India Politics

India Politics

The Kite soars high: With two seats, MIM marks debut in Maha assembly polls

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Winning two seats, the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) made inroads into the dominantly saffron Maharashtra assembly on Sunday.

BJP gets simple majority in Haryana; Hooda resigns

Chandigarh:The BJP got simple majority on its own in the Haryana assembly Sunday evening.

The party won 46 seats out of the results of the 90-member assembly declared here. It was leading in another seat whose result was yet to be declared.

In a related development, outgoing Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda submitted his resignation to Governor Kaptaan Singh Solanki.

Hooda held a meeting with senior officers of the state government and addressed the media before submitting his resignation.


“Why Muslims do not have good leaders?”, asks MIM's Imtiaz Jalil

By TCN News,

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidate former journalist Imtiaz Jalil won the Aurangabad (Central) seat by defeating nearest rival Shiv Sena’s Pradeep Jaiswal by 20,000 votes to mark a debut for the MIM in Maharashtra assembly.

Convent educated, media professional Jalil, known for his powerful oratory and an unblemished record during the past decades of journalism, had written the following letter two months ago to his electorate when he decided to make a career shift from journalism to politics.

Modi wave only in Haryana

By Amulya Ganguli ,

It’s a half-way house for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party’s hopes of forming governments on its own in both Maharashtra and Haryana have come true only in the northern state where its remarkable performance in the parliamentary polls has been replicated in the assembly elections.

In Maharashtra, however, the BJP is unlikely to be satisfied with only the status of a No. 1 party since it exposes it to the possibilities of Machiavellian compromises with either estranged friends or even outright foes.


Leaders desert Congress headquarters, workers bat for Priyanka

New Delhi: The Congress headquarters in the national capital Sunday wore a deserted look after the drubbing the party received in the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. Only a group of workers was around, demanding a bigger role for Prianka Gandhi in the party.

No leaders were available at the party headquarters to comment on the poll debacle. Party spokesman Ajay Maken came in the morning, but as it became clear that the Congress was headed to the defeat in both states, which it held so far, he too left the office.


Rahul Gandhi accepts defeat in Haryana, Maharashtra

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Sunday accepted the party's defeat in the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections.

"We accept the verdict of people. People have voted for a change, after 15 years of our government in Maharashtra and 10 years in Haryana," Gandhi said in a statement issued by his office.

He said the Congress will "work hard on the ground to once again earn the confidence of the people".

He congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party on its electoral success.


NCP to support BJP government in Maharashtra

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said Sunday it will offer legislative support to a BJP government in Maharashtra.

Speaking after the election results produced a hung assembly, NCP leader Praful Patel said his party was ready to offer "outside support" to a Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state.


BJP expected absolute majority: Gadkari

New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari admitted Sunday that his party expected to win a majority in Maharashtra but said he was nevertheless happy with the election outcome.

"BJP is number one in Maharashtra for the first time. It is true we expected an absolute majority but even this victory is very big," Gadkari told reporters here.

The BJP has won 17 seats in Maharashtra and is leading in 104 seats in the 288-seat assembly. It, however, failed to bag a majority.

"We will certainly form a government in Maharashtra," said Gadkari.


BJP won't approach others for alliance

Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday said it will not approach other parties for an alliance in Maharashtra.

"We are the bigger party. We don't need to approach other parties for an alliance," party leader Om Mathur told a TV channel. "Other parties will now approach us for an alliance."

The BJP has won 17 seats in Maharashtra and is leading in 104 in the 288-seat assembly.


Country's richest woman loses in Haryana polls

Chandigarh: Savitri Jindal, the richest woman in the country, lost from the Hisar assembly seat, officials said Sunday.

Jindal, who was elected from Hisar in 2005 and 2009 and is a minister in the outgoing Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in the state, lost to BJP candidate Kamal Gupta by 13,646 votes.

Jindal, who is the mother of billionaire industrialist-cum-politician Naveen Jindal, trailed during counting. She was the Congress candidate on the Hisar seat.