No Ayyappa To Help: BJP’s vote share falls 31.5% in Pala bypoll

Five months, it seems, is a long time in politics, certainly long enough for the electorate in Kerala to forgive, if not forget, the Left Front’s decision to ‘desecrate’ the holy shrine of Sabarimala. The Left Front has emerged as the undisputed and unexpected winner in today’s results of the high-profile Pala by-election, but it […]

Politicians face backlash for supporting illegal flats in Maradu

The demolition of five illegal high-rise apartment buildings in Kochi has snowballed into a major controversy, with some of the state’s prominent politicians who openly supported the illegal buildings now coming under fire from social media and even their own colleagues. The initial response of the political community in the state was one of support […]

Not just Hindus, minorities too abandoned the Left in Kerala

While the Left Front was expected to lose Hindu votes due to the Sabarimala issue, a closer look at voting numbers from Kerala reveals that Sabarimala hit both LDF and UDF, but the UDF was able to sail through with increased support from minorities. Even as Hindu voters shifted their votes to the BJP to […]

TABLE – 10 EXIT POLL RESULTS – India Today, News18, Republic, Times Now, NewsX

Close to ten exit polls are set to announce the results of the most highly anticipated and tightly fought elections in Indian history in recent decades. Among those offering exit poll results today are India Today group, which has tied up with polling agency Axis, News18, which has signed on international agency Ipsos and NewsX. […]

Masood Azhar’s terror tag more a diplomatic victory than a strategic win

In what is considered a major diplomatic victory for India and an extra push for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the middle of the general elections, the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday declared Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e –Mohammad, a designated terrorist. The way was cleared for declaring the terror […]

Rahul Gandhi nixes Priyanka’s Varanasi plans – report

“I will leave you in suspense” is what Congress President Rahul Gandhi said eight days ago when asked about rumors of his sister’s candidature in Varanasi. Now, with just four days remaining to file nominations in Varanasi, it looks like Gandhi is willing to end the suspense According to reports of multiple TV channels, including […]

RANJAN GOGOI CASE: Lawyer alleges big conspiracy, “offered Rs 1.5cr”

Utsav Singh Bains, the young lawyer representing many of the victims in the Asaram Bapu case, said the current sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi are the results of a ‘big conspiracy’ by a lobby of frustrated judges, lawyers and ‘fixers’. The lawyer, who is fighting the Asaram Bapu case without taking money […]

How Congress stands to benefit from Priyanka Gandhi’s candidature in Varanasi

It is Congress Party’s “to be or not to be” moment : Will Priyanka Gandhi contest election from Varanasi or not? Rahul Gandhi’s evasive answer to the question has further deepened the suspense. With two phases of elections already over, how long can the grand old party of India play the waiting game? What might […]

Prominent Kerala politician slammed for “misogynistic, retrograde” campaign video

Congress leader K Sudhakaran, the UDF candidate from Kannur, found himself fending off some unwanted attention after a campaign video irked netizens for ostensibly portraying women in bad light. Netizens accused the video, shared by Sudhakaran’s official Facebook page, of sending a message that educating women is pointless and that they can never do a […]

Study finds massive Twitter manipulation by Indian political parties ahead of election

An analysis of Tweets associated the visit of Narendra Modi to Tamil Nadu last month showed unprecedented levels of attempted manipulation of Twitter by pro-Narendra Modi and anti-Narendra Modi forces, a Washington-based ‘fake news’ research lab found. Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) identified two manipulated hashtags during Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu in […]

WATCH LIVE: Rahul Gandhi clears stand on terrorism, love, gender equality and Hindi-focused governance

Congress President Rahul Gandhi promised to reserve 33% of all government jobs in India to women if the Congress Party comes to power and said his government would correct the North-Indian focus of the current government. Interacting with females students at Chennai’s Stella Maris College, Gandhi said women are smarter than men, and that he […]

Akhilesh Yadav tears into Yogi after being blocked from visiting Allahabad University

Akhilesh Yadav has laid into Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath after he was stopped from attending a function at Allahabad University. “Today, I was stopped from boarding a flight to attend a student union program at Allahabad University. I haven’t been given a reason why – but it seems the general impression was that […]

Why Mayawati, not Rahul Gandhi, is Congress’ real PM candidate for 2019

With India’s general elections only weeks away, a large section of ‘secular’ voters in India are learning to live with Rahul Gandhi as their most viable bet for a non-Modi prime minister. However, a deeper look, along with recent experience, suggests that it is Mayawati, not Rahul Gandhi, who has everything going for her to […]

Income Tax Dept freezes Mindtree shares of SM Krishna’s son-in-law & Cafe Coffee Day founder

The Income Tax Department has ‘provisionally attached’ Mindtree shares worth Rs 660 cr belonging to VG Siddhartha, the founder of Cafe Coffee Day and the son in law of former Congress leader and Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna. Mindtree said it received intimation from the Income Tax Department that it had provisionally attached about 75 […]

Markandeya Katju predicts chaos after polls, sees threat to democracy

Retired Supreme Court judge Markandeya Katju, known for his frank and often outrageous political statements, has forecast chaos and instability after the upcoming 2019 general elections. The elections, he said, would create conditions similar to the mid 1990s and 1977, when no single party had the critical mass to form a stable government at the […]