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Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant will be the next chief minister of the coastal state after Manohar Parrikar's death on Sunday. Sawant said he will get two deputies - one from each alliance partner - as tough negotiations were carried throughout Monday alongside national mourning for Parrikar.

01:31:31 on 19 Mar

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As and when the obituary of the Modi regime gets written, future historians will have reason to register their disappointment that so distinguished a legal mind as K.K. Venugopal should have made himself available for the defence of a questionable defence deal. He is, after all, a constitutional officer positioned over and above the petty interests of the political crowd.

09:12:01 on 18 Mar

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India is known for a fairly high election turnout, but who turns out to vote in India, and why? In our last article, we discussed how constituency size, organisational networks, and social pressures may play a role in influencing voter turnout. India is known for a fairly high election turnout, but who turns out to vote in India, and why?

08:57:01 on 18 Mar

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Campaign season is now finally upon us with all its attendant noise and fury. Coinciding as it does with the rising mercury, a touch of madness is already evident in the fulminations emanating from party offices and TV studios. It’s bound to get nastier as politicians and sundry TV anchors in battle fatigues try to plumb new depths.

08:27:01 on 18 Mar

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Why Nehru haunts the Modi government

When Modi govt passes into history, as all govts do, one of its most lingering memories would be the inveterate hatred it has displayed for Jawaharlal Nehru. Modi has himself led from the front, with characteristic aplomb, in demonizing India’s first Prime Minister. Now, many others in his government are gleefully following suit in gnawing at Nehru’s legacy, bit by bit.

08:12:02 on 18 Mar

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Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant is set to be the next chief minister after Manohar Parrikar’s death on Sunday. Finalising Sawant’s name, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the party has decided who should be the next chief minister and the issue only rests with the alliance partners.

07:54:41 on 18 Mar

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TV Thangkabalu bent forward ever so slightly and listened, rapt, as Rahul neared the end of his speech. "...and that is why we respect the people of Tamil Nadu", the Congress president told voters in Kanyakumari. Thangkabalu turned to his mic to translate. "Modi is the enemy of the Tamil people," he said. And netizens have greeted him with a collective howl of mirth.

07:08:54 on 18 Mar

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CK Kumaravel, CEO and co-founder of Naturals Salons, has quit actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s MNM, citing internal politics. The businessman had joined Kamal’s core team soon after the actor launched his party in February last year. On Monday, 18 March, over a year later, Kumaravel quit the party in a letter to party chief Kamal Haasan.

07:01:27 on 18 Mar

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are yet to reach a consensus on the name of the new Goa chief minister as Manohar Parrikar embarked on his final journey. However, according to media reports, Goa Speaker Pramod Sawant is likely to take charge. The state plunged into a political crisis following Parrikar’s demise on Sunday, 17 March.

06:51:40 on 18 Mar

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What is a coalition government? When does the need to form it arise? Is it an effective form of government? Here's the answer to all these questions that you may have on the merits and demerits of a government that is formed in partnership. A coalition government comprises more than one party, when no single party enjoys absolute majority in the House.

06:32:39 on 18 Mar

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today kept up his attack on the "Mein Bhi Chowkidar" campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which gained huge traction on Twitter last night. Most BJP leaders, ministers and supporters had prefixed chowkidar to their twitter titles to show support minutes after the Prime Minister took the lead.

06:06:20 on 18 Mar

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The Trinamool Congress released its candidate list for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and proudly claimed that over 40.5% candidates are women. However, of the seventeen women in the mix, four were actors – Moon Moon Sen and Satabdi Roy, who have been around in politics for some time, and political debutants Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.

04:56:48 on 18 Mar

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When a young and little known Tejaswini Sawant was in urgent need of financial help to participate in a shooting world championship in Germany, then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar came as her ray of hope. The support not only enabled the shooter from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to participate in the competition in 2005, but also became a turning point in her career.

04:44:14 on 18 Mar

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Accusing the BJP and the Congress of failing to meet the aspirations of the people, Telangana Chief Minister has said that he would start a national party "if necessary" to herald reforms and "unite the country". Kicking off his party's poll campaign from Karimnagar on Sunday, TRS president stressed on the need for an "alternative federal politics" in the country.

04:31:41 on 18 Mar

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In simple terms, NOTA is an option exercised by a voter to specify that he does not have confidence on any of the contesting candidates and parties in the fray. How do you exercise this vote? What are its effects? With Elections 2019 knocking on the door, these are pertinent questions. Watch this video to know.

04:13:55 on 18 Mar

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Mocking the Prime Minister’s ‘main bhai chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) campaign, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Narendra Modi has turned the whole country into “chowkidars” after getting caught. Mr. Gandhi, who had been repeatedly taking the “chowkidar chor hai” jibe at Modi, said the Prime Minister never said he would make the whole country “chowkidars”.

04:07:27 on 18 Mar

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NDA constituent DMDK Monday announced its candidates for the four Lok Sabha seats allotted to it in the AIADMK-led alliance. In a statement, DMDK founder Vijayakanth announced the candidature of R Azhagarsamy from Virudhunagar and Alagapuram R Mohanraj from Chennai North, while Dr V Ilangovan will fight from Tiruchirappally.

03:55:55 on 18 Mar

The battle over who will be the next chief minister of the state continues even as Raj Bhawan gears up for a swearing in ceremony. While BJP Goa chief Vinay Tendulkar claims all is well with the allies - the allies say there is no consensus. Nitin Gadkari gave the allies a clear choice - either agree to a CM candidate from the BJP or face President's Rule.

03:36:30 on 18 Mar

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Amid the political stalemate in Goa after the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Speaker Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane have emerged as frontrunners for Goa CM’s post. Pramod Sawant is seen as someone who had “ear of the chief minister”, and someone who was groomed by Parrikar himself.

03:26:30 on 18 Mar

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Congress national general secretary and in-charge of east Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra began her party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha election 2019 with a ‘Ganga Abhishek’ and prayers at a temple in Prayagraj on Monday morning. Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Prayagraj on Sunday night and stayed at family’s home Swaraj Bhawan, where her grandmother Indira Gandhi was born.

03:24:04 on 18 Mar

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South Indian actress Sumalatha, widow of late K'tka Cong leader M.H. Ambareesh announced her decision to contest the Lok Sabha election as an Independent from Mandya. "People of Mandya had a lot of faith in Ambareesh. I want to take forward his vision for Mandya. I will be contesting the elections as an Independent from the constituency," Sumalatha told the media here.

03:21:07 on 18 Mar

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MDMK Chief Vaiko on Monday said that DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance will win on all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. "DMK led Secular Progressive Alliance will win on all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry," said Vaiko. A total of 39 Lok Sabha seats are at stake in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry.

03:17:36 on 18 Mar

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Notification for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections was issued on Monday, setting in motion the high-voltage electoral battle where the BJP seeks to return to power amid opposition's efforts to present a united fight to unseat it. Polling would be held in 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 states on April 11 under the first phase.

02:52:39 on 18 Mar

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi is taking out a river journey (Ganga yatra) from Prayagraj to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to launch her party’s poll campaign. The Congress’s general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh will take a three-day, 140 km long ‘Ganga yatra’ on a steamer boat from March 18-20 from Chhatnag in Prayagraj to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

02:44:36 on 18 Mar

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MGP, an ally of the ruling BJP in Goa, on Monday said its executive committee would take a call on whether to continue support to the state government. MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar met Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at a hotel near Panaji to discuss the political situation in the state following the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

02:37:06 on 18 Mar

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AIADMK retains 6 outgoing Lok Sabha MPs

The ruling AIADMK has retained six of its outgoing Lok Sabha members in TN while it has nominated the kin of three party leaders. The party is contesting 20 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu, leaving the rest to its allies. The party also released the list of contestants for by-elections in 18 Assembly seats to be held on April 18 along with the Lok Sabha polls.

02:32:39 on 18 Mar

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Goa Congress Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar says, "We met the Governor&staked claim to form government as we are the single largest party in the state. We have 14 MLAs and we should be given the chance to form the government. We have told that we will prove majority. Saddened by demise of Goa CM."

02:21:51 on 18 Mar

The ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK will face off in eight seats in Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties will be in straight contest in South Chennai, Kancheepuram (SC), Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Mayiladuthurai, Salem, Nilgiris and Pollachi. Both AIADMK and DMK are contesting on 20 seats each in the state.

02:14:53 on 18 Mar

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The Goa BJP chief has said that a decision on the next CM will be made by 2 p.m., and swearing in will happen after 3 p.m. on Monday. A short while back, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said that all 14 Congress MLAs in Goa would meet Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to form the government.

01:08:39 on 18 Mar

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The Janata Dal (Secular) has announced the names of 11 candidates for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and one for Lok Sabha polls. The JD(S) is for the first time contesting the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and in the two Lok Sabha seats in the state. Former CM Gegong Apang, who is also the JD(S) convener for northeast, will contest from Tuting-Yingkiong.

11:51:06 on 18 Mar

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The PMK, part of the AIADMK-led alliance, will combat the heat of the DMK’s ‘Rising Sun’ in all seven constituencies it is contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu. In six of the constituencies, the DMK is fielding its own candidates. In Villupuram, the candidate of the DMK’s ally VCK will be contesting, but on the DMK’s legendary symbol.

11:32:02 on 18 Mar

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The Congress’s eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrived in Prayagraj today to kick-start her Ganga Yatra boat rally to Varanasi. Priyanka Gandhi performed puja at the Hanuman Temple in Prayagraj before kick-starting her boat-rally. Priyanka tweeted an image of the room at Swaraj Bhawan where her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi was born.

10:49:47 on 18 Mar

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Hours after Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death on Sunday evening, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari landed in Panaji and held overnight meetings with alliance partners to decide on a successor. As the BJP struggled to keep its flock together, the Goa Congress wrote to Governor Mridula Sinha for the second time in 48 hours, staking claim to form a government.

10:41:03 on 18 Mar

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AT hotel Cida De Goa where BJP leaders and allies continued to be in a deadlock, with no decision arrived at till early hours of the day. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari walked in at midnight — beginning talks with each ally and BJP MLA. All MLAs continued to stress they were not open to allow Governor to call for suspended animation of the assembly.

10:29:59 on 18 Mar

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi will shortly begin her river journey from Prayagraj to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to launch her party’s poll campaign. The Congress’s general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh will take a three-day, 140 km long ‘Ganga yatra’ on a steamer boat from March 18-22 from Chhatnag in Prayagraj to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

10:18:55 on 18 Mar

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UDF to announce final four today

The Congress has been struggling to finalise the candidates for Attingal, Alappuzha, Vatakara and Wayanad and the AICC has summoned CWC member Oommen Chandy to Delhi to resolve the group fight in Wayanad. KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran told reporters that the candidates would be announced on Monday. There are also moves to put up VV Prakash in Wayanad.

09:10:02 on 18 Mar

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The ruling AIADMK is banking heavily on the State’s western belt, from where Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami hails, for the Lok Sabha polls. Of the 20 seats, the party is contesting, six fall in the western region. The party has allotted most of the seats in the southern belt to allies and is contesting in two of the four key delta districts.

08:27:01 on 18 Mar

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7 of 20 DMK candidates are political heirs

The opposition DMK’s president M K Stalin announced the party’s candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well as for the bypolls to the 18 vacant Assembly seats in Chennai. Significantly, of the 20 candidates contesting the parliamentary polls six are the sons and daughters of DMK leaders, including Kanimozhi, daughter of the late DMK party chief M Karunanidhi.

07:27:01 on 18 Mar

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not attending a meeting of political parties convened by the government after the Pulwama terror attack and instead of addressing a rally in Maharashtra. The NCP leader urged all the political parties to come together to fight against BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

06:57:01 on 18 Mar

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YSRC chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who usually attacks Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in his speeches has changed his strategy and started concentrating on explaining to the people about the schemes that he would implement if voted to power. In the run-up to the polls, Reddy has promised to formulate laws to provide 75% jobs to locals spanning all industries.

06:27:01 on 18 Mar

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While the DMK has fielded two woman candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, political rival AIADMK could accommodate for just one in its list released on Sunday. The single-seat given to Maragadam Kumaravel accounts for just 5% of the total tally, as compared to almost 12% during J Jayalalithaa's rule in 2016. The BJP is yet to disclose its choices for the polls.

05:57:01 on 18 Mar

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has arrived in Goa, where he is likely to meet the BJP MLAs at the official residence of Manohar Parrikar to discuss the party's future course of action. Speaking about the possible meeting, BJP MLA Glen Ticlo said, “We are asked to come here as someone from Delhi will be here to discuss the future course. It’s Nitin Gadkari most likely.”

12:32:52 on 18 Mar

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi also paid tributes to Manohar Parrikar. "My condolences to the bereaved family of Manohar Parrikar. I met him only once when he graciously visited my mother at the hospital two years ago. May his soul rest in peace," she tweeted. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also condoled the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

11:29:01 on 17 Mar

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Presently, both the Congress and the BJP are holding separate meetings with their respective MLAs. The Congress is currently the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs while the BJP has 12 in the 40-member Goa assembly following the demise of Manohar Parrikar. The Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents have three MLAs each while NCP has one legislator.

11:23:55 on 17 Mar

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Manohar Parrikar, who rose from a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to become the country's defence minister and also chief minister of Goa, enjoyed a man-next-door image in the politically volatile coastal state. Parrikar, 63, served the state four times as chief minister and had a three-year stint in the defence ministry of the Narendra Modi cabinet.

11:21:52 on 17 Mar

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Presently, both the Congress and the BJP are holding separate meetings with their respective MLAs. The Congress is currently the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs while the BJP has 12 in the 40-member Goa assembly following the demise of Manohar Parrikar. The Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents have three MLAs each while NCP has one legislator.

11:08:36 on 17 Mar

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As Andhra Pradesh prepares for simultaneous assembly and parliamentary elections, the fight is on between TDP and YSRCP. Though TDP is confident of retaining power some of its prominent leaders have joined YSRCP. TDP's former vice-president and MLC M Srinivas quit the party even before the candidate list was announced. Another senior leader quit the party and joined YSRCP.

10:27:02 on 17 Mar

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Manohar Parrikar passed away Sunday after a prolonged illness. Parrikar was suffering from a pancreatic ailment and had undergone treatment in the US as well as at AIIMS Delhi and a private hospital in Mumbai. Congress has called for a legislature party meeting now. "We have called for a Congress legislative meeting right now," says Goa party leader Sunil Kawthankar.

10:13:38 on 17 Mar

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Former Union Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away in Panaji on March 17, 2019. "Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. " -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi

09:55:13 on 17 Mar

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Expelled Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Alagiri on Sunday said he will take a decision next week on whether or not he would extend support to CPI-M leader S Venkatesan, who will be contesting from Madurai Lok Sabha seat. In the previous elections, MK Alagiri, the son of late DMK chief Karunanidhi, had contested from Madurai.

09:40:53 on 17 Mar

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The death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar after a year-long battle against pancreatic cancer was widely condoled on social media today. Among the first to pay their respects to Mr Parrikar were Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi. While Mr Shah said that the Goa CM's death was "extremely painful", Mr Gandhi described him as a politician who was "admired across party lines".

09:37:11 on 17 Mar

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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away Sunday after a prolonged illness. The Centre has announced national mourning tomorrow. The national flag will fly at half-mast in New Delhi and in capitals of states and Union Territories. State funeral will be accorded to Parrikar. A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called at 10 am on Monday.

09:34:40 on 17 Mar

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It will take a while for Goans to come to terms with the fact that 63-year-old Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar died on Sunday after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer for over a year. And the disbelief need not necessarily stem from unadulterated love for the country's first IITian CM.

09:24:48 on 17 Mar

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death this evening has brought down the BJP numbers in the state assembly from 13 to 12. But along with allies, they still have 20 lawmakers in the assembly, where the majority mark is at 19. Over Mr Parrikar's last days, the Congress made repeated attempts to dislodge the BJP government.

09:17:01 on 17 Mar

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at the age of 63 on Sunday after a long battle with a pancreatic ailment. From an RSS pracharak to a Union Minister, the technocrat-turned politician was known for his administrative acumen and clean image, which left an indelible mark on the politics of the tiny state.

09:00:34 on 17 Mar

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With the Congress' first list of 12 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala omitting the name of veteran leader and five-time Lok Sabha MP K.V. Thomas, the Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party is keeping a close watch on the developments in the state. Thomas, the sitting member from Ernakulam, has been replaced by young legislator Hibi Eden.

08:12:01 on 17 Mar

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The DMK has announced its list of candidates for general elections in Tamil Nadu, the late patriarch Karunanidhi’s daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi set to contest from Tuticorin. Former telecom minister A Raja will contest from Nilgiris again, while Dayanidhi Maran will contest from central Chennai.

06:53:51 on 17 Mar

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign invited some stinging barbs from the Opposition with Congress's Jyotiraditya Scindia attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying who would save the country if ''chowkidars'' are like him. "If there will be chowkidars like him then who will save the country?" the general secretary in-charge of western UP said.

06:07:24 on 17 Mar

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's arrival here on Sunday has once again enthused party workers ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Priyanka Gandhi returned to the stage capital on Sunday to meet party workers and groups who had been protesting against Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state.

05:49:27 on 17 Mar

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Ending all speculations, former CBI Joint Director V.V. Lakshminarayana, who quit the police job last year to enter public life, finally joined actor Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena on Sunday to make his political debut. The former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer formally joined Jana Sena with Kalyan welcoming him into the paty.

05:20:16 on 17 Mar

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Congress on Sunday said it will not contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and is leaving them for the alliance between Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Both Congress and the SP-BSP alliance had made it clear that they would not team up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

04:52:50 on 17 Mar

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Supporters of Vamsi Krishna Yadav on March 17 ransacked the offices of YSRCP in the city to register their protest against denial of Visakhapatnam East Assembly ticket to him. Furious supporters of Mr. Yadav broke windowpanes and furniture at the city and central party offices of YSRCP and raised slogans against party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

04:29:08 on 17 Mar

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Congress General Secretary for UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrived at the party office in Lucknow on Sunday, 17 March. She is expected to hold a meeting with the party workers today. The meetings were expected to last till 5 pm and then she will leave for Prayagraj to kickstart her campaign, going to PM Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi.

03:55:01 on 17 Mar

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AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami today released the list of constituencies to be contested by the partners in the alliance. BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan and party’s national secretary H Raja were present on the occasion while leaders of other parties were absent on the occasion.

02:18:37 on 17 Mar

Amid CM Manohar Parrikar's deteriorating health, the BJP on Sunday said it is "already thinking on Goa political transit phase" even as the party asserted that the state government was "stable". A BJP leader told that all party MLAs have been asked not to leave the state. "It was specifically told to all the MLAs that we should not leave the state," he said.

01:41:20 on 17 Mar

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The main opposition in Andhra Pradesh the YSR Congress Sunday released its full list of candidates for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly constituencies that go to the polls in Andhra Pradesh on April 11. YSRC chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy released the list after paying homage to his late father and former CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at their family estate in Idupulapaya.

01:35:04 on 17 Mar

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The Congress has announced its candidates for five out of the total 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, giving a chance to three of its sitting MLAs. The party is yet to announced its candidates for the remaining six general category Lok Sabha seats. In the 2014 general elections, the BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats in the State.

12:57:01 on 17 Mar

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The poll pact between Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has changed the pattern of poll campaign paraphernalia in Uttar Pradesh. While craze for songs extolling political leaders is on the rise, workers and leaders of the SP-BSP alliance want songs extolling Maya and Akhilesh jointly. Such songs have become an easy way to reach out to the public.

12:46:09 on 17 Mar

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CPI a Part of Jharkhand Mahagathbandhan?

Former Jharkhand CM and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) working president Hemant Soren said that the opposition alliance was confident of getting 13 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the tribal-state up for grabs in the upcoming polls. Though the seat sharing equation has not been declared yet, Congress is expected to fight more number of seats than JMM with seven.

10:57:02 on 17 Mar

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The BJP is set to drop sitting MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha and he is likely to be replaced by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Prasad's name was discussed in the BJP's central election committee here which was attended by party chief Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi. Sinha has been critical of the party's top leadership on several occasions in the past.

10:31:14 on 17 Mar

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MLAs and core committee members of Goa BJP, on Saturday, met to discuss the political situation arising due to the health condition of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, saw his health deteriorate earlier in the day; sparking hectic political activities across parties in the coastal state.

10:15:22 on 17 Mar

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PM Narendra Modi's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign triggered a new round of bickering between India's two main parties on Twitter. While the Congress targeted the BJP for allegedly flooding social media with indiscriminate, automated messages, leading to unintended results on more than one occasion, the BJP hit back by accusing the opposition party of dishonesty and deceit.

08:27:02 on 17 Mar

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Former IAS officer Shah Faesal will launch his political outfit 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in the Rajbagh area of the city on Sunday. The 2010 batch UPSC topper resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in January this year to protest against unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of Indian Muslims.

07:57:01 on 17 Mar

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The BJP late on Saturday held a meeting, presided over by PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, to shortlist candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. The meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) at the party's headquarters in Delhi was held to deliberate on candidates that the party will field in various constituencies in 11 states.

05:57:02 on 17 Mar

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On Wednesday, as the Trinamool Congress released its candidate list for the upcoming Lok Sabha election, one statistic stuck out: 41% of them were women. Party head and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made sure to highlight this. The Trinamool’s move comes against the backdrop of attempts to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill.

02:59:46 on 17 Mar

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Union Minister Uma Bharti has written to BJP president Amit Shah, reiterating her decision not to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections but has said that she will be happy to accept any other responsibilities assigned to her by the party. In December last year, Uma Bharti announced to take a break from active politics.

06:29:59 on 16 Mar

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Former Assam chief minister and senior Congress leader, Tarun Gogoi, yet again denied possibility of a pre-poll alliance with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), calling it a set of ‘lies’ promulgated in the regional media. The BJP has already decided to offer the seat to the AGP as part of their pre-poll alliance.

05:39:14 on 16 Mar

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LDF gains early advantage in Kerala

The early announcement of candidates has helped the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to gain an edge over the United Democratic Front (UDF) as well as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Kerala ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. While the UDF is set to announce its candidates by Saturday evening, the NDA candidate selection has been left to the Central leadership.

05:15:17 on 16 Mar

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In a jolt to the BJP in Assam, its sitting MP from Tezpur Ram Prasad Sarmah Saturday announced that he quit the saffron fold and alleged neglect of old workers by "new intruders in the party" Mr Sarmah said he was resigning from the primary membership of the BJP after serving the RSS and VHP for 15 years and the BJP for 29 years.

02:26:22 on 16 Mar

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Rahul Gandhi would be addressing a poll rally on Saturday in Dehradun which officially kick start Congress’ poll campaign in Uttrakhand. Apart from addressing the poll rally, Congress president is expected to visit families of security personnel killed in Kashmir last month during his Dehradun visit on March 16 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

01:06:09 on 16 Mar

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to expand his self-designated “chowkidar” status to the rest of the country and said that everyone who was social evils was a “chowkidar”. The tweet is aimed at launching the ‘Mai Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign and is being seen as a kick-starter for BJP’s campaign for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

10:11:33 on 16 Mar

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The ruling AIADMK has convened its district secretaries meeting for March 17 to discuss the works to be done for the Lok Sabha elections just a month away. The list of constituencies to be contested by each of the alliance parties is likely to be released on that day as the identification of constituencies is almost over except for a few.

08:27:01 on 16 Mar

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Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of deceiving people, mainly farmers, with false promises, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday asserted his party always keeps its words after winning elections. "We do whatever we say. We have always translated our words into action. The Congress does not make false promises to people like Modi does," he told a Congress rally.

05:57:01 on 16 Mar

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The 2019 Lok Sabha election is almost here! Come 11 April, India’s biggest democratic exercise will begin and YOU will choose who will lead the country for the next five years. We at The Quint are putting you, the voters, first. We want to hear, watch and read YOUR stories. Did your neta live up to the pre-poll promises, or were you left asking ‘Kya Hua Tera Vaada’?

08:55:01 on 15 Mar

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Despite continuing parleys between the National Conference (NC) and the Congress, a pre-poll alliance between the two parties in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to remain only a half-baked cake. There are six Lok Sabha seats in the state -- Jammu-Poonch, Kathua-Udhampur, Srinagar, Baramulla, Anantnag and Ladakh.

07:09:06 on 15 Mar

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The BJP is likely to release its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, when its central election committee is scheduled to meet. The list will have the names of most of the candidates for the first phase of polling, which will be held on April 11 in 91 seats. The list will have the names of most of the candidates for the first phase of polling.

06:52:37 on 15 Mar

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A day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed a gathering of young college students in Chennai, the TN Higher Education Department is probing into how permission was granted for an interaction of a political leader with students at a government aided college. Citing the MCC that came into place on 10 March Director of TNHE Department wrote to her Joint Director.

05:41:08 on 15 Mar

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YS Vivekananda Reddy, 68, younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh CM late Y S Rajashekara Reddy, who was suspected to have died of a heart attack, could have been murdered, say police. Reddy was found dead at his home in Pulivendula in Kadapa district Friday morning with multiple injuries.

05:22:24 on 15 Mar

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An AAP delegation, led by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Friday met the CEC to lodge a complaint against the Delhi police which, it claimed, was acting at the BJP''s behest to harass call centre employees hired by the party. A BJP team had held a meeting with CEC Sunil Arora and alleged that the AAP was making "misleading" phone calls.

05:16:52 on 15 Mar

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None of 3 major parties in Kalahandi district has yet finalised candidates even as the dates of General Elections have been announced. There are 4 Assembly segments in the district - Bhawanipatna, Narla, Junagarh and Lanjigarh - which is going to polls in the 1st phase. Political observers said there is a confusion in the BJD camp over sitting MLAs retaining party ticket.

05:07:16 on 15 Mar

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The Supreme Court Friday asked the Election Commission to respond to the DMK's plea seeking directions to the poll panel for holding by-elections in three vacant assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. A bench comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer asked the EC to file its response within two weeks.

04:52:28 on 15 Mar

It is a battle to catch mind space through television ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and both the BJP and the Congress have tele-warriors adept at articulating their viewpoint. The tele-warriors are both a mix of youth and experience and know how to present their points amid the cacophony of voices on news channels.

04:50:36 on 15 Mar

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The Election Commission (EC) has imposed a blanket ban on the use or live demonstrations of animals during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In its Model Code of Conduct manual, the EC has made it clear that all animals, birds or reptiles of any type cannot be used while canvassing for votes by political parties or their candidates.

04:38:42 on 15 Mar

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BSP, Jana Sena Tie Up for Andhra Polls

The Bahujan Samaj Party today joined hands with Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena for Andhra Pradesh assembly elections. Announcing that the seats have finalised between the parties, Mayawai said, "It will be great to see Pawan as AP chief minister. We will soon be beginning our campaign."

04:19:42 on 15 Mar

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As the police has filed case against MK Stalin's son-in-law Sabareesan for allegedly spreading rumours about Deputy Speaker V Jayaraman in the Pollachi abuse case, the DMK chief's relative too, has shot a legal notice. Mr Jayaraman had lodged a complaint against Mr Sabareesan for linking him and his family members to the Pollachi sexual abuse-and-blackmail case.

04:08:48 on 15 Mar

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LDF alleges BJP is invoking Lord Ayyapa

The LDF accused the BJP of using Lord Ayyapa’s pictures in pamphlets that are being distributed by the party during their house-to-house visit in Thiruvananthapuram constituency. At a press conference here, former Speaker M. Vijayakumar said the pamphlet was against the model code of conduct and a secular constitution.

04:06:20 on 15 Mar

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As if the existing confusion in the Congress party over the selection of candidates was not enough, even settled candidatures have now turned suddenly unstable. Top Congress sources said Konni MLA Adoor Prakash, who was almost firmed up for the Attingal seat, may soon opt out of the race. Both Hibi and Anil Kumar were probable candidates.

03:59:59 on 15 Mar

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In an interview with Dr Prannoy Roy, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav spoke about the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the decision to not take the Congress along, after the Samajwadi Party forged an alliance with Mayawati. Mr Yadav also spoke about the work that was done when he was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

03:35:14 on 15 Mar

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Two-time Cong MP Arvind Sharma joins BJP

Former Congress MP Arvind Sharma joined the BJP and might be fielded from Karnal in Haryana, a constituency he had represented in the Lok Sabha twice, PTI said. Arvind Sharma joined the BJP in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and party general secretary in charge of the state Anil Jain.

03:23:28 on 15 Mar

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The DMK-led alliance in TN passed a unanimous resolution for a court-monitored probe in the Pollachi sexual abuse case. Criticising the police action against his son-in-law Sabareesan Vedamurthy, DMK president MK Stalin said: “They have filed a case against him to divert attention from the case. The Pollachi sexual abuse case will definitely become an election issue."

02:52:22 on 15 Mar

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