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EC supreme in interpreting poll speeches: Amit Shah

New Delhi : BJP general secretary Amit Shah Wednesday said he was initially convinced he had made remarks regarding the Muzaffarnagar riots after due consideration, but the Election Commission was the supreme authority in interpretation of poll speeches and he respected its directive.

In an interview to NDTV, Shah also said that BJP leaders had not made personal attacks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and their remarks were in reference to controversies surrounding his alleged land deals.

Banking on father's good work, president's son hopes to win

Jangipur : Facing a tough contest in the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, President Pranab Mukherjee's son and Congress candidate Abhijit is banking on his father's "good work" and his advice to turn the battle in his favour.

"My father has advised me two things - have plenty of water and reach out to the voters. I am following his advice," Abhijit told IANS, ahead of Thursday's polls.

"There is lot of goodwill concerning the good work that my father did. So, I am very confident of retaining the seat," said the 54-year-old former general manager of SAIL.

Lok Satta’s alliance with BJP: Gandhi and Ali Brothers?

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By Kashif-ul-Huda,

TV channels, emails to act as EC watchdogs in Bengal

Kolkata: The Election Commission Wednesday said it would keep tabs on the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal Thursday via electronic media, fax and emails addressed to the state chief electoral officer as well as helpline complaints.

Six seats spread over four districts - Muslim-majority Malda and Murshidabad, besides North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur - are up for grabs in phase two of the Lok Sabha polls in the state Thursday.

As many as six TV channels will be monitored by poll panel officials Thursday to tackle incidents and complaints reported by the media.

EC slaps Azam Khan with fresh notice over poll code

New Delhi: The Election Commission Wednesday issued fresh notice to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for "persistently" and "continuously" violating the model code of conduct.

Azam Khan along with the Bharatiya Janata Party's Amit Shah was banned by the poll panel April 11 from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly making provocative speeches.

The commission later lifted the ban on Shah after he apologised and gave an assurance that he will be more careful with his utterances.

Will Tarique Anwar be lucky this time?

Katihar (Bihar): After losing the Lok Sabha election the last three times, NCP leader Tarique Anwar is in the fray in Katihar in Bihar hoping to score a win.

Anwar faces a tough challenge from BJP's outgoing MP Nikhil Choudhary, who is seeking re-election, banking on what he says is a "wave" in favour of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Unlike earlier times, Anwar has the support of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the Congress. He is also heavily banking on the overwhelming support of Muslims who constitute 44 percent of the total electorate.

Modi presiding over hate campaign: CPI-M

New Delhi: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is presiding over a hate campaign but "camouflaging it with talk of development and effective government", the CPI-M said Wednesday.

The CPI-M journal, "People's Democracy", said in an editorial that beneath "Modispeak" was "an intense communal campaign which is specially concentrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar".

"The duality in the BJP's election campaign is getting exposed," the magazine said.

Very much welcome Modi statement on relations: Pakistan envoy

New Delhi: Dismissing seemingly tough statements by the BJP and its allies about Pakistan as "poll rhetoric", Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday said they "very much welcome" BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's latest statement that if he came to power, his government would follow a "balanced" foreign policy in which "no one should be able to intimidate us and neither should we do it”.

Communal comments reflect party's mindset: Jaitley

New Delhi: BJP leader Arun Jaitley Wednesday launched a veiled attack on AAP leader Shazia Ilmi for her reported communal speech, saying such comments reflect the party's mindset.

"One of their lady representatives has been now seen telling supporters that her community must cease to be secular and adopt a more communal approach.

"Such comments by a political party or its representatives cannot even be privately made. These comments reflect their mindset. They demonstrate that the alleged 'idealism' of AAP was put on one," Jaitley wrote on his blog.

Imdad Shariff of AAP challenges the might of Muslim League in Vellore

By Mohd Ismail Khan,,

Vellore: Imdad Shariff returned from London back to his home town in Northern Tamil Nadu with enthusiasm to do something for his community. One year later he now finds himself with broom in hand locking horns with powerful Muslim League in Vellore parliamentary seat.