Assembly elections

A total of five states go to polls in what is being seen as a litmus test for the BJP as well as the Opposition ahead of the crucial general elections in 2019. The five states – Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram will go for polls in November. The result of the assembly seats across five states will be declared on December 11, 2018. In Madhya Pradesh, the election will take place in a single phase on November 28, 2018 while in Chattisgarh, polling will be held in two phases on November 12 and November 20. In Rajasthan and Telangana, the election will take place in a single phase on December 7, 2018. In Mizoram, the election will take place in a single phase on November 28, 2018. Necessary security arrangements have been put in place to avoid any untoward incidents.

Relief for Modi-Shah: UP bypolls show BJP’s popularity not hit by double anti-incumbency

UP assembly by-election results show that the saffron party's popularity has not been dented in India's most populous state.

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Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: 9 crore voters, an assembly seat with 1 sq km area, some interesting facts

Assembly elections 2019: Dharavi is the smallest assembly seat in terms of the area while Aheri is the biggest assembly constituency in Maharashtra.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Mamata Banerjee to spell out party strategy at mega opposition rally on January 19

In an exclusive interaction with Financial Express Online, TMC leader and Lok Sabha MP Saugata Roy discusses the prospects of a Grand Alliance and why BJP is in no shape to take on the TMC in the state.

Rahul Gandhi holds hectic parleys with top Congress leaders to select next Chhattisgarh CM

After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh.

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SC/ST seats: BJP retains only 21 against 50 in 2013 Rajasthan polls

Bharatiya Janata Party won just 12 seats reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates this time, as against 32 in 2013 polls.

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CPI sees BJP plot in KCR’s pitch for non-Congress, non-BJP front

The CPI Thursday said it saw a BJP plot in Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's (KCR) efforts to promote a non-Congress, non-BJP front.

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Madhya Pradesh election 2018: Women MLAs’ number falls in MP Assembly

The number of women members in the newly-elected Madhya Pradesh Assembly has deceased as compared to the previous House. In the just concluded state polls, 17 women candidates won as against 31 lawmakers in the last Assembly.

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Mizoram election result: Lowest winning margin 3 votes, highest 2,720

The lowest winning margin in the just-concluded Mizoram Assembly election was only three votes while the highest was 2,720.

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MP election results: How NOTA played spoilsport for BJP in Madhya Pradesh

The data shows that in at least 11 constituencies in Rajasthan, people preferred NOTA above the BJP and Congress. The constituencies that could have changed the BJP's fortune are Biaora, Damoh, Gunnor, Gwalior (S), Jabalpur (

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Madhya Pradesh CM race: As Kamal Nath surges ahead, Akali Dal says Congress protecting perpetrators of anti-Sikh riots

As Kamal Nath emerged front-runner for the post of Madhya Pradesh chief minister, a Shiromani Akali Dal leader on Thursday accused the Congress leadership of "protecting the perpetrators" of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Rajasthan CM announcement LIVE Updates: Rahul Gandhi picks Ashok Gehlot as Chief Minister, Sachin Pilot appointed Deputy CM

The Congress on Friday appointed Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan next chief minister and Sachin Pilot his deputy. A Congress delegation will meet Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur at 7 pm today.

MP CM announcement highlights: It’s official now – Kamal Nath to be next CM; Rahul Gandhi chooses him over Jyotiraditya Scindia

Former Union minister and Congress' Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath is set to take over the 18th Chief Minister of the central state.

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Madhya Pradesh Poll Result: In 10 seats, Congress was defeated with some help from BSP

A KEY factor behind the tight finish in Madhya Pradesh for the Congress is the ten sitting seats it lost to the BJP, thanks to a strong show by the BSP.

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State poll results a warning ahead of 2019 elections, says Anna Hazare

Failure to fulfil promises made to people led to the defeat of the BJP in three Hindi-speaking states, social activist Anna Hazare said Wednesday.

Congress’s vote share increases by 5.59 percentage points in Rajasthan

The Congress's vote share has increased by 5.59 percentage points in Rajasthan where it won 39.03 per cent votes and 99 out of 199 seats.

What went wrong in Telangana? Congress looks for answers

Organisational weaknesses, the tie-up with the TDP not working on the ground and some shortcomings of the state party leadership could be the reasons for poor performance of the Congress in the Telangana Assembly poll, party

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Rajasthan assembly election: Seven of 15 Muslim candidates fielded by Congress win polls

Seven out of 15 Muslim candidates fielded by the Congress won the Assembly elections in Rajasthan. In 2013, not a single Muslim candidate from the Congress had won the election.

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Good governance is the real winner in assembly elections

A large number of analysts blame anti-incumbency as the reason behind BJP losing three Hindi heartland states, but that is just an easy factor to blame.

Star struck! Firm believer of astrology, KCR to take oath at time fixed by priest

Telangana Rasthra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has handed down Congress-TDP combine a humiliating defeat in assembly elections, is expected to take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday between 1.24 pm and 3.04 pm,

Rajasthan election results: NOTA votes exceeded victory margin in 15 constituencies

In Rajasthan assembly elections, at least 15 constituencies polled more NOTA (None Of The Above) votes than the victory margin of the wining candidates.

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Telangana Election Results: Shock defeat lands two political bigwigs in hospital

Two heavyweight politicians from Telangana ended up at the hospital after being defeated in the Assembly election results declared yesterday.

SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav on BJP losses in three states: Alarm bells have already rung

The Samajwadi Party on Wednesday said the "alarm bells have already rung" for the BJP and indicated that the party could join a grand alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP in 2019 polls.

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Chhattisgarh CM candidate: Congress focus shifts to Chief Minister pick – Top 3 contenders

The Congress party on Tuesday made a strong comeback in Chhattisgarh, winning 68 of the 90 seats in the Legislative Assembly. The BJP, which was ruling the state since 2003 under doctor-turned-politician Raman Singh's leaders

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MP election result: Shivraj Singh Chouhan accepts responsibility for BJP’s debacle in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Wednesday said he accepted 'complete responsibility' of the BJP's defeat in the state polls.

Vidhan Sabha elections outcome casts shadow on Lok Sabha 2019: BJP may end up losing 31 seats

The Tuesday results of five Vidhan Sabha elections saw Congress take over three BJP-ruled states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, where they are set to form the government in the coming days.

Chhattisgarh election results: Bhupesh Baghel front runner for CM’s post

The newly elected Congress MLAs in Chhattisgarh will meet here on Wednesday to decide on a the new Chief Minister, with informed sources indicating that state party chief Bhupesh Baghel was the front runner.

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Telangana election results: KCR to take oath as Chief Minister for second consecutive term on Thursday

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao will take oath as the state's Chief Minister for a second consecutive term on Thursday.

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