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Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

India's Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling new government

May 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Prime Minister walks up to take his oath of office to a standing ovation, with supporters in the crowd chanting 'Modi, Modi'

SECOND TERM. Indian designated Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India's opposition Congress backs Rahul Gandhi after poll defeat

May 25, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'Party President Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation but it was unanimously rejected by the members of Congress Working Commission,' says a party spokesman

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

India's Gandhi concedes personal defeat in family bastion

May 23, 2019 - 9:51 PM

India's main opposition Congress party has held Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state since 1967 except for one 3-year stint in 1977-80 and a separate one-year period in 1998-99

GANDHI CONCEDES. Indian National Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi looks on during a press conference, in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

India's opposition parties allege vote machine fraud

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The concern of opposition leaders stems from video clips on social media purportedly showing attempts to replace the machines in strongrooms ahead of counting in some places

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, An Indian poll official applies a label to an Electronic Voting Machine before transporting it to a polling station ahead of the Phase VI of India's general election in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura, on May 11, 2019. File photo by Arindam Dey/AFP

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

May 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The world's biggest poll has been plagued by violence with militants throwing a grenade at a voting booth and shooting dead a local politician in south Kashmir

SECURITY. An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard at an empty polling station during the fifth phase of India's general elections in Kashmir's Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on May 6, 2019. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Modi casts vote on India's 'Super Tuesday'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The 117 seats over 15 states being fought for on Tuesday, April 23, are the biggest number of any of the 7 stages of voting over 6 weeks

VOTE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Indian man amputates finger after voting for wrong party

Apr 19, 2019 - 6:49 PM

An Indian man says he became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state

World's biggest election tests Modi's grip on power in India

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Election officials report a heavy turnout across the 20 states taking part in the first day of the massive exercise which involves 900 million eligible voters and will take nearly 6 weeks to complete

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he arrives to attend the centenary celebration of missionary organisation the Gaudiya Math and Mission at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on February 21, 2016. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

India goes on high security alert ahead of mega polls

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right wing Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014

Rebels stage deadly pre-election attack on Indian political convoy

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:27 PM

(UPDATED) This strike, less than 48 hours before voting begins in India's national poll, delivers a jolt to security as authorities prepare to hold the biggest election in history

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1 dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Clashes are reported across the state after the two women activists, escorted by police, entered the Sabarimala temple in a surprise pre-dawn operation on Wednesday, January 2

INTERVENTION. India police intervene as members of Sabarimala Karma Samithi try to disrupt a celebratory meeting after two women entered Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, at the High Court Junction in Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala on January 2, 2019. AFP photo

Thousands attend funeral of late Indian leader

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:06 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the procession through Delhi to the leafy cremation grounds near the sacred Yamuna River.

LATE LEADER. In this file photo, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya (BJP, Indian People's Party) Atal Bihari Vajpayee is garlanded with flowers at his residence on May 15, 1996 in New Delhi. File photro by Douglas Curran/AFP

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The announcement caps years of speculation that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty would take over from his 71-year-old mother Sonia who has led the party for nearly two decades

THE FAMILY. This combination of file pictures created shows (from left) the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru in India in 1946; Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India, in November 1971; her son Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India, in New Delhi on May 20, 1991; his wife Sonia Gandhi, long-time president of India's Congress Party, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013; and Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi, Indian Congress Party leader, in Ghaziabad on February 8, 2017. AFP

India's PM Modi faces test as his home state votes

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Experts say this election is a serious challenge to Modi as his rivals ride a wave of discontent caused by a stuttering economy and voter anger over the reforms and a desire for change could boost the flagging fortunes of the opposition Congress Party

INDIA VOTE. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Indian lawmakers vote to pick the country s president who is certain to come from the lowest Dalit caste

This file photo taken on June 23, 2017 shows Ram Nath Kovind (L) as he leaves an National Democratic Alliance meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and top Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani (C) in New Delhi. Stringer/AFP

Test for Modi as India's biggest state votes

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:16 PM

UPDATED With so much at stake halfway through his term Narendra Modi has personally led the campaigning for his party

ELECTIONS. Indian voters wait as election officer checks their names against a voter list at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar on February 11, 2017. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India divided as battle over sedition arrest turns ugly

Feb 22, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Some fear Kanhaiya Kumar s arrest is politically motivated and meant to send a message to activists

epa05167973 Communist student wing shout slogans during a protest against Kanhaiya Kumar arrest issue in Calcutta, eastern India, 18 February 2016. According to reports, students' union president Kanhaiya was sent in the judicial custody for 14 days after Indian police filed sedition charges against him in connection with a protest against the execution of a Kashmiri separatist, Afzal guru. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Lockdown in parts of northern India after caste clashes

Feb 20, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Indian authorities respond after resentment in the dominant Jat caste over allocations for government jobs and education turned violent

LOCKDOWN. Indian authorities put in place curfews and patrols after violent protests erupt in the northern Haryana state, near New Delhi. EPA file photo

Delhi chief minister accuses 'psycho' Modi after raid

Dec 15, 2015 - 2:54 PM

The chief minister who leads the anti corruption Aam Aadmi party claims his office was among the rooms raided

RAIDED. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president Arvind Kejriwal (L) during his swearing-in ceremony as Delhi chief minister in New Delhi on February 14, 2015. File Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Modi concedes defeat in key India state election

Nov 08, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The premier s defeat is also a setback to his plans to push major economic reforms through the national parliament where his Bharatiya Janata Party BJP lacks a majority

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

India's budget shuns big-bang reforms, say experts

Mar 01, 2015 - 4:23 PM

Some analysts are concerned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not use the budget to radically reshape economic policies

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (C) holds his briefcase with Union Budget documents as he leaves for the Parliament House to present the 2015-16 General Budget in New Delhi, India, 28 February 2015. EPA/STR

India's ruling Hindu nationalists make Kashmir poll gains

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:16 PM

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party BJP more than doubles its seats in the 87 member state parliament and is for the first time in with a real chance of being part of the next coalition government

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate after their party's victory in Jammu constituency, in Jammu on December 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR

Modi due in Indian Kashmir days after deadly attack

Dec 08, 2014 - 5:54 AM

The prime minister is going ahead with the lunchtime speech despite a series of attacks blamed on militants from across the border in Pakistan

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India PM's party confident of victory in testing state polls

Oct 19, 2014 - 2:19 PM

Vote counting began in two Indian states on Sunday October 19 where Prime Minister Narendra Modi s right wing party was confident of snatching victory

Indian voters hold up their IDs as they wait patiently in a long queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the Assembly election of Maharashtra state, in Mumbai, India, 15 October 2014.Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Modi gets to business quickly meeting New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and discussing disease treatment with the director of the National Cancer Institute Nobel laureate Harold Varmus

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

India criticizes the US over spy row

Aug 01, 2014 - 12:07 AM

India s foreign minister says US surveillance of India s political parties is unacceptable

INDIA, NEW DELHI : US Secretary of State, John Kerry (L) greets Indian External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj during his visit in New Delhi on July 31, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism about working with India's new right-wing government as he paid a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Lucas Jackson

India's government spells out 'Modi-nomics' in first budget

Jul 10, 2014 - 11:20 AM

India s new government s budget promises a new era of fiscal prudence and greater opportunities for foreign investors in key sectors of the economy

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. In this photograph taken on July 5, 2014 Indian laborers work in a construction site in Kolkata. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

India's Modi tightens grip on ruling party

Jul 09, 2014 - 4:15 PM

His most trusted aide Amit Shah is appointed president of the ruling Hindu nationalist party

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA

India summons US envoy over spying claim – official source

Jul 02, 2014 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED The summon follows new allegations that the US National Security Agency targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party

MORE SPYING? In this file photo, US embassy security personnel watch after barricades were removed in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi on December 17, 2013. Findlay Kember/AFP

India's Modi invites Pakistan PM to swearing-in: party

May 21, 2014 - 9:44 PM

The invitation is a bold diplomatic statement that Narendra Modi intends to improve strained relations

India anti-graft campaigner jailed in defamation case

May 21, 2014 - 9:12 PM

A Delhi court orders Arvind Kejriwal be taken into judicial custody for refusing to pay a bond after he was sued for defamation by the Bharatiya Janata Party

India's PM Singh bows out after decade in power

May 17, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Singh s final years in power were marked by slowing economic growth as his government struggled to overcome charges of weak leadership and corruption

DECADE-LONG JOB. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh officially resigns from his post after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic election victory. File photo by Agence France-Presse

India PM-elect Modi to make triumphant Delhi entrance

May 17, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Prime minister elect Narendra Modi is expected to be sworn in next week and then turn the country sharply to the right after a decade of rule by the center left Congress party

VICTORY. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has won an absolute majority in India's parliamentary polls. Photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Indian PM calls to congratulate Modi on election victory

May 16, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Results so far show Modi on track to succeed Singh with his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party BJP set to secure the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years

BLESSINGS. Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, takes blessings from his mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar, India, 16 May 2014. Yakant Solanki/EPA

India stocks surge as Modi seen closing in on power

May 13, 2014 - 3:26 PM

All the forecasts showed Modi s right wing Bharatiya Janata Party BJP and its allies trouncing the left leaning Congress party

FRONTRUNNER? Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party leader and Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at Barasat during an election campaign before before the 9th phase of the parliamentary elections, North of Calcutta, Eastern India, May 7, 2014. Photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Record India election ends, exit polls favor Modi

May 13, 2014 - 12:12 AM

551 million people cast their votes registering a record high turnout out of 66 38

India's Modi urges record turnout on final election day

May 11, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Voting in the world s biggest election will end Monday May 12 in India

FRONTRUNNER? Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party leader and Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at Barasat during an election campaign before before the 9th phase of the parliamentary elections, North of Calcutta, Eastern India, 07 May 2014. Photo by Piyal Adhikary/EPA

India's Modi votes, snaps 'selfie' in latest election leg

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:12 PM

About 140 million people are eligible to vote on April 30 during the latest leg of staggered voting in the world s biggest election which ends with results announced on May 16

Second book claims Indian PM Singh weak, indecisive

Apr 14, 2014 - 11:08 PM

The new book has been written by India s former coal secretary P C Parakh who was later implicated in the so called Coalgate scandal related to allocation of mining rights

BOOK VS SINGH. Former Indian coal secretary PC Parakh holds up a copy of his book 'Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths' on April 14. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

First major voting in India as anti-graft party faces test

Apr 10, 2014 - 2:58 PM

New Delhi begins its round of voting on the first major day of India s marathon national election

QUEUEING TO VOTE. Indian voters queue up to caste their vote at a polling station in the village of Tigaon, India, April 10, 2014. Money Sharma/EPA

Scandals dog top aide to India's would-be PM Modi

Apr 08, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Amit Shah is the confidante and key political manager of the Bharatiya Janata Party s Narendra Modi He is also facing murder and extortion charges

AMIT SHAH. Bhartiya Janata Party leader Amit Shah arrives for BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting in New Delhi on July 4, 2013. Prakash Singh/AFP

Changes at US embassy in Delhi offer chance to rebuild ties

Apr 01, 2014 - 9:22 PM

The reasons for her exit have been explained by the US State Department as her simply deciding to end her distinguished career early and retire to her home in Delaware state

'Anyone but Modi' – many Indian Muslims fear the worst

Mar 31, 2014 - 2:10 PM

The 63 year old was an organizer in Gujarat for BJP leader L K Advani who began a nationwide march to demand a temple for Ram in 1990

NARENDRA MODI. Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi during a public rally in New Delhi, India on March 26, 2014. Money Sharma/EPA

India sets dates for world's biggest election

Mar 05, 2014 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED The biggest election in history will see 814 million adults eligible to vote from the remote Himalayas in the north to India s tropical southern tip – 100 million more than last time in 2009

INDIA'S NEXT PRIME MINISTER? Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi speaks at the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) national convention in New Delhi, India on 27 February 2014. EPA

Chief minister quits in row over new Indian state

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:18 PM

A bill is expected to be introduced in parliament s upper house to carve the new state called Telangana from Andhra Pradesh after a decades long campaign

NEW INDIAN STATE? An Indian supporter of Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) party holds a map as he celebrates the planned creation of Telangana state in Hyderabad on February 18, 2014. Noah Seelam/AFP

India's Sonia Gandhi stalls son Rahul's PM candidacy push

Jan 17, 2014 - 9:17 AM

Rahul Gandhi has previously likened power to poison despite having relatives who were all prime ministers of India

SONIA GANDHI. Chairperson of India's Congress-led UPA government Sonia Gandhi (2nd L) and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (2nd R) at an election rally in New Delhi on November 24, 2013. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Indian president signs historic anti-graft law

Jan 01, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Anti graft law is signed two years after a mass anti corruption movement

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. India gets a new anti-graft law.

India anti-graft crusader to be Delhi chief minister

Dec 23, 2013 - 10:01 PM

Kejriwal pledged in its manifesto this month to send corrupt politicians to jail and end the VIP culture of Delhi s political elite

ANTI-GRAFT.  India's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi's Chief Ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal (L), comes out after meeting with Lt. Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (not pictured) in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2013. Photo by STR/EPA

India approves historic anti-corruption law

Dec 19, 2013 - 8:35 AM

The bill s approval comes as general elections loom early next year and as the electorate has become increasingly incensed over a string of corruption scandals that have engulfed the nation

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of the Parliament building in New Delhi, India, 17 December 2013. EPA/Stringer