Chennai: AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa on Monday termed as baseless reports that her party was being approached through back channels by the BJP for a post-poll alliance. “I wish to clarify that such reports are baseless and the AIADMK is not conducting talks with any political party for a post-poll alliance,” she said in a statement here.
EC unhappy with Lalu, Rabri speeches
New Delhi: Perturbed by the deluge of complaints over the violation of the code of conduct, the Election Commission on Monday expressed its strong displeasure over the offensive speeches of RJD leaders Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, and BJP leader. Though all these leaders have been formally let off, the EC has found their replies to its notices unsatisfactory and expressed “strong displeasure”, said Deputy Election Commissioner . Balakrishnan.
The EC has gone a step further: it has asked all political parties not to lower the level of the campaign by hate speeches, personal attacks, bribing and intimidation of voters.
32 MP villages to boycott polls
Chhindwara: More than 30,000 voters in 32 villages of this district in Madhya Pradesh have decided to boycott the elections, after these areas allegedly submerged in the waters of the Pench river thermal power project. “We are going to take a pledge in this regard tomorrow at Ravindra Bhawan in Bhopal,” said Kisan Sangarsh Samiti leader Aradhana Bhargava. Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar will also be present at the pledge taking ceremony in Bhopal.
Lalan files defamation case against Rabri
Patna: Bihar’s JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan filed a defamation case against Rabri Devi on Monday for allegedly making abusive remarks against him and CM Nitish Kumar. The complaint said it did not behove the accused, who was a former CM, to use “malicious and slanderous expressions before the public”.
Farooq likely to contest from Srinagar
Srinagar: The National Conference has finally opted for its president and former CM Farooq Abdullah for the Srinagar seat. A junior leader, Salman Sagar, son of Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, has also been asked to file nominations for the seat. “But Abdullah is the ultimate choice,” said a senior leader.
Salahuddin’s ‘traitor’ warning to J&K voters
Srinagar: The head of the largest Muslim rebel group in Kashmir has warned that voting in the elections would be the act of “traitors”, after Sajjad Lone, a separatist, decided to contest the polls. Those taking part in the ballot, which begins on Thursday, “will be considered traitors who are selling-out the blood of martyrs,” said Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
Pranab files nomination from Bengal
Behrampore: West Bengal Congress chief Pranab Mukherjee filed his nomination papers on Monday, seeking re-election from Jangipur constituency in Murshidabad district. He had won his first Lok Sabha election from here in 2004.