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MNF assumes power in Mizoram after 10 years, Congress suffers humiliating defeat

The Congress’ seat tally drops from 34 in last Assembly polls to 5 this time, and the party is now out of power in all 7 northeastern states
News anchors Rahul Shivshankar, Arnab Goswami, Sweta Singh, Bhupendra Chaubey and Navika Kumar | Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

Assembly election 2018 updates: What media and poll pundits said, and what parties walked away with

From TimesNow, Republic TV to AajTak, NDTV, we track how India's top news anchors are reporting on the 2018 assembly election results. Here are the live updates. New Delhi: Welcome to ThePrint’s live blog on the Assembly election results. With the Congress set to form governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and pulling ahead of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, and regional parties TRS and MNF heading for big wins in Telangana and Mizoram, we look at how the highs and the lows, the euphoria and the deep dive are manifest through our TV ‘sutradhars’. Follow the day's live updates here: 08:00pm: And that's a wrap. Come back to ThePrint to see what happens in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram going forward. 07:38pm: The election results have been a literal cliffhanger for the Congress and BJP as results in Madhya Pradesh were neck and neck through the day. BJP's loss holds some important...

Here’s what happens to the hordes of cash seized during election season

The Election Commission seized Rs 161.47 crore in cash from the five states where elections were just held. 
File photo of Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Rahul Gandhi and LK Advani at Parliament House on December 13, 2017 in New Delhi | Getty Images

Exit polls predict clear Congress win in Rajasthan but tough contest in MP, Chhattisgarh

It's advantage Congress if exit poll predictions hold true — Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh following the anti-incumbency trend and voting BJP out. New Delhi: The just-concluded polls in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram have perhaps been the most awaited set of assembly elections, coming just months before the big 2019 Lok Sabha polls and witnessing a near straight Congress-BJP fight in three states. In Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is hoping to topple BJP governments riding on the anti-incumbency sentiment against the party — as well as in the Centre — and shatter the image of the party's electoral invincibility under the combine of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. But if the exit poll results are anything to go by, the Congress has more than its task cut out for 2019. The average of these polls — ThePrint has analysed six — show a close, neck...
Congress president Rahul Gandhi waves at the crowd at a public meeting in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh | PTI File Photo

Exit polls 2018 updates: 3 out of 5 say advantage Congress

The exit polls of the five state elections, considered the semi-final to the 2019 general election, throws up a Congress victory in 2 states. Here are the updates. New Delhi: Poll of exit polls predict a Congress victory in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, but give BJP a win in Madhya Pradesh. Telanagana Rashtra Samithi hold steady in Telangana, while the Mizo National Front pulls ahead of the Congress in Mizoram. The votes will be counted on December 11. We bring you updates on the exit polls, with reporting by D.K. Singh, Ruhi Tewari, Neelam Pandey, Rohini Swamy and Pragya Kaushika. Follow updates here: 9:25pm: This brings us to the end of today's live updates on the exit polls. ThePrint will be back on December 11 when the votes are counted and the final results are declared by the Election Commission. 9:15pm: What the final Telangana exit polls predict. 8:50pm: Final tally of Mizoram exit polls 8:20pm: In Chhattisgarh, Congress is...
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election roadshow in Aizawl, Mizoram | PTI

Mizoram: Congress’ last bastion in northeast and BJP’s final frontier

For Congress, Mizoram election is far more crucial than is being talked about. It's the only state in the northeast the Congress still has a grip over.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election roadshow in Aizawl, Mizoram | PTI

Beyond Congress or BJP, Mizoram elections hold a lesson for post-insurgency politics

Mizoram assembly elections prove that normalisation of electoral process roots out insurgency.
Amit Shah

Caste, Congress, cadre and chief: BJP’s battle plan for three states is ready

To win MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the BJP is banking on Congress infighting, goodwill of its leadership and its robust organisational structure.

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Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.

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.


An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

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.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.