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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

India

BJP creeping up on Mamata, expects 10 seats

From red to green to saffron — Bengal’s political journey will look colourful if the BJP manages to push its vote share from a measly 6% in 2009 to more than 15% this time, as is being claimed by its leaders.

Election mystery: why has spitfire Mayawati gone calm

The provocative slogans that one associated the BSP with are missing, perhaps indicative of the inclusive politics Mayawati adopted in the 2007 assembly polls. This, says activist GP Madan, also reflects her confidence about what she does or doesn’t.

After Dhowan news, top Admiral seeks retirement

Hours after the government announced Admiral Robin Dhowan as the new navy chief, Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha on Thursday applied for voluntary retirement after being passed over for the top job.

EC lifts ban on Amit Shah's campaign in UP

The Election Commission on Thursday allowed Amit Shah to resume his campaign in Uttar Pradesh after the BJP leader told the commission he would not use derogatory or abusive language.

Politics through clergy: Flip side of avoidable spectacle

There are two ways of looking at Rajnath Singh’s call on Shia clerics in Uttar Pradesh and Sonia Gandhi’s poll-time engagement with the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid.

Chopper-hopping Jairam loses ground in Jharkhand

The choice looks easy between Chitrasen Sinku – backed by Ramesh’s push for Rs. 250-crore-a-year Saranda Development Plan to build roads and houses in the villages and distribute cycles and solar lights among the people – and independent Geeta Koda shouldering her husband’s legacy of scams.

Tipplers' day: Dry Gujarat high on liquor this election

The state governed by BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has recorded third-highest seizure of liquor among all states and union territories, the Election Commission disclosed on Thursday.

UP Police arrest 13 for Muzaffarnagar riots

At least 13 people were arrested for their role in the Muzaffarnagar riots, after the Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to expedite the process of bringing the accused to justice, police said on Thursday.

Kejriwal faces fresh poster attack; parties indulge in potshots

Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday faced a fresh round of attacks through posters, which wished for his "speedy recovery" along with prayers to give him a "sound mind". Kejriwal vs Modi: AAP opens war room in Varanasi

FIR against Misa Bharti for 'disturbing poll process'

An FIR was lodged against Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) nominee for the Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat, on Thursday after an election official accused her of pushing him and disturbing the polling process.

Don't talk about cash here, Ramdev to BJP nominee

Yoga guru Ramdev faced embarrassment when, at a press conference, he didn't let BJP candidate Mahant Chandnath Yogi speak about the 'difficulty in getting money for electioneering'. A microphone that was on gave him away.

LS polls: HT readers tell us what changes they want to bring about by voting

As voters waited for their turn to cast ballots, in the biggest display of democracy in the world, we asked them what changes they want to see in the country through their votes. Take a look at some of the best responses.

Modi 'encounter minister', a 'compulsive liar': PC

The BJP’s PM nominee and finance minister P Chidambaram began a fresh round of verbal duel on a day the biggest phase of the Lok Sabha elections were held.

Rahul's security gets notice for his car top ride

The Special Protection Group (SPG) has been asked to explain whether it violated the motor vehicles act when the Congress leader sat atop one of its vehicle during a road show in Gwalior on April 10.

Jaswant Singh complains to EC, suspects fake voting

Jaswant Singh has submitted a complain to the Election Commission of India while levelling serious charges of poll rigging against the Raje.
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