Tag - INDIA bloc

‘My opponent is Priyanka Vadra’: Smriti Irani on battle for Amethi seat


Lucknow: The Congress may have fielded Gandhi family loyalist Kishori Lal Sharma against Smriti Irani from its traditional Amethi Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, but according to the Union minister, her “opponent” is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress general secretary. “I do not want to indulge in juvenile politics,” the incumbent Amethi MP told...

INDIA bloc leaders to meet EC over voter turnout, other issues


New Delhi: Leaders of the opposition INDIA bloc are likely to meet the Election Commission this week over their demand to promptly release the absolute voter turnout figures in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls after each phase, sources said. The opposition leaders will also raise the issue of alleged “use of religious symbols” by the...

NRIs flying down to Kerala to vote, 22,000 arrivals in two days


Thiruvananthapuram: NRI's from Kerala, a majority of whom are presently based in the Gulf nations, returned home in large numbers to cast their votes in April 26 Lok Sabha elections in the state. More than 22,000 NRI's have already arrived in Kerala in the past two days to exercise their franchise in the high-voltage...

Nitish Kumar’s party leader shot dead ahead of phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls


Patna: A youth leader from Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JDU) was shot dead on April 24 when he was returning from a wedding function in Patna, said police. In the firing that ensued late at night, another person accompanying Saurabh Kumar, identified as Munmun, was hit thrice and sustained injuries. The JD(U) leader was reportedly...

Lok Sabha elections: List of states going to polls in 2nd phase


New Delhi: As many as 89 constituencies, spread across 13 states and Union Territories (UTs), voted in Phase 2 of the general elections on April 26. The second phase witnessed a tough fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc. Some of the key candidates contesting...

EC takes note of alleged poll code violations by PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi: The Election Commission took cognizance of alleged model code of conduct violations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The poll panel has sought responses from both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party by April 29. In its letter to BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Election Commission said that...

‘I think BJP will get …’: Rahul Gandhi’s prediction for Lok Sabha polls


New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi said that BJP will win just 150 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections while Congress and other opposition parties will see a bump in their numbers. Gandhi made these remarks while addressing a joint press conference along with INDIA bloc ally and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh's...

Farooq Abdullah to go solo in J&K, hints at joining NDA in future


Srinagar: In another setback to the Opposition INDIA bloc, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said his party would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election alone on all seats while hinting that he may re-join the BJP-led NDA in the future. In an exclusive interview with India Today, Farooq Abdullah said the National Conference would contest...

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says he will remain in NDA ‘forever’ now


Patna: Days after he dumped the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and the INDIA bloc to form a new government with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar asserted that he will now stay in the fold of the National Democratic Alliance “forever”. Addressing reporters in Patna, Kumar also criticized...