Election Updates – 2019

The General elections to decide who will in power for the next 5 years in the largest democracy in the world will take place in the month of April or May 2019. The winners of the election will constitute the 17th lok sabha. There are total 543 seats up for grabs in the general election that will be contested by the candidates.

Election in India

The Republic of India has a federal government. Elections are held to choose officials at local, state and federal levels in this country. The Lok Sabha members, elect the Prime Minister of the country, who acts as the head of the government.

The Election Commission of India conducts the elections. The Lok Sabha members are chosen through general elections that take place every 5 years. The Rajya Sabha members, on the other hand, are chosen by all the elected members of the state legislative assemblies and Union Territory Electoral College. The Lok Sabha is the lower house of the Parliament and the Rajya Sabha is its upper house.

Upcoming Indian General Election 2019 Updates

The general elections to choose the ruling government are scheduled by the Election Commission to be held in April or May next year. Currently, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is the coalition government in power. Of this coalition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the major political party.

List of upcoming elections in India

India is the largest democracy in the world and with it being divided into 29 states and 7 union territories, assembly elections are a regular event. In 2017, assembly elections took place in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur. Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and in the next two years, legislative assembly elections in no less than 14 states are to take place with the Election Commission already having decided the months in which they will happen.

As far as the lok sabha elections are concerned, the last lok sabha elections were held in the year, 2014 and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi who became the prime minister. The next Lok Sabha elections will be held next year with all the alliances and coalitions already preparing for what would be a tightly contested battle.

List of states in which elections are scheduled in the next two years

The list of states in India in which assembly elections have been scheduled by the election commission in the next two to three years are:

Name of the state Date of term completion Month of election proposed as per election commission Number of seats to be contested in the election
Mizoram 15/12/2018 April or May 2018 40
Rajasthan 20/01/2019 Oct or Nov 2018 200
Chhattisgarh 05/01/2019 Dec 2018 or Jan 2019 90
Madhya Pradesh 07/01/2019 Dec 2018 or Jan 2019 232
Sikkim 27/05/2019 Apr or May 2019 32
Arunachal Pradesh 01/06/2019 Apr or May 2019 60
Telangana 08/06/2019 May or Jun 2019 119
Odisha 11/06/2019 May or Jun 2019 147
Andhra Pradesh 18/06/2019 May or Jun 2019 175
Haryana 02/11/2019 Sep or Oct 2019 90
Maharashtra 09/11/2019 Sep or Oct 2019 288
Jharkhand 05/01/2020 Nov or Dec 2020 81
NCT Delhi 22/02/2020 Jan or Feb 2021 70
Jammu and Kashmir 16/03/2021 Jan or Feb 2021 87

The table below includes the states where the legislative assembly elections have already taken place:

Assambly Election Held in 2018
Name of the state Date of polling Date of counting Number of constituencies
Tripura 18/02/2018 03/03/2018 60
Meghalaya 27/02/2018 03/03/2018 60
Nagaland 27/02/2018 03/03/2018 60
Karnataka 12/05/2018 23/05/2019 224
Madhya Pradesh 28/11/2018 11/12/2018 231
Chhattisgarh 28/11/2018 11/12/2018 91
Mizoram 28/11/2018 11/12/2018 40
Rajasthan 7/12/2018 11/12/2018 200

Elections to elect the ruling party in state of Karnataka were held on 12 May 2018. The voting for the 222 seats in the state was conducted in a single phase by the election commission.

  • The election for 222 constituencies was held on 12 May 2018.
  • The turn out for the elections was recorded at 72.13% which is the highest it has ever been since the elections in 1952.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party winning 104 seats although it could not achieve majority.
  • Indian National Congress (INC) won 79 seats, and JDS, the regional party, winning 38 seats.
  • The magic number required for forming a government in Karnataka is 113. The BJP fell short of the majority mark.
  • Instead, INC and JDS came together to form a coalition government.
  • This was not without controversy as both BJP and Congress were locked in a tussle to grab power in one of the most important states in the country.
  • Representatives of both the groups willing to form the government met with the Governor of Karnataka.
  • Some of the important dates of the Karnataka state elections were:

Event Date of the event Day
Filing for nomination by the candidate 17/04/2018 Tuesday
Last date for filing for nomination by the candidate 24/04/2018 Tuesday
Verification of the details provided by the nominees 25/04/2018 Wednesday
Last date for withdrawal of candidature 27/04/2018 Friday
Date of election 12/05/2018 Saturday
Date of the counting of votes 15/05/2018 Tuesday
Date before which all the formalities of the election were completed 31/05/2018 Thursday

The elections for the State of Tripura were held in the month of February this year. BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 35 out of the 60 seats and formed the government under the leadership of Biplab Kumar Deb.

  • On February 18, elections for 59 out of the 60 constituencies was held.
  • The only constituency in Tripura where elections were not held was Charilam due to the death of the Communist party MLA, Ramendra Narayan Debbarma. The election for the constituency had been postponed to 12 March.
  • Out of the 60 constituencies that fall under the state of Tripura, 20 are reserved for scheduled tribes, 10 for scheduled caste and the remaining 30 are for the general category.
  • As per the data provided by the Tripura State Election Commission, the number of registered voters in the list was 25,69,216. Out of the these, 12,65,785 were female voters.
  • The turnout for the elections was excellent and stood at 92%.
  • 3,214 polling stations were set up across state to conduct the elections.
  • To get a clear majority in the elections and form the government, a party or coalition needed 31 out of the 60 seats.

Elections in the State of Meghalaya were held on 27 February 2018. The results of the elections were declared on 3 March 2018.

  • There are a total of 60 constituencies in Meghalaya out of which elections were conducted in 59 of them.
  • Williamnagar was the only constituency where the elections were not held due to the death of MLA Jonathone Sangma. He was a member of the National Congress Party (NCP).
  • A total of 18,42,163 voters were registered to vote in the election.
  • Out of the total number of registered voters, 9,12,849 were men and 9,29,314 were women.
  • A total of 3,082 polling booths were set up across the state.
  • The voter turnout for the elections was recorded at 87%.
  • Some of the important days in the election were:
Occasion Date Day
Filing of nomination 31 January 2018 Wednesday
Last date of filing for nomination 7 February 2018 Wednesday
Date on which details of the candidate are verified 8 February 2018 Thursday
Last date for candidature withdrawal 12 February 2018 Monday
Date of vote casting 27 February 2018 Tuesday
Date of vote counting 3 March 2018 Saturday
Last date of conducting the elections 5 March 2018 Monday

The legislative elections in the state of Nagaland were held recently on 27 February 2018. The schedule for the legislative elections in Nagaland was as follows:

Event to be held Date Day
Starting date for candidates to file nominations 31/01/2018 Wednesday
Last date for candidates to file nominations 07/02/2018 Wednesday
Date on which details of nominees will be verified 08/02/2018 Thursday
Last date before which candidates can withdraw their nomination 12/02/2018 Monday
Date of election 27/02/2018 Tuesday
Date on which the polled votes are counted 03/03/2018 Saturday
Date before which all the formalities of the election are counted 05/03/2018 Monday

  • A total of 9 parties and 11 independent candidates contested in the Nagaland Legislative assembly elections, 2018.
  • In the election results, National People’s Front emerged as the single largest party by winning 27 of the 60 seats.
  • But it was the coalition of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) that formed the government after reaching the magic number with help from two independent candidates.
  • Both the alliance between BJP and NDPP and NPF bagged 29 seats in the legislative election.
  • Indian National Congress (INC), one of the major political parties in the country was unable to win even a single seat in the legislative elections.
  • NDPP, which formed the government along with BJP, was formed only a few months prior to the elections by then former chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

Rajya Sabha elections were held in this year to elect members to replace the retiring members of the upper house of the parliament. The specific dates for election of members of Rajya Sabha belonging to different states was different.

Rajya Sabha Elections 2018 Schedule

  • The date for the election of 3 members from Delhi and 1 member from Sikkim was set at 23/03/2018.
  • The date for the election of 58 members from 16 states and 1 member from Kerala for the by elections was set at 23/03/2018.
  • The date for electing 3 members from Kerala was set at 21/06/2018.

List of seats available in Rajya Sabha

Name of the State or Union Territory Number of Members Retiring Retirement Date
Delhi 3 27/01/2018
Sikkim 1 23/02/2018
Andhra Pradesh 3 02/04/2018
Bihar 6 02/04/2018
Chhattisgarh 1 02/04/2018
Gujarat 4 02/04/2018
Haryana 1 02/04/2018
Himachal Pradesh 1 02/04/2018
Karnataka 4 02/04/2018
Madhya Pradesh 5 02/04/2018
Maharashtra 6 02/04/2018
Telangana 3 02/04/2018
Uttar Pradesh 10 02/04/2018
Uttarakhand 1 02/04/2018
West Bengal 5 02/04/2018
Odisha 3 03/04/2018
Rajasthan 3 03/04/2018
Jharkhand 2 03/05/2018
Kerala 3 01/07/2018

The Punjab legislative assembly elections were held on February 4 in 2017. The elections were held for 117 seats in the state. The major political parties in the state contesting for the power were Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the coalition against Indian National Congress (INC). Aam Aadmi Party also contested the elections but did not get much joy. Captain Amrinder Singh was sworn in the chief minister after INC won the majority in the state. The voter turnout for the elections was recorded at 76.83%.

Important dates in Punjab legislative assembly elections, 2017

  • The election was held on February 4, 2017. The voting date for the legislative assembly elections in Punjab fell on a Saturday.
  • The votes polled in the Punjab legislative election was counted on 11 March 2017. The date fell on a Saturday.
  • The government in power before the legislative elections in the state ended its operations on 18 March.

Features of the election

  • All the constituencies in the state of Punjab that have been designated as district headquarters were provided with Voter Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVAPT) machines in addition to Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Out of the 33 district headquarters in the state, 11 had been designated as high profile constituencies.
    • The number of total registered voters eligible to vote in the Punjab legislative elections was recorded at 1.9 crores.
    • The number of male registered voters for the election was recorded at 1.05 crore.
    • The number of female registered voters for the election was recorded at 94 lakhs.
    • The major issues to come up in the legislative elections were that of drug use, drug peddling, road rage, violence against Dalits and the 1984 riots against Sikhs.

    Election results

    • The election results saw Indian National Congress (INC) receive 38.5% of the total votes polled and win 77 out of the 117 seats in all. INC had a remarkable victory in the elections. Congress fielded candidates in all the 117 constituencies.
    • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) surprisingly emerged as the second largest party in the elections grabbing 23.7% of the total votes and winning 20 seats. It fielded candidates in 112 out of 117 constituencies.
    • The coalition of Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) together won almost five times fewer seats than the Indian National Congress. The number of seats won by the coalition was recorded at 18. The coalition contested the election in all the 117 seats.

    Gujarat legislative assembly elections for the year 2017 were held in two phases, on December 9 and 14 of last year. The elections were held for 182 constituencies in the state. One of the most uniques things about the legislative assembly elections that were held in the state was the usage of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in all the polling booths.

    Schedule for Gujarat legislative assembly elections, 2017

    Event Phase 1 Phase 2
    Date of notification 14/11/2017 20/11/2017
    Last date for filing of nomination by the candidate 21/11/2017 27/11/2017
    Date for verification of details provided by the candidate 22/11/2017 28/11/2017
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature 24/11/2017 30/11/2017
    Date on which votes are to be polled 09/12/2017 14/12/2017
    Date on which votes will be counted 18/12/2017 18/12/2017
    Date before which all the formalities of the election will be completed 20/12/2017 20/12/2017

    Gujarat legislative assembly elections, 2017 statistics

    • As per data provided by the election commission, before September 25, 2017, there were 43.3 million registered voters in the state.
    • The number of male registered voters was recorded at 2,25,57,032.
    • The number of female registered voters was recorded at 2,07,57,032.
    • The number of transgender registered voters was recorded at 169.

    Gujarat legislative assembly elections, 2017 results

    • Out of the 182 seats up for grabs, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party after the results were announced and won 99 seats. They won 49.1% of the total votes polled in the election.
    • The Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the second largest party in the elections. They won 77 seats and secured 41.4% of the total votes.
    • Vijay Rupani of the BJP was elected as the 16th Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat

    The Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly elections in 2017 were held for 68 constituencies. The fight for power in the North Indian state was a direct tussle between the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP emerged as the single largest party in the legislative assembly elections and Jai Ram Thakur was elected as the chief minister of the state.

    Important dates for Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly elections, 2017

    Some of the important dates for Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly elections, 2017 were:

    Event Date of the event Day of the event
    Candidates filing nominations 16/10/2017 Monday
    Last date for candidates to file nominations 23/10/2017 Monday
    Verification of the details of nominees 24/10/2017 Tuesday
    Last date for a candidate to withdraw his or her name 26/10/2017 Thursday
    Date of polling votes 09/11/2017 Thursday
    Date of counting of votes 18/12/2017 Monday
    Last date before which all the formalities of the election have to be completed 20/12/2017 Wednesday

    Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly elections, 2017 statistics

    • Over 5 million voters are registered in the state.
    • 7,521 polling stations were set up by the election commission in Himachal Pradesh for the elections.
    • The number of male voters in Himachal Pradesh was recorded at 2,531,321.
    • The number of female voters was recorded at 2,457,032.

    Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly elections, 2017 results

    • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in the state grabbing 48.8% of the total votes polled in the legislative assembly election.
    • BJP won a whopping 44 out of the 68 seats and comfortably claimed majority in the state.
    • Indian National Congress won 21 seats but won 41.7% of the total votes polled.
    • Being the largest party in the state, BJP formed the government.

    The Manipur legislative assembly elections, 2017 were held in two phases. The term of the legislative assembly in power during the period of elections ended on March 18, 2017. The legislative assembly elections were held in all 60 constituencies of the state. The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used in four constituencies across the state.

    Manipur legislative assembly elections, 2017 schedule

    The schedule for the Manipur legislative assembly elections, 2017 was as follows:

    Event Phase 1 Phase 2
    Date of notification 07/02/2017 09/02/2017
    Last date for filing nomination for candidates 14/02/2017 16/02/2017
    Verification of details of nominees 16/02/2017 17/02/2017
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature 18/02/2017 20/02/2017
    Date on which votes were polled 04/03/2017 08/03/2017
    Date on which votes were counted 11/03/2017 11/03/2017
    Last date before which all the formalities of the elections are completed 15/03/2017 15/03/2017

    Manipur legislative assembly elections, 2017 results

    • The results of the elections were declared on 11/03/2017.
    • Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the single largest party after the election results were announced. It emerged victorious in 28 out of the 60 seats and grabbed 35.1% of the total votes polled in the election.
    • Although Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a larger share of votes than INC, it was only able to win 21 out of the 60 seats up for grabs in the election.
    • The government was formed by a coalition between the BJP, Naga People’s Front, the National People’s Party and the Lok Janshakti Party.
    • N Biren Singh was elected as the chief minister of the state.

    The legislative assembly elections for the state of Uttarakhand were held on 15 February 2017. A total of 69 constituencies were up for grabs in the elections out of 70 constituencies. Due to the demise of BSP candidate Kuldeep Kanwasi in a road accident, the election in the constituency of Karnaprayag was postponed till 09/03/2017.

    Important dates in Uttarakhand legislative assembly elections, 2017

    Some of the important dates in Uttarakhand legislative assembly, 2017 were:

    Occasion Date Day
    Filing of nominations by prospective candidates 20/01/2017 Friday
    Last date for Filing of nominations by prospective candidates 27/01/2017 Friday
    Last date for verification of nominations filed by prospective candidates 30/01/2017 Monday
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature 01/02/2017 Wednesday
    Polling of votes 15/02/2017 Wednesday
    Counting of votes 11/03/2017 Saturday
    Last date before which all the formalities of the election will be completed 15/03/2017 Wednesday

    Uttarakhand legislative assembly elections, 2017 statistics

    • Total number of voters registered in the Uttarakhand legislative assembly elections was recorded at 75,92,996.
    • The number of male voters recorded for the elections was at 39,23,492.
    • The number of female voters recorded for the elections stood at 35,72,029.
    • The number of transgender voters recorded for the elections was 151.
    • A total of 10,854 polling stations were set up in the state for the legislative assembly elections.

    Uttarakhand legislative assembly elections, 2017 results

    • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turned out to be the single largest party in the election. It grabbed 46.5% of the total votes polled.
    • BJP won 57 of the 70 seats that were contested in the elections.
    • Indian National Congress (INC) and independent candidates were the only other entities to win seats in the election.
    • Congress won 11 seats with 33.5% of the total votes polled in its favor.
    • Independent candidates received 2.4% of the total votes polled.

    The Goa legislative assembly elections were held in the month of February, last year. The elections were held for 40 constituencies across the state. Despite Indian National Congress (INC) winning more seats than any other party, it was a coalition led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) that formed the government.

    Important dates in Goa legislative assembly elections, 2017

    Some of the important dates in the Goa legislative assembly elections were:

    • The polling for Goa legislative assembly elections were held on February 4, 2017.
    • The results for the elections were declared on March 11, 2017.
    • The term of the government in power ended on March 18, 2017.

    Results of Goa legislative assembly elections, 2017

    • The results for Goa elections came on March 11, 2017.
    • Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the single largest party in the state by winning 17 out of 40 seats. INC secured 28.4% of the total votes.
    • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured 13 seats in the elections and received 32.5% of the total votes polled.
    • Out of the other regional political parties, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) secured 3 seats and 11.3% of the total votes.
    • Although Indian National Congress (INC) secured the most seats in the elections, the government was formed by a coalition of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP).
    • Manohar Parrikar, ex-defense minister, was sworn in as the chief minister of Goa for the second time.

    The Indian Presidential election was held on 17 July, 2017 and Ram Nath Kovind was elected as the 14th president of India. He was at that time the governor of Bihar. Ram Nath Kovind succeeded Pranab Mukherjee as the president of the country. He was up against Meira Kumar, the candidate of Indian National Congress (INC). After being elected as president of India, Ram Nath Kovind assumed his responsibilities as president on 25 July, 2017. The president serves a term of 5 years.

    Procedure of election

    • The procedure for the election of the president is done via an electoral college.
    • The electoral college is made of elected members of both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha in addition to the members who have been elected from the union territories of Delhi and Puducherry.
    • The electoral college has 777 members of parliament and 4,120 members of the legislative assembly.
    • The voting power of a member of parliament depends on the specific state to which he or she belongs. Greater the population of the state, greater is the power of the vote polled in the presidential election by the electoral member.
    • A total number of 1,098,903 votes were polled in the presidential elections.
    • The majority mark stands at 549,452 votes.
    • For a candidate to be eligible for nomination for the post of President in India, the candidate must be subscribed by at least 50 electors of the electoral college as a proposer and by 50 electors as seconders.
    • The votes by members of the electoral college are polled in a secret ballot box.
    • The officer in charge of the conduction of the elections was Anoop Mishra, general secretary of Lok Sabha.

    Results of the presidential election, 2017

    • Out of the total electoral votes and individual votes polled in the presidential election, 2017, Ram Nath Kovind won 702,044 and 2930 votes respectively.
    • Meira Kumar, opposition to Ram Nath Kovind, won 367,214 electoral votes and 1,844 individual votes.
    • A total of 77 individual and 20,942 electoral votes were discarded from affecting the result due to them being invalid.

    The elections to elect the new vice-president of India were conducted on 5 August 2017. Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the 13th vice president of India after winning the election. Venkaiah Naidu succeeded Mohammad Hamid Ansari as the vice-president. The swearing-in ceremony of the vice president took place in Darbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan. The election of vice-president has huge significance as the vice-president presides as speaker of Rajya Sabha and assumes the role of the president if the president is out of the country for 6 months or more.

    Election procedure

    • Just like the presidential elections, the vice-president is also elected by an electoral college.
    • The electoral college comprises of members of both the houses of parliament. 543 members from Lok Sabha in addition to two members that have been nominated along with 233 elected members from Rajya Sabha in addition to two nominated members formed the electoral college for the vice-presidential election.
    • The members of the house that have been specially nominated are also eligible to vote in the election.
    • The voting is conducted via a secret ballot box and the votes are marked by the eligible voters using a special pen.
    • The conducting officer for the vice-presidential election, 2017 was Shumsher K Sheriff.

    Election Results

    • Out of the total votes polled in the vice-presidential election, Venkaiah Naidu, a candidate of the National Democratic Alliance earned 67.89% of the total votes polled which equated to 516 electoral votes.
    • Naidu’s only opposition for the post of vice-president was Gopalkrishna Gandhi who fought the election as an independent candidate. He received 32.11% of the total votes which equated to 244 electoral votes.
    • A total of 790 votes were polled out of which 760 were valid. There were 11 invalid votes polled and there were 14 absentees.

    Political Parties in India:

    The Republic of India consists of several political parties. They come with different ideologies and beliefs. Some of the prominent political parties in India re mentioned below:

    • Telugu Desam Party or TDP
    • Swatantra Party or SWA
    • Samajwadi Party or SP
    • Socialist Party of SOC
    • Rashtriya Lok Dal or RLD
    • Praja Socialist Party or PSP
    • Janata Dal United or JD(U)
    • Indian National Congress or INC
    • Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK
    • Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M)
    • Communist Party of India or CPI
    • Bharatiya Lok Dal or BLD
    • Trinamool Congress or TMC
    • Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP

    Election Updates News

    • Prominent leaders Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi among candidates

      On 23 April, prominent leaders such as BJP’s President, Amit Shah and Congress’ Chief, Rahul Gandhi among many other Union ministers were a part of Phase 3 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections which underwent in 117 constituencies in Kerala and Gujarat.

      Apart from the 26 seats in Gujarat and 20 seats in Kerala, the voting was also held in states of Assam comprising of four seats, Chhattisgarh with seven seats, five seats in Bihar, Karnataka and Maharashtra with 14 seats each, 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, six in Odisha, two in Goa and one each in Tripura, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

      The Tripura East Constituency polling which was supposed to be help in the second phase on 18 April was held in this phase along with a part of the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir.

      The first and second phase of polling was held on 11 April and 18 April respectively.

      23 April 2019

    • Prakash Javadekar claims that BJP will win more than 300 seats in the LS elections

      Senior BJP leader and education minister Prakash Javadekar has said that BJP will win more than 300 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on its own. He also claimed that parties from the opposition have already begun preparing for defeat in the elections.

      23 April 2019

    • Second phase of voting sees 66 percent turnout

      The second phase of voting has seen 66 percent turnout across the country. In the second phase, polling was held for 95 Lok Sabha seats in 11 states and one union territory. The states in which the polling was held are Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Jammu Kashmir and Manipur

      23 April 2019

    • Prakash Javadekar claims that BJP will win more than 300 seats in the LS elections

      Senior BJP leader and education minister Prakash Javadekar has said that BJP will win more than 300 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on its own. He also claimed that parties from the opposition have already begun preparing for defeat in the elections.

      23 April 2019

    • Updates of the Lok Sabha elections

      With the first phase of polling already done and dusted, the blame game by the leaders of different political parties has increased. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has alleged that the Congress is taking the help of Left and the RSS in order to win the elections in Bengal. Talking about the participation of former president Pranab Mukherjee, Mamata Banerjee said that his presence at an event organized by the RSS in 2018 was a means to promote the candidature of his son Abhijit Mukherjee who is contesting the elections from Congress.

      Talking about the most important issues facing the country at this point of time, Arun Jaitley said that BJP was not playing politics on the India Pakistan relations. He also said that other issues could be taken care of later as the matter of national security was of utmost importance. The death of 40 CRPF personnel in the Pulwama attack has become a major issue just before the general elections with opposition political parties saying that the BJP was milking the situation to get votes in its favour.

      16 April 2019

    • General election updates 2019

      With the first phase of Lok Sabha elections already completed, the Moral Code of Conduct (MCC) has already been applied by the election commission. Four different leaders namely Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati, Maneka Gandhi and Azam Khan were banned by the election commission for campaigning during the elections as they violated the MCC. For Yogi Adityanath and Azam Khan, the bans will last for a period of 72 hours whereas for the other two political leaders, the ban will last for a period of 48 hours.

      In other news, leader of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi has approached Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for fighting the elections together. As per the arrangement offered by Gandhi, AAP will contest 4 out of the 7 Lok Sabha seats in the capital. However, the AAP has still not decided whether it will contest the elections with Congress or not and reports claim that it is skeptical of forming a coalition. Priyanka Gandhi of the Indian National Congress held a rally in Fatehpur and criticized the policies of the BJP.

      15 April 2019

    • Nishad Party to support the saffron brigade in UP

      Nishad Party which had ended its alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) last week will be supporting BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The development comes after Nishad Party leader and Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur Praveen Nishad joined the BJP. It needs to be mentioned here that Praveen Nishad had won the Lok Sabha seat in a by-election on a Samajwadi Party ticket in 2018. The by-election was necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath vacated the seat.

      After the Nishad Party joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Sanjay Nishad, who is the founder and president of the party stated that it was a natural alliance of Ram Raj and Nishadraj. The exit of Nishad party from the SP-BSP alliance alters the caste balance in Purvanchal and parts of central Uttar Pradesh.

      4 April 2019

    • Priyanka Gandhi asks Wayanad to ‘take care’ of Rahul Gandhi

      Priyanka Gandhi, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi has urged the people of Wayanad to ‘take care’ of her brother. Her appeal comes after Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from the parliamentary constituency.

      Aserting her brother as the most courageous man she knows, Priyanka Gandhi in a tweet wrote ‘Take care of him Wayanad, he won’t let you down.’

      The AICC chief submitted his nomination papers before the district collector A R Ajayakumar at the district headquarters in Kalpetta. He was accompanied by senior Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik apart from his sister.

      After filing his nomination, Rahul Gandhi said that the people in South India feel hostility from the PM Modi. He added that the decision to contest the elections from Wayanad was to send out a message that he stood with the people from down south.

      4 April 2019

    • PM Modi, TMC president Mamata Banerjee to launch LS election campaign in West Bengal from today

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi and All India Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee will start their campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal from today. The state which has a total of 42 Lok Sabha seats sends the third largest number of MPs to the lower house of Parliament. While the Prime Minister will address rallies at Siliguri and Kolkata, the current Chief Minister of the state will speak at a public meeting in Dinhata.

      It needs to be mentioned here that TMC supremo had preponed her public meeting at Dinhata by a day. She was supposed to address the rally on April 4.

      The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has of late been successful in pipping the CPI(M) as well as the Congress to emerge as the main challenger to the ruling party. The party is hoping for a good performance in the state during the LS polls given the fact that it had fared well in last year’s rural polls and also in a few by-polls. Amit Shah, the BJP president has already set an ambitious target of winning at least 23 seats in the upcoming elections.

      3 April 2019

    • PM Modi says India will soon become a superpower

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India will soon become a superpower. Modi, while addressing a huge gathering in the state of West Bengal stated that the world was looking at the country with pride, be it for matters related to security or space exploration.

      The Prime Minister who kick-started his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in the state went on to attack the Congress and the TMC over its election manifesto and lack of development. Modi alleged the Congress and the TMC of indulging in dynasty politics.

      Taking a dig at Congress’ manifesto, the prime minister said the expiry date of it was decided from the start and that it shall expire on May 23. It needs to be mentioned here that the elections will be declared on that day. Modi sought help from the people in a bid to make up a BJP government in the state and free them from the culture of violence that they have witnessed under the rule of the TMC and the Left.

      The Prime Minister who addressed the public meeting at the iconic Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata had earlier in the day addressed public rallies at Siliguri and Arunachal Pradesh’s Pasighat.

      3 April 2019

    • Mobile apps being used in elections for various purposes

      In a bid to improve voting percentage, raising awareness on EVMs and VVPATs, and friendly voting, mobile apps are being used extensively in elections. In addition to them, special apps are being used to identify polling centres, help specially abled persons to reach polling stations, check one’s name in the voters’ list as well get permission for election campaigning.

      With the Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, here are certain special apps that are being used for serving various purposes. One such app is e-Suvidha, which is being introduced by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The app is facilitating political parties and candidates to get permissions from the respective returning officers for conducting rallies, publicity vehicles, the opening of election offices, use of loudspeakers, helicopters and helipad permissions.

      Another app called C-Vigil is coming handy in enabling code enforcement. Introduced for the effective implementation of model code of conduct during the election period, the app allows citizens to report incidents of violation of MCC by uploading pictures and videos. The app called VAADA has been specially designed by GHMC for improving the participation of differently abled persons in the voting process. VAADA app is being used to help differently-abled voters reach the polling centres and return to their homes without much hassle. GHMC which has designed the VAADA app has also come up with the MyGHMC app. The app helps an individual to find if his/her name is listed in the voters’ list. The app also helps the voter know the location of his/her polling booth.

      2 April 2019

    • Congress releases its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls

      Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday released the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The manifesto focuses on three major issues that include agrarian distress, women empowerment and employment.

      Addressing a gathering at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters, Gandhi said that the manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’ did not have a single thing that was a lie.

      The Congress manifesto promises a separate budget for farmers, elimination of poverty by the year 2030, 33 percent quota for women in Lok Sabha, amending AFSPA, and safeguarding AMU’s minority status. The scrapping of sedition law, bringing fuel prices under GST ambit, the creation of 22 lakh government jobs by the end of 2020 and a law against hate crime also found a place in the manifesto.

      Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former union minister P Chidambaram and other senior party leaders were present at the time when the party’s manifesto was released. It needs to be mentioned here that Congress president had earlier stated that the party’s manifesto will be the voice of the people of India and not just one man.

      2 April 2019

    • NSS to remain at the centre during LS elections

      The socio-cultural body of the Hindu Nair community in Kerala called the Nair Service Society (NSS) has stated that it would continue to remain in the middle during the Lok Sabha polls with regard to the political fronts. The stand of the society was informed by its General Secretary Sukumaran Nair.

      The society made it clear that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) were trying to reap political capital by using the Sabarimala temple issue. It added that when it came to protecting the traditions and customs of the temple, neither the state nor the central government came up with laws to protect it.

      It needs to be mentioned here that Kerala votes for the Lok Sabha poll on April 23. The state is represented by 20 MPs in the lower house of India’s bicameral parliament i.e., Lok Sabha.

      2 April 2019

    • SC refuses Hardik Patel’s request for an urgent hearing to hold his conviction

      Supreme Court of India has rejected Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s request for an urgent hearing to hold his conviction that dates back to the year 2015. While refusing to entertain the request made by the Patidar leader, the top court asked, ‘What’s the urgency’.

      It needs to be mentioned here that Hardik Patel cannot contest the Lok Sabha polls if the Supreme Court does not put his conviction on hold by April 4. The young leader turned 25 this year and is eligible to contest the national elections.

      Hardik Patel who joined the Indian National Congress in March this year had moved the apex court after the Gujarat High Court refused to stay his conviction. Patel had been sentenced to two years in jail by a lower court in Gujarat last year for arson and rioting during the Patidar quota protests in 2015.

      It is noteworthy to mention here that a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot contest elections under the Representation of the People Act unless his/her conviction is stayed.

      2 April 2019

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