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AAP works on stronger show in second leg - Manavi Kapur & Somesh Jha, BusinessStandard
At Delhi's Ram Lila Maidan on December 28 last year, the slogans gradually shifted to Aaj ka CM, kal ka PM (Today's chief minister is tomorrow's prime minister). An hour later, Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), was sworn in as Delhi's chief minister. Amidst the euphoria at the party's good showing in the Delhi assembly elections held on December 4, there were voices that cautioned AAP on its strategy for the Lok Sabha elections.
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Why minority vote consolidation did not happen - Shreyas Sardesai, Hindu
Amid the disaster that Lok Sabha election had for the Congress, there is perhaps a small consolation. While the party performed poorly among its traditional voters, namely Dalits and tribals, the grand old party continues to have the overall support of Muslims, India’s largest religious minority. The National Election Study (NES) shows that the nationwide Muslim vote for the Congress was 38 per cent (excluding allies), the same as it was in 2009.
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Where did the Muslim vote go? - Virender Singh Rawat, Mohammad Safi Shamsi, Supratim Dey & Sahil Makkar, BusinessStandard
Rampur has a 49.1 per cent Muslim population - the highest for any constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Going by convention and probability of winning, the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), All-India Minority Front and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fielded Muslim candidates. But the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket went to a Hindu. Some 550 km from Rampur, the political scene was the opposite. The BJP renominated two-time MP and its lone-Muslim face, Shahnawaz Hussain...
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For EC, criticism at home, praise overseas - Anuja, Mint
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused it of bias. Voters in Mumbai, including many high-profile ones, criticised it for incomplete voter lists that prevented them from casting their vote. And it had to bear the cross of enforcing a so-called model code of conduct that effectively brought policymaking in the world’s largest democracy to a halt.
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Nehru: Hero of his age, outcast of ours - Ramachandra Guha, Hindustan Times
In 1976, when India was under a State of Emergency, the American journalist AM Rosenthal visited New Delhi. Rosenthal had once been the New York Times’s correspondent here, and greatly admired Jawaharlal Nehru. For he had seen, at first hand, how India’s first prime minister had struggled heroically to establish a democratic ethos in a country marked by pervasive social inequalities and by polarisation on religious lines.
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EC is biggest loser in Bengal - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
The way rigging went unabated even during the re-election, it seems democracy has breathed its last in India’s ‘cultural capital’. Democracy, my foot! Where were you when the previous Left Governments were raping it for the last so many years? Don’t ask silly questions. It is not good for your health and security, because not everyone here is in my control. It is very hot and humid here; don’t harm your health. Go back home and take rest. I can give you a vehicle if you want.”
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Why Modi’s mandate is larger than you think: more like 40% - R Jagannathan, FirstPost
Ever since Gopalkrishna Gandhi tried to pretend that Narendra Modi"s mandate was smaller than imagined, given that the BJP received only 31 percent of the popular vote, his flawed views have been widely criticised. While some have pointed out that the 31 percent figure excludes the votes of his NDA partners who fought under his leadership (the NDA got 38.2 percent overall), others have said that in multi-party systems in the west no party usually...
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India’s first past the post election myths - Vivek Dehejia & Reuben Abraham, Mint
The new talking point for those unhappy with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) massive election victory is the claim that they won only 31% of the total votes cast and that, therefore, 69% of those who voted did not vote in favour of the winning party. While numerically correct, what is mischievous is the insinuation that follows: that the BJP failed to win a mandate, or that the win is somehow illegitimate given how many people voted against them. 
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A new phase of the polity - Suhas Palshikar, Hindu
In the history of elections, India has seen both “normal” elections and extraordinary ones. Normal elections follow the routine logic of political competition — how candidates are selected, what caste-community calculations go into the strategy, and so on. Extraordinary elections also do accommodate these concerns but there are overarching concerns that finally shape the outcome. After two consecutive normal elections in 2004 and 2009, India has witnessed another extraordinary election in 2014.
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India's 'black swan' election - Praveen Chakravarty, BusinessStandard
The venerated mathematician Nassim Taleb popularised the term "Black Swan" to describe an event that occurs outside the realm of normal expectations and has an extreme impact on the present and future. And human nature naively tries to concoct explanations for these events, post facto. The origin of the phrase traces back to a 1697 discovery by a Dutch explorer in Australia of swans that are black in colour, which crushed the prevailing notion that all swans are white. The 2014 Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory can be termed India's black swan election.
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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

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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:

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International Elections

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Presidential 1st  Round

23-May

Presidential 2nd Round

16-Jun

Mexico

Presidential

1-Jul

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Presidential

7-Oct

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Presidential

6-Nov

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Presidential

Dec

 
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