The Congress has to shake off its demoralising loss at the general elections and come up with a strategy to win the upcoming state polls.
Even before the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were announced, the Congress had asked its various district chiefs in Uttar Pradesh to send booth-wise data to the party headquarters.
BJP's secretary Suresh Pujari had claimed that the party would sweep the polls in the western district and bag all the 40 assembly seats in the region.
The Rajasthan chief minister talks about poll issues, her connect with the electorate and the success rate of her policies
In 2014, 51 percent voted for NDA, 28 percent for UPA while 21 percent opted for others
Election to the three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat were held yesterday. While Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani were elected to the Upper House of Parliament, party candidate Balwantsinh Rajpur was defeated by Congress veteran Ahmed Patel.
Two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly polls can ensure minimum 'campaign-mode' disruption to governance, according to Niti Aayog.
It seems that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is never far away from controversy as his government find itself mired in another political storm after the Shunglu Committee charged his government of illegal allotment of land, unauthorised foreign trips and charges of nepotism.
All eyes are on the state election results which are due tomorrow and whether Bharatiya Janata Party, which is also the ruling party, will secure its win in Uttar Pradesh. However, market experts believe that such events are digested in 4-5 days and the focus is back on global news and earnings.
Punjab, which witnessed a triangular contest in the Assembly polls, could be in for a neck and neck fight between the Congress and the AAP while the ruling SAD-BJP may face a drubbing, according to pollsters.
The average turnout in the seven phases of polling that began on February 11 has been around 60-61 percent compared to 59.48 percent in 2012.
The Election Commission wants laws to be changed so that it can disqualify from contesting polls the candidates who do not clear their water and power bills.
"At present, power supply in urban area is 22 to 24 hours and in rural area, it is 14 to 16 hours. However, after the Assembly election, 22 to 24 hour supply would be ensured in rural areas as well," he said at an election rally in Kosi town of Chhata assembly constituency here.
Stray incidents of violence were reported in the state, which is seeing a high stakes contest among Congress, new entrant AAP and the ruling SAD-BJP combine.
Arun Jaitley‘s Budget on Wednesday was all of those things, coming as it did 31 months into the NDA‘s term (it‘s a different matter that a second stint is very much on the table if PM Narendra Modi‘s personal ratings are the determinant).
The Congress will release its Goa election manifesto on January 23 at the hands of senior party leader and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Akhilesh has now put all the ills plaguing his five-year-rule, including deteriorating law and order â€“ the main campaign plank of BJP â€“ behind him, blaming it all on Shivpal Yadav, Amar Singh & Co, who breathed down his neck early on in his stint as chief minister.
Earlier this week, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had recommended start of the Budget Session from January 31 followed by the presentation of the Union Budget on February 1.
In a Facebook post, he also demanded President Pranab Mukherjee and the Election Commission to take note of advancement of Budget presentation and reverse the decision.
Addressing a rally here, he said the decision to scrap notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination was not intended to cause harassment to the common people but they will have to take the "trouble" for 50 days for ensuring a bright future for the coming generations.
The ruling Samajwadi Party has made development its main plank for the Assembly polls scheduled early next year and is trying hard to project the state as an industrial hub.
Taking a dig at Congress after its poor show in assembly polls, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the party has been pushed to margins and wondered whether it will "stand behind a hotchpotch combination" of regional parties in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
TMC was leading in 140 seats and the Left-Congress in 58 in the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly, according to television channels. BJP was also leading in three seats.
The state, which the party had swept in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is crucial to its electoral fortunes and it is investing a lot of political resources there to return to power in the Assembly polls scheduled for early 2017.
A voter turnout of an estimated 71.7 per cent was recorded today for the Kerala assembly polls that passed off peacefully amid tight security.