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Sadhu Yadav withdraws from polls in Bihar

Patna : Former MP Sadhu Yadav Wednesday withdrew his nomination as candidate from Bihar's Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, saying he will not contest the polls this time to help the ruling Janata Dal-United candidate in the fray.

"I have withdrawn my nomination as an Independent candidate. I will not contest the polls," Yadav told media persons here.

Yadav, brother of former chief minister Rabri Devi and brother-in-law of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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Lok Satta’s alliance with BJP: Gandhi and Ali Brothers?

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By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Probe BJP's Kurukshetra candidate for code violation: Jindal

New Delhi : Congress leader Naveen Jindal has asked the Election Commission to investigate poll code of conduct violation by the BJP's Kurukshetra candidate and act against Zee Media management for airing "paid news".

Jindal, incumbent member of parliament and the Congress candidate from Kurukshetra constituency in Haryana, met Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath Tuesday.

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Rahul to hold three rallies in UP April 24

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will Thursday hold public meetings in Sitapur, Hardoi and Jalaun districts of Uttar Pradesh, followed by a road show in Lucknow, his office said Wednesday.

The first rally will be held at Surajkund Mela Ground in Hargaon of Sitapur Lok Sabha constituency, followed by another rally at Sandila in Hardoi district.

Gandhi will also address a public meeting at the Government Inter College Ground in Orai in Jalaun Lok Sabha constituency.

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BJP upset at Mumbai principal's 'anti-Modi' advice

Mumbai : The BJP Wednesday complained to the Election Commission against a college principal for sending an email to students allegedly criticising the Gujarat model of development and advising them to "choose well".

The complaint has named Frazer Mascarenhas who heads south Mumbai's elite St. Xavier's College.

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Congress worried about Vadra fallout

New Delhi : The Congress is worried that it might be losing the battle of perception over party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, who is accused of dubious land deals by the BJP.

A senior leader of the Congress party, wishing he not be identified, admitted Wednesday that the Vadra issue adds to the "scam-tainted" image of the party. Asked if the Vadra land deals would affect the party’s electoral prospects, he said: “Maybe... Already, due to 2G and other such issues, the party has acquired a negative perception as far as corruption is concerned.”

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TV channels, emails to act as EC watchdogs in Bengal

Kolkata: The Election Commission Wednesday said it would keep tabs on the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal Thursday via electronic media, fax and emails addressed to the state chief electoral officer as well as helpline complaints.

Six seats spread over four districts - Muslim-majority Malda and Murshidabad, besides North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur - are up for grabs in phase two of the Lok Sabha polls in the state Thursday.

As many as six TV channels will be monitored by poll panel officials Thursday to tackle incidents and complaints reported by the media.

EC slaps Azam Khan with fresh notice over poll code

New Delhi: The Election Commission Wednesday issued fresh notice to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for "persistently" and "continuously" violating the model code of conduct.

Azam Khan along with the Bharatiya Janata Party's Amit Shah was banned by the poll panel April 11 from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly making provocative speeches.

The commission later lifted the ban on Shah after he apologised and gave an assurance that he will be more careful with his utterances.

Will Tarique Anwar be lucky this time?

Katihar (Bihar): After losing the Lok Sabha election the last three times, NCP leader Tarique Anwar is in the fray in Katihar in Bihar hoping to score a win.

Anwar faces a tough challenge from BJP's outgoing MP Nikhil Choudhary, who is seeking re-election, banking on what he says is a "wave" in favour of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Unlike earlier times, Anwar has the support of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the Congress. He is also heavily banking on the overwhelming support of Muslims who constitute 44 percent of the total electorate.

Modi presiding over hate campaign: CPI-M

New Delhi: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is presiding over a hate campaign but "camouflaging it with talk of development and effective government", the CPI-M said Wednesday.

The CPI-M journal, "People's Democracy", said in an editorial that beneath "Modispeak" was "an intense communal campaign which is specially concentrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar".

"The duality in the BJP's election campaign is getting exposed," the magazine said.

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