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Attendees hold a Congress banner during an event in New Delhi | T. Narayan/Bloomberg

Wins in state polls do have a bearing on Lok Sabha elections, if held within 2 years: Study

Elections in two-party states like MP, Rajasthan indicate who will win in Lok Sabha polls but the trend isn’t true for multi-party states.
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In Karnataka, BJP wins Lok Sabha & Congress, JD(S) state polls but 2019 can be a close fight

The regret is that BJP vs Congress-JD(S) contest aside, Karnataka for all its civic activism hasn't given us alternative politics.
File photo of voting in Jammu and Kashmir during the 2009 general elections

Home ministry wants EC to conduct J&K elections immediately after Lok Sabha polls

In a letter to the Election Commission on 26 February, the home ministry cited higher security personnel requirement for its advice.
File photo of voters in Varanasi | Pankaj Nangia/ Bloomberg News

Why voters don’t turn up in larger numbers in Lok Sabha elections – all politics is local

Panchayat leaders make decisions that can have a direct and immediate impact on villagers.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announcing the dates of the upcoming Lok Sabha Election 2019 in New Delhi | ThePrint/Suraj Singh Bisht

These are the four states that will have assembly elections along with Lok Sabha polls

Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will have simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

BJP out on a no ball, and Modi’s travel expenditure

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray and Rashmi Thackeray offer prayers during Saryu aarti at a ghat in Ayodhya | PTI

Modi’s dismal show in assembly elections gives Shiv Sena upper hand in alliance

Sena leaders stress on significance of regional parties & alliance. In mouthpiece, Sena writes BJP first lost its friends now, important states. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his ministers ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament

After poll defeat, voters should be very worried about what Team Modi will do next

The assembly election results show that Modi’s personal popularity is struggling to pull votes, and puts a big question mark around the outcome of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray lauds voters for courage to reject ‘those not wanted’

Thackeray says people's courage needs to be recognised in the five-state election results.
BJP national president Amit Shah | PTI

Amit Shah is losing his winning touch. BJP needs a new strategy

BJP chief Amit Shah is known as a master election strategist but barring his home state Gujarat, the party under him has failed to beat anti-incumbency in recent polls.

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File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
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Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

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Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.