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West Bengal: Amid coronavirus surge, fifth phase of polls begins

17 Apr 2021

West Bengal: Amid coronavirus surge, fifth phase of polls begins

As India finds itself unprepared to tackle a raging second wave of coronavirus, the fifth phase of West Bengal polls started today.

Mamata asks EC to club 4 final Bengal election phases

15 Apr 2021

Mamata asks EC to club 4 final Bengal election phases

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged the Election Commission to hold the remaining four phases of the state Assembly elections in one day.

Banned from campaigning, Mamata Banerjee sits on dharna in Kolkata

13 Apr 2021

Banned from campaigning, Mamata Banerjee sits on dharna in Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been at odds with the Election Commission since the Assembly polls started, sat on a dharna today to protest the polling body's decision to ban her from campaigning for 24 hours till 8 pm.

Bengal election: Mamata Banerjee banned from campaigning for 24 hours

12 Apr 2021

Bengal election: Mamata Banerjee banned from campaigning for 24 hours

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was on Monday banned for 24 hours from campaigning for the ongoing state Assembly polls.

Forces opened fire in Cooch Behar to save lives: EC

11 Apr 2021

Forces opened fire in Cooch Behar to save lives: EC

The Election Commission said on Saturday that central forces had opened fire in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal to save lives.

Follow coronavirus norms or will ban rallies: EC tells parties

10 Apr 2021

Follow coronavirus norms or will ban rallies: EC tells parties

The Election Commission (EC) said on Friday that it may ban political rallies if coronavirus norms are not followed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kerala: Five voter IDs in name of single person found

23 Mar 2021

Kerala: Five voter IDs in name of single person found

An electoral officer in poll-bound Kerala was suspended after five voter identity cards in the name of Kumari, a 61-year-old voter, were found generated in the computer system at Uduma in Kasaragod district.

EC suspends senior cops over Nandigram incident, involving Mamata Banerjee

15 Mar 2021

EC suspends senior cops over Nandigram incident, involving Mamata Banerjee

The Election Commission on Sunday suspended IPS Vivek Sahay from the post of Director Security after he failed to provide security to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram last week.

Car door injured Mamata Banerjee: Bengal's Chief Secretary in report

13 Mar 2021

Car door injured Mamata Banerjee: Bengal's Chief Secretary in report

West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has submitted a report to the Election Commission in connection to Wednesday's Nandigram incident, which left Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee injured.

Mamata Banerjee injury: Election Commission slams Trinamool Congress' allegations

12 Mar 2021

Mamata Banerjee injury: Election Commission slams Trinamool Congress' allegations

The Election Commission has responded sharply to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress' allegations against it over the alleged attack on her in Nandigram on Wednesday.

Remove PM Modi's photo from coronavirus vaccination certificates: EC

06 Mar 2021

Remove PM Modi's photo from coronavirus vaccination certificates: EC

After the Trinamool Congress (TMC) complained about using Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photo on coronavirus vaccination certificates, the Election Commission has issued directives.

Twitter hashtags must be seen as political advertisements, suggests panel

02 Mar 2021

Twitter hashtags must be seen as political advertisements, suggests panel

An expert committee has said that hashtag trends on Twitter must be seen as political advertisements during the election process, TOI reported on Tuesday.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bengal election dates likely after February 15

10 Feb 2021

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bengal election dates likely after February 15

The Election Commission will likely announce the poll schedule for five states and union territories after February 15.

Delhi: Municipal ward by-polls to be held in February

28 Jan 2021

Delhi: Municipal ward by-polls to be held in February

The by-elections to fill vacancies in five municipal wards in the national capital will be held on February 28 with all COVID-19 safety precautions, the State Election Commission of Delhi said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus vaccination drive: Voters' data sought from Election Commission

15 Jan 2021

Coronavirus vaccination drive: Voters' data sought from Election Commission

As the scale of Indian elections and the coronavirus vaccination drive, starting from tomorrow, are comparable, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) requested the Election Commission to share electoral roll data, a plea which the polling body accepted.

States to undertake fire safety audits of COVID-19 hospitals: SC

18 Dec 2020

States to undertake fire safety audits of COVID-19 hospitals: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday directed all the states to carry out fire safety audits of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals across the country to prevent fire incidents in medical institutions.

EC wants NRIs to vote through postal ballots, approaches government

01 Dec 2020

EC wants NRIs to vote through postal ballots, approaches government

The Election Commission is willing to extend the option of postal ballot voting to non-resident Indians (NRIs) and has approached the government for the same, Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

Sonu Sood named Punjab icon by the Election Commission

17 Nov 2020

Sonu Sood named Punjab icon by the Election Commission

Actor Sonu Sood has been appointed as the Punjab state icon to make people aware about ethical voting, the Election Commission announced on Monday.

NDA keeps Bihar, RJD becomes single-largest party, Congress crashes again

11 Nov 2020

NDA keeps Bihar, RJD becomes single-largest party, Congress crashes again

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form a government in Bihar and Nitish Kumar will get another term at the Chief Minister's office. The results of the closely-fought elections, declared in the early hours of Wednesday, showed BJP handed over Bihar to Kumar, while his own party JD(U) fared poorly.

Bihar election: RJD single-largest party; NDA maintains slight lead

10 Nov 2020

Bihar election: RJD single-largest party; NDA maintains slight lead

The results of the 2020 Bihar election are yet to be declared.

Bihar elections: NDA crosses half-way mark, BJP emerges single-largest party

10 Nov 2020

Bihar elections: NDA crosses half-way mark, BJP emerges single-largest party

A long-time dream of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was fulfilled on Tuesday after it emerged as the single-largest party in Bihar, where counting of votes began at 8 am.

Bihar elections: JD(U) member concedes defeat, blames coronavirus

10 Nov 2020

Bihar elections: JD(U) member concedes defeat, blames coronavirus

In a surprising development, KC Tyagi, the spokesperson of JD(U), conceded defeat just a couple of hours after counting of votes began in Bihar.

Madhya Pradesh by-polls: Counting begins. Will Scindia win prestige battle?

10 Nov 2020

Madhya Pradesh by-polls: Counting begins. Will Scindia win prestige battle?

Besides Bihar, the results of by-polls for 58 seats, spread across 11 states, will be declared today as counting began a short while ago. Among the states, Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the one garnering the maximum attention with the elections turning into a prestige battle for Congress' turncoat Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Bihar: Nitish Kumar says 2020 polls are his 'last election'

05 Nov 2020

Bihar: Nitish Kumar says 2020 polls are his 'last election'

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday declared that the 2020 state Assembly elections will be his last.

BJP's vaccine promise in Bihar doesn't violate election code: EC

31 Oct 2020

BJP's vaccine promise in Bihar doesn't violate election code: EC

The Bharatiya Janata Party's promise of free COVID-19 vaccines in Bihar ahead of the state polls does not violate the election code, the Election Commission has held.

Voting begins in Bihar; PM says, "Follow coronavirus-related precautions"

28 Oct 2020

Voting begins in Bihar; PM says, "Follow coronavirus-related precautions"

The high-stakes Bihar polls began today as voters of 71 out of the total 243 seats chose their pick, amid restrictions levied due to coronavirus pandemic.

Munger: Police clashes with Durga worshippers; 1 killed, many injured

27 Oct 2020

Munger: Police clashes with Durga worshippers; 1 killed, many injured

A man was killed while several others were injured amid clashes during the immersion of Goddess Durga's idol in Bihar's Munger on Monday.

Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav releases manifesto; hits at BJP's employment promise

24 Oct 2020

Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav releases manifesto; hits at BJP's employment promise

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday released the party's poll manifesto, days before voting for the Bihar Assembly election is scheduled to commence.

EC approaches SC over restrictions on physical rallies in MP

23 Oct 2020

EC approaches SC over restrictions on physical rallies in MP

The Election Commission (EC) approached the Supreme Court to contest an earlier order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court that imposed restrictions on physical rallies in the state ahead of the by-polls scheduled for next month.

MP: Kamal Nath issues clarification after 'item' remark sparks controversy

19 Oct 2020

MP: Kamal Nath issues clarification after 'item' remark sparks controversy

Madhya Pradesh Indian National Congress (INC) chief Kamal Nath on Monday sought to clarify his controversial remarks against state Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Imarti Devi.

Bihar elections: JD(U)-BJP reach 50:50 seat-sharing deal; NDA snubs Paswan

06 Oct 2020

Bihar elections: JD(U)-BJP reach 50:50 seat-sharing deal; NDA snubs Paswan

The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar on Tuesday announced the seat-sharing formula of its constituent parties for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.

BJP-JD(U) reach 50:50 seat-sharing deal in Bihar, say reports

04 Oct 2020

BJP-JD(U) reach 50:50 seat-sharing deal in Bihar, say reports

Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections later this month, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (United) have come up with a 50:50 seat-sharing deal, reports said on Sunday.

Tejashwi Yadav announced as Opposition's CM candidate for Bihar polls

03 Oct 2020

Tejashwi Yadav announced as Opposition's CM candidate for Bihar polls

Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections later this month, the Opposition alliance has announced Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav as its Chief Ministerial candidate.