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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Counting of votes begin, BJP takes lead 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
New Delhi: The BJP took a big lead as millions of votes polled in the Lok Sabha election were counted Friday, with its candidates racing ahead of all others in 71 of the 122 seats. Also read: Elections 2014: India all set to count 550 million votes As an army of officials began the mammoth counting process in 989 places across the country, it was clear that a BJP wave was sweeping northern, western and central India, leaving the Congress far behind. Also read: Elections 2014: On eve of counting day, party offices tell the story BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi took early lead in both Vadodara in Gujarat and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, his two Lok Sabha constituencies. Also in the lead were BJP veterans Uma Bharti (Jhansi), L.K. Advani (Gandhinagar) and Rajnath Singh (Lucknow). Election officials said all the seats in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, all ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, were going the BJP way. Congress president Sonia Gandhi was in the lead in Rae ...
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Elections 2014: On eve of counting day, party offices tell the story 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
A day ahead of counting of the votes cast for what is arguably the most-keenly observed Lok Sabha elections in recent national history, the Congress office at Gandhi Bhavan near Mantralaya wore a subdued look. Also read: Lok Sabha Elections 2014 - Anticipating victory, BJP prepares for big day Congress: At Gandhi Bhavan, except party spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan, no senior Congressman turned up Rarely any senior leader paid a visit to it on Thursday. Ally NCP’s office, too, saw no party leader visit it barring the state unit chief, who sat there through a sombre afternoon. NCP: At the NCP office, state unit chief Bhaskar Jadhav met some party workers, but the mood outside was sombre The same afternoon, though, was bright and sunny for the BJP, which seemed ready to paint the town saffron. Preparations were on in full swing at the party office, right from erecting cutouts, setting up a podium, and arranging for snacks for visitors and well-wishers. BJP: The air was thick with excitement at the BJP office, ...
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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Anticipating victory, BJP prepares for big day 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: Jubilant even before the results of the Lok Sabha elections are declared Friday, the BJP office in Delhi was Thursday decked up and party workers got ready with fire crackers and sweets. An army of cooks, called specially from Old Delhi area famous for its culinary excellence, are preparing 2.5 tonnes of laddoos, an Indian sweet synonymous with celebrations. "We have called 35 cooks specially from Old Delhi for preparing these laddoos," Ghanshyam Das Agarwal, national co-convenor of the Bharatiya Janata Party traders cell, told IANS. Agarwal said at least two car-loads of fire crackers have already arrived while more are on their way. Two music bands have also been booked for the celebrations. The party office was cleaned and the potted plants were given fresh coats of paint. A mega screen has also been put up for telecasting the results live. The whole of the BJP national office on the Ashoka Road as well as the surroundings are being lit up as the party anticipates victory. "There will be a ...
Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 Live Coverage: Election Counting to start at 8 AM, General Election Poll Results to be out by 4 PM on 16th May 2014 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Lok Sabha Election Results 2014: The Election counting is the world's largest exercise in democracy in which voters turned up in record numbers will be taken up on May 16 with exit polls projecting BJP of which Narendra Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate to be the single largest party. The most awaited Lok Sabha Election 2014 Results will be declared tomorrow i.e. 16 May 2014 by 4 pm. With Election counting due to start at 8am on May 16 across 989 counting centers’, Election Commission officials are confident that nearly all trends would be in by 11AM and the final results known by 3-4 PM. The 2014 Election polls to elect the 16th Lok Sabha have been the longest and most expensive in the country's history, taking place in nine phases from April 7 to May 12. A total number of 8,230 candidates participated in the elections across the country for the 543 Lok Sabha seats.Election Commission stated that, from 20 countries 50 delegates are invited to be a witness of Lok Sabha Elections Voting ...
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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Narendra Modi is bookies' top bet for PM 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
BJP leader Narendra Modi continues to attract huge bets and has emerged as the top contender for the next prime minister. Just two days before the results of the Lok Sabha elections are announced, the odds on Modi stand at just two paise, while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi trails way behind at Rs.35 - a steep fall from the Rs.10 last week. Narendra Modi. File Pic Priyanka Vadra Gandhi, who campaigned for her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi without contesting the polls, continues to be highly popular at Re.1 - far above her brother. Other likely contenders like Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamata Banerjee have slid and command between Rs.45-Rs.55, while Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is a distant contender at Rs.60. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance has also improved its tally on the number of seats it is expected to bag. For a tally of 220 seats, the figure quoted is 30 paise, for 230 seats it is 40 paise and for the magic figure - the simple ...
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Maha BJP executive to meet in Mumbai tomorrow 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists

Nagpur: The executive committee of the state BJP unit will meet tomorrow in Mumbai to take stock of the situation post Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

The executive committee of the state party unit will meet for the first time after campaigning ended for the general elections held last month in Maharashtra. It will review the electioneering and discuss the prospects of the alliance on the 48 LS seats, particularly of BJP, before the results are declared on May 16, state BJP unit president Devendra Phadnavis told PTI here today.

The party will also discuss preparations for the state Assembly elections, due in early winter this year, he said.

Top state party functionaries including Gopinath Munde, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse and his counterpart in Legislative Council Vinod Tawade, who has been reappointed as leader of the House, and others are likely to attend the meeting.

Narendra Modi led BJP to crush Congress in battle for India, say exit polls 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA coalition is set to return to power in India led by its prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi, ending a decade of Congress-led rule, exit polls said Monday after the country's most bitterly fought general election ended. BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Pic: AFP Three of the four exit polls on Monday night estimated that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance would get 272 to 289 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha, leaving the Congress bruised and battered. Actual results would be declared after ballot counting on May 16. The India Today-CICERO and the ABP-Nielsen exit polls predicted 272 or more seats for the NDA. Even before the exit polls sent a wave of joy in the BJP camp, a confident Modi, 63, said in a tweet: "India has won. The power of ballot has won." While the India Today-CICERO gave the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 115 seats and other parties 156, the ABP-Nielsen tally for the Congress grouping was ...
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Lok Sabha election ends, India awaits verdict 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delh: India's most bitterly fought national election ended Monday evening, with around 66 percent of the 66 million electorate in three states voting in the 10th and last leg of a contest widely tipped to end a decade of Congress rule. The Election Commission  said that this Lok Sabha poll saw the highest ever turnout recorded at 66.38 per cent. According to the EC, the last highest turnout was 64.01 per cent in 1984.  The EC said the balloting ended in Uttar Pradesh (18 seats), West Bengal (17) and Bihar (six), marking the culmination of over five weeks of electoral process during which more than 500 million voters came out to elect a new 545-member Lok Sabha. Indian polling station workers take a close look as they seal a box containing an electronic voting machine at the close of polls in the final phase of India's general election, in Varanasi on May Monday. A record 551 million voters cast their ballots in India's general election which also saw the highest ever turnout rate of 66.38 percent, ...
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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Exit polls predict big win for BJP-led NDA 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA coalition is poised to return to power by winning a majority in the Lok Sabha, ending a decade of Congress-led UPA rule, exit polls said Monday after the general election ended. Three exit polls projected the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance between 272 and 289 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha where two members are nominated by the government. The India Today-CICERO exit poll and the ABP-Nielsen survey predicted 272 or more seats for the NDA, in which the BJP is the dominant partner. Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi While the India Today-CICERO gave the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 115 seats and other parties 156, the ABP-Nielsen tally for the Congress grouping was 110. Projections by India TV-CVoter put the NDA on top with 289 seats and the UPA far behind with 101. Other groups were projected to get 148 seats and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) five seats nationally. Going by the projections, the Congress - India's oldest political party - ...
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Lok Sabha Elections: How national parties fared in 2009 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
The 2009 Lok Sabha Elections was the 14th time the country went to polls to select a new government. Defying all exit polls and Doomsayers, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance secured a thumping win in the polls by getting a comfortable majority. A major reason behind this was the Congress party, who won a whopping 206 seats on its own.   While Sonia Gandhi's Congress party managed 206 seats, Advani's BJP could only manage 116. Almost all national parties showed an improvement in the 2009 elections, barring the Left Front and the BJP who were down to a miserable figure of 116 seats. Here is a look at how the national parties fared in the elections of ...
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Lok Sabha Elections: How political parties in Maharashtra fared in 2009 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Maharashtra is one of the key states in the country; not just economically, but also administratively. 48 MPs from the state are elected to the lower house of parliament, which is the second largest in India. The polls here have always been a closely-fought affair between the current Congress-NCP ruling combine and the BJP-Shiv Sena Combine. Only 50.7% exercised their franchise in Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha polls of 2009. In terms of polling results, the state has never drifted to one particular combine. It has always been a mixed result. While in 2004, the Shiv Sena-BJP combine won a total of 25 out of the 48 seats, the result reversed in 2009, where the Congress-NCP combine won 25 seats. Being a large state in terms of demographics, Maharashtra has different support bases for different political parties in different regions of the state. Here is a region wise breakdown of the result in 2009: Region: ...
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Elections 2014: Polling begins in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Voting began on Monday in the final round of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar. In Uttar Pradesh, polling began today for the remaining 18 Lok Sabha seats, officials said. The most keenly-watched contest is in Varanasi, where Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is locked in a battle against Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and Ajay Rai of the Congress. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting from Azamgarh, while Quami Ekta Dal leader Mukhtar Ansari is in the fray from Ghosi. Representational pic-AFP A total of 328 candidates are in the fray. Over three crore are eligible to vote. Balloting is taking place at 31,483 polling stations where more than 146,000 personnel have been deployed. In West Bengal, balloting is under way for the remaining 17 parliamentary seats of the state. In Dum Dum, two former union ministers, Saugata Roy of the Trinamool and BJP's Tapan Sikdar, face Communist Party of India-Marxist's Asim Dasgupta, who ...
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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Kejriwal's family, BJP leaders will have to leave Varanasi 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
Varanasi: Arvind Kejriwal's family, BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley and others involved in campaign but not having voting rights in the city will have to leave the constituency after canvassing ends tomorrow evening in accordance with rules, officials made it clear today. Leaders like Arvind Kejriwal (in pic) and Amit Shah have been asked to leave Varanasi on May 12. Aam Aadmi Party's Amethi candidate Kumar Vishwas had protested after his family members were asked to leave the constituency ahead of polling on May 7, accusing the administration of being biased and favouring his Congress rival Rahul Gandhi. Denying any partisan approach, Varanasi's Additional District Magistrate (City) M P Singh said the administration will carry out the exercise to evict those engaged in campaigning activities if they are not voters in the constituency irrespective of their party or candidate affiliation. "We will not allow anybody involved in campaign and not having a voter to stay in the city after campaigning ...
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Congress lodges complaint against scandalous pamphlets to election body 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
New Delhi: A Congress delegation lead by Union Law Minister, Kapil Sibal met the election body on Monday and complained about the violation of model code of conduct in Faizabad, Azamgarh and Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh. The delegation was led by union law minister Kapil Sibal. "We have met the election commission and complained about what has happened in the very recent past. Especially in Faizabad, Azamgarh and Amethi. In Amethi there is this use of scandalous pamphlets and the source of these scandalous pamphlets is obvious. Thousands of such scandalous pamphlets against Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi has been distributed", said Sibal. Meanwhile, ahead of the last two phases of polling, a BJP delegation led by senior leader, Arun Jaitley met the Commission to complain about booth capturing in the ongoing general election. "A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party met Election Commission and we have said very clearly to the election commission that in last 15 years there was a positive achievement ...
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Why no new projects can be announced in Maharashtra for 6 months 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
It’s not a good time to be a member of the Congress-NCP Democratic Front government in the state. Even as the combine is trying to pull things together amidst worries of losing Lok Sabha seats and the preparations for the state assembly elections due in October, the impending announcement of the state council polls for five seats — and, with it, the fresh imposition of the model code of conduct — is set to paralyse it all over again. Hands tied: The atmosphere at the first cabinet meeting after the LS polls yesterday was gloomy and even CM Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar appeared lost in their own world, said a source who was at the meeting. File pic The code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into force in March and will stay in place till May 20. It will come into effect again when the state council polls are announced soon and be lifted only in mid-July. August will see it come into place again, giving the state government only a few days in between each phase to do any development ...
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EC's code of conduct to cripple state till October 27.12.2013 Mid Day: National
It’s not a good time to be a member of the Congress-NCP Democratic Front government in the state. Even as the combine is trying to pull things together amidst worries of losing Lok Sabha seats and the preparations for the state assembly elections due in October, the impending announcement of the state council polls for five seats — and, with it, the fresh imposition of the model code of conduct — is set to paralyse it all over again. Hands tied: The atmosphere at the first cabinet meeting after the LS polls yesterday was gloomy and even CM Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar appeared lost in their own world, said a source who was at the meeting. File pic The code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into force in March and will stay in place till May 20. It will come into effect again when the state council polls are announced soon and be lifted only in mid-July. August will see it come into place again, giving the state government only a few days in between each phase to do any development ...
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Mumbai votes: Bollywood turns out to vote, but for many it's IIFA over polls 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Many leading faces from Indian cinema flaunted their inked fingers at the Mumbai polls today but celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Sonakshi Sinha skipped the electoral process to attend IIFA awards in the US. In pictures: Bollywood celebs step out to vote Actors who apparently left for IIFA without casting their votes also include names like Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Boman Irani, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu. The ones who flaunted or talked about casting their votes were Amitabh Bachchan and family, Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Vidya Balan and Preity Zinta. Shah Rukh Khan flaunts his inked finger. Farhan, who is hosting the awards night with Shahid Kapoor on April 26, stayed back to cast his vote before leaving for Tampa Bay, Florida, where the four-day-long award ceremony is taking place. Zinta also flew down from Abu Dhabi to exercise her voting right. Kangana Ranaut and Subhash Ghai took a ...
Mumbai votes: Bollywood celebs turn out in force to vote 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Bollywood stars like Rekha, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan and Sonam Kapoor were among the early voters while many celebrities took to Twitter to flaunt their fingers and to tell their fans to get inked as Mumbai went for polls on. In pictures: Bollywood celebs step out to vote Actress Vidya Balan was one of the first Bollywood celebrities to cast her vote. Vidya, who lives in suburban Juhu after her marriage with UTV head Siddharth Roy Kapur, cast her vote at a Chembur booth. When asked about voting in Chembur, she said laughing, "Why not? This gives me a chance to come to Chembur... I do come often." "It's my responsibility to vote... To point fingers at others and (if) I face a problem, I need to have this on my finger," she said while displaying her inked finger. Actor Ranbir Kapoor and his mother Neetu Singh show off their inked fingers after casting their vote at pooling booth in Bandra. Pic/SAYYED SAMEER ABEDI Actress and Rajya Sabha member (nominated) Rekha came in a track suit to exercise her right to ...
BJP files complaint against Xavier's College principal 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
After the principal of St Xavier's College sent a sharply critical email to about 3,000 students, picking apart the success of 'Gujarat Model', it was only a matter of time before BJP would react strongly against it. On Wednesday, the party filed a complaint with the Election Commission, stating it was a violation of the model code of conduct. While the BJP filed a complaint against Father Frazer Mascarenhas, other political parties have backed him. File pic While the principal, Father Frazer Mascarenhas, continues to defend his action, claiming that the note was not against any specific individual or party; the BJP is not looking to give any concession. In the letter written to the Chief Electoral Officer of the state, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar stated, “This activity in his capacity as principal is an attempt to influence voters and is a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He did not contact BJP to get our side of the view. We demand immediate withdrawal of the statement, immediate ...
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150 unlisted voters protest against administration 27.12.2013 Mid Day: Columnists
Over 100 unlisted voters gathered at Mahesh Vidayalaya polling station in Kothrud yesterday, protesting why their names were not in list, in spite of having their election cards. They marched to meet the collector demanding their right to vote. Left out: Angry citizens at Mahesh Vidyalaya at a polling booth in Kothrud after they were denied their right to vote, despite having voter ID cards as their names were missing from the list. Pic/Mohan Patil BJP leader Ujwal Keskar, who was at the station informed this disappointed section that they will not be able to vote this time and that they will have to fill the election form to get their names registered for the next elections. “If you feel bogus voting is being done against your name, then you can fill the ballot form and vote again, this vote can be counted,” he added. Similar situation The situation was no different at Ganesh Kala Kendre polling booth in Swargate, where more than 50 unlisted voters got together and met the election officer present at ...
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