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MNF bounces back to power in Mizoram, Zoramthanga set to be CM

AIZAWL The Mizo National Front (MNF) Tuesday scripted a spectacular victory in Mizoram, uprooting the Congress in its last bastion in the Northeast to return to power after 10 years. The MNF won 26 seats in the 40-member assembly, a gain of 21 seats since 2013. The Congress managed to bag only five seats compared to 34 seats it …

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Assembly polls: Congress thanks India for choosing ‘love over hate’

NEW DELHI The Congress on Tuesday hailed its good showing in assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states and thanked people for choosing “lover over hate”. The Congress appeared set to wrest Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the BJP, which was trailing marginally in Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger. “Democracy has won! Thank you India, you have chosen love over hate, …

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Election results: BJP loses vote share big time, but not all to Congress

NEW DELHI With the BJP suffering losses in three key states, its vote share has taken a sharp dip in Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh since the last assembly elections in 2013, but all these votes do not seem to have gone to the Congress alone as other players have also reaped the gains. The vote …

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Assembly polls: NOTA outperforms SP, AAP, NCP among others in all five states

NEW DELHI The NOTA or none of the above option appeared to have outperformed several political parties, including AAP and Samajwadi Party, which contested the assembly polls in the five states. According to the Election Commission’s website at 5.45 pm on Tuesday, the NOTA votes ranged as high as 2.1 per cent in Chhattisgarh to 0.5 …

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13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat

JAIPUR As many as 13 of 19 ministers in the outgoing Vasundhara Raje government have lost the Assembly elections in Rajasthan as results and trends brought electoral reverses for the ruling BJP. However, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her five cabinet colleagues have won their respective constituencies. Raje (Jhalrapatan), Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (Udaipur), Education Minister Vasundev Devnani (Ajmer North), Women and Child Development …

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Chhattisgarh polls: Congress ‘Swayamvar’ underway for CM post; Singhdeo, Sahu, Baghel and Mahant in fray

RAIPUR When the Congress was running a feisty campaign to return to power in Chhattisgarh after 15 long years, it was often asked about its face against the saffron party’s longest-serving chief minister Raman Singh — Armed with a big majority now, the grand old party has quite a few options. TS Singhdeo — scion of an erstwhile …

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‘Beginning of end’ for Modi govt: Amarinder on poll results

CHANDIGARH Terming the assembly poll results in three Hindi heartland states as a mandate for the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday claimed that it was the “beginning of the end” of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. The Chief Minister said the Congress’ performance showed that the party was on an upswing …

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‘Jumlebaazi exposed’: Lalu, Kushwaha hails poll results; Shatrughan blames BJP’s ‘arrogance’ for loss

PATNA Hailing the assembly poll results, leaders across the political spectrum in Bihar Tuesday took a swipe at the BJP, which suffered a drubbing in two of its bastions and was engaged in a neck-and-neck fight with the Congress in the third state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) witnessed a sharp dip …

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Ex-student of Maharashtra govt engineering college alleges rape; 11 lecturers, staffers booked

CHANDRAPUR (MAHARASHTRA) Chandrapur police have registered an FIR against 11 persons, including some lecturers and staffers of the government engineering college here, after a former student has accused them of raping her in 2011, an official said Tuesday. The victim, now 30, had studied at the said college in year 2011. Police Inspector Ashok …

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