Congress alone can counter BJPs divisive ideology: Manmohan Singh

Kochi, April 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashing out at Bharatiya Janata Party, said that the Congress alone could counter the "divisive ideology" of BJP and its misleading propaganda against the ruling government in handling graft cases as well as developmental issues. Singh addressed a public rally in Kochi in Kerala endorsing the economic development achieved during the Congress led UPA government. While addressing the rally, Singh also took jibes at the Left saying that its stock was bound to dwindle further in the future unless they changed in tune with the times. Apr 7, 2014

Rahul Gandhi lashed out at BJP for trying to divide people on communal lines

New Delhi, April 07 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi launches a scathing attack on Bharatiya Janata Party over its attempt to “divide the society on communal lines”. In a bid to garner votes ahead of general elections, Gandhi alleged that former Delhi government headed by Aam Aadmi Party chose an escapist route and shrugged off their responsibilities. Gandhi further, slammed BJP for trying to project Modi as the answer to all the issues faced by the people of the country. Gandhi also added that he would continue his fight for 33 percent reservation for women empowerment. Apr 7, 2014

Two FIRs lodged against Amit Shah, EC ensured action

Kolkata, April 07 (ANI): Trouble mounts for BJP leader Amit Shah after Bijnor authorities lodged second FIR against him for his ‘hate speech’ in the district, and the outburst is under the scrutiny of the Election Commission. Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath ensured of action against Shah if he is found guilty of making alleged hate speech. While addressing voters for parliament polls in Bijnor, Shah allegedly said it was an election for honour and to take revenge for the insult heaped on them. The BJP leader also added that it was an election to teach a lesson to those who did injustice. Apr 7, 2014

Irked villagers in Tripura kill 3 Bangladeshi poachers

Tripura, April 07 (ANI): Villagers in Khowai district of Tripura lynched to death three Bangladeshi cattle poachers. The villagers attacked the poachers with sharp weapons and the trio died on the spot. Angry villagers complained on the role of BSF and said that the border guards should be more vigil as in spite of fencing, cattle lifting by Bangladesh miscreants has become a daily phenomenon in the area. Meantime, BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) held a flag meeting over the incident and discussed on the procedure of handing over the bodies. Apr 7, 2014

Five seats in Assam votes as 2014 polls begin amidst security

Assam, April 07 (ANI): The first of the five stages of parliamentary polls begins on Monday in five constituencies in Assam. The BJP, Trinamool Congress, AIUDF, AGP, AAP, SUCI, CPI (M), AIFB and SP, are contesting in the five seats in Tezpur, Koliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur in Assam. The electoral fortunes of 51 contestants, including two Union ministers, will be decided in five Lok Sabha seats in Assam when an electorate of 64,41,634, including 31,20,067 women will cast their votes amidst tight security. The polling booths witnessed a large number of first time voters too. Apr 7, 2014

Lok Sabha polls commences in Tripura

Tripura, April 07 (ANI): Polling in one of the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura commenced on Monday in the first stage of 2014 general elections. Around 1.2 million voters are eligible to vote in the Tripura West constituency, who will decide the fortunes of 13 candidates in the state. The Left has won from West Tripura 11 times since the first Lok Sabha election of 1952 and the Congress four times. CPI-M's Sankar Prasad Datta, Congress's Arunoday Saha, BJP state president Sudhindra Chandra Dasgupta, Trinamool Congress state chief Ratan Chakraborty and Aam Aadmi Party's Salil Saha are among the contenders. Apr 7, 2014

Asia's biggest Tulip garden throws open for public in Kashmir

Srinagar, April 6 (ANI): The floricultural department of Jammu and Kashmir opened the Asia's biggest tulip garden for visitors following the bitter winter. This tulip garden attracts lakhs of tourists every year especially during the tourist season. Director of Floriculture Department, Sunil Mishri explained how the vast garden is taken care of and the number of tourists that are to be expected. Large number of people thronged the garden which is located at the foot of captivating Zabarwan hills to witness the blooming tulips. Visitors were mesmerized by the beauty of flowers. The garden was opened in 2008 and was the idea of the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad with the aim of boosting tourism and floriculture in the state. Apr 6, 2014

700 riots took place under Sonia Gandhi's watch: Narendra Modi

Aligarh, April 06 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, on Sunday said that 700 communal riots took place under Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's watch. Modi also hit out at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his party's government failure to control communal riots. Alleging indirectly that Sonia Gandhi controls SP, Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Modi said they were hand in glove with each other. Apr 6, 2014

AAP conducts road show in Delhi to garner voters support

New Delhi, April 6 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday (April 06) appealed to the masses to vote for his party while conducting a road show from Shadipur metro station to Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Kejriwal was followed by large numbers of supporters and workers as he moved through the streets of the city. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashish Khetan who also participated in the road show talked about the issues being faced by the country as well as the party leaders. The AAP plans to contest at least 350 of the 543 seats at stake in the Lok Sabha and has promised to field strong candidates against a string of high-ranking politicians, Kejriwal described as corrupt. Apr 6, 2014

Bhopal runs for nation's economy before polls

Bhopal, April 06 (ANI): Students and professionals in large numbers participated in marathon race, 'Run for the Indian economy' in Bhopal on Sunday for a resurgent India and to show concern for country's economy. The event was organised by Institute of Professional Education and Research (IPER), Bhopal. One of the organisers of the marathon, Gurleen Singh Khalsa, said this is a gesture to show that people are aware and concerned and will not rest till economy gets its due. The four kilometres long race took place between Vyapam Square to TT Nagar stadium on Sunday morning in Bhopal. Apr 6, 2014

BJP reacts to Chidambaram's 'Modi overtaking BJP' remark

New Delhi, April 06 (ANI): BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Bizay Sonkar reacted to the statement made by Finance Minister P Chidambaram who stated that Modi has taken over BJP. Naqvi hit back at Congress saying that the Congress is questioning BJP as if BJP was in power for the last so many years. He further added that Congress has already accepted its defeat and now just making vague statements. Meanwhile, BJP leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri said that the public had already accepted Narendra Modi as their leader, BJP has only made an official declaration. Apr 6, 2014

BSF seizes drugs worth billions near Pakistan border

Ferozpur, April 06 (ANI): Border Security Force (BSF) in Ferozpur district of Punjab seized over 35 kilograms of heroin from near the Pakistan border, after a face-off with the smugglers in the wee hours of Sunday. After hearing noises, the security officials launched a search operation and later both the sides fired shots. The two smugglers, however, managed to escape. Quoting it as one of the biggest achievements at the border, the Inspector General of BSF, AK Tomar, said that they had successfully failed the attempt of Pakistani smugglers. A Pakistan’s mobile phone was also recovered from the site. Apr 6, 2014

Narendra Modi - Front runner in Indian prime ministerial race

Uttar Pradesh/New Delhi/Assam/Gujarat, April 6 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the hot favourite for the PM position, stands on the cusp of leading the world's most populous democracy, after an election that looks set to make his party the biggest in the country. BJP has benefited from a wave of public anger over corruption scandals and a slowing economy under the ruling Congress, which may be facing one of it's weakest-ever showings at the polls. Narendra Damodardas Modi, now 63, was born and brought up in Vadnagar, a town built on a hill in rural Gujarat. The third child in a family of eight that struggled to make ends meet, he ended his education after school and abruptly left home, only returning years later for his father's funeral. The tea stall his father ran with the help of his sons is just as it was then, on the platform of the ramshackle railway station nearby. But Modi has come a long way from that small dwelling near the station. The BJP under Modi's stewardship has promised to kick-start the economy, bring in factories, and educate the densely populated and still-poor heartland states of India. Apr 6, 2014

Amit Shah booked by Bijnor administration for his 'revenge' remark

Bijnor/ Lucknow, April 06 (ANI): Bijnor administration filed a complaint under IPC153K and 125RP Act for delivering hate speech in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. Bijnor CO Rajesh Kumar said that the investigation is still on in the case and that Shah is booked under these sections. Meanwhile, Chief electoral officer of UP, Umesh Sinha said that the speech violates the model code of conduct. Apr 6, 2014