Free Press Journal
  • Student election isn’t a political referendum

    Political parties are quite naturally inclined to talk up their successes and underplay the significance of setbacks. Under the circumstances, the elation in the BJP over the ABVP’s victory in three of the four elected posts for the Delhi University Student’s Union is understandable. Likewise, it is also entirely predictable that the Congress has blamed faulty EVMs for its failure to hold on to the body. Blaming defeats on electoral irregularities has,

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    Illegal Hoardings Row: Political parties cannot be de-registered for defacing public properties, says EC

    Mumbai: No political parties can be de-registered for putting up illegal hoardings in the state, the election commission (EC) told the Bombay High Court on Friday. The commission has also said it has taken several precautions time and again for ensuring political parties do not display illegal hoardings and deface public properties. The commission made these submissions through an affidavit filed before a bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Mahesh Sonak.

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    Bharat Bandh: MNS is in, Shiv Sena is out

    Mumbai: Except for the ruling BJP and its ally, the Shiv Sena, all major political parties, including the Left and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, have extended their support to a call for Bharat bandh given by the Congress for Monday.

  • Hacking of Lok Sabha polls is not a distant possibility

    Major political parties have raised the issue of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and suggested going back to the ballot paper system. MNS Chief Raj Thackeray wrote a letter to presidents of all political parties and urged them to boycott the upcoming polls if the use of EVMs is not stopped. In the past, the election commission had challenged political parties to prove how the EVMs could be tampered with, but

  • Bhopal: Poll watch assistant writes to parties, says field only clean candidates

    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Election Watch Association for Democratic Reforms has asked the political parties not to give tickets to candidates having criminal records.  The association said that major political parties including Congress, BJP and BSP had given the tickets to 326 candidates with criminal antecedent during Assembly elections 2013.

  • The meaning of the falling Rupee at 70

    When the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Indian rupee crossed 70, the headlines screamed “the rupee hits an all time low”. There is melodrama in such headlines, mostly fuelled by the rhetoric of political parties. It is implied that when the rupee “weakens” against the dollar, it is a loss of national prestige and of economic power. Perhaps, even the word “weakens” is a giveaway. For how can a

  • TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and 17 parties to approach EC demanding 2019 polls be held using ballot papers

    New Delhi: On an initiative of TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, leaders of 17 political parties will be pressing the EC told the next general election with ballot papers. The efficacy of the EVM is in question in view of the swirling allegations about its manipulation.  A day after Mamata made a pitch for approaching the Election Commission with the demand, her Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien told

  • Bhopal: Political hoardings defacing city skyline, roads

    Bhopal: While it is encouraging Bhopalites to make Swacch initiative a success, Bhopal Municipal Corporation seems to have no influence on politicians who have been belittling efforts of all. Within a span of four days, two major political parties have left the city’s roads and skyline dotted with illegal political hoardings.

  • Can’t bar technology over fear of misuse, asserts CEC

    New Delhi : One cannot bar the use of modern technology over fear of its misuse, Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said on Tuesday to a query on harvesting of voter data by political parties and candidates’ apps. Rawat also urged information technology professionals in Bengaluru – India’s IT hub – to help prevent any “malicious, divisive or targeted social media campaigns connected with any harvesting of data, etc”.

  • Nepal to hold presidential elections on March 13

    Kathmandu : The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal on Thursday announced that the elections for the new president will be held on March 13. The EC on Thursday made the decision over the dates for the election after about a week of discussion with the political parties.

  • Mumbai: Locals and political parties in Deonar oppose SRA’s biometric survey

    Mumbai: The on-going door-to-door biometric survey conducted by Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) in Deonar area has run into rough water with locals and political parties opposing it. The locals are not allowing the authorities to conduct the numbering process and are not producing the required documents needed for the survey.

  • Electoral bonds likely to carry validity of 15 days

    New Delhi: To prevent misuse of proposed electoral bonds, the government is likely to cap the validity at 15 days within which such bonds — bearer in nature — have to be redeemed by political parties. According to official sources, the guidelines for electoral bonds, announced in Budget 2017-18, are almost ready and some fine-tuning is being done by the finance ministry. Such bonds would be bearer in nature so that those

  • Demonetisation: Various political parties arrange protests on note ban across Mumbai

    Thane: Exactly one year ago, on the eve of this day, demonetisation was declared and every corner of the country had just one theme to talk about. Many people even lost their lives while standing in the queues that were formed outside banks to change currency. Many could not change their hard-earned money due to various reasons. The demonetisation effect is still a hot topic and was highly criticised.

  • Mumbai: Campaign ends, MBMC gears up for peaceful polls

    Bhayandar: As campaigning came to a halt on Friday, more than 5.93 lakh voters in the twin-city will decide as to who will rule the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) which goes to poll on Sunday (August 20). Counting will held on the following day.  Candidates from various political parties and independents numbering 509 will be contesting from 95 wards, for which 774 polling booths have been set up across the region.