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Election Commission worried about illegal money power

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Election Commission Monday expressed serious concern over the rising use of "money power" in the election process.

While announcing the dates for the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami said: "We have taken serious note of illegal use of money power, and the polling officers have been told to strictly monitor the expenditure."

He appealed to the candidates not to exceed their expense limits.

The elections begin April 16 and end May 13. The counting will be held on May 16.

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Break-up of elections in states

By IANS,

New Delhi : While 15 states will hold elections in a single phase, others will conduct the exercise over several days, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami announced here Monday.

Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh will have an election stretching into five rounds, Bihar will have four phases and Maharashtra and West Bengal will hold the exercise over three days.

Eight states - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Prdesh, Manipur, Orissa and Punjab - will see two-day elections.

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A polling station for one voter!

By IANS,

New Delhi : When India elects a new parliament in April-May, one polling station in Gujarat will have just one voter.

Chief Election Commissioner N. Goapalswami told reporters that this will be located in Junagadh district in Gir forests, home to the Asiatic lion.

There will also be one polling station for two voters in Chhattisgarh, and three stations in Arunachal Pradesh will have three electors each.

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Indian Lok Sabha elections April 16-May 13

By IANS,

New Delhi : Elections to pick a new Lok Sabha will take place over five phases starting April 16 and ending May 13, with the votes to be counted on May 16, the Election Commission announced Monday.

Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami told reporters that 124 constituencies would go to the polls on April 16, followed by 141 on April 23, 107 on April 30, 85 on May 7 and 86 on May 13.

The millions of votes cast in the electoral exercise will be counted on May 16, he said.

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Total electorate goes up to 714 million

By IANS,

New Delhi : The total electorate for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls has risen to 714 million, up from 671 million in 2004, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami announced here Monday.

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Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Sikkim to go to polls

By IANS,

New Delhi : Elections to the Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Sikkim assemblies will take place along with Lok Sabha elections, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami announced Monday.

He told reporters that assembly by-elections would take place in the same period in Mizoram, Jharkhand and Karnataka (one seat each) and Nagaland (four seats).

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Six million officials, security personnel deployed for polls

By IANS,

New Delhi : More than six million civil officials and security personnel will be deployed during the upcoming general elections, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami announced Monday.

These would comprise four million civil officials and 2.1 million security personnel.

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Party position in present Lok Sabha

By IANS,

New Delhi : The following is the party position in the 543-member 14th Lok Sabha, which ended its last session Feb 26:

Congress - 150

Bharatiya Janata Party - 113

Communist Party of India - Marxist - 42

Samajwadi Party - 34

Rashtriya Janata Dal - 24

Bahujan Samaj Party - 16

DMK - 16

Shiv Sena - 12

Nationalist Congress Party - 11

Biju Janata Dal - 10

Communist Party of India - 10

Shiromani Akali Dal - 8

Independent - 6

PMK - 6

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - 5

Lok Jan Shakti Party - 4

MDMK - 4

Telugu Desam Party - 4

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Amplifying Advani logic

By Mubasshir Mushtaq,

Law and order have two enemies: the Full Truth and the Complete Lie. When people realize the truth, they start revolutions. When they are fed lies they begin meaningless riots.

(M.J. Akbar, 1979)

Ajit Singh's RLD joins NDA

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) led by Ajit Singh Monday announced that it had joined the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and would have a poll pact with the main constituent of the alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The move was announced at a joint press conference by Ajit Singh, NDA convener Sharad Yadav and BJP's prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani, who said on the occasion that alliances had now become an essential part of Indian politics.

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