP. While the BJP is going down, the largest opposition party isn’t rising to the occasion.

04:25:01 on 15 Nov

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Google searches for a little-known election rule peaked in India after AR Murugadoss’s Deepavali release, Sarkar, Section 49P of the election rules in India after a scene in Sarkar. Sundar, a charachter in Sarkar, who is an NRI and CEO of a top American company, comes to his home country to cast his vote only to find out that someone else has cast his vote.

11:25:01 on 14 Nov

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Election season is upon us, and five states are going to polls. In the assembly election fray are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. Chhattisgarh, in its first phase of assembly elections on Monday, 12 November, saw a 76.28 percent voter turnout, covering 18 assembly segments, despite Maoist threats of violence.

10:56:01 on 14 Nov

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Ballari mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy has been granted days after he was arrested in an alleged bribery case in Bengaluru. The first additional chief metropolitan magistrate V Jagadeesha granted Reddy bail on the condition that he provide two sureties and furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh.

06:02:24 on 14 Nov

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A few days before the UPA–2 okayed the formation of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao met a top Congress leader and told him that he would merge his party with the Congress after Parliament clears Telangana Bill and become the chief minister.

05:04:40 on 14 Nov

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday raised the pitch for change of name of the State afresh saying that a proposal to change the name of the State to Bangla has been lying with the Centre for a long time. She alleged that almost every day “BJP has been changing the names of historical places, but in respect of Bengal, the attitude is totally different.”

04:25:01 on 14 Nov

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Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao filed his nomination papers on Wednesday at the office of the returning officer for the Gajwel Assembly constituency in the state's Siddipet town. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief was accompanied by his nephew and caretaker Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and caretaker Deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari.

04:06:57 on 14 Nov

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Amidst strong protests from rebel candidates, the Telangana Congress released its second list on Wednesday naming 10 candidates, making it a total of 75 candidates so far. The first list was announced on Monday. The alliance party, TDP, has also announced its first list consisting of names of nine candidates.

03:10:02 on 14 Nov

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Both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot will contest the December 7 Rajasthan election, it was revealed amid reports of a widening rift in the party. Who among the two would contest the election has been the subject of much speculation in the run-up to the polls. Both are seen as the main candidates for CM in the Congress, which hopes to win back the BJP-ruled state.

01:48:00 on 14 Nov

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Harish Meena, a BJP parliamentarian in Rajasthan and former top police officer, has quit his party and joined the Congress, weeks before assembly polls in the state. Harish Meena, 64, is the MP from Dausa. A former Director General of Police, he had joined the BJP in 2014. His exit is seen as a big blow to the BJP, which is fighting for another term in Rajasthan.

12:41:09 on 14 Nov

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The BJP, which wants to grow in Andhra Pradesh, seems to be preferred by the spiritual and religious gurus. After the seer from Sree Peetham, Swami Paripoornananda, joined the BJP last month to campaign in Telangana, it is now the turn of Satyanarayana Gopinath Das of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Rajamahendravaram.

11:28:53 on 14 Nov

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Caretaker Minister for IT and Municipal Administration KT Rama Rao on Tuesday assured disabled persons that he would discuss with the CM to revive the Disabled Welfare programme which was currently functioning as an integral part of the Women and Child Welfare department. It should function as an independent department and work exclusively for the welfare of the disabled.

07:57:01 on 14 Nov

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The first list of 65 candidates released by the Congress has sparked protests in Telangana, with those who were denied a ticket giving a call for shutdown. Of the 65 seats for which candidates have been selected, the party has allotted only 13 to backward classes and leading the charge in the rebel camp is Congress Backward Classes Welfare Association chief R Krishnaiah.

03:17:16 on 13 Nov

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth's response to whether the BJP is such a "dangerous party" that certain political parties are working towards forming an anti-BJP alliance had left the reporters confused. "They are thinking so... so it must be so," the 67-year-old actor-politician had said. A day later, the actor's clarification on his remark is equally ambiguous.

02:15:58 on 13 Nov

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Pink slips on Electronic Voting Machines for the Telangana assembly elections has the Congress seeing red. Because pink is the colour of K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which has ruled the state since its birth in 2014. The Congress, which leads an alliance of four parties for the elections, is the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led TRS’ main rival in the state.

12:55:01 on 13 Nov

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CM N Chandrababu Naidu has asserted that he took the responsibility of uniting all the anti-BJP parties at the national level to get a favourable govt at the Centre so as to get justice to the State as well as the nation. “If the BJP forms govt at the Centre again, the State will not get justice. The present BJP govt is doing a grave injustice to the State,’’ the CM said.

10:38:21 on 13 Nov

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Top actor Rajinikanth, who is expected to foray into politics, said Monday that the implementation of the demonetization exercise by the Centre was flawed. The Tamil superstar, when asked about his view on the impact of demonetization vis-a-vis its second anniversary, told reporters that "the implementation was flawed. It is a matter that should be discussed in detail."

10:25:02 on 13 Nov

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A day after he was denied a ticket for the 2018 Rajasthan elections, state minister Surendra Goyal resigned from the BJP today. He submitted his resignation in a two-line letter to state BJP president Madan Lal Saini. Goyal, a five-term MLA, was replaced by Avinash Gehlot from Jaitaran seat in Pali district, as per the first list of 131 BJP candidates released Sunday.

09:10:02 on 12 Nov

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The untimely demise of Union minister Ananth Kumar has left a void in the state BJP leadership, something which the party is bound to find hard to fill. Ananth Kumar, a six-time MP, was one of the most influential leaders in the BJP. He was the Man Friday of the state BJP and the party had always looked towards his guidance politically or otherwise.

03:29:05 on 12 Nov

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Continuing his attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Congress' politics is focused on dynasty and caste while the BJP reaches out to the poor. “Mother and son out on bail questioning demonetisation but forget it is due to demonetisation they had to seek bail,” the PM Modi said at a rally in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur.

01:35:01 on 12 Nov

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The BJP in Telangana in its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly Elections is likely to promise free distribution of over 1 lakh cows across the state. The scheme will be part of BJP manifesto scheduled to sometime this week. The party intends to create a portal where one can register if they want a cow. The TRS govt had also launched a cattle distribution scheme in 2017.

01:31:43 on 12 Nov

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The stage is set for the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections in 18 seats spread across eight Maoist-affected districts on Monday. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is eyeing a fourth straight term in the tribal-dominated state as the opposition Congress seeks to return to power after 15 years.

01:18:48 on 12 Nov

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Telangana Elections : Unfashionably late!

It’s akin to the ‘cutting off the Chinese melon’. But, the grand allies of the Grand Alliance are still unsure as to what will be their spheres of influence. Even as candidates of other parties are preparing for the nomination, notification for which will be issued on Monday, Congress leaders are running to the camps of their allies, TJS and CPI, to placate them.

01:08:02 on 12 Nov

Heavy security is in place as the first phase of
Chhattisgarh Polls is underway in the areas where left-wing extremism is at its worst. Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill comments that despite having been elected into power three times over 15 years, BJP leader and CM Raman Singh had not done what he had promised as even his own constituency was a Naxal-affected area.

01:01:49 on 12 Nov

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Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died at a hospital in Bengaluru this morning. He was 59. Ananth Kumar was suffering from cancer and had returned from the US last month after treatment in New York. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as a remarkable leader, an able administrator and a great asset to the BJP.

11:56:02 on 12 Nov

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The Election Commission issued notification for the December 7 election to the Telangana Legislative Assembly. According to the notification, nominations would be accepted from November 12 to 19 while the date for scrutiny of papers has been fixed on November 20. The total number of voters in TS has gone down by nearly nine lakh to 2.73 crores for the Assembly polls.

11:51:43 on 12 Nov

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Election LIVE | A voter turnout of over 10% has been recorded till 10 am in 18 Assembly constituencies even as scores of Banda residents were forced to register their votes under a tree after an IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta. Ahead of polling, nearly two kilograms of IED was detonated by Naxals near Tumakpal camp in Dantewada.

11:42:31 on 12 Nov

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Nearly 14% turnout was recorded in the first three hours of voting for 18 seats spread over eight districts in Chhattisgarh, in the first phase of the assembly election, as suspected Maoists triggered an IED blast in Katekalyan area in Dantewada. Voting began in 10 assembly seats at 7am across seven districts in Maoist-affected Bastar region and Rajnandgaon district.

11:08:43 on 12 Nov

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Polling is underway for the first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh amid tight security arrangements in the wake of the recent naxal attacks. Eighteen out of 90 Assembly constituencies, including 12 ‘red zone’ seats, are up for polls in the first phase today. An IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda.

10:47:27 on 12 Nov

Caretaker IT and Municipal Administration minister K T Rama Rao on Sunday urged Gujarati industrialists and businessmen to ask their employees working in their units and business houses to vote for the TRS. He was addressing the members of All Gujarati Samaj who joined the TRS at Telangana Bhavan on Sunday.

09:41:02 on 12 Nov

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The wife of a CPI-M Minister in Kerala on Sunday quit her post in the University of Kerala following criticism that her husband played a role in getting her the job. Jubilee Navaprabha, wife of Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran, told the media that a section in Kerala University was out to malign her husband after she applied and got selected for the post.

09:25:01 on 12 Nov

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Polling is underway for the first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh amid tight security arrangements in the wake of the recent naxal attacks. Eighteen out of 90 Assembly constituencies, including 12 ‘red zone’ seats, are up for polls in the first phase today. Naxals blast IE Device minutes after polling begins in Tumakpal.

09:10:02 on 12 Nov