Indiscriminate disclosure of voter turnout data will cause chaos: EC to SC

It said the petitioner NGO ‘Association of Democratic Reforms’ has failed to mention a single instance where candidates or voters had filed an election petition on the basis of the allegations raised by the petitioner with respect to the Lok Sabha election in 2019. “This indicates that the allegation of discrepancies in voter turnout data … Read more

Women make up less than 10 pc of Lok Sabha poll candidates: ADR

Phase 5 had the fewest candidates at 695, with 82 women, while in phase 6, affidavits of 866 out of 869 candidates were analysed, and there were 92 women. In phase 7, there will be 904 candidates candidates, with only 95 women. This significant gender imbalance has sparked criticism from political analysts and activists, who … Read more

Baramulla Lok Sabha seat records all-time high voter turnout, claims ECI

Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, which was once militancy-infested, recorded its highest-ever voter turnout on Monday at 59 per cent on a violence-free polling day according to Election Commission of India data, the Union territory’s chief electoral officer P.K. Pole said in Srinagar. He also said the Sopore Assembly segment of the parliamentary … Read more

Man held in UP after video clip shows him voting 8 times for BJP candidate

The case has been registered under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other relevant laws, including IPC Section 171F (offence related to elections), IPC Section 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), Sections 128, 132, and 136 of the Representation of the People’s Act (related to maintaining the secrecy of voting, fraud at … Read more

Three-tier security cordon at counting centres in Bengal on 4 June

“Apart from that, Section 144 will be imposed in a radius of 200 metres. Most importantly, CCTVs will be installed at each counting centre including the counting halls. The footage of these CCTV cameras will be preserved for the purpose of probing possible counting-related irregularities,” the source said. The security has been beefed up as … Read more

PM Modi’s self-goal in Mumbai, roadshow leaves locals fuming

Even as the PM and BJP’s insensitivity was criticised, people wondered why the roadshow was held in a constituency where Gujaratis live in sizeable numbers. The BJP candidate is also a Gujarati, and with the Marathi-Gujarati fault lines showing, the PM rushed in to lend a helping hand to Kotecha, it is being said. The … Read more

Raebareli, Amethi not just constituencies for us: Rahul Gandhi

In the over six-minute video, Sonia Gandhi says she began visiting Amethi in 1982 when the Congress would go there to hold medical camps, and several doctors from Delhi would always work there and offer help. “Panditji (Jawaharlal Nehru) started his political career from the area in 1921 and farmer leader Baba Ram Chandra shared … Read more

Uttar Pradesh gears up for fourth phase of polls in 13 constituencies

In the INDIA bloc, the SP has fielded candidates from 11 Lok Sabha seats in this phase, while on two seats — Kanpur (Alok Misra) and Sitapur (Rakesh Rathor) — candidates of the Congress are in the fray. Four BJP candidates — Union minister Teni (Kheri), Rekha Verma (Dhaurahra), Mukesh Rajput (Farrukhabad) and Devendra Singh … Read more

Odisha: Friends no more

The battle for Odisha is getting fiercer with the main contestants — the BJP and Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) — going all out against each other. Apparently hopeful of not only winning a majority of the 21 Lok Sabha seats at stake but also of forming a BJP government in the state on … Read more

Congress seeks dismissal of BJP govt, fresh polls in Haryana

The Congress on Wednesday, 8 May sought the imposition of President’s Rule followed by fresh polls in Haryana after three Independent MLAs withdrew support to the BJP dispensation, reducing the Nayab Singh Saini government to a minority in the state assembly. The party said it would write to Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya to demand that … Read more