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India Politics

High pitch battle between Mulayam’s clan and BJP in Firozabad

By M Reyaz,,

Firozabad: “There is no problem as such, we live in harmony here. The two communities live like the engine and coach of a train,” said 38 year old Amit Gupta, a whole-sale dealer of bangles in the famous Sadar Bazar of Firzoabad, as 35 year old Alim Ansari, another shopkeeper next door, was sitting with him, when asked if he is afraid that a largely polarized election could give rise to communal tension.

BJP leader's Giriraj Singh's rallies banned, may be arrested soon

Patna : BJP leader Giriraj Singh's election rally and road shows have been banned in Bihar and Jharkhand and he is likely to be arrested soon for his remark that critics of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be sent to Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

Taking serious note of Singh's remark, the Election Commission has also asked him to submit his explanation to it by April 24.

"The EC has banned Singh's election rallies and road shows in Bihar and Jharkhand in view of hue and cry raised over his remark," an official said.

'Kerala to launch massive anti-liquor campaign'

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Tuesday promised to launch a widespread anti-liquor/smoking/drug abuse campaign in the state, a Congress leader said.

State party chief V.M.Sudheeran however said the government was nmot planning to impose prohibition in the state.


Repoll in nine Odisha polling stations April 25

Bhubaneswar : The Election Commission Tuesday ordered repolling in nine polling stations in Odisha April 25 after allegations of rigging and other irregularities during the April 17 polling in the state.

Repolling will be held in six polling stations in Cuttack district, two in Keonjhar district and one in Kendrapara district, joint chief electoral officer Jyoti Prakash Dash told IANS.

Repolling will start at all the nine polling stations at 7 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m., he said.


It is my daddy, says Stalin in twist to 'Modi vs Lady' argument

Chennai : DMK leader M.K.Stalin Tuesday said the growth achieved by Tamil Nadu is due to his "daddy" (party chief and former chief minister) M.Karunanidhi and not because of a "lady", making many smile on a day when curtains came down on electioneering.

Addressing an election rally at Pudukottai around 375 km from here, Stalin said it is neither (BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra) Modi nor the lady (Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa) but his father who would argue and fight for and secure the people their rights.


I have not divided Bollywood: Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday refuted allegations that Bollywood was getting divided because of him.

"I am not very familiar with Bollywood. I did meet some people after I became chief minister but that was purely for occupational reasons, though everybody is entitled to their views," Modi told ABP News in an interview.

Last week, an appeal by some Bollywood artistes asking people to vote for a secular candidate created a controversy as supporters of Modi rejected the view, revealing the fissures in the film industry.


'EC has the proper medicines for fair polls'

Kolkata : Asserting that the Election Commission was not afraid of anyone, its special observer to West Bengal Sudhir Kumar Rakesh Tuesday said the poll panel has proper "medicines" to ensure peaceful and fair polls.

"You know how elections are conducted in India. EC knows how to go about it. We have the proper medicine and are not afraid of anything," said Rakesh responding to media queries regarding alleged threats by Trinamool Congress Birbhum district president, Anubrata Mandal.


BJP tsunami sweeping through India, says Modi

Hyderabad/Mahabubnagar/Karimnagar/Nizamabad (Andhra Pradesh) : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said the country is witnessing his party's "tsunami" and no one can stop it from coming to power.

Winding up a day-long hectic campaigning in Telangana with a massive election meeting in Hyderabad Tuesday night, he said when he started the campaign, it was only a storm but it has now turned into a tsunami.

"There will be no escape for Congress and its allies," he told the gathering at Hyderabad's L.B.Stadium

Sale of cattle for slaughter hits village economy: Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday reiterated his opposition to what he described as "pink revolution" or cow slaughter, saying cattle was an integral part of village economy and the issue should not be linked to any community.

In an interview to ABP News TV channel, Modi said the disappearance of "pashu" or cattle from villages was "bad for the economy".

Solution to Darjeeling through discussion: Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said the "solution" to the Darjeeling issue would be found through discussion.

Asked about the formation of Gorkhaland by carving out Darjeeling Hills from West Bengal, Modi told ABP News in an interview: "We cannot look away from the regional aspirations of the people. It is not right to suppress their regional aspirations."

"I am sympathetic to the needs of the people and I understand it. I think discussion is the only way to find a solution," he added.