India Politics

India Politics

AIADMK pays Rs.3,000 to vote for it: DMK

Chennai: The DMK Wednesday told the Election Commission and police that voters were being given Rs.3,000 or other gifts by AIADMK members to solicit vote for the ruling party in Tamil Nadu.

The DMK also alleged that police acted in concert with the AIADMK while election returning officers took no action to stop the mass bribery.

The complaint by DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin also charges senior police officers with preventing their juniors from taking action against erring AIADMK members despite complaints.


Imdad Shariff of AAP challenges the might of Muslim League in Vellore

By Mohd Ismail Khan,,

Vellore: Imdad Shariff returned from London back to his home town in Northern Tamil Nadu with enthusiasm to do something for his community. One year later he now finds himself with broom in hand locking horns with powerful Muslim League in Vellore parliamentary seat.

Manual scavenging: Hardly an election issue

By Shradha Chettri,

New Delhi : There are possibly over a million of them, but they hardly matter to our politicians and manual scavenging, though banned, was never an election issue.


Pakistani envoy welcomes Modi's statement

New Delhi : Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday welcomed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement that India-Pakistan relations should be "balanced" with no intimidation from either side and expressed his country's keenness to work with the new government.

"We are very much encouraged," Basit told media persons here reacting to Modi's statement in an interview to a news channel Tuesday night.

Why women's safety not in poll campaign, ask activists

New Delhi : Rights practitioners, lawyers and thought leaders Wednesday asked why was women's safety not of pivotal concern in the ongoing elections, and called for greater awareness about the issue.

"The Indian election manifesto is short. According to a poll, 91 percent of the voters said in these elections, violence against women was the number two priority, after corruption," Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nandy said, also stressing why governments need to be pressurized into working on women's safety issues.

Kejriwal's resignation dented party's chances: Manish Sisodia

By Gaurav Sharma,

Varanasi : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as the chief minister of Delhi has dented the prospects of the party in the Lok Sabha poll, senior party leader and close aide Manish Sisodia said.

However, Sisodia said the move is bound to prove "propitious" for the over year-old party in long term.


Pawan Kalyan to campaign for BJP, TDP in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad : Leading Telugu film actor Pawan Kalyan Wednesday announced that he would campaign only for NDA candidates in Telangana and Seemandhra.

He gave the assurance when Telugu Desam Pary (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu called on him and requested him to campaign for the party.

Naidu met the actor a day after they both shared dais with Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a massive public meeting here.


Mumbai's multi-corner contests spell uncertainty

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : The quadrangular contests in all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in the country's commercial capital has spelt uncertainty over the outcome of the election scheduled here Thursday.

None of the major political parties and prominent candidates - among 116 in total - in the fray can confidently say which way the final scales will tilt given the multiple choices before the electorate.


Something amiss in Punjab's first political family?

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : Punjab's first political family - the Badals - are certainly not their usual self, politically speaking. Recent events relating to the family of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal clearly indicate that there is something amiss.

The chief minister, who has nurtured the Shiromani Akali Dal for over five decades, was conspicuous by his absence from the manifesto release ceremony of the party done in Bathinda Monday. Instead, he chose to go from his village to Kotkapura town, 75 km from Bathinda.


Kejriwal files nomination from Varanasi

Varanasi : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday filed his nomination papers to fight the Lok Sabha election here to take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Kejriwal filed his papers at the district magistrate's office after a roadshow through parts of the Hindu holy city that drew thousands during which he attacked both Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The other leading candidate in Varanasi is Ajay Rai of the Congress.