Central government hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that the central government hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power since the start of the elections. Banerjee’s remarks came a short while before the election commission announced her massive victory in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency. “Since the elections started in West Bengal, … Read more

EC asks Bengal chief secretary to ensure no celebration over poll results

The Election Commission on Sunday afternoon directed West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi to ensure that no celebrations take place over poll results amid fears of violence. In a letter, the EC said the state government must ensure that adequate steps are taken so that no post-poll violence happens. “… no victory celebrations/ procession during/after … Read more

Plea to seek directions to EC to disclose by-poll dates in West Bengal filed in Calcutta High Court

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Calcutta High Court on Friday seeking directions to the Election Commission to disclose dates for holding by-poll elections in those vacant assembly constituencies in West Bengal. The petition was filed by the petitioner, Advocate Rama Prashad Sarkar, and the matter has been listed to be … Read more

Election Commission meets CEOs of 5 states due for polls early next year, reviews preparations

Stepping up its preparations for the assembly polls in five states due early next year, the Election Commission Wednesday reviewed advance planning with the chief electoral officers of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. While the terms of the legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand are scheduled to end on different dates … Read more

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denies post-poll violence allegations

More than a week after NHRC final report was submitted in Calcutta High Court, which slammed the ruling Trinamool Congress party for post-poll violence, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday denied all allegations about post-poll violence in the state. She reiterated that no post-poll violence happened in Bengal and whatever cases happened in … Read more

SC weighs action against parties for not revealing candidates’ criminal records

The legislative wing of the government will never address the issue of criminalisation of the country’s polity, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday, while debating ways and means to enforce a court order asking political parties to reveal criminal and other details about their candidates in the run-up to elections. These norms were allegedly violated … Read more

Bypolls in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh unlikely

Making a start with the announcement of the bypoll to a Rajya Sabha seat from West Bengal, the Election Commission is working on scheduling by-elections to at least 23 state and Lok Sabha seats and eight Rajya Sabha seats on a case-by-case basis. Bypolls, however, to the six vacant assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and … Read more

TMC raps EC over “delay” in holding Bengal bypolls, delegation to meet poll panel on Thursday

Voicing displeasure over the “delay” in holding elections to seven West Bengal assembly seats, crucial for Mamata Banerjee‘s uninterrupted continuance as the chief minister, the TMC said on Wednesday a party delegation will meet the Election Commission on July 15 to press for it. Sukhendu Shekhar Ray, a senior leader of the state’s ruling party, … Read more

LJP implodes, five MPs oust Chirag Paswan as leader, elect Pashupati Kumar Paras

Five of the six Lok Janshakti Party MPs in Lok Sabha have joined hands against their leader Chirag Paswan and elected Pashupati Kumar Paras, the youngest brother of Paswan’s late father and party founder Ram Vilas Paswan, in his place, causing a big churn in Bihar politics. The Lok Sabha Secretariat on Monday evening recognised … Read more

Congress claims it will win in Assam despite trends favouring BJP

Despite trends till Sunday afternoon showing a comeback for the BJP in Assam, the Congress claimed that the Grand Alliance of the opposition parties will emerge victorious and form the government once the final results are out. All India Congress Committee National General Secretary Jitendra Singh said the trends so far will be reversed in … Read more