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Modi glue binds splintered Maharashtra



The Republican Party of India, which has never subscribed to Hindutva, is showcasing Narendra Modi as a mascot to consolidate Dalit votes in favour of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra. The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, a powerful farmers’ organisation, is citing the “Gujarat model” to highlight the agrarian crisis in Maharashtra.
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Allies Give BJP Hope South of Vindhyas Too



On Sunday, when BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed an election rally at Haveri in Karnataka, that was his 13th in the southern state in the past four months. The 63-year-old Gujarat chief minister is expected to address three more rallies before the state goes to polls on April 17, and this shows the party's focus on turning around its fortunes in a state where it badly lost assembly elections less than a year ago.
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Lok Sabha poll purse



ELECTIONS TO the world’s largest democracy—as per data released by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on February 14, 2014, there are a total of 81.45 crore registered electors in the country—don’t come cheap. If a recent report is anything to go by, a whopping R30,000 crore is likely to be spent during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls (the figure includes the total poll spending by the government, political parties and candidates), making it by far the most expensive electoral exercise in Indian history.
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Hindi belt in Modi's thrall



Voters are set to give the BJP up to 68 of the 120 seats in these two states, the party's vote share projected to jump by a game-changing 17.5 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and 16.7 per cent in Bihar. Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh and Nitish Kumar in Bihar are the ones yielding the most to Modi. Uttar Pradesh has been at the heart of the Modi campaign, with the Gujarat chief minister himself contesting from Varanasi in the eastern part of the state.
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In a tearing Hurry-ana: Why Rahul cannot connect here and why ‘BJP ke donon hathon mein laddu hain’



You have to be ridiculously parochial to say something as outrageous as what Haryana thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. Risks rise further when you work out of a newsroom spilling over with Bengalis. But that is an old and truly genuine grievance with us Haryanvis. That we have always been denied our due as real trendsetters for modern India, particularly since the decline of Bengal started, in fields as far apart as politics and sport. Remember, however, that I said trendsetters.
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Cong candidates face cash crunch



As if the burden of incumbency wasn't enough, Congress's task in the current Lok Sabha polls seems to have been further complicated by what party managers claim is a severe funds crunch, which has put it at a further disadvantage vis-a-vis a resurgent BJP. A Congress heavyweight told this paper, "Between Congress and BJP, they are getting 90% of the money, we are getting just 10%." 
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2014: The most defining general election since 1977



The first phase of polling in what could be the most defining general election since 1977 begins on April 7. In many ways this is a difficult election to call: alliances are still being stitched together, candidates are continuing to migrate between parties and the electoral discourse has plumbed new depths. Amidst the cacophony, several clear trends are visible. One, the BJP is likely to register its highest Lok Sabha tally. Two, conversely, the Congress is almost certain to notch up its worst electoral performance since 1952.
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Opinion/Commentary
West Bengal: Muslims split Muslims - Madhuparna Das, IndianExpress
BJP, Bengal’s 4th dimension - Subrata Nagchowdhury, IndianExpress
Parties bank on star power - Subhashish Mohanty, Telegraph
Misa swings by ‘Moodyji’ - Sankarshan Thakur, Telegraph
Gopal hits Reliance, Modi with one stone - Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, Telegraph
Muslim village decides to teach Congress a lesson - Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times
Get seats for party or lose your chair, Congress tells its CMs - Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times
Karnataka: Bipolar battle on cards - S Rajendran, Hindu
Trinamool Congress in West Bengal’s driving seat - Mail Today
Without (2)G or J, ‘Rasa’ is on a roll in the Nilgiris - E P Unny, Indian Express
Manmohan Singh didn't put wife's name in Rajya Sabha affidavit, says BJP - Economic times
Why opinion polls are often wide of the mark - Atul Thakur, Times of India
Deciphering the sound of Mayawati's silence - Pravin Kumar, Times of India
AAP admits it is badly stretched - Himanshi Dhawan, Times of India
Aam Aadmi Party? 86 crorepatis and counting - Brajesh Kumar, HindustanTimes
Dilemma on poll troops - Nishit Dholabhai, Telegraph
Drive for poll body a damper - Namita Panda, Telegraph
Several UPA Ministers set to lose elections - Pankaj Vohra, Sunday Guardian
Congress prepares for defeat, as smaller parties build castles around it - Saeed Naqvi, Sunday Guardian
Muslims will vote for change - Aishwarya P Sharma, Sunday Guardian
Will Ansari’s exit upset BJP’s Varanasi calculations? - Poornima Joshi, Business Line
Voter Thursday: Record turnout spells trouble for Congress - Pioneer
Dravidian parties in TN are also contestants for high stakes on the national scene - MR Venkatesh, Hindu
Interviews/Profiles
'Corruption is India's reality' , Rahul Gandhi  - Mail Today



Meet the NDA's low-profile dealmaker , Naresh Gujral  - Mail Today

Congress’ local man against Modi, Kejriwal , Ajai Rai  - Indian Express

Behind the build-UP , Amit Shah  - Indian Express

‘In 2002, people from two communities were killed. In 1984, from only one. It was murder’ , Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal  - Indian Express



'Even if 60% Patels vote, you can imagine Modi's gain' , Anupriya Patel  - Indian Express


Dad's not running scared, he just needs a break , Karti Chidambaram  - Times of India

Niece vs aunt in battle for Jagjivan Ram legacy , Medhavi Kriti & Meira Kumar  - Indian Express

Seemandhra or Telangana, where will the Power Star rise? , Pawan Kalyan, Telugu Film Industry Adores  - Business Line

Scent of identity politics , Perfume King Maulana Badruddin Ajmal  - Hindu


 
 

Election Calendar 2012

By-Elections   June 2

Assembly Constituencies

Neyyanttinkara

Kerala

Cortalim

Goa

By-Elections   June 12

Parliamentary Constituency

Nellore

Andhra Pradesh

Assembly Constituencies

Maheshwar (SC)

Madhya Pradesh

Nalchar (SC)

Tripura

Daspur

West Bengal

Bankura

West Bengal

Mant

Uttar Pradesh

Pudukkottai

Tamil Nadu

Tirupati

Andhra Pradesh

Allagadda

Andhra Pradesh

Rajampet

Andhra Pradesh

Rayachoti

Andhra Pradesh

Parkal

Andhra Pradesh

Ongole

Andhra Pradesh

Narasannapeta

Andhra Pradesh

Payakaraopet (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Anantapur Urban

Andhra Pradesh

Yemmiganur

Andhra Pradesh

Rayadurg

Andhra Pradesh

Kodur (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Udayagiri

Andhra Pradesh

Narasapuram

Andhra Pradesh

Prathipadu (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Ramachandrapuram

Andhra Pradesh

Macherla

Andhra Pradesh

Polavaram (ST)

Andhra Pradesh

Kaij (SC)

Maharashtra

Hatia

Jharkhand

Presidential Election:

To be held before July 24

Vice- Presidential Election:

To be held before  August 10

International Elections

Egypt

Presidential 1st  Round

23-May

Presidential 2nd Round

16-Jun

Mexico

Presidential

1-Jul

Venezuela

Presidential

7-Oct

United States

Presidential

6-Nov

South Korea

Presidential

Dec

 
Narendra Modi is on a roll, cruising to a 3rd time election victory -
K Balakrishnan

Narendra Modi is Bihar's choice for PM: Poll -
K Balakrishnan

 
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