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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014

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Mumbai voters take a break this Lok Sabha election

The relatively low turnout in the Lok Sabha election in Mumbai has made one thing clear and that is if there is any wave in the country in favour of an individual or a party it has not been felt in the financial capital of India.

Monsoon is playing the truant ‘little boy’, again

The weather-disrupting phenomenon, El Nino, is likely to cause India’s monsoon to be “below normal”, the India Meteorological Department said in its official forecast on Thursday.

AAP must show Shazia Ilmi where she is wrong for its own good

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has condemned her statement, but that is not enough. The party should pin her down on the point she is wrong and have its stand clear to the public.

The China model of growth won’t work in India

The BJP’s 3D view — demography, democracy, and demand — is an encapsulation of India’s current problems. The solutions, however, are far more complex than a catchy alliteration.

BJP’s vote share in South could rise but seats may not

The South has been a blind spot for the BJP for quite some time but this time round, the party is focusing extensively on these states and hopes to do much better. Till now the BJP has not been able to make considerable gains south of the Vindhyas, except in Karnataka.

India’s clinical trial framework needs proper implementation

The controversy regarding clinical trials in India is far from over. A new chapter was added to the saga on Monday when SC pulled up the Centre for not ensuring that foreign pharmaceutical majors compensate those who suffer adverse effects during trials.

Mamata Banerjee is all smoke and no fire

One of the key figures in this democracy yatra is, of course, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and when it comes to generating controversy out of thin air, there is no one to match the stormy petrel of Bengal politics.

Hatemongers speaking on behalf of BJP are undermining its image

The BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have rightly understood that the Indian voter will, by and large, cast his or her lot in with a moderate and secular political party. This is what the BJP has been trying to project itself as, putting behind some unfortunate episodes in its past.

Next government needs to push up growth and create jobs

Regardless of whichever party comes to power, one thing, however, appears certain that the next government faces that the daunting task of pushing growth, cooling  prices and spinning jobs, without losing much time.

Sarpanch's murder shows little security in Kashmir

Terror is never far from the surface in Kashmir. And this was proved again with the murder of a sarpanch on Thursday evening by suspected terrorists in Pulwama district, which will go to polls on April 24.

Ajit Pawar’s threat may have harmed NCP’s chances

It is difficult to tell whether it was to harm or help Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule that Ajit Pawar made an appalling statement a day before the elections there. But he has gone too far this time.

Potential BJP allies will have to contend with Narendra Modi

Rajnath's claim that BJP will win 272 seats on its own cannot be happy news for the sizeable number of allies the party has gathered. More so, because this time they, by all reckoning, will have to contend with a person, Narendra Modi.

BCCI should begin a fresh innings

The Supreme Court’s directive to N Srinivasan asking him to stay away from the affairs of the cricket board until a thorough probe is carried to its logical conclusion shows its concern over the rot within the system.

Apology not enough, give some relief to riot victims

The political class must be held accountable for not giving the victims back some semblance of normal life. This has to be the foremost priority for which no amount of remorseful words can compensate.

The PM in a new political mould

With coalition politics making an entry, democracy in government functioning has become a factor that has been generated from within the Indian polity. This means the PM has to listen to people not just of his or her own party but also outside.

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