- Naidu 'cent per cent' sure of TDP retaining power in Andhra (Lead)(18:00)
Amaravati, May 20 (IANS) Unfazed by the exit polls which predicted that the YSR Congress Party will storm to power in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said he was "cent per cent" sure of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) retaining power.
- NDA will win all 14 seats in Jharkhand: CM(15:52)
Ranchi, May 20 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday asserted that the NDA would win all the 14 seats in the state even though the exit polls predicted six to eight seats for the alliance.
- Akhilesh, Mayawati meet, assess post-poll scenario(14:22)
Lucknow, May 20 (IANS) Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday held a meeting with Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati to discuss the political situation in view of the exit polls results.
- Exit polls used to create false impression: Kumaraswamy(14:18)
Bengaluru, May 20 (IANS) Slamming the exit poll results, which projected a big win for the BJP-led NDA government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said their predictions were being used to create a false impression of a Modi wave across the country.
- Will Uttar Pradesh be 'bellwether' or exception again?(13:54)
By Brajendra Nath Singh
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state that sends 80 MPs to the 543-member Lok Sabha, may be considered a political bellwether state as the government at the Centre has been formed 12 out 16 times by the party that got the maximum seats here.
- Over 64% voting recorded in LS polls' last phase (Lead)(00:08)
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Over 64 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Sunday in polling for 59 seats in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with Madhya Pradesh recording the highest turnout of 75.53 per cent.
- Only 'sporadic' incidents in final phase of polls: Bengal CEO(22:36)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) West Bengal's Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab on Sunday said with an average of 72.91 per cent voter turnout, the final phase of Lok Sabha election in West Bengal got over amidst "sporadic" incidents of violence.
- Punjab sees 59% voting amid skirmishes (Third Lead)(22:04)
Chandigarh, May 19 (IANS) Amid reports of skirmishes and snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs), nearly 59 per cent voting was recorded in Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats in the final phase of the general election on Sunday, officials said.
- Over 62% voting recorded in LS polls' last phase(20:32)
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Over 62 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Sunday in polling for 59 seats in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with West Bengal recording the highest turnout of 73.51 per cent.
- BJP numbers hit by SP-BSP caste math roadblock in UP(20:28)
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) The caste arithmetic of votes in Uttar Pradesh seems to be making a dent on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s final tally in the much awaited Lok Sabha elections. The IANS-CVoter Exit Poll reveals that despite the BJP's 407 rallies in India's biggest state, the alliance led by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) seems to be taking away a major chunk of seats from the saffron party. The alliance(gathbandhan), as per the exit poll, could fetch 40 seats, giving a loss of 31 seats to the BJP which secured 71 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 elections.
- Exit polls designed to promote Modi: Congress(20:16)
Lucknow, May 19 (IANS) Reacting to exit polls given out by various channels and others, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said on Sunday that these polls seem to have been designed to promote the Modi government, while the BJP said the these polls only reflected what opinion polls had already said.
- Icons fail to inspire many voters to exercise franchise(19:46)
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Use of seven national and state icons by the Election Commission failed to inspire a substantive chunk of voters in the national capital where the voter turnout saw a five per cent drop during polling on May 12 as compared to the last Lok Sabha elections.
- NDA projected to win 22 seats in Gujarat: IANS-CVOTER exit poll(19:32)
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is expected to retain 22 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a slight dip from its 2014 tally when it had swept the state, the IANS-CVOTER exit poll showed on Sunday.
- How Akhilesh managed Mayawati, kept hopes alive for SP-BSP(19:24)
By Deepak Sharma
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Though labelled 'Babua' by his political rivals, Akhilesh Yadav, the key architect of the gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh, seems to have mastered the art of managing the unmanageable in UP. The way Samajwadi Party President, Akhilesh managed BSP's Mayawati, perceived as an unforeseeable alliance partner, has silenced many of his harsh critics.
- Bengal's Bhatpara by-polls marred by violence, bombings (Lead)(19:10)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Amid violent clashes between workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress, with hurling of bombs and ransacking of police vehicles, the Bhatpara Assembly constituency turned into a battleground during the by-polls on Sunday.
- Trinamool accuses CAPF of influencing voters, vandalism(18:34)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal's Barasat parliamentary constituency, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, on Sunday accused the central forces of vandalising her party's camp offices and influencing the people to cast their votes for the BJP in the Rajarhat-Newtown area near Kolkata.
- Harsimrat's daughter among Punjab's first-time voters(17:12)
Bathinda, May 19 (IANS) Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal's daughter Gurlin Kaur was among around 400,000 first-time voters in Punjab on Sunday. She was seen with a certificate of appreciation outside a polling station in her ancestral village Badal, near here.
- Nearly 57% polling in Himachal (4 p.m.) (Third Lead)(17:02)
Shimla, May 19 (IANS) Nearly 57 per cent of over 53 lakh voters in Himachal Pradesh turned out till 4 p.m. on Sunday to elect Members of Parliament for the state's four Lok Sabha seats in the last phase of the general election, officials said.
- BJP-Trinamool clash in Kankinara, hurl bombs(16:38)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) The by-polls in West Bengal's Bhatpara Assembly constituency was marred by severe violence and bombings on Sunday, amidst clashes between workers of Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress at Kankinara in North 24 Parganas district.