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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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Target 2019 takes BJP south, to turn vote gain into seats



It has been just over a month since a landslide victory and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s team has already kicked off groundwork for campaigning for the 2019 polls. The BJP’s IT cell and various voluntary groups that worked closely with it during the 2014 elections have been advised by Modi to begin building a network of volunteers in states where the party’s vote share rose this time but fell short of securing seats.
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Once more Afghanistan’s voters brave its thugs and are betrayed by its politicians



History repeats itself in Afghanistan, usually as tragedy. The aftermath of the second round of the presidential election held on June 14th eerily echoes events in 2009, when Hamid Karzai held on to the presidency amid allegations of “industrial-scale fraud”. On June 18th Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, and clear leader after the first round in April, accused Mr Karzai and the election commission of being in cahoots in a massive fraud...
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Uttar Pradesh: Decoding LS election voting patterns



BJP won 73 seats in Uttar Pradesh (+63) from 2009. This record performance propelled BJP to not only form the Government at the Centre but also to get majority on its own (282). While a lot has been written about how Amit Shah ensured this grand win, there were some observations in voting shares which make for interesting reading. Congress got the lowest vote share (8.4 per cent), but still managed to get two. seats. Samajwadi Party’s vote share reduced by only 1.1 per cent (22.2 per cent vs 23.3 per cent)...
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Opinion/Commentary
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
Ajai Rai, Kejriwal top spenders in Varanasi polls, Modi third - Mohammad Hamza Khan, IndianExpress
EC wants parties to disclose poll spend - Pradeep Thakur, Times of India
Three elections, one story - Vijay Prashad, Hindu
Paswan’s prediction of possible election for Bihar Assembly seems a likely situation - NitiCentral
BJP faces leadership deficit - Rohit Chandavarkar, Economic Times
After the victory, the new targets - Archna Shukla, Indian Express
All leaders from RaGa primaries lost final battle - Rezaul Hasan Laskar, Mail Today
BJP eyes West Bengal - Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindu
Congress may tie up with JD (U) for Assembly polls - Smita Gupta, Hindu
Delhi: AAP, Cong get talking again to keep BJP out - Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, HindustanTimes
OBC support for BJP signals the end of caste politics - Sanjeer Alam, Hindu
The road ahead for the Election Commission - N Gopalaswami, Hindu
How Congress lost Assam - Abheek Barman, EconomicTimes
10% Muslims voted for BJP in Uttar Pradesh: Survey - Mohammed Anas, Sunday Guardian
Twitter to copy Indian election strategy in US - Aditya Kalra, Asian Age
We couldn't match Modi's aggressive campaigning: Jairam Ramesh - Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India
The wave nobody assessed correctly - Narender Kumar, Pioneer
Decoding a campaign: How Amit Shah conquered UP - Ratan Mani Lal, FirstPost
Bihar: interpreting the massive mandate - Sanjay Kumar, Hindu
A saffron sweep in Uttar Pradesh - AK Verma, Mirza Asmer Beg & Sudhir Kumar, Hindu
Verdict 2014: A matter of coordination - Karthik Shashidhar, Mint
No space for autonomy seekers - Hari Om, Pioneer
AAP’s flip-flop: No referendum, ready for polls - Aditi Vatsa, Indian Express
The true 'cost' of elections - Vivek Dehejia, Business Standard
One-third of Congress MPs won with lowest margins - Chetan Chauhan, HT
Cong-NCP cedes ground in 111 of 144 segments In Maharashtra - Zeeshan Shaikh, Indian Express
How AAP ate into the Akali vote - Chander Suta Dogra, Hindu
Uttar Pradesh: Winner takes all - Hindu
BJP increases vote share in Bengal three-fold - Pioneer
Disquiet in Kerala Left, UDF - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
Headless Cong dug its own grave in Telangana - Omer Farooq, Pioneer
In UP, Congress takes 59% cut in vote share - Maulshree Seth, IndianExpress
BJP storms 4 of 7 segments in Kerala capital - Shaju Philip, IndianExpress
BJP is battle-ready, says Harsh Vardhan - IndianExpress
AAP, Cong rule out alliance to form govt, BJP pushes for early elections - Maneesh Chhibber, IndianExpress
BJP's 31% lowest vote share of any party to secure majority - Times of India
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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