Bhaichung Bhutia strikes chord with voters in run-up to LS polls

Siliguri, April 03 (ANI): Former soccer player Bhaichung Bhutia, who is contesting in 2014 general elections as a Trinamool Congress candidate, launched his poll campaign in a unique way by playing football to strike a chord with the voters in run-up to polls. Bhutia said that he is hopeful of TMC’s victory considering the immense response he has been receiving during his campaigns. After giving stellar performances in an illustrious 16-year-long career, ace soccer player, Baichung Bhutia, formally announced his retirement from international football in 2011. Apr 3, 2014

BJP candidate Poonam Mahajan files nomination

Mumbai, April 03 (ANI): A young BJP candidate, Poonam Mahajan before filing her nomination papers sought God’s blessings as she got ready to make her debut in ‘politics of dynasty’. Mahajan on Thursday visited different places of worship including temples, mosques, memorial of late politicians to pay her obeisance. Mahajan, daughter of slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, who will be contesting as BJP candidate from Mumbai, vowed to give a tough fight to other candidates. Slamming Congress for underdevelopment, Mahajan said that she was hopeful of winning the elections. Apr 3, 2014

Narendra Modi urges EC to take action against Sonia for meeting Shahi Imam

Ghaziabad, Apr 3 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Ghaziabad district of UP on Thursday in which he asked EC to take action against Congress President Sonia Gandhi for meeting Shahi Imam to appeal for votes on religious lines and trying to polarize the elections. Apr 3, 2014

EC says will take cognizance on receiving complaint over Sonia- Imam meet, Congress condemns

New Delhi/ Jammu, April 03 (ANI): After Congress President Sonia Gandhi met Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari of Jama Masjid to convince him that the “secular vote” must not split, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that the EC will take cognizance on receiving complaint on the issue. Reacting on this, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that there is no violation of model code of conduct and that EC should better take action against Narendra Modi who is trying to create communal differences. Apr 3, 2014

Narendra Modi says Congress misled & divided nation

Ghaziabad, Apr 3 (ANI): BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Ghaziabad district of UP on Thursday in which he took a dig at Congress saying that for Congress secularism is divide and rule, but for him it is unite and work for the nation. Apr 3, 2014

Congress Gautam Budh Nagar LS candidate Ramesh Tomar joins BJP

New Delhi, April 3 (ANI): In a last moment jolt to the Congress party, Lok Sabha candidate from the Congress Ramesh Tomar on Thursday joined the BJP. The Congress till now was campaigning for Tomar. Changing tone, Tomar said that he is happy to join the BJP and the country needs Narendra Modi. Apr 3, 2014

Varun is wrong, should not speak before verifying facts: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi, April 3 (ANI): Two days after BJP leader Varun Gandhi “praised” the work done by his cousin and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, he received advice from his mother Maneka - "use your brain more than your heart." Maneka asked the BJP leader to be careful before making any statement. Apr 3, 2014

Jaitley must talk about issues haunting Punjab: Amarinder

Amritsar, April 03 (ANI): Rejecting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley's charge of having mastered the art of running away, Congress Party Lok Sabha candidate for Amritsar and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded that the former should talk about issues bedeviling the state before transcending to national issues. Apr 3, 2014

Congress on Syed Yahya Bukhari

New Delhi, April 3 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday said that the disagreement between Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari and his younger brother, Syed Yahya Bukhari is their personal matter and the decision to support Congress is up to them. Less than 24 hours after Sonia Gandhi had a meeting with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid to convince him that the “secular vote” must not split, his younger brother voiced opposition. He was highly critical of his own brother, the Shahi Imam, for having gone to the Congress president’s doorsteps offering promises to a party which has only betrayed the trust reposed by Muslims. Apr 3, 2014

Sharad Pawar predicts BJP will be the single largest party, politicos react

New Delhi, April 03 (ANI): NCP chief Sharad Pawar has predicted that the Narendra Modi-led BJP will be the single largest party after the Lok Sabha Polls but NDA will fall short of the magic figure to form government. Pawar’s remark has not gone down well with the ruling UPA but the BJP has welcomed it. Apr 3, 2014

Textiles Minister KS Rao resigns over bifurcation of AP

New Delhi, April 03 (ANI): Union Textiles Minister KS Rao on Thursday submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Rao said that no party or individual can think of dividing a state without any scientific reason. He further said that he has not decided on leaving the congress party or on joining any other party. Apr 3, 2014

Pervez Musharraf's convoy escapes blast

New Delhi, Apr 3 (ANI): Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday survived an assassination attempt. According to reports, an explosion took place, moments after Musharraf's convoy passed through the Faizabad flyover. Musharraf was being shifted late night from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) to his farmhouse when the blast occurred. Nobody was hurt in the incident. According to police source, the explosives were planted in a rain drain by roadside. Apr 3, 2014