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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.

333 candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Seemandhra

Hyderabad : A total of 333 candidates remained in the fray for 25 Lok Sabha seats and 2,243 for 175 assembly seats in Seemandhra after the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended Wednesday.

Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituencies have the highest number of candidates - 22 each. Chittoor has only seven candidates.

State chief electoral officer Bhanwarlal told reporters Wednesday that Kurnool assembly constituency has the highest number of contestants at 36. Seven assembly constituencies have only six candidates each.


EC to monitor Punjab parties 48 hours before polling

Chandigarh : Organising parties and private functions as a cover-up for entertaining voters will be under the Election Commission's scanner in Punjab 48 hours before the April 30 Lok Sabha polling, officials said Wednesday.

"There is no ban (on holding private parties and functions) but there will be intensive checking to prevent illegal distribution of liquor to bribe the voters on these dates," a spokesman of the election department said here.


EC again compels Mamata to transfer her officers

Kolkata : The West Bengal government has again been compelled to carry out the Election Commission directive to remove 23 officials from election duty, while the chief minister continued to cry foul and allege conspiracy by the Congress, an official said Wednesday.

According to Amit Roy Chowdhury, officer on special duty with the chief electoral officer's office here, seven inspectors-in-charge (IC), 13 officers-in-charge (OC) and three block development officers were Wednesday shifted to non-election, non-field posts.


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.

Pawan Kalyan was under pressure: Jayaprakash Narayan

Hyderabad : Loksatta Party national president Jayaprakash Narayan Wednesday said actor Pawan Kalyan was under pressure when he took the decision not to campaign for him in Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency.

"I can understand the pressures and influences Pawan was subjected to and the agonizing dilemma he had to contend with," said the bureaucrat-turned-politician.


AAP leader Somnath Bharti beaten up in Varanasi

Varanasi : AAP leader and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti was beaten up allegedly by some BJP supporters during a TV show here Wednesday evening, police and Aam Aadmi Party leaders said.

The incident took place at Assi Ghat in Varanasi when Bharti was attending a TV show of a news channel.

The window panes of Bharti's car were broken, and his driver was also attacked.