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CDs of Azam Khan, Amit Shah hate speeches being examined

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Police have begun probing the hate speeches made by BJP general secretary Amit Shah and senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan, officials said Wednesday.

The CDs of the speeches will undergo forensic scrutiny, Inspector General of the Special Task Force Ashish Gupta said.

"The CDs have been sent by observers of the poll panel and are now being checked, among other things, for authenticity," an official told IANS.

Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha also said the poll panel was monitoring the developments on a day-to-day basis.

Former home secretary battles caste in Bihar

By Imran Khan,

Ara : Having shed his official attire for dhoti and kurta, former Indian home secretary R.K. Singh has realized that caste matters most in elections -- certainly in Bihar.

The BJP fielded R.K. Singh, an ex-IAS officer,in the Ara Lok Sabha constituency as he is a Rajput and the community has a strong presence in the area.

"Initially he was not ready to give up his old style," a local BJP leader confided to IANS. But party activists convinced him to get into a dress that would be acceptable to the local electorate.

Jharkhand votes for six seats Thursday

Ranchi : Jharkhand will vote for six Lok Sabha seats Thursday in the face of a boycott call given by Maoist guerrillas.

The six seats which go to polls are Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Khuti, Giridih and Hazaribagh. All six seats are affected by the presence of the Maoist guerrillas. Khuti is one of the worst affected constituencies of the state.

A total of 8,525,179 voters will decide the political fate of 106 candidates.


Naveen Patnaik facing his toughest battle yet

By Jatindra Dash,

Bhubaneswar : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to be facing his toughest political battle as he bids for a fourth straight term in Odisha and struggles to retain his party's 14 Lok Sabha seats out of the state's total of 21.

If opinion polls are any indication, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by him may retain power with a reduced strength, but the resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could pose a formidable challenge to his political career.


N.D. Tiwari not to contest from Nainital

Lucknow : Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari will not contest from Uttarakhand's Nainital Lok Sabha constituency seat, his close aides said Wednesday.

Sources said the former chief minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh wanted to contest one last time and had also pleaded with the party leadership to field his son Rohit Shekhar but his pleas were not yielded to.

He told his close associates and supporters in Lucknow late Tuesday that he has left it to the voters of Nainital to elect their representatives and ruled himself out of the race.


Big business and election: Time to decouple the two

By Saroj Mohanty,

Politics has been integral to the Indian business milieu as building political connections is part of doing business in the country. But it is for the first time some of India's corporate tycoons are being named openly in a charged election campaign and their close links have become part of the popular conversation, stuff of the national political discourse.

Rahul continues attack on Modi's 'toffee' model in Agra

Agra : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi kept up his attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's "toffee model" of development that only helped the rich at the cost of the poor.

Addressing a public rally at the historic Ram Lila ground opposite the Agra Fort, Gandhi said it was a clash of ideologies in this election with the Congress ideology "moulded and inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, while their (the BJP's) ideology was centred around (Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram) Godse, riots in Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar, Maharashtra and other parts".

‘Awakened Ambedkarite’ wants to lead a coalition of Dalit and Muslims

By M Reyaz,,

Nagina/Bijnor: In most elections, the battle is two way contest or at most three ways, still what inspires so many other individuals and smaller parties to field their candidates, many of whom often forfeit their deposits as they fail to register even the minimum votes required.

Polling officials reach remote booths for April 17 polls

Siliguri : Polling officials Tuesday night reached 16 remote booths in the mountainous terrain of Darjeeling constituency for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal April 17.

As many as 64 polling officials carrying EVMs, candles and other materials and accompanied by security personnel, covered the distance uphill - partly by motor vehicles and partly on foot - since setting out in the morning.

SC declines to stay defamation case against Kejriwal, others

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to stay the proceedings in defamation case filed against former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders by Amit Sibal, son of Law Minister Kapil Sibal.

Declining the plea to stay the defamation proceedings before the lower court, the bench of Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice S.A.Bobde directed the listing of the matter for hearing July 22.

Senior counsel Jayant Bhushan, appearing for Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party leaders, had pleaded for an expeditious hearing of their case.