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Rahul to hold rallies in three states Tuesday

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will hold rallies in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Tuesday, his office said.

Gandhi will first hold a public meeting in Alwar in Rajasthan.

The party candidate from the parliamentary constituency is Minister of State for Sports and Defence Jitendra Singh, who is considered to be close to Gandhi.

After his meeting in Alwar, Gandhi will then address a rally in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.

His last rally will be in Bemetara district that falls in Durg parliamentary constituency in Chhattisgarh.


Congress will now go alone in Tamil Nadu: Rahul

Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu) : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said in future also, the party will stand alone in Tamil Nadu and bring a government liked by the people.

Addressing an election rally here, about 520 km from Chennai, he said: “I am proud to see Congress cadres working enthusiastically in the elections.”

Gandhi expressed his happiness at the party putting up a strong challenge in the general elections despite fighting alone.


Opponents plan to slice up Modi's Varanasi pie

By Mohit Dubey,

Varanasi : Far from the high-decibel campaigning and 24x7 politicking that are setting the stage for the most interesting contest of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, there are pointers in this temple town that BJP challenger Narendra Modi might not have a cakewalk in the high-profile constituency.

Readying for a "close finish" contest here, the opposition parties are discreetly working on a plan to upstage the Gujarat chief minister.

Do more for science and technology, politicians told

By Sahana Ghosh,

Kolkata : Notwithstanding their inclusion in the 2014 Lok Sabha election manifestos, the promises on promoting science and technology must be translated into "solid action" by the political class or else India's goal to become a developed nation would remain a pipe dream, say experts.

"Science and technology has not even got the fraction of attention it deserves. What I would like to see is some solid action on the ground.


Amit Shah is a murder accused: Sibal

New Delhi : Law Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said BJP leader Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah is accused in the triple murders of Sohrabuddin, Kausar Bi and Tulsi Ram Prajapati.

Sibal, at a press conference Monday, read out excerpts from a CBI report, and said strong circumstantial evidence suggests that Shah is involved in the "murders".

"Amit Shah, accused in three murder cases is leading Narendra Modi's campaign," Sibal said.

"Evidence suggests that Gujarat chief minister's office was directly involved in the 2002 ('murder') conspiracy," Sibal said.

No issues with dad: Prosenjit on not contesting polls

By Subhash K. Jha,

Mumbai : The Bangla entertainment industry knows of the local heart-throb Prosenjit's proximity to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. But the actor refused to contest election in spite of the high command's repeated offer and says it has nothing to with his father and yesteryear star Biswajeet.

Biswajeet contested from New Delhi constituency on a Trinamool Congress ticket.


Campaigning in Mumbai: Nightmare for candidates

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : From residential skyscrapers to the villas of the super-rich to the squalor of slums and starkness of pavement shacks, campaigning in India's business and entertainment hub is a nightmare for any candidate in any election - be it municipal, assembly or national.

The six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai will go to the polls April 24.

BJP, RSS defend Togadia

New Delhi : Both the BJP and the RSS Monday defended VHP president Pravin Togadia, saying he made no anti-Muslim comments. A day earlier news reports quoted him as saying that Muslims should be thrown out of Hindu areas.

"I talked to Togadiaji. He said he did not make such a statement," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told news persons here.

He added the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader said he would take "legal action" against the agencies for the report.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Ram Madhav echoed similar sentiments.

Congress has bluffed on 'one rank, one pension': Jaitley

New Delhi : The Congress has repeatedly "bluffed" ex-servicemen on the issue of "one rank, one pension", senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Monday.

"As the election campaign proceeds, I have come across hundreds of ex-servicemen living across the country. They served India through its crisis. All of them are concerned with the issue of 'one rank, one pension' which has been a long-standing demand of ex-servicemen," Jaitley said in his blog.


Harvesting season worries grip Punjab leaders

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : As the election fever builds up in Punjab for the April 30 Lok Sabha polls, so is the concern among politicians about the polling date coming right in the middle of the peak wheat-crop harvesting season.

The period between April 14 and May 15 is when the maximum wheat arrival happens in a state known as the food basket of the country. Government procurement agencies do the maximum procurement of the wheat crop generally between April 25 and May 10.