Elections are also about spot developments, rallies, sudden meetings between leaders and campaign calls. Overnight alliances and sudden splits, rebels in poll fray, and just plain election politics. On The Spot will bring you all these spot developments and the impact they carry on the larger canvas.

Where the mood is already ‘PM Advani’

The BJP does not have a single war room. But 26, Tughlak Crescent serves as the ‘brain’ of the campaign — where
policies, strategy and also the website campaign are handled, reports Shekhar Iyer.

Maoist posters spark tension in Bengal town

At least 30 Maoist posters calling for an armed revolution and mass boycott of the coming Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal were spotted near a market place in Howrah, in Bengal on Tuesday morning causing a tizzy among the residents.

BSP chief Mayawati accuses Election Commission of bias

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today accused the Election Commission of being biased in favour of the state's opposition parties. Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief alleged that the constitutional body has removed state officials on baseless complaints by political rivals.

Slogan war erupts in Bengal as election fever soars

Some are saucy, some cheesy and some spirited. Slogans galore are being churned out by political parties in West Bengal in the hope of catching the voter's imagination ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Rail traffic disrupted in Punjab over Tytler issue

Members of a conglomerate of radical Sikh organisations blocked rail traffic in several places in Punjab today to protest against CBI's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The clean chit to Tytler has generated much heat in the already charged up political season as the Punjab Congress is on defensive while the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has left no stone unturned to make it an election issue.

Lalu poses threat to Varun's life, Maneka tells police

Alleging that Railways Minister Lalu Prasad poses a threat to her son Varun Gandhi's life, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Pilbhit Maneka Gandhi today complained to the police. Her written complaint was submitted to the senior superintendent of police, Badaun district, N Ravindran. Badaun borders the Aonla constituency from where Maneka Gandhi is now contesting.

Auto makers riding hopes on campaign-bound politicians

Call it the election drive! Indian automobile makers are looking forward to the elections to rev up sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) as politicians and supporters hit the campaign trail.

Naveen govt has destroyed peace in Orissa: Rahul

Congress star campaigner Rahul Gandhi accused Orissa's present government, headed by Naveen Patnaik, of destroying peace in the State and reiterated its failure to deal with the plight of the tribals, farmers and the downtrodden in the State.

Militants attack EC observers in Assam

A convoy of the Election Commission’s observers in central Assam’s North Cachar Hills district was ambushed on Wednesday by militants of Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) outfit. No one was injured in the attack.

Security beefed up in Purulia

Security measures in Maoist infested Purulia district was beefed up on Wednesday in view of polling on April 30. Eleven check posts within 380 km radius between Purulia and Bokaro and Ramgarh in Jharkhand will be sealed ten days before the polls.

Go out and vote, appeals RSS chief

The new Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has brought along a new strategy for the elections.

Political parties trying caste formula magic in eastern UP

With stakes high in eastern Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is desperately trying to get the “magical caste formula” of the past, which saw it getting the lion’s share of votes till 20 years ago.

Jharkhand’s tribal hamlets to boycott LS polls

Even as election campaign reached a crescendo in Jharkhand, residents of three tiny tribal villages at Dumka and Dhanbad have decided to boycott the ballots.

Ashok Singhal charged with violating poll conduct

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad's international president Ashok Singhal has been charged with violating the model code of conduct for holding a meeting in UP's Gorakhpur district without permission from the local administration.

Love Guru's Prem Party promises to make lovers park

Suspended professor of Patna University, who shot into limelight for his affair with a student in July 2006, released his Prem Party's election manifesto on Thursday promising to create parks for lovers.
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