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Modi promises to help Varanasi's Muslim weavers

Varanasi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday paid tributes to Varanasi's "Ganga Yamuna tehzeeb" as he promised to improve the lot of the city's Muslim weavers.

Paying tributes to the Hindu holy city's secular ethos, Modi said he wanted to see Varanasi become an internationally known spiritual capital.

"Nobody told me to come here, nobody sent me (to Varanasi)," he said, shortly before filing his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha battle here in Uttar Pradesh.

PM votes in Assam, says no Modi wave

Guwahati : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday cast his vote in Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency along with his wife Gurcharan Kaur, and said there was no wave sweeping the country in favour of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"I don't think the Congress is losing ground. We should wait till the outcome of the polls, which will be known on May 16," he told media persons after casting his ballot at the Dispur Government H.S. School in Guwahati.

"I have not seen any Modi wave sweeping the country. The Modi wave is only a creation of the media," he said.

Cheered by thousands, Modi sets out to file nomination

By Gaurav Sharma,

Varanasi : The Hindu holy city Thursday became a sea of saffron as BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi set out to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election, backed by thousands of cheering supporters.

A mass of Bharatiya Janata Party activists, many waving party flags and sporting saffron caps, as well as residents walked with Modi as his open vehicle crawled through the streets to the district magistrate's office.

Polling in Bihar peaceful

Patna : Voting for seven Lok Sabha seats and two state assembly seats in Bihar Thursday is underway peacefully, an official said.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakhshaman said around eight to nine percent of the electorate voted in the initial two hours of polling.

"So far polls are peaceful with no report of violence," he said.

He said long queues of people at polling booths were seen since morning, particularly in rural areas.

Voting is underway in Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria, Katihar, Supaul, Bhagalpur and Banka parliamentary constituencies.

Voting begins on sluggish note in Anantnag

Anantnag : Voting started in Thursday in this south Kashmir Lok Sabha seat on a low key.

Poll officials said it is likely to pick up as the day progresses.

Fears were being expressed that voters might not turn out to use their democratic rights because of the recent terror attacks in the constituency in which four village headmen were killed by the guerrillas.

NRIs concerned about hate speeches in this Lok Sabha election

By TCN News,

Boston: The Coalition Against Genocide (CAG) today condemned statements by senior leaders of Hindu nationalist organizations, collectively known as the Sangh Parivar, openly inciting people to violence against religious minorities. These leaders also claimed that all Indians who are opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be driven out of India into neighboring Pakistan after the ongoing parliamentary elections.

Stakes for Elections 2014: Secularism or Democracy

By Mazher Hussain,

Finally we seem to have succeeded in dividing India, a country of a billion plus, into just two groups. Both groups claim to be secular. The only difference is that while one group accuses the other of being communal, the other brands the first group of being pseudo secular.

49 brooms sporting AAP supporter in Arvind Kejriwal’s conclave

By Staff Reporter,

Varanasi: A ‘staunch’ supporter of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sported 49 jhadoos (brooms), the party symbol, in the conclave that followed Arvind Kejriwal as he went to file his nomination on Wednesday.

EC supreme in interpreting poll speeches: Amit Shah

New Delhi : BJP general secretary Amit Shah Wednesday said he was initially convinced he had made remarks regarding the Muzaffarnagar riots after due consideration, but the Election Commission was the supreme authority in interpretation of poll speeches and he respected its directive.

In an interview to NDTV, Shah also said that BJP leaders had not made personal attacks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and their remarks were in reference to controversies surrounding his alleged land deals.

Banking on father's good work, president's son hopes to win

Jangipur : Facing a tough contest in the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, President Pranab Mukherjee's son and Congress candidate Abhijit is banking on his father's "good work" and his advice to turn the battle in his favour.

"My father has advised me two things - have plenty of water and reach out to the voters. I am following his advice," Abhijit told IANS, ahead of Thursday's polls.

"There is lot of goodwill concerning the good work that my father did. So, I am very confident of retaining the seat," said the 54-year-old former general manager of SAIL.