Former IRS officer D Murlikumar was on Tuesday appointed as special expenditure observer for the August 5 bypoll to Vellore Lok Sabha seat, where the election was earlier countermanded due to excess use of money power.
Karan Taurani, Vice-President of Media Research at Elara Capital, talks about the sports bonanza and its effect on broadcasters. He says normally ad revenues shift from GEC to sport broadcasters during World Cup. He says while Sun TV dropped to second spot in terms of viewership during IPL & World Cup, it remained the biggest revenue earner, but adds that the firm is facing tough competition in Tamil genre from Star & Zee's local channels.
In democracy, there is nothing bigger than the power of the people. Hence, all of you get the right to vote, and it is your biggest strength as well. The vote is your right as well as a weapon. You have to use this weapon judiciously.
Priyanka Gandhi VadraCongress General Secretary
Women should understand they need to have nerves of steel to be in politics. I understand criticism, but have had to face negativity, dirt and filth. I have not played the victim card in all these days. I am here to stay.
Urmila MatondkarCongress candidate from Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat
Voting is necessary and a sacred responsibility of all. Vote for national security, development and identity. Being quiet does not work. You have to say yes or no.
Mohan BhagwatRSS chief
The Grand Festival of Democracy has started. The country does not have to be trapped in new tricks and has to follow the path to progress.
Randeep SurjewalaCongress leader
We have long been saying that there is scope for technical problems and manipulation in EVMs. Even technologically advanced countries are using ballot papers.
N Chandrababu NaiduAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister
"Can your first vote be dedicated to (the cause of) providing pucca houses to the poor. Should not your first vote go for providing water in farms of farmers,"
Narendra ModiPrime Minister of India
"Congress focused on people of this country and their issues in its manifesto, where as BJP highlights only PM Modi. Their promise is only Modi ji, their claim is return to power of Modi ji, and their vision is how to prolong the rule of Modi ji. Rest all in the manifesto is fiction."
Ashok GehlotRajasthan Chief Minister
"After the air strike carried out by the IAF, there were celebrations everywhere in India, while only at two places there was grief -- one in Pakistan and another in Rahul baba and company's camp."
Amit ShahBJP President
"It is because the Congress failed to put up a credible fight against the BJP, the saffron party grew from strength to strength. The Rahul Gandhi-led party will have to seek help from others if it wants to form government at the Centre."
Mamata BanerjeeWest Bengal Chief Minister
"The Congress manifesto was created through discussion. The voice of over a million Indian people it is wise and powerful, The BJP Manifesto was created in a closed room. The voice of an isolated man, it is short sighted and arrogant."
Rahul GandhiCongress National President
In a democracy, ideas are allowed to flourish and not choked. By taking such undemocratic, unconstitutional and unnatural measures (banning JKLF & Jel), the government is trying to show its electorate how tough it is against the Muslims and against Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba MuftiPDP leader and former J&K Chief Minister
They (Rahul and Priyanka) go to temples only during elections. They do not have time to visit holy sites if elections are not around.
Yogi AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister
This country has seen governments that only made slogans, but for the first time, they are seeing a decisive government that knows how to demonstrate its resolve.
Narendra ModiPrime Minister
Air strikes against Pakistan should not be linked to elections. It should neither be made an electoral issue nor should anyone take credit for it.
Nitin GadkariUnion Minister
We have made this sacrifice (by forming an alliance with the Congress) for one aim -- to keep India a secular country and also keep India strong. There is no other goal.
Farooq AbdullahNational Conference Chairperson
According to Mr Jaitley, one who disagrees with the government is a 'compulsive contrarian'. Can we then say that anyone who always agrees with the government is 'His Master's Voice'?
P ChidambaramCongress leader
People have realised they (NDA) have not done much and I don't even see the Congress picking up much. So, either one of them is not meeting (the majority mark), then chances will be there for various regional parties. That's what I am banking on. That might give larger scope for other parties.
K KavithaTRS leader
I am not minimising national security, but I am saying that the election has to be fought on perennial issues and not on a tragedy of one moment. That tragedy (Pulwama attack) will be dealt with, has been dealt with and should be dealt with.
Shashi TharoorCongress leader
It has been decided by our party unit that we don't want any adjustment or alliance by compromising our dignity. The Left can't dictate us on who will be candidate and who won't. We will fight alone in Bengal.
Somen MitraWest Bengal Congress chief
The amount of violence she (Mamata) had to go through during her Youth Congress days and from the Communists, she is now making everyone suffer the same.
Nirmala SitharamanDefence Minister & BJP leader
Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan and Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackerayhad planted the sapling of the BJP-Sena alliance which has manifested into a huge tree now.
Devendra FadnavisMaharashtra Chief Minister & BJP leader
At the cusp of history, India and Indians have a choice to make. Are they electing a 6 month govt or a 5 year govt? Are they choosing between a tested & performing leader or a chaotic crowd of non-leaders? I am confident aspirational people of India will make the right choice.
Arun JaitleyUnion Finance Minister
If Balakot were to win elections, you might as well vote for the Indian Air Force chief to become the country’s prime minister.
P ChidambaramCongress leader & former finance minister
If this country is to improve, it has to move forward on par with other countries at an international level with its head held high. Only if the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are made to run away, alternative federal politics will come in this country.
K Chandrasekhar RaoTelangana Chief Minister & TRS chief
Narendra Modi is the NDA's prime ministerial candidate and he will return as the Prime Minister again. Nitish Kumar will have a role to play, of course. Among NDA constituents, the JD(U) is the third largest after the BJP and the Shiv Sena. But nothing more should be read into this.
Prashant KishorNational Vice-President of JD(U)
This nation is based on love and brotherhood. It is sad at what is happening in the country these days. There is no bigger patriotism than awareness. Your awareness is a weapon; your vote is a weapon. It is a weapon that will not hurt or harm anyone. It is a weapon that will strengthen you.
Priyanka Gandhi VadraCongress General Secretary
The Election Commission on Saturday made it clear that there were no ghost voters during the recently held Lok Sabha polls as the provisional voter turnout data reported on the EC website is only the tentative number of voters.
he two-member Congress Committee probing the reasons behind the defeat of their President Rahul Gandhi in his family borough Amethi, has been told that the non-cooperation of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party units was responsible for the defeat.
The representation of Rajya Sabha members in the second Narendra Modi government has dropped from 19 to 11 as those who fought tough battles in the Lok Sabha polls have been rewarded handsomely.
The meeting called by Pawar will take place on June 1 at the Y B Chavan Centre here where MPs, MLAs and important leaders will be present, state NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said here Tuesday.
Gandhi, who offered his resignation in the wake of the party's rout in Lok Sabha polls, had reportedly been adamant about going ahead with his decision to step down as party president.
The first timers include party President Amit Shah, former union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and celebrities from sports to film fraternity like Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Gautam Gambhir and Hans Raj Hans.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi's decision to resign will be suicidal not just for his own party but also all opposition.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases.
Phase I: April 11, Phase II: April 18, Phase III: April 23, Phase IV: April 29, Phase V: May 6, Phase VI: May 12, Phase VII: May 19
More than 830 million people were eligible to vote in the 2014 Elections, while more than 550 million cast their votes. The number might swell to 900 million this time round.
The people of India will vote to elect new representatives for the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. This election will choose the 17th Lok Sabha. The members of the largest party or coalition will then choose the Prime Minister.
Lok Sabha elections 2019 will have one million polling stations.
The model code of conduct comes into effect as soon as the Election Commission announces poll dates. It is a set of guidelines that candidates, and political parties and governments must follow to keep elections fair. These generally include restrictions on government announcements and freebies that can influence voters.
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is an electronic device for recording votes. It consists of two units - a control unit and a balloting unit. Since 2010, the Election Commission has been phasing in a third unit called the VVPAT or the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, which allows voters to verify that their votes have been recorded correctly by printing a paper receipt.
EVMs were first used in 1982 in 50 polling stations in a by-election to Kerala's Parur assembly seat. The first large scale use of EVMs was in 1998 when it was used in 16 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. The 2004 Lok Sabha election was the first parliamentary poll conducted entirely on EVMs.
NOTA or 'None Of The Above' is a voting option on EVMs that allows voters to reject every candidate in their constituency. It was introduced In October 2013.
You can contact the nearest Election Commission office or visit the National Voters' Services Portal at www.nvsp.in.
Yes. As long as you have your name in the voters' list, you can walk in to a polling booth and cast your vote with an Aadhaar card as ID proof.
Yes, as long as they have not acquired citizenship of any other country and are otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter at their place of residence in India.