Elections 2019

Lok Sabha (General elections) 2019 will be the biggest election of the year. It will be held in April or May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. Along with the general elections, the assembly elections of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim will be tentatively held simultaneously. When dealing with Lok Sabha elections, several opinion polls have predicted a decline in seats for the ruling NDA and the BJP and an increase for the UPA and the Congress. Based on the alliance, the Congress could be back in power.

But other opinion polls predict that the NDA will be back in power with 281 seats, nine seats ahead of the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Several TV channel opinion polls, voice in favour of BJP and also predict that despite winning the election, the saffron party's seats would be less. But will increase its vote share from 31.34 per cent to 36 per cent. The Congress, on the other hand, will increase its seat tally from the 44 it won in 2014 to 83 seats, while its vote share will go up from 19.52 to 31 per cent.

Once again, many political experts feel that the general elections 2019 will not be fought on the basis of economic performance, jobs or growth in personal income, but power to mobilise people along with caste and religious sentiments.

Upcoming Elections

S.No State End of Term Proposed Election Date Seats
1 Mizoram 15.12.2018 28.11.2018 40
2 Rajasthan 20.01.2019 07.11.2018 200
3 Chhattisgarh 05.01.2019 12 nov 2018 & 28 nov 2018 90
4 Madhya Pradesh 07.01.2019 28.11.2018 230

Election News

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Minorities Front quits Rajasthan polls, supports Congress

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   7:28 pm
Jaipur, Nov 18 (IANS) The All India Minorities Front (AIMF) on Sunday decided to withdraw the nominations of its candidates in the upcoming Assembly polls in Rajasthan to help the "secular forces" defeat "communal elements" led by the Bharatiya Janata Party. View More..

Campaigning for Chhattisgarh 2nd phase of polls concludes

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   6:20 pm
Raipur, Nov 18 (IANS) Campaigning for the second and final phase of the Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh concluded on Sunday, with political bigwigs including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Raman Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi raising the heat in the state where the BJP has been in power since 2003. View More..

BJP seeks Reang refugees' vote in Mizoram assembly polls

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   5:42 pm
Agartala/Aizawl, Nov 18 (IANS) The BJP, which is determined to oust the Congress in Mizoram after forming governments on its own or in alliance in the seven northeastern states, on Sunday urged the Reang tribal refugees, sheltered in Tripura to vote for the saffron party in the November 28 assembly polls. View More..

Modi says Congress looted India, asks Chhattisgarh to vote for BJP

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   4:50 pm
Mahasamund (Chhattisgarh), Nov 18 (IANS) Accusing the Congress of hindering Chhattisgarh's development and defrauding India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to vote the BJP to power for a fourth straight term in the state. View More..

Congress calls BJP misogynist over Khattar's rape remarks

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   3:10 pm
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Accusing the BJP leadership of being "misogynist", the Congress on Sunday demanded an apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for reportedly claiming that most rape cases were "fake" and took place amongst people who knew each other well. View More..

Rajasthan: Congress releases third candidates list

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   2:26 pm
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday released its third list of candidates for 13 constituencies, leaving five seats to its allies in the December 7 Rajasthan Assembly polls. View More..

Modi says Congress looted India, asks Chhattisgarh to vote for BJP

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   1:50 pm
Mahasamund (Chhattisgarh), Nov 18 (IANS) Accusing the Congress of hindering Chhattisgarhs development and defrauding India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to vote the the BJP to power for a fourth straight term in the state. View More..

Congress sits pretty as AAP, Akali Dal grapple with infighting (News Analysis)

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   11:54 am
Chandigarh, Nov 18 (IANS) Infighting in Punjab's main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the politically-active Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is giving the ruling Congress in the state a happy-hours' feeling. View More..

Haryana CM is justifying rape: Kejriwal

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   11:38 am
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar for "justifying rape" after the latter claimed that most of the rape cases filed were "fake". View More..

No solution to Kashmir issue, India-Pak relations accident prone: Natwar Singh (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Nov 18,2018   11:06 am
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) India-Pakistan relations are "chronically accident-prone", says former External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh, who feels that the future lies in the past as the two countries carry too much baggage. He says Pakistans one-point programme is Kashmir but there is "Kashmir fatigue" in the world. View More..

Rajasthan Congress leader suspended

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   9:30 pm
New Delhi/Jaipur, Nov 17 (IANS) The Rajasthan Congress on Saturday suspended party leader Spardha Chaudhary after she accused state party chief Sachin Pilot of taking money for ticket distribution. View More..

Voting ends peacefully for first phase of Panchayat polls in J&K

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   8:26 pm
Jammu/Srinagar, Nov 17 (IANS) Voting ended peacefully for the first phase of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as voters turned out in large numbers to participate in the democratic process. View More..

Amid show of strength, INLD splits; Ajay Chautala to float new party

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   8:06 pm
Chandigarh, Nov 17 (IANS) Amid a show of strength by two warring Chautala brothers, elder brother Ajay Singh Chautala on Saturday announced he and his sons will float a new political party next month. With this, the split in the INLD's first family is official. View More..

Jaitley flays Andhra, Bengal on CBI move

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   7:16 pm
Bhopal, Nov 17 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday flayed the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments for withdrawing "general consent" to the CBI for raids and investigations in their states, saying scams cannot be wiped off by such a decision and that it was against the countrys federal structure. View More..

Congress names Ponnala Lakshmaiah in 3rd list for Telangana polls

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   6:20 pm
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday released its 3rd list of 13 candidates for the December 7 Telangana Assembly polls, fielding party veteran and former Andhra Pradesh Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah. View More..

In Chhattisgarh, Rahul dares Modi to speak up on Rafale, promises farm loan waiver

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   6:14 pm
Koriya/Jashpur/Darima (Chhattisgarh), Nov 17 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the Rafale "scam" and assured poll-bound Chhattisgarh of completely waiving off farm loans if his party comes to power in the state. View More..

BJP 'rath-yatra' in Bengal rescheduled

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   5:58 pm
Kolkata, Nov 17 (IANS) One of the three BJP-sponsored 'rath-yatras' due in West Bengal next month has been rescheduled as party president Amit Shah, who is supposed to kick off the rallies, will be busy in the Telengana poll campaign, a state BJP leader said on Saturday. View More..

Will waive off loans of all farmers in Chhattisgarh: Rahul

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   4:50 pm
Koriya/Jashpur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 17 (IANS) Charging the ruling BJP with creating two Chhattisgarhs, one of the rich and the other of the poor and the exploited, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday pledged to waive off all farm loans within 10 days of his party coming to power in the state. View More..

BJP pledges Rs 265 bonus for MP farmers with up to 5 acres land

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   4:20 pm
Bhopal, Nov 17 (IANS) The BJP on Saturday said it would give a bonus of Rs 265 to farmers with up to 5 acres of land in Madhya Pradesh, and also pledged to announce a new salary framework for state government employees. View More..

RLSP ultimatum to BJP over seat-sharing in Bihar

    Updated On : Nov 17,2018   4:20 pm
Patna, Nov 17 (IANS) Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday gave an ultimatum to the BJP to ensure by November 30 "respectful" seat-sharing in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. View More..