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'Congress ready for Delhi tie-up with AAP': Rahul Gandhi's proposal only meant to keep doors open for post-poll alliance

While proposing a last-minute alliance with the AAP an interview, Rahul repeated his Congress' stance and denied any possibility of alliance with the AAP in Haryana. "The moment Kejriwal drops the..
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Steady rise in Child Sex Ratio in Haryana's Jhajjar gives BJP ammo to counter criticism of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign

Awareness regarding protecting and educating girl children due to Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign and legal actions against those practising female infanticide helped improve Child Sex Ratio in..
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Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi launch fresh salvo against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh election rallies

Uttar Pradesh, where 80 Lok Sabha seats are at stake, is undergoing polls during all seven phases. So far, the election has been held for 26 Lok Sabah seats in the state
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BJP MP Udit Raj joins Congress after being denied Lok Sabha ticket from Delhi, calls saffron party 'anti-Dalit'

Udit Raj, who joined the Congress after meeting party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday morning, alleged that the BJP wanted a "deaf and dumb" Dalit leader and he could never..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 3 Voting Updates: Congress moves EC over Modi's procession, speech after voting in Ahmedabad

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 3 Voting LIVE Updates: After a Congress delegation met the Election Commission on Tuesday, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters, "Today, after..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: 'Tumse na ho payega,' tweets Congress after reports say Modi won't hold press conference on 26 April

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: After multiple media reports claimed that the BJP has denied Prime Minister Narendra Modi would hold a press conference on 26 April, Congress wrote on Twitter,..
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BJP has 'disassociated' itself from people's issues, their intention and policies are 'bad', says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in UP

The BJP governments at the Centre and in the state have distanced themselves from the people's issues, said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday. "BJP governments at the Centre and..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: I'll win despite 'Congress conspiracy,' says Sadhvi Pragya after NIA court rejects plea against candidature

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: After an NIA court rejected a plea to ban her from contesting Lok Sabha election, BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya said, "Congress has been conspiring..
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Lok Sabha polls: UP's Ghazipur is nothing like it was in 1970s, but Manoj Sinha has emerged as 2019's Sarjoo Pandey

Union communication minister Manoj Sinha fondly remembers communist leader Sarjoo Pandey (1919-89), arguably the tallest mass leader eastern Uttar Pradesh ever produced
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Travels through the Hindi belt: Unpaid and unemployed, Kanpur's textile workers slam Modi for failing to revive mills

Once called Manchester of East for its thriving textile industry, the textile mills in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur now resemble a ghost town with hundreds of textile workers scrambling for alternative..
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Narendra Modi in West Bengal; Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Mamata 'backs goons, allows brutality' against people, says PM

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Addressing a rally in Ranaghat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targetted TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over poll violence. "Goondo ke..
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NIA court rejects plea seeking to bar Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting polls, says 'wrong forum chosen' for petition

Nisar Sayyad, who lost his son in the blast, moved the court last week, urging it to bar Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the election after the BJP fielded her from Bhopal, where she is locked in a..
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Lok Sabha election 2019: High poll turnout has traditionally aided Congress-led UDF in Kerala; trends may change with BJP in fray

Higher turnout in the Lok Sabha election in Kerala has always benefitted the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). Whether this phenomenon will be repeated this year, especially after Kerala..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Amarinder Singh says Punjab ministers who don't ensure Congress win in their seats will be dropped

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Punjab chief minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh said, "As per the high command's decision, incumbent ministers in Punjab who do not succeed in..
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LS polls: 21 Opposition parties move SC over EVM malfunctions, demand at least 50% votes be verified by VVPAT

This comes after the issue of malfunctioning EVMs came to a boil once again Tuesday, during the third phase of polling, when several EVMs reportedly malfunctioned
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AAP raises objections against nominations filed by BJP's Gautam Gambhir, Ramesh Bidhuri; Returning Officer to hear matter today

AAP raised objections on nominations filed by two BJP candidates alleging that there were shortcomings in the documents submitted by them
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Narendra Modi in West Bengal; Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: People want neither dadagiri nor didigiri, says PM

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Speaking at Rabindranath Tagore's home and workplace of Bolpur in West Bengal, in his second rally of the day, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that..
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Amit Shah in Bihar; Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: 'Mauni baba' Manmohan Singh didn't have courage to avenge Mumbai 26/11 attacks, says BJP chief

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Speaking at his final rally of the day, at Bihar's Samastipur, BJP chief Amit Shah trained his rhetoric former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In heavily..
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In Uttar Pradesh, IT and highways are reconstructing social equations, rejigging ambition and aspirations

Information technology, aided by the modern highways, is radically transforming Indian society. Interconnectedness thanks to IT and highways, and homogeneity thanks to the market economy are redefining..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019: Pinarayi Vijayan loses cool at journalists when asked about Kerala's high voter turnout

Kerala witnessed a heavy polling of 77.68 percent, the highest in 30 years, in the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, where the ruling LDF and the opposition UDF put up a fierce fight to garner..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Don't have legal powers to prevent Sadhvi Pragya from contesting polls, says special NIA court

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: A special NIA court held that it does not have any legal powers to prohibit anyone from contesting elections. It said that it is the job of electoral officers to..
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Projecting Narendra Modi as hawkish PM is BJP's 2019 poll plank: Militaristic imagery and rhetoric has replaced talk of vikas

On Monday, canvassing for his Hindu-nationalist party in Maharashtra's Dindori, Modi invoked the Sri Lanka Easter day blast within 24 hours of the tragedy to make his poll pitch
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: 'BJP is anti-Dalit, had refused ticket even to Ram Nath Kovind,' says Udit Raj after joining Congress

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Positing the BJP MP's move as one which aims to prevent Dalit oppression, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala welcomed the legislator formally into the..
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Lok Sabha election: AGP's vacillation on citizenship bill, U-turn on alliance with BJP points to party on road to extinction

Once a regional political powerhouse with Assamese sub-nationalism as its credo and pregnant with immense possibilities for the future, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is a pale shadow of its former self
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Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace condemns Narendra Modi's 'reckless rhetoric' after Diwali nuke remark

Modi while addressing a public meeting in Rajasthan had said that earlier strategic experts used to warn that Pakistan had the nuclear button, but, he stressed that India also has the capability to..
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Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh; Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Modi obsessed with our family, 50% speeches on Nehru, Indira, says Congress leader

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Speaking at Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said Narendra Modi was obsessed with their family, and he keeps on..
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Election Commission initiates steps to remove trailer of Mamata Banerjee biopic 'Baghini: Bengal Tigress' from 3 websites

In its 10 April order, the Election Commission had stated that no biopics would be released during elections as the political content in such movies "threaten level playing field" and should..
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Narendra Modi in Jharkhand; Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Each time Pakistan attacked India, Congress used to cry in fear, says PM

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first rally of the day at Lohardaga in Jharkhand, called the EVM machine 'bechara' and said it is on the receiving end of..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Congress likely to name Priyanka Gandhi as Varanasi candidate, claim reports; party presser at 1 pm today

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Speculation is rife as to whether the Congress, in a press conference at 1 pm, will announce the name of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as candidate for Varanasi from where..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: In 'non-political interview', Narendra Modi claims he has friends in Opposition, says Mamata, Ghulam Nabi Azad are closest

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he has many good friends in the Opposition and added that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sends..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019; Model Code of Conduct Watch: Congress approaches EC, seeks campaigning ban on Narendra Modi, Amit Shah

Lok Sabha Election 2019; Model Code of Conduct Watch: A Congress delegation led by Abhishek Manu Singhvi met the Election Commission officials and sought action against Modi for holding a procession..
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Turning India's nuclear doctrine into campaign rhetoric won't change strategy, but Narendra Modi must be wary of the risks

It is interesting to note the context in which Modi picked up the topic of nuclear weapons. From the third phase onwards, the elections include much of Hindi heartland states where the BJP is expected..
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Day after Phase 3, Narendra Modi takes campaign trail to Bengal, Jharkhand; Rahul in UP

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who voted in the Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday amid much media attention and addressed election rallies in West Bengal and Odisha, is..
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Lok Sabha polls: Rahul Gandhi calls Amit Shah 'murder accused', BJP chief mocks Congress chief's 'legal knowledge'

Addressing election rallies in Madhya Pradesh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi launched a no-holds-barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal and BJP chief Amit Shah over the..
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Congress moves EC to seek '48 to 72 hour' ban on poll campaigning by Narendra Modi, Amit Shah for alleged violation of MCC

A Congress delegation led by Abhishek Manu Singhvi met the Election Commission officials here and sought action against Modi for holding a procession after casting his vote on Tuesday in Ahmedabad...
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Delhi CEO receives 439 nominations for seven Lok Sabha seats ahead of polls on 12 May; 74 candidates in fray from North East Delhi

As many as 439 nominations were received from seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, as per the details shared by the Chief Electoral Office (CEO) on Tuesday, the last day of filing the..
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Sitaram Yechury says it's regrettable that CPM was not included in Bihar 'mahagathbandhan': 'RJD, Left have very old relationship'

Yechury is campaigning for former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar who is contesting on a CPM ticket from Begusarai where he is pitted against Union minister Giriraj Singh of BJP and RJD's..
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Angry after BJP denied renomination, Dalit leader Vijay Sampla says saffron party committed 'cow slaughter'

Sampla also removed the word 'Chowkidar' from his twitter handle prefixed earlier. Sampla is the Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment.
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Campaigning for Phase 4 begins in full swing: Narendra Modi to address rallies in Bengal, Jharkhand today; Rahul Gandhi in UP

India can expect a politically charged Wednesday as both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi campaigns planned in multiple states for the Lok Sabha election.
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Lok Sabha election 2019: 67.44% voter turnout reported in Karnataka; lowest polling percentage in Raichur

An estimated 67.44 per cent voter turnout was reported tentatively in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Karnataka, for which polls were held in the second phase Tuesday
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Lok Sabha Election 2019: Around 64 percent turnout recorded in phase 3 despite violence, poll boycotts

The overall voter turnout in phase three of the election was 62.91 percent till 6 pm, while among states, West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout.
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Lok Sabha polls 2019: Multiple EVM glitches leave voters vexed as Phase 3 ends; Akhilesh Yadav alleges 'sinister ploy'

Citing reports that claimed EC officials were not trained to handle EVMs, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister wondered whether the glitches in voting machines were part of a "larger, sinister..
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Violence, EVM glitches mar phase 3 of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal; Assam, Tripura cross 80% mark; Odisha sees poor turnout

An estimated 61 percent polling was recorded in Odisha, 78.97 percent in West Bengal, 80.74 percent in Assam and 80.40 percent in Tripura in phase 3 of Lok Sabha Election 2019
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Gujarat sees 62.36% turnout till 7 pm as voters seal fate of 371 MPs, including Amit Shah in third phase of Lok Sabha polls

Voters in Gujarat sealed the fate of 371 Lok Sabha and 45 state Assembly candidates, including BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the polls from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat
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Kerala records over 70% voter turnout: Sabarimala, Rahul's candidacy key factors behind high polling percentage in several constituencies

Congress leaders claim that the current election will be a repeat of 1977. The initial polling trends in the Tuesday's election indicated that the turnout would come close to the previous best. By 7..
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East states Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting updates: Till 7 pm, Bengal registers 79.36% polling, Tripura and Assam 78.52%; Odisha's turnout improves to 58.18%

East states Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting LATEST updates: West Bengal recorded over 79 percent polling till 7 pm, highest among the eastern states of India which voted in phase 3 of the General..
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Lok Sabha polls: 64.66 percent voter turnout in third phase; EVM malfunctions, killing of man in West Bengal mar polling

According to the latest data available from the Election Commission, an estimated 61 percent polling was recorded in Odisha, 78.97 percent in West Bengal, 71.47 percent in Assam, 54.91 percent in Bihar..
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South states Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting Updates: 64.06% turnout in Karnataka at 7 pm, polling percentage 70.21% in Kerala

South states Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting Updates:As of 4 pm, 55.55 percent polling has been reported in Kerala and 50.03 percent turnout was recorded in Karnataka.
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With 60% polling in phase 3, voters seal fate of Sharad Yadav in Madhepura, Mukesh Sahni in Khagaria; Supaul, Araria to reveal depth of grand alliance

The phase 3 polls in Bihar sealed fate of senior leader Sharad Yadav who is facing a tough challenge from Pappu Yadav in Madhepura and Mukesh Sahni who is his trying his luck for entry to Lok Sabha..
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Lack of jobs in Jharkhand's Giridh leads to proliferation of illegal coal mines; for villagers, polls only mean more police raids

Deaths in mines in this coal belt have been a particularly harsh reality of life. And illegal mining has been reported in Jharkhand at least since 2004.
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