Thursday, March 04, 2021

Elections 2021

Observers will face action for laxity in duty : CEC

NEW DELHI: Ahead of Assembly elections in four states and a Union Territory in March-April, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Wednesday warned of strict action against the observers in case of "lax in performing duties".

Priyanka to begin Assam campaign from Monday

NEW DELHI: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be campaigning in Assam for two days from Monday where the Congress-led alliance is contesting against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

49% people in Kerala 'not satisfied' with Amit Shah's work, only 16.99 percent likes him: Survey

NEW DELHI: Almost half of a group of people in poll-bound Kerala expressed their dissatisfaction with the work of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the IANS C-Voter Opinion Poll survey said.

UPA may form govt in Tamil Nadu with 150+ seats win

NEW DELHI: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is likely to sweep the Tamil Nadu assembly with a projected win on 158 seats, which is a growth of 60 seats over what it won in 2016 assembly elections, whereas the vote share is also supposed to rise by 2 per cent, as per the IANS C-Voter Poll Survey.

TMC likely to get 156 seats in Bengal, BJP 100 out of 294 seats

NEW DELHI: It is a straight war between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP in West Bengal, which voted left parties to power, for many decades since independence. Though, it seems the TMC has a clear edge in this political fight, BJP is not far behind and likely to make a huge dent in the political equation of the state.

Punjab’s 38 IAS and 16 IPS officer appointed as Election Observers for poll-bound five states: CEO Dr. Raju

CHANDIGARH: Election Commission of india today appointed 38 IAS as general Observers and 16 IPS officer of Punjab as Police observers for poll bound five states Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Union Territory Puducherry.

Bengali film actress Payel Sarkar joins BJP

KOLKATA:Star wars continue in poll-bound West Bengal as the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling Trinamool Congress and its arch rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are busy roping in film stars and actors in their respective political folds ahead of the forthcoming state Assembly elections.

Coal scam case: CBI searches 13 locations in poll-bound Bengal

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Several teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday launched search operations at 13 locations in poll-bound West Bengal, including the premises of coal mafia Jaidev Mondal in an ongoing probe into the coal scam case involving the coal mafia Anup Majhi, who is still on the run, sources said.

Bypolls to 1 K'taka Legislative Council seat on March 15

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Thursday announced bypolls to one Karnataka Legislative Council seat on March 15.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Chairperson S.L. Dharme Gowda (64), who was found dead near a railway track at Gunasagara in Kadur taluk in December last year.

Andhra govt petitions SC to defer Panchayat polls

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government has challenged the High Court's green signal to conduct rural local bodies elections through a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

Tamil Nadu Assembly polls to miss star power this time

NEW DELHI: Once dominated by former matinee idols like late MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalitha or DMK's writer-politician M Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics is likely to miss the star power in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Karnataka: Voting underway for local body elections

BENGALURU: Amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19, polling was underway on Tuesday in the first phase of the two-phased Karnataka local body elections in 2,930 gram panchayats.

Karnataka set for gram panchayat elections on Dec 22

BENGALURU: Amid reports that a section of candidates was trying to get elected unopposed, the Karnataka State Election Commission notified that 1,17,383 candidates remained in the fray for the first phase of gram panchayat elections to be held on Tuesday.

J&K DDC final phase: 41% polling in 6 hours

JAMMU: The eighth and last phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a voter turnout of 40.91 per cent across 28 constituencies spread over different districts in six hours on Saturday, officials said.

J&K DDC polls: 26.07% votes polled in 4 hrs in last phase

JAMMU: The eighth and last phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in J&K recorded a voter percentage of 26.07 per cent across across constituencies spread over different districts of Jammu & Kashmir in the first four hours of polling till 11 a.m. on Saturday, officials said.

K'taka SEC countermands 13 gram panchayat seats

BENGALURU: Taking a serious note of auctioning of gram panchayat seats that reported in few districts, Karnataka State Election Commission countermanded elections to 13 constituencies of Sindigeri gram panchayt in Kurgod Taluk of Ballari district on Friday.

Election Commission of Pak announces bypolls

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to immediately hold bypolls in eight constituencies of national and provincial assemblies, which have been pending in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

J&K DDC 7th phase polls: 47.43% votes cast in 6 hours

JAMMU:The seventh phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir recorded a voter percentage of 47.43 across constituencies spread over different districts of Jammu and Kashmir in the first six hours of polling till 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Kerala civic polls: Voting underway in third phase

THIRUVANANTHPURAM:The third and final phase of the civic polls in Kerala began at 7 a.m. on Monday in the northern districts of Kerala.Malappurram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts go to the polls, while the other 10 districts had polls on December 8 and 10.

51.5% polling recorded in Phase 6 of DDC polls across J&K

JAMMU: The State Election Commissioner (SEC), K K Sharma on Sunday said that the people have once again reaffirmed their faith in democratic system by actively participating in the process underway to strengthen the same.

J&K DDC 5th phase polls: 43.27% polling in 6 hours

JAMMU:The fifth phase of the District Development Council (DDC)elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded a voter percentage of 43.27 across different constituencies spread over several districts till 1 p.m.

Kerala civic polls: 16% turnout in 2 hrs in Phase I

THIRUVANANTHPURAM:Over 16 per cent polling were recorded in the initial two hours in the first phase of elections to the local bodies in five districts of Kerala on Tuesday morning, amid fears in many quarters about the impact of Covid on voting percentage.

J&K DDC polls 4th Phase: 41.94% votes polled in 6 hours

JAMMU:The fourth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded a voter percentage of 41.94 across the constituencies in several districts till 1 p.m.

Voting underway for Kuwait parliamentary elections

 KUWAIT CITY:Voting was underway on Saturday for the parliamentary elections in Kuwait with 326 candidates running for 50 seats.
The voting process started at 8 a.m. and will proceed continue till 8 p.m., Xinhua news agency reported.

Hyderabadis give fractured mandate, TRS single largest party

HYDERABAD:  Elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) threw up a hung house as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made big inroads to deny the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) a clear majority.

TRS leading in 70 divisions in Gr. Hyd

HYDERABAD: Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) continues to maintain the lead in most of the divisions of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) despite a tough fight put up by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

25.58% voting till 11 am in J&K's DDC Phase 3 polls

JAMMU: The third phase of elections to Jammu and Kashmir's District Development Councils (DDC) on Friday recorded a voter percentage of 25.58 till 11 am across 33 constituencies spread over all the districts of the Union Territory, officials said.

GHMC elections: Repoll ordered in one ward after ballot paper goof-up

HYDERABAD: The Telangana State Election Commission on Tuesday stopped polling in Old Malakpet ward of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and ordered re-poll after a goof-up in ballot paper.

Nearly 30% polling in Hyderabad till 4 pm

HYDERABAD: Around 30 per cent voters cast their votes in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) till 4 p.m. on Tuesday, election officials said.

18.20% polling in Hyderabad till 1 pm

HYDERABAD: Only 18.20 per cent voters cast their votes in the elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) till 1 p.m., polling officials said.

RJD may field its candidate for Bihar Rajya Sabha bypolls

PATNA: After having suffered a defeat in the election for Speaker of Bihar Legislative Assembly, the primary opposition party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is refusing to bow down to the ruling NDA government in the state and is preparing to give it a tough political fight. The RJD is now devising a different strategy for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Polling for DDC elections begins in J&K

SRINAGAR: Amid tight security and severe cold weather polling began on Saturday for the first phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Large crowds were seen in South Kashmir's Krerva.

Bihar Assembly session commences, newly-elected MLAs sworn-in

PATNA:The newly-elected MLAs of the Bihar Assembly took oath on Monday as the first day of the five-day Bihar Assembly session began amid strict Covid-19 protocols.

Greater Hyderabad MC polls on Dec 1; woman to be Mayor

HYDERABAD:Elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will be held on December 1, the Telangana State Election Commission said on Tuesday.
State Election Commissioner C Parthasarathi said that polling for the 150-member body will be held through ballot papers in view of complaints about functioning of Electronic Voting Machines.

CEO, Punjab holds a meeting with DCs to review progress of Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls

CHANDIGARH: A meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Dr. S. Karuna Raju, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab with all Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers of the State of Punjab through Google Meet to review the progress of ongoing Special Summary Revision of the Photo Electoral Rolls w.r.t. as 01.01.2021 as the qualifying date.

BJP wins 3 of 4 K'taka Council seats in biennial polls

BENGALURU:The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 3 of the 4 seats in the October 28 biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council, including 2 from Teachers and 1 from Graduates constituency, an official said on Tuesday.

K'taka CM scotches rumours about his son contesting from Basavakalyan

BENGALURU:Karnataka Chief Minister, B. S. Yediyuirappa said on Tuesday that his son B. Y. Vijayendra will not contest in any by-elections in the state instead he will continue to work for the party.

Bihar results: Close fight on 38 seats with less than 1K vote difference

PATNA:After four rounds of counting for the 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly elections on Tuesday, 38 constituencies are witnessing a very close fight between the NDA and the Grand Alliance.

Bihar BJP's booth level workers played crucial role in assembly polls

PATNA:After an early lead by the BJP and its emergence as the single-largest party in Bihar in early trends, the party's election cell has played a crucial role to impact voters in favour of the NDA.

RJD-BJP neck and neck in Bihar after 2 hours of counting

PATNA:Key rivals for the Bihar Assembly, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are neck and neck after two hours of counting for the 243-seat-Vidhan Sabha.