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Test for NaMo magic



After BJP won 73 seats from UP in the recent parliamentary elections, it seemed that the politics of caste and identity prevalent in UP until now had been swallowed by the politics of Hindutva. People are now eagerly waiting to see if this trend will be confirmed by the 11 assembly and one Lok Sabha byelections, which are scheduled to be held in UP shortly. Will BJP replicate its performance or will SP learn from its defeat in the parliamentary elections and revive its political presence in UP? 
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The new lotus positions



The BJP’s numbers in the Lok Sabha elections have redrawn political equations — got arch rivals to unite, arrested the growth of a few others and positioned the party as a prospective alternative in states where it didn’t stand a chance before. Last week, when the BJP called off its once “rock-solid” alliance with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), it made another longstanding ally, the Shiv Sena, uneasy. The Maharashtra party, which has, until now, been used to setting the terms of the partnership...
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BJP’s Mission Kashmir



Mission 44+ has a ring of the BJP’s successful general election campaign. For a party whose best performance in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir assembly has been 11 seats in 2008, and which has no seat in Kashmir or Ladakh, it marks the first time it sees itself in a position to chase that majority target. It is with an eye on that target that BJP president Amit Shah is in Jammu, with a rally scheduled Monday.
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BJP gets ready for Tamil Nadu assembly polls



The years of toil have paid off and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on the ascendance in Tamil Nadu, looking at bright yet challenging days ahead. Propelled by the "Modi wave", the party used the support base of six regional players it had aligned with as a launch pad to perform creditably in the Lok Sabha election. BJP's pre-poll alliance with the DMDK, PMK, MDMK, KMDK, IJK and NJP raked in 19% of the votes polled and the coalition picked up two Lok Sabha seats.
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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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Opinion/Commentary
Eyes on Kandhamal by-poll with new equations at play - Ashutosh Mishra & Subhasish Mohanty, Telegraph
Lok Sabha strength to shape BJP ties with allies - Varghese K George, Hindu
BJP recasts terms with allies - Varghese K George, Hindu
When winning is not enough - Hindu
Mayawati rejigs party organisation, eyes 2017 polls - Hindu
In batlle of wills, UP records 50% turnout - Pioneer
Saffron shows DU its true colours... - Iknoor Kaur, Pioneer
ABVP sweeps DUSU poll, bags all 4 seats... - Iknoor Kaur, Pioneer
Maharashtra polls acid test for Cong-NCP & Maha Yuti - Sanjay Jog, Business Standard
By-elections: For BJP its prestige issue to retain Modi's seats - Business Standard
Maharashtra polls 2014: Congress to contest 165 seats, NCP 123 seats - Rohit Chandavarkar, Economic Times
Permission cancelled but Yogi Adityanath goes ahead with poll meeting - Lalmani Verma, Indian Express
EC to take call on J&K elections - Bharti Jain, Times of India
BJP chief Amit Shah targets clean sweep in Jharkhand - India Today
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

 
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