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Going by the books

With elections around the corner, our in-house book reviewer Indrajit Hazra puts the party manifestos under the critic’s scanner...

Indian elections: Millions of voters, gallons of ink

India's general election is the world's largest democratic exercise.

Don't sell your vote, says former EC official

People should not sell their vote and vote for the right candidate who can take the country forward, former Advisor to the Election Commission K G Rao said on Tuesday.

Political parties talk tough on security in push for votes

The main political parties are talking tough on terror in the run-up to general elections, vowing to crack down on extremist violence in the wake of the deadly Mumbai attacks. Still, analysts believe, national security will come well down the list of priorities for India's 714-million-strong electorate. See election special

Will Bangalore South vote for change?

To vote for a change or not would be the key factor in Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency as BJP sitting MP H N Ananth Kumar, eyeing a fifth straight win, and his main rival Karnataka Youth Congress chief Krishna Byre Gowda slug it out in the multi-cornered contest.

Nineteen candidates left in fray in Tripura

Altogether 19 candidates are left in the fray for the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura after the last date of withdrawal on Wednesday, Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Dilip Acharjee said. Elections for all the two seats would be held on April 23.

199 candidates for first phase of polls in MP

A total of 199 candidates will slug it out in the first round of elections to 13 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh April 23, poll officials said on Thursday.

Demand for SUVs increases as poll fever mounts

The grand-old Ambassador car was earlier the symbol of ‘power’ and the most trusted vehicle for election campaigns for the political elite. But, for the modern day political leaders, ‘nothing else than a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) will do’.

Leaders consider SUV an all terrain campaign vehicle, as it can carry more workers and even double up as a ‘status icon’.

Seven in fray for inner Manipur LS seat

Seven candidates will contest for the prestigious Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 22, election office said on Thursday.

Candidates with mixed educational background in fray

Candidates contesting from Kanpur and adjoining Akbarpur seats have mixed educational background ranging from a ninth class pass to a Ph.D holder.

LS to miss Vajpayee, Somnath; many old timers at the hustings

The 15th Lok Sabha will miss the experience and wit of two veterans - Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Somnath Chatterjee, but it is likely to present a host of regulars like L K Advani and P Chidambaram who have prominently represented the Indian polity.

Five candidates in fray in Satara

Five candidates are left in the fray from Western Maharashtra's Satara Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to the polls on April 23.

Grand, but not on ground

Andhra Pradesh’s Opposition coalition may have overcome its seat-sharing problems, but the party cadre — particularly of traditional rivals Telugu Desam and Telengana Rashtra Samiti — just won’t work together. Varghese K George reports.

Go vote, say campaigns, but are people listening?

This election perhaps stands apart for the number of campaigns urging millions of reluctant, often lazy, Indians to walk that extra mile to the polling booth. But many voters say they are not impressed.

Election panel to ensure handicapped-friendly polling booths

The Election Commission will ensure that polling booths in the Lok Sabha elections have facilities for the blind and other handicapped people, a senior official said in Kolkata.
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