As BJP and Congress battle it out to dominate upcoming national elections, regional parties may play a decisive role.
RLSP president and BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha met opposition leader Sharad Yadav, fuelling speculation that he may switch camps over his differences with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the proposed seat-sharing arrangement among the saffron party's Bihar allies for the Lok Sabha polls.
Amid threats of Maoist violence, 18 of the 90 constituencies in Chhattisgarh will go to the polls on Monday to elect a new Assembly in the first phase of a battle in which the Congress is desperate to end 15 years of BJP rule.
The two public sector undertakings tasked with manufacturing the latest M3 type electronic voting machines to be used in next year's Lok Sabha elections have delivered the lot comprising nearly 22.3 lakh ballot units and 16.3 lakh control units to the Election Commission, a senior EC official said.
Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey sought to belittle the efforts of opposition parties to stitch up an alliance with the SP and the BSP as key partners for the general elections next year, saying "days of caste equations are over".
NCP leader Dhananjay Munde attacked the Devendra Fadnavis government for "not answering" any of the 56 queries his party had raised "on behalf of the people" through social media.
In a bid to counter BJP chief Amit Shah's 'rath yatras' in Bengal ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls, opposition Congress and the CPI(M) have decided to take up mass contact programmes and 'padayatras' (foot marches) in the state.
Union minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha Tuesday said he was ready to follow BJP president Amit Shah's call asking allies to "sacrifice" their number of Lok Sabha seats in Bihar but asked why his party was not made a partner in the Nitish Kumar-led government.
Opposition Congress and NCP have inched closer to stiching an alliance for next year's Lok Sabha polls as they have reached a consensus on 38 of the total 48 seats in Maharashtra and talks are on for the remaining ones, a Congress leader said.
The BJP and the JD(U) will contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, BJP president Amit Shah said.