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Akali Dal to meet to elect leader

Fresh from its historic victory in the assembly elections in Punjab, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has called a meeting of its legislators in Chandigarh later on Thursday to elect the legislative party leader, who will be the next chief minister of the state.

PS Badal to be sworn in as CM on Mar 14

Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal will be sworn in as Punjab chief minister on March 14 for a record fifth time with Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) electing him as its Legislature party leader unanimously today, ending all speculation over the leadership issue.

Cong slugfest over poll defeat reaches Sonia

The mud-slinging by warring factions in Punjab over the party’s stunning defeat in the assembly elections has reached the courts of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.

Punjab Cong, SAD candidates get rich and richer

Candidates contesting assembly polls have become richer in the last five years with their assets growing manifold. Leading the list of highest jump in assets (percentage-wise) among contestants is Congress candidate from Bholath constituency Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

UPA behind disruption of Rushdie's address: BJP

BJP leader Arun Jaitley today accused the Congress-led UPA of being behind the last-minute disruption of author Salman Rushdie's video address at Jaipur Literature Festival to garner Muslim votes in the five poll-bound states. No role in cancelletion of Rushdie video link: Cong | Rushdie is 'poor', 'sub-standard' writer: Katju

New high command?

By declaring Amarinder Singh as his party's CM candidate five days ahead of the Punjab polls on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi not only reversed party tradition, but also gave credence to the growing impression that he is the new power centre in the party. Pankaj Vohra reports. Amarinder to be CM if Cong comes to power: Rahul

Spoiler management a priority in Punjab

With the Punjab assembly election heading for a tight finish, top leaders of the ruling Akali-BJP combine and contender Congress are focusing on election management to cut down rebel activity, smaller parties and religious sects which may turn out to be spoilers. Shishir Gupta reports.

Tale of two Badal villages

In the native village of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, there is an old-age home run by the Badals under the Ch Devi Lal Trust. It paints a pretty picture; only it's not representative of the village itself. Prabhjit Singh reports.

Rahul settles top job doubts; will it pay off?

Rahul Gandhi's 'surprise' announcement about Captain Amarinder Singh as CM candidate is perhaps not much of a surprise after all. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.

Sukhbir vs the rest

Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal (49) is hoping for a smooth sailing in the assembly polls from the Jalalabad constituency. His rivals include Congress rookie Malkiat Singh Heera, two Congress rebels and a People’s Party of Punjab candidate.

Punjab polls: D-Day for candidates tomorrow

Around 1.76 crore voters will seal the fate of 1,078 candidates, including the two chief ministerial aspirants Parkash Singh Badal of ruling SAD-BJP and Amarinder Singh of opposition Congress, in fray for 117 assembly seats in Punjab where polling will take place on Monday amidst tight security.

Lambi echoes with war cries

SAD-BJP, Congress hold rallies on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s home turf on last day of campaigning; alliance will win 120 seats out of 117, quips deputy CM Sukhbir; Amarinder gives clarion call to oust Badals, bring Congress back to power. Manpreet Randhawa reports.

Stage set for Assembly polls in Uttarakhand, Punjab today

Punjab and Uttarakhand go to polls today to elect new assemblies with the Congress hoping to oust the Akali Dal-BJP combine in the country's grain bowl and the BJP in the hill state. Going to polls today | Punjab mandate 2012 | Pawar's remark on Rahul objectionable: Digvijaya

Dera hedges bets, goes for 'clean' candidates

The politically influential Dera Sacha Sauda has hedged its bets on the Punjab assembly polls Monday, asking followers to collectively vote for candidates they deem "good and clean".

77% turnout in Punjab, 70% in Uttarakhand

Political analysts would be hard pressed to explain a record turnout for what was billed as a “no-wave” election” in Punjab. Punjab mandate 2012 | Wild cards make it too close to call in Punjab | Congress expects sweeping win
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