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First-time voters

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh: There are 150 million first-time voters in this Lok Sabha election. There is much interest in these first-time young voters but there is no indication that these young ones vote any differently than their parents. I met a few of these young voters in Aligarh to understand now how they vote but how they justify voting for their chosen party.

See the video below and hear the supporters of Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, and Bhartiya Janata Party explain their choices.

BJP's charges of corruption against Congress false: Sonia

Amethi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP, saying that its "false propaganda" on corruption charges against the UPA government was nothing but an attempt to cover up cases of corruption in states ruled by it.

"All those people who are themselves neck deep in corruption are levelling various kinds of allegations against us," Gandhi said at a public meeting in Amethi.


CBI probe sought into Vadra's land deal

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a CBI probe into licences granted to several real estate developers, including the one with which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. is associated, for developing colonies in Haryana.

Advocate M.L. Sharma moved the high court, saying several licences were issued to developers and builders for turning 21,366 acres of land into colonies.

Six mn voters' names deleted in Maharashtra!

Mumbai: In a shocking revelation that could impact election results, the names of nearly six million voters have been deleted or diverted across Maharashtra.

The deletion was done mainly because the voters were currently not residing in the area in which they were originally registered, a state election commission official said here Saturday on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile state chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre told IANS: "These are not missing names. The deletions were done six months ago as per the legal process."


Poll panel chief refuses to respond to Azam Khan's allegation

Hyderabad: Chief Election Commissioner V.S.Sampath Saturday declined to comment on the allegations by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan that the poll panel is biased towards the BJP as it allowed Amit Shah to go scot free while not lifting ban on his election meetings in Uttar Pradesh.

Sampath said that it is for Azam Khan to decide whether he wants relief or not, referring to the SP leader's refusal to apologise for his provocative speech at an election rally.

EC seeks report on Arms Act case against Babul Supriyo

Kolkata: The Election Commission Saturday sought an urgent report from the Burdwan district magistrate following a complaint from the BJP that its candidate for Asansol Lok Sabha constituency Babul Supriyo - a noted Bollywood singer - has been "falsely implicated" in a case under the Arms Act.


Modi neither superman nor magician: Virbhadra

Shimla: Taking a jibe at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday said "he's not a superman or a magician" to solve all the problems.

"Modi is not a superman or a magician who is claiming to solve all the problems in the blink of an eye," the chief minister said at an election rally in Sunni in Shimla district.

He said a wave was being created in favour of the Bharatiya Janata party leader through the media to misguide the people but the reality was far from this.


Don't act like sole conscience-keeper of Kashmiris, Mirwaiz warns Geelani

Srinagar: In a hard-hitting statement, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group Saturday, warned senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani not to try and act as the conscience keeper of Kashmiris or as the godfather of the separatist movement.

Awaiting report on Ajit Pawar's alleged threat: EC

Hyderabad: The Election Commission Saturday said it was looking into reports that Maharshtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar threatened voters in Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S.Sampath said a report was awaited in the matter.

"We heard about it. We are awaiting a report in the matter," he said at a news conference when asked about Ajit Pawar's alleged threat.


Repoll in two Bengal polling stations April 21

Kolkata:The Election Commission Saturday ordered repolling on April 21 in two polling stations in West Bengal where the voting process April 17 had been hindered due to malfunctioning EVMs.

While one polling booth is under Dhupguri assembly segment of Jalpaiguri constituency, the other is in the Siliguri assembly part of the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, an Election Commission official said. Polling was held in both April 17.