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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.
Rahul Gandhi | PTI photo

Narendra Modi and BJP have failed to provide a vision for India’s future: Rahul Gandhi

Speaking after Congress' impressive show in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Rahul Gandhi says will defeat BJP again.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Rajasthan | PTI

Pakoras, polarisation and popularity of Modi: Key takeaways from state election results

Let’s not forget that together Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh account for 65 seats in the Lok Sabha.

On Camera

Kanshiram (centre) along with the other founding members of BAMCEF in the 1970s | Facebook

Kanshi Ram matters in 2019 polls and why some think he deserves a Bharat Ratna

Kanshi Ram promised the lower castes that if they can organise themselves into a grand voting bloc, they will become the ruler of this country.
anil ambani

Anil Ambani pays up: Defaulting tycoons can no longer game the system or is it a one-off?

Anil Ambani Tuesday escaped a three-month prison term after his elder brother Mukesh Ambani agreed to repay money Reliance Communications owed to Ericsson’s local unit.

Defence

Mi-25 gunships | YouTube

Chopper delivery from India to Afghanistan delayed by a year, now likely in June

Questions are, however, being raised in Afghanistan on whether India will be able to deliver the Mi-25 gunship choppers as it heads into elections & amid tension with Pakistan.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?