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BJP distances itself from Giriraj Singh's Pakistan remark

New Delhi : The BJP Sunday distanced itself from party leader Giriraj Singh's comments that those opposing Narendra Modi will be sent to Pakistan.

Asked about the comment, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the party had "nothing to do with the statement".

Party leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi called it an irresponsible statement.

"BJP doesn't approve of irresponsible statement given by Giriraj Singh," Sushil Kumar Modi said in a tweet.

EC official warns against false complaints

Kolkata : Ahead of the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, Election Commission-appointed special observer for the state, Sudhir Kumar Rakesh Sunday said strict action will taken against those filing false and frivolous complaints.

Rakesh, during the day held a meeting with officials before the April 24 polls in six parliamentary seats spread across the Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur districts.


Victims of rights violations unite for fair polls in Bengal

Kolkata : Deploring the Mamata Banerjee government's "attack on democracy" in West Bengal, several victims of human rights violations Sunday urged the EC to create a conducive environment for fair Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Several such people along with eminent personalities like filmmaker Mrinal Sen, actor Soumitra Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, and former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly, urged the Election Commission in a signed memorandum to create a favourable turf for free polls.


India's democracy reaches out to lone voter in Gir forest

By Ranjana Narayan,

Ahmedabad : He remains one of India's most prized voters. Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas is the lone voter in the midst of Gujarat's Gir forest, home to the Asiatic lion, for whom an entire election team sets up a polling booth every election - and will do so again on April 30.

Darshandas, in his early 60s, is the lone occupant of a hamlet called Banej in Gir forest. He has been casting his vote for the past elections, including the 2004 and 2009 parliamentary elections and the 2007 and 2012 state elections.


Beni calls Modi murderer, BJP says Congress campaign at nadir

New Delhi : Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma Sunday got the BJP's hackles up by alleging its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had fled from home at the age of 18 after committing murder. In a strong rejoinder, the BJP demanded the Congress clarify whether it supported the charge.

The union steel minister, speaking in Lucknow, alleged that Modi committed murder at the age of 18 and ran away from home. He also alleged that several criminal cases were registered against Modi at police stations in Gujarat, but he "took care of them" when he became the chief minister.


Will BJP send Advani, Lalu, Mamata to Pakistan, asks Congress

New Delhi : After BJP leader Giriraj Singh said those opposing Narendra Modi will be sent to Pakistan, the Congress Sunday wondered if the party would also send L.K. Advani and some other leaders to the neighbouring country.

Bharatiya Janata Party's Bihar unit leader Giriraj Singh had said at an election rally: "Those opposing Narendra Modi are looking at Pakistan, and such people will have place in Pakistan and not in India."

Varanasi basks in its importance, ignores 'waves'

By Ashish Arora,

Varanasi : This teeming city, considered holy by Hindus, but home to a large proportion of Muslims, is slowly warming up to the political Star War as partymen and supporters of the three main contenders - Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Ajai Rai - have begun canvassing for votes for the May 12 Lok Sabha election. The excitement in the city is evident on the streets and in kasbahs.

MNS: An enigma in Maharashtra politics

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : What started as a breakaway from the Thackeray clan and the Shiv Sena eight years ago, Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is now eyeing a position where it could make or break the state government.

The ongoing 2014 Lok Sabha and ensuing assembly elections could well be the turning point for the MNS to credibly achieve this aim - and also kill several birds with one stone.

Congress using secularism to digress from real problems: Modi

Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) : BJP leader Narendra Modi Sunday accused the Congress of using secularism as a tool to divert attention from addressing the country's real problems.

"I talk about ending graft, benefitting the farmers, protecting our mothers and sisters, giving jobs to the youth but all they talk about is secularism... why are they not addressing the real problems of the country?" Modi asked at a public rally here.

"I am thinking of ways to solve these problems but the Congress is busy finding out a solution for Modi," he added.

Tonk-Sawai Madhopur: Difficult pitch to bat on for Azhar

By Anil Sharma,

Tonk (Rajasthan) : For former Indian cricket captain and Congress candidate Mohammad Azharuddin, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency is becoming a difficult pitch to bat on.

He is facing tough contest from Sukhbir Singh Jaunpuria of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jagmohan Meena of the National People's Party. and Independent candidate Makhan Lal Meena.

Tonk, which will go to polls April 24 along with four other constituencies in the state, is traditionally a Congress stronghold but development has never really touched the ground in the area.