Politics

  • 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography' warms up to Modi but not dazzled by him 19-04-2014 02:09 PM

    Introducing his book 'Narendra Modi, A Political Biography', Andy Marino makes two claims keeping in mind that he is adding to the list of biographies of a man who is regarded both as a villain and a hero. First, he says, this is no hagiography but a work of 'cold...
  • Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan: 10 powerful Bollywood actors we would like to see contesting elections 18-04-2014 12:35 PM

    There is no field of work in this country that hasn't been touched by Bollywood's radiant presence. The union of Bollywood and politics is nothing new. Plenty of Bollywood actors have found their space in the big, bad world of politics. There remain a few stars who haven't hopped on...
  • AAP accuses BJP of circulating fake 'thank you' note to Ansari 18-04-2014 12:14 AM

    Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday accused BJP of circulating a 'fake' letter in which Arvind Kejriwal has purportedly thanked local Muslim strongman Mukhtar Ansari's Qaumi Ekta Dal for not contesting Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal is said to be thanking Ansari saying Muslim votes would come to AAP after his support...
  • Rahul Gandhi's Amethi lacks development: Smriti Irani 18-04-2014 12:08 AM

    BJP candidate Smriti Irani on Thursday charged Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with making a joke of his "family ties with Amethi" which despite being regarded as a VVIP area lacked development. The youth here are unemployed, roads are in bad shape... and Rahul Gandhi is showing lollypops of national...
  • Jaswant Singh accuses Raje government of misusing machinery 18-04-2014 12:02 AM

    Ousted BJP leader Jaswant Singh has accused the Vasundhara Raje government of misusing government machinery during the Lok Sabha elections and has registered a complaint with the Election Commission in this regard. Jaswant, who is contesting as an Independent after being denied a ticket by the BJP, forwarded a complaint...
  • Uma Bharti's jet makes emergency landing after it runs out of fuel 17-04-2014 11:58 PM

    BJP leader Uma Bharti's flight made an emergency landing at Pichhore in Madhya Pradesh after it ran out of fuel on Thursday. Uma Bharti is contesting from Jhansi Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 LS elections. On Wednesday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi's car ran out of fuel on Lucknow-Allahabad highway, which...
  • Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of dividing country 17-04-2014 11:50 PM

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the BJP of "dividing" the country into two parts and said his party wants a "united" India. "If the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) comes to power, the country will fall in the grip of only five to six very rich people," Gandhi...
  • Don't talk of money when mics are on: Ramdev to BJP candidate 17-04-2014 11:23 PM

    Alwar: In an embarrassment for Ramdev, the Yoga guru was caught on television 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...
  • Uma Bharti asks EC to act against dissemination of video 17-04-2014 11:14 PM

    BJP leader Uma Bharti on Thursday asked the Election Commission to take legal action against "meticulous dissemination of concocted video clips" on social media by "anti-BJP parties" after Congress released a video of her purportedly describing Narendra Modi an agent of destruction. In a letter to the EC, she alleged...
  • CPI-M ready to withdraw Varanasi candidate 17-04-2014 11:01 PM

    CPI-M leader Prakash Karat Thursday offered to withdraw his candidate from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency provided there was a consensus on a common candidate against BJP's Narendra Modi. Karat made the offer at a meeting of Left-leaning political activists, writers, academics and trade union leaders at the Town Hall...
  • Modi is 'vinash purush', liar: Uma Bharti in a video released by Congress 17-04-2014 10:35 PM

    The Congress on Thursday released an explosive video showing BJP leader Uma Bharti as describing BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a "vinash purush" (man of destruction). "My view is (that) Gujarat is a fear-stricken state," Uma Bharti says in the only English sentence in the video in which...
  • Nitish defends parting ways with NDA, slams BJP and Congress 17-04-2014 09:28 PM

    Defending his decision to part ways with the NDA, senior JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he had no regrets. "Our alliance worked smoothly so long as the BJP put aside contentious issues, but the moment we realised the party intended to raise controversial issues to attain...
  • LS polls: 3 Chhattisgarh seats witness moderate polling, 63.44 percent voter turnout recorded 17-04-2014 07:05 PM

    Balloting was moderate in Chhattisgarh's three Lok Sabha constituencies on Thursday, marking the second phase of polling in the state.63.44 per cent voting was recorded in the three constituencies, an official said. Polling was held in Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon and Kanker and will be held in the remaining seven constituencies on...
  • LS polls: 10 MP seats record 54.41 per cent voter turnout in second phase 17-04-2014 06:59 PM

    54.41per cent voting was recorded in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, which went to polls on Thursday, officials said. While balloting was brisk in some constituencies, a few seats, including Bhind, saw sluggish polling. Voters at nine polling stations decided to boycott over various local issues, including...
  • LS polls: 20 Rajasthan seats record 63.25 per cent voter turnout in first phase 17-04-2014 06:44 PM

    58.70per cent voters in Rajasthan's 20 Lok Sabha constituencies casted their ballots on Thursday, with people turning up early at the polling booths before the sun began to beat down on them. The polling was majorly peaceful and brisk polling was witnessed in Rajasthan withBarmer recording 65.66 per cent voter...
  • LS polls: 7 Bihar seats witness 56 per cent voting in second phase 17-04-2014 06:35 PM

    56per cent voting was recorded in seven Parliamentary seats of Bihar on Thursday. Queues began to form at polling stations since morning across Bihar's seven parliamentary constituencies that went to vote. A maximum 57 per cent voting was recorded in Buxar and 56 per cent in Jehanabad Lok Sabha seats...
  • LS polls: 11 UP seats record 62.5 per cent voter turnout in second phase 17-04-2014 06:28 PM

    Voters in 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise on Thursday, and 62.5 per cent balloting was recorded, officials said. The Election Commission said brisk polling was reported from Moradabad 54.4per cent, Pilibhit 48.6per cent, Nagina 53.24per cent and Lakhimpur Kheri...
  • FIR lodged against Lalu's daughter Misa Bharti for breaking voting machine 17-04-2014 06:01 PM

    An FIR was registered against RJD leader and Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti in Maner Police station for allegedly breaking an electronic voting machine (EVM) at a polling booth in Pataliputra on Thursday. The incident happened at booth number 34 in Maner during polling was on. The RJD, however, alleged...
  • FIR lodged against RJD MP Prabhunath Singh and supporters for poll-related offence 17-04-2014 05:28 PM

    An FIR was lodged on Thursday against RJD MP Prabhunath Singh and his supporters under sections of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 for poll-related offence in Bihar's Saran district, official sources said. Deputy Collector Dharmenda Kumar lodged an FIR at Town police station against Singh, his private secretary...
  • AAP candidate detained for protesting against deletion of names of voters 17-04-2014 05:11 PM

    An Aam Admi Party candidate was allegedly detained by police on Thursday along with his supporters for protesting against the deletion of the names of voters from the electoral rolls. The names of 400 electorates were removed from the roll by the Election Commission for different reasons and a revised...
  • Despite Maoist threat, 42 percent voters exercise their right in Jharkhand 17-04-2014 05:07 PM

    Nearly 42 percent of electors voted in Jharkhand on Thursday in the first six hours in six Lok Sabha constituencies even as Maoist, who have given a poll-boycott call in the state, blasted a railway track and attacked security forces. Officials said Jharkhand witnessed 42.29 percent polling till 1 pm,...
  • Congress appeals to voters to defeat Narendra Modi in Varanasi 17-04-2014 04:55 PM

    Congress on Thursday appealed to the electorate of Varanasi to defeat BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said the whole country was curiously looking at the results of this ancient city known for its culture, religion...
  • LS polls: 6 Jharkhand seats record 62 per cent voter turnout in second phase 17-04-2014 04:51 PM

    Voters were seen lining up at polling stations as 62 per cent of the electorate in Jharkhand on Thursday voted for the six Lok Sabha seats from the state. Officials said 62 per cent had voted and added added that Ranchi witnessed 58.76 per cent polling, Jamshedpur 65 per cent,...
  • Lok Sabha elections: State records 62% voter turn out 17-04-2014 12:09 AM

    Jharkhand votes for six Lok Sabha seats on Thursday in the face of a boycott call given by Maoist guerrillas. The six seats which go for polls are Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Khunti, Giridih and Hazaribagh. All six seats are affected by the presence of the Maoist guerrillas. Khunti is one...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Second phase of polling ends, 54.41percent voter turnout recorded 17-04-2014 12:07 AM

    As many as 142 candidates are in the fray in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh where a total of 1,67,12,808 voters are expected to head to polling booths on Thursday. First phase of balloting for nine Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh was held on April 10 and...
  • Lok Sabha elections LIVE: Polling ends, UP breaks 2009 records with 58.86% voter turnout till 5 pm 17-04-2014 12:05 AM

    Over 1.8 crore electorate would decide the fate of 151 candidates, including stalwarts like former cabinet ministers Maneka Gandhi, Santosh Gangwar, Saleem Sherwani, Dharmendra Yadav and Begum Noor Bano, when voting for 11 Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 17. In the second phase, polling would be held...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Polling ends in Chhattisgarh, 63.44 percent voting recorded 17-04-2014 12:05 AM

    Security has been stepped up in three poll-bound Maoist infested constituencies of Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund in Chhattisgarh amid inputs that Naxals may foment trouble in these sensitive areas on April 17, when voting is held there during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. According to Intelligence Bureau sources,...
  • Lok Sabha elections: 56% voter turn out recorded in the state 17-04-2014 12:05 AM

    Caste arithmetic will be put to test in Bihar when seven parliamentary constituencies in the state go for polls on Thursday. These elections are crucial for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD-U and his bete noire RJD chief Lalu Prasad with both vying for approval as the main...
  • Lok Sabha elections LIVE: Rajasthan records 63.25 percent polling turnout till 6 pm 17-04-2014 12:05 AM

    Over 42.9 million voters will decide the fate of 320 candidates, including Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who are in the fray for the 25 Lok Sabha seats from Rajasthan where polling will he held in two phases - April 17 and April 24. In the first phase April 17, voting...
  • Electoral official dies of heart attack after arriving in Jamshedpur for poll duty 16-04-2014 11:58 PM

    A polling personnel died of heart attack in Kesharda cluster in Baharagoda, about 90 kms from in Jamshedpur, under Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency, official sources said on Wednesday. The deceased Kishan Mukhi (51), an employee of National Metallurgical Laboratory inJamshedpur, collapsed soon after arriving inJamshedpurfor poll duty, they said. SDO...