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With the Congress seeking to contest 16 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar and signalling that it would settle for no less than 12 seats, the RJD is working on an “alternative plan” by asking smaller Grand Alliance constituents to be prepared for an alliance minus Congress. But the Congress wants the seat-sharing announcement after the Patna rally.

11:33:39 on 23 Jan

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah's rally in West Bengal's Jhargram has been cancelled, following the state administration's denial of permission for landing of his chopper in the area. Amit Shah was scheduled to land at Jhargram, located in the southern part of the state, this morning.

11:14:26 on 23 Jan

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi will arrive in Amethi on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency, a party leader said. During his stay, Gandhi is scheduled to meet representatives of gram panchayats at Fursatganj. He will also take part in the swearing-in of newly elected Bar members in Gauriganj, his representative Chandrakant Dubey said.

11:11:26 on 23 Jan

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Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Rambai Singh warned the Congress that there would be a Karnataka-like situation in Madhya Pradesh if she is not made a minister but later insisted that she would continue to support the grand old party. This is not the first time she has warned the Congress which has 114 MLAs in the 230-member state assembly and is backed by four independent MLAs.

10:18:14 on 23 Jan

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RJD has conveyed its displeasure over the possible induction of three leaders into the Congress in Bihar amid tensions between the two parties over seat-sharing in the state ahead of the national polls this summer, according to people aware of the developments. RJD is anguished over reports that the Congress is likely to admit Pappu Yadav, Lovely Anand, and Anant Singh.

08:12:01 on 23 Jan

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Reacting strongly to CM Palaniswami for calling his gram sabha meetings a farce launched with an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, DMK president M.K. Stalin sarcastically asked if the CM knew any place beyond Edappadi. DMK president said the AIADMK leader must have performed the yagam at his office in the Secretariat, to “escape” from a case in the Supreme Court.

06:26:14 on 23 Jan

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With the mahagathbandhan politics taking shape ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the term ‘Muslim vote bank’ is back in currency. The Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Telangana will be wooing the ‘Muslim vote’ to build a winnable configuration to challenge the BJP.

03:25:02 on 23 Jan

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Stating that he attended the EVM hackathon in London in his personal capacity, Congress leader Kapil Sibal called for a probe into the allegations made by a "cyber expert" including hacking of EVMs for the sake of free and fair elections. Sibal said the BJP government should focus on verifying the allegations instead of making wild accusations against the Congress.

08:55:01 on 22 Jan

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BJP national president Amit Shah kicked off his party’s Lok Sabha campaign in West Bengal when he tore into TMC for forging an alliance with other parties and running alleged scams and syndicate raj in the state. Addressing a public meeting at Habibpur in Malda district, Shah lambasted the Mamata Banerjee government for not allowing BJP’s Rath Yatra in Bengal.

06:50:54 on 22 Jan

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The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday suspended its MLA and the government whip in the Assembly Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy from the party amid reports that he was ready to join the opposition YSR Congress. "Mallikarjuna Reddy is ineligible to continue in Telugu Desam," party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced.

06:42:02 on 22 Jan

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Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on January 22 questioned the use of electronic voting machines when even the more advanced nations were not using them. He said the Bharatiya Janata Party government was weakening democratic institutions. It is using them to suppress dissent and the voice of the opposition, he said.

06:15:49 on 22 Jan

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Leander Paes suffered a second-round exit at the Australian Open 2019 on Tuesday after he along with his Australian partner Samantha Stosur lost 6-4, 4-6 (8-10) to Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in the mixed doubles. Despite the loss, 45-year-old Leander Paes didn't fail to impress the tennis fans from across the globe with some jaw-dropping acrobatics on court.

05:53:58 on 22 Jan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the sense of duty among people before India's Independence has now turned into a sense of entitlement. Addressing a gathering at Sanosara village in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district through video conference, Prime Minister Modi urged citizens as well as social and political leaders to take up the cause of cleanliness as a mass movement.

05:25:01 on 22 Jan

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After a cyber expert claimed in London that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged by hacking the EVMs, clamour has been rising in the country with many Opposition leaders asking the ECI to revert to the system of ballot paper. The demand has come amid strong rebuttal by the election commission of the EVM hacking claim by US-based cyber expert Syed Shuja.

04:26:11 on 22 Jan

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Addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Malda, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections will not only determine the future of India but is also important for West Bengal. The elections will determine whether the current Trinamool Congress government which is killing democracy, will remain in Bengal or will be uprooted.

03:39:41 on 22 Jan

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BJP will kickstart its campaign in West Bengal for national elections with a public meeting by party chief Amit Shah in Malda on Wednesday, three days after Mamata Banerjee's mega rally featuring opposition leaders from across the country. Malda, a border district in north Bengal, was a Congress stronghold for decades.

02:49:52 on 22 Jan

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PM Narendra Modi targetted the Congress using a famous remark made by Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 that only 15 paise of every rupee meant for the welfare of downtrodden reaches them. Without naming the former PM, Modi referred to Rajiv Gandhi's comment that only 15 paise of a rupee reaches the masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage.

01:33:11 on 22 Jan

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Trouble in BJP over Sabarimala protest

Trouble is brewing within the BJP over its Sabarimala agitation and its decision to boycott channel discussions. V Muraleedharan, MP and former state president, and K Surendran, state general secretary, made their disagreements amply clear by staying away from the party’s function when former state president P K Krishnadas called off his relay fast on the Sabarimala issue.

08:25:02 on 22 Jan

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India's first-ever all-women political party, the National Women's Party was launched on Monday in Mumbai and it will contest half of the 545 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections.
The NWP, described as "a party of mothers", has been founded by a medico and social activist, (Dr) Shwetha Shetty, and will strive for 50 per cent reservation for women in the lower House.

04:26:01 on 22 Jan

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Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unsurprising dismissal of the impressive mega opposition rally that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee put up in Kolkata on Saturday, there’s widespread concern about the post-poll stability of the “Mahagatbandhan” given the number of parties involved and the ambitions of their leaders.

09:25:01 on 21 Jan

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A case of attempt to murder was registered Monday against Congress MLA J N Ganesh in connection with the alleged brawl with lawmaker colleague Anand Singh at a resort near here, police said. The case was registered based on a complaint by Singh, who has been hospitalised for injury suffered in the brawl late Saturday night.

07:50:30 on 21 Jan

The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission to restrain political parties from fielding candidates with criminal antecedents in polls. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, allowed BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, who is the petitioner, to give a representation to the poll panel in this regard.

06:47:37 on 21 Jan

A Congress lawmaker in Karnataka has filed a complaint against his colleague for allegedly assaulting him during their stay at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Anand Singh was allegedly thrashed, punched and threatened by JN Ganesh on Saturday evening after which the former had to be rushed to a hospital.

06:19:02 on 21 Jan

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A US-based cyber expert, Syed Shuja, who has designed EVMs used in India, is holding a press conference in London claiming that he can demonstrate how the machines can be hacked. Shuja, who is addressing the meet via a video conference claims that he was attacked a few days ago. He is showing how the hacking can be done.

05:50:59 on 21 Jan

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The Jharkhand HC ruled that Congress President Rahul Gandhi will not have to appear in person when the case of his "unsavoury" remarks against BJP chief Amit Shah is heard. A district court in Ranchi had earlier issued summons to Mr Gandhi following a petition filed by Naveen Kumar Jha, alleging that the Congress leader had made unsavoury remarks against Mr Shah.

05:16:09 on 21 Jan

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A Congress lawmaker in Karnataka is in hospital reportedly with injuries as multiple theories are being bandied about on how he was wounded. Anand Singh was allegedly involved in a brawl with a colleague on Saturday evening at a resort near Bengaluru where the Congress has sequestered 76 lawmakers "to protect them from the BJP".

05:05:59 on 21 Jan

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Will actress Kareena Kapoor Khan follow in the footsteps of her late father-in-law Mansoor Ali Khan ‘Tiger’ Pataudi and dabble in politics? Kareena’s name has been proposed by two Congress leaders, Guddu Chouhan and Anas Khan, as a possible candidate for Bhopal parliamentary seat where the grand old party has not tasted success since 1984.

04:56:44 on 21 Jan

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A cyber expert from USA has claimed that the machines can be hacked and on Monday will demonstrate how it can be done. The event will take place in London and is being organised by the Indian Journalists’ Association (Europe). It comes days after the opposition formed a committee to look into electoral reforms after alleging that the ruling BJP had been manipulating EVMs.

04:26:49 on 21 Jan

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NCW sent a notice to BJP MLA Sadhana Singh for her disparaging remarks against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati. Singh, who represents Mughalsarai in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, at a rally on Saturday called Mayawati "worse than a transgender" and accused her of being an "opportunist" for aligning with once arch rival Samajwadi Party (SP).

04:10:45 on 21 Jan

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Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said that people of the country were totally “disappointed” with the administration of Narendra Modi and heaped praise on his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, saying she is a “good administrator” and has all capabilities of leading the country.

02:27:35 on 21 Jan

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Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the citizenship bill is not applicable to the state as it is protected under Article 371 (A) of the Constitution. A Cabinet meeting asserted that the state is protected under provisions of Article 371 (A) and ILP as per BEFR of 1873, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.

01:34:07 on 21 Jan

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The Congress — which is dealing with a sort of an internal rebellion, with two of its legislators defying the party whip — faces a daunting task of chalking out strategies to keep its flock together. Congress party is keeping its legislators in a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru since Friday

01:27:27 on 21 Jan

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A Congress lawmaker in Karnataka is in hospital reportedly with injuries as multiple theories are being bandied about on how he was wounded. Anand Singh was allegedly involved in a brawl with a colleague on Saturday evening at a resort near Bengaluru where Congress has sequestered 76 lawmakers "to protect them from the BJP".

01:17:10 on 21 Jan

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Congress legislator J N Ganesh, who had allegedly hit party MLA Anand Singh with a bottle, on Monday denied allegations of brawl at Bengaluru resort. According to the medical report Anand Singh has wounds on face, chest and eye, refuting DK Shivakumar's claim that the Congress MLA was admitted at the hospital due to chest pain.

12:41:40 on 21 Jan

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Polling began for the first phase of the panchayat elections in Telangana amid tight security. This is the first ever polls for panchayats after the formation of the State in 2014. Polling began at 7 a.m and will end at 1 p.m. Though 4,479 panchayats were scheduled to go the polls in the first phase, the election was declared unanimous in 769 panchayats.

11:49:39 on 21 Jan

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JD(U) said it would vote against the controversial Citizenship Bill when it is tabled in the RS notwithstanding the party's alliance with the BJP. JD(U) national general secretary K.C. Tyagi said this while criticising the Congress for staging a walkout from the Lok Sabha when the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was being put to vote, saying it was a "farce".

11:23:07 on 21 Jan

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BJP legislator from Rajahmundry-Urban, Akula Satyanarayana, confirmed his resignation from the party and the assembly's membership to join the Jana Sena Party of Pawan Kalyan. Mr Akula said he has sent his resignation to the state BJP unit president Kanna Lakshminarayana. Mr Akula said he prepared the letter of resignation in the prescribed one-liner format.

10:57:32 on 21 Jan

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Considered by many to be a “threat” to the indigenous population of Assam, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on Jan 8, has also led to differences within the state BJP. Considered by many to be a “threat” to the indigenous population of Assam, the Citizenship Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on Jan 8, has also led to differences within the state BJP.

06:40:01 on 21 Jan

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Depletion of the groundwater table in a majority of mandals in the state has set alarm bells ringing, as it could lead to severe drinking water crisis in March. Deficit rainfall for two consecutive years and round-the-clock power supply to farmers are factors influencing depletion of groundwater levels.

06:09:12 on 21 Jan

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India is immersed in political debates as the Lok Sabha polls draw near. During these discussions, we often hear that the 2019 general elections will be different and tough compared to the one in 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the aggressive leader of the BJP, Amit Shah, too, understand this fact well. That’s why they have opted for a different strategy this time.

05:25:01 on 21 Jan

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Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam performed a yagna in his chamber at the Secretariat, DMK President M.K. Stalin on Sunday said and wondered how the he could do that. Dismissing Stalin's claims as false, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar termed it as a conspiracy of the DMK and AMMK led by T.T.V. Dhinakaran.

09:27:01 on 20 Jan

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Hours after BJP Uttar Pradesh MLA Sadhana Singh expressed regret on Sunday for calling BSP chief Mayawati “worse than a eunuch”, BSP leader Ram Chandra Gautam lodged a complaint at Baburi police station. In her statement, released by ANI, Singh said she had no intentions of disrespecting anyone and expressed regret for hurting sentiments.

08:27:01 on 20 Jan

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With his party's Punjab unit facing a split in its leadership, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that "dirty people" had left the party. The Delhi chief minister said that "greedy people" had left the AAP and that they were not fit to be part of the party. Kejriwal launched the AAP's poll campaign in Punjab on Sunday for the Lok Sabha elections.

06:14:23 on 20 Jan

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Narendra Modi today took on a projected opposition alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections, which had a jumpstart yesterday following a massive 23-party rally held in Kolkata. Accusing the opposition grand alliance of being about "corruption, negativity and instability", the Prime Minister said the rally was merely an effort to explain their inevitable defeat.

05:34:00 on 20 Jan

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The political drama in Karnataka is far from being over. After allegations of poaching MLAs, a fresh war of words has begun between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party with the hospitalisation of a grand old party legislator. The MLA landed at the hospital following a brawl with a colleague at Bengaluru's Eagleton resort.

03:52:06 on 20 Jan

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Former Karnataka deputy chief minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa has said the Congress-JD(S) coalition govt in the state would fall due to internal bickering and his party would form the government. The present political turbulence is because of the internal bickering in the Congress and their leaders have been needlessly levelling allegations against the BJP, he said.

03:40:41 on 20 Jan

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Days after M K Stalin created ripples within Opposition circles by proposing Cong chief Rahul Gandhi as a prime ministerial candidate for 2019, the DMK chief Sunday clarified that he was talking about the “aspirations of people of Tamil Nadu”. His remarks, however, caught many in the Opposition by surprise. They had reservations over declaring a PM candidate so early on.

02:46:21 on 20 Jan

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Aam Aadmi Party convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and said that the BJP needs to be defeated in the upcoming elections. The Aam Aadmi Party will contest all seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The names of candidates will be announced in 10-12 days.

01:37:13 on 20 Jan

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In a warning to the BJP over the delay in construction of Ram Mandir, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has said it is open to backing the Congress ahead of LS elections if the party manifesto promises to build the temple in Ayodhya. Kumar’s statement came days before VHP’s Dharm Sansad on January 31, during which Right-wing outfits are likely to up the pressure on the BJP govt.

01:03:43 on 20 Jan

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After stirring controversy over her "worse than eunuch" remark against Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh MLA Sadhana Singh on Sunday said that she does not regret her statement as the BSP chief had "forgotten her disrespect for political gains". The legislator's shocking statement came after SP and BSP announced an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls this year.

11:15:42 on 20 Jan

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A lawmaker of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh has drawn severe criticism from the opposition for offensive comments targeting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati who, she said, "was a blot on womankind", accusing her of "selling her dignity for power". "A woman who gulped insults for comfort and power ... is a blot on womankind," Sadhana Singh, the legislator said.

10:37:30 on 20 Jan

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Ahead of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Odisha on January 25, turbulence continues to rock the grand old party with the state unit expelling former union minister Srikant Jena and another Dalit leader from Koraput late Saturday evening on charges of anti-party activities. They have been expelled as per the approval of the All India Congress Committee.

10:11:24 on 20 Jan

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The mega Opposition rally organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Kolkata's Brigade Ground captured much of the media attention throughout Saturday while taking social media by storm. At least five hashtags related to the rally were the top trends on Twitter in India during the day.

09:27:01 on 19 Jan

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In this episode of The Big Story podcast, we talk about the mega Opposition rally that was held in Kolkata on Saturday, 19 January, organised by Mamata Banerjee, who said this rally would be a “death knell” for the BJP. The list of attendees was long despite the fact that a few prominent faces, such as Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati, were missing.

07:40:01 on 19 Jan

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DMK President MK Stalin today said the "only goal" of all the secular parties is to throw out the Narendra Modi government at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which will be the "country's second freedom struggle" and only option to save the nation by defeating BJP with an united opposition front.

05:25:02 on 19 Jan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday targeted the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) mulled by opposition parties, calling it a combine of those he prevented from looting India. He also took potshots at the TMC's opposition rally in Kolkata while addressing a public function at Silvassa, the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

04:51:47 on 19 Jan

Here is a famous story from the rich folklore of The Indian Express — where I worked for 25 years in two spells. One eminent friend asked the late Ramnath Goenka why he wasn’t giving his editor an extension of contract. “He is such a saint, I can’t believe you don’t want him for longer,” complained the eminent friend.

04:46:21 on 19 Jan

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Opposition rally convened by Mamata Banerjee, who is aiming to project herself as the face of the opposition, the rally at noon was attended by the who’s who of Indian politics. “Haven’t seen anyone run a country in a such a fascist manner,” said Mamata Banerjee referring to BJP Govt, while ending her speech with “BJP hatao, desh bachao and Jai Hindh, Vande mataram” chant.

04:35:07 on 19 Jan

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DMK President M.K. Stalin on Saturday said the "only goal" of all the secular parties is to throw out the Narendra Modi government at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which will be the "country's second freedom struggle" and only option to save the nation by defeating BJP with an united opposition front.

03:59:21 on 19 Jan

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TMC’s mega rally is underway at the historic Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata, that would virtually kick-start the opposition’s campaign ahead of the coming general election. “Modi is unable to take everyone along. One who can’t take everyone along, can’t be a leader,” said Mamata Banerjee.

03:48:54 on 19 Jan

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DMK women's wing president and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi on Friday hinted at contesting Lok Sabha elections from Tuticorin (Toothukudi) parliamentary constituency. She is on a week-long visit to Tuticorin during which she will take part in DMK's gram sabha meetings. She was asked by reporters whether her Tuticorin (Toothukudi) visit is a step towards her candidacy

03:33:07 on 19 Jan

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Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government saying that this was the first government after Independence which has been playing "mischief" with the developmental statistics. Addressing the opposition rally here, Sinha, under the present regime praising the government was , criticising the present govt is sedition.

03:12:57 on 19 Jan

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Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani today said the coming together of so many opposition leaders at TMC's opposition rally gives a message for change in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) will ensure the defeat of the RSS and the BJP, Mr Mevani said, addressing the massive opposition rally at Brigade Parade Grounds.

02:37:05 on 19 Jan

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“There’s an undeclared emergency in the country. They are killing people in Kashmir, calling them Pakistani. I am Muslim too, but part of this country. 70 years after Independence the country is again facing a challenge. We have to fight together to uproot BJP,” said Farooq Abdullah. Raking up the issue of EVM tampering, Abdullah called for the use of paper ballots.

01:21:21 on 19 Jan

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Mamata Banerjee invited former Arunachal Pradesh CM Gegong Apang to speak as the 4th speaker. He resigned from the BJP earlier this week. “Last 4 years have been a testing time for Indian democracy,” said Apang. “The minorities are not safe under this government. Hence, we are coming here for a purpose,” said Pu Lalduhoma of Zoram Nationalist Party of Mizoram.

12:30:30 on 19 Jan

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Karnataka BJP legislators will return today from a private resort in Gurugram where they were lodged for the last few days, a party leader said. "All our MLAs have been directed to return to the state," state BJP President BS Yeddyurappa said. The party was not trying to "destabilize" the coalition govt as alleged by the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), he said.

12:18:52 on 19 Jan

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After Gujarat leaders, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) working president Hemant Soren is addressing the Mamata rally. Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav and DMK Chief MK Stalin were received by CM Mamata Banerjee at 'United India' opposition rally. As of now half of the venue is full of TMC workers and supporters.

12:00:14 on 19 Jan

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Karnataka Congress lawmakers will be staying at a Bengaluru resort 4 Congress lawmakers went missing amid a headcount by the leadership Earlier, BJP lawmakers checked into a resort in Gurgaon near Delhi After the BJP's Gurgaon retreat, it is the turn of Karnataka's Congress lawmakers for a staycation, at a Bengaluru resort. Four Congress lawmakers were AWOL on Friday.

11:36:30 on 19 Jan

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West Bengal CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee arrived at 'United India' opposition rally. Union Minister Babul Supriyo again hits out at TMC. This time he slams the ruling government for causing inconvenience to commuters by "bringing traffic to a standstill". Most shops at Esplanade, one of Kolkata's biggest market area, to remain shut in the wake of the rally.

11:15:28 on 19 Jan

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has arrived in Kolkata for Mamata's rally. "Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are dangerous for the country. It's necessary to overthrow the duo. I appreciate Banerjee's move to initiate a rally against them. I am also here to participate in it," he said. More than 20 national leaders will attend the meeting.

10:43:11 on 19 Jan

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The Kerala government has been left red-faced after more discrepancies have come out in the government list of 51 women who went to Sabarimala. Both the UDF and the BJP have come out against the government for its affidavit before the Apex Court, terming it a deliberate move to create issues. The BJP warned the state government against hurting the sentiments of devotees.

08:57:01 on 19 Jan

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The scheduled rallies of BJP in West Bengal has been deferred by two days to January 22 owing to its national president Amit Shah's ill health. Shah, who has been admitted to the AIIMS, New Delhi, with swine flu, is doing well and will be discharged in a day or two. The BJP has identified West Bengal as a priority state for the upcoming general elections.

07:57:01 on 19 Jan

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Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground is all set to host Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee's mega rally for a grand alliance of opposition parties this noon, with political leaders from all corners of the country joining in. Among the first to make an appearance were Akhilesh Yadav, MK Stalin, Arun Shourie, Sharad Yadav, and Nationalist Congress Party head Sharad Pawar.

06:03:14 on 19 Jan

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Four "missing" lawmakers needled the Congress in Karnataka as it rallied its flock today in the face of what it alleges is an attempt by the BJP to topple its coalition government with CM HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal-Secular. At a Congress legislature party meeting, two rebels who staged a dramatic comeback on Wednesday were the only consolation for the state leadership.

05:25:21 on 18 Jan

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In a surprise statement, RSS second-in-command Bhaiyyaji Joshi has said that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will come up in 2025, a year after the 2024 next Lok Sabha elections. India progressed rapidly after the Somnath Temple was established in 1952. India will again start prospering after the Ram Mandir is built in 2025,” ANI quoted Joshi as saying.

04:58:54 on 18 Jan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India is aiming at being in the list of top 50 countries in ease of doing business by next year. The country's ranking has jumped 75 places in the World Bank's ease of doing business rankings, Modi said. India is now ranked 77th in the list.

02:50:15 on 18 Jan

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A day before Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s mega rally of Opposition leaders in Kolkata, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday extended his support and said he hoped the show of strength will send a powerful message of a united India. Rahul said there are millions of Indians, who can see through the “false promises and lies peddled by the Modi government”.

01:31:41 on 18 Jan

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The opposition "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) is a club of "nawabs of negativity" and the only glue of this diverse grouping is its opposition to one man (Narendra Modi), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. People of an aspirational society which is politically conscious will not buy into this "suicidal" alternative, the senior BJP leader said.

10:23:17 on 18 Jan

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BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa has denied all allegations against his party of attempting to topple the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka, but all his party MLAs may not want to believe so. CT Ravi, BJP MLA from Chikkamagaluru, on Thursday said that his party will add fuel to speculations that there is dissidence within the Congress-JDS coalition.

09:55:02 on 18 Jan

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A tense end game in Karnataka’s latest political drama is set to play itself out today, when the Congress has summoned a meeting of its legislators for a show of hands, seeking to identify turncoats with a warning that absentees will be expelled from the party. Some of the Congress’s 80 MLAs were still missing, keeping up the suspense over their intentions.

09:10:02 on 18 Jan

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“If not Modi, then who? Rahul? That would be a disaster.” This has been heard innumerable times. As elections grow closer, discussions centre around not which party or coalition will form the govt but who the next PM will be. Modi has successfully transformed it into a presidential-style contest between a self-made man like him and a privileged dynast like Rahul.

08:12:01 on 17 Jan

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Terming the January 19 public meeting of opposition leaders here as "united India rally", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said it will sound the death knell of BJP in the 2019 general election. Banerjee predicted that the saffron outfit, which is currently in power at the Centre, will not get more than 125 seats in the coming polls.

07:20:39 on 17 Jan

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BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday, 17 January, said that the rise in popularity of the party after the announcement of alliance with the SP has created unrest among some parties and leaders. As she addressed a presser on Thursday, the BSP supremo said that instead of fighting by fair means, the parties are making absurd comments against the two allies.

06:25:29 on 17 Jan

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Accusing BJP chief Amit Shah of trying to topple the Karnataka government by kidnapping his party MLAs, senior Congress leader BK Hariprasad on Thursday said it’s because of his deed that the BJP president is suffering from swine flu. Shah was on Wednesday night admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after being diagnosed with swine flu.

06:17:28 on 17 Jan

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Yeddyurappa today said no member of his party is involved in any operation to topple the Cong-JD(S) coalition govt in the state. "The BJP has nothing do with ruling coalition MLAs who are in Mumbai," the former CM said and accused the Congress and JD(S) of trying to shift the blame on his party to cover up their "failures and inability" to keep their flock together.

06:12:25 on 17 Jan

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The suspense on whether the BSP will participate in Mamata Banerjee’s mega ‘Federal Front’ show or not is finally over. BSP chief Mayawati has decided to send senior party leader Satish Chandra Mishra to join the anti-BJP chorus in Kolkata on January 19 and the TMC also received a confirmation from the BSP’s Lucknow office.

05:58:09 on 17 Jan

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For two days, Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa kept the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) leaders in the state in panic mode. But despite his best attempts, the plan to topple the coalition government is fizzling out. Even though Yeddyurappa managed to get two independent MLAs to change camps, he couldn’t convince enough Congress MLAs to resign.

05:40:28 on 17 Jan

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Manipur CM N Biren Singh said the BJP-led govt in the state will not support the passage of Citizenship Bill unless there is a provision for protecting the indigenous people of the northeast. Mr Singh also stressed that his government will want the President's assent to Manipur People's (Protection) Bill, 2018 before passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

05:39:01 on 17 Jan

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Over 100 K'tka lawmakers of the BJP will return to Bengaluru soon after their three-day stake-out at a luxury resort near Delhi. "Hearty welcome," sneered the state Cong, which accuses the BJP of a failed attempt to topple its coalition govt with JDS. The BJP lawmakers - all 104 of them - were staying in a five-star resort in Gurgaon where a room costs Rs. 30,000.

05:13:52 on 17 Jan

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In the first attack by a senior Congress leader on the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that it does not "spell stability" and the Congress will spring a surprise in the state in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Dikshit also said prospects of BJP under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were weak.

04:37:35 on 17 Jan

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The worsening health of 112-year-old seer Shivakumara Swamy of the Siddaganga mutt seems to have provided the BJP with an alibi to abort its ‘Operation Kamala’ and allow its 104 MLAs to return home. The seer was recently operated upon for a complication but his health started deteriorating soon after, giving an excuse to BS Yeddyurappa to head home on Wednesday night.

04:14:37 on 17 Jan

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Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu described the federal front of regional parties proposed by his K Chandrasekhar Rao as a “flop show” and alleged it was the “brainchild of Narendra Modi”. Naidu alleged that the TRS had joined hands with the YSRC in the name of a federal front, as part of a larger conspiracy to obstruct the development of Andhra Pradesh.

04:10:21 on 17 Jan

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Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Thursday, 17 January, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that their government is committed to working towards the welfare of the people of the region, especially Assam. Speaking about the party’s allies in the northeast, Madhav said that the party is working towards keeping its allies together.

03:54:48 on 17 Jan

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After tying up with former bitter rival Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav has received advice - unsolicited - from his rebel uncle Shivpal Yadav, who warned him against trusting the BSP chief. Shivpal Yadav referred to the "Lucknow guest house incident" and urged his nephew to be wary of Mayawati, who had then fired allegations against SP leaders including him.

02:45:19 on 17 Jan

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Newly-elected members of the Telangana legislative assembly and council unanimously decided to urge party president Rahul Gandhi to choose their leader. In a meeting with Congress MLAs, & MPs, KC Venugopal said he would convey the decision to Mr Gandhi. "We took a unanimous resolution authorising the Congress president to nominate the new CLP leader of Telangana," he said.

02:42:51 on 17 Jan

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Terming opposition parties as 'Compulsive Contrarians', Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday accused them of manufacturing falsehood and subverting democracy by weakening an elected government. Nations are built by those with positive mindsets and a national vigor, not by the 'Compulsive Contrarians', he said in a Facebook blog.

02:36:13 on 17 Jan

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DMK President M.K.Stalin will be attending the opposition parties meeting called by Mamata Banerjee to create an anti-BJP federal alliance for 2019 elections. The very first meeting of the opposition leaders, called by the Congress, was held on December 10, 2018, at New Delhi. Now, the second meeting is all set to be organised by Mamata Banerjee and held in West Bengal.

02:19:58 on 17 Jan

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The Janata Dal Secular-Congress government in Karnataka has pulled back from the brink of a crisis triggered by two exits on Tuesday, alongside reports of "missing" Congress members. 100-odd BJP lawmakers camping at a Gurgaon resort heightened the suspense, but they will all be back by tomorrow, said their leader BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday.

01:30:06 on 17 Jan

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JD(S) Arasikere MLA Shivalinge Gowda on Wednesday alleged that the BJP, in a fresh attempt to poach a JD(S) legislator, had offered Tumkur Rural MLA Gowrishankar Rs 60 crore in cash and a ministerial berth. The offer was made by former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, he claimed. He said this after JD(S) leader HD Revanna briefed the media in Hassan.

11:46:16 on 17 Jan

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The by-elections for the 30 local self-government institutions in 12 districts will be held on February 14, State Election Commissioner V Bhaskaran said on Wednesday. Elections will be held to 22 grama panchayats in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

08:10:02 on 17 Jan

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