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Voters in Chhattisgarh stand in line to cast their ballots | PTI

From tight races to outright victories, opinion polls divided on Assembly poll results

A majority of the polls predict BJP victories in MP and Chhattisgarh, with the Congress to comfortably take Rajasthan.
People wait with their identity cards to cast their votes for the Assembly elections, in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Exit polls were spot on when Telangana, Rajasthan, MP, Mizoram & Chhattisgarh last voted

Today’s Chanakya offered the most accurate estimate for four of the five assembly elections in 2013 and 2014.
Latest news on Shivraj Singh Chouhan | theprint.in

Why this MP election is the toughest battle for Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Both BJP and Congress call this a 'close contest', almost a 50:50 election and voters term this as ‘takkar ka chunaav’.
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Development with shrill Hindutva & Congress bashing marked BJP’s state poll campaigns

While BJP CMs talked about vikas and pro-poor schemes, big guns such as Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath pandered to their hardcore Hindutva voter base.
Security personnel outside a 'pink' polling booth for women ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly election | PTI

Women voters in Madhya Pradesh want jobs, not sanitary napkins and cooking gas

Madhya Pradesh revealed a fundamental disconnect between party perceptions and women voters’ expectations.
Union minister and senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje release the party manifesto for the Assembly elections in Jaipur | PTI

BJP’s two-pronged poll approach — Vikas in manifesto, Hindutva in campaigns

Arun Jaitley releasing party manifestoes is BJP's strategy to ensure that it isn’t just in content but also in the optics that the party is seen as pro-development.    
File image of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | @ChouhanShivraj/Twitter

Madhya Pradesh is Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s election – to win or lose

Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the pivotal leader in this election — he is BJP's biggest asset in Madhya Pradesh but is also weighing the party down.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Sagar | PTI

Modi betrayed people with promise of 2 crore jobs and 15 lakh cash deposit: Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi during his rally in Sagar in Madhya Pradesh said that while CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan speaks with decency, Modi uses hatred.
Radha Mohan Singh addressing an event in Patna on World Fisheries day | @RadhamohanBJP/Twitter

Agrarian crisis is an election issue, but agriculture minister is missing from BJP campaign

Radha Mohan Singh has been kept out of the list of BJP star campaigners over apprehensions that the agriculture minister could face protests from farmers.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

BJP is on a better wicket in parliamentary elections than in state elections

A swing towards the Congress in MP and Rajasthan assembly polls need not automatically mean a similar outcome in parliamentary elections.

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Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.