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Election Commission bars parties from releasing manifestos 48 hours before polling

In 2014, the BJP had released its Lok Sabha manifesto on the day of voting in the first phase.
File image of PM Narendra Modi at an event in Kochi | PTI

Modi government’s next budget shouldn’t be excessively bold

But in all probability, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pack in several big-ticket, populist announcements before the election campaign formally begins.
freebies

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...
Union ministers and senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javadekar along with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje release the party manifesto for the Assembly elections in Jaipur | PTI

BJP manifesto for Rajasthan assembly polls promises 50 lakh private jobs in 5 years

The BJP manifesto also held out a possibility to farmers of doubling their income, helped by a new Rs 250 crore fund to encourage rural start-ups.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah

BJP is so smug that it hasn’t even released a manifesto for Gujarat

BJP feels people of Gujarat are familiar with Modi’s vision, and thus releasing a manifesto/vision document is a matter of custom, not consequential.

On Camera

Imran Khan

India’s Balakot strikes were long time coming, but only Pakistan can end terrorism

Trump must focus on ensuring that Pakistani terrorism against India (and Afghanistan) is defeated for the larger success of US geopolitical interests in Asia.
elections

Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Tricolor draped coffins of the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack

India has not and will not forget sacrifice of CRPF personnel in Pulwama, says Ajit Doval

At CRPF's 80th Raising Day event, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval says country’s leadership capable of determining "what should be done ahead".
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?