Elections are also about spot developments, rallies, sudden meetings between leaders and campaign calls. Overnight alliances and sudden splits, rebels in poll fray, and just plain election politics. On The Spot will bring you all these spot developments and the impact they carry on the larger canvas.
The Congress’ stellar show has decisively ended the month-long political battle. But in the bureaucratic circles, the race has just begun. Aloke Tikku reports.
Amid a question on L K Advani’s future, BJP leaders met on Sunday to decide the party’s next course of action in the wake of its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections.
I saw Delhi’s many faces as I travelled on my journey, on the Metro lines meandering through the city of 14 million, in train cars trundling across several worlds that make up this metropolis.
Even before a day had passed since Verdict 2009 dealt the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a resounding defeat, the rumblings in the party began.
UP BJP leader Kalraj Mishra on Sunday said that Samajwadi Party had lost Muslim votes in the state due to the Kalyan Singh factor while the Dalit votes had also shifted away from the BSP.
Concerted efforts by the pro-LTTE outfits like Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam and student groups targeting senior Congress leaders blaming them and their party for not coming to the rescue of Sri Lankan Tamils appears to have played a role in their Lok Sabha poll defeat.
Khan, who was also involved in a fued with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh on Jaya Prada's candidature from Rampur, took the decision a day after the 47-year-old cine star won the Lok Sabha polls.
It is the most humiliating rout for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Capital since 1984 — the last time it had lost all seven seats to the Congress, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.
The Nitish Kumar-led NDA dealt a deadly blow to the RJD-LJP-led Fourth Front when it swept the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar. The NDA claimed 33 of the 40 seats on call, decimating the caste-governed political dynamics of the state since 1990, reports Mammen Matthew.
DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi is now preparing to receive his pound of flesh, with 27 of the 39 parliamentary seats in Tamil Nadu under his belt. Party sources said, the DMK expected at least four cabinet berths this time and perhaps an equal number of minister of state portfolios for its leaders, reports Nandini R Iyer.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained his Amritsar Lok Sabha seat even as party colleague and actor Vinod Khanna lost from the adjoining Gurdaspur in Punjab on Saturday.
The Northeast comprising eight states and 25 Lok Sabha seats has always been the Congress’ happy hunting ground. The party expectedly improved upon its 2004 electoral show, but a new political entrant catering to minorities in Assam stole the thunder.
Brother of BJP nominee Satya Pal Jain from Chandigarh constituency today died of a heart attack while tracking the results of the Lok Sabha elections, which Pal lost for the third time in a row, family sources said in Chandigarh.
With trends pointing to an impressive DMK victory in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, celebrations broke out in party headquarters with jubilant cadres bursting crackers
As India waited with bated breath for Verdict 2009 less than 24 hours away, major political parties were busy number crunching and reaching out to potential allies, while some leaders kept their fingers crossed hoping for victory when the results are known on Saturday.