BJP to get more Rajya Sabha seats from UP

The BJP is set to increase its members in Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, while the BSP and the Congress would be the major losers in the upcoming election to 11 seats of the upper house from the state. Uttar Pradesh sends 31 members to Rajya Sabha. Among the 11 retiring MPs from the state, … Read more

EC notifies polls to 7 upper house seats in Karnataka: BJP to gain upper hand as its tally set to go up

The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the schedule for elections to the seven seats of the Legislative Council that are falling vacant next month. Former deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi and senior member Lahar Singh Siroya are retiring from the BJP. Two JD(S) and three Congress members are also on their way out. The EC … Read more

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren gets EC notice on disqualification for holding mine lease

The Election Commission of India has asked Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren why he should not be disqualified under the Representation of People Act, 1951, for having a mining lease in his name. The EC notice served on Monday gave Soren time till next Tuesday to explain why action should not be taken against him … Read more

Taste a tukda of democracy: Evolution of voter turnout trends in India

As another election marathon starts off today – spread over a month, seven phases, and five states – political parties and their candidates will be anxious to see how many citizens queue up in their favour. But a far more essential question for India’s democracy will be answered when we know how many citizens will … Read more

Assembly polls: Fifteen former bureaucrats appointed EC’s special observers

Fifteen former bureaucrats with experience in the electoral process have been appointed as special observers for the assembly polls in five states. They will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery in their assigned states and ensure that stringent and effective action is taken based on intelligence inputs and complaints, … Read more

Ex-IPS officers help BJP build ‘War on Crime’ narrative

Two former IPS officers who are now BJP leaders are playing a significant role in highlighting the difference in the law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh during the rule of Yogi Adityanath and the previous Samajwadi Party regime. Asim Arun had served as the commissioner of police in Kanpur before joining the BJP recently and his … Read more

EC battles violations of guidelines, Opposition parties’ charges as campaigning picks up

Complaints of leaders flouting the model code of conduct (MCC) are flying thick and fast as electioneering steps up a gear, with those related to violation of Covid-19 norms making for about a fourth of all complaints. UP’s chief electoral officer Ajay Kumar Shukla told ET that more than 130 cases have been lodged for … Read more

PM Modi to interact with BJP workers from Varanasi on Jan 18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with BJP members from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on January 18, the party said on Saturday. This will be Modi’s first political programme involving party workers after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the elections to five state assemblies, including Uttar Pradesh. Sources said it is likely to be … Read more

Assembly polls: Liquor, psychotropic substances, unaccounted cash worth Rs 23.8 cr seized in Punjab

Enforcement teams have seized liquor, psychotropic substances and unaccounted cash after model code of conduct came into force in Punjab following the announcement of the Assembly elections, a poll official said on Thursday. The estimated value of the confiscated items is worth Rs 23.8 crore, he said. The seizure was made till January 12, he … Read more

Covid vaccination certificates in 5 poll-bound states won’t have PM Modi’s photo

Covid vaccination certificates issued in the five poll-bound states will not have Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s photo since the model code of conduct has come into force there, an official source said. The Union Health Ministry will apply necessary filters on the Co-WIN platform to exclude Modi’s photo from the vaccine certificate, the source said. … Read more