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Varun Gandhi should be arrested: Kapil Sibal


New Delhi : Slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi for his alleged communal speech and his unapologetic stand, union minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday said there was no place for people like him in politics and he should be arrested.

The BJP candidate from Pilibhit constituency in Uttar Pradesh, who is facing a criminal case for his alleged hate-Muslim campaign speech, should be arrested, said Sibal.

The senior Congress leader added that Varun Ganhdi's offence should be treated as non-bailable.

Blind voters will be able to use voting machines in Jammu and Kashmir


Jammu : For the first time in Jammu and Kashmir, all the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to be used in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections will be Braille-enabled, allowing the visually-impaired voters to exercise their franchise without any assistance.

"Devnar School of Blind, Mumbai, has been approached for preparing Braille-enabled list of candidates which will be loaded on the EVMs to facilitate the visually-challenged persons to cast their votes without seeking any assistance," Chief Electoral Officer B.R. Sharma said Wednesday.


85 and going strong - Congress MP ready for another poll battle

By Nityanand Shukla, IANS,

Ranchi : Age is clearly no barrier on his way to the Lok Sabha for yet another innings. At 85, Congress MP Bagun Sumbarai is ready for his sixth electoral battle from Jharkhand's Singhbum constituency.

Sumbarai, almost youthful in his energy and enthusiasm, is up against former chief minister Madhu Koda but says he is game for the fight.

"I thank the party high command for reposing faith in me. I will again register a convincing victory in the Lok Sabha elections," said Sumbarai, who got a ticket despite opposition from many quarters in the party.


Maoists in Bihar call for boycott of general elections


Patna : Maoists in Bihar have given a call for boycott of the general elections scheduled in April and May and have decided to intensify their struggle, said a statement issued by the banned outfit Wednesday.

"We have urged people to boycott the general elections in 2009 to strengthen our struggle for them," Maoist spokesman Gopal said here in a press release issued Wednesday.

He said that the call was given by the Bihar-Jharkhand-north Chattishgarh special area committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

Varun Gandhi unapologetic, claims CD doctored


New Delhi : An unrepentant Varun Gandhi asserted Wednesday that he was a "Gandhi, a Hindu and an Indian" in equal measure and said the CD showing him making an inflammatory speech was doctored.

"I am proud of my faith, and am not apologising for it," Varun Gandhi told reporters while reading out a written statement, a day after being slapped with a criminal case for his alleged hate-Muslim campaign speeches.

President's rule in Meghalaya


New Delhi : The central government Wednesday imposed president's rule in Meghalaya, a day after the state government narrowly survived a trust vote with the help of the assembly speaker.


3G spectrum auction unlikely before elections


New Delhi : It is unlikely that auction of the spectrum for third generation (3G) telecommunication applications will take place before the Lok Sabha elections, telecom secretary Siddharth Behura said Wednesday.

"We cannot talk about 3G spectrum auctions since it is election time and nothing seems to be feasibe currently," Behura told reporters on the sidelines of 17th Convergence India conference here.


I am proud of my faith, says Varun Gandhi


New Delhi : Asserting that he was a "Gandhi, a Hindu and an Indian" in equal measure, an unapologetic Varun Gandhi said here Wednesday that the CD showing him making an inflammatory speech was doctored and that was not his voice, nor his words.

"I am proud of my faith, not apologising for it," Varun Gandhi told reporters while reading out a written statement.

20 years on, Advani chariots his PM dream sans Hindutva

By Manish Chand, IANS,

New Delhi : Two decades after his famous 'rath yatra' catapulted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into national reckoning, L.K. Advani is making his final bid for India's top job on a broader, non-denominational platform that talks of good governance and development with Hindutva taking a back seat.

"There are no Hindu issues. There are only national issues in this election," Sudheendra Kulkarni, a key Advani aide and speech writer of the campaign, told IANS.

What Third Front? They may not last even till elections: Gujral

By Rashmi Saksena, IANS,

New Delhi : Former prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral, the surprise pick of the United Front in 1997 to head the multi-party coalition government, says the present Third Front has a "commitment to ambition, not ideology" and "may not last even till the elections."

And if political alliances do keep through the elections, Gujral says, "the issue of personalities will be the most difficult to resolve and will be the biggest challenge" for them if and when called to decide on the next prime minister.