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'Khela Hobe' in 2024; BJP will be defeated across India: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress registered a thumping victory against the Bharatiya Janata Party in the West Bengal assembly elections in April this year. Since then, Banerjee has been uniting the opposition parties against the BJP for 2024 General Elections.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee greets Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidates at a public meeting ahead of Kolkata Municipal Election, in Kolkata on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee greets Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidates at a public meeting ahead of Kolkata Municipal Election, in Kolkata on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 06:04 AM IST
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UPA to jointly decide on opposition bloc's face against BJP in 2024, says Baghel

Congress veteran Bhupesh Baghel's remark followed comments by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee that there was ‘no UPA’ left in the country.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said the opposition parties must come together, but cooperation was only possible when conversations were respectful. (HT photo)
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said the opposition parties must come together, but cooperation was only possible when conversations were respectful. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 03:16 PM IST
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‘Mamata can aspire to become PM but…': Here's what Tathagata Roy said

On a political high since her recent thumping win against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Bengal Assembly election, Banerjee has been keen on stitching an Opposition alliance to take on the saffron camp in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
The veteran BJP leader expressed confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would come to power again with a huge margin. (File photo)
The veteran BJP leader expressed confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would come to power again with a huge margin. (File photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 11:17 PM IST
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Covid effect: Age limit reduced for voters to opt for postal ballot in Lok Sabha, assembly polls

After the coronavirus outbreak in India, Bihar will be the first state to have assembly polls, and voters of Bihar will be the first to benefit from the amended rules.
In October 2019, the Law Ministry amended the Conduct of Election Rules to allow people with disabilities and those who are 80 years of age or above to opt for postal ballot during Lok Sabha and assembly elections.(HT photo)
In October 2019, the Law Ministry amended the Conduct of Election Rules to allow people with disabilities and those who are 80 years of age or above to opt for postal ballot during Lok Sabha and assembly elections.(HT photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 04:41 PM IST
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‘Kumbh Mela, LS polls, Pravasi Diwas…’ Adityanath lists his successes

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath counted maintaining law and order in the state as his major achievement.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the law and order problem in the state has been addressed properly.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the law and order problem in the state has been addressed properly.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 03:18 PM IST
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Is Jat strongman Hanuman Beniwal back to his strong-arm tactics | Opinion

On Sunday, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party MP Hanuman Beniwal opened front against the Rajasthan government on the anti-encroachment drive being carried out in Tausar village of Nagaur district.
Hanuman Beniwal floated Rashtriya Loktantric Party (RLP) before last assembly election in Rajasthan and entered into a pact with BJP before the Lok Sabha polls.(HT Photo)
Hanuman Beniwal floated Rashtriya Loktantric Party (RLP) before last assembly election in Rajasthan and entered into a pact with BJP before the Lok Sabha polls.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 01:24 PM IST
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At 20-minute long meet, Kumaraswamy requests Rahul Gandhi to ‘not step down’

Karnataka CM and Janata Dal-S leader H.D. Kumaraswamy said that he had apprised Gandhi about the political developments in Karnataka and requested him to not give up his party post after the elections.
Kumaraswamy said that he had also apprised Gandhi about the political developments in Karnataka.(HT file photo)
Kumaraswamy said that he had also apprised Gandhi about the political developments in Karnataka.(HT file photo)
Updated on May 30, 2019 05:32 PM IST
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Mandir, Mandal and Markets: How BJP reversed post-2014 setbacks

BJP maximised its gains, minimised losses in the Lok Sabha elections by transforming three crucial Ms in Indian polity: Mandal, mandir and markets.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate their party’s victory in the general elections in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.(AP Photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate their party’s victory in the general elections in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.(AP Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2019 08:15 AM IST
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Mamata Banerjee sees foreign hand behind BJP poll win

Mamata expressed doubts over the results of seats and said some programming was done in many machines involving one lakh votes.
Banerjee said her party lost 5-6 seats by slender margins, mainly because of postal ballots.(ANI File Photo)
Banerjee said her party lost 5-6 seats by slender margins, mainly because of postal ballots.(ANI File Photo)
Published on May 26, 2019 11:44 AM IST
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Kolkata | ByIndo Asian News Service

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Dumka denies Shibu Soren his record ninth term

Shibu Soren, the eight-time MP from Dumka, who was in the contest to secure a record ninth term, lost by a margin of over 47,000 votes to BJP’s Sunil Soren.
The loss to BJP candidate in Dumka Lok Sabha seat denied former Jharkhand CM and JMM chief Shibu Soren a record ninth term in parliament.(HT Photo)
The loss to BJP candidate in Dumka Lok Sabha seat denied former Jharkhand CM and JMM chief Shibu Soren a record ninth term in parliament.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2019 04:27 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: UP elects six Muslim MPs, up from one in 2014

In Uttar Pradesh, Muslim candidates put up by the SP-BSP alliance performed much better than others who were given tickets by these parties with the exception of the Congress.
Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan has won from the Rampur Lok Sabha seat.(PTI File)
Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan has won from the Rampur Lok Sabha seat.(PTI File)
Published on May 24, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘The North Remembers’, Smriti Irani after dethroning Rahul Gandhi

Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi with a margin of 55,120 votes.
Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi with a margin of 55,120 votes.(smritiiraniofficial/Instagram)
Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi with a margin of 55,120 votes.(smritiiraniofficial/Instagram)
Updated on May 24, 2019 11:29 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International

Lok Sabha election results 2019: AAP congratulates BJP, hopes for Narendra Modi to do good work

The BJP was leading in all the seven seats in the national capital, with three of its candidates ahead by over one lakh votes.
The AAP congratulated the BJP for its victory and said it hopes that Prime Minister would do “good work” in his future tenure.(ANI Photo)
The AAP congratulated the BJP for its victory and said it hopes that Prime Minister would do “good work” in his future tenure.(ANI Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2019 04:23 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Once ‘invincible’, Mamata Banerjee fiercely fighting for her turf

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The chief minister’s relevance in the state and nationally will critically depend on the numbers she manages in Bengal.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shows victory sign after casting her vote during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections in Kolkata on Sunday, May 19. Counting of votes for Lok Sabha and four assembly elections is taking place on May 23.(ANI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shows victory sign after casting her vote during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections in Kolkata on Sunday, May 19. Counting of votes for Lok Sabha and four assembly elections is taking place on May 23.(ANI)
Updated on May 23, 2019 09:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Low voter turnout in Patna due to urban apathy, feel experts

Patna has two Lok Sabha seats, Patna Sahib, a predominantly urban area and Patliputra, comprising mainly of semi-urban and rural areas. While Patna Sahib recorded just 46.34 % turnout against 45.36% in 2014, Patliputra recorded 57.26% turnout.
Women voters stand in a queue during the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections, at Naubatpur of Pataliputra constituency, in Patna, India, on Sunday, May 19, 2019.(AP Dube / HT Photo)
Women voters stand in a queue during the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections, at Naubatpur of Pataliputra constituency, in Patna, India, on Sunday, May 19, 2019.(AP Dube / HT Photo)
Published on May 22, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Expect Thane poll results by midnight, says election body

Twenty-three candidates are in the fray for the Thane Lok Sabha seat, with Shiv Sena and NCP being the two main contestants.
Preparation underway at a counting centre in Thane.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Preparation underway at a counting centre in Thane.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Published on May 22, 2019 03:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thane | ByMegha Pol

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Opposition parties ask cadres to keep strict vigil at strongrooms, counting centres

Samajwadi Party state president Naresh Uttam Patel asked the alliance candidates in all constituencies to deploy volunteers in eight-hour shifts so that they can ensure 24x7 vigilance.
A security personnel keeps guard outside sealed strong rooms where electronic voting machines (EVM) are kept, in Ahmedabad, India, May 21, 2019.(REUTERS)
A security personnel keeps guard outside sealed strong rooms where electronic voting machines (EVM) are kept, in Ahmedabad, India, May 21, 2019.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 22, 2019 11:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByHT Correspondent, Lucknow

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Staff failed to erase mock poll data in 24 EVMs across Punjab

Mock polls are votes cast by the staff to check the working of the EVMs prior to the actual polling. The staff was clearly instructed to erase the data after casting these votes, but some of the officials failed to do so.
The anomaly came to light during randomisation of EVMs when they noticed a difference of 50 votes each in two machines(PTI / Representative Photo)
The anomaly came to light during randomisation of EVMs when they noticed a difference of 50 votes each in two machines(PTI / Representative Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2019 10:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Tmes, Ludhiana | ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Tallying of VVPAT slips may delay results in Jharkhand by 3-4 hours

Even though the counting of votes will begin from 8 am, declaration of results might be delayed by three to four hours due to counting of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT), as the Supreme Court’s guidelines, election officials said.
Women voters waiting in queue for their turn to cast their vote in a polling booth in Dumka during the last phase phase of Lok Sabha elections, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.(ANI)
Women voters waiting in queue for their turn to cast their vote in a polling booth in Dumka during the last phase phase of Lok Sabha elections, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.(ANI)
Published on May 21, 2019 02:54 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After heat and dust of election campaign and voting, time to breathe easy

While some leaders have busied themselves with meeting people of their constituencies before the vote counting on May 23, others went out of station to meet their near and dear ones.
Union Minister and BJP candidate from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, Ravishankar Prasad, with his wife at his residence in Patna, Bihar, on Monday May 20,2019.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Union Minister and BJP candidate from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, Ravishankar Prasad, with his wife at his residence in Patna, Bihar, on Monday May 20,2019.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Published on May 21, 2019 02:14 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After record polling in Himachal Pradesh, both Congress and BJP hopeful of victory

Himachal Pradesh witnessed 72.25% polling, surpassing the previous highest turnout of 65.3% in 1998, when the Congress won the Shimla seat and the BJP emerged victorious in Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur.
EVMs and VVPATs brought to Lahaul and Spiti district headquarters on a Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter from Tashigang, world's highest polling station on Monday, May 20, 2019.(ANI)
EVMs and VVPATs brought to Lahaul and Spiti district headquarters on a Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter from Tashigang, world's highest polling station on Monday, May 20, 2019.(ANI)
Published on May 21, 2019 11:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shimla | By, Shimla

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Himachal’s remotest booth Bara-Bhangal records 100% turnout

Located deep in Himalayas at the height of 2,575 metre, Bara-Bhangal village falls in Baijanth subdivision of Kangra district.
The Bara-Bhangal village is located on the banks of Ravi in the interiors of Himalayas.(HT Photo)
The Bara-Bhangal village is located on the banks of Ravi in the interiors of Himalayas.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2019 01:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By, Dharamshala

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Record turnout indicative of people’s rejection of BJP, says JMM

While the BJP expressed confidence of winning all 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand, the opposition JMM said the huge turnout in the last phase of general elections indicated rejection of the BJP.
The final phase of Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand registered a record voters’ turnout of 71.16%, a jump of nearly 3% over the 2014 polls in three tribal-dominated parliamentary constituencies of Rajmahal, Dumka and Godda, on Sunday.(ANI)
The final phase of Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand registered a record voters’ turnout of 71.16%, a jump of nearly 3% over the 2014 polls in three tribal-dominated parliamentary constituencies of Rajmahal, Dumka and Godda, on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on May 20, 2019 03:13 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voters in UP village claim they were inked before polling, case registered

Residents of Tarajeevanpur village in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency, along with SP-BSP workers, staged a protest outside Alinagar police station alleging that BJP workers forcibly applied indelible ink on the fingers of five people and gave them 500 each asking them to skip voting.
According to police, a case has been registered under sections 147 (rioting), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 171H (illegal payment in connection with election).(Representative image)
According to police, a case has been registered under sections 147 (rioting), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 171H (illegal payment in connection with election).(Representative image)
Published on May 20, 2019 02:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi | ByHT Correspondent, Varanasi

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Himachal, a centenarian, differently abled and a baraat at polling booths

Kullu deputy commissioner-cum-election officer Yunus said that wheelchairs and other requisite items were provided to the handicapped and elderly people as per their requirement.
A bridegroom with baraat at a polling booth in Manali after casting their vote during the Lok Sabha elections on May 19, 2019.(HT Photo)
A bridegroom with baraat at a polling booth in Manali after casting their vote during the Lok Sabha elections on May 19, 2019.(HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2019 12:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mandi / Shimla | ByRoop Upadhyay and Navneet Rathore, Mandi / Shimla

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Differently abled showed the way, managed poll booth in Ludhiana

As visually impaired people came to cast their vote at booth number 40 in Ludhiana during the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday , a polio-afflicted assistant presiding officer was seen showing them the way to the electronic voting machine (EVM).
Visually impaired voters at a polling booth in Amritsar on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.(HT Photo)
Visually impaired voters at a polling booth in Amritsar on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.(HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2019 11:49 AM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ludhiana’s 102-yr-old ex-police officer has never missed chance to vote

Gurbakhsh Singh, a former Punjab Police officer, who lives in Ludhiana, said he had participated in the first electoral process of Independent India in 1952. Even after his retirement in 1974, he continued to exercise his right to franchise.
Centenarian Gurbakhsh Singh coming out of a polling station after casting his vote in Ludhiana on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the final phase of Lok Sabha Elections.(Gurminder Singh / HT Photo)
Centenarian Gurbakhsh Singh coming out of a polling station after casting his vote in Ludhiana on Sunday, May 19, 2019, during the final phase of Lok Sabha Elections.(Gurminder Singh / HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2019 10:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | ByMohit Khanna, Ludhiana

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP campaign combined rally blitz with ground work in UP

While its top leaders were targeting the opposition, the BJP think-tank was busy plotting against the alliance due to which the party held at least one meeting in each of the 403 assembly segments.
Voters stand in queues to cast their votes during the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday, May 19, 2019.(Rajesh Kumar / HT Photo)
Voters stand in queues to cast their votes during the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday, May 19, 2019.(Rajesh Kumar / HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2019 10:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: ‘Day of celebration for us’: Karachi-born Kashi sisters vote for first time

Nida, 28, and her sister Maherukh, 24, got Indian citizenship after much effort on March 23 this year. As a result, the sisters exercised their franchise for the first time here on Sunday during the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections.
Nida and Maherukh with their parents after voting in the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi, May 19, 2019.(Mhd Muqeed / HT Photo)
Nida and Maherukh with their parents after voting in the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi, May 19, 2019.(Mhd Muqeed / HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2019 11:48 AM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: New PM in four day, says Akhilesh Yadav

With the conclusion of Lok Sabha elections on May 19, even as post-polls alliance talks have begun in case of a hung parliament, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav continued to hit out at the Congress.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s party office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday, May 18, 2019.(Subhankar Chakraborty / HT Photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s party office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday, May 18, 2019.(Subhankar Chakraborty / HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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