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Fourth-phase of Bengal polls begins; Union Minister, TMC heavyweights contesting

10 Apr 2021

Fourth-phase of Bengal polls begins; Union Minister, TMC heavyweights contesting

Voting for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls began at 7 am today. In this phase, 44 seats are up for grabs.

Shah campaigns for actor Rudranil in Mamata's backyard

09 Apr 2021

Shah campaigns for actor Rudranil in Mamata's backyard

On a door-to-door electioneering drive, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday went around Kolkata's Bhabanipur assembly constituency, considered to be a backyard of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

UP panchayat polls: Unnao rape convict's wife among BJP candidates

09 Apr 2021

UP panchayat polls: Unnao rape convict's wife among BJP candidates

Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar's wife, Sangeeta Sengar, will be contesting the upcoming panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Rahul Gandhi writes to PM, asks to halt vaccine exports

09 Apr 2021

Rahul Gandhi writes to PM, asks to halt vaccine exports

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding an immediate moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine exports and opening up of the vaccination to "everyone who needs it."

No FIR filed after Chennai corporation employees found with EVMs

09 Apr 2021

No FIR filed after Chennai corporation employees found with EVMs

No FIR has been registered in connection against the four men who were caught carrying Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in Tamil Nadu's Velachery on Tuesday, IANS reported.

EC sends notice to Suvendu Adhikari over alleged hate speech

09 Apr 2021

EC sends notice to Suvendu Adhikari over alleged hate speech

The Election Commission sent a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday for alleged communal undertones in a speech that he delivered in West Bengal's Nandigram last month.

Raut slams BJP for changing stance on COVID-19 curbs

07 Apr 2021

Raut slams BJP for changing stance on COVID-19 curbs

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday hit out at the opposition BJP for criticizing the Maharashtra Government after initially supporting it over the restrictions imposed by it to check the spread of COVID-19.

TMC candidate Sujata Mondal attacked by BJP workers, alleges party

06 Apr 2021

TMC candidate Sujata Mondal attacked by BJP workers, alleges party

As voting progressed for the third phase of polling in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Sujata Mondal was allegedly attacked by workers of the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Six arrested for creating ruckus at UP minister's office

06 Apr 2021

Six arrested for creating ruckus at UP minister's office

Six Samajwadi Party (SP) workers were arrested following a ruckus at Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swarup Shukla's local office in Ballia, police said on Tuesday.

West Bengal: Poll officer takes EVMs to TMC leader's house

06 Apr 2021

West Bengal: Poll officer takes EVMs to TMC leader's house

A polling officer in West Bengal was suspended after he took four Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and four Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) to the house of his relative, who is a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader.

20 crore people from 4 states, 1 UT vote today

06 Apr 2021

20 crore people from 4 states, 1 UT vote today

More than 20 crore people from four states and one Union Territory - West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry - are today voting to elect candidates for 475 Assembly seats, in what can be seen as the biggest election day in the country since the 2019 Indian general elections.

Dilip Walse Patil to replace Deshmukh as Maharashtra Home Minister

05 Apr 2021

Dilip Walse Patil to replace Deshmukh as Maharashtra Home Minister

Dilip Walse Patil will be taking over as the new Home Minister of Maharashtra, state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray informed Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday.

Bombay High Court orders CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh

05 Apr 2021

Bombay High Court orders CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary probe into the corruption allegations against the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Jaya Bachchan to campaign for Trinamool Congress in Bengal

05 Apr 2021

Jaya Bachchan to campaign for Trinamool Congress in Bengal

Veteran film actor and Samajwadi Party (SP) Member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan is set to campaign for the ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC) in West Bengal during the ongoing Assembly elections in the state.

BJP to implement CAA in Bengal, not NRC: Kailash Vijayvargiya

04 Apr 2021

BJP to implement CAA in Bengal, not NRC: Kailash Vijayvargiya

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Sunday that the party had no plans to conduct the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal.

West Bengal election: EC rejects Mamata's discrepancy claims at Nandigram

04 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: EC rejects Mamata's discrepancy claims at Nandigram

The Election Commission of India on Saturday rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations of disruptions at a polling booth in Nandigram.

EC bans crowded finale of open campaigning in Kerala

03 Apr 2021

EC bans crowded finale of open campaigning in Kerala

Election Commission has banned the usually crowded culmination to the weeks-long poll campaigning, a years-long practice, in Kerala reportedly because of an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Rahul Gandhi questions US's silence on 'what's happening in India'

03 Apr 2021

Rahul Gandhi questions US's silence on 'what's happening in India'

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the US administration's silence on "what's happening in India" during a virtual interaction with former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Harvard Kennedy School professor, Nicholas Burns.

BJP's Himanta Sarma challenges 48-hour campaign ban in Gauhati HC

03 Apr 2021

BJP's Himanta Sarma challenges 48-hour campaign ban in Gauhati HC

Assam Minister and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Friday barred from election campaigning ahead of the third and final round of Assembly polls in the state.

Robert Vadra tests positive for COVID-19; Priyanka Gandhi self-isolates

02 Apr 2021

Robert Vadra tests positive for COVID-19; Priyanka Gandhi self-isolates

Indian National Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday said that she was self-isolating after being exposed to COVID-19.

Assembly elections: Polling not disrupted in Nandigram, says Election Commission

02 Apr 2021

Assembly elections: Polling not disrupted in Nandigram, says Election Commission

The two observers of the Election Commission, deployed to report on the situation in West Bengal during the second phase of Assembly polls yesterday, made no mention of the chaos in Nandigram's Boyal.

Assam: Repolling ordered after EVM found in BJP candidate's car

02 Apr 2021

Assam: Repolling ordered after EVM found in BJP candidate's car

A day after a video allegedly showed an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) kept inside the car of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate from Patharkandi Krishnendu Paul, the Election Commission has ordered repolling in polling station 179 of Ratabari seat in Assam.

West Bengal election: Stuck between TMC-BJP ruckus, Mamata dials Governor

01 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: Stuck between TMC-BJP ruckus, Mamata dials Governor

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday dialed Governor Jagdeep Dhankar after supporters of her Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed at a polling booth in Nandigram.

Election Commission prohibits A Raja from campaigning for 48 hours

01 Apr 2021

Election Commission prohibits A Raja from campaigning for 48 hours

The Election Commission of India on Thursday debarred Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader A Raja from campaigning for the next 48 hours.

BJP v/s BJP: Karnataka minister accuses CM Yediyurappa of 'authoritarianism'

01 Apr 2021

BJP v/s BJP: Karnataka minister accuses CM Yediyurappa of 'authoritarianism'

Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa has complained against state Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Vala.

West Bengal election: Suvendu Adhikari's convoy attacked in Nandigram

01 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: Suvendu Adhikari's convoy attacked in Nandigram

Amid phase two of polling in West Bengal, the convoy of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari was attacked on Thursday afternoon.

People in Assam have shown Congress-led alliance 'red card': PM

01 Apr 2021

People in Assam have shown Congress-led alliance 'red card': PM

Drawing a football analogy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday claimed the people of Assam have shown the "red card" to the Congress-led Grand Alliance in the state.

West Bengal election: BJP worker found dead in Nandigram

01 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: BJP worker found dead in Nandigram

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Uday Dubey was found hanging at his home in Nandigram in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur district on Thursday.

BJP leader and actress Kirron Kher suffering from blood cancer

01 Apr 2021

BJP leader and actress Kirron Kher suffering from blood cancer

Noted Bollywood actress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Chandigarh, Kirron Kher has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

Assembly elections: Nandigram among 30 West Bengal constituencies voting today

01 Apr 2021

Assembly elections: Nandigram among 30 West Bengal constituencies voting today

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies, spread across West Bengal and Assam, went to polls today morning.

Delhi policy decisions may face delays: Here's why

31 Mar 2021

Delhi policy decisions may face delays: Here's why

The amended Government of National Capital Territory (GNCT) of Delhi Act may cause delays in policy decisions as the new law mandates the approval of the Lieutenant Governor (L-G).

Mamata Banerjee urges Sonia Gandhi, others to 'unite against BJP'

31 Mar 2021

Mamata Banerjee urges Sonia Gandhi, others to 'unite against BJP'

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today wrote to several key Opposition leaders including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, suggesting a large collaboration to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party after the ongoing round of Assembly polls.

EC imposes prohibitory orders in Nandigram ahead of polling

31 Mar 2021

EC imposes prohibitory orders in Nandigram ahead of polling

Ahead of the high-stake elections in Nandigram, the Election Commission on Wednesday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Nandigram assembly constituency in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur District, a senior official said.

Unlike BJP, Congress fulfills its poll promises: Rahul Gandhi

31 Mar 2021

Unlike BJP, Congress fulfills its poll promises: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited the famed Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati and offered puja.

Sharad Pawar undergoes endoscopy for stone removal: Doctor

31 Mar 2021

Sharad Pawar undergoes endoscopy for stone removal: Doctor

NCP chief Sharad Pawar underwent an emergency endoscopy for the removal of a stone from his bile duct late Tuesday and his condition is improving, a doctor attending to him at a Mumbai hospital said on Wednesday.

Bengal: Campaigning for second phase ends, all eyes on Nandigram

31 Mar 2021

Bengal: Campaigning for second phase ends, all eyes on Nandigram

The campaigning for the second phase of Assembly polls in West Bengal ended on Tuesday, with heavyweights from both the sides — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) — trying to woo voters.

Former Kerala MP apologizes for sexually-colored remarks against Rahul Gandhi

30 Mar 2021

Former Kerala MP apologizes for sexually-colored remarks against Rahul Gandhi

Former Lok Sabha MP Joice George on Tuesday withdrew his controversial remark against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and apologized.

Farooq Abdullah tests COVID-19 positive; PM wishes him speedy recovery

30 Mar 2021

Farooq Abdullah tests COVID-19 positive; PM wishes him speedy recovery

Veteran politician and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, who isolated himself at home on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, was wished a speedy recovery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi BJP leader found hanging inside park, police suspect suicide

30 Mar 2021

Delhi BJP leader found hanging inside park, police suspect suicide

Gurvinder Singh Bawa, a 58-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Delhi, was found dead inside a park near his residence in the city. The police suspect it to be a case of suicide.

Amit Shah attacks Mamata on death of BJP member's mother

29 Mar 2021

Amit Shah attacks Mamata on death of BJP member's mother

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday condoled the death of the mother of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress (TMC) members.

Piyush Goyal says BJP will implement CAA in Kerala

29 Mar 2021

Piyush Goyal says BJP will implement CAA in Kerala

Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in Kerala ahead of the elections in the state.

President clears controversial Delhi Bill redefining 'government' as L-G

29 Mar 2021

President clears controversial Delhi Bill redefining 'government' as L-G

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday passed a controversial law giving more powers to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, a representative of the Centre, over the city's elected government.

BJP will win Bengal election with over 200 seats: Shah

28 Mar 2021

BJP will win Bengal election with over 200 seats: Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the saffron party will win the West Bengal elections with more than 200 seats.

Retired HC judge to probe allegations against me: Anil Deshmukh

28 Mar 2021

Retired HC judge to probe allegations against me: Anil Deshmukh

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday said that an inquiry would be conducted into the corruption allegations against him.

BJP complains to EC about TMC candidate 'distributing cash'

27 Mar 2021

BJP complains to EC about TMC candidate 'distributing cash'

Ahead of the first phase of polls in West Bengal, the Bhartiya Janta Party on Friday drew the attention of the Election Commission to a video in which a Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate is seen allegedly distributing cash amongst the voters.

Cast vote against 'divisive forces' to strengthen democracy: Rahul

27 Mar 2021

Cast vote against 'divisive forces' to strengthen democracy: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged voters on Saturday to cast their ballots against "divisive forces" to strengthen democracy as polling began for the first phase of the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam.

Voting underway for 30 seats in Bengal, 47 in Assam

27 Mar 2021

Voting underway for 30 seats in Bengal, 47 in Assam

Phase one of the Assembly polls kicked off in Assam and West Bengal today, honoring the coronavirus-linked precautions.

Next 25 years crucial for Bangladesh and India, says Modi

26 Mar 2021

Next 25 years crucial for Bangladesh and India, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday participated in the National Day program of Bangladesh in Dhaka in what was his first international trip since the COVID-19 pandemic.

BJP will enact laws against 'love-and-land jihad' in Assam: Shah

26 Mar 2021

BJP will enact laws against 'love-and-land jihad' in Assam: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said the BJP will enact laws to tackle the "menace of love and land jihad" in Assam if it is voted to power.

UP panchayat polls to be held in four phases

26 Mar 2021

UP panchayat polls to be held in four phases

The Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission on Friday issued a notification for the three-tier panchayat polls that will be held in four phases.

Centre cut fuel prices because of state polls, alleges Sena

26 Mar 2021

Centre cut fuel prices because of state polls, alleges Sena

The Centre might have slashed the fuel rates so that the BJP doesn't suffer on the issue in the five poll-bound states, the Shiv Sena alleged on Friday without naming the NDA constituent.

Karnataka Minister dares MLAs to take 'monogamy test,' gets criticized

25 Mar 2021

Karnataka Minister dares MLAs to take 'monogamy test,' gets criticized

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar sparked a row on Wednesday as he challenged all his colleagues in the state legislative Assembly to come clean on their extramarital relationships by undergoing what he called the "monogamy test."

Rajya Sabha clears Delhi Bill amid uproar; Opposition stages walkout

24 Mar 2021

Rajya Sabha clears Delhi Bill amid uproar; Opposition stages walkout

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday cleared a controversial proposed law to give more powers to Delhi's Lieutenant Governor (L-G), a representative of the Centre.

BJP's Bengal chief asks Mamata to ditch sarees, wear bermudas

24 Mar 2021

BJP's Bengal chief asks Mamata to ditch sarees, wear bermudas

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Dilip Ghosh has invited criticism for his controversial comment on state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Sena alleges collusion between BJP and some Maharashtra officials

24 Mar 2021

Sena alleges collusion between BJP and some Maharashtra officials

Stating that BJP's key motive is to create instability in Maharashtra by imposing President's Rule, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged collusion between BJP and some officials with an aim to weaken the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government.

Amit Shah hits streets, campaigns for BJP candidates in Kerala

24 Mar 2021

Amit Shah hits streets, campaigns for BJP candidates in Kerala

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Wednesday held a roadshow in the Trippunithura town of Kerala as part of his election campaign for NDA candidates contesting April 6 polls to the state assembly.

Uproar inside Bihar Assembly over new legislation; Opposition MLAs thrashed

24 Mar 2021

Uproar inside Bihar Assembly over new legislation; Opposition MLAs thrashed

A Bill introduced by the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar led to unprecedented chaos inside the Assembly on Tuesday, where cops were deployed to physically evict unruly Opposition MLAs. The marshals inside the Vidhan Sabha found themselves outnumbered.

NCP hits back at BJP; says Fadnavis is 'misleading' people

23 Mar 2021

NCP hits back at BJP; says Fadnavis is 'misleading' people

The Nationalist Congress Party hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday after the latter alleged inconsistencies in NCP leader and Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's quarantine claims.

Will file complaint against Sena's Arvind Sawant: MP Navneet Rana

23 Mar 2021

Will file complaint against Sena's Arvind Sawant: MP Navneet Rana

Navneet Kaur Rana, an independent MP from Maharashtra's Amravati, on Tuesday said that she will file a complaint against Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant, whom she has accused of threatening her in the Lok Sabha lobby.

50L jobs, ration home delivery: BJP releases TN poll manifesto

22 Mar 2021

50L jobs, ration home delivery: BJP releases TN poll manifesto

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its manifesto for the 2021 Tamil Nadu election.

Lok Sabha approves Bill giving Centre more power over Delhi

22 Mar 2021

Lok Sabha approves Bill giving Centre more power over Delhi

In a blow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, the Lok Sabha on Monday approved a proposed law to give the central government more power over the national capital.

Sharad Pawar defends Anil Deshmukh, gets mocked by the BJP

22 Mar 2021

Sharad Pawar defends Anil Deshmukh, gets mocked by the BJP

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was ailing and in the hospital, during the time he was allegedly discussing a Rs. 100 crore extortion racket with police officers, Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said today, ruling out the possibility of his resignation.