Lok Sabha Polls

  • Cong strategy to reach out to voters through paragliders suspended due to bad weather 18-04-2014 04:14 PM

    Congress's much publicised plan to reach out to voters through cruiser powered paragliders in Uttarakhand's hills has been upset by the inclement weather, keeping the flying machines grounded at the party office in Dehradun. With the weather not clearing up over the past few days, the party has not been...
  • LS polls: Hema Malini banks on women voters in Mathura constituency 18-04-2014 04:08 PM

    BJP candidate from Mathura Lok Sabha constituency Hema Malini is trying to woo women electors which are expected to play an important role in the elections here. Out of the total 16,83,994 electors in the constituency, 7,50,471 are women voters. "Women normally, prefer a woman candidate. We are trying to...
  • AAP accuses Hema Malini of furnishing false information in affidavit 18-04-2014 04:03 PM

    Aam Admi Party on Friday accused the BJP candidate from Mathura Lok Sabha seat Hema Malini of allegedly providing wrong facts in her nomination papers. DK Tyagi, an AAP supporter from Delhi, has lodged a complaint to the Election Commission on Thursday stating that the actress did not mention that...
  • Congress Indore candidate Satya Narayan Patel richest contender in MP 18-04-2014 04:00 PM

    Congress nominee from Indore constituency in Madhya Pradesh, Satya Narayan Patel with assets totalling over Rs 69 crore is the richest candidate in the fray for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held in the state on April 24. An analysis of affidavits filed by various candidates...
  • AAP accuses BJP of disrupting its campaign; demands EC action 18-04-2014 03:58 PM

    Aam Aadmi Party on Friday accused BJP of disrupting the poll campaign of its top leaders including Arvind Kejriwal and demanded the Election Commission to take action against the party. "The Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemns the attempts by BJP workers to disrupt the movement of its leaders, including national...
  • SP workers attempt suicide after EC revokes ban on Amit Shah, cane-charged 18-04-2014 03:42 PM

    Hundreds of Samajwadi Party workers allegedly attempting self-immolation were assaulted by police with canes in Allahabad on Friday, and three of them were arrested, police said. The Samajwadi Party workers and activists were protesting the withdrawal of a ban by the Election Commission on campaigning by Bharatiya Janata Party general...
  • Bihar's 'Osama' to contest against Modi from Varanasi 18-04-2014 03:32 PM

    Meraj Khalid Noor, popularly known as Bihar's Osama bin Laden due to his uncanny resemblance to the late Al Qaeda leader, on Friday announced he would contest the Lok Sabha poll against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi. "I have decided to contest polls against Modi from Varanasi,"...
  • Mulayam Singh Yadav soft on rapists, tough on riot victims, says Modi 18-04-2014 02:47 PM

    BJP's prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi on Friday hit out at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and said when one has to be tough on rapists, Mulayam Singh is soft on them. "We have to be tough on rapists, but Mulayam Singh is very soft on them," Modi said...
  • 'Pravasi chidiya' Uma Bharti lying about Bundelkhand, alleges Congress's Pradeep Jain 18-04-2014 02:32 PM

    Terming his rival contestant Uma Bharti a 'pravasi chidiya', sitting Congress MP from Jhansi Pradeep Jain has assured the voters in Jhansi that his party will ensure a separate Bundelkhand state, which, he said has not even found mention in BJP's poll manifesto. Asserting that Congress has always been in...
  • Contrary to claims by parties, no irregularities found in EVMs: Jharkhand CEO 18-04-2014 02:16 PM

    The Election Commission on Friday said no irregularities were found in some EVMs in Ranchi as alleged by a couple of political parties, that led to a clash between the police and some people leading to injuries to more than 12 people near Khelgaon in the city. "After a thorough...
  • Muslim body slams Salim Khan, Salman for praising Modi 18-04-2014 02:12 PM

    The Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis has slammed Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father and film writer Salim Khan for praising Narendra Modi for "pure commercial gains". FMSA, a body of Aligarh Muslim University, mostly comprising muslim intellectuals, passed a resolution in Aligarh on Thursday. Reacting sharply to...
  • Once a critic, Smriti Irani hardsells Modi image to woo voters 18-04-2014 02:05 PM

    BJP's Lok Sabha candidate in this Nehru-Gandhi bastion, Smriti Irani, is hardselling Narendra Modi's 'Vikas Purush' image among the people here who know her more as 'Tulsi', the quintessential 'bahu' she played on small screen, than as a politician. As she addresses one meeting after another in the rural interiors...
  • BSP candidate approaches EC over bogus voting in 40 polling booths 18-04-2014 01:49 PM

    A BSP candidate has approached the Election Commission alleging that proxy voting took place in 40 polling booths in Muzaffarnagar district on April 10, district authorities said. BSP candidate Kadir Rana in his complaint filed with the EC after polling on April 10, alleged that proxy voting took place in...
  • BJP banks on development to lay siege on Congress bastion 18-04-2014 01:41 PM

    A keen battle is on the cards at Chhattisgarh's Korba Lok Sabha seat, a Congress bastion in which the party is again confident of making a clean sweep even as the rival BJP rides on development and anti-incumbency factors to be the recipe for its victory. Union Minister of State...
  • Polling percentage breaks previous records, 15% high from 2009 18-04-2014 10:46 AM

    Breaking record of voter turnout in Lok Sabha polls, Rajasthan on Thursday in the first phase of voting in 20 LS seats recorded 63.43 per cent polling - an increase of 15 per cent from 2009 parliamentary elections. The highest voter turnout recorded in Lok Sabha elections in the state...
  • Arvind Kejriwal mobbed; police disperse angry protestors 18-04-2014 09:08 AM

    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday faced protest by people in Varanasi who were shouting slogans in favour of Narendra Modi, prompting police to use force to disperse the crowd. The incident took place when Kejriwal stopped at a famous pan shop near Benaras Hindu University area after returning from...
  • UK High Commissioner visits booths to see democracy in action 18-04-2014 08:59 AM

    British High Commissioner to India James Bevan on Thursday visited polling stations in Patna and neighbouring areas to witness the election process. "The British High Commissioner visited many polling stations in Patna Sahib and Patliputra Parliamentary seats which witnessed voting today," Mainak De, Eastern India head of Political Press and...
  • Election Commission lifts ban on Amit Shah's campaign in UP 18-04-2014 08:52 AM

    In a major relief to Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah, the Election Commission on Thursday lifted its ban on his participation in Lok Sabha poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb the public tranquility and law and order. The Commission...
  • Don't talk of money when mics are on: Ramdev to BJP candidate 18-04-2014 08:49 AM

    In an embarrassment for Ramdev, he was caught on TV camera murmuring to BJP candidate Mahant Chandnath not to talk about money when mics are on after the latter told him that he was running short of money during electioneering in Alwar constituency. The conversation which took place moments before...
  • Naxals fire on polling party in Rajnandgaon, no casualties reported 18-04-2014 08:46 AM

    An exchange of fire took place between the security forces and the Naxals in the insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh where polling was held on Thursday. No causalities were reported. "The incident took place under Khadgaon police station limits of Rajnandgaon district while a polling party escorted by...
  • 1.68 crore cash, gold seized on poll day 18-04-2014 08:43 AM

    Raids at different places in Jharkhand on Thursday led to seizure of about Rs 1.68 crore cash, gold and silver on poll day. The seizure was made at Hazaribagh, Ranchi, Koderma, Ramgarh, Bokaro and Dhanbad, according to a release issued by the Election Commission. A total of 9.98 gram gold...
  • Name missing from voters list, Bihar DGP fails to cast vote 17-04-2014 02:57 PM

    Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Abhyanand could not cast his vote on Thursday as his name did not figure in the voters list. "My name is not in voters list hence I am not able to exercise my franchise," Abhyanand told PTI. He said the same had happened last...
  • Man commits suicide by immolating himself at a polling center 17-04-2014 02:48 PM

    A man allegedly committed suicide on Thursday by immolating himself at a polling center in Aonla Lok Sabha constituency of Uttar Pradesh, police said. The 25-year-old deceased identified as Hari Singh immolated himself in an inebriated state at the polling center at Ram Bharose Lal Inter College in Devchara. He...
  • Kejriwal launches a major dialogue with voters, calls for Modi's defeat 17-04-2014 02:36 PM

    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who admitted he should have consulted the people before he decided to quit as Delhi chief minister and resign his government, has launched a major dialogue with voters here while calling for the defeat of BJP icon Narendra Modi. The former Delhi chief minister sprung a...
  • BJP defends Amit Shah, says he did not violate the model code 17-04-2014 02:12 PM

    BJP today came out in defence of Amit Shah, saying Narendra Modi'sclose aide, who was censured by the Election Commission for controversial poll speeches, did not violate the Model Code of Conduct. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, at the same time, welcomed the poll panel's action against Uttar Pradesh Minister...
  • Even best bowlers bowl a no-ball: Amit Shah on EC ruling 16-04-2014 11:54 PM

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi's close aide and BJP leader Amit Shah on Wednesday agreed to abide by the Election Commission's decision of censuring him for violation of the Model Code of Conduct and compared himself with the "best bowler" who also bowls a no-ball. "The intention in my speeches was...
  • CDs of Azam Khan, Amit Shah hate speeches being examined 16-04-2014 04:15 PM

    Uttar Pradesh Police have begun probing the hate speeches made by BJP general secretary Amit Shah and senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan, officials said Wednesday. The CDs of the speeches will undergo forensic scrutiny, Inspector General of the Special Task Force Ashish Gupta said. "The CDs have been...
  • My years in movies help me as politician: Hema Malini 16-04-2014 04:10 PM

    Actress Hema Malini, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, says her years of toil in the film industry have helped her survive as a politician. "All my years in movies - all the hard work, tough outdoor schedules, long hours - have all helped me in...
  • Misa's assets Rs 4.72 crore, more than 'uncle' Ram Kripal Yadav 16-04-2014 04:04 PM

    The assets of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharati, including that of her family, are worth Rs 4.72 crore while her uncle Ram Kripal Yadav, who is contesting against her on a BJP ticket from Bihar's Patliputra seat, has declared assets worth Rs 1.39 crore. RJD's 39-year-old Misa has...
  • BJP to ask poll panel to de-recognise Samajwadi Party 16-04-2014 03:57 PM

    The Bharatiya Janata Party will petition the Election Commission to cancel the recognition of the Samajwadi Party, leaders said Wednesday. Laxmikant Bajpayi, Uttar Pradesh state BJP president, said the step was being taken in view of the speeches of Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan read out at election rallies...