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Out of My Mind: What is the Rajya Sabha for?

The scramble is on for nominations to the Rajya Sabha; it presents a strange spectacle. The Rajya Sabha should ideally be the chamber where the federal nature of the Constitution gets its play. Its members should be delegates of the states which they purport to represent. Then the Lok Sabha can be truly a national chamber, its members conveying the messages of the citizens from across the country, leaving the Rajya Sabha to speak for the states.

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That at least was the intention of the Government of India Act, 1935, where the Council of States was proposed as the chamber where the princely states would send their delegates, while British India was to send elected members to the Lower House...

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Election Results 2016: BJP Takes Assam, Jayalalithaa, Mamata Thank People For Big Wins

 Sarbananda Sonowal will be the new chief minister of Assam with the BJP winning Assam, while West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have chosen to retain their powerful women chief ministers, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa.

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In an emphatic mandate, the BJP is leading in 87 of Assam’s 126 assembly seats, with the Congress, which ruled for the last 15 years, trailing way behind at 23.

Against the Congress’ Tarun Gogoi, the BJP projected for chief minister Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who said when it became clear that his party had won, “We are committed to the people of Assam.”

Kerala too has delivered an unambiguous verdict...

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Tamil Nadu State Candidates have Criminal Cases

In Tamil Nadu, which will go to polls on May 16, there has been a spike in the number of election candidates with criminal records

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Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Tamil Nadu Election Watch.An analysis of the affidavits filed by 997 candidates from major recognised political parties by the ADR and Tamil Nadu Election Watch also shows that 157 of them have serious criminal cases related to murder, attempt to murder, theft, crime against women, pending against them.

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“Out of the 997 candidates analysed, 553 are crorepatis...

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Post-poll, Goons, guns and gangs run riot in West Bengal

Six-year-old Ishani Patra of Pyarabagan slums in south Kolkata and 10-year-old Priti Bor in South 24 Parganas were not spared when Trinamool Congress backed goons barged in and ransacked their houses last Saturday looking for the former’s aunt and the latter’s father, who were deputed as agents by the Opposition.

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Ishani, who was snatched from her mother’s lap and flung in the air, is suffering from the trauma of “santrash,” (terror), the word she has picked up from the adults, partly realising by now what it means. “It was around 9 pm and about 20-25 men had come looking for Ishani’s aunt, Smriti, and her husband, who were deputed as polling agents by Congress men...

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