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India Politics

CPI-M to issue advisory against expelled leader

Kolkata : The Communist Party of India-Marxist will issue an advisory to its members against any association with expelled party leader Lakshman Seth, a party leader said here Thursday.

"There are reports that he (Seth) is keeping contacts with those opposing the Left parties and is trying to defeat its candidates in the ongoing polls," CPI-M politbureau member Surjya Kanta Mishra told media persons,and added that state secretary Biman Bose will soon issue the advisory.


Accused in Judev sting operation to face trial, rules SC

New Delhi : Two accused, who in a sting operation in November 2003, caught on camera then Minister of State for Environment and Forest Dilip Singh Judev (since dead) accepting money for facilitating a work will face trial on the charge of criminal conspiracy and abetment of corruption.


EC finds 321 cases of paid news till date

New Delhi : The Election Commission has confirmed 321 cases of paid news in the country in the Lok Sabha elections held for 349 parliamentary constituencies till date.

According to data released by the EC Thursday, notices have been served to parties concerned in 582 cases so far, of which 321 cases have been confirmed.

In Rajasthan, the EC has served notices in 168 cases, of which 115 have been found to be genuine. In Uttar Pradesh, all 61 cases in which notices have been served have been confirmed to be instances of paid news.


Poll official killed, voting in Kashmir's Anantnag 28 percent

Anantnag : A polling official was killed and five others injured in an attack by separatist gurrillas after polling Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag parliamentary constituency, where the turnout rose after a sluggish start to end at 28 percent, officials said.

Addressing a media conference in Srinagar, state's chief electoral officer Umang Narula said 28 percent votes were polled in the south Kashmir constituency - a marginal improvement over the 27 percent recorded in 2009.

Rahul to tour UP, Andhra Pradesh April 25

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be addressing public gatherings in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh Friday (April 25), according to a statement issued by his office Thursday.

"Rahul Gandhi will hold an election rally in Lalitpur district of Jhansi Lok Sabha constituency in the morning, and then head for Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, where he will be addressing a public meeting at 15:15 hours," the statement said.

Gandhi will hold his third rally at 17:15 hours at Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad, which comes under the Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency.


Mamata's CPI-M, Congress nexus speech under EC scanner

Kolkata : The Election Commission is scrutinising the images and tapes of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's speech at a public rally, alleging that the transfer list of 23 officials was drawn up the at the Delhi residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, an official said Thursday.

The state government was compelled to carry out the Election Commission's directive to remove 23 officials from election duty Wednesday, while the chief minister continued to cry foul and allege conspiracy by the Congress.


“Caste is enforced through Dalit women’s bodies”

By TCN News,

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Dalits are at the bottom of caste hierarchy in India and the caste system is enforced through Dalit women’s bodies in the form of violence and abuse, said activists Asha Kotwal and Thenmozhi Soundarajan, who were in town to give details about a month-long “Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra” in India.

110 million vote in India, BJP says it's 'Modi tsunami' (National)

New Delhi : Nearly 110 million people peacefully voted Thursday in 117 Lok Sabha constituencies in 12 states in a staggered election that will see three more rounds to decide who gets to govern India the next five years.

Some 60 percent of the 180 million electorate exercised their franchise in 201,735 centres to elect 117 MPs from 2,098 candidates, from political parties big and small as well as innumerable independents.

Modi, Kejriwal, Arundhati Roy among Time's 100 influential people

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal have made it to Time 100 list of the world's most influential people along with Indian novelist Arundhati Roy.

While Modi figures in the category of "leaders", Kejriwal is listed among the "pioneers" and Roy makes the grade among "icons" in the annual list released Thursday after an online poll of readers.

Maharashtra records 57 percent polling, Mumbai 54 percent

Mumbai : Maharashtra recorded an average of 57 percent voting in the 13 Lok Sabha constituencies while Mumbai notched 54 percent in its six constituencies as the third and final phase of polling Thursday, officials here said.

After noon, the voting figures shot up considerably in Mumbai and other parts of the state till the closing hours.

In most constituencies, notably in Mumbai, Dhule, Aurangabad and Raigad, minorities came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.