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UP Election: Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance closing gap with BJP, says India Today-Axis Opinion Poll

Results of the final opinion poll done by Axis-My-India for the India Today Group show that the BJP has lost about 25 seats in in UP between the previous opinion poll done in December and the latest one done in January.


The political pendulum in India’s most important battleground state has started shifting away from the BJP and towards the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance. Where the pendulum rests will finally decide whether the BJP is able to cross the finishing line in the front or is trumped by the Akhilesh-Rahul combination.

Results of the final opinion poll done by Axis-My-India for the India Today Group show that the BJP has lost about 25 seats in UP between the previous opinion poll done in December and the lat...

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UP Elections: Congress Releases First List Of Candidates After Alliance With Samajwadi Party

NEW DELHI: Hours after the Congress and Samajwadi Party finalised their pre-poll alliance on Sunday, the Congress announced its first list of 43 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The list includes former Union minister Jitin Prasad and controversial leader Imran Masood. The party may come out with a second list soon.

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Out of 41 candidates on the Congress list, eight are Muslims, which translates roughly to 20 per cent. This is in direct contrast to the two BJP lists, which do not any Muslim candidate so far.

Imran Masood, who was in the eye of a storm during 2014 Lok Sabha elections when a video clip emerged that allegedly showed him saying he would cut Narendra Modi into pieces if he ever came to...

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UP elections: Samajwadi Party, Congress cement alliance after Gandhis intervene Samajwadi Party will contest 298 seats, the Congress on 105 of the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh elections next month

Samajwadi Party will contest 298 seats, the Congress on 105 of the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh elections next month

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New Delhi: After months of talks and bargaining, Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party and the Congress on Sunday announced an alliance for the upcoming assembly elections, showcasing an “agenda of development” and throwing a challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While the SP will contest 298 seats, the Congress party will fight in 105 of the 403 assembly constituencies in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) elections next month.

“For the unity of the country and committed to the idea of secularism, SP and Congress will contest the 2017 polls together...

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Rajya Sabha Elections Today, BJP Goes All Out To Better Numbers: 10 Facts

Polling underway for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states (File photo)

Voting has begun for 27 Rajya Sabha seats in seven states. In eight other states, 30 candidates have been elected unopposed to the Upper House of Parliament.

Polling underway for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states (File photo)

Here are the latest developments

  1. In an effort to increase its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, the BJP has supported some independent candidates to try and ensure that the Congress is not able to win any extra seats. It has also fielded its own candidates in some states to grab seats from others.
  2. Six ministers are seeking to return to the Rajya Sabha in these elections. At the end of the elections for 57 seats, the BJP will increase its tally in the Upper House where it has had trouble with pushing legislation...
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