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India Politics

BJP seeks stay on appointments, complains against PM's media advisor

New Delhi: The BJP Saturday urged the poll panel to ask the UPA government to put all major appointments on hold till a new government takes over and also demanded action against the media advisor to the prime minister for "violating" model code of conduct.

The party gave two separate representations to the poll panel on the issue of government considering high-level appointments and media advisor Pankaj Pachauri speaking about the achievements of the government during his interaction with media persons Friday.


Tharoor hopeful of good showing by Congress in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: Union minister Shashi Tharoor Saturday said that Congress was set to put up a good show in Tamil Nadu in the ongoing general elections to Lok Sabha, saying that voters were "very enthusiastic" about it decision to shun alliances and go alone.

Speaking to media persons at the Congress headquarters upon his return after campaigning in the state, Tharoor said: "People in Chennai are very enthusiastic about the fact that Congress has not entered into any electoral alliance in the state and are more inclined to vote for its candidates."


Saradha scam: Mamata demands arrest of union minister's wife

Kolkata: In an angry retaliation over the Saradha scam issue which has again grabbed the spotlight, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday wondered why the wife of a union minister, named by the scam kingpin in a letter to the CBI, was not arrested.

Accusing the union minister of instigating police to arrest Trinamool Congress leaders, Banerjee said she had seen name of the minister's wife in the April (2013) letter written to the Central Bureau of Investigation by Saradha group chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen - who is now under arrest.

Women turnout highest-ever in LS polls in Karnataka

Bangalore: The turnout of women voters at 65.81 percent in all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka was the highest in a parliamentary poll in the state, an official said Saturday.

"Turnout of women was an impressive 65.81, marking the highest participation of female voters in a parliamentary election," state chief electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha told reporters here.

The previous highest was in the 1999 mid-term polls at 64.99 percent and 63 percent in the 2004 general election.

Rahul launches all-out attacks on Modi, Mamata

Nagaon (Assam)/Malda/Baharampur (West Bengal): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday took on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his divisive agenda and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on corruption during a whirlwind election tour to Assam and West Bengal.

Attacking Modi, the Gujarat chief minister, at Nagaon in Assam, Gandhi dismissed the Gujarat model of development as one that only made the rich people richer at the cost of the poor and accused the BJP of making Hindus and Muslims fight each other.

Not a very Azam way of making election speech

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Almost 15 years after the Kargil War and three Lok Sabha and three Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections later Samajwadi Party leader and a senior minister in Akhilesh Yadav cabinet, Azam Khan, has been reminded that it was the Muslim soldiers who alone ensured the victory in 1999. Later, while explaining his statement Khan claimed it was a strategy of the Indian Army to use Muslim soldiers to trick the Pakistani Army.

First-time voters

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh: There are 150 million first-time voters in this Lok Sabha election. There is much interest in these first-time young voters but there is no indication that these young ones vote any differently than their parents. I met a few of these young voters in Aligarh to understand now how they vote but how they justify voting for their chosen party.

See the video below and hear the supporters of Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, and Bhartiya Janata Party explain their choices.

BJP's charges of corruption against Congress false: Sonia

Amethi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP, saying that its "false propaganda" on corruption charges against the UPA government was nothing but an attempt to cover up cases of corruption in states ruled by it.

"All those people who are themselves neck deep in corruption are levelling various kinds of allegations against us," Gandhi said at a public meeting in Amethi.


CBI probe sought into Vadra's land deal

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a CBI probe into licences granted to several real estate developers, including the one with which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. is associated, for developing colonies in Haryana.

Advocate M.L. Sharma moved the high court, saying several licences were issued to developers and builders for turning 21,366 acres of land into colonies.

Six mn voters' names deleted in Maharashtra!

Mumbai: In a shocking revelation that could impact election results, the names of nearly six million voters have been deleted or diverted across Maharashtra.

The deletion was done mainly because the voters were currently not residing in the area in which they were originally registered, a state election commission official said here Saturday on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile state chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre told IANS: "These are not missing names. The deletions were done six months ago as per the legal process."