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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

India

One dead in Odisha post-poll violence, prohibitory orders clamped in Kendrapara district

Prohibitory orders were clamped on Saturday following the death of a person in post-poll violence and an assault on a block development officer by an irate mob for alleged poll malpractices in two separate incidents in Odisha's politically-volatile Kendrapara district.

Those opposing Modi will have to go to Pakistan, says BJP leader

Despite a spirited intervention by the EC – when it recently banned election speeches in UP by Amit Shah and SP strongman Azam Khan for divisive statements – hateful, intimidating and threatening poll rhetoric is showing no signs of ebbing.

17 kg gold stolen from India’s richest Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple vault

At least 17kg gold was pilfered from the vaults of the richest Hindu shrine of the country, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a legal expert has told the Supreme Court and requested it to disband the trust currently running the temple's affairs.

No leadership vacancy for Priyanka: Tharoor

With Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at the top, Congress has 'no vacancy' for a leadership role, party leader Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday amidst speculation that Priyanka Gandhi could assume a bigger responsibility in the organisation.

No proof of Ajit Pawar threatening villagers: Police

The Pune rural police on Saturday said there was no concrete proof against deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in a case pertaining to an alleged threat to 'cut off water supply' to Masalwadi village if the people there did not vote for cousin Supriya Sule.

More than one lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees live on low rations in dingy camps

The Sri Lankan Tamil issue is a powerfully emotive one in Tamil Nadu. However, over a lakh refugees in the state live on low rations in dingy camps, have no rights, and suffer from a lack of judicial redress, writes Paramita Ghosh.

TDP, BJP cadre say peace fragile, problems remain

Smiling for the cameras, leaders from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP on Friday announced that the alliance was back on track. But on the ground, cadre and candidates from both parties admit that the tie-up is an uneasy one.

'Criminal' candidate numbers up in LS polls as political parties don't want to let 'winners' go

Proving that parties gave precedence to the 'winnability factor' over all else when choosing candidates, nearly 10% (328) of the 3,305 people who have filed their nomination papers so far in the LS polls have a serious criminal record.

BJP wants govt to put on hold major appointments, petitions poll panel

The BJP wants the government to put on hold all major appointments, including that of India’s first ever lokpal, and has petitioned the election commission seeking such a direction to the UPA.

Cash and votes: 2014 polls appear to be once again driven by slush money

Despite graft being the biggest issue, the 2014 polls appear to be once again driven by slush money. Cash has been seized from the unlikeliest of places — milk vans, roofs of buses and even private planes used by politicians.

LS polls: AAP shows how to keep the books cleaner

The AAP, whose main political agenda is corruption, has taken some landmark steps for transparency in campaign financing, an issue most parties skirt one way or the other. 

Women-only party with a difference roots for Modi

In the multi-pronged poll war now on in the holy city, two young Muslim girls have created a flutter. They have formed a women-only party claiming 35,000 members and support BJP’s Narendra Modi for PM.

Gizmos, grime make BJP war rooms top performers

The BJP war-room in Purnea represents all that this election is about — countering local anti-incumbency with a national Modi brand; the party’s clear organisational superiority over rivals, use of technology.

Mamata sees BJP ploy in softening of Modi’s stance

BJP’s prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi’s calibrated soft stance towards Trinamool Congress has not amused its chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Congress is targetting to win at least 120 seats

Pitted against a strong anti-incumbency factor and an aggressive Narendra Modi, the Congress internal assessments have shown little hope of victory in the Lok Sabha poll. Instead, the party is now pulling out all its stops to get at least 120 seats.
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