External affairs minister Salman Khurshid has slammed the Supreme Court and the Election Commission saying they direct political parties and parliamentarians to a great extent.
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Undeterred by successive failures to win a single assembly or Parliament seat from Left dominated Kerala, a determined BJP is making all out effort to reverse the trend by pouring in resources and manpower to win at least two Lok Sabha seats from the state this time.
Guess what? Kerala, Bihar and Chhattisgarh are the states with the highest percentage of women legislators with criminal records while Assam, Jharkhand and Rajasthan are some of the cleanest, says a study.
Residents of Maharashtra's Jalka village came calling on political leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday with a request to provide electricity to India's villages, using renewable energy sources.
The people of this town are still star-struck with Mohammed Azharuddin turning Congress candidate and campaigning here. They have huge expectations from India's former cricket skipper. They want him to put the sheen back on the city known for its brassware.
Elections passed off peacefully in Orissa's Kandhamal district, with around 50 per cent voter turnout, an official said on Thursday. The district witnessed communal riots last year that killed 38 people.
Between 46 and 86 per cent of 143 million voters exercised their franchise in the first round of general elections on Thursday, the Election Commission announced.
Arunachal Pradesh recorded over 50 per cent polling at close in the two parliamentary constituencies of Arunachal East and Arunachal West amidst allegations by the opposition BJP of mass rigging.
A total of 74 nominations have been filed for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in 17 of the 42 constituencies of West Bengal till Thursday.
Polling was peaceful in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday as 49 per cent of the 1.7 million electorate cast their votes in the first round of the five-phase Lok Sabha elections.
Local issues like reservation of seats in the state Assembly for Limboo and Tamang communities, implementation of a report recommending tribal status for Sikkim and the alleged dual nationality of Chief Minister P K Chamling are dominating the poll scene in this mountain state.
Electioneering for the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry is heating up with the two major political alliances led by the DMK and the AIADMK hitting the campaign trail.
With neither the ubiquitous poll posters nor big rallies and fiery speeches of candidates, not much is evident in this north Maharashtra town to suggest that Dhule constituency goes to polls in barely five days.
The second phase of polling for 13 Lok Sabha seats was marred by few minor incidents of explosion and police firing. The JD (U) nominee from Vaishali Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla was arrested on the charge of damaging an EVM in Paroo Assembly segment of Vaishali Lok Sabha constituency. Anil Kumar and Ramashankar report.