HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014


Battle of votes: Margin, not victory, is the challenge for Sonia Gandhi, Narendra Modi

Their victories ensured — more or less, so to speak — the battle between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi seems to have turned into a margin war. And beleaguered Congress may again outsmart challenger BJP.

Poll official found dead in Bihar

A polling official was found dead Wednesday on the banks of the Sone river near Sandesh Bazar in Bhojpur district. The body of Ramakant Singh, an employee of tubewell department at Ara, was recovered from the river bank this morning.

Votes are in: NRIs need our help to vote

India has a 25 million strong diaspora. They have to be encouraged to be more involved with India by making the voting process easier, writes Noopur Tiwari.

Modi running away from giving an apology: Congress

Lashing out at Narendra Modi for sidestepping the issue of apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Congress on Wednesday said that he is someone who "runs away" from giving an apology.

Vote for Modi and lose all your farmland: Kerjiwal warns Varanasi villagers

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday told villagers in Varanasi if they chose Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, they would suffer a two-pronged loss.

It’s Modi versus Mayawati, Mulayam in UP

Many believe the social base of forward and subaltern castes that have gone on a rebound to the BJP could fare well against Mayawati and Mulayam with their respective Muslim-Jatav, Muslim-Yadav vote bank.

Narendra Modi ducks question on Gujarat riots

Sidestepping the question on apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Narendra Modi on Tuesday night said the Congress should first account for their 'sins' before asking him to tender an apology.

In Cong war room, Priyanka gets assertive, drives strategy

A more assertive, even aggressive, Priyanka is emerging. From strong words of advice to cousin Varun Gandhi to taking on BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi to deciding on the party’s overall campaign strategy, no major election-related decision is taken without keeping her in the loop.

Six die as bus catches fire in Karnataka

Police say at least six people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured when a bus caught fire in Karnataka. Police official Srinivas Murthy says the injured in the accident early on Wednesday were hospitalised.

Assam: 45 injured as passenger train derails

At least 45 passengers were injured when nine coaches and the engine of a passenger train derailed in Morigaon district, 75km east of Guwahati early on Wednesday.

Modi to join rallies with Chandrababu in Telangana

BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi will address at least four public meetings along with N Chandrababu Naidu whose TDP is an alliance partner of NDA in Telangana region on April 22.

Being Sonia: India's most powerful person has an electoral mountain to climb

The challenge Sonia Gandhi faces now is purely political, and the toughest of her life. Inscrutable as ever, if she knows how the elections are going to turn out, she isn't showing any signs.

Roads washed in dry Bankura to protect Moon Moon Sen

The local panchayat authorities washed the metalled road winding through the village, to protect Moon Moon Sen and her daughters, from the dust, when women waited for long hours at roadside taps to get a bucket of water.

Amarinder, Jaitley keep tabs on each other

In the hotly-contested Amritsar seat, the Congress and Akali-BJP are busy playing spy games. As much time, if not more, is going into monitoring the daily campaign schedule of each other by both the main rival camps as planning their own.

What's Amit Shah doing to get BJP votes in UP

Beginning his innings with attacking the minority appeasement policies of the SP government, Amit Shah chose to move to picking on the BSP by sending 403 GPRS chariots in as many assembly segments, especially in the Dalit and OBC- dominated localities.
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