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Haathi, cycle or handpump? Gathbandhan workers address confusion over symbol

The problem is starker in Kairana, where the gathbandhan first tasted success after winning the 2018 bypolls.

At first joint rally of UP gathbandhan, Mayawati and Akhilesh warn: Don’t let votes get split, will help BJP

BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav Sunday described the BJP and the Congress as two sides of the same coin — and cautioned voters, “particularly Muslims”, against splitting their votes in the eight western UP seats.

Biopic waits, playing in west UP: Chowkidar guarding ‘Bharatpur’ against ‘Khanpur’

Released on February 12, almost two months before the biopic PM Narendra Modi whose release has been delayed over allegations of violation of the Model Code of Conduct, Main Hoon Chowkidar has over 4 million views on YouTube.

Uttar Pradesh: Joint rally today in Deoband, gathbandhan focus on getting the right pitch

The rally is aimed at sending a message to voters in eight western UP constituencies — Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Baghpat, Kairana, Saharanpur, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar — which go to the polls in the first phase on April 11.

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha elections: Two of each on board SUV, gathbandhan hits the road

To demonstrate the gathbandhan’s unity, leaders of the three parties have made it mandatory that two workers from each party will travel in any vehicle on the campaign trail in western Uttar Pradesh that goes to polls in the first phase on April 11.

Tie-ups and loose ends

The Indian Express travels through Western UP, whose eight seats are among the first off the block, voting on April 11 in an election that will be determined by fissures new and old — the new SP-BSP gathbandhan versus the winning run of the BJP, the familiar Cong factor and the untested stray cattle element, the fathers who have made up their minds versus the sons who will go by their heart

Explained: Why China is shielding the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Masood Azhar

China has refused to lift its “technical hold” on a proposal to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist under UNSC Resolution 1267, which prescribes a sanctions regime against designated terrorists and terrorist groups.

A chunk of votes, a few seats: why rebels always count in this two-party state

The high share has meant independents and parties other than the Congress and BJP have never won fewer than 14 seats in the 200-member House.

Campaign winds up in Rajasthan, rebels give both sides the jitters

Disgruntled leaders from both parties are contesting as Independents in more than a third of the 200 seats across Rajasthan and the Congress and BJP want to leave little to chance.

Results of Assembly polls will set tone for 2019 Lok Sabha election, says Sachin Pilot

Pilot, who addressed a string of corner meetings across Tonk, said that the results of polls in five “important” states will gauge the mood of voters.

Rajasthan elections: Why Dalits are keeping BJP, Congress guessing

With the BSP contesting 197 of the state’s 200 seats, Congress sources admit that a victory is not possible without the support of Dalits.

Rajasthan elections: For Congress, sharp surge in Alwar crime is poll issue to slam BJP, Pehlu Khan a footnote

With just two days left before campaigning ends, none of the frontrunners brings up the lynching directly. Of the nine candidates in Behror, eight are Yadavs and the community accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 2.2 lakh electorate.

Swachh Bharat: ‘I am just a safai karamchari here but this police station depends on me’

The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked.

Uttar Pradesh encounters: Between the lines, marking the common words

From Saharanpur to Shamli, and Baghpat to Bulandshahr, FIR after FIR filed in Uttar Pradesh’s police encounters show identical words, reveal a telling story.

Karnataka Elections: Congress claims it set tape trap, BJP walked in

Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who spearheaded the effort to sequester MLAs in resorts and hotels, said at least 40 MLAs admitted to receiving calls.

Strong opponent of JD(S) but had to swallow bitterness: Congress’ point person DK Shivakumar for alliance

DK Shivakumar indicated that though the future of the alliance in Karnataka was fraught with challenges, both parties would work together to keep the BJP at bay, with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar interview: ‘Politics is art of possibility, we should forget individual issues’

We could not get a clear mandate for the Congress. It was Rahul Gandhi who triggered this entire operation. He gave a direction: plan A, B and C: DK Shivakumar.

Karnataka elections 2018: On the ground, some tension; a Cong-JD(S) reality check

The Congress hopes to stem the BJP charge across India and build momentum before the crucial Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, by keeping Karnataka, while the JD(S) hopes power will help it rebuild the party in Karnataka and perhaps even become a larger force in the Lok Sabha in 2019.

Karnataka Elections 2018: From hotel to pool to police, how Congress toiled

While the Congress was all smiles by the afternoon of Saturday, behind it lay many anxious moments, particularly over “missing” legislators.

Karnataka floor test: Bengaluru to Hyderabad and back — smiles, worry and a number game

There were victory signs and cheers in the Congress and JD(S) camps after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test. But the smiles masked the worry and nervousness in the two camps in the run-up to the vote.