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Election

Al's Dhaka City Thana Units

Councils held yet leaders not elected

Conferences of 41 thana units out of 49 under Dhaka city unit Awami League were held after more than a decade, but the meetings could not pick the new thana leadership. In every council session, party men of the respective thanas had high hopes of getting new leadership. But they were frustrated that no election was held in the meetings to pick new leaders, pointing to lack of democracy within the party. AL sources said elections were not held at the...

EC bans rallies by Modi aide

Narenda Modi suffered a setback on Friday when his closest aide was banned from election rallies and meetings after a series of speeches deemed to have stoked tensions with Muslims. The aide, Amit Shah, who faces murder charges dating to his time serving under Modi in the state government of Gujarat, runs Modi's campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Shah says the murder charges are a political conspiracy. It was not immediately clear what impact a possibly disruptive ban on...

Indians vote on key election day

Indians vote on key election day

Millions of Indians have begun voting on the first big day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling is being held in 91 seats in 14 states, including in the capital Delhi and the key state of Uttar Pradesh. The nine-phase vote began on Monday and will...

India votes in second phase of polls

India votes in second phase of polls

Indians are voting in four north-eastern states in the second phase of the general election which pits the governing Congress party against the Hindu nationalist BJP. Polling is taking place in six constituencies in Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya states. The nine-phase election got under way on Monday and will conclude on 12 May....

Mizoram strike called off after poll deferred

Mizoram strike called off after poll deferred

The 72-hour bandh (strike) called by some local organisations in Mizoram was called off today, hours after the Indian Election Commission announced its decision to defer the polling day in the state due to the shutdown that started yesterday, reports Indian television channel NDTV. Earlier in the day, the Election Commission deferred the date...

Indians vote in first phase of election

Indians vote in first phase of election

Indians have voted in the first phase of a general election which pits the governing Congress party against the Hindu nationalist BJP opposition. The nine-phase vote got under way in the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura and will conclude on 12 May. Votes will be counted on 16 May. More than 814 million Indians...

Leaders hail Afghan poll 'success'

Leaders hail Afghan poll 'success'

Afghan and Western leaders have praised the turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election, describing the vote as a success. It is the strife-torn nation's first transfer of power via the ballot box. More than seven million Afghans out of an estimated 12 million eligible voted in the poll, the country's electoral commission says. But there are reports...

Afghanistan votes in historic presidential election

Afghanistan votes in historic presidential election

People in Afghanistan are voting for a new president in what will be the nation's first ever transfer of power through the ballot box. Turnout is reported to be brisk despite heavy rain and worries over security. A massive operation is under way to thwart the Taliban who have vowed to disrupt the election. Eight candidates...

News Analysis
Elected Thru' Rigging

What would they deliver to people?

Article 11 of the constitution clearly stipulates the effective participation of people in administration at all levels through their elected representatives. Each of the upazila parishads is legally an administrative unit at upazila levels. So, people's effective participation in every upazila parishad administration through their elected representatives must be ensured to uphold the spirit of the constitution. But the largely rigged upazila parishad elections in the past few weeks have jeopardised the spirit of the constitution, triggering many crucial questions.   How...

Election sans democracy

AL has finally been successful in its increasingly desperate attempts to reverse the trend of losing to BNP-led 19 party alliance candidates in upazila elections. The way this success has been attained surely gives one a feeling that it may be a victory for AL but, obviously, one more defeat for the government and ultimately for our democracy. The arithmetic of the fourth phase of upazila elections clearly validates this apprehension: 4 killed, at least 250 injured, elections boycotted...

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''Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader''

'Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader'

The Jamaat-e-Islami of.......

Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma .....

Clone candidates clutter polls

Clone candidates clutter polls

Voters in a parliamentary ....

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