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Elusive dreams of backward caste unity



Earlier this week, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad suggested that Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati should sink their differences and join forces, just as rivals Nitish and he have in Bihar, to put up a united fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) as well. Mulayam, who heads the Samajwadi Party (SP) that gets its core...
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Big victory in Turkey



Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdog˘an, already in his third term, has registered a resounding victory, now as the country’s first-ever directly elected President, rendering a run-off redundant. Sunday’s presidential race was a sequel to the 2007 referendum which authorised the election of the head of state by popular ballot, replacing the system of appointment by legislature. Turkey’s turbulent recent years have been marked by a paradoxical course of events. 
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Can Modi's Chanakya stay two moves ahead?



Much before he was the Amit Shah as we now see him, Amit Shah was the chief of Gujarat's chess association. Hardly a glamorous second job, one would think, for a member of Narendra Modi's Gujarat cabinet. But to think that would be to miss what the man's really all about. Shah had decreed that chess be compulsory in schools in one Gujarat district. Why? Because his point, say his aides, was that chess makes you think tactically, so children tutored in chess will be sharper.
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Modi's campaign helped Indian



The recent General Election is a fascinating subject of study for political analysts, in as much as the run-up to this democratic event of unprecedented scale revealed some remarkable features of party politics, voters' responses, and credibility of leadership. In what can be regarded as first-time developments, many barriers were broken in reaching out to the masses, overcoming the 'poll arithmetic', and influencing the voters' psyche.
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Left parties: In decline, in denial



In the hullabaloo over the BJP’s massive mandate and the Congress’s humbling defeat, political commentators have missed out on some other important outcomes of the Lok Sabha elections. The election results confirm the long-term declining trend of the Left parties in India. The Left Front’s national voteshare in 2014 has been the lowest ever (4.8 per cent), from the high of 10.6 per cent in 1989. 
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What does national party status mean?



What are the conditions for a political party to get recognition as a national party? A political party becomes eligible to be recognised as a national party if it fulfils any of the three following conditions: The party has won 2 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha (11 seats) from at least three different states in the latest general election.
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Million man marks



In October 2013, almost six months before the Lok Sabha polls, over 7,000 students from India’s top colleges, most of them from IITs and IIMs across India, were busy participating in a new-age political meet. They called it Manthan (the churn). There were fluorescent lights, dance beats, PowerPoint presentations, pumping bass and even a headlining...
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Opinion/Commentary
Ex-Congress MP is BSP candidate for Maharashtra chief minister - Asian Age
Mayawati says ‘no’ to pact, to fight polls in Maharashtra, Haryana - Asian Age
NC, Cong showdown in Ladakh - Khursheed Wani, Pioneer
Congress spent 93% of poll funds on star campaigners, branding in 2013 state elections - Pradeep Thakur, Times of India
UP deal: Lalu proposes, Mulayam agrees, Mayawati disposes - Prashant K Nanda & Gyan Varma, Mint
AAP launches door-to-door election campaign in Delhi - Pretika Khanna, Mint
Making sense of 21st century politics - Mayank Mishra, Business Standard
Measures to curb money and muscle power in elections soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad - ToI
Maharashtra Congress looks for advertising firm to run its poll campaign - Pritha Mitra Dasgupta, EconomicTimes
Sensing defeat, NC and Congress veterans opt out of assembly elections - Masood Hussain, EconomicTimes
The uncanny Indian voter - Ajay Gudavarthy, Hindu
Detractors say ‘Hooda will lead us to defeat’ - Manoj CG, Indian Express
BJP has big plans for Maharashtra polls - Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times
BJP scales up Maha ambition, sets tone for split with Sena - Ambarish Mishra, Indian Express
Shrill demand in BJP: ‘Break ties with Sena, fight polls alone’ - Shubhangi Khapre, Indian Express
Guide to the 2014 European and local elections - BBC
Interviews/Profiles
From ULFA to LS, first non-Bodo MP from Kokrajhar , Naba Kumar Sarania  - Indian Express


My mission was to deliver in UP , Amit Shah  - Times of India

The NDA will cross 300 seats. You wait and see , Ravi Shankar Prasad  - Business Standard



I'm here to fight Cong, not its B team , Smriti Irani  - Times of India


Congress has done dis-service to people , Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri  - Hindu


I have not thought of my role. Party will , Amit Shah  - Times of India

UP chief of BJP minority wing seeks out Muslims , Rumana Siddiqui  - Indian Express



 
 

Election Calendar 2012

By-Elections   June 2

Assembly Constituencies

Neyyanttinkara

Kerala

Cortalim

Goa

By-Elections   June 12

Parliamentary Constituency

Nellore

Andhra Pradesh

Assembly Constituencies

Maheshwar (SC)

Madhya Pradesh

Nalchar (SC)

Tripura

Daspur

West Bengal

Bankura

West Bengal

Mant

Uttar Pradesh

Pudukkottai

Tamil Nadu

Tirupati

Andhra Pradesh

Allagadda

Andhra Pradesh

Rajampet

Andhra Pradesh

Rayachoti

Andhra Pradesh

Parkal

Andhra Pradesh

Ongole

Andhra Pradesh

Narasannapeta

Andhra Pradesh

Payakaraopet (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Anantapur Urban

Andhra Pradesh

Yemmiganur

Andhra Pradesh

Rayadurg

Andhra Pradesh

Kodur (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Udayagiri

Andhra Pradesh

Narasapuram

Andhra Pradesh

Prathipadu (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Ramachandrapuram

Andhra Pradesh

Macherla

Andhra Pradesh

Polavaram (ST)

Andhra Pradesh

Kaij (SC)

Maharashtra

Hatia

Jharkhand

Presidential Election:

To be held before July 24

Vice- Presidential Election:

To be held before  August 10

International Elections

Egypt

Presidential 1st  Round

23-May

Presidential 2nd Round

16-Jun

Mexico

Presidential

1-Jul

Venezuela

Presidential

7-Oct

United States

Presidential

6-Nov

South Korea

Presidential

Dec

 
Narendra Modi is on a roll, cruising to a 3rd time election victory -
K Balakrishnan

Narendra Modi is Bihar's choice for PM: Poll -
K Balakrishnan

 
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