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Assembly elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab between February 10 and March 7. Results will be announced on March 10.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 28, 2022 23:14 IST
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The North Goa district administration on Friday banned all physical rallies, roadshows and padyatras until January 31 in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the coastal state. An order issued by North Goa District Magistrate Ajit Roy on Friday stated that "no physical rally of political parties and candidates (including probable or any other group related to the elections) shall be allowed till January 31. No roadshow, padyatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession shall be allowed till January 31". "Door-to-door campaigning shall be allowed for a maximum of 10 persons, including candidates (excluding security personnel), and political parties, candidates and party workers shall ensure the compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour," the order added. Goa on Friday witnessed a steep spike in Covid-related deaths with 20 persons succumbing in the last 24 hours. As many as 1,322 new Covid cases were reported in Goa in the past 24 hours, taking the state's active caseload to 11,903.


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  • 9:05 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Punjab CM Channi's brother files nomination as independent candidate

    Dr Manohar Singh was seeking Congress ticket from Bassi Pathana but the party nominated MLA Gurpreet Singh GP from the assembly seat.

  • 8:28 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Act against 'guilty' intelligence top brass, Akali Dal to EC

    The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday demanded transfer of state intelligence officials, including the top brass, who face charges of compromising the security of Punjab and indulging in electoral malpractices to provide "illegal, illegitimate and immoral" help to the ruling Congress. Addressing the media here, Harcharan Bains, principal advisor to Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, said the party has filed a complaint with the Election Commission of India, detailing how the state's intelligence wing was used by the Congress by placing it at the disposal of a private agency to illegally acquire inputs about prospective candidates of opposition parties and ways to threaten them to withdraw from the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled on February 20.

  • 8:24 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Majithia files nomination papers from Amritsar East, says Sidhu 'failed' people of his constituency

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  • 8:02 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 8:01 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 7:55 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 6:45 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 5:34 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 5:30 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    BJP National President J.P. Nadda conducted a door-to-door campaign in UP's Shahjahanpur

  • 5:29 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 5:27 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 5:16 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Uttarakhand polls: Shah campaigns in Rudraprayag, asks people to bring BJP back to power

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  • 4:55 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    SP chief Akhilesh promises 300 units of free electricity

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  • 4:52 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 4:40 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 4:38 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Akhilesh Yadav, Jayant Chaudhary address joint press conference in Muzaffarnagar

  • 4:19 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Punjab Assembly polls: Bikram Singh Mijithia files nomination from Amritsar East

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  • 4:18 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 4:00 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 3:55 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    UP polls: BJP declares 91 candidates, 13 ministers find place in list

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  • 3:36 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    SP releases list of 8 candidates for UP assembly elections

  • 3:15 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 3:15 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses former Army personnel in Rudraprayag

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  • 2:58 PM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    Akhilesh Yadav alleges his helicopter not allowed to fly from Delhi to Muzaffarnagar

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has alleged that his helicopter is being not being allowed to fly from Delhi to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh where is scheduled to address an election rally along with RLD's Jayant Chaudhary. 

  • 2:25 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    BJP, SP giving casteist colour to assembly polls: Mayawati

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  • 2:16 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Adityanath inspects COVID facility in Meerut

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspects COVID facility at Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College in Meerut

  • 2:08 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Punjab needs honest CM: Kejriwal

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  • 1:40 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Amit Shah holds door-to-door campaign in Rudraprayag

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds door-to-door campaign in Rudraprayag


  • 1:37 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Amit Shah offers prayers at Baba Rudranath Temple in Rudraprayag

    Amit Shah offers prayers at Baba Rudranath Temple in Rudraprayag ahead of Uttarakhand polls. 

  • 1:32 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    UP: BSP releases list of candidates for fourth phase

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  • 1:07 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    BJP fields former Uttarakhand Congress president Upadhyay from Tehri

    The BJP on Friday named Kishore Upadhyay, a former state Congress president who joined it on Thursday, as its candidate from Tehri assembly seat in Uttarakhand. The party also fielded Brij Bhushan Gairola from Doiwala, from where former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is the sitting MLA but has expressed his unwillingness to contest the poll this time. With the announcement, the BJP has now named all its candidates for the February 14 elections to the 70-member assembly. The BJP is in power in the state. Unhappy with shrinking space for him in the Congress, Upadhyay had joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister and the party's election in-charge for Uttarakhand Pralhad Joshi and Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt.

  • 12:51 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    With Yogi in fray from Gorakhpur, Hindu Yuva Vahini gets active again

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  • 12:41 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    AAP UP poll manifesto: Free bus service for women, 300 units free electricity

    The Aam Aadmi Party has released its manifesto for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections promising free bus service for women, 300 units of free electricity and round-the-clock power supply in the state. The manifesto, named ‘Kejriwal Guarantee Card’, was released by Sanjay Singh, AAP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge at a press conference. The party has promised free bus services for women across the state, 300 units of free electricity and round-the-clock availability of power. It also promised to bring a law to guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for farmers’ produce. “We will waive off all farm loans and provide farmers the cost of their produce within 24 hours. The (MSP) prices of sugarcane will be increased every year and payments will be provided to a farmer the moment he unloads the sugarcane in the mills," Singh, according to a statement, said.

  • 12:20 PM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Adityanath attacks SP, BSP in Meerut


  • 11:48 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Goa: TMC replaces Fatorda seat candidate

    Advocate Seoula Avilia Vas to replace Luizinho Faleiro as Goa TMC candidate from Fatorda Assembly Constituency

    India Tv - Goa: TMC replaces Fatorda seat candidate 

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    Goa: TMC replaces Fatorda seat candidate 

  • 11:46 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    UP: Congress candidate from Shekhupur not to fight polls

    Farah Naeem, Congress candidate from Shekhupur Assembly seat in Badaun, says she will not fight the polls. "Party district president Onkar Singh said Muslim women should not get ticket & that I'm a characterless woman. Women are not safe in the district unit," she says

  • 11:45 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    BJP did nothing for farmers: Jayant Chaudhary

    They (BJP) did nothing for farmers. Police force was used against students in Bihar & UP two days back. In such an environment, how can they think that anyone would join hands with them?: RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary on BJP leaders hinting possible post-poll alliance with his party

  • 11:45 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Sale of promotional merchandise related to elections drop in Lucknow

    Sale of promotional merchandise related to the upcoming UP Elections 2022 drop in Lucknow. "There've been no sales with every rally & promotion being digital, we cannot sell any merchandise; our lakhs of money are now stuck & we're unemployed," said a shopkeeper, Ayushi Srivastava

  • 11:44 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    UP polls: Owaisi slams Samajwadi Party, BJP

    Akhilesh Yadav (SP chief) & BJP have a washing machine that gets rid of all criminal charges & makes a person a popular minister. The country's watching their opportunistic hypocrisy: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, over polarisation claims on AIMIM in UP

  • 11:43 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    People will choose deeds & not misdeeds: Uttarakhand CM

    Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in Khatima said that polling would be about 'deeds VS misdeeds'. Work done here under PM's leadership in last 5 yrs has been seen by people. They've also seen the misdeeds during Congress rule. The difference is clear, People will choose deeds & not misdeeds. I'm indebted to people of this region. They blessed me whenever I contested polls. This time too women are coming in large numbers, the elderly & youth are coming. I'm receiving blessings & support of all.

  • 11:41 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    UP: Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party releases a list of 3 candidates

    Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party releases a list of 3 candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Elections

  • 11:41 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Uttarakhand: CM Dhami offeres prayers at gurdwara in Khatima

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami offered prayers at a gurdwara and held door to door campaigning in Khatima

  • 10:53 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Goa: TMC nominee withdraws candidature

    AITC National Vice-President Luizinho Faleiro, has announced the withdrawal of his candidature as a TMC candidate from Fatorda. "I an giving the baton to a young woman, a professional. That has been the policy of the party - to empower the women," he said. "I've taken this decision after consulting our party's national chairman because I would like to fight and campaign all over Goa for all the TMC candidates so that they can perform well. My earlier experience says that when I fought the election last time, we could not do justice to them. To replace me, we have a very able Seoula Vas, who will represent the Fatorda constituency," he said.

  • 10:13 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    SC asks Punjab govt not to arrest Majithia in drugs case till Jan 31

    The Supreme Court on Thursday orally asked the Punjab government not to take any coercive step against SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia till January 31 when it hears his pre-arrest bail plea in a drugs case. A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli took note of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Majithia, that the plea seeking anticipatory bail plea needed urgent hearing as the accused has been facing "political vendetta". The pre-arrest bail plea of Majithia, who has been booked under the NDPS Act, was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 24.

  • 10:11 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Punjab: BJP fields two Congress turncoats, former Union minister Sampla

    The BJP fielded two Congress turncoats and its former Union minister Vijay Sampla for next month's Punjab Assembly polls as it released its second list of 27 candidates on Thursday. Later in the night, the party announced that it would field Jagmohan Singh Raju from the hotly contested Amritsar East seat against Congress state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior Akali Dal leader Bikramjit Singh Majithia, the brother-in-law of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. The party also fielded Ram Chawla from Amritsar Central constituency and Manjit Singh Manna from Baba Bakala (SC) seat. The BJP is contesting the polls in alliance with former chief minister Amarinder Singh's Punjab Lok Congress and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt). The BJP will fielding its candidates on 65 seats according to the seat-sharing arrangement with its allies.

  • 10:11 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    91 more nominations filed for Punjab assembly polls

    A total of 91 nominations were filed for the next month's Punjab assembly polls on Thursday. Prominent among those who filed their nominations included minister and sitting MLA and Congress candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu from Ludhiana West and Aam Aadmi Party leader Aman Arora from Sunam. A total of 103 nominations have been filed so far, said Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju. The nomination process, which started on January 25, will continue till February 1. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on February 2 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is February 4. Voting for Punjab's 117 Assembly seats will be held on February 20 and the counting will take place on March 10.

  • 10:10 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Manipur : BJP signs ‘agreement of cooperation’ with probable nominees

    The BJP has signed an “agreement of cooperation” with several party members who might be fielded in the upcoming Manipur assembly elections, in a bid to prevent switching of allegiance before the polls. The members include those who could be nominated in Keisamthong assembly constituency in Imphal West district and Sugnu in Kakching district, sources said. "The party has signed an agreement of cooperation with many probable candidates in the presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, so that they don’t switch sides amid the developing political scenario" BJP’s chief spokesperson in the state, Ch Bijoy, told PTI. The saffron party has been conducting “sensitisation” meetings to ensure bonhomie and cooperation among members, who are likely to be fielded in the polls. The elections for Manipur's 60-member assembly will be held in two phases on February 27 and March 3, while counting of votes will take place on March 10. The BJP, which has witnessed an exodus in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh with three ministers recently quitting the party, is yet to announce its list of candidates for the Manipur assembly elections. It had formed government in Manipur in 2017 despite bagging just 21 seats compared to Congress' 28 by joining hands with two local parties - NPP and NPF. Later, BJP's own strength increased to 30 after some MLAs defected from Congress and other parties.

  • 10:09 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Congress stitches pre-poll alliance with five other parties in Manipur

    Seeking to defeat the BJP-led government in Manipur, Congress on Thursday joined hands with five other political parties to form a pre-poll alliance, the name and common minimum programme of which will be announced soon. Congress will work together and share responsibility with CPI, CPI(M), RSP, JD(S) and Forward Block in the forthcoming assembly elections, MPCC president N Loken told reporters. He said that the parties have joined hands with a common goal to defeat the BJP. Congress Legislative Party leader O Ibobi, addressing the press conference at Congress Bhavan, said that barring Kakching, where the grand old party is likely to have a friendly contest with CPI, the alliance has decided to put up common candidates in the remaining 59 assembly seats. He said that the Congress has decided not to field any candidate in Khurai, and instead support CPI in the constituency. CPI state secretary L Sotinkumar said that the name of the alliance and its common minimum programme will soon be announced.

  • 10:03 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    UP: Akhilesh, Jayant to address joint rally in Muzaffarnagar today

    To firm up their alliance further, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhary will address a joint rally in Muzaffarnagar on Friday. This is their first joint rally after the announcement of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The rally is being held after Union Home Minister Amit Shah extended an invitation to Jayant Chaudhary to quit the alliance with SP and join BJP. Jayant had responded by saying that he 'never flips like a coin'. The RLD and SP are also facing trouble on some seats over their choice of candidates and the two leaders will make an effort on Friday to explain the need for the alliance. The rally comes ten days before the first phase of elections begin on February 10 when districts in western Uttar Pradesh go to vote.

  • 10:01 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    'Worshipers of Jinnah', Adityanath blasts Akhilesh for Pakistan comments

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday attacked Akhilesh Yadav for his comments on Pakistan.

  • 9:57 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Five couples in fray to add spice to Goa Assembly polls

    Apart from being a multi-cornered fight with several parties in fray, next month's Goa Assembly elections will be an interesting affair for another reason - as many as five couples will be testing their electoral luck. The BJP has fielded two couples and also given candidature to one of its leader, while his wife will be contesting as an independent. The Congress and the TMC have given ticket to one couple each. BJP leader and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane is contesting from Valpoi Assembly segment, while his wife, Deviya, has filed her nomination from Poriem constituency on BJP ticket. Interestingly, Poriem seat is currently represented by her father-in-law Pratapsinh Rane on Congress ticket. The Congress has given ticket to Pratapsinh Rane from this Assembly segment. Deviya Rane is contesting her maiden election. The BJP has also given ticket to Atanasio Monserratte from Panaji Assembly constituency and to his wife, Jeniffer, from Taleigao seat. Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar and his wife Savitri Kavlekar are also in the fray. The Congress has fielded Michael Lobo and his wife Delilah from Calangute and Siolim constituency respectively. TMC has given ticket to Kiran Kandolkar from Aldona constituency, while his wife, Kavita, would fight the polls as the party candidate from Thivim constituency.

  • 9:54 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Watch India TV Exclusive: Utpal Parrikar vows to dethrone BJP in Goa

    Denied ticket from Panaji by the ruling BJP, his late father's constituency, former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's son Utpal Parrikar on Thursday filed his nomination papers from here as an independent candidate. He had quit the BJP last week. Speaking to India TV after filing his papers, Utpal said that he will not return to the BJP fold even if he wins elections. 

  • 9:53 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Party workers will decide CM: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Punjab

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  • 9:49 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Opinion Polls are 'Opium Polls' : Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav has warned people against opinion polls ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly calling them “opium polls". "Opinion Polls in reality are Opium polls. We need to be careful of them,” Yadav said. "BJP leaders want to take the election in a different direction with their statements. All kinds of misconceptions are being spread on WhatsApp," he said. The SP had earlier written to the Election Commission demanding ban on opinion polls on news channels, terming them a violation of election code of conduct.

  • 9:46 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    'Goonda raj' to return if Akhilesh forms govt in UP: Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday attacked SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, saying "goonda raj" will return to Uttar Pradesh if his party comes to power in the Assembly polls. Addressing "influential voters" during a door-to-door campaign, he also accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BSP of promoting dynastic politics and casteism. Shah paid obeisance at the Banke Bihari temple before starting his door-to-door campaign for the state Assembly polls.

  • 9:46 AM (IST) Posted by Abhinav Ranjan

    Amit Shah in Uttarakhand today

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Uttarakhand today to bolster the BJP's campaign ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls. The Home Minister will commence his visit by offering prayers at Baba Rudranath Temple in Rudraprayag.