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Gujarat: Congress may increase its tally

The Indian National Congress (INC), which has been continuously sulking election after election for the past 27 years has reasons to smile. This time as the top echelons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party in power is of the perception that the permanent opposition party is set to wrest more than 10-12 seats than its present strength of 60.                                                                            Image Source: Wikipedia   Congress to go upward: In fact, the Congress had won in 77 seats last time, but thanks to Operation Lotus, 17 of them just walked away into the ruling party for green pastures. Going by the popular mood and pre-poll surveys of many a media outlet and acceptance of none other than the BJP itself, Congress is said to be increasing its tally compared to the present strength. BJP hint increase of INC seats: BJP top leaders themselves confide that the Congress party looks like increasing its party strength in the state Assembly. A senior AICC

AAP aims to become a national party by garnering Six percent of the votes

The entry of Aam Adami Party (AAP) headed by Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of New Delhi and AAP National Convener into the electoral politics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat has raised the eyebrows of many a political onlooker more than the average voter. Although the party leaders publicly boast of unseating the 27years old BJP regime the real big dream of them is to garner at least six percent of the vote share to entitle themselves to a new national party. Image Source: ANI photo BJP and INC vote share intact so far: Interestingly in Gujarat, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power for the last 27 years, and the Indian National Congress (INC), the opposition party for the same period of time continue to enjoy the same trends of the voter base. In 2017 Congress almost came close to corridors of power with 77 seats and 42 percent of the vote share. But, it remained uneven in comparison to its adversary BJP with 99 seats and 48 percent of votes. Questi

Gujarat: Ruling BJP confident of returning for the Seventh consecutive term

Polling is on to 89 out of the total 182 constituencies for the Gujarat state Assembly while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) portrays an exuberant posture of returning back to the reins of power for a record consecutive Seventh tenure. The only change in the situation this time is that the Aam Adami Party (AAP) is also in the fray along with the traditional rivals BJP and Indian National Congress (INC). Image Source: INDIA TV South Gujarat, Saurashtra: South Gujarat comprising a large tract of tribal belt continues to remain a strong BJP bastion. However, the Saurashtra region which suffered a humiliating defeat in 17 constituencies due to the Patidar agitation led by Hardik Patel is headed for a show of strength. Hardik Patel, who had created ripples within the ruling regime during the last general elections has robed with saffron attire and is contesting on a BJP ticket making a turnaround in the electoral scenario. Hardik tipped to become a Minister: Hardik Patel, despite

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Results as Expected, Kerala creates history

T he outcome of general elections in the three South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry Union Territory is on expected lines devoid of any big surprises. Dravida Munnetra Kazgham(DMK) led alliance is victorious in Tamil Nadu while the ruling Left Democratic Front has registered a historic win in Kerala breaking the phenomenon so far of alternative Front governments successively. Thanks for joining hands with the NR Congress, the NDA is set to form a government in the tiny Puducherry Union Territory. Image : Tamil Nadu went to the polls for the first-ever time without the formidable sworn enemies, mass leaders, and stalwarts in their own way, J Jayalalitha of the AIADMK and M Karunanidhi of the DMK. By and large but a couple of times, the DMK and AIADMK have been coming to power alternatively. In the absence of any mass leader in the ruling AIADMK Party to fill up the void created by Jayaram Jayalalitha, the routing of the ruling Party was but for

Karnataka: Onus of winning elections once again on B S Yediyurappa

B S Yediyurappa , Karnataka Chief Minister is once again under heavy pressure from the central party high command to win most of the 15 Assembly bye-elections slated to be held on 05 December. image source: PTI If you were to take cognisance of the situation on ground in most of these 15 Assembly constituencies then the victory path to the ruling saffron party is no way full of roses. On the other hand one can foresee any number of thorns patches all along! But the intriguing hazard that continues to remain for BS Yediyurappa is that the onus of winning the bye-elections is let solely on the shoulders of the only state mass leader just like the previous general elections. The ruling party insiders also have their own theories to put forth for such a predicament to the grand old man of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They claim: He was given a free hand to engineer “Operation Lotus” to bring back the party to the treasury benches and now the challenge of ensuring the victory of these fen

Karnataka: Street fight for BJP ticket begins...

T hanks to the announcement of the calendar of events for by-elections to the 15 Assembly constituencies in the state the street fight for bagging the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) tickets is also on a new high now! Rajarajeshwarinagar in Bengaluru Urban and Ranebennur in Haveri districts should have also gone for similar by-elections simultaneously as the MLAs' of these constituencies have tendered resignations to these seats.  The defeated Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) rivals have contested these elections, so the election commission has set aside the decision of holding elections in these two places. Elsewhere the battle by the erstwhile Indian National Congress(INC) and Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) legislators' for bagging the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) tickets is on. In some constituencies, there has been stiff opposition from defeated BJP candidates for parting away from the saffron party ticket to the new entrants.  Sharat Bachhegowda, son of

AIADMK-BJP combine aspires to win a handful of seats in Tamil Nadu

image source: T amil Nadu politics probably has no comparison in the whole of country if you were to take the ground realities into consideration. Ever since the Dravidian parties came into existence and till date the mindset of the leaders of these regional outfits doesn’t seem to have changed for better. They still float obnoxious ideas like separate electorate, independent nation status and intoxicating stuff like that into the minds of innocent people. Perhaps there’s a long history for such a state of affairs in the Southern most part of the country. South Indian Welfare Association was the first regional party of the state taking birth in 1916.The name was changed to Justice Party after its English language daily newspaper’s name which was more known for its vocal support to the Britishers. Thanks to the imposition of Hindi on the regional states during the early sixties, the situation paved way for the Dravidian movement to stretch its r

Advantage BJP if Congress cadre resolves to fight out 'injustice' meted out in seat sharing

Advantage BJP if Congress cadre resolves to fight out 'injustice' meted out in seat sharing Bengaluru,14 March(HS): A s expected the ruling Janata Dal Secular has literally managed to squeeze in the coalition partner Indian National Congress to agree upon eight Lok Sabha constituencies to its fold for the ensuing April Parliamentary general elections.The JDS has got eight constituencies including Tumakuru represented by SP Muddahanumegowda of the Congress. In fact the bargaining of constituencies started with the JDS putting up a huge demand of 15 constituencies and over a period of time the number started dipping down slowly with HD Devegowda,former Prime Minister and party supremo contending that as per the 1:3 formula it should at least get 10 constituencies. Interestingly among the seats the smaller alliance partner initially put forth claim on also included many of those currently held by the Congress much to the heartburn of many a Congressmen.Chikkaballapur now being r

JDS-INC candidates register new records in electoral history

JDS-INC candidates register new records in electoral history The recent bye elections held on 3 November to three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies which were projected to be an acid test to both,Janata Dal Secular(JDS) and the Indian National Congress(INC),ruling partners of the state government have proved otherwise in the results announced today. Both,Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in Mandya district and Ramanagar Assembly constituency in adjoining Ramanagar district in the old Mysuru region have gone to the Janata Dal Secular candidates as expected.But Ballari Lok Sabha constituency in Hyderabad Karnataka region and Jamakhandi Assembly of Bagalkote district in Mumbai Karnataka area have gone the Congress way thus giving the main opposition party,Bharatiya Janata Party a big jolt. The face saving factor to the BJP remained in BY Raghavendra of the party in retaining Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency in the Malnad region where he trounced Madhu Bangarappa,the combined

Shivamogga LS constituency awaits a royal battle;Sons' of three former CM's into the fray

Shivamogga LS constituency awaits a royal battle;Sons' of three former CM's into the fray Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency in Karnataka is witnessing an unusual tussle for the ensuing bye elections scheduled on 3 November.Irrespective of whoever making it through in the polls considered to be semi finals for the forthcoming general elections during 2019 the tenure is short lived and at the most not more than six months. The bye elections now a bone of contention between the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and two strange bed mates on power sharing seat,Janata Dal Secular and Indian National Congress was necessitated following the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa to the Lok Sabha constituency.He quit it following his election to the state Assembly from Shikaripura constituency in the same district. Now BY Raghavendra,former Shikaripura MLA and Shivamogga MP and son of BS Yeddyurappa is the BJP candidate here.On the other hand Madhu Bangarappa,former Sorab MLA in the

BJP looks like improving vote share in Vokkaliga strong belt

BJP looks like improving vote share in Vokkaliga strong belt Three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in the state will be going to the polls on 3 November although less than six months tenure will be left for the new MPs' getting elected on 6 November when the electronic voting machines will declare the results. The constituencies where the bye elections have been necessitated include Mandya,Shivamogga and Ballari Lok Sabha constituencies while Ramanagar in Ramanagar district and Jamakhandi in Bagalkote district are the two Assembly constituencies scheduled to go for polls. Bye elections to Lok Sabha constituencies is being held as the MPs' representing Mandya(CS Puttaraju),Shivamogga(BS Yeddyurappa) and Ballari(B Sriramulu) were elected to the state Assembly during the May 2018 general elections. HD Kumaraswamy,Chief Minister and leader of the 37 members' Janata Dal Secular legislative party in a house with a total strength of 224 elected members had