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Congress’ major losses: Drubbing in Amethi, vote share depletion

Local Congress leaders in Amethi admit that while Samajwadi Party has not been contesting past few elections in Amethi and Rae Bareli in a gesture towards Congress, which has been leaving seats in SP bastions as well, it is the absence of BSP that affected them the most.

Election results 2019: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat as Smriti Irani springs surprise in Amethi

Amethi is one of the most closely watched constituencies in this election and both the BJP and the Congress had launched an intense campaign on the seat way before the poll dates were even announced.

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Gandhis in Amethi: From Sanjay to Rahul, the story of a pocket borough

Amethi’s first tryst with the Nehru-Gandhi family happened in 1980 when Sanjay Gandhi won the seat. In the next three decades, the constituency changed hands across three other members of the family.

Explained: What the results mean for Rahul Gandhi and Congress

The May 23 election results also exposed another big myth – that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has a connect with the people and was a vote catcher. She was to the Congress's big bramhastra that the party unveiled for this election.

Smriti Irani accuses Rahul Gandhi of booth capturing bid in Amethi

Following Irani’s allegation, the District Magistrate had ordered an inquiry and replaced the polling officer.

What's at stake for Rahul, Sonia Gandhi as polling concludes in Amethi, Rae Bareli

The Gandhi clan is facing tough competition with the BJP laying special focus on both Rae Bareli and Amethi, with senior party leaders visiting the two constituencies multiple times over the past months.

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Smriti Irani 'alerts' EC, says 'Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing' in Amethi

Sitting MP Rahul is seeking to defend his turf and win the Amethi seat for the fourth time. His main challenger is Irani, who brought down Rahul’s victory margin to just over a lakh in 2014.

Lok Sabha elections: Amethi all set for Rahul Gandhi-Smriti Irani battle

As titans clash in this largely underdeveloped area, some locals see Amethi and the Gandhis as inseparable, while others are willing to shun old loyalties and seek new horizons.

Will ask 'cultured families' to keep their children away from Priyanka Gandhi: Smriti Irani

"You cannot use children for political campaigns. What will children learn out of this? I will ask all cultured families to keep their children away from Priyanka Gandhi," Smriti Irani said.

Watch: Smriti Irani draws water from hand pump to help douse fire in Amethi village

The minister accompanies the villagers to the spot and issues further instruction to the fire brigade. Besides this, she is also seen consoling an elderly woman by saying, "Amma, nothing has been burnt. You sit down. Nothing has happened."

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Big fight: Rahul Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari, Kanhaiya Kumar among key candidates

Spread across seven phases, the bitterly contested Lok Sabha election spanned from April 11 to May 19. As the results start pouring in, let's take a look at some of the prominent candidates.

Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections: Ahmed Patel wins, a look at all that happened

The Election Commission of India (ECI) invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to revoke the decision of its Returning Officer (RO) in the state and declare invalid the votes cast by two Congress MLAs.

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Textiles Minister Smriti Irani gets additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry

With Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu now NDA’s Vice-Presidential nominee, his two ministerial portfolios have been given to Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Smriti Zubin Irani.

February Top Pictures: JNU protest, Jaitley's budget, Thane mass murder

JNU protest, Arun Jaitley's budget, Thane mass murder - Take a look at the top happenings in the month of February.

Massive landslide in Darjeeling, Indonesian plane crash, Digital India Launch

Narendra Modi launches Digital India campaign; Massive Landslide In Darjeeling, 38 Feared dead; Indonesian Air Force Plane Crashes, 100 Feared dead.

AAP protests in Delhi, demands Smriti, Sushma, Vasundhara's resignation

Aam Aadmi Party activists stage a protest against BJP leaders Smriti Irani, Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Pankaja Munde in New Delhi.

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Christian school allegedly vandalised in south Delhi, alumnus Smriti Irani stops over

The incident took place at Holy Child Auxilium School following which the school was shut.

Smriti Irani, Raj Thackeray hold rallies as Maharashra poll campaign intensifies

Ahead of the Assembly polls, HRD Minister Smriti Irani addressed a public meeting for BJP candidates in Kolhapur on Wednesday (October 8).

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani participate in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani were seen participating in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

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Will you take sanitary napkins soaked in blood to a friend’s home: Smriti Irani on Sabarimala row

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was once again in the spotlight on Monday when, during a conference, she said that if you don't go to friend's house in a blood-soaked sanitary napkin, would you do the same going to a God's house?

MJ Akbar and the #MeToo campaign: A timeline

Junior minister MJ Akbar has filed a case of criminal defamation against Priya Ramani, the first woman to have publicly accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour. Here's a timeline the case so far.

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MJ Akbar better positioned to speak on allegations of sexual harassment: Smriti Irani

At a FICCI event in Mumbai, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said the junior minister was better positioned to speak on the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by at least 7 women journalists.

Four years of the Modi government: In education, what the HRD ministry did, is doing and failed to do

Here’s what the many ministry of the HRD ministry did with education, in our series The Last Lap. 

Education Policy: Make Our Report Public Or I Will, TSR Subramanian To Smriti Irani

Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian wrote to HRD Minister Smriti Irani today asking her to make public his panel’s report containing suggestions for the new national education policy — or else he will. Subramanian was the chairperson of the five-member committee entrusted with the responsibility of assimilating feedback collected by the HRD Ministry through grassroots […]

Smriti Irani left despite ‘begging’ with folded hands, says daughter of accident victim

TWO DAYS after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s cavalcade was allegedly involved in an accident that left one dead and two injured, the victim’s family has alleged that Irani ignored their pleas to take them to a hospital. Sandali Nagar, the 13-year-old daughter of Dr Ramesh Nagar who was killed, said she requested Irani to […]

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Vemula suicide: Doctor rejects Irani's claim about scholar's death

Hyderabad, Feb 26 (ANI): The on-duty Chief Medical Officer M. Rajshree, who confirmed Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's death, has repudiated HRD Minister Smriti Irani's assertion in the Parliament, saying she had reached the scene in three-five minutes. She further said that a group of students took her to the room where Rohith had attempted suicide and the police asked her if she could predict the time of Vemula's death. Irani on Wednesday pointed out that according to a report submitted to the Telangana High Court, the police had reached the hospital at 7:20 pm when they found the body.

I attended Mahishasura event in JNU: BJP MP

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Confirming his attendance at the ‘Mahishasura festival’ of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2011, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Udit Raj on Friday said that he changed his thoughts after joining the saffron party. Raj further stated that Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani’s remarks on the Mahishasura event were political and he attended the event as an activist then. Irani had yesterday created a huge uproar in the Rajya Sabha by reading out a document on the Mahishasur Puja, observed on the JNU campus every October since 2011.

Irani slams Rahul Gandhi over Rohith Vemula case

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Accusing the main opposition of practicing "political opportunism" Union Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday sought to know as to where was Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi when more than 600 students died during the Telangana movement. Irani said "Today I am being accused of discrimination. One student dies and there is political battle over it. In my 20 months as minister, I have served my country, people without any prejudice. I did my duty, and I won't apologise for it," said Irani in response to Vemula's suicide in Parliament's Budget Session. She added "I have been accused that with which authority, do I to write letters Universities? Just because I contested from Amethi, you would crucify me."

Strict action will be taken: Rajnath on JNU issue

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Speaking about an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that whatever happened at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was inappropriate. He said strict action will be taken against the anti-national elements. He added that if anyone raises anti-India slogans and tries to raise question on nation's unity and integrity, they would not be spared. Union Minister for Human Resource and Development (HRD) Smriti Irani also echoed similar sentiments, saying that academic institutions have the responsibility of following principles and thereby it should be kept in mind that institutions are respected. She added, “Nation can never tolerate any insult to Mother India:”

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