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States Polls and Result
Congress unable to play with EVM.
Congress on Rahul Gandhi in Bihar: Who says work done by Rahul Gandhi did not work? Results will be reflected in the next elections.

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Results of all 243 seats declared. Here's a breakup. JDU 98, BJP 76 (combined is 174), RJD 34, LJP 13 (combined is 47), Cong 4, Others 17.

A clear sweep for Nitish Kumar's JDU, but the party cannot go it alone as it is still short of the magic figure of 122 needed to form government.
The BJP seems to be biggest gainer -- 55 in 2005; 79 in 2010. That's up 24 seats!

10:45 AM Worst-ever routing for Cong, RJD: It's a neck-to-neck fight on which party recieved the worst drubbing in the 2010 Bihar polls.In 2005, the RJDwon 63 seats to 47 this time, down 16 seats, while the Congress won 9 seats in 2005, to 4 this time, down 5 seats.
The Congress Party will say that this Bihar loss was NOT Rahul Gandhi's fault.It was someone else's.We don't know who but not Rahul's.
Mukul Vasnik, the man who spearheaded the elections for the Congress says: The results are disappointing. We have to find out what went wrong and why the huge turnout at Rahul Gandhi's rallies did not translate into votes.
Dynastic politics don't count: BJP:

The BJP today described the election results in Bihar as a victory of meritorious leadership over dynastic politics with a message for the future of Indian politics that a membership of a family or dynasty does not count.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said the election results have showed that politics of Bihar has changed and that "charisma or family" does not win elections, in an obvious attack on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Rahul Gandhi who campaigned for Congress.
Quote:A Congress leader admitted on Wednesday that its leader Rahul Gandhi had failed to click in Bihar, where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led his alliance to victory in assembly elections. [color="#FF0000"]"We have to admit that Rahul Gandhi failed to attract voters in Bihar," said the party leader who didn't wish to be Congress hails Nitish for Bihar election success

identified by name. "Rahul did not click in Bihar."

Rahul Gandhi, a Congress general secretary, campaigned extensively in Bihar, frequently accusing the chief minister of not doing enough for the state's development.
Here's the comparative results from the 2005 polls:

JDU 88 (2005) 109 (2010) +15

BJP 55 (2005) 86 (2010) +30 (the most outstanding win yet)

RJD 54 (2005) 23 (2010) - 25

LJP 10 (2005)9 (2010)
Sagarika Ghose tweets: Congress balloon bursts in Bihar! Worst ever performance inspite of Babua's efforts. Too many helicopters,not enough organisation

JDU says Gujarat CM Narendra Modi will be invited for the swearing-in ceremony.
Ayaz Memom tweets: cricketwallah The bluster of Laloo has been exposed as hot air, Paswan's caste calcutlations have gone haywire, Rahul Gandhi's charm has fallen flat...

Ayaz Memon:I can hear some chest-thumping already in the BJP but there is no doubt who the hero of this victory is: Nitish Kumar take a bow.

Manojavanoor tweets: Rahul Baba's Impact on Bihar Elections: He asked Bihar to vote "4" Congress. And Guess what....Bihar gave Congress, Exactly, "4" Seats. <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
[url="http://www.hindustantimes.com/Battle-for-the-states-poll-dates-for-5-states-out/H1-Article1-668239.aspx"]Battle for the states: poll dates for 5 states out[/url]
Quote:With parts of the state affected by Maoists activities, West Bengal will have elections in six phases on April 18, 23, 27, May 3, 7 and 10, in perhaps the longest ever in the state, also known for political violence.

Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will go to polls on Apri1 13, Assam's two-phased poll is scheduled on April four and 11.

Counting of votes in all the five states will take place on May 13.

The model code of conduct has come into force immediately, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said announcing the schedule.

While West Bengal has 294 assembly constituencies, Tamil Nadu has 234, Kerala 140, Puducherry 30 and Assam 126.

The elections are the first battle of the ballot in the new year and would involve over 14.39 crore electorate in the five states with West Bengal having the largest number of over 5.60 crore electors followed by Tamil Nadu 4.59 crore.

While Kerala has 2.29 crore electors, Assam 1.81 crore and Puducherry is merely over eight lakh. Polling will be held through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS).
[url="http://www.hindustantimes.com/DMK-snaps-alliance-with-Cong-in-TN-opts-out-of-UPA/H1-Article1-669871.aspx"]DMK snaps alliance with Cong in TN, opts out of UPA[/url]
Quote:The decision was welcomed by slogan shouting cadres who said “dump the Congress, we will win on our own”. The decision was also unanimous as leaders at the meeting felt that after so much tension, the cadres of the two parties may not jell on the ground. A senior minister of the DMK said “with Congress out of the way, by contesting more seats on our own, we can win a majority on our own.”

The chief minister had termed the Congress demand for 63 seats, after the DMK agreed to part with 60, and also insisting on the constituencies of its choice was unrealistic as well as unfair and saw in this a Congress unwillingness to continue with the alliance.
[url="http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/Assembly-Elections-2011/Sweep-for-Mamata-in-Bengal-south-wide-open-Surveys/newdelhi/SP-Article10-695865.aspx"]Sweep for Mamata in Bengal; south wide open: Surveys[/url][Image: 11_05_mumbai1.jpg]
Congress has suffered a setback in Andhra Pradesh where its rebel YS Jaganmohan Reddy established his hold over the Kadapa district.

While 38 year old Jagan retained the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat by a margin of more than 1 lakh votes, his mother Vijaya Lakshmi won the Pulivendula assembly seat by a margin of more than 30,000 votes.

Vijaya Lakshmi defeated her brother in law Y S Vivekanand Reddy while Jagan defeated D L Ravindra Reddy of Congress.

Not a good margin.
Pranab's son Abhijit leads in Naihati:

The TMC alone is heading towards the magic figure of 148 in Bengal.

CMs Achuthanandan, Vaithilingam win:

Puducherry Chief Minister V Vaithilingam wins Kamaraj Nagar seat constituency; defeats CPI's N Kalainathan by a little over 6,000 votes.
CPM headquarters in Delhi are absolutely empty. Nobody except husband and wife, Prakash and Brinda Karat, at their red posts.
AIADMK workers have begun bursting crackers outside Amma's residence in Poes Garden.
[url="http://www.hindustantimes.com/Trouble-for-Cong-YSR-s-son-and-wife-retain-their-seats/H1-Article1-697022.aspx"]HT link[/url]

YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy won with a majority of 543,053 votes.

Kadapa bypolls: Congress got its basic wrongs

Vijayalaxmi bagged the assembly seat with a majority of 85,191 votes, breaking the record of her husband who won only two years ago by 68,681 votes.

Final tally is good for YSR family.
[url="http://www.rediff.com/news/report/tn-assembly-people-have-given-me-rest-says-a-vanquished-karunanidhi/20110513.htm"] People have given me rest, says a vanquished Karunanidhi[/url]

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