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Future of Congress

THIS is not the first time that the Congress has been decimated, getting only 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. The party met more or less a similar fate in the 1977 election held after the emergency. Mrs Indira Gandhi, the architect of the emergency and her extra-constitutional son, Sanjay Gandhi, too...

Congress meet to discuss poll rout

Congress meet to discuss poll rout

Leaders of India's Congress party are due to meet in the capital, Delhi, to discuss the party's disastrous showing in the general election. The party finished with just 44 of the 543 seats and under 20 percent of the vote in what was its worst ever performance. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won...

Congress's Polls Debacle

Rahul, Sonia to offer resignation!

Rahul, Sonia to offer resignation!

As Congress searches for answers for its worst-ever electoral performance, daggers are already out in the party ahead of the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Senior party leaders speaking in private are severely critical of some key advisers of Rahul Gandhi, while some have chosen to go public finding fault...

Election result will be a collective responsibility

Election result will be a collective responsibility

Congress said the outcome of Lok Sabha polls would be a "collective responsibility" of party leaders, a statement seen as an attempt to buffer Rahul Gandhi from criticism as a slew of exit polls projected a dismal show by the UPA. Asked if Rahul, who was the face of the Congress campaign, would be...

Rahul's riposte

Rahul's riposte

Days after Narendra Modi took on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the Congress vice-president yesterday retaliated by campaigning on the last day in the temple town of Varanasi, where the BJP's prime ministerial candidate is in the fray. Donning a Gandhi cap, Rahul, 43-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, flanked by Congress candidate Ajay Rai...

Gandhi district votes in election

Gandhi district votes in election

Amethi, a stronghold of India's governing Congress party, is among 64 seats voting in the eighth phase of the mammoth general election. The seat, held by party leader Rahul Gandhi, has been at the centre of a row after the main opposition BJP's candidate for PM held a rally there. Narendra Modi blamed the Gandhi dynasty for Amethi's "backwardness" and said he wanted to change it. A 97-year-old man, among India's oldest voters, will also vote on Wednesday. Shyam Saran Negi, a retired teacher in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, has voted in every single election since 1951 - when India held its first general election after gaining independence from British rule. With...

Narendra Modi votes in Indian polls

Narendra Modi votes in Indian polls

Narendra Modi, the man tipped to be India's next PM, has voted in his home state of Gujarat in the seventh phase of the general election. He cast his vote at a school in the city of Ahmedabad. All 26 seats are up for grabs in the state. Transport hubs in the city are bursting...

How India's iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides

How India's iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides

India's Congress party, fighting an uphill struggle to return to power in the current elections, has the Gandhi family on its side, and Rahul Gandhi leading its campaign - but the iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides. This simple white cap, a bit like an upturned boat, has made a political comeback in India's...

Voting begins in India on big polling day

Voting begins in India on big polling day

Indians are voting in the sixth phase of a marathon general election in which the governing Congress party is fighting the main opposition BJP. More than 180 million voters are eligible to vote in 117 seats in 12 states and union territories, including Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and...

Indian Polls Campaign

Modi uses Hindu migration issue

Modi uses Hindu migration issue

Bharatiya Janata Party's prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi yesterday raised the issue of “illegal migration” from Bangladesh during his election campaign and drew a distinction between Bangladeshis and Hindu Bangalees. Addressing an election rally in Assam state's Bongaigaon, which shares a border with Bangladesh, he blamed India's ruling Congress for indulging in “vote-bank politics”. He claimed that it was due to that Bangladeshis were given importance in Assam while Hindu Bangalees, who had to flee Bangladesh following atrocities, were neglected. "Why are Hindu Bangalees from Bangladesh not given the right to be Indians? Why are they still D [doubtful] voters in the country and are forced to stay in camps? Is this not...

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