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Modi now India's 15th PM

This was the first time that the oath-taking ceremony was attended by not just over 5,000 guests but also dignitaries from eight SAARC nations and Mauritius. »  
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Modi takes the wraps off new Cabinet

Not surprisingly, the lion’s share of berths in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers went to States north of the Vindhyas, with a mere half-a-dozen to the four southern Stat... »

Narendra Modi and Council of Ministers during swearing-in ceremony, at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Northern States rewarded, South gets just six berths

How the pie was sliced: Rajasthan has to be content with just one MoS post in spite of delivering all its seats to the BJP. »  
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Omar asks people to give reasons for NC’s defeat in LS polls

With National Conference drawing a blank in the Lok Sabha elections, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday sought to know the reasons from the people of the state for the reject... »
Narendra Modi along with Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah performs the Ganga aarti in Varanasi on Saturday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Modi celebrates win with Ganga aarti

Narendra Modi received a rapturous welcome in Varanasi as he visited his constituency in a show of gratitude on Saturday, a day after the BJPs resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections.... »
Security personnel at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Party bosses out of sight even as fans stream in to console Sonia

A funereal air hung over the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office at Akbar Road as votes for the Lok Sabha election were counted on Friday. In the early hours after the counting began at 8 a... »

2 killed in clash at PDP’s victory celebration in Kashmir

Informed sources said that 15 men were injured and later two died when a Police armoured vehicle overturned. »
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi exchange greetings at a meeting held in New Delhi. A file photo.

Jayalalithaa congratulates Modi on ‘magnificent victory’

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said she looked forward to ‘meaningful cooperation’ between his government at the Centre and her state »
A file photo of former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Party will decide on Cabinet berth, says Yeddyurappa

"It is left to Narendra Modi and all India party leadership," Mr. Yeddyurappa told reporters here when asked whether he would be inducted in the Cabinet. »
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After a nine-year association with the Congress, the DMK disassociated itself from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2013 on the sensitive Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Now under the stewardship of its treasurer M.K. Stalin, who was the main hand behind the party deciding to quit the UPA, the DMK has put together, what many feel, a strategic alliance with Muslim and Dalit outfits and is thereby hoping to attract a sizeable chunk of the votes polarised due to various circumstances. While the party started the campaign on the back foot, opinion polls point to the party’s resurgence on the ground in the last few weeks. With internal squabbles in the form of sibling rivalry coming to the fore, the outcome of the Lok Sabha election would be seen as a commentary on the performance of Mr. Stalin who is likely to lead the party in 2016 Assembly polls.

Since its launch in 1972, this is the first time that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is facing the Lok Sabha polls alone. The party has fielded candidates for all the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, resulting in a direct clash with its archrival DMK in 35 of those constituencies. While it announced a pact with the CPI and the CPI (M) in February, issues in seat-sharing saw the alliance falling through. With party leaders projecting Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as a possible prime ministerial candidate, the party is hoping to bag maximum number of seats to have its say in the formation of the next government at the Centre. The last leg of the AIADMK’s campaign also saw Ms. Jayalalithaa taking BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi head on and disputing the performance of the Gujarat model of development.

A Dravidian party-Congress combination has always been seen as a winning alliance in Tamil Nadu. But decisions of the Centre in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and a string of scams that hit the UPA in second term has isolated the Congress in Tamil Nadu. The party has entered the fray alone for the first time after 1998 and is staring at the possibility of a whitewash. The aim of the party would be to manage a respectable vote share in the 39 seats it is contesting and get back in the reckoning by 2016. In Puducherry, party candidate and Union Minister V. Narayanasamy is hoping to get re-elected.

By sewing together a multi-party alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ended its decade-long isolation in Tamil Nadu. With the DMDK, the PMK and the MDMK in its fold, the NDA, riding on the popularity of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, is looking to open its account in the State. The alliance is expected to put up a tough fight against the two principal Dravidian parties in several constituencies. A good showing may help the BJP attract allies for 2016 as well.

Since 2009, the Left parties have aligned with the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu to face elections. The trend looked set to continue in 2014 as well with national leaders of the two communist parties meeting AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in Chennai and announcing an electoral pact in February. In fact, senior CPI leader A.B. Bardhan almost endorsed Ms. Jayalalithaa as a possible prime ministerial candidate in case of the emergence of a third front at the national level. But AIADMK snapped ties abruptly after issues over seat-sharing cropped up. Left alone, the communist parties have fielded 17 candidates in the State and one in Puducherry, and are supporting the Aam Aadmi Party and other parties in several other constituencies. While they may attract fair bit of votes in their traditional strongholds, winning seats would be a difficult task.
Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik greets Governor S.C. Jamir while staking claim to form the next government in Odisha, on Monday.

Naveen to take oath as Odisha chief minister on Wednesday

Odisha Raj Bhavan is all set to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of the new council of ministers under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday, a Governor’s Secretariat release said.“... »
A group of JD(U) legislators demonstrate against the resignation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the latter's residence in Patna on Saturday. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Nitish quits as dissent brews in JD(U)

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Trinamool Congress chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the 34 elected MPs from her party from the State, in Kolkata on Saturday. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

TMC will play big role in Lok Sabha: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asserted that Trinamool Congress’ 34-seat tally in the State was a massive triumph and said her party will play a big role in the 16th Lok Sa... »
File picture of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Gogoi to submit resignation within a week

Owning responsibility for the party's poor showing in the Lok Sabha polls in the State, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said that he would tender his resignation within a week. »
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MNS debacle hurts Congress-NCP in Mumbai

Had the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Raj Thackeray, performed in this election as well as it had in 2009, the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance would not have drawn a blank... »

Uddhav roars, throwing Raj out of the ring

Estranged cousins led a bitter, personal campaign as each tried to claim Sena supremo’s legacy »
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje waves at supporters after BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha polls in Jaipur on Friday. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

BJP accomplishes ‘Mission 25’ in Rajasthan

Creating a history of sorts, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday swept Rajasthan, winning all 25 Lok Sabha seats there. The Congress was totally decimated with at least three Central Ministers, i... »
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi shows victory sign after arriving at the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar on Friday. Photo: Vivek Bendre

There are no enemies in democratic politics: Modi

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday reached Vadodara for his first victory rally. He won Vadodara by a margin of 5.7 lakh votes. »
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File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM

The resignation comes a day after his party Janata Dal (United) suffered a drubbing in the general elections. »
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Kamal Nath, Scindia survive BJP wave in M.P.

Madhya Pradesh too rode the BJP wave, with the party winning all but two of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the State. In Guna, Jyotiraditya Scindia and in Chindwara, Kamal Nath, both Congress leaders a... »

BJP deals blow to Soren, Marandi

With the BJP almost sweeping the elections, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has failed the first major electoral test after taking over the helm of affairs of the JMM in Jharkhand.It... »

RJD gains in Bihar bypolls

In contrast to the Lok Sabha results, the outcome of the five Assembly by-elections in Bihar has swung the other way. The RJD was the real gainer, winning three out of the five se... »
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In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »