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Mulayam justifies Azam Khan's controversial remark

Agra : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Wednesday justified party leader Azam Khan's recent controversial statement which invited the wrath of the Election Commission.

Mulayam Singh said the Election Commission was acting arbitrarily, "imposing restrictions on our leaders".

"Azam Khan said nothing that was wrong or not based on facts. As a matter of fact, Muslims have always made sacrifices for the country," he said addressing an election meeting in Agra Cantonment area.

EC censures Amit Shah, Azam Khan, Beni Prasad

New Delhi : The Election Commission Wednesday censured BJP leader Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for their alleged hate speeches during the Lok Sabha election campaign.

The poll panel also conveyed its displeasure over remarks by Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma concerning Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at a speech at Balrampur and warned him against repeating such remarks.

Ninth IG Khan Memorial events on Hunger and Social Justice

By TCN News,

Aligarh: Ninth IG Khan Memorial event was held in Aligarh Muslim University campus with the theme of 'Hunger and Social Justice', a layered and relevant idea that was explored from different angles.

Stop fooling the nation, Rahul tells Modi

Patna : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday told BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to "stop fooling the country" by claiming that he had solutions to all the problems.

"Modiji, desh ko ullu banana bandh karo" (Modiji, stop fooling the country), Gandhi said at an election meeting in Bihar's Kishanganj parliamentary constituency.

The Congress candidate and outgoing MP from Kishanganj is Maulana Asrarul Haque.

Gandhi said Bihar would need a Bihar model of development for its success, not a Gujarat model.

RSS, BJP ideology threat to secularism: Sonia

Karimnagar : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said the ideology of the RSS and the BJP was a threat to India's secular ideals and cautioned people against communal forces.

Addressing an election meeting in this Telangana town, she said Mahatma Gandhi and freedom fighters believed in secularism and leaders like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi died while living up to those principles.

"Today the same secular ideals are under threat because of the ideology of RSS and BJP," she said.

Salman Khan's father launches Modi's Urdu website

Mumbai : The Urdu version of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's official website was launched here Wednesday by Salim Khan, noted writer and father of Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

"The website in Urdu is an excellent initiative. Urdu is a beautiful language, which has evolved in India, and I am extremely happy that this innovative idea has been accepted and implemented. It is truly a praiseworthy initiative," Salim Khan said at the launch.

Renewal of land lease for army opposed in Kashmir

Srinagar : Residents living near an army firing range land held a demonstration here, demanding a written assurance from the state government that it would not re-lease the land to the army.

The residents living near the Tosa Maidan forest area in Badgam district gathered at the Press Enclave of Srinagar city and sought written assurances that the lease of the controversial Tosa Maidan firing range would not be extended.

IIT-educated real estate baron in Bihar poll fray

By Imran Khan,

Jehanabad : Real estate baron Anil Kumar Sharma, an IITian who is contesting from Bihar's Jehanabad parliamentary constituency, is the richest candidate in the state with assets worth a whopping Rs.850 crore.

Sharma, chairman and managing director of the Amrapali Group, is a candidate of the ruling Janata Dal (United) from Jehanabad, considered to be a lawless land till a decade ago. It witnessed caste massacres in a battle of supremacy between Maoists and Ranvir Sena, an upper caste militia.

Indian election elicits keen interest in Pakistan

By Nivedita,

Lahore : Will Narendra Modi win? Will India get a stable government? What are Arvind Kejriwal's prospects? Is the Congress finished? The questions fly thick and fast in Pakistan, where interest in India's ongoing parliamentary election runs high, for once overriding questions on all other issues including Kashmir.

An IANS journalist who visited Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital, to cover the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, was bombarded with dozens of questions on the world's largest electoral exercise.

There was not a single question on Kashmir!

Manipur votes for its second LS seat Thursday

Imphal : The Congress-ruled Manipur votes Thursday for its second Lok Sabha seat.

"Over 12,000 central para-military forces and state security personnel have been deployed in the four mountainous districts -- Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishenpur, and Thoubal - where the elections would be held," an Election Commission official told reporters.

A local militant outfit has called a 12-hour general strike in Manipur Wednesday, accusing the state government of failing to undertake suitable developmental schemes in the state.