Alliances are the key to success in the 2009 elections. No longer will alliances be viewed through the prism of two national political parties. Emerging now are smaller parties, represent aspirations of smaller groups, who are now likely to control India's fate. Hello Partner will map new India’s new politics and bring us up to date with all the emerging new alliances.

NCP ready to discuss Cong's grievances: RR Patil

NCP on Wednesday said it's ready to discuss Congress's grievances that it (NCP) did not work for the victory of the party (Congress) candidates in ten constituencies.

Cong evades issue on post-poll ties with Left

Parring questions on a possible tie-up with the Left after the Lok Sabha polls, Congress on Sunday said the party hoped not to take support of elements, which will be an "impediment" in its march towards progress.

Patnaik’s PM choice:  Pawar, Karat or Buddha

Sharad Pawar, Prakash Karat or Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee? All three leaders could be considered to lead the country as the next Prime Minister, BJD boss Naveen Patnaik said, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.

Two NC, Cong leaders join PDP

Two leaders of ruling coalition of Congress and National Conference joined opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Srinagar.

MDMK differs with AIADMK on Sethusamudram project

Differing with its ally AIADMK on the Sethusamudram project, the MDMK on Sunday said it should be implemented without hurting the religious sentiments and affecting the livelihood of fishermen.

All options are open, including with Left: PM

Exuding remarkable confidence over the poll outcome, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Congress and its allies would form the next government, but left the door open for the Left parties.

BSP general secretary Gurmail Pahalwan joins Cong

General Secretary of the Punjab unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Gurmail Singh Pahalwan on Monday joined the Congress alongwith of his supporters.

UPA to decide on PM candidate after polls, says Lalu

Manmohan Singh is not the final choice for prime minister if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) comes back to power, RJD chief Lalu Prasad asserted on Tuesday and said the decision on the top job would be taken only after the elections.

No intention to become PM: Deve Gowda

JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda, a key 'Third Front' constituent, has said he has no "intention" to serve another term as Prime Minister.

BSP goes it alone in Left-ruled West Bengal

The Bahujan Samaj Party, one of the formidable political forces that formed the Third Front along with Leftists at the centre, has not entered into any electoral tie-up with its allies in Left-ruled West Bengal.

Stakes high for Lalu-Paswan alliance in round two

It's a high stakes battle for power in round two of Bihar's parliamentary polls on Thursday with not just several heavyweights in the fray but also the powerful Lalu Prasad-Ram Vilas Paswan combine testing its alliance against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Cong changes stance on Lanka, wants ceasefire

Succumbing to DMK pressure, the Congress on Wednesday called upon the Sri Lankan government to declare a ceasefire so that the humanitarian crisis in the conflict-torn country could be resolved, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.

Somnath refutes Karat’s allegations

Irked over the criticism from the Left parties, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday refuted charges by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat that his “support” to the Congress-led government and continuance in the constitutional post were “inter-connected”.

Congress joins Tamil parties, calls for ceasefire

Even as chief minister M Karunanidhi called for a bandh on Thursday to express solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils, a humanitarian crisis loomed large as thousands fled the war-zone and many sought refuge in India. M R Venkatesh reports.

Will try to bring RJD, SP, LJP into UPA: Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said he will try to bring back RJD, SP and LJP, which have fielded candidates against Congress, to the UPA and claimed that the coalition may require the support of Left parties to form a Government.
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