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Stars shining for smaller parties, say astrologers

By IANS,

New Delhi : They aren't quite pollsters, but astrologers are pundits for all seasons in India. And days before votes for the 15th Lok Sabha are counted May 16, they predict "a hung house" and say the stars are shining for smaller parties.

"Neither the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be able to form a government. The Congress at the most will get 135-140 seats, while the BJP might gain marginally with 165 seats," Delhi-based astrologer Prem Kumar Sharma, a popular television commentator on spirituality and astrology, told IANS.

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Basu has no faith in Buddhadeb: Mamata

By IANS,

Kolkata : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that

veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu did not vote in the Lok Sabha elections because he had lost confidence in his successor Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's government.

"Even Jyoti Basu does not have confidence in Buddhababu. Otherwise he would have definitely voted. If needed, he could even have gone in a wheel chair," Banerjee told the media.

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West Bengal poll violence toll reaches 20

By IANS,

Kolkata : With the death of one person in a clash Wednesday, the toll in election-related violence over three phases of polling in West Bengal has shot up to 20.

A ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader died after being attacked allegedly by opposition Trinamool Congress activists when he came out of a booth after voting at Naraynagarh under Jainagar Lok Sabha constituency of South 24 Parganas.

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Himachal Pradesh sees over 58 percent polling

By IANS,

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh registered an over 58 percent voter turnout in its four Lok Sabha constituencies that went to the polls Wednesday.

"The elections in the four parliamentary constituencies of Himachal Pradesh concluded peacefully this (Wednesday) evening. The poll percentage was 58.78 percent," the state's chief electoral officer Anil Khachi told IANS.

"The maximum turnout was in Mandi (64 percent), followed by Hamirpur (59 percent), Shimla (55.64 percent) and Kangra (55.37 percent)," he said.

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UPA barely ahead of NDA in photo finish: Exit polls

By IANS,

New Delhi : Election 2009 will deliver a fractured verdict, with the Congress-led UPA finishing barely ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, exit polls conducted by various TV news channels predicted Wednesday night.

The CNN-IBN poll said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) would be the single largest coalition with 185 to 205 seats while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would finish anywhere between 165 to 185 seats in the 545-member house.

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Poll panel to probe EVM malfunctioning in West Bengal

By IANS,

Kolkata : The Election Commission will probe into the malfunctioning of EVMs in 101 polling booths of a Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal Wednesday, prompting the poll in these booths to be deferred to Thursday.

"We'll order an investigation into the matter and also seek a clarification from the district administration as to how the EVMs were damaged by rain and found faulty on the polling day," West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Debashis Sen told reporters here.

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Jyoti Basu injures leg after fall, could not vote

By IANS,

Kolkata : Veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Jyoti Basu injured his left leg after a fall in his bathroom in the wee hours Wednesday and could not vote in the Lok Sabha election, his personal aide said.

The 95-year-old leader was administered medicines at home by doctors, who termed the injury as minor, the aide said.

"Basu is now under medical supervision at home. But doctors said there's no cause for worry. He can't vote this time because of his ailing health. He is now resting," Basu's personal assistant Joykrishna Ghosh told IANS.

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UPA, NDA in close finish: Exit polls

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will finish marginally ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections, exit polls conducted by different TV news channels predicted Wednesday night.

The CNN-IBN poll said the UPA would be the single largest coalition with 185 to 205 seats while the NDA would finish anywhere between 165 to 185 seats in the 545-member house.

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Punjab, Chandigarh record 65 percent polling

By IANS,

Chandigarh : Nearly 65 percent polling was recorded for nine parliamentary seats in Punjab and one seat in Chandigarh Wednesday as the fifth and final round of voting ended.

Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu said the highest polling of 69 percent was recorded in the newly-created border constituency of Khadoor Sahib.

There were 11.6 million eligible voters in Punjab and 522,650 voters in the union territory of Chandigarh for Wednesday's polling.

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Men pip women in vote percentage in Puducherry

By IANS,

Chennai : Men in Puducherry at the last moment piped women in terms of percentage of votes polled for the 15th Lok Sabha elections Wednesday.

Interestingly, out of the 762,028 voters in this union territory, the 395,240 women voters outnumber men voters by 28,452.

For a large part of election day-even till 4 p.m. the Puducherry men lagged behind the women in terms of votes polled.

But that changed at the fag end of the polling with 79.78 percent of the male voters casting their vote as against 79.67 percent in the case of women voters.

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