India’s Congress party heads for surprise election victory

India’s ruling Congress party looked set to take an unexpectedly decisive general election victory as the 400 million-plus votes cast during the month-long election were counted this morning. The party defied exit polls and analysts’ predictions, which had indicated a much closer result. With more than 70% of the vote counted the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was set to...

Over 60 percent voter turnout in first phase

  The first phase of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections recorded 58-62 percent voter turnout but was marred by large-scale Maoist violence that claimed the lives of 19 people, including 10 police personnel, the Election Commission said Thursday.

PM more competent than Advani to handle slowdown: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is more competent than BJP leader L K Advani to handle the economic slowdown. “If one has to chose between Advani and Manmohan Singh to handle a slowdown, I have no doubt that more than 90 per cent will say Manmohan singh is more competent to handle the slowdown than Advani,” Chidambaram told media persons...

Nafisa Ali is SP’s new candidate from Lucknow

With the Supreme Court denying actor Sanjay Dutt permission to contest the Lok Sabha polls, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday named former Miss India and social activist Nafisa Ali as the new party candidate from the Lucknow seat. 

No car, no house, Sonia Gandhi still a crorepati

RAE BAREILLI, April 6: She may be the most powerful woman in the country, but Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, who declared her assets today while filing her nomination papers from Rae Bareilli parliamentary constituency, revealed that she neither owns a house in the country, nor a car. Her total assets, however, total around Rs 1.38 crore.

Remove Lalu from Cabinet or own responsibility: Jaitely to PM

Varanasi, Apr 7 (PTI) The BJP today demanded the removal of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad from the Union Cabinet over his statement on Varun Gandhi that he would have “crushed” the party leader under a roller for his anti-Muslim speeches.Party general secretary Arun Jaitely asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately remove Prasad from the Union Cabinet or own the responsibility of...

BSP declares first list of Lok Sabha candidates 2009 in Gujarat

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has come out with its first list of 18 candidates from Gujarat for the Lok Sabha elections.”As already announced the BSP would be fielding candidates from all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat. The rest of the names of the candidates would be announced early next week,

List of BJP candidates for the Legislative Assembly Election 2009 for Sikkim

List of BJP candidates for the Legislative Assembly Election 2009 for Sikkim finalised by BJP National President, Shri Rajnath Singhji