India Elections Blog
Parliamentary elections came to an end on May 16 with victory for Narendra Modi, the country's new prime minister. Visit our India page at aljazeera.com/india for the latest news. The liveblog will remain as an archive to the election.
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AJE's Faiz Jamil is reporting live from Dibrugarh, Assam as the country heads to the polls for the first day of India Elections.
Polls have opened in six of India's constituencies, launching the first day of voting in the country's six-week general election.
Monday's vote will take place in the of Assam and Tripura in the northeast, before moving to other areas of the country in eight phases.
Read more here and more from on the ground in Assam
India's main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has released its much delayed election manifesto, as millions of Indians began voting in parts of the country's northeast states of Tripura and Assam.
Under the slogan, "One India, great India," the 52-page manifesto outlined the party's vision for India's future under the leadership of prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.
Read more on the story here
Twitter buzzing on BJP manifesto
India's main opposition party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto the same day that the country began its voting process and garnered some tongue-in-cheek reactions on social media.
The 52-page manifesto promised to revive the economy and stamp out corruption. On Twitter, journalists, analysts and commentators took to the micro-blogging site to dissect and even poke fun at the manifesto.
Star power in Chandigarh campaigning
Two stars are throwing their weight behind candidates, who are themselves big names, in the Lok Sabha fight in Chandigarh.
Reality show "MTV Roadies"' executive producer and host Raghu Ram was seen campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Gul Panag, a TV personality. Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who made appearances in "24", flew back from Dubai to show support for Panag's rival, BJP candidate and veteran actress Kirron Kher.
Chandigarh goes to the polls on April 10.
In Pictures: Phase 1 of India Elections
Location: Assam and Tripura
Tibetan exiles prepare to vote in India
"If we are natural citizens, we have the right to vote," Namgyal Dolkar, 27, told Al Jazeera.
India's Election Commission, for the first time in the last 55 years, in February this year ordered all states to enroll Tibetan exiles born between 1950 and 1987 in their electoral list.
Read the full story here
Interactive: India's political parties and their symbols
As India goes to polls, here's a quick look at political parties, their symbols and main leaders.
For example, did you know that in the 1950s, different coloured ballot boxes were used to represent each party instead of on ballot paper?
Election Commission may cancel polls in West Bengal
According to Election Commission (EC) sources and local media reports, the EC might cancel polls in West Bengal if the Mamata Banerjee-led government does not comply with its order to transfer officials.
The Times of India in its story said that the EC had ordered the transfer of eight West Bengal officials including five district police chiefs and one district magistrate on Monday. But a defiant chief minister Banerjee refused to carry out the instruction and said she was even prepared to go to jail.
More on this story soon.
India Elections Diary: Muzaffarnagar
Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India - A town that is the nerve centre of communal divide from Hindu-Muslim riots last year and divided by the elections. AJE's Baba Umar reports.http://aje.me/1lMYcXP
Blog: AJE India bureau chief Anmol Saxena on the "aam aadmi" (common man or mango people) of #IndiaElections http://aje.me/1g33NlH
Nemesis or not, he [Arvind Kejriwal] succeeded in ending the 15-year rule of the Congress Party in Delhi and now is up against the might of "Brand Modi", the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
AAP's Arvind Kejriwal slapped in New Delhi, tweets after
Activist-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a rickshaw puller while campaigning in New Delhi, according to local media sources.
NDTV, a local television channel, said that this is the second time in four days that the leader was attacked. On Friday, he was punched by a man in another area of the city.
After the incident, Kejriwal turned to his official Twitter account and said that if violence was the solution to the country's problems, he welcomed it.
AJE's Kamal Kumar in Dantewada, Chattisgarh
Update: Election Commission says West Bengal government has till tomorrow to transfer officials or face poll cancellation. NDTV says Mamata Banerjee-led government has reportedly agreed to transfer eight officials. More details soon.
"I would advocate the common man's voice in Parliament." Can Yogendra Yadav, the AAP candidate from Gurgaon, Haryana, click with rural voters, who are disappointed with BJP and Congress performance? #IndiaElections AJE's Baba Umar reports.http://aje.me/1ipjeFr
Modi to file PM nomination in Vadodara
BJP's Narendra Modi is on a roadshow in Vadodara, Gujarat to file his nomination as the party's prime ministerial candidate.
Supporters are surrounding his convoy on a four-km stretch that Modi is driving down to reach the district collectorate to file his papers.
More details soon.
AJE's Kamal Kumar is following Adivasi schoolteacher and controversial AAP candidate Soni Sori during her campaigning in Bastar, Chattisgarh. These photos were taken by one of her political aides.
Modi has officially filed his nomination in Vadodara, Gujarat, local media outlets report.
Second round of voting begins in India. Multi-phase election continues in six constituencies across four northeastern states amid tight security. More on the story here
Kejriwal meets autorickshaw driver who slapped him
AAP's activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal has met with the autorickshaw driver who slapped him while campaigning in New Delhi.
According to ANI news agency, the driver said he apologised to Kejriwal and said he has made a mistake by attacking him.
AJE's Kamal Kumar covered Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and BJP member Raman Singh's rally in Geedam town of Dantewada district on Tuesday. See some of his images here.
Need a reminder on the Indian election process? See our infographic on how the country forms its government.
India's second phase of voting is underway in four northeastern states.
Election Commission wastes no time issuing notices
Election Commission officials have been busy keeping a close eye on the increasingly heated squabbles among the political candidates as the second round of voting comes to an end.
On Wednesday, Aam Aadmi "Common Man" party candidate from Chandni Chowk Ashutosh landed a red card from the EC for a tweet he sent out accusing his BJP opponent and Law Minister, Kapil Sibal, of vote buying in Chandni Chowk constituency of Delhi.
AAP party head Arvind Kejriwal, who is recovering from a slap by an autorickshaw driver, also earned himself a notice for holding a meeting in Rajghat yesterday without permission. [Reuters]
I am not old. I am senior. I and Modi are 60 plus energetic youngsters.
- Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu
Southern regional TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is seeking re-election from his Kuppam seat of Chittoor district in the Andhra Pradesh elections, according to local media reports. He apparently said the above statement after the Kuppam announcement.
NDTV reports that Naidu’s name is in the first list of TDP candidates for seven Lok Sabha and 47 Assembly segments in Seemandhra.
Seemandhra elections for 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies will be held on May 7.
Photos: Meghalaya goes to the polls
See photos from today's second phase of voting here
AJE's correspondents #IndiaElections
Here's a round-up of tweets from our staff in India.
Faiz Jamil in Gurgaon, Haryana
Nidhi Dutt and Toral Varia in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh
Baba Umar in New Delhi
Kamal Kumar in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh
Single politicians of India elections
Election front-runner Narendra Modi has acknowledged for the first time that he is married, solving one of the biggest mysteries about his private life, reported AFP on Thursday.
In an affidavit on Wednesday as he filed his nomination papers to contest parliament from the Vadadora constituency in western Gujarat state, the BJP leader acknowledged that he had a wife named "Jashodaben", but he states elsewhere in the filing that he had "no information" about her.
Here are some other key political leaders that are also single:
Social media boosts India election campaign
Al Jazeera's Nidhi Dutt reports.
Voters share personal polling moments via #GetInked campaign
Web Exclusive: India's Naxal heartland
Al Jazeera's Kamal Kumar travels to Dantewada in Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh state in India to get a pulse on the ground realities.
He interviews chief minister of the state Raman Singh on his vision.
On Thursday, Bastar, a key district in the state, went to the polls in the third phase of the country's parliamentary elections.
Follow Kamal Kumar on Twitter.
AJE team coverage in Muzaffarnagar
AJE's correspondent Nidhi Dutt, field producer Toral Varia and cameraman Vijay Bedi have been tweeting while covering the elections in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Here are some of the photos they took and posted while in the field.
AJE's Sohail Rahman in New Delhi, Faiz Jamil in Gurgaon and Nidhi Dutt in Muzaffarnagar
Voting in India's crucial third phase of elections in the capital, two other union territories and 11 states has ended, according to Reuters news agency
Voters in eastern Gaya city cast their ballots on Thursday and sealed the fate of candidates contesting from various political parties as well as independent candidates who have been rigorously campaigning since the past two- three months.
"Three poor fellows have been sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging? ... They are boys, they make mistakes.
- Mulayam Singh Yadav
The mother of a student who was fatally gang-raped on a bus has strongly criticised a senior Indian politician who described three convicted multiple rapists as "poor fellows" who had made "mistakes".
During a rally in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav said his Samajwadi Party would try to change the law on punishments for rapists after India's ongoing elections.
Read the full story here.
Election photo of the day
AJE's cameraman Vijay Bedi took this close-up shot of an unidentified hand being marked for voting.
AJE's Kamal Kumar in Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Narendra Modi, tipped to be India's next prime minister, sought on Saturday to reassure the nation's big Muslim minority he would respect their traditions.
Protection of majority Hindu India's secular status has surfaced as a key election issue with critics worrying Modi's Hindu nationalist rhetoric could stoke religious tensions in a country where 13 percent of the 1.2-billion population is Muslim.
In interview exerpts on India TV's website, Modi, leading the campaign of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said he refused to don a skullcap presented to him by a Muslim cleric three years ago because he did not want "to hoodwink people".
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says decision to not run in elections is hers, no pressure from senior leaders
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, member of Congress and the younger sister of Rahul Gandhi, told local television channel NDTV that there was never a proposal for her to run against Narendra Modi.
No one in my family would ever stop me from contesting an election. My brother, mother and husband would wholeheartedly support me if I wanted to contest.
The comment comes after the Times of India published a report saying that senior Congress leaders blocked Vadra from running even though she was keen and is more likely to revitalise the party than her brother.
AJE's Kamal Kumar in Golibar, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Baba Umar in Uttar Pradesh, covering PM Manmohan Singh speech.
The following is a list of Bollywood celebrities-turned-politicians running in various constituencies the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections.
The head of India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ruled out any change in the country's "no-first-use" nuclear weapons policy.
The BJP, which has big leads in elections, sparked speculation about an end to the doctrine last week when its manifesto said that the party would "revise and update" India's policy.
Read the full story here.