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India Politics

No queues in Jalpaiguri's 28 model poll booths

Kolkata : The electorate in 28 polling booths of West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district will be in for a pleasant voting experience Thursday sans the hassle of queues, thanks to the Election Commission's decision to declare them as model polling stations.

Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar parliamentary constituencies go to the hustings in the first phase Thursday. As many as 6,033,310 voters in the four Lok Sabha seats will decide the fate of 47 candidates in the fray.


BJP empowers one, Congress empowers all, says Priyanka

Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh) : Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of putting power in one person, and said the Congress believes in empowering people.

"The opposition party believes in giving all the power to one person or a few people who take all decisions, while the Congress party wants people to become strong. All our schemes are based on it," said Priyanka Gandhi while campaigning for her mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, here.


BJP to get majority, Modi will be PM: Naidu

Patna : The BJP will get an "absolute majority" in the Lok Sabha election and Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of the country, BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Wednesday.

"The BJP is heading for an absolute majority and Modi will be the next PM," Naidu told a press conference here.

Naidu said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, which together account for 120 Lok Sabha seats, will account for the lion's share of the BJP strength in parliament.

"The BJP is set to perform well, and more than expected in Bihar and UP."


Modi to meet Tamil actor Vijay

Chennai : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will meet Tamil actor Vijay Wednesday.

"(I'm) indeed privileged to be invited to a non-political meeting with Narendra Modiji. (I'm) looking forward to (meeting) him," posted Vijay on his Twitter page. They are scheduled to meet in Coimbatore.

Modi met superstar Rajinikanth last week.


De-recognise Samajwadi Party: BJP to tell poll panel

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party will petition the Election Commission to cancel the recognition of the Samajwadi Party, leaders said Wednesday.

Laxmikant Bajpayi, Uttar Pradesh state BJP president, said the step was being taken in view of the speeches of Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan read out at election rallies in the presence of senior leaders, including Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

He said it was a complete breach of the gag orders issued by the poll panel on the vitriolic minister.

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.