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

Kovind to launch campaign from Uttar Pradesh on June 25

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   9:56 pm
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India launches Liveability Index for 116 cities

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   9:14 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The central government on Friday launched the "City Liveability Index" - a first of its kind initiative introduced by the Urban Development Ministry - to measure the quality of life in 116 major cities including capital cities and those with population over one million. View More..

HC quashes Yogi's order sacking Shia Waqf Board members

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   8:58 pm
Lucknow, June 23 (IANS) In a major setback to the Uttar Pradesh government, Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed an order removing six members of the Shia Waqf Board. View More..

Yogi thanks Centre for Smart City slots for three UP cities

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   8:50 pm
Lucknow, June 23 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for the inclusion of three more cities from the state under the Smart City Mission. View More..

Kovind files nomination for Presidential election, BJP confident of comfortable victory (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   8:34 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday filed his nomination here for the July 17 Presidential election and pledged to uphold the dignity of the country's top constitutional post. View More..

Thiruvananthapuram tops new list of 30 for Smart City Mission

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   7:04 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The central government on Friday announced a new list of 30 cities to be developed into 'smart cities', with Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram topping the list. View More..

GDA opposes library in Ghaziabad park

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   6:28 pm
Ghaziabad, June 23 (IANS) The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has told the municipal corporation to stop construction work for a library in a park situated in Sector 7 of Rajnagar -- a posh residential colony. View More..

Thiruvananthapuram tops new list of 30 for Smart City Mission

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   5:40 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The central government on Friday announced a new list of 30 cities to be developed into 'smart cities', with Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram topping the list. View More..

Can't understand why Congress opposing Kovind: Naidu

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   3:38 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that he could not understand why the Congress was opposing NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. View More..

Seizures indicate sharp rise in wildlife smuggling to China

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   3:12 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) There appears to be no let- up in smuggling of live and dead wildlife. In fact, it has seen a sharp increase as indicated by the value of seized "wildlife products" being smuggled to China from India through Nepal and Bhutan. View More..

Exploring Kumaon through its art, craftsmanship and woodwork (Book Review)

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   11:02 am
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Uttarakhand exploring direct bus service to Nepal

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   8:50 am
Dehradun, June 23 (IANS) The Uttarakhand government is working in the direction of starting a direct bus service from the hill state to Nepal, an official said on Friday. View More..

Naidu dubs loan waiver 'fashion'; clarifies after opposition hits out

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   11:08 pm
Mumbai/New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said loan waiver these days had become a "fashion", but later clarified his remarks were "misinterpreted" after attack from opposition parties. View More..

Crystal to market crop protection pesticides in Karnataka

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   10:54 pm
Bengaluru, June 22 (IANS) Leading agrochemical firm Crystal Crop Protection Ltd is foraying into Karnataka to hardsell five types of pesticides, including insecticides and fungicides, to protect crops and boost productivity, said a company official on Thursday. View More..

Meira Kumar -- soft-spoken leader dedicated to social justice (Profile)

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   10:18 pm
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Named on Thursday as the nominee of the major opposition parties for the July 17 presidential election, Meira Kumar is a senior Congress and Dalit leader with long and varied political experience and a strong proponent of social justice and social equity. View More..

Free power connections for UP's urban poor

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   9:08 pm
Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders living in urban areas of Uttar Pradesh will be given free electricity connections, a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath decided on Thursday. View More..

Goods train derails near Agra, rail traffic hit

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   5:24 pm
Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) Traffic on the Agra-Etawah rail route in Uttar Pradesh was disrupted on Thursday after a goods train derailed near the Taj Mahal town Agra, injuring its guard. View More..

Gramin Volleyball League in Bihar begins on Friday

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   4:40 pm
Siwan (Bihar), June 22 (IANS) Gramin Volleyball League, a meet conducted by CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd in association with Volleyball Association of Bihar and sports management company Republic of Sports, is set to get underway here on Friday. View More..

UP gives 147 students Rs 1 lakh, tablet for board results

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   4:16 pm
Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday felicitated 147 students with Rs 1 lakh and a tablet computer each for their excellent performance in the board exams this year. View More..

New Varanasi-Vadodara express from Friday

    Updated On : Jun 22,2017   9:14 am
Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) The Indian Railways is starting a new train from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi from Friday, an official said on Thursday. View More..

Ready to face polls in Ramadan: Owaisi

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   11:28 pm
Hyderabad, June 23 (IANS) AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday claimed that the BJP-led Central government is planning to conduct 2019 elections during Ramadan and said his party was ready to face the poll battle in the fasting month. View More..

Kovind to launch campaign from Uttar Pradesh on June 25

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   9:56 pm
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will launch his campaign for the July 17 presidential election from Uttar Pradesh on June 25, informed sources said on Friday. View More..

BJP will unite anti-Left votes in Tripura: Assam Minister

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   5:20 pm
Agartala, June 23 (IANS) The BJP will try to form a rainbow alliance to consolidate anti-Left Front votes to oust the ruling coalition in Tripura in assembly polls in February next year, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. View More..

Thailand approves bill to consolidate military's influence

    Updated On : Jun 23,2017   11:38 am
Bangkok, June 23 (IANS) Thailand's parliament on Friday passed a bill that will determine the governments' policies over the next two decades and consolidate the military's influence in the country. View More..

JD-U says Kovind support isolated case, but can affect opposition unity

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   11:42 pm
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Even though Bihar's ruling JD-U on Wednesday said its breaking ranks with the opposition on the July 17 Presidential election was an "isolated" case, the development could cast a shadow on a joint front against the NDA government in the 2019 general elections. View More..

Opposition parties to meet Thursday, Meira Kumar could be candidate

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   9:02 pm
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Unfazed by JD-U's decision to back NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, major opposition parties will meet here on Thursday amid indications that former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar could be their nominee for the presidential election. View More..

Take departmental action against two officials, EC tells Jharkhand

    Updated On : Jun 21,2017   1:18 pm
Ranchi, June 21 (IANS) The Election Commission has asked the Jharkhand government to take action against a senior police officer and an aide to Chief Minister Raghubar Das for the horse-trading indulged in during the 2016 Rajya Sabha polls. View More..

Kashi's Dharti Pakad files nomination for Presidential poll

    Updated On : Jun 20,2017   10:20 pm
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) 'Kashi's Dharti Pakad' Narendra Nath Dubey, who failed to contest for the top constitutional post on last four occasions, on Tuesday again filed his nomination for the July 17 Presidential election. View More..

Vaghela asks Congress to decide on him by Saturday

    Updated On : Jun 20,2017   9:56 pm
Gandhinagar, June 20 (IANS) Top Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela, sulking for long over not being given a key role in the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, on Tuesday held out a veiled threat to the party to firm up a decision about him by June 24 when he would make an announcement of his future course of action. View More..

After three decades, BJP bags posts of Shimla Mayor, deputy

    Updated On : Jun 20,2017   8:40 pm
Shimla, June 20 (IANS) BJP's Kusum Sadret was on Tuesday elected the Shimla Municipal Corporation Mayor and party colleague Rakesh Sharma her deputy, a first for the state's opposition party in three decades, an officer said. View More..

NDA gets boost as Sena backs Kovind, opposition braces for contest (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jun 20,2017   8:36 pm
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The NDA on Tuesday got a major boost when its sulking constituent Shiv Sena supported its Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who looks set to be the next President, even as a truncated opposition is bracing for an "ideological" contest. View More..

BJP's Assam alliance partners support Kovind for President

    Updated On : Jun 20,2017   6:46 pm
Guwahati, June 20 (IANS) The BJP's alliance partners in Assam - the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF) - have also decided to extend their support to the NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, it was announced on Tuesday. View More..

After silence of shock defeat in Punjab, AAP finds its voice again (News Analysis)

    Updated On : Jun 20,2017   1:04 pm
Chandigarh, June 20 (IANS) Although many in the political sphere had written off the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab after it failed to match up to the hype and expectations of winning the assembly elections in Punjab earlier this year, things are turning out to be different. View More..

Detained Iraqi IS suspect in Italy wanted to 'cut infidels' throats'

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   5:22 pm
Croton (Italy), June 19 (IANS/AKI) An Iraqi asylum-seeker held in southern Italy on Monday wanted to stay in the country to "cut infidels' throats" rather than return to his homeland and wage Jihad there, according to police. View More..

BJP's presidential nominee announcement leaves no scope for discussion: Left

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   4:44 pm
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Accusing the BJP of unilaterally deciding its presidential candidate, the Left parties on Monday said there was no more scope for discussion with the ruling party and the issue would now be decided among opposition. View More..

Congress accuses BJP of unilateralism on Presidential candidate

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   4:12 pm
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Accusing the BJP of unilateralism, the Congress on Monday said opposition parties will meet on Thursday and decide their strategy regarding the Presidential polls. View More..

PMO behind trouble by Tripura tribal party, alleges CPI-M

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   2:34 pm
Agartala, June 19 (IANS) The ruling CPI-M in Tripura on Monday claimed that a tribal based party is trying to create trouble ahead of next year's assembly polls at the "behest of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)". View More..

Japanese PM's popularity level slides, show polls

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   12:12 pm
Tokyo, June 19 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity level has plunged to the lowest in almost a year, after fresh allegations of cronyism and approval of the anti-terror conspiracy law, according to a survey released on Monday. View More..

Shiv Sena attacks BJP over J&K, Bengal situation

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   12:02 pm
Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) Barely a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP President Amit Shah met here, the Shiv Sena on Monday launched a fresh attack on its ally -- this time for the grim situation in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. View More..

Macron's party wins majority in parliamentary polls

    Updated On : Jun 19,2017   9:16 am
Paris, June 19 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party scored a decisive victory after the second round of parliamentary elections, the Interior Ministry announced. View More..