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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Ukd leaders lobby hard for CM post as consensus eludes Cong

Suspense continued today over who would lead the Congress-led government in Uttarakhand, with top leaders from the state and the centre huddled up in the national capital to decide on the new chief minister.

Poll pattern surprises all

Polling pattern in the state capital surprised not only the presiding officers but also voters. While areas having mixed population recorded long queues much before polling time, posh areas recorded noticeable polling only after 11am. Here's a comparative analysis of both the regions.

No decision on who would be projected as U'khand CM: Congress

N D Tiwari's readiness to become chief minister in the event of Congress returning to power in Uttarakhand notwithstanding, the party today said it was an individual's statement and it has not decided on the issue.

Sonia embodiment of justice and sacrifice: Girija Vyas

Exuding confidence that Congress will form the next government in Uttarakhand, National Commission for Women Chairperson Girija Vyas today described the party president Sonia Gandhi as "embodiment of justice and sacrifice".

Border villages deserted

Almost every hill district in the state has witnessed migration, but the exodus from border districts is of major concern. The two neighbouring districts - Chamoli and Pithoragarh share boundaries with China. Anupam Trivedi reports.

Outsiders in their ‘own land’!

Their heart lies in Uttarakhand. But they vote for Uttar Pradesh. Nearly 17 villages on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in Kotdwar (known as Bhabhar area), constituting approximately 12,000 voters, do not want to be a part of the former state, thanks to poor development. Nihi Sharma Sahani reports.

Students catch election fever, go campaigning

The two major government colleges in the state capital, DAV (PG) College and DBS (PG) College are experiencing low student turnout. This is because the majority of the students are involved in election campaigns of different parties. Gaurav Talwar reports.

For corruption, look in the mirror, Rahul tells BJP

In the last leg of his campaign in the poll-bound Uttarakhand, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) why it did not see corruption in BJP-ruled states. He cited several instances to stress that the BJP government in Uttarakhand had siphoned off funds and was involved in scams. Anupam Trivedi reports.

Vote prudently to bring about change: Maya

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati urged the supporters to be wary of tricks of the opposition parties as they could spread rumours against the BSP. Abhinav Madhwal reports.

'Sonia has no right to talk about corruption'

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Nitin Gadkari today blasted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, alleging that she had no right to talk about corruption as her party-led UPA government was neck deep in corruption. Gadkari sought vote for his party against clean leadership of CM BC Khanduri.

Green agenda

A green manifesto drafted by Citizens for Green Doon is aimed at engaging politicos during the electoral process for a greener future and environment protection. HT reports.

5,560 workers take pledge to cast vote

The systematic voter education and electorate participation (SVEEP), a programme initiated by the Election Commission of India, has been able to make thousands of industrial workers aware of their right of voting in the past 15 days in Dehradun district.

Mayawati to address poll rallies today

Dehradun: With an aim to get more seats, Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) chief Mayawati will address two poll meetings in Uttarakhand on Monday, including one in Dehradun. This is her first visit to the state in this poll season.

NCP also promises capital in Gairsain

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state incharge Bhola Bhai Patel on Sunday released the election manifesto of the party which promises to establish the permanent capital of the state in Gairsain so as to realise the concept of a hill state. The biggest regional party of the state, UKD (P), has also promised to establish the capital in Gairsain.

Manmohan trying to mislead people: Joshi

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the latter's remarks that Uttarakhand's BJP government had failed to utilise funds worth crores of rupees provided by the Centre for the state's development.
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