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After the massive victory in the Lok Sabha polls, non-BJP state governments in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh face a serious threat. In the elections for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly last year, the Congress only won 114 seats. Now with the Congress managing to win only one of the state’s 29 Lok Sabha seats, it spells trouble for Kamal Nath government.

03:10:20 on 24 May

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Union Minister Jayant Sinha won Hazaribagh by 4,79,548 votes beating his nearest rival and Congress nominee Gopal Prasad Sahu. Hazaribagh is a constituency in North Jharkhand region of Jharkhand in East India. In the last election, Jayant Sinha won comfortably defeating Congress candidate Saurabh Narayan Singh. BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri wins by 3,66,019 votes from South Delhi.

03:01:44 on 24 May

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Maharashtra retains the colour saffron

A coalition of 56-opposition parties and organisations failed to stop the Narendra Modi juggernaut in Maharashtra as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance was set to record a landslide victory by winning 41 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats. The total vote share of the BJP-Sena combined also crossed the 50% mark for the first time since Independence.

02:31:46 on 24 May

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Kamal Haasan, whose party Makkal Needhi Maiam made its debut in the Lok Sabha election and the Assembly bypolls promising to challenge the status quo in Dravidian politics, fared better in many urban pockets, even coming third in some constituencies. However, the party could only garner an estimated contested vote share of about 3.62% (as of 5 pm on Thursday).

02:24:32 on 24 May

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Of the nearly 20,600 paper trail machine results to be counted, 12,480 have been matched with electronic voting machines (EVMs) so far, Election Commission sources have said. Citing reports of State Chief Electoral Officers, the sources said there have been no mismatch with EVM tally. There have been one case which appears to be a manual error.

01:58:17 on 24 May

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Modi thanks Trump for his wishes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his wishes on the NDA returning to power, saying the victory represents the aspirations of a nation of 1.3 billion people. “I too am looking forward to working closely with you for closer bilateral ties, which also augur well for global peace and prosperity,” Modi tweeted.

01:48:47 on 24 May

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BJP retains all five seats in Uttarakhand

BJP retained all five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand. State BJP president Ajay Bhatt defeated former chief minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat by a margin of over three lakh votes in Nainital. A variety of factors seem to have worked in favour of the BJP nominees who sought votes on the twin planks of nationalism and development under Narendra Modi's leadership.

01:44:22 on 24 May

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Two-time BJP MP C.R. Patil came close to surpassing the all-time victory margin in Lok Sabha polls as he won the Navsari seat in Gujarat by garnering 6.89 lakh more votes than his rival — the highest margin in 2019 polls. So far, the highest victory margin of 6.96 lakh votes in Lok Sabha polls belongs to Pritam Munde, who won the by-election to Beed seat in October 2014.

01:14:31 on 24 May

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Latest trends: BJP wins 241 seats

According to trends at 12:34 PM BJP wins 241 seats, leading on 62. The Congress party has been declared victorious on 39 seats and is leading on 13 seats, as per the latest details of vote counting on the website of Election Commission of India (ECI). BJP retains all 7 seats in Delhi with higher margins.

01:01:38 on 24 May

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UP: BJPs Hema Malini retains Mathura seat

BJP's Hema Malini retained the Mathura Lok Sabha seat by defeating RLD candidate Kunwar Narendra Singh. Hema Malini defeated Singh by a margin of 2,93,471 votes, according to the Election Commission website. While the actor-turned-politician polled 6,71,293 votes, Singh, her nearest rival, received 3,77,822 votes, it said. Congress candidate Mahesh Pathak got 28,084 votes.

12:50:59 on 24 May

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BJP’s Bholanath won the Machhlishahr seat in Uttar Pradesh by just 181 votes, the lowest margin recorded in the Lok Sabha elections, defeating Tribhuvan Ram of the BSP. This is the lowest margin of victory among the results declared for more than 375 seats by the Election Commission of India (ECI) so far.

12:40:09 on 24 May

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The DMK continues to reign the Tamil Nadu polls as the Stalin-led party has won 6 seats in the Assembly bypolls so far and is leading on 7 others. AIADMK, on the other hand, has won 3 seats and is leading on six others. 22 bypolls seats went to poll along with the parliamentary constituencies.

12:28:14 on 24 May

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Recent studies have shed light on how animals act as social lubricants. Researchers found that strangers were more likely to approach and start friendly conversations with people in wheelchairs if they had animals with them. Animals are icebreakers. They can bring the most unlikely people together for a shared experience.

12:27:01 on 24 May

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Newly elected BJP MPs likely to meet on Saturday, party passes resolution hailing Prime Minister Modi. While, Congress Working Committee is likely to meet in Delhi on May 25. PM Narendra Modi has thanked Congress chief Rahul gandhi for his wishes on the BJP's victory in Lok Sabha Elections.

12:20:12 on 24 May

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US President Donald Trump congratulates PM Modi on election victory. "Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!" tweeted Trump.

12:18:03 on 24 May

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Five-time CM Pawan Kumar Chamling's era ended in Sikkim on Thursday after over 24 years in power as his party SDF lost the state elections to a resurgent SKM. While Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) got 15 seats in the hill state, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, which came into being in 2013, bagged 17 seats, one more than required for a majority in the 32-member assembly.

12:08:40 on 24 May

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For a man dubbed on election eve as Divider-in-Chief by Time magazine, Narendra Modi had the last laugh on Counting Day. His stunning victory in General Elections 2019 shattered the age-old prisms of looking at India, as the Modi juggernaut levelled the divides of caste, demography, gender and geography that had defined Indian politics since Independence.

12:03:39 on 24 May

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Riding the Modi wave, a record number of Union ministers marched to Lok Sabha, although former bureaucrats and senior cabinet ministers Hardeep Puri and K.J. Alphons failed to make it. Textile Minister Smriti Irani emerged as a winner against Congress president Rahul Gandhi who conceded defeat from Amethi in one of the most keenly-watched contests in the country.

11:49:46 on 23 May

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Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday retained the Purvi Champaran Lok Sabha seat in Bihar for the BJP, defeating his nearest RLSP rival Akash Prasad Singh by a margin of nearly three lakh votes. The 69-year-old member of the Narendra Modi Cabinet polled 5.78 lakh votes in the constituency.

11:42:34 on 23 May

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The victory in three LS constituencies in Telangana Thursday infused a fresh lease of life in a beleaguered Cong as it suffered a humiliating defeat in the state Assembly elections last Dec. The party has also faced a crisis of sorts with 11 of the total 19 MLAs, who won in December, announcing their decision to leave the party and join the ruling TRS since early March.

11:36:03 on 23 May

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BJP wins on 202 seats

BJP wins on 202 seats, leading on 101; Congress wins on 39 seats, leading on 13, out of total 542 Parliamentary constituency seats. Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor wins from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency defeating BJP's Kummanam Rajashekharan by a margin of nearly 1 lakh votes.

11:30:04 on 23 May

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With just 52 seats and losing its traditional Amethi seat, the Congress has failed to make a mark in the Lok sabha elections. Apart from that, the grand old party failed to open its account in as may as 17 states and union territories. These include Delhi, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajhasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand.

11:21:56 on 23 May

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The DMK continues to reign the Tamil Nadu polls as the Stalin-led party has won 6 seats in the Assembly bypolls so far and is leading on 7 others. AIADMK, on the other hand, has won 3 seats and is leading on six others. 22 bypolls seats went to poll along with the parliamentary constituencies.

11:13:32 on 23 May

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Top Tamil actor Rajinikanth Thursday congratulated DMK chief M K Stalin whose party is on course for a massive victory in the Lok Sabha election. "I extend my hearty congratulations to DMK president M K Stalin for the party's grand victory in the Parliamentary polls," he tweeted.

10:57:07 on 23 May

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has spent much of his time this election season denying that he is a claimant for the Prime Minister's job. The 61-year-old former BJP president has fueled speculation with a series of comments that were seen to suggest that he is not on the same page as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

10:55:01 on 23 May

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad retained the Patna Sahib seat for the BJP on Thursday, defeating sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha in fray on a Congress ticket by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes. Prasad, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, polled a whopping 61.85 per cent of the total votes in the constituency.

10:51:28 on 23 May

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BJP's sitting MP from Sonipat Ramesh Chander Kaushik emerged as a giant killer defeating Congress veteran and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda by a margin of 1,64,864 votes. The loss of the 71-year-old leader from Sonipat dealt a big blow to the Congress in Haryana, where it faces a rout.

10:45:05 on 23 May

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Unfazed by the electoral drubbing received at the hands of arch rival DMK in the Lok Sabha polls,the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu Thursday said the trends in the bypolls showed people had reposed faith in the party. AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami hailed the massive mandate earned by BJP at the Centre.

10:33:48 on 23 May

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Actor and BJP candidate Sunny Deol on Thursday won his electoral debut by defeating Congress heavyweight and sitting MP Sunil Jakhar from the Gurdaspur constituency. Deol defeated Punjab Congress chief Jakhar by a margin of 82,459 votes, the Election Commission's website said.

10:27:15 on 23 May

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DMK President MK Stalin would hold discussions with his party's MPs and MLAs on March 11, on the coming Lok Sabha elections, the party said Thursday. The opposition party would also discuss the bypoll to 21 Assembly seats in the state, DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan said in a statement.

10:27:02 on 23 May

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DMK sweeps Chennai Lok Sabha seats

The DMK swept the three Lok Sabha seats in Chennai comfortably as the results to the Lok Sabha elections were announced Thursday. Here are the winners: Chennai central - Dayanidhi Maran (DMK), Chennai North - Dr Kalanidhi Veeraswamy (DMK), Chennai South - Thamizhachi Thangapandian (DMK).

10:15:39 on 23 May

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Gautam Gambhir Wins East Delhi Seat

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir wins East Delhi seat, defeats Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely by margin of 3.91 lakh votes. Union minister and BJP leader Mahesh Sharma is leading by a margin of over two lakh votes from the Gautam Budhh Nagar seat after 28 rounds of counting for the Lok Sabha polls, the district election office said.

10:08:32 on 23 May

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Senior CPI leader D. Raja lauded DMK leader M.K. Stalin for steering the Secular Progressive Alliance (SPA) to a remarkable show in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it was possible due to the latter’s foresight. Mr. Raja said he congratulated the DMK chief and extended good wishes for Mr. Stalin’s future.

09:59:43 on 23 May

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Even in the worst of his dreams, Telugu Desam Party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu who wears his four-decade long political experience on his sleeve, would not have imagined that one day he would have to face a crushing defeat at the hands of a 46-year-old YSRCP president, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

09:57:02 on 23 May

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Congress candidate and millionaire business man H Vasanthakumar pushed Pon Radhakrishnan to second spot in Kanyakumari constituency by a massive margin of 2,46,136 votes. Kumar, who owns a popular consumer durable retail chain in Tamil Nadu, had declared a total asset of Rs 412 crore in his nomination papers.

09:41:17 on 23 May

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As the mandate for 2019 Lok Sabha polls becomes clear, Assistant Professor for the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) clarifies that there is a need to distinguish between “Hindu vote bank and Hindu polarisation,” a strategy that he believes worked for the BJP. “This isn’t vote bank politics, this is polarisation politics,” says Ahmed.

09:40:02 on 23 May

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Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha, is one of the Congress's most prominent leaders in the south. The 76-year-old leader is yet to see an electoral defeat in his decades-long career, but is facing defeat in the Gulbarga constituency. Mallikarjun Kharge won from Gurmitkal assembly constituency in Karnataka nine times in a row.

09:35:11 on 23 May

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil was defeated by independent candidate Sumalatha by 1,25,876 votes in Mandya. The electoral battle for this district 100 km away from Bengaluru was a matter of prestige for Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, since it was JD(S)’ bastion, and it was also a test of the unity of the coalition government.

09:11:57 on 23 May

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BJP candidate GS Basavaraj has secured a victory from Tumkur constituency in Karnataka, defeating JD(S) supremo and veteran politician HD Deve Gowda, who lost by a margin of over 13,000 votes. Basavaraj secured over 5,90,000 votes according to data final data furnished on Election Commission's website.

09:08:33 on 23 May

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The Union Cabinet will meet on Friday evening, 24 May, to recommend the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. The meet will be held a day after the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections in which the NDA is all set to retain power. After the Cabinet's recommendation is passed in the form of a resolution, President Ram Nath Kovind will dissolve the present Lok Sabha.

08:54:46 on 23 May

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Making inroads in Telangana, the BJP wrested three seats from the TRS and retained one seat while the Congress also wrested two seats from the ruling party and retained one. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which was hoping for a clean sweep, could win only nine out of 17 seats while its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) retained Hyderabad.

08:42:39 on 23 May

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Union minister and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi has won from the Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 12,000 votes. Maneka Gandhi's rival, Chandra Bhadra Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has secured 4,41,344 votes while the BJP leader received 4,53,316 votes. Maneka Gandhi was leading by a thin margin over the BSP candidate earlier in the day.

08:39:14 on 23 May

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BJP leader Kishan Reddy wins over TRS candidate Sai Kiran Yadav with a margin of 51,333 votes. Kishan Reddy has secured 42.3 per cent of votes. The BJP replaced Bandaru Dattatreya with Kishan Reddy in the elections who won with a whopping majority. According to the rumours doing rounds in the political circles, Kishan Reddy would get a cabinet berth.

08:29:40 on 23 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted by BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah at the party headquarters in Delhi as he arrived after trends showed the BJP winning a massive majority in the Lok Sabha elections. BJP supporters crowded around the headquarters amid rain and cheered for PM Modi as he walked towards them and inside the building.

08:21:55 on 23 May

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for its resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections after results projected a humiliating defeat for the Congress, the second time in a row. Addressing the media, Gandhi said, “the janta (public) is the master and the master has made its decision."

08:07:14 on 23 May

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Congress' Mumbai North Lok Sabha candidate Urmila Matondkar Thursday said though she has lost her maiden election, she won't quit politics as she has a long way to go. In her electoral debut, the actor contested against BJP veteran Gopal Shetty. As per the latest trends available, Shetty has taken a decisive lead of 4,52,226 votes over Matondkar.

08:01:44 on 23 May

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By afternoon on May 23, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was tweeting her congratulations to the Bharatiya Janata Party. “Today surely belongs to BJP and its allies,” wrote the leader of the People’s Democratic party. Till June last year, the People’s Democratic Party and the BJP had also been allies in the Jammu and Kashmir state government.

07:57:02 on 23 May

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DMK chief M K Stalin addresses the press in Chennai. He says, "The official results are yet to come. But in the Lok Sabha and by-poll elections, we have won by a great margin. I thank the people of Tamil Nadu and DMK's cadre who worked hard to make this victory possible. I will dedicate that victory to our leader and it has come true today".

07:56:11 on 23 May

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As the BJP returned to power with an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took off the Chowkidar prefix on his Twitter handle. In a tweet, he explained that chowkidar remained an integral part of him. Modi who had started using the prefix chowkidar around the time the election campaign began, praised those who followed him.

07:45:26 on 23 May

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In post-Jaya era, AIADMK heading for rout

The absence of its charismatic leader late J. Jayalalithaa appeared to have cost the ruling AIADMK dear as it is staring at a virtual rout with the DMK staging a spectacular electoral comeback in the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. From being the third largest party in the outgoing Lok Sabha with 37 seats, the AIADMK has to now contend with single digit tally.

07:43:48 on 23 May

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from his post after the party was once again routed at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, sources told News18. However, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi turned down the offer. Sources told News18 that the matter will be taken up by CWC in its next meeting, scheduled some time later this week.

07:39:35 on 23 May

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The Congress can at least say this much: It did better than its 2014 tally. The fact, however, is that Rahul Gandhi’s party, as of leads at 5 pm, looks set to only win 7 more seats than it did five years ago. Back then, it could point to anti-incumbency after 10 years in power and the tremendous rise of the Narendra Modi. Neither reason stands any longer.

07:38:47 on 23 May

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The emotive Sabarimala row in which senior BJP leaders played a key role failed to help the party open its account in the Lok Sabha battle in Kerala. The Congress and its United Democratic Front (UDF) were poised to grab 19 of the 20 seats, leaving only one seat to the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

07:34:22 on 23 May

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Former Union minister and Congress candidate Manish Tewari wrested the Anandpur Sahib seat from Shiromani Akali Dal nominee Prem Singh Chandumajra. Trends indicate that the Congress is holding its ground in Punjab after winning a majority in the 2017 assembly elections. The party is leading in 8 of the 13 seats, while the SAD is leading in 2, the BJP on 1 and the AAP in 1.

07:33:11 on 23 May

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AIADMK candidate G Sampath has won the Sholingur assembly constituency by a margin of 16,220 votes. ADMK candidate Thenmozhi, meanwhile, has won the Nilakottai seat by a margin of 16763 votes. MDMK's Ganesa Moorthy is poised to win the Erode seat; DMK's A C Viswanathan is in the lead in Ambur; Congress's Vishnu Prasad appears victorious from Arani Lok Sabha seat.

07:28:59 on 23 May

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How CPM lost the plot and polls?

After the drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha polls this time, the Left parties, particularly the CPM, can only nurse its wounds and recall the glorious days of the past. Every Lok Sabha election has witnessed the progressive decimation of the CPM and the 2019 polls are no different. The party has been punished for failing to evolve with the times.

07:26:54 on 23 May

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YSRCP legislators to meet on Saturday

The newly elected legislators of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh will meet on Saturday to formally elect party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as their leader, party leaders said. The YSRCP appeared set to storm to power in the state with a landslide victory as the trends show it was leading in 150 seats in the 175-member Assembly.

07:24:33 on 23 May

The Resistance’s war against Skynet rages on with the sixth instalment of the “Terminator" series, “Terminator: Dark Fate.” The first trailer for the latest movie dropped on Thursday. “Deadpool” director Tim Miller helms “Terminator: Dark Fate,” which will hit theatres on November 1. Original director James Cameron is producing the movie.

07:23:52 on 23 May

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DMK chief M K Stalin addresses the press in Chennai. He says, "The official results are yet to come. But in the Lok Sabha and by-poll elections, we have won by a great margin. I thank the people of Tamil Nadu and DMK's cadre who worked hard to make this victory possible. I was worried, because this is the first election we are facing without our beloved leader Kalaignar."

07:19:46 on 23 May

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The assembly elections in Andhra mark a defining moment in the political scene of the state. Early trends suggest that Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP is likely to storm to power, besides taking the major share of Lok Sabha seats. TDP President Chandrababu Naidu's attempt to mark his stamp in national politics with the formation of the Third Front appear to have come a cropper.

07:15:10 on 23 May

With four sitting MLAs nearing victory in the Lok Sabha Elections, four assembly constituencies in the state will face by-election in the near future. Bypolls will be held in Ernakulam, Konni, Vattiyoorkavu and Aroor assembly constituencies. A total of nine MLAs had contested the Lok Sabha Elections, but five of them were defeated.

07:11:31 on 23 May

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Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), today won a second consecutive five-year term as Prime Minister of India. His victory suggests that the global right-ward shift—from Donald Trump in the United States, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, to Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines—is likely to endure.

07:11:21 on 23 May

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The DMK-led front, which also comprises Congress and the IUML, is set for a clean sweep and is poised to win 37 of 38 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu with the lone seat appearing to go to the AIADMK. The DMK lost the 2011 and 2016 Assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. DMK appears set to win in all the 19 constituencies it fought .

07:07:06 on 23 May

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candidate and sitting MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has bagged a hat-trick victory in Dakshina Kannada constituency by defeating Mithun Rai, his main opponent from Congress. Kateel has won the election by a margin of 2,74,621 votes against Rai. While Kateel bagged 7,74,285 votes, 4,99,664 votes polled in favour of Rai.

07:05:42 on 23 May

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Amethi has remained the citadel of the Congress but this time round BJP’s Smriti Irani wrested the seat from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, winning by 35,000 votes. While Irani garnered 49.02 per cent of the vote share in Amethi, Gandhi is behind with 44.44. Addressing a press conference, Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi and congratulated Irani.

07:05:37 on 23 May

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TTV Dhinakaran on Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Results: "We accept the people’s verdict. Success and failure is normal, We thank the people who voted for us. Like Amma taught us, we will bounce back like a phoenix bird and will continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu."

07:01:02 on 23 May

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National Conference (NC), headed by Farooq Abdullah, has bagged all the three parliamentary constituencies in the Kashmir valley. Earlier, all the three seats were held by People's Democratic Party (PDP) headed by the former CM of the state Mehbooba Mufti. In Jammu province, however, BJP has continued to maintain its grip and bagged both the parliamentary constituencies.

06:59:34 on 23 May

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BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir was ahead of Congress's Arvinder Singh Lovely by 3,77,744 votes. Gambhir, who is making his electoral debut from East Delhi constituency, is locked in a contest with Congress's Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP's Atishi. The current trends show that Gambhir is almost certain to win.

06:54:23 on 23 May

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K Surendran, NDA candidate in Pathanamthitta, stated that BJP failed to get majority votes as expected. But he expressed happiness for increasing the number of votes compared to last year. He was addressing the media here as the vote counting for Lok Sabha polls is in progress. Meanwhile, he raised a sharp criticism against LDF

06:53:07 on 23 May

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated India’s Narendra Modi on the runaway election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan tweeted.

06:52:37 on 23 May

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Turmoil in Karnataka?

DH’s principal correspondent, Karnataka, Bharath Joshi, and DH’s editor, Sitaraman Shankar, talk about the state of affairs in the aftermath of today’s Lok Sabha election results. What does this mean for the coalition? Where does the state government go from here?

06:50:05 on 23 May

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Gajuwaka is an Assembly/ Vidhan Sabha Constituency in Coastal Andhra region of Andhra Pradesh and falls in Vishakapatnam district. Andhra Pradesh is located in South India. where the seat is unreserved. Actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan made is political debut but has failed to account for any successes in Andhra Pradesh.

06:47:16 on 23 May

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Raja defeated his nearest rival M Thiyagarajan of AIADMK by a margin of over 2.05 lakh votes, wresting the seat from the ruling party in the state after a gap of five years. CPM candidate P R Natarajan leads with 1,39,990 votes in Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency at the end of the 19th round. He secured 4,67,124 votes.

06:45:38 on 23 May

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BJP's Varun Gandhi Defeats SP's Hemraj Verma, Wins Pilibhit Seat. Hema Malini Retains Mathura, Wins by a Margin of Over 2.8 Lakh Votes. Rajnath Wins Lucknow, Beats SP's Poonam Shatrughan Sinha. BJP's Babul Supriyo Edges Past TMC's Moon Moon Sen, Wins Asansol. The BJP could end up winning more than 280 seats, which is enough to form the government on its own.

06:39:26 on 23 May

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With folded hands, we accept the resounding victory given to the DMK alliance by the people of Tamil Nadu. During the next five years, we will work hard to fulfill the promises made and protect the interest of our state! Tamil Nadu Congress chief K S Alagiri says, "Modi has won, India has lost."

06:39:03 on 23 May

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Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumaavalavan has gained a slender lead after trailing for several rounds since the counting began. As of 5.40 pm, Mr. Thirumaavalavan has a lead of over 6000 votes. In contrast, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has started to trail in Dharmapuri. DMK candidate S. Senthilkumar is leading by over 55,000 votes.

06:33:53 on 23 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards a resounding victory for a second term in office. "The word ‘Chowkidar’ goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me. Urging you all to do the same too!" Modi tweeted after taking down the prefix 'Chowkidar' from his official Twitter handle.

06:31:47 on 23 May

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AIADMK candidate P Chinnappan wins with a margin of 28554 votes against DMK candidate AC Jayakumar in Vilathikulam by-election constituency. In Sulur by-election, after 17th round of counting, AIADMK candidate Kandasamy leads by 2817 votes. Kandasamy secured 71436 votes and DMK candidate Pongalur N Palanisamy secured 68619 votes.

06:28:16 on 23 May

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday conceded defeat and offered to resign as Congress chief after a humiliating Lok Sabha loss that saw him lose even his stronghold of Amethi. Gandhi told a group of senior Congress leaders including his mother Sonia that he takes full responsibility for the election defeat and that he is willing to resign as the party's president.

06:23:29 on 23 May

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The Edappadi K. Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu, which is surviving on a wafer thin majority, appears set to retain power with the AIADMK managing to lead in nine of the 22 Assembly seats for which bypolls were held. Trends as of 3 p.m. showed the DMK, which presently has 88 MLAs, leading in 13 Assembly constituencies. The strength of the House is 234.

06:21:50 on 23 May

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Amit Shah’s biggest strength is his political astuteness combined with humungous reserves of energy, which are second only to PM Modi. After the 2014 win, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah knew that they had to win over eastern India to balance any losses from north and west of India in 2019 as the BJP held optimum seats in these parts. Shah also focused on Uttar Pradesh.

06:09:55 on 23 May

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BJP's Babul Supriyo Edges Past TMC's Moon Moon Sen, Wins Asansol. Amit Shah Secures Gandhinagar Seat With a Margin of Over 5.5 Lakh Votes. BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Odisha’s Kendrapara Jay Panda is trailing behind BJD’s Anubhav Mohanty by 45,027 votes. Pragya Singh Thakur is ahead of Congress’ Digvijaya Singh by 1.61 lakh votes.

06:07:10 on 23 May

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TRS Nizamabad candidate Kalvakuntla Kavitha lost to BJP candidate Dharmapuri Arvind by a margin of over 69,000 votes. In the last Lok Sabha elections, Kavitha won over Congress leader Madhuyashki Goud by a margin of 167184 votes. Farmers in Nizamabad, protesting against the government, filed nominations for the Lok Sabha elections.

06:06:30 on 23 May

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"The people have given their decision," said Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "In these polls, Narendra Modi and BJP have won. I congratulate them." "Frankly, today is the day of the mandate and I don't want to colour the decision of the people of India by discussing with you what went wrong for us. Love never loses...A new prime minister has been elected," he added.

06:02:07 on 23 May

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How Sexist Is Your Neta?

Every election, misogyny is on full display. The sexist remarks against women and comments on female politicians' looks and their clothes become even more popular during poll campaigns. This blatant sexism often is irrespective of party ideology and unites most of our netas. Check out the sexist comments of politicians during their election campaign.

05:52:28 on 23 May

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Three leaders from Telangana who saw a disastrous defeat in assembly elections last year has won in the parliament elections shocking their rivals. Revanth Reddy managed to grab the Malkajgiri LS seat by defeating the TRS candidate Marri Rajasekhar Reddy. K Venkat Reddy of Congress won over Boora Narsaiah Goud of TRS. Bandi Sanjay defeated TRS candidate Vinod Kumar.

05:49:05 on 23 May

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DMK candidate V Senthil Balaji leads with 14818 votes in Aravakurichi assembly segment. In Sulur by-election, after 17th round of counting, AIADMK candidate Kandasamy leads by 2817 votes. Kandasamy secured 71436 votes and DMK candidate Pongalur N Palanisamy secured 68619 votes.

05:41:04 on 23 May

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Shah’s biggest strength is his political astuteness combined with humungous reserves of energy, which are second only to PM Modi. As an example of how his day looked like in the run up to the national election, Shah participated in an unusual Kolkata road show at 6 pm on May 14 followed by series of meeting. In short, he is one political fighter to the core.

05:38:44 on 23 May

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BJP State president PS Sreedharan Pillai said that though BJP didn’t win a seat in Kerala, the vote share has increased. He told media that BJP has received more votes than 2014 and more people have started to trust in Narendra Modi and BJP. Congress and Communist parties have pathetically failed in the country.

05:34:45 on 23 May

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Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj left a Bengaluru’s counting centre midway today, after learning that he was trailing at number three behind BJP and the Congress. With a smile on his face, Prakash Raj was seen moving out of a counting centre, in a video posted on Twitter by a Karnataka daily. Prakash Raj was seen walking out of the centre.

05:29:02 on 23 May

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CPM leads in Madurai Lok Sabha seat

At the end of round 11 of Madurai Lok Sabha seat, CPM has secured 2,69,382 votes while rival AIADMK has secured 1,80,147 votes. At the end of round 12 of Dindigul Lok Sabha seat, DMK has secured 4,21,433 votes while rival PMK secured 1,21,596 votes.CPM candidate P R Natarajan leads by 95,189 votes in Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency. He secured 3,16,913 votes.

05:28:54 on 23 May

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For Gujarat, this was an election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi severed links as a candidate and stayed as a star campaigner, and yet the BJP has come back winning all 26 seats to power its ‘panota putra’ (darling son), as Modi is known here, again for the country’s top job. BJP has not only won all seats again but has also bettered its vote share in the state.

05:28:51 on 23 May

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With election counting now approaching the final rounds, BJP candidate Pragya Thakur’s pitch for Hindutva seems to have triumphed over former chief minister and Congress candidate from Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh. Despite being terror accused Pragya Thakur managed to successfully set the narrative of nationalism in order to woo voters in this Hindi heartland.

05:20:56 on 23 May

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PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah arrived at party headquarters in New Delhi, along with other leaders after cementing their lead in over 347 seats. Union Cabinet meeting to be held on Friday following the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Council of Ministers will also meet on Friday. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has sent a congratulatory message to PM.

05:15:21 on 23 May

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Till yesterday, Alathur was touted as a CPM bastion and P K Biju its undefeatable candidate. Today, P K Biju is set to lose his seat by at least 1.5 lakh votes to Congress's greenhorn Ramya Haridas, who is the youngest candidate the party fielded in this election in Kerala. Credit for this huge victory for the Congress in this CPM bastion goes to Ramya only.

05:14:39 on 23 May

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Karnataka voted in two phases in the Lok Sabha Elections of 2019 — 14 constituencies in southern Karnataka voted on April 18, while the remaining 14 went to polls on April 23. This was the first time that traditional rivals, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), fought together in a general election.

05:13:57 on 23 May

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The Bharatiya Janata Party has established a massive lead in over 301 constituencies and is all set to retain the government. Meanwhile the Congress party has increased its tally from the last elections.

05:08:56 on 23 May

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Ruling AIADMK on course to win comfortably

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu seemed to be on course to win a comfortable number of seats from the 22 Assembly segments where bypolls were held, signalling that K. Palaniswami can breathe easy and continue in the saddle for another two years. The party was leading in 9 of the 22 seats where polling was held in two phases, according to the latest Election Commission data.

05:07:59 on 23 May

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Tension prevails as clashes broke out between TMC and BJP workers at Ausgram area of Purva Bardhaman district. TMC alleged that a group of BJP workers, with lathis in their hands, attacked and vandalised the TMC party office. It is also alleged that some of the articles of the party office were also set ablaze whereas BJP denied all such allegations.

05:03:32 on 23 May

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MDMK leader Vaiko says, "The people of Tamil Nadu have once again proved that this land is the fortress of Dravidian parties. They have made it clear that there is no place for communal forces in the state." DMK leader A Raja has won the Nilgiris constituency with 203,465 votes. He contested against AIADMK’s M Thiyagarajan.

05:03:17 on 23 May

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