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The last 24 hours have been terrible for Narendra Modi

For the Congress Party, Tuesday’s victories represent a rare moment of triumph after four-and-a-half years in the political wilderness.
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Amid heartland surge, Telangana dampens Congress enthusiasm for 2019 grand alliance

There’s a clear message for Congress from Telangana — vote-share arithmetic does not always translate into poll victory.
Telangana chief ministerand TRS party president K Chandersheker Rao flashes victory sign at a rally in Secunderabad on December 2, 2018 | PTI

K Chandrashekar Rao’s TRS set to form government again in Telangana with huge victory

As KCR eyes two-thirds majority, Congress party says it suspects 'manipulation' of EVMs, demands votes be counted using VVPAT Hyderabad: The TRS looked set to form its second successive government in Telangana with a thumping majority after taking an unassailable lead in 86 seats, according to the latest vote count Tuesday, a ringing endorsement of party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's populist policies. Soon after the vote count began at 8 a.m., it became clear that Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi party will sweep back to power with almost three-fourths majority. Rao had dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months ahead of schedule, in a political gamble that paid off handsomely, as the party is expected to improve on its previous strength of 63 in the 119-seat Assembly. However, TRS strength had risen to 82 after defections from TDP and Congress before the elections. "The people reposed faith in the leadership of our chief minister and...
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...
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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.
K. Chandrashekar Rao at an event in Hyderabad | Facebook

A stiff test for ruling TRS as Telangana votes for second time in its history today

A Congress-led alliance has queered the pitch for the ruling TRS, as the AIMIM and the BJP look to make further inroads.

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Why Right-wingers and lapsed liberals hate Romila Thapar, the mother of history in India

The dislike for Romila Thapar is embedded in belief that Left-liberal monopoly on scholarship has denied Hindus their rightful place in history.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.