Assembly Election 2017

The Assembly Election for 5 states were held in Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur. While the elections were held in a single phase in Goa, Uttarakhand and Punjab, they were held in two phases in Manipur and in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh. The results announced on March 11. BJP bags big vicotry on Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa while Congress formed the government on Punjab.

To celebrate the installation of its governments in four states post-assembly polls, the BJP on Thursday distributed laddoos to its leaders in parliament -- laddoos that were specially flown in from the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh.

BJP sources revealed that the party had planned to distribute sweets to its leaders at the Parliamentary Party meeting that was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to felicitate leaders over their performance in the just-concluded assembly elections.

Someone then came up with the idea of offering Tirupati laddoos, given as religious offering to devotees at the temple, one of the most visited religious places in India. The laddoo, which is registered for a Geographical indication tag to avoid duplication, is prepared in the temple kitchen.

"Earlier, we were planning to distribute sweets but then came the idea of distributing Lord Venkateshwara's laddoos," a BJP leader said.

Thus, an order for some 1,000-1,200 laddoos was placed on Tuesday night, but the temple was able to deliver only about 600.





Assembly Election Results 2017

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017

Party Leadings Won
BJP - 312
SP+CONG - 54
BSP - 19
OTHERS - 18
RLD - 1

Manipur Assembly Election Results 2017

Party Leadings Won
INC - 28
BJP - 21
OTHERS - 9
LEFT+ - 1

Punjab Assembly Election Results 2017

Party Leadings Won
INC - 77
AAP+ - 20
SKD - 15
BJP - 3
LIP - 2

Goa Assembly Election Results 2017

Party Leadings Won
INC - 17
BJP - 13
NCP - 3
MAG - 3
OTHERS - 3
AAP - 1

Uttarakhand Assembly Election Results 2017

Party Leadings Won
BJP - 56
INC - 11
OTHERS - 2



Election News

BJP MP's cook held for Rs 22-lakh theft

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   10:58 pm
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) A 37-year-old man working as a cook at BJP MP Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh has been arrested for stealing Rs 22 lakh from the politician's official residence in central Delhi, police said on Tuesday. View More..

Ex-MLA, wanted in BJP leader's murder, surrenders

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   9:40 pm
Ghaziabad, Oct 17 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh MLA Amar Pal Sharma, wanted for the killing of a BJP leader, surrendered in a court here on Tuesday, police said. View More..

De-silting, cleaning of canals to be monitored by drones: Adityanath

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   9:18 pm
Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that de-silting and cleaning of canals across the state this year will be monitored by drones. View More..

Gensets banned as Delhi cracks down on alarming air pollution

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   8:06 pm
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) All diesel generators, except those in hospitals and Metro stations, were on Tuesday banned in Delhi, the Badarpur thermal power plant was shut and Delhites were told to put on masks as air quality in the capital crossed the dangerous red level ahead of Diwali and winter. View More..

Ranji Trophy: Wins for Gujarat, Bengal, Karnataka, Delhi

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   8:06 pm
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Gujarat, Bengal, Karnataka and Delhi clinched victories against their respective opponents on the fourth and final day of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament on Tuesday. View More..

Ex-MLA, wanted in BJP leader's murder, surrenders

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   7:32 pm
Ghaziabad, Oct 17 (IANS) Former Congress MLA Amar Pal Sharma, wanted for the killing of a BJP leader, surrendered in a court here on Tuesday, police said. View More..

Taj Mahal is part of Indian heritage, says Adityanath (Third Lead)

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   5:38 pm
Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANS) In a damage control exercise after a BJP MLA's comments on the Taj Mahal sparked outrage, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the famed monument in Agra was a part of Indian heritage. View More..

Adityanath to visit Taj, says Indian labourers built it

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   3:04 pm
Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANS) In a bid to stem the row over the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the famed monument in Agra was built "by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers". An official said he will also visit the Taj. View More..

Adityanath to visit Taj Mahal on Oct 26

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   2:48 pm
Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is to visit the Taj Mahal on October 26 -- in a move to stem controversy over the marble monument after a BJP lawmaker called it a "blot" on Indian culture. View More..

Demolish Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan also: Azam Khan

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   2:48 pm
Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANS) Taking a dig at BJP legislator Sangeet Som who called the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian history because it was built by foreign rulers, Samajawadi Party MLA Azam Khan on Tuesday said all "symbols of slavery" like Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi should be demolished. View More..

Taj Mahal important, doesn't matter who built it: Adityanath

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   1:52 pm
Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANS) In a move to stem controversy over the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the 17th century marble mausoleum is an important tourist draw and it was immaterial who built it and for what reason. View More..

German football model is a lesson for India (Comment: Special to IANS)

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   12:22 pm
It's an administrative triumph that India is hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. It will be an inspiration for the youth and children to adopt and excel in the most popular sport of the world. This event is the first step in the right direction to realise India's immense potential in the sport -- but there's a long way to go. View More..

Day not far when BJP will try to change country's name: Mamata

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   10:46 pm
Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday lashed out against BJP leader Sangeet Som's comments on the Taj Mahal, saying it was "a manifestation of the BJP's political agenda" and said the day was not far when the party will try to change the country's name as well. View More..

Kedarnath disaster widow ties the knot in Vrindavan

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   9:52 pm
Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 16 (IANS) The marriage of a young widow was solemnised in presence of around 500 widows at the historic 400-year-old Gopinath temple here on Monday evening. The event was sponsored by Sulabh International, an NGO working for sanitation and widows. View More..

Delhi: Repetition of 2016 post-Diwali pollution scenario unlikely

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   9:18 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The 2016 post-Diwali scenario is unlikely to berepeat this year on Friday after Diwali even in the worse case scenario where firecracker emission in the national capital remains same as in 2016, forecaster SAFAR said on Monday. View More..

UP to become ODF by Oct 2, 2018: Minister

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   9:14 pm
Lucknow, Oct 16 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Panchayati Raj Minister Bhupendra Singh Chowdhary on Monday said the government had decided to make the entire state open defecation free (ODF) by October 2, 2018. View More..

EC intentionally delaying Gujarat polls to favour Modi: Congress

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   7:26 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Congress on Monday accused the Election Commission of "intentionally delaying" announcement of Gujarat assembly elections to favour Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, the party said, was afraid of defeat after the Congress's emphatic win in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election. View More..

Invaders who wanted to wipe out Hindus built the Taj: BJP MLA

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   7:18 pm
Meerut, Oct 16 (IANS) BJP leader Sangeet Som, known for his inflammatory speeches and accused of instigating the deadly Muzzafarnagar riots in 2013, has triggered a fresh row by saying the Taj Mahal, one of India's top tourist destinations, was built by "invaders" and was a "blot" on Indian culture and history. View More..

Will Modi stop hoisting flag at Red Fort, asks Owaisi

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   6:52 pm
Hyderabad, Oct 16 (IANS) Flaying BJP leader Sangeet Som's remark that Taj Mahal was built by traitors, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday wondered if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would stop hoisting the national flag on Red Fort. View More..

Ranji Trophy: Victories for Saurashtra, Vidarbha

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   6:28 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Saurashtra off-spinner Vandit Jivrajani (6/79) bowled brilliantly to bundle out Jammu and Kashmir for 256 runs in their second innings, helping his side clinch their second consecutive victory in Group B of the Ranji Trophy at Rajkot on Monday. View More..

EC unveils app for efficient poll management

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   9:44 pm
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Election Commission on Tuesday launched a new application to be used by electoral officers for efficient management of the poll process. View More..

RLSP may ditch NDA to join hands with RJD before 2019 polls

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   9:20 pm
Patna, Oct 17 (IANS) Speculation about RLSP chief and Union Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha joining hands with RJD chief Lalu Prasad is rife in political circles here following a secret meeting between the two on Monday night. View More..

87% won't be burst crackers in Delhi: Survey

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   9:20 pm
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Days after the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR to combat the rising levels of air pollution in the city, 87 per cent of the respondents in a survey said they won't burst crackers on Diwali. View More..

EC directive mandates use of VVPATs in Himachal, Gujarat

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   8:08 pm
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) has sent detailed instructions to the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of poll-bound Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat for mandatory use of VVPAT machines at all polling stations and counting of paper slips in the coming assembly polls. View More..

Don't deface public property during polls: Himachal HC

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   11:20 am
Shimla, Oct 17 (IANS) Acting tough ahead of the November 9 assembly polls, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the state election officials to ensure that no defacement of public property by any political party takes place in the run-up to the electoral exercise. View More..

Venezuela opposition makes dialogue contingent on election audit

    Updated On : Oct 17,2017   6:44 am
Caracas, Oct 17 (IANS) Venezuela's MUD opposition alliance has said it will only renew talks with President Nicolas Maduro if he agrees to a comprehensive audit of just-completed gubernatorial elections. View More..

Congress removes Sukku as Himachal campaign chief, appoints Virbhadra

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   11:08 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Congress on Monday appointed Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadhra Singh as Chairman of its Campaign Committee for the November 9 assembly elections, replacing state unit chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu whose name was announced only three days back. View More..

Virbhadha to head campaign committee

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   9:00 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will be the Chairman of the campaign committee for the upcoming assembly elections in the state. View More..

JD-U disapproves of Pavan Varma's remarks on EC, government

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   8:56 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Janata Dal United (JD-U), which has joined the NDA, on Monday disapproved of the remarks of party national General Secretary Pavan K. Varma criticising the Election Commission and the Narendra Modi government, saying his comments had "nothing to do with party's official line". View More..

Moily appointed head of manifesto committee for Karnataka polls

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   8:38 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday appointed M. Veerappa Moily as chairman of the manifesto committee of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state next year. View More..

EC intentionally delaying Gujarat polls to favour Modi: Congress

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   7:26 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Congress on Monday accused the Election Commission of "intentionally delaying" announcement of Gujarat assembly elections to favour Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, the party said, was afraid of defeat after the Congress's emphatic win in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election. View More..

Invaders who wanted to wipe out Hindus built the Taj: BJP MLA

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   7:18 pm
Meerut, Oct 16 (IANS) BJP leader Sangeet Som, known for his inflammatory speeches and accused of instigating the deadly Muzzafarnagar riots in 2013, has triggered a fresh row by saying the Taj Mahal, one of India's top tourist destinations, was built by "invaders" and was a "blot" on Indian culture and history. View More..

BJP to intensify social media campaign in Kerala, Tripura

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   7:16 pm
Agartala, Oct 16 (IANS) The BJP would intensify its campaign through the social media against the "misrule and vilence" in Left-ruled Kerala and Tripura, party General Secretary Ram Madhav said here on Monday. View More..

Shah sets 150-plus target for Gujarat

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   6:28 pm
Gandhinagar, Oct 16 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Monday made it clear that the party was seeking votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retain power in Gujarat, and set a target of 150-plus seats in the 182-member assembly. View More..

There will be rain of jumlas now, Rahul mocks Modi's Gujarat visit

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   4:46 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in poll-bound Gujarat on his second visit so far this month, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday mockingly said that it would see "a rain of jumlas". View More..

JD-U's Pavan Varma questions EC decision on Gujarat

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   4:34 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Pavan K. Varma, national General Secretary of the JD-U - which is a member of the ruling National Democratic Alliance, on Monday questioned the Election Commission's decision not to announce the election dates for Gujarat, saying that "credible answers were needed". View More..

Modi to address mega show of anxious BJP workers

    Updated On : Oct 16,2017   3:00 pm
Ahmedabad, Oct 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seen as the last big hope for an embattled BJP in the Gujarat Assembly elections where the party faces the electorate for the first time without him as the Chief Minister, is expected to address a massive gathering of party workers and announce a litany of new projects on Monday. View More..

Austrians vote in parliamentary poll

    Updated On : Oct 15,2017   5:24 pm
Vienna, Oct 15 (IANS) Some 6.4 million Austrian voters began heading to over 10,000 polling booths on Sunday to elect the members of the National Council -- the lower house of the country's parliament. View More..

Big win for Congress in Gurdaspur LS by-poll; BJP defeated (Fourth Lead)

    Updated On : Oct 15,2017   2:36 pm
Gurdaspur, Oct 15 (IANS) Maintaining its winning streak from the assembly elections, Punjab's ruling Congress secured an emphatic win in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat on Sunday. View More..

Big win for Congress in Gurdaspur LS by-poll; BJP defeated (Third Lead)

    Updated On : Oct 15,2017   1:44 pm
Gurdaspur, Oct 15 (IANS) Maintaining its winning streak from the assembly elections, Punjab's ruling Congress secured an emphatic win in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat on Sunday. View More..