Election 2014

 

Clone candidates clutter election

A polling officer applies ink on the finger of a voter at a polling station in the village of Shilatne in Maharashtra April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Voters in a parliamentary constituency in western India could be forgiven for asking the real candidates to please stand up.  Article | Related  

Arun Jaitley (C), a senior leader of main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), arrives to pay homage at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the northern Indian city of Amritsar April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Munish Sharma
On Campaign Trail

Reviving investment is key, says Arun Jaitley

Massaging his swollen feet after campaigning in the villages of Punjab, the man tipped to be India's next finance minister says he wants the government that takes office next month to approve five big-ticket investments quickly to signal it means business.  Full Article 

Nitin Gadkari, president of India's main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), speaks during an interview with Reuters at his party office in New Delhi April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files
Reuters Interview

Gadkari on the election, BJP’s priorities

Nitin Gadkari is a top leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is forecast to emerge as the front-runner in the country’s mammoth general election. Gadkari, a former BJP and a member of the party's manifesto committee, speaks to Reuters. Here are the edited excerpts.   Full Article 

A visitor walks next to a sand sculpture on elections made by Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik at a beach at Puri in Odisha April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
What The U.S. Wants

U.S. calls for more investment-friendly govt

The United States urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment, saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500 billion a year. Nisha Biswal, U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, said future economic growth in South Asia hinged on India as the region's growth engine.   Full Article 

Delhi's former chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal (C), accompanied by his other party members, hold their party's manifesto ahead of the general election in New Delhi April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Eye on Votes

Parties pitch their visions in election season

Campaign season also means a promise season, and parties aren’t short on pledges for what they would do if they come to power after election results. From the MDMK’s pledge to rename the country “The United States of India” to the BJD‘s promise to “guarantee” development projects, there are plenty of promises floating around to help parties capture, retain or regain power.  Full Article 

Rahul Gandhi (in white), India's ruling Congress party vice president and son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are showered with rose petals by their supporters upon Rahul's arrival to file his nomination for the general election at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar
The Gandhis

Priyanka Gandhi steps up to fight for Congress

Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress party clashed with estranged cousin Varun Gandhi, who is running in the election on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes. Varun hit back at his cousin saying she had crossed the lines of decency.  Full Article | Sonia in TV appeal to stop "divisive" BJP 

Gaurav Sharma, an independent candidate also known as the Indian Spider-Man, climbs a residential building during an election campaign in Mumbai April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
In a Lighter Vein

Slideshow: The Indian Spider-Man

Gaurav Sharma, an independent candidate also known as the Indian Spider-Man, has adopted an unusual style of campaigning for parliamentary elections. Sharma has been climbing up residential buildings, handing out election pamphlets and speaking to residents in his effort to win the support of voters in the city. Take a look at some images of Sharma in action.  Slideshow 

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote at Makum village in Tinsukia district of Assam April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Voting Matters

Show the finger after voting and get discounts

Showing the finger can get you a punch in the face in many parts of the world. In India, during this general election at least, it can earn discounts at gas stations, restaurants, spas, stores and hospitals after voting. Young Indians, a group linked to Confederation of Indian Industry trade association, launched the "Show the ink, See prices sink" campaign, which gives discounts to voters.  Full Article 

Billionaire Gautam Adani speaks during an interview in Ahmedabad September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files
Business & Politics

Adani prospers as Modi stresses development

The way billionaire infrastructure-builder Gautam Adani sees it, working with the government does not make him a crony-capitalist. Adani's rapid ascent to the top tier of Indian business is often associated with the rise of Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist opposition leader widely expected to become India's next prime minister once the country's election ends next month.  Full Article 

Rahul Gandhi, Congress party vice president and son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, addresses the media during the release of his party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Congress

Soul-searching and questions about Rahul

On the eve of India's mammoth general election, even some members of the ruling Congress party appear to have accepted it will not return to power, raising a question mark on the future of its leader, Rahul Gandhi. On Friday, the last major poll before the election had the BJP and its allies winning up to 246 seats in the 543-member parliament.   Full Article 

Head teacher A.R. Goswami shows an old photograph of Narendra Modi (2nd L), prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), taking part in a play at a school in Vadnagar in Gujarat March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Profile: Narendra Modi

Man and myth collide as Modi eyes ascent

Man and myth often collide when it comes to Narendra Modi. His presence is ubiquitous after a stage-managed election campaign that has electrified the country and dominated the media, yet little is known about his personal life. Family members, friends and ordinary people interviewed by Reuters in Modi's native state of Gujarat put his remarkable journey down to single-minded ambition.  Full Article 

Muslims gather after having their iftar (breaking fast) meal during the holy month of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files
Religion in Election

Bukhari endorses Congress as religion rises

The imam of India's largest mosque endorsed the ruling Congress on Friday ahead of a general election, a boost for the beleaguered party expected to be defeated by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in nationwide polls. Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari appealed to India's Muslims, who at 13 percent of the population are the country's largest religious minority, to vote for the Congress.  Full Article 

Inayat Naomi Ramdas, 21, poses for a photograph at a busy traffic intersection in New Delhi March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Youth Issues

The great Indian election: it's about jobs

The election comes as India struggles through its longest period of sub-5 percent economic growth since the 1980s. Job growth has slowed and infrastructure projects stalled just as the biggest youth bulge the world has ever seen nears its peak in a country where more than half its 1.2 billion people are aged under 25.  Full Article | Graphic: India's employment shift 

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan reads the bi-monthly monetary policy statement at a news conference at the RBI headquarters in Mumbai April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Political Economy

Post-election showdown looms for Rajan

RBI chief Raghuram Rajan is likely to come under political pressure to retreat from his hawkish stance on inflation if the BJP wins power in the general election. Strategists in Narendra Modi's BJP, confident that his jobs-first policy pitch will secure a strong voter mandate, suggest that they would prefer to have one of their own at the helm of the RBI.  Full Article 

Woman labourers carry bricks at a brick factory amid dense fog on a cold winter morning on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura, January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files
Business

Cash call puts strain on construction, real estate

As India's mammoth general election approaches, jackhammer drills are quietening down at construction sites and earthmovers and cranes remain parked. Many of the country's real estate and construction companies are diverting funds from housing and other projects to election campaign contributions.  Full Article | Graphic: Corporate donations to parties 

A woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa in Chennai March 2, 2009. REUTERS/Babu/Files

Tamil Nadu could shape the next government

The politics of forming India's next government could come down to how many seats a 1960s matinee siren can wrest from a rival named Stalin in Tamil Nadu. At stake are 39 parliamentary seats in Tamil Nadu, a state known for its ancient Hindu temples, its modern auto industry - and a history of electoral landslides.  Full Article 

A worker cleans a cut-out of Rahul Gandhi, beside cut-outs of (L-R) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Akhilesh's father and chief of Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for BJP, as they are put on display for sale ahead of general elections in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Betting

Wary of pollsters, many draw tips from bookies

Despite India's prohibitions on gambling, anyone keen to bet on who will be the next occupant of the prime minister's residence at 7, Race Course Road can call a closely guarded phone number, or find the right doorway in a city backstreet. Election results are typically hard to call, and formal opinion polls have a patchy record in gauging voter trends.  Full Article 

All You Need To Know

Interviews

Anurag Thakur

Anurag Thakur

Nobody in BJP even talks about anti-Muslim ideology.  Full Article 

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Allow us to make mistakes, allow us to learn - Kejriwal  Full Article 

Veerappa Moily

Veerappa Moily

'Modi a bloated figure, country will disintegrate if he’s in power'  Full Article 

Yogendra Yadav

Yogendra Yadav

AAP’s Yogendra Yadav defends Delhi protests, blames media  Full Article 

MoS HRD Ministry

MoS HRD Ministry

Shashi Tharoor on Congress’ social media plans, digital presence of Gandhis  Full Article 

AAP's Ashutosh

AAP's Ashutosh

AAP leader, former journalist talks about ‘biased’ media  Full Article 

Rural Development Minister

Rural Development Minister

Narendra Modi has marginalized his own party – Jairam Ramesh.  Full Article 

Finance Minister

Finance Minister

Chidambaram on Modi, Rahul Gandhi and becoming PM.  Full Article 

Kumar Vishwas

Kumar Vishwas

'India won’t have misfortune of having Rahul Gandhi as PM'  Full Article 

BJP IT Cell Head

BJP IT Cell Head

Arvind Gupta on party’s social media plans.  Full Article