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Punjab and Goa Assembly polls 2017: As it happened

The single-phase assembly elections began in Punjab and Goa today.

Punjab Polls: Harbhajan Singh casts his vote, calls on public to vote free of ''external pressure''

Punjab Polls: Harbhajan Singh casts his vote, calls on public to vote free of ''external pressure''

Seeing the Turbanator among themselves, the crowd went crazy and started asking him for selfies, even the polling officer couldn't resist himself from making the request.

PM Narendra Modi urges young voters to turn up in record numbers for Punjab, Goa polls

PM Narendra Modi urges young voters to turn up in record numbers for Punjab, Goa polls

As Punjab and Goa began voting on Saturday to decide on their next governments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn up in huge numbers and specially asked the youngsters to exercise their voting rights.

Punjab, Goa vote today in first assembly elections after demonetisation

Punjab, Goa vote today in first assembly elections after demonetisation

Punjab and Goa began voting on Saturday morning in crucial assembly elections that is held in five states. Interestingly, this is the first big electoral test for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after Narendra Modi-led central government's demonetisation policy. 

Assembly elections 2017: Know the healthcare status of these five poll-bound states

Assembly elections 2017: Know the healthcare status of these five poll-bound states

Healthcare is important to political and economic debate because inadequate public healthcare and healthcare expenses push an additional 55 million people back into poverty in India every year, according to a 2015 Lancet paper.

Assembly polls: Desist from seeking votes in name of religion and caste, EC tells political parties

Assembly polls: Desist from seeking votes in name of religion and caste, EC tells political parties

EC on Tuesday directed political parties to desist from seeking votes in the name of religion and caste.

BJP, Congress on collision course after SC says no populist schemes for poll-bound states in Union Budget

BJP, Congress on collision course after SC says no populist schemes for poll-bound states in Union Budget

A fresh war of words has erupted between the ruling BJP and the main opposition party – Congress – after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the Union Budget presentation scheduled ahead of the crucial assembly polls in five states.

Assembly polls: We have to root out evil souls from Punjab, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined Congress just two days back, today said that "evil souls" need to be "rooted out" from Punjab so that rights of people in the state are protected.

Goa polls 2017: BJP announces names of seven more candidates

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today announced the names of seven more candidates for the upcoming Goa Legislative Assembly elections, thus declaring 36 nominees so far for the 40-member House.

Remove hoardings, posters of political leaders from poll-bound states before elections, says EC

Remove hoardings, posters of political leaders from poll-bound states before elections, says EC

In the wake of assembly elections in five states, the Election Commission on Tuesday asked the poll machinery in the poll-bound states to either remove or cover suitably photographs of political leaders on all hoardings and advertisements that seek to project the achievements of any living political functionary or political party.

UP polls 2017: BSP announces final list of candidates

UP polls 2017: BSP announces final list of candidates

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Sunday announced its final list of candidates for 101 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh.

SC to set up larger bench to decide whether tainted politicians can be allowed to contest polls

SC to set up larger bench to decide whether tainted politicians can be allowed to contest polls

"We must clarify this matter so that people know the law by next election," a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls: 1,12,746 new voters included in voter list

Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls: 1,12,746 new voters included in voter list

19,12,228 people including 8,72,039 women and 163 voters from third gender would exercise their franchise in coming up assembly polls, expected early next year.

PM Narendra Modi hails BJP's victory in polls after note ban, says 'it shows people won't tolerate corruption'

PM Narendra Modi hails BJP's victory in polls after note ban, says 'it shows people won't tolerate corruption'

"Over the last few days, we have seen the results of various polls -- parliamentary, assembly and civic polls -- across India," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets.
 

Ram Museum has no links with UP polls: Sanjeev Baliyan

Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Baliyan on Tuesday said that he has no clue as to why is the Samajwadi Party politicising the Ram Museum issue.

PM Modi's emergence helped some who lost assembly polls become MPs: Uma Bharti

Favourable circumstances, relevant issues and emergence of Narendra Modi helped several leaders, who even lost their deposits while contesting assembly polls, win the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Union minister Uma Bharti on Monday said.

Mayawati accuses BJP of preventing Dayashankar Singh's arrest

Mayawati accuses BJP of preventing Dayashankar Singh's arrest

Stepping up attack on BJP, Mayawati alleged that it had "pressurised" the SP government in UP into lodging an FIR against her and was preventing arrest of Dayashankar Singh.

Kejriwal calls on Goa Archbishop

Kejriwal calls on Goa Archbishop

Panaji: In the last leg of his Goa visit, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met Archbishop of Goa Rev Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao at his palace here.

Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi praises Sonowal for performing his duty despite polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for discharging his ministerial duties despite being busy with Assam assembly elections.

Turf war between Amarinder Singh, Prashant Kishor? Cong says 'No'

Turf war between Amarinder Singh, Prashant Kishor? Cong says 'No'

Congress on Monday said there was no turf war between Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and strategist Prashant Kishor in the key poll-bound state.