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

Politicians should not comment on crimes under investigation: SC

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   10:24 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that despite freedom of speech and expression being a constitutional right, people in power should refrain from passing comments on crimes under investigation. View More..

Surya Namaskar, Namaz have similarities: Adityanath Yogi

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   9:58 pm
Lucknow, March 29 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi on Wednesday drew parallels between the postures used while performing Surya Namaskar and offering Namaz. View More..

Bengali writer Mandakranta Sen alleges gang-rape threat

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   9:50 pm
Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) Days after she expressed solidarity with noted Bengali poet Srijato Bandopadhyay, who was embroiled in a controversy over a poem that allegedly hurt Hindu religious sentiments, writer Mandakranta Sen on Wednesday said she has been threatened with gang-rape. View More..

Bhagwat rebuffs Sena; says not interested in becoming President

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   8:40 pm
Nagpur (Maharashtra), March 29 (IANS) In a sharp rebuttal of the Shiv Sena's proposal, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday made it clear that he was not in the race for the President of India's post and asserted he will not accept it even if he was nominated. View More..

Nitish Kumar's JD-U to debut in Maharashtra in April

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   7:40 pm
Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) The Janata Dal (United) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will debut in Maharashtra at a major function planned here on April 22, an official said here on Wednesday. View More..

Four new franchises make Pro Kabaddi 12-team league

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   7:06 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The fifth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) will be a 12-team affair, with a team each from Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat coming into the fledgling league in India, it was announced on Wednesday. View More..

Congress to form RSS-inspired 'RCSS' in Madhya Pradesh

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   6:30 pm
Bhopal, March 29 (IANS) Believe it or not, the Congress is going the RSS way in Madhya Pradesh. View More..

Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen alleges gang-rape threat

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   5:46 pm
Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) Noted Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen, who had expressed solidarity with counterpart Srijato who was embroiled in a controversy over a poem that allegedly hurt Hindu religious sentiments, on Wednesday said she was threatened with gang-rape. View More..

Bring a proposal against hunger: Mulayam Singh Yadav

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   5:22 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Samajwadi Party MP Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday called upon the government to ensure that none in the country died of hunger. View More..

UP's anti-abattoir drive could cripple revenue- and job-generating sectors

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   12:56 pm
The closure of Uttar Pradesh's slaughterhouses could leave a couple of million people jobless in the state, affect its allied industries and choke small but important revenue streams for its poor farmers, especially in drought-prone areas, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of available data on India's meat, leather and livestock industries. View More..

Two killed in Delhi road accident

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   11:48 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Two persons died while two others were critically injured after their speeding car hit a divider and overturned, police said on Tuesday. View More..

Congress to move amendments to GST bills on Wednesday

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   11:00 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The Congress party will move amendments to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bills on Wednesday, as it has concerns about some clauses in the bills and the manner of tabling those in Parliament, said a party leader on Tuesday. View More..

Trump calls Modi to congratulate him on UP election results

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   10:52 pm
Washington, March 28 (IANS) US President Donald Trump telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to congratulate him on the Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in Uttar Pradesh and other states, according to the White House. View More..

India condemns 'deplorable' attack on Nigerians, five arrested (Roundup)

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   9:16 pm
Noida, March 28 (IANS) India on Tuesday condemned an alleged racial attack on Nigerian students who were brutally beaten up in Greater Noida by mobs targeting African nationals blaming them for drug running following the death of a teen due to suspected drug overdose. View More..

Attack on Nigerian nationals deplorable: India

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   7:46 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India on Tuesday condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh as "deplorable" and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India. View More..

Attack on Nigerian nationals deplorable: India

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   7:06 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India on Tuesday condemned the violence against three Nigerian nationals in Uttar Pradesh as "deplorable" and assured that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of foreigners in India. View More..

Meat traders on indefinite strike in Ghaziabad

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   5:26 pm
Ghaziabad, March 28 (IANS) Meat traders in Ghaziabad went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday against the district administration's order to shut down meat shops. View More..

Verdict in Chhota Rajan's fake passport case on April 12

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   5:24 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday reserved its order in a fake passport case against underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and others. View More..

Hot days ahead but augurs well for farmers, says weatherman

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   5:24 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The pre-monsoon rains will be negligible this season leading to excessive heat in April and May, but this augurs well for farmers, weather analysts have said on Tuesday. View More..

Hot days ahead but a good sign for farmers: Analysts

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   5:18 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The pre-monsoon rains will be negligible this season leading to excessive heat in April and May, but this is a good sign for farmers, weather analysts said on Tuesday. View More..

Will give municipal hospitals to Delhi government if we win: Congress

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   8:06 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) All hospitals run by the municipal corporations would be transferred to the Delhi government if the Congress wins the upcoming civic polls, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken announced on Wednesday. View More..

Ex-French PM to back presidential hopeful Macron

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   5:42 pm
Paris, March 29 (IANS) Former Socialist French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday said he would vote for the independent centrist presidential candidate rather than his own party's option in order to thwart a right-wing victory in the upcoming elections. View More..

Kenya's Olympic body to hold election in May, avert IOC ban

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   4:48 pm
Nairobi, March 29 (IANS) Kenya's Olympic body will go to the polls on May 5 to elect its new executive officials, having agreed to adopt a new constitution. View More..

Nepal Deputy PM seeks India's support for polls

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   2:26 pm
Kathmandu, March 29 (IANS) Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has sought India's support, particularly with vehicles and logistics, for the upcoming local level elections, a media report said on Wednesday. View More..

HC dismisses Swaraj India's plea for common symbol

    Updated On : Mar 29,2017   12:50 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea by the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj India party challenging the Delhi Election Commission's denial of a common symbol to its candidates for the upcoming civic polls. View More..

Assam, Meghalaya CMs to discuss interstate boundary dispute

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   7:56 pm
Shillong, March 28 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma will meet Assam's Chie Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on April 3 in Guwahati to discuss the interstate boundary dispute, an official said on Tuesday. View More..

BJP, Congress misleading people on house tax: AAP

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   7:42 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The AAP on Tuesday said the BJP and the Congress are misleading people on the abolition of house tax by saying that it cannot be done. View More..

Rupee bulls shouldn't expect USD/INR to appreciate below 64-65 levels (Column: Currency Corner)

    Updated On : Mar 28,2017   3:04 pm
With the positive market sentiment created by the sweeping BJP win in the UP state election and a global sell-off in the US dollar, rupee bulls have managed to take the USD/INR close to the 65 level. Many currency traders are expecting this trend to continue, although at a slower momentum, which may take the exchange rate further down to around 62-63 levels in the coming months. But being bullish on the rupee is not supported by fundamentals at current levels. View More..

Congress gets time till December 31 to hold organisational polls

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   9:12 pm
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Election Commission has extended, from June 30 to December 31, the deadline for the Congress to hold the organisational polls, said party leaders on Monday. View More..

Delhi AAP MLA resigns, joins BJP ahead of civic polls

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   7:30 pm
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) AAP legislator Ved Prakash resigned from the party as well as assembly membership and joined the BJP on Monday, ahead of the April 23 elections to the three municipal corporations here. View More..

Hizbul module tasked to disrupt polls in south Kashmir busted

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   7:00 pm
Srinagar, March 27 (IANS) A Hizbul Mujahideen module aiming to disrupt the forthcoming bypoll to the Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag parliamentary constituency was busted with seven militants arrested from Kulgam district on Monday, police said. View More..

Thomas Chandy set to join Kerala cabinet

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   4:50 pm
Thiruvananthapuram, March 27 (IANS) Thomas Chandy,69, is all set to become a minister in Kerala, following the resignation of his party colleague A.K. Saseendran. View More..

Delhi's AAP MLA resigns, joins BJP ahead of civic polls

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   4:34 pm
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) AAP legislator Ved Prakash resigned from the party as well as assembly membership and joined the BJP on Monday, ahead of the April 23 elections to the three municipal corporations here. View More..

Delhi AAP MLA joins BJP ahead of civic polls

    Updated On : Mar 27,2017   12:54 pm
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Legislator Ved Prakash of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) joined the BJP on Monday, dealing a blow to Delhi's ruling party ahead of the April 23 civic body polls. View More..

Congress, BJP reacted similarly before 2015 assembly polls: Sisodia

    Updated On : Mar 26,2017   8:10 pm
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the Congress and BJP reactions now to AAP's assurance to end house tax in Delhi are similar when his party promised free water and cheap electricity before the 2015 assembly polls. View More..

Congress, BJP reacted similarly before 2015 assembly polls: Sisodia

    Updated On : Mar 26,2017   6:44 pm
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday that the Congress and BJP reactions now to AAP's assurance to end house tax in Delhi are similar when his party promised free water and cheap electricity before the 2015 assembly polls. View More..

AAP government failed to fulfil poll promises: Shah

    Updated On : Mar 25,2017   10:46 pm
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Accusing the AAP government in Delhi of corruption, the BJP on Saturday said they has failed to fulfil any of its poll promises even after remaining in power for over two years. View More..

Kejriwal promises to abolish residential house tax, BJP, Congress criticise (Roundup)

    Updated On : Mar 25,2017   8:56 pm
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Banking on the goodwill generated by the schemes of free water and slashing electricity charges, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday made a major promise -- to abolish residential house tax --if his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wins the toughly contested civic polls in the national capital. View More..

Kejriwal promises to abolish residential house tax, BJP criticises

    Updated On : Mar 25,2017   4:42 pm
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday promised to abolish residential house tax if his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wins the civic polls in the national capital, drawing criticism from Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari. View More..

BJP to hold national executive meeting in Odisha

    Updated On : Mar 25,2017   4:20 pm
Bhubaneswar, March 25 (IANS) With an eye to grab Odisha in the 2019 assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to hold its national executive meeting here on April 15 and 16. View More..