10% of candidates have criminal background

Around 10 per cent of the candidates fielded by various political parties in the Lok Sabha elections have a criminal background, according to a study conducted by a group of NGOs.


EC censures Varun, tells BJP to deny ticket

The Election Commission passed an order on Sunday asking the BJP not to field him as its candidate and censured BJP candidate Varun Gandhi for his two inflammatory speeches, with communal overtones, which it said were dangerous for the survival of democracy


Congress to contest 37 seats in Bihar

Congress announced on Saturday its decision to contest 37 seats in Bihar, leaving two constituencies from where Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad will contest and one for Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan.


Cracks in the jigsaw

Are we going back to post-election alliances rather than pre-poll coalitions?

Recent experience of coalition politics began with attempts to keep both theCongress and the BJP away (1989-1998). The second phase saw two coalitions led by those same two parties (1999-2004). Are we now going back to post-election alliances rather than pre-poll coalitions?


Jaitley, Rajnath patch up but Mittal will stay

No compromise on decision-making process in organisation 

There were signs on Thursday of a patch-up between Bharatiya Janata Party chief Rajnath Singh and party general secretary Arun Jaitley, with the latter turning up at the former’s residence for a meeting to discuss candidates for Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir.

Right, Left for Centre

BJP, CPM have allowed Congress to feel good about its bad traits. Bad news for politics

IF you want a political metaphor this Holi, think two colours, saffron and red. And hope we soon get to see better shades of both.


Vanishing allies

Why is the BJP proving unable to hang on to its longstanding partners?

The BJP has affected a sense of hurt at Naveen Patnaik’s decision to part his BJD from the National Democratic


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