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Eyes on Kandhamal by-poll with new equations at play - Ashutosh Mishra & Subhasish Mohanty, Telegraph
All eyes are on the Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency that will witness a by-poll on October 15, the first in the state after the general elections four months ago. The seat fell vacant following the untimely death of sitting BJD MP Hemendra Chandra. The by-poll will be an acid test of popularity not only for the BJD, which won the seat in the April-May elections by a huge margin, but also for the Opposition, mainly the BJP, that hopes to gain from the Modi factor. It is another matter that the Modi factor did not work for it in the general elections when it finished third in the constituency behind the Congress.
Lok Sabha strength to shape BJP ties with allies - Varghese K George, Hindu
The BJP’s eagerness to woo allies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections has now been replaced with resoluteness in dealing with them as developments in election-bound States indicate. The tough approach towards ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra is a pointer to the changed stance. Shiv Sena leader, Uddhav Thackeray had on Saturday said he did not hanker after the post of Chief Minister but would be open to accepting it if the situation demanded. “We cannot have a quarrel with that formulation,” a senior BJP leader who refused to be identified said, adding that the party is firm that the Chief Minister will be elected after the elections.
BJP recasts terms with allies - Varghese K George, Hindu
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s tough handling of its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, is indicative of the party’s confidence and a new approach towards its partners, said party functionaries who did not want to be identified. The BJP is apparently in no mood to concede the Shiv Sena’s demand that its leader Uddhav Thackeray be announced as the Chief Minister candidate in the State. “There will be no Chief Minister candidate in Maharashtra and Haryana,” said a party leader.
When winning is not enough - Hindu
It is not often that an opposition party comes under greater pressure than the ruling party ahead of an election. However, as Maharashtra and Haryana prepare to go to the polls next month, the benchmark for performance is not the 2009 Assembly elections that voted the Congress to power, but the Lok Sabha election this year that saw a Bharatiya Janata Party wave sweeping through the two States. No one expects the Congress to return to power in Maharashtra or Haryana, but for the BJP, any showing that falls even marginally short of its vote share in the Lok Sabha election would be seen as a setback and as a reflection on the performance of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. 
Mayawati rejigs party organisation, eyes 2017 polls - Hindu
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati late Sunday affected major changes in the party hierarchy by sacking all the coordinator booth in-charges and assembly coordinators and announcing formation of nine new zones across the state, party leaders said on Monday. In each zone, two divisions have been included for “more tight clasp” on local leaders and party cadres, a party leader told IANS.
In batlle of wills, UP records 50% turnout - Pioneer
Low to brisk turnout was recorded in the by-elections for three Lok Sabha and 33 Assembly seats spread across 10 States on Saturday. While 50 per cent polling was reported from UP, where the prestige of the BJP and the Samajwadi Party is at stake, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana together recorded over 65 per cent turnout. Nearly 70 per cent electorate exercised their franchise in Assam even as moderate to high polling was witnessed in the two seats in West Bengal amid sporadic incidents of violence. The counting of votes will be held on Tuesday. In Chhattisgarh, counting will be on Saturday. 
Saffron shows DU its true colours... - Iknoor Kaur, Pioneer
Colour, banners, hoots and drumrolls sounded the North Campus of Delhi University on Saturday as BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) grabbed all four seats in the Students’ Union (DUSU) elections reflecting the BJP’s recent win in the general elections. Despite other Left forces making a significant entry into the university and with Congress leaders actively campaigning for the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), ABVP managed to pave its way towards a wholesome victory. Conquest marches to the Swami Vivekananda statue at the Arts Faculty accompanied by massive car rallies summed up the day for the saffron clad leaders who would reside in the DUSU office for the next one year.
ABVP sweeps DUSU poll, bags all 4 seats... - Iknoor Kaur, Pioneer
Creating a history after 18 years, BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) swept Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections on Saturday grabbing “all four” seats. The elections, which were billed as a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity among the youth, have silenced Modi critics as the ABVP left the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) nowhere near the winning mark. The results clearly indicate that the BJP is ahead of its potential rivals in the city and can be a threat to them during Assembly elections. Statements by BJP leaders point towards the growing enthusiasm that the results have generated.
Maharashtra polls acid test for Cong-NCP & Maha Yuti - Sanjay Jog, Business Standard
The elections to the Maharashtra Assembly next month, would be an acid test for both, the incumbent as well as opposition parties. The polling for 288 seats will take place on October 15 and counting on October 19 as the term of the present Assembly ends on November 8. The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been ruling the state since 1999. During the 2009 poll, Congress had won 82 seats, NCP 62, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-46, Shiv Sena-44 and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena-13.
By-elections: For BJP its prestige issue to retain Modi's seats - Business Standard
For the BJP in Gujarat it will be prestige issue to retain all the 10 seats (9 assembly and 1 Lok Sabha) for which the by-polls will be held on Saturday. This includes two seats vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that is, Maninagar assembly seat which he had held since 2002 and the Vadodara parliamentary seat which he relinquished for Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh after the Lok Sabha elections in May this year.
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