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West Bengal polls: Dismal political representation of women is a persistent feature

Apr 20, 2016 at 09:48 | Source: FirstPost

Injustice and exclusion flow along various axes gender, language, caste, religion and so on. In the politics of the Indian Union, dismal representation of women, especially women from socio-economically depressed communities, has been a persistent f...

Election Commission examining Mamata Banerjee's outburst against showcause notice

Apr 15, 2016 at 22:17 | Source: FirstPost

Kolkata:Taking cognisance of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's outburst against the Election Commission for slapping a showcause notice against her, the poll panel has decided to examine her comments made in public meetings across the stat...

Assam polls: Ajmal criticises Congress publicly as BJP stays away from the numbers game

Apr 12, 2016 at 17:10 | Source: FirstPost

A series of tweets by All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal blaming Congress for "division of secular votes" in Assam has spiced up speculation on the poll outcome in the state.The fact that his anguished tweets ca...

After Twitter, EC now partners with Facebook for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2016

Apr 11, 2016 at 22:22 | Source: FirstPost

Chennai: After joining hands with Twitter, Election Commission on Mondayannounced its partnership with Facebook to reach out to 31 per cent of the electorate in Tamil Nadu and achieve 100 per cent turnout.Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni and Di...

West Bengal polls: CPM-Congress alliance makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths

Apr 11, 2016 at 14:32 | Source: FirstPost

Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisputed winner well on the way to repeat or even better the 2...

Kerala Assembly Election: Both Congress and CPM have nightmares about BJP opening an account in the state

Apr 08, 2016 at 21:10 | Source: FirstPost

In Kerala, everybody is talking about the BJP's grand plan to "open the account" in the 140-seat state assembly. A national party's attempt to enter an assembly, where it has never won a single seat before, shouldn't really be a big deal in...

Watch: Rahul Gandhi praises Tarun Gogoi, slams BJP for wanting to spread hatred in Assam

Apr 06, 2016 at 14:58 | Source: FirstPost

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday praised Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for the upliftment of women in the state. Campaigning for the second and last phase of elections in Goalpara district, Rahul Gandhi said Gogoi has always worked f...

Assam polls 2016: Springing a surprise in Tarun Gogoi's Titabor seat won't be easy for BJP

Mar 31, 2016 at 07:41 | Source: FirstPost

"Rains are good. They are considered as the blessings of God." These are the words of Kaliabor Lok Sabha MP and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's son Gaurav Gogoi, uttered just before the drizzle-turned-torrential at the Charaipani sluice ...

Assam polls 2016: Perfume baron with global business hopes to be kingmaker in elections

Mar 29, 2016 at 13:34 | Source: FirstPost

A perfume baron with signature outlets and distribution centres in more than 30 countries around the world, from Russia to Singapore, is waiting in the wings in Assam, hoping to become kingmaker when the state Assembly election results are declared o...

Where did you come from, where did you go: Party hoppers are breaking record in Assam elections 2016

Mar 26, 2016 at 15:49 | Source: FirstPost

By Sanghamitra BaruahIf political loyalty has its limits, politicians in Assam have crossed all limits. Switching sides is not new in any election season but Assam is witnessing an unprecedented trend with turncoats swiftly walking in and out of part...

Amit Shah weighs in on 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' row, says 99 percent people will agree to chant slogan

Mar 18, 2016 at 08:17 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Signalling a tough line on the issue of chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' despite controversies, BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday said 99 percent people were agreeable to hailing 'Mother India' with the slogan and the party would "convince...

Despite drubbing in regional elections, Angela Merkel firm on refugee stance

Mar 14, 2016 at 18:51 | Source: FirstPost

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm today on her liberal refugee policy, despite adrubbing in regional elections described as a "debacle" in which disgruntled voters turned to the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).Me...

West Bengal polls: Maoist in whispering campaign against TMC govt to regain Junglemahal region

Mar 13, 2016 at 10:51 | Source: FirstPost

Kolkata:Plagued by lack of leadership, the banned CPI (Maoist) has began a whispering campaign against the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal in a bid to regain its lost ground in the 'Junglemahal' region.The Junglemahal districts of Puruli...

Iran's Rouhani criticises revolutionary opponents as rift widens| Reuters

Mar 12, 2016 at 21:15 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI Iran's President Hassan Rouhani defended his nuclear deal with world powers and his policy of detente with the West, saying on Saturday that his "revolutionary" opponents sought their own interests, not those of the people.The remarks...

Merkel defends migrant stance in last push before Super Sunday | Reuters

Mar 12, 2016 at 19:30 | Source: FirstPost

BERLIN With a passionate defence of her migrant policy, Chancellor Angela Merkel threw herself into one last campaign push on the eve of "Super Sunday" elections in three German states that risk weakening her.Migration is the touchstone iss...

Slovak PM Fico wins election but faces tough task to form majority| Reuters

Mar 06, 2016 at 10:45 | Source: FirstPost

BRATISLAVA Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico won Saturday's parliamentary election, nearly complete results showed, but gains by opposition parties including far-right extremists will complicate formation of a new government.Fico, a leftist whose ant...

Spanish Socialists defeated in first vote on coalition plan| Reuters

Mar 03, 2016 at 02:16 | Source: FirstPost

MADRID A coalition plan by Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez stumbled at the first hurdle on Wednesday as rivals on the left and right voted against it in parliament and set in motion a two-month countdown to avoid another election.Spain has ma...

Irish rivals drag out stalemate, each aiming to form government| Reuters

Mar 01, 2016 at 02:46 | Source: FirstPost

DUBLIN Ireland's two biggest parties said on Monday they would each try to form a government over the next 10 days, but analysts said last week's inconclusive election meant they may be forced to set aside their differences and form a grand coalition...

Iran reformists cheer election gains, conservatives play down shift| Reuters

Feb 29, 2016 at 23:16 | Source: FirstPost

BEIRUT President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen Iran's engagement with the world after his government ended years of sanctions by agreeing to curb its nuclear programme.The outcome in the results for Tehran...

Slovakia's Fico expects to win March 5 vote and form government| Reuters

Feb 23, 2016 at 03:31 | Source: FirstPost

BRATISLAVA Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Monday he expects to win a March 5 parliamentary election with over a third of the vote, allowing him to form a stable coalition government.Fico told Reuters in an interview he felt he could repeat...

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