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BJP-backed NaMo TV goes off-air after Lok Sabha elections

21 May 2019

BJP-backed NaMo TV goes off-air after Lok Sabha elections

For the Lok Sabha elections, which ended on May 19, BJP went all out as far as campaigning was concerned. NaMo TV, which was backed by the party, also became a part of the high-pitched campaign.

Final phase of elections: Violence takes over West Bengal, again

19 May 2019

Final phase of elections: Violence takes over West Bengal, again

The 2019 general elections were held in West Bengal in all seven phases. During all the phases, the state was in news for rampant violence.

Cave where PM Modi meditated had Wi-Fi, phone, toilet: Report

19 May 2019

Cave where PM Modi meditated had Wi-Fi, phone, toilet: Report

All of us have seen how devotees go to Kedarnath. Holding sticks in their hands they await their turns to pray at the holy shrine of Lord Shiva.

Top EC officer opts out of meetings over PM's clean-chits

18 May 2019

Top EC officer opts out of meetings over PM's clean-chits

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has recused himself from all meetings of the Election Commission (EC) to discuss Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations over his "minority decisions going unrecorded," reported NDTV.

Delhi's Muslim vote 'shifted' to Congress at last-minute: CM Kejriwal

18 May 2019

Delhi's Muslim vote 'shifted' to Congress at last-minute: CM Kejriwal

Delhi CM and AAP President, Arvind Kejriwal, has claimed that the Muslim vote in the national capital completely "shifted" to Congress at the last minute during the Lok Sabha elections.

#Elections2019: Election Commission declares seizures worth a whopping Rs. 3,439cr

18 May 2019

#Elections2019: Election Commission declares seizures worth a whopping Rs. 3,439cr

The Election Commission (EC) declared it has seized a whopping Rs. 3,439cr across India this polling season.

'Modi Code of Misconduct': Opposition on EC's WB campaign ban

16 May 2019

'Modi Code of Misconduct': Opposition on EC's WB campaign ban

After the Election Commission (EC) cut short the campaigning period for the last phase of elections in West Bengal, opposition parties have come together to support CM Mamata Banerjee.

Election Commission to hold meeting over West Bengal poll violence

15 May 2019

Election Commission to hold meeting over West Bengal poll violence

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday will hold a review meeting on Wednesday with West Bengal observers over the issue of poll violence in the state.

Polling-agent, arrested for influencing voters, asked woman to 'pick' lotus

14 May 2019

Polling-agent, arrested for influencing voters, asked woman to 'pick' lotus

On Sunday, a polling agent was arrested in Faridabad for trying to influence at least three female voters inside the booth. Had it not been for a video, which went viral, the man might have remained scot-free.

2019 elections: Polling agent arrested for influencing voters in Faridabad

13 May 2019

2019 elections: Polling agent arrested for influencing voters in Faridabad

In an incident which casts doubts on the fairness of elections, a man was arrested for trying to influence voters in Faridabad.

Balakot strikes: Modi thought 'clouds will help escape radar'

12 May 2019

Balakot strikes: Modi thought 'clouds will help escape radar'

The Balakot airstrikes emboldened the country's spirits and the ruling BJP saw an electoral opportunity in it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches have proved this more than once.

BJP's Bharati Ghosh breaks down after being heckled, blames Trinamool

12 May 2019

BJP's Bharati Ghosh breaks down after being heckled, blames Trinamool

Bharati Ghosh was once West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's trusted aide. After falling out with Trinamool Chief, the former IPS officer joined BJP and is now contesting polls from Ghatal Lok Sabha seat.

Father of Pulwama martyr wants development, not politicization of forces

10 May 2019

Father of Pulwama martyr wants development, not politicization of forces

The entire country mourned martyrdom of 40 CRPF soldiers this year. On February 14, the soldiers became victims of the worst ever terror attack to hit Kashmir in decades.

Tej Bahadur Yadav can't contest from Varanasi, SC rejects plea

09 May 2019

Tej Bahadur Yadav can't contest from Varanasi, SC rejects plea

In a big blow to former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea in which he challenged Election Commission's decision to cancel his nomination.

Rahul is Indian: Supreme Court dismisses plea against 'dual citizenship'

09 May 2019

Rahul is Indian: Supreme Court dismisses plea against 'dual citizenship'

Congress President Rahul Gandhi can't become an outsider just because some British company said so, opined the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Congress says EC biased toward Modi-Shah, SC refuses to interfere

08 May 2019

Congress says EC biased toward Modi-Shah, SC refuses to interfere

The Congress had complained to Supreme Court alleging that Election Commission has been giving a free pass to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, hoping that the court might take some action.

Democracy's festival? Less than 1% voters got inked in Pulwama

08 May 2019

Democracy's festival? Less than 1% voters got inked in Pulwama

While 51 constituencies cast their votes on Monday, during the fifth phase of polls, fear of terrorists ensured voters didn't turn up at polling booths in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.

SC rejects Opposition's plea, refuses to increase VVPAT-EVM verification

07 May 2019

SC rejects Opposition's plea, refuses to increase VVPAT-EVM verification

In a major blow to Opposition parties, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to increase VVPAT verification of EVMs to 50%.

Amethi: Smriti alleges Rahul is 'capturing booths', Congress rubbishes claims

06 May 2019

Amethi: Smriti alleges Rahul is 'capturing booths', Congress rubbishes claims

Locked in a direct contest with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Monday claimed the former was indulging in booth capturing in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, which went into polls.

Rajiv Gandhi remark: Congress asks EC to act against Modi

06 May 2019

Rajiv Gandhi remark: Congress asks EC to act against Modi

The Congress has complained to Election Commission asking the body to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his choice of words against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Pragya Thakur allegedly violates 72-hour campaign ban, gets EC notice

05 May 2019

Pragya Thakur allegedly violates 72-hour campaign ban, gets EC notice

Bhopal district election officer has sent a notice to Pragya Thakur, BJP's candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency after she allegedly violated the Election Commission's order.

J&K: BJP leader shot dead, party says security was withdrawn

05 May 2019

J&K: BJP leader shot dead, party says security was withdrawn

Ahead of the last phase of elections in Anantnag parliamentary constituency of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior BJP leader was shot dead at his home in Verinag on Saturday. Notably, the last leg of the three-phased polls in Anantnag is scheduled for Monday.

Election Commission gives clean chits to both Modi and Rahul

03 May 2019

Election Commission gives clean chits to both Modi and Rahul

Handing over a long rope to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Election Commission gave him another clean chit on Thursday for his speech in which he claimed India hadn't kept its nuclear buttons for Diwali.

Varanasi: EC cancels nomination of PM Modi's opponent Tej Bahadur

01 May 2019

Varanasi: EC cancels nomination of PM Modi's opponent Tej Bahadur

On Wednesday, the Election Commission canceled the nomination of Tej Bahadur Yadav, the former BSF jawan, who was contesting from Varanasi as a Samajwadi Party candidate opposite Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Cyclone Fani inches towards Odisha, state put on high alert

01 May 2019

Cyclone Fani inches towards Odisha, state put on high alert

Cyclone Fani has turned into "extremely severe cyclonic storm" and is inching towards the coast of Odisha, prompting MeT Department to issue a orange warning.

Asansol: After 'bed-tea' excuse, Sen says 'little violence happens'

30 Apr 2019

Asansol: After 'bed-tea' excuse, Sen says 'little violence happens'

Trinamool's Moon Moon Sen, who is contesting from West Bengal's Asansol, found nothing unusual in the poll violence and said, "Thoda toh hoga hi, har jagah hota hai."

Congress moves SC against Modi, Shah for violating poll code

29 Apr 2019

Congress moves SC against Modi, Shah for violating poll code

On Monday, Congress moved Supreme Court alleging that Election Commission isn't taking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for violating Model Code of Conduct.

Late bed-tea, Sen on why she wasn't aware of Asansol-violence

29 Apr 2019

Late bed-tea, Sen on why she wasn't aware of Asansol-violence

As violence mired polling in West Bengal's Asansol on Monday, Trinamool candidate Moon Moon Sen said she didn't know about it as she got her bed-tea "late".

Was doing duty: IAS-officer, who checked Modi's chopper, speaks up

27 Apr 2019

Was doing duty: IAS-officer, who checked Modi's chopper, speaks up

Mohammed Mohsin, the IAS officer who is facing action for allegedly checking PM Narendra Modi's chopper on April 16, said on Friday that he didn't violate any rules and was only following the guidelines of Election Commission.

BJP's Muslim-face refuses to campaign for Pragya, then puts conditions

26 Apr 2019

BJP's Muslim-face refuses to campaign for Pragya, then puts conditions

Fatima Rasool Siddique, the only Muslim candidate whom BJP gave a ticket in last year's Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, on Thursday said she would campaign for Pragya Thakur only if she apologizes to Muslims.

These mobile apps are must-haves for every Indian voter

25 Apr 2019

These mobile apps are must-haves for every Indian voter

As part of its "no voter to be left behind" mission, the Election Commission of India has launched a bunch of mobile apps to ensure a seamless voting experience.

#NewsBytesExclusive: Defense expert Abhijit Iyer-Mitra talks about treason-case against Facebook

24 Apr 2019

#NewsBytesExclusive: Defense expert Abhijit Iyer-Mitra talks about treason-case against Facebook

Facebook has been accused of interfering in elections in several countries and at the time of our Lok Sabha elections, the social media giant is facing a tough time in India.

BJP asks Pragya Thakur to avoid controversial statements

22 Apr 2019

BJP asks Pragya Thakur to avoid controversial statements

Since she joined politics last week and given a ticket by BJP from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has been in news for her provocative statements.

#Elections2019: Name missing in voter-list? Here's how to cast vote

22 Apr 2019

#Elections2019: Name missing in voter-list? Here's how to cast vote

In order to cast vote, a voter must ensure that their name is in the voter list. The Election Commission says one is entitled to vote only if their name is in the electoral roll.

#Elections2019: Bengal like Bihar 10-15 years ago, says IAS officer

22 Apr 2019

#Elections2019: Bengal like Bihar 10-15 years ago, says IAS officer

Ajay V Nayak, the special observer of Election Commission in West Bengal, recently said the situation in the state was similar to how Bihar was 10-15 years ago.

Karnataka: Cash worth Rs. 2.3 crore found inside spare tire

21 Apr 2019

Karnataka: Cash worth Rs. 2.3 crore found inside spare tire

The Income Tax Department on Saturday seized cash worth Rs. 2.3 crore in Karnataka from a car, which was transporting the cash to Shivamogga and Bhadravathi from Bengaluru.

Pragya Thakur claims she helped raze Babri Masjid, gets EC-notice

21 Apr 2019

Pragya Thakur claims she helped raze Babri Masjid, gets EC-notice

While the storm over her 'curse' comment was still raging, BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya sparked a new controversy on Saturday when she claimed she helped demolish Babri Masjid in 1992.

#Elections2019: What is NOTA? Here's all you need to know

20 Apr 2019

#Elections2019: What is NOTA? Here's all you need to know

India is the world's largest democracy where voting is crucial in shaping the country's destiny.

EC directs Eros Now to take down web-series on Modi

20 Apr 2019

EC directs Eros Now to take down web-series on Modi

Citing the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission today directed Eros Now to immediately take down a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all related contents till further orders.

Ex-DGP condemns Sadhvi Pragya's remarks on 26/11 hero Hemant Karkare

20 Apr 2019

Ex-DGP condemns Sadhvi Pragya's remarks on 26/11 hero Hemant Karkare

BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur's comments on martyred Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare sparked a row on Friday.