Politics

  • After ban on campaign, EC censures Shah, Azam for remarks 16-04-2014 09:38 PM

    The Election Commission on Wednesday censured Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan for making controversial remarks during campaigning. The EC's decision came days after it had banned the two leaders from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. While censuring the...
  • LS polls: Jolt to Congress as Matbar Singh Kandari rejoins BJP 16-04-2014 09:04 PM

    In yet another blow to Congress ahead of polling for Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand, party heavyweight Matbar Singh Kandari on Wednesday rejoined the BJP along with his supporters. Welcoming him back into the party-fold, state BJP chief Tirath Singh Rawat said Kandari's return would further boost the party's prospects...
  • I should have consulted people before quitting, says Arvind Kejriwal 16-04-2014 08:55 PM

    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said he committed a "mistake" of not consulting people before resigning as chief minister of Delhi. "I think we made a mistake on (the issue of) resignation. Resignation in principle was (however) right," Kejriwal told NDTV in Varanasi. Kejriwal and his cabinet quit Feb...
  • Maoists guerrillas blast bridge in Giridih 16-04-2014 08:48 PM

    Maoist guerrillas blew up a bridge in Jharkhand's Giridih district on Wednesday, a day ahead of the polling for six Lok Sabha seats from the state, police said. Guerrillas blew up the bridge near Padnatand village, around 190 km from Ranchi. Giridih will go to the polls Thursday. Police said...
  • Priyanka campaigns for Sonia, slams BJP's one-man show 16-04-2014 08:45 PM

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday hit out at the BJP's "one-man show" while campaigning for her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the Lok Sabha polls. Priyanka told a gathering during a road show in Raseta area that the ongoing national election was a "war of ideologies". Rae Bareli...
  • We will bring 70 crore people into middle-class: Rahul Gandhi 16-04-2014 08:26 PM

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday the party, if returned to power, will bring 70 crore people into the middle-class over the next five years. Addressing an election rally in Kishanganj, Gandhi said there was a new class comprising about 70 crore people who were above the poverty line...
  • Poll authorities serve notice to Salman Khurshid over expenses 16-04-2014 05:52 PM

    District Election Officer has served notices to 10 candidates including Union Minister Salman Khurshid for not keeping record of election expenses, official sources said on Wednesday. DEO Pawan Kumar served notices to Congress candidate Khurshid, BSP candidate Jaiveer Singh, SP's Rameshwar Singh Yadav and seven other candidates, on Tuesday. In...
  • LS polls: 25 Muslim candidates to contest from Rajasthan 16-04-2014 05:31 PM

    Rajasthan, which has seen a Muslim MP only twice since 1952, will witness as many as 25 such aspirants trying their luck in the two-phase elections starting on Thursday though Congress has nominated just one candidate from the community and BJP none. In the past 23 years, no Muslim MP...
  • Five bombs recovered in Hazaribagh on the eve of polling 16-04-2014 05:29 PM

    On the eve of polling for Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat, five improvised bombs were recovered on Wednesday by security forces from a jungle area of the constituency in Jharkhand. Officials said the bombs were recovered by a joint squad of CRPF and state police from a place under Vishnugarh police...
  • Arvind Kejriwal begins campaign trail in Varanasi 16-04-2014 04:49 PM

    With an aim to woo rural voters, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched his election campaign in Varanasi by holding "chaupals" or small public meetings in villages. Kejriwal was accompanied by party leader Sanjay Singh, besides other AAP members and volunteers. The former Delhi Chief Minister first...
  • Manmohan Singh is a super PM, says Priyanka Gandhi 16-04-2014 12:26 AM

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday called Manmohan Singh a "super PM" and defended him against being called India's weakest prime minister. Asked by reporters in Amethi about Sanjaya Baru's book "The Accidental Prime Minister: The making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh", Priyanka said: "Only Manmohan Singh was super PM." The...
  • Rahul justifies his 'toffee' barb against Gujarat model 16-04-2014 12:20 AM

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tonight justified his 'toffee' barb against the Gujarat model of development, saying it was prompted by the Narendra Modi government giving away land to industrialists at Re 1 per sqmetre, the price of a toffee. Addressing an election rally here around 9 PM, nearly four...
  • Some fear among Muslims regarding Modi, says Kalbe Jawad 15-04-2014 11:11 PM

    A day after a latest survey pitched NDA numbers at 275, prominent cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad on Monday said there was some fear among Muslims as far as BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was concerned, but its president Rajnath Singh's image was emerging like that of former Prime Minister...
  • If Modi loses in Varansai, no one will make him PM: Kejriwal 15-04-2014 10:59 PM

    AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said if the people of Varanasi defeat Narendra Modi in the elections then no one will make him the next prime minister. During an open interaction with the electorate in Varanasi, Kejriwal said, "If the people defeat Modi in Varanasi, then no one will...
  • Vote as an Indian, not as a Muslim, says Ajmer Dargah Dewan 15-04-2014 10:56 PM

    Religious head of Ajmer dargah Saiyad Zainul Abedin Ali Khan on Tuesday called upon the people to vote fearlessly and without communal fanaticism to strengthen the democracy. Without naming anyone, he asked the people to beware of such political and religious leaders who have made speeches to give the elections...
  • It's not going to be easy for Narendra Modi in Varanasi 15-04-2014 10:47 PM

    The climb from the ghats of Varanasi to New Delhi's 7 Race Course Road is proving to be steep and replete with roadblocks for Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi, veteran Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) organizers admit. "The BJP and RSS have given us the target of securing...
  • Varun has betrayed the Gandhi family, says Priyanka 15-04-2014 10:45 PM

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday slammed estranged cousin Varun Gandhi for the second time in three days, criticising him for siding with the BJP, and "betraying the family". Talking to reporters in Amethi, Priyanka accused the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency of "betraying the family". Her...
  • 11 UP seats to see polling on Thursday 15-04-2014 10:42 PM

    Eleven parliamentary constituencies go to the polls Thursday in Uttar Pradesh, where a bitter contest is on among major contenders to win the maximum number of its 80 Lok Sabha seats. The second phase of balloting in the country's most populous state involves some political stalwarts: Santosh Gangwar and Maneka...
  • Ajit Jogi's political fate, Raman Singh's image at stake 15-04-2014 10:37 PM

    The three Lok Sabha constituencies in Chhattisgarh which go to polls Thursday are significant as the outcome will have a bearing on the future of veteran Congress leader Ajit Jogi and the stature of Chief Minister Raman Singh. Chhattisgarh elects 11 members to the Lok Sabha. Balloting for the Bastar...
  • Sonia, Rahul destroyed the country, alleges Narendra Modi 15-04-2014 10:31 PM

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi have destroyed the country, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Tuesday. "The mother-son duo has destroyed the country," Modi thundered at an election rally in Bihar's Bhagalpur Lok Sabha constituency. Modi said that Sonia Gandhi...
  • Arvind Kejriwal begins campaigning in Varanasi 15-04-2014 10:26 PM

    AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday plunged into campaigning for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, where he will face BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Arriving in Varanasiafter a overnight train ride from Delhi, Kejriwal met a Muslim leader and also a group of traders and listened to their problems....
  • Modi attacks Rahul over 'toffee model', regrets targeting PM 15-04-2014 10:22 PM

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his "toffee model" jibe, and also regretted criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the past. "In such a big election, first they spoke of balloons and now toffees... If he gets a...
  • ND Tiwari hits out at Congress for not giving LS ticket to his son Rohit 15-04-2014 08:44 PM

    Anguished over being neglected by a party he served like a loyal soldier, Congress veteran ND Tiwari on Tuesday said he would not contest the Lok Sabha polls putting at rest speculation that the octogenarian could stage a political comeback. Congress has also denied seat for his son.Tewari was demanding...
  • Individuals cannot give advertisements against party, candidates: EC 15-04-2014 07:27 PM

    A person not associated with a political party or not contesting elections is barred from giving advertisements on TV and radio against any party as it would indirectly benefit its political rivals. The Election Commission on Tuesday cited its 2004 order saying that advertisements by a person other than a...
  • Campaign ends for seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar 15-04-2014 07:17 PM

    Loudspeakers fell silent this evening with campaigning coming to an end for the second phase voting to seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar on April 17. Tight security arrangements have been put in place as many of the constituencies fall in Maoist-hit areas. Voting in Patna and nearby districts would...
  • Campaign ends for second phase of polling in Jharkhand 15-04-2014 07:14 PM

    Campaigning ended on Tuesday in six Lok Sabha constituencies in the second of the three phase polling in Jharkhand for the April 17 elections. The constituencies where polling would be held are Giridih, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Singhbhum ST, Khunti ST and Hazaribagh from among the total 14 LS seats. Elections in...
  • Modi takes a dig at PM using his ex-media adviser Baru's book 15-04-2014 07:09 PM

    Narendra Modi on Tuesday used the book authored by Prime Minister's former media adviser to mock at Manmohan Singh and targeted Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, saying they wielded the real power instead of the PM. "I used to think why the PM never laughed during the last 10 years....
  • Sushma scraps poll rally after BJP workers fail to receive her 15-04-2014 06:26 PM

    Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday cancelled an election meeting in a Madhya Pradesh town after no local party leader came to receive her at the helipad. According to a report published in Hindustan Times, Swaraj was slated to address a rally at Shivpuri in Guna parliamentary seat, where...
  • FIR against Hema Malini for addressing people in temple 15-04-2014 06:15 PM

    An FIR has been filed against actress Hema Malini, the BJP candidate from Mathura Lok Sabha seat, for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by addressing people at a temple in Bera village in Mathura. "Not only flag and banner of the party was put on the building of...
  • Kumar Vishwas declares assets worth Rs 4 crore 15-04-2014 06:12 PM

    Aam Aadmi Party nominee from Amethi Kumar Vishwas on Tuesday declared his assets about Rs four crore in an affidavit filed along with his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls. Kumar has declared assets including that of his wife Manju Sharma. As per the affidavit, while gross total value...