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India Politics

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.


Nepal officials to visit Bengal model poll booths

Kolkata : The iconic Howrah Bridge and 145 model polling stations will be on the itinerary of a 14-member Nepalese election management panel scheduled to witness Lok Sabha balloting in West Bengal's Howrah district April 30.

The visit is part of South-South Cooperation initiative of the Election Commission (EC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the area of poll management.


JD-S Karnataka president Krishnappa is dead

Bangalore : Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) Karnataka unit president A. Krishnappa, who contested in the April 17 Lok Sabha election from Tumkur, passed away Wednesday following a heart attack, a party official said. He was 68.

"Krishnappa was at a badminton court near his home in the city's eastern suburb to play a game when he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a private hospital. He died even before the doctors could attend to him," JD-S spokesman Ramesh Babu told IANS.


Legal action against 350 for Bengal blast: EC

Kolkata : Legal action has been initiated against 350 people for Monday's blast that killed two people in West Bengal's Birbhum district, an Election Commission (EC) official said here Wednesday.

The blast took place in Kushumgaria village. Two people were killed when some explosives kept inside their house exploded.

According to the police, prima facie it appeared they were trying to make bombs.

The incident has come under the EC's scanner.