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Quirky tales from '57 polls: Voter offering prayers to ballot box; candidate filing paper as 'Christ'

During the 1957 elections, a voter in Madras chose to vote only for Sukumar Sen, the first CEC, amidst election propaganda harassment. Unusual incidents added humor to the serious event. Key Points

Economic Times

EC says J&K polls ‘right after’ LS — UT admin 'unanimously' against simultaneous elections

CEC Rajiv Kumar cites security reasons for administration's opposition. Regional parties of the UT as well as ruling BJP were in favour of simultaneous polls in J&K. Key Points


When do you vote? Election Commission to announce Lok Sabha poll dates today

April's elections will replace the ​Lok Sabha, whose term is ending on June 16, while state polls will see voting in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Terms for these states are ending on June 11, June 24 and June 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party are eyeing a third straight term, which would see Modi equal India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehrus record. Key Points

Economic Times

‘Told EC we’re ready’ — after Abdullah, Azad, BJP’s J&K unit endorses simultaneous polls

J&K BJP leaders say prepared for simultaneous polls but final call rests with Centre on account of security and logistical challenges. Assembly polls were last held in J&K in 2014. Key Points


2024 LS Polls: India keeps close watch as several neighbours head to polls

Indonesia President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, finishes his two-term Presidency this year. Jokowi's son is a vice-presidential candidate and running mate of incumbent defence minister Prabowo Subianto who, according to surveys, is poised to win the presidential polls. Subianto is votary of strong ties with India. Key Points

Economic Times

Congress-backed INTUC says INDIA ally CPI 'colluded' with BRS to win Telangana coal workers' union polls

AITUC victorious in Singareni coal workers' union polls, INTUC a strong second. BRS-linked union, the previous victor, became inactive this time after party's loss in assembly polls. Key Points


Seat-sharing key to INDIA bloc's success in 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee emphasized the importance of seat sharing as a strategy for success in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. She stated that if the Opposition INDIA bloc had agreed on seat sharing in the states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh, they would not have faced defeat. Banerjee further emphasized that the INDIA bloc will work together in the 2024 polls, learning from their defeat in the recent assembly elections. Key Points

Economic Times

BJP on way to rule 12 states on its own, Congress down to 3

The next round of assembly polls will be held in 2024, when Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh will go to polls. Assembly polls are also pending for Jammu and Kashmir. As several sitting MPs contested assembly polls in this round, those seats in Lok Sabha are expected to get vacant. However, since the General Election is to be held next year, no bypolls will be held even if MPs vacate seats on being elected as MLA. Key Points

Economic Times

Exit Poll Results: Five times when these surveys went totally wrong

The impending results of the recent state elections prompt reflection on historical disparities between exit polls and actual outcomes. Notable instances, such as the 2004 Lok Sabha and 2014 elections, underscore the unpredictability of these forecasts. Despite exit polls favoring the BJP-led NDA, actual results often diverged significantly. As the nation awaits the latest results, these past discrepancies serve as a reminder of the inherent uncertainty in electoral predictions, leaving the outcome of the current elections shrouded in anticipation. Key Points

Economic Times

EC seizes drugs, cash, liquor worth over Rs 1,760 crore in five poll-bound states

The poll panel said the seizures made since the polls were announced on 9 Oct are over 7 times greater (Rs 239.15 crore) than those made in the previous assembly election in 2018. Key Points


Imran Khan loyalists would be allowed to contest polls: Caretaker prime minister Kakar

The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced the last week of January 2024 for general elections. Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar said on Tuesday that the loyalists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan would be allowed to contest the upcoming polls. Key Points

The Tribune India

Consensus on Oppn unity for Lok Sabha polls but tie-up 'difficult' in some states, says Sharad Pawar

'There is difficulty in some state elections. But for Lok Sabha, there is a feeling we should work together,' Sharad Pawar said at a press conference in Mumbai, Saturday. Key Points


Security beefed up amid violence as stage set for Bengal Panchayat polls tomorrow

Rural West Bengal is all geared up for the crucial three-tier Panchayat polls to be held on Saturday, with 5.67 crore voters set to elect representatives for 928 seats, potentially reshaping the state's political landscape ahead of the 2024 parliamentary elections. Key Points

India Today

How election managers could use state polls to fine-tune their skills ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha showdown

Commentators dub the upcoming series of elections comprising 679 assembly seats and representing 83 Lok Sabha constituencies as 'semi-finals' before the 2024 parliamentary polls. But it is also a dress rehearsal for the managers of the largest poll event in the world. Key Points

The Economic Times

Assembly polls ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha elections to keep political pot boiling this year

The assembly elections in Karnataka may be over, but a series of other state polls this year will keep the political pot boiling till the 2024 Lok Sabha battle. At least three assembly election could also take place alongside the Lok Sabha polls. After Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram would go for polls this year. Key Points

Economic Times

UP Municipal Election Result 2023: Preparations over, counting of votes to take place at 353 centres: Officials

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav held roadshows. Mainpuri MP Dimple Yadav also campaigned for party candidates. Key Points

The Indian Express

UP Municipal Election Result 2023 Live Updates: Counting of votes to begin for UP Urban Local Body polls at 8 AM

UP Nagar Nikay Chunav Result 2023: The Uttar Pradesh municipal election 2023 is scheduled to be held on 4 and 11 May 2023. The elections will be held for the 17 municipal corporations, 199 municipal councils, and 544 nagar panchayats in the state. The results of the elections will be announced on 13 May 2023. stay tuned wit toi for all updates Key Points

Times Of India

‘You will conquer the world’: Karnataka farmer kisses PM Modi's pic| Video

Karnataka goes to polls in a single phase voting on May 10. The counting of votes will take place on May 13. | Latest News India Key Points

Hindustan Times

UP civic polls AAP’s next big target: ‘Will halve house tax, waive water tax’

AAP’s state in-charge Sanjay Singh says the focus is on the post of chairperson and mayor. Party to appoint leaders in charge in 633 of 763 municipalities. Key Points

The Indian Express

Lok Sabha polls: How EC is working on men, machines and processes to ensure 2024 election is a success

Every Indian election is familiar with money and muscle power. Over Rs 3,500 crore worth of cash, freebies, liquor and drugs were seized in the 2019 LS polls. In the 2023-24 assembly polls, this figure was Rs 1,760 crore in just five states –– seven times more than in 2018. As we head into 2024 general polls, the scale and challenge will only be bigger. The EC has a tried and tested SOP which it keeps tightening to address these issues. Key Points

Economic Times

Exit polls 2023 put Congress ahead in Telangana & Chhattisgarh, BJP in Rajasthan, close fight in MP

Mizoram too close to call. These indicative surveys, conducted after voters have cast their ballots, are not definitive. Key Points


Election Commission reveals voting dates for 5 key states; results on December 3

The EC has announced the poll schedule for five states in India: Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Mizoram. These upcoming state elections are seen as a semi-final before the 2024 assembly elections and will be a major test for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The polls in five states will take place between November 7-30, 2023. Except Chhattisgarh, all states will go to polls in one phase. The results will be announced on December 3, 2023. Key Points

Economic Times

MP Assembly Election Results 2023 Live Updates: Counting of votes to begins at 8 am

MP Assembly Election Results 2023 Live Updates: Madhya Pradesh is likely to see a stiff clash between the Congress and BJP — with many exit polls giving the latter an edge. 2,533 candidates are in the fray, including CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his predecessor and rival Kamal Nath. Key Points


As Kovind panel writes to EC, former CECs back 'One Nation, One Election'

The panel met former CECs Sushil Chandra and OP Rawat this week. The full panel meeting is expected in a week to discuss feedback received so far from 'experts', political parties and 'general public'. It has also sought the views of the EC. Key Points

Economic Times

West Bengal: Voting begins for Panchayat polls amid heightened security

As many as 5.67 crore voters are expected to exercise their right to franchise in the state today between 7 am to 5 pm. There are nearly 928 seats across 22 zilla parishads and 63,229 gram panchayats seats Key Points


Bulls have upper hand in run-up to India election, history shows

The benchmark NSE Nifty 50 Index has climbed in the six months leading to the vote in each of the past five polls, posting an average 16% return during the period, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Gains in the three months after the polls have averaged more than 3%. Key Points

Economic Times

Early elections for 2024 Lok Sabha? Opposition leaders see ‘every possibility’ of polls this year

Opposition leaders in India have suggested the possibility of early elections for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The remarks come days before a Opposition meeting in Patna that will be attended by top leaders from major parties. Key Points


Karnataka Assembly Election: When and Where to watch Live Streaming of results

The counting votes for the May 10 assembly polls will begin at 8 am. Around 72% voters exercised their right to vote. | Latest News India Key Points

Hindustan Times

Kovind panel may submit report on simultaneous polls on Thursday

The high-level committee, headed by Ram Nath Kovind, is expected to submit its report on 'one nation, one election' to President Droupadi Murmu. The report may recommend amending the Constitution and having a singular electoral roll for Lok Sabha, state assembly, and local body polls. Key Points

Economic Times

Amit Shah in Mysuru to win back Lingayats, whose votes helped Congress win assembly polls

Karnataka has 28 Lok Sabha seats, of which the BJP won 25 on its own in the 2019 election, and the Mandya seat by backing the independent candidate, Sumalatha Ambareesh. The BJP has a strong presence in and around Mysuru, and is currently represented by Pratap Simha, in his second term. The party is trying to win back the dominant communities as well as the OBCs after the humiliating drubbing in the assembly polls. Key Points

Economic Times

EC estimates Rs 10,000 crore needed every 15 years for new EVMs if simultaneous polls held

According to estimates, a total of 11.80 lakh polling stations would be required to be set up across India for Lok Sabha polls this year. Key Points

Economic Times

How state polls will decide the fate of regional satraps like Gehlot, Shivraj, KCR & Baghel

The exit polls have belied the general buzz- created courtesy the media and disparate voices from the ground- on which party is winning in which state. If they go right, the impact of these Assembly elections- which have already been declared the semi-finals to the Lok Sabha polls by the political pundits- will be greater than anticipated. Key Points

Economic Times

Indian stocks marginally lower, eyes now on Assembly exit polls

New Delhi [India], November 30 (ANI): Indian stock indices opened largely unchanged on Thursday, to later trade marginally in the red. The relative weakness was likely because investors resorted to profit booking after a bumper Wednesday session, and ahead of Assembly exit polls of five states later this evening. Benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty were […] Key Points