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High polling gives new hope to INLD in Haryana

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : Pollsters may not be giving too many seats to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Haryana's main opposition party, in the state's recently held Lok Sabha elections, but the turnout of voters in assembly constituencies of INLD legislators is making the party upbeat about the results.

Some of the biggest turnouts in the April 10 Lok Sabha polling were in constituencies where the INLD dominates. Haryana's 10 Lok Sabha seats, with nearly 16.1 million voters, recorded over 72 percent polling this time.

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Kejriwal target of stones in Varanasi

Varanasi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal faced a barrage of stones and brickbats thrown at him by over a dozen youth shouting "Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi" slogans near the Banaras Hindu University campus Thursday evening, police and eyewitnesses said.

One unidentified youth was arrested.

Kejriwal was on his door-to-door campaign when the attack took place while he was at the famous Keshav Paan shop at Lanka around 8 p.m.

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Poll panel allows Amit Shah to resume campaign

New Delhi: The Election Commission Thursday allowed BJP leader Amit Shah, a close aide of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, to resume campaign in Uttar Pradesh after he promised not to use derogatory language or do anything violative of the poll code.

Despite ‘good work’ Congress MP might face drubbing in Bareilly

By M Reyaz, TwoCircles.net,

Bareilly: In one of the streets of Bareilly, young men, who appear to be the workers of different political parties – are sitting side by side, with flags of their respective affiliations – Samajwadi Party and the Congress – and enjoying some light moments. To an outsider, this would appear to pointing to some ‘fixed match’ between the Congress and the SP. The fixed match, no doubt, was there, except that the winner here was the BJP.

Chhattisgarh records 62 percent polling

Raipur: An estimated 62 percent of about 4.6 million voters in Chhattisgarh cast their votes Thursday, amid rain and Maoist threats, in three Lok Sabha constituencies - Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon and Kanker - in the second round of polling in the state.

The polling was by and large peaceful barring a few incidents of firing by guerrillas in the interiors of Maoist-hit Rajnandgaon and three low-intensity blasts in Kanker in the jungle areas to scare away the electorates.

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FIR against Misha Bharti for poll violation

Patna: An FIR was Thursday lodged against Misha Bharti who is contesting from Patliputra seat in Bihar for forcibly entering a polling booth and allegedly damaging an EVM machine.

A district official said an FIR was lodged against Bharti, daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, on the basis of a written complaint of the polling booth presiding officer at Dehri village in Patna district.

Meanwhile, Bharti has denied the allegations.

61 percent polling in Karnataka, 50 percent in Bangalore

Bangalore:Around 61 percent voting was reported across Karnataka where polling was held in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, while it was about 50.6 percent in the three seats in Bangalore.

"Polling ended peacefully at 6 p.m. in all the 28 parliamentary constituencies across the state. As per the provisional figures available with us, an average of 60.75 percent voting took place till 6 p.m.," chief electoral officer A.K. Jha told IANS here.

The overall percentage is likely to go up, as many voters were in queues in several polling booths by 6 p.m.

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59 percent balloting in UP

Lucknow: Voters in 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise Thursday, and 59 percent balloting was recorded till evening, officials said.

The Election Commission said 59 percent balloting was reported till 5.30 p.m.

Brisk polling was reported from Moradabad, Pilibhit, Nagina and Lakhimpur Kheri, while in other places voting was sluggish.

The turnout in Sambhal, Budayun, Aonla, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Rampur -- the pocket borough of state Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, was also dull.

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Maharashtra government is negligent towards states’ Wakf board

By A. Mirsab, TwoCircles.net,

Mumbai: In their 40 page manifesto Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has assured many things for minority such as their party shall continue scholarship scheme to minority students and shall increase fund to Maulana Azad Foundation. The party also assured that they shall look into providing reservations in jobs to Muslims and to work on Justice Rangnath Mishra’s suggestions regarding Muslim community. One more catching assurance in their manifesto is that the party shall help in protection of states’ Wakf property.

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