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Election Commission slaps notice on Pragya Thakur for campaigning despite ban

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has been barred from campaigning for her remark on Babri Masjid.

Why these Kashmiri politicians are hiding in Srinagar hotels instead of campaigning

Councillors, workers from Congress, BJP, PDP & Sajjad Lone's PC — most from volatile Anantnag — are on militant hitlists and have been holed up in hotels for past 8 months. 
Post-election cleanliness drive in Kerala | Photo: Rohini Swamy | ThePrint

Kerala candidates hit Lok Sabha campaign trail again, to clean up the mess they made

Now that all of Kerala’s 20 Lok Sabha seats have voted, a few candidates are leading campaigns to remove the deluge of promotional material.
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It’s more politics, less music in the battle of the BJP & Congress campaign songs

The BJP’s song is all smiles and nationalism, while the Congress number is the angry Indian’s call for justice.
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Has BJP found loopholes in election laws or is EC too weak to take on PM Modi?

PM Modi attacked Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from Wayanad, saying Congress was "afraid" of fighting from constituencies dominated by Hindus.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at Madison Square Gardens in 2014 | @PIB_India/Twitter

Opposition parties will have to copy Modi’s permanent campaign trick, sooner or later

The opposition begins campaigning before elections whereas Modi is always campaigning.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting

Coming Up: PM Modi’s Lok Sabha campaign blitzkrieg — 10 states in 5 days

From 8 Feb, Modi will travel from far Northeast to eastern, southern, central and northern India, looking to carpet bomb with public meetings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi |Atul Yadav/PTI

State election defeat shows Narendra Modi wins only when he is a challenger

The massive mandate in 2014, along with several states under the BJP government, can become Modi's curse in 2019.
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi | PTI

2019 elections will see greater mudslinging between Modi-Rahul than state polls

It is doubtful if voters will ever get to vote for a party that gives them a balance sheet of their performance.
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Can Congress-BJP sway state polls with freebies or are they failing to read voters’ minds?

All major political parties in the state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have promised freebies and doles during the campaigns - ranging from laptops to smartphones, tiffin boxes to unemployment allowances. ThePrint asks: Can Congress-BJP sway state polls with freebies or are they failing to read voters’ minds? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0MWgemqPWU Luring voters with freebies is more democratic than hate, intimidation Rasheed Kidwai Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Freebies are integral part of our political culture. Populist measures like two-Rupee rice, laptops and farmers’ loan waivers have had a history of turning around poll outcome. Politically, it is perfectly democratic to lure voters with populist measures than hate, intimidation or discrimination. Some of the southern states who have a political tradition of freebies, have much better socio-economic indicators than their northern or eastern counterparts. It is sagacity of voters to opt for one party or the other. Freebies, in some ways, are just a glimpse into...

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Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

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IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
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Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.