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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)

Covid effect: Age limit reduced for voters to opt for postal ballot in Lok Sabha, assembly polls

By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar | New Delhi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 04:41 PM IST
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.
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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)

‘Kumbh Mela, LS polls, Pravasi Diwas…’ Adityanath lists his successes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 03:18 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath counted maintaining law and order in the state as his major achievement.
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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)

Is Jat strongman Hanuman Beniwal back to his strong-arm tactics | Opinion

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 01:24 PM IST
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.
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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)

At 20-minute long meet, Kumaraswamy requests Rahul Gandhi to ‘not step down’

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 05:32 PM IST
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.
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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)

Mandir, Mandal and Markets: How BJP reversed post-2014 setbacks

By Roshan Kishore | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 08:15 AM IST
BJP maximised its gains, minimised losses in the Lok Sabha elections by transforming three crucial Ms in Indian polity: Mandal, mandir and markets.
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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)

Mamata Banerjee sees foreign hand behind BJP poll win

By Indo Asian News Service | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:44 AM IST
Mamata expressed doubts over the results of seats and said some programming was done in many machines involving one lakh votes.
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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)

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

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 04:27 PM IST
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.
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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)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: UP elects six Muslim MPs, up from one in 2014

By M Tariq Khan | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Asian News International | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 11:29 AM IST
Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi with a margin of 55,120 votes.
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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)

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

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 04:23 PM IST
The BJP was leading in all the seven seats in the national capital, with three of its candidates ahead by over one lakh votes.
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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)

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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 09:03 AM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The chief minister’s relevance in the state and nationally will critically depend on the numbers she manages in Bengal.
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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)

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

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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.
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Preparation underway at a counting centre in Thane.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Preparation underway at a counting centre in Thane.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Expect Thane poll results by midnight, says election body

By Megha Pol | Hindustan Times, Thane
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2019 03:06 PM IST
Twenty-three candidates are in the fray for the Thane Lok Sabha seat, with Shiv Sena and NCP being the two main contestants.
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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)

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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 11:24 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Tmes, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 10:49 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 02:54 PM IST
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.
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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)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After heat and dust of election campaign and voting, time to breathe easy

By Subhash Pathak | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 02:14 PM IST
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.
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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)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After record polling in Himachal Pradesh, both Congress and BJP hopeful of victory

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 11:15 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 01:08 PM IST
Located deep in Himalayas at the height of 2,575 metre, Bara-Bhangal village falls in Baijanth subdivision of Kangra district.
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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)

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

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 03:13 PM IST
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.
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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)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voters in UP village claim they were inked before polling, case registered

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Varanasi, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 02:06 PM IST
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 Rs 500 each asking them to skip voting.
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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)

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

By Roop Upadhyay and Navneet Rathore | Hindustan Times, Mandi / Shimla, Mandi / Shimla
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 12:14 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 11:49 AM IST
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).
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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)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ludhiana’s 102-yr-old ex-police officer has never missed chance to vote

By Mohit Khanna | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 10:29 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 10:16 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Sudhir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Varanasi, Varanasi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 11:48 AM IST
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.
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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)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: New PM in four day, says Akhilesh Yadav

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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.
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Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party supremo Shibu Soren at his residence, in Dumka district, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Soren is seeking a record ninth term from this parliamentary seat.(PTI)
Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party supremo Shibu Soren at his residence, in Dumka district, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Soren is seeking a record ninth term from this parliamentary seat.(PTI)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Shibu Soren eyeing record 9th term from Dumka

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Dumka
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2019 10:51 AM IST
If JMM chief Shibu Soren pulls off a win in Dumka Lok Sabha seat, it will be a record ninth term from the seat for the 75-year-old former Union minister. The undisputed Santhal leader has been winning from this parlimentary seat since 1980.
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Security force march on street ahead of last phase of Lok Sabha poll in Dumka, India, on Friday, May 18, 2019.(HT Photo)
Security force march on street ahead of last phase of Lok Sabha poll in Dumka, India, on Friday, May 18, 2019.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 219 paramilitary companies deployed in Jharkhand for phase seven

By Manish Raj | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 10:25 AM IST
Ashish Batra, IG (Operations),Jharkhand said on Saturday that 219 companies of security forces would be deployed to provide security cover during the last phase of polling of Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand.
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SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is seeking to get re-elected for the third time in a row from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, is facing a tough challenge from Amarinder Singh Raja Warring of Congress.(Anil Dayal / HT Photo)
SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is seeking to get re-elected for the third time in a row from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, is facing a tough challenge from Amarinder Singh Raja Warring of Congress.(Anil Dayal / HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Not a cakewalk for 3 sitting MPs in Punjab’s Malwa, all eyes on Bathinda seat

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Bathinda
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 10:02 AM IST
The three sitting MPs in Punjab’s Malwa region are Union minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Bathinda, Congress candidate Sher Singh Ghubaya in Ferozepur and AAP candidate Sadhu Singh in Faridkot (SC). Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state is being held in a single phase on May 19.
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