Free Press Journal
  • President Ram Nath Kovind disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs, party says move ‘dangerous for democracy’

    New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’. The MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal government in 2015 by virtue of which they were entitled to certain perks that the EC felt violated the ‘Office of Profit’ law.

  • Not afraid of elections, says AAP on MLAs disqualification row

    New Delhi: The AAP today claimed to be “victimised” in the wake of the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify its 20 MLAs for holding offices of profit, and asserted that it was “not afraid of elections”.

  • Arvind Kejriwal should quit on ‘moral grounds’: Congress, BJP demand

    New Delhi: After the Election Commission on Friday recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind that 20 AAP MLAs did hold office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries and hence are liable to be disqualified, both Congress and BJP demanded that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should resign.

  • ‘Former RBI head warned against loan waiver promises by parties’

    New Delhi : An ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had pointed to the risks in the practice of political parties promising loan waivers during poll campaigns to the Election Commission, Parliament was informed on Friday.

  • Oppn to take up cudgels against EVM once again

    A viewpoint in Cong is that Opposition parties should totally boycott elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland unless EC agrees to revert back to paper ballots or counting of the VVPAT slips.

  • A day before bypolls, Jayalalithaa’s hospital video surfaces, EC gags media

    Chennai : With the by-election to the Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency – which was represented by Tamil Nadu’s late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa – set to be held on Thursday, a short video clip of her convalescing in hospital was released on Wednesday prompting the Election Commission to gag the media from broadcasting it.

  • DMK to approach EC over Jayalalithaa hospital video

    New Delhi: Miffed at the release of a video of J Jayalalithaa in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital ahead of the RK Nagar by-polls, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is planning to approach the Election Commission against the TTV Dhinakaran faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

  • RK Nagar Bypoll: EC bans airing footage of Jayalalithaa

    Chennai: A day ahead of a critical by-election here, sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran’s faction on Wednesday triggered a major row by releasing a video clip of the late J. Jayalalithaa purportedly on her hospital bed, forcing the Election Commission to tell TV channels not to telecast it.

  • Election Commission drops show cause notice to Rahul Gandhi but mum on PM Modi’s conduct

    Gandhinagar: The Election Commission has withdrawn a notice it served to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for an interview that he gave just before the second phase of voting for Gujarat elections. The commission said based on a Congress appeal, it has formed a panel to examine whether changes should be made to the model conduct rules which come into effect before elections.

  • Supreme Court denies Congress’s plea of cross verification of EVM votes with VVPAT paper trails

    New Delhi: The Congress on Friday tried to secure a Supreme Court order, though without success, for count of 20% paper trail votes in Gujarat in the counting slated on Monday. The Apex Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed the plea to direct the Election Commission to count and verify at least 20% of the voter paper slips long with the EVM votes.

  • Guj records 68.70 per cent polling in 2nd phase

    Ahmedabad : Gujarat recorded an estimated 68.70 per cent voter turnout in the second and final phase of polling for 93 Assembly seats on Thursday, the Election Commission said.

  • Gujarat Election 2nd phase updates: Congress workers protest outside EC office, detained

    New Delhi: Several Congress workers were detained on Thursday as they staged a protest march against the Election Commission for issuing a notice against party’s President-elect Rahul Gandhi for his TV interviews but alleged that it had failed to apply the same standards for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for holding a roadshow after casting his vote.

  • EC orders FIRs against channels showing Rahul Gandhi’s interview

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday directed the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat to lodge FIRs against TV channels that aired Congress President elect Rahul Gandhis interview as “it violated the law”.

  • EC orders repolling in 6 booths on Thursday

    Gandhinagar : The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered repolling in six booths, where first phase polling was held on December 9. The repolls will be held on December 14.