Delhi 2015 Exit Polls: AAP Clearly Ahead

  Exit polls conducted by various agencies after the Delhi assembly elections have one clear winner – Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).   While the projections vary between 35 seats and 53 seats for AAP out of the 70 assembly seats, two polls have predicted a complete wipe out of Indian National Congress (INC) … Continued

Maharashtra CM Faces 22 Riot Cases, Crime Accused Pack Assembly

  (Maharashtra BJP president and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with other party leaders)   *Devendra Fadnavis, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister, has 22 charges of rioting registered against him.   * Jitendra Ahwad—the only member of the legislative assembly (MLA) with a doctorate—of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has 15 criminal cases against … Continued

Have Maharashtra Elections Also Finished Independents?

Independent candidates have always been the “fun” part of the Indian elections, and the recently concluded Maharashtra assembly elections were no different. 1,699 independents contested the elections this time as against 1,820 candidates during the 2009 elections.   While 24 independents were successful last time (i.e. a success ratio of 8% when compared with the … Continued

5 Charts of Maharashtra’s Political Fate

With a five-pronged contest in Maharashtra turning out to be a win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), how did the leaders of different parties perform at the hustings?   BJP performed the best with its top five leaders winning their seats across the state. While former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan won his seat from … Continued

5 Factors That Decided Haryana, Maharashtra Elections

  (BJP president Amit Shah with party workers in New Delhi after the announcement of the results of Haryana and Maharashtra.)   What messages did the voters of Haryana and Maharashtra send out? From the election results of October 19, 2014, here are five of the most important factors in their decision:   1. The … Continued

Maharashtra’s Time Of Promises—And More Promises

  Monorails. Free wifi. Ambulances. New universities. Free medicines. More electricity. Junking heritage laws.   The sweep of promises is wide and varied in Maharashtra as more than83 million voters get set to cast their vote tomorrow for a new 288-member legislative assembly.   Opinion polls predict there may not be a fractured mandate. Is … Continued

Poor, Struggling Vidarbha Is Up For Grabs

  “As long as I am sitting in Delhi, I assure you that no power can divide Maharashtra. Some people are spreading rumors that BJP will sever Mumbai from Maharashtra. It’s a lie. Maharashtra is incomplete without Mumbai.”   This is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recently during an election rally, an affirmation that … Continued