AAP to complain against Congress to Lucknow EC

Amethi, Mar 16 (ANI): AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the party will approach the Election Commission in Lucknow to lodge a complaint against the ruling Congress for attacking their leaders in Amethi. Supporters of Congress party attacked AAP leader, Kumar Vishwas and his convoy in Amethi on Friday for slamming Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi. Mar 16, 2014

Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi

Varanasi/New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): In the run up to the general elections, India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), concluded the ticket distribution while finalizing constituencies for party bigwigs including Narendra Modi, who, it has been decided will contest from Varanasi. BJP leader Anant Kumar declared the names of senior party leaders and their respective constituencies in a press conference in New Delhi. Mar 16, 2014

Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi, BJP confident of winning polls

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday exuded confidence and said that there is no doubt that Narendra Modi is forming a government this time. Hussain claimed that not only people of Varanasi, but the entire north India is celebrating it. On Saturday, the BJP finalized constituencies for senior party leaders. The party has fielded Modi from Varanasi, which was earlier represented by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi . The BJP has fielded Joshi from Kanpur, party chief Rajnath Singh from Lucknow and leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. Mar 16, 2014

P C Chacko slams A Raja for tainting PMs image

Kochi, Mar 16 (ANI): While Former Telecom Minister, A Raja, kicked off his election campaign, a Congress leader, PC Chacko, criticized his attempts to taint the image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with allegations against him in the telecom scam. Criticizing Raja for accusing the government of not defending him in the case, PC Chacko said that he should himself try to prove his innocence. Mar 16, 2014

Karnataka people are fed up with both Congress, BJP: Kejriwal

Bangalore, Mar 16 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal held a road show in India’s IT hub Bangalore on Sunday to woo voters ahead of the upcoming general elections. Addressing the residents of Bangalore, Kejriwal said the people of the state are fed up with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He also accused the Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily of colluding with the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to hike the gas prices, which will come into effect from April 1. Mar 16, 2014

Mystery surrounds missing Malaysian plane, Indian experts await search reports

New Delhi/Kolkata, Mar 16 (ANI): As the fate of the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner is still shrouded in mystery, Indian aviation experts said they cannot arrive at any conclusion till the investigation is complete and machine is located. An aviation expert, Harshvardhan, however did not rule out media reports of plane being hijacked but said no opinion can be final till they are able to locate the jetliner. Mar 16, 2014

I will contest from Nawada: Giriraj Singh

Patna, Mar 16 (ANI): BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who had expressed his displeasure over the ticket distribution in Bihar earlier, has agreed to contest election from Nawada. Singh said that he would give thousands of sacrifices to make Narendra Modi the PM. Reports said that the Bihar BJP leader wanted to fight the Lok Sabha from Begusarai constituency. The party has given the Begusarai ticket to Bhola Singh. Mar 16, 2014

Two people die of asphyxiation in fire accident in Thane

Thane, Mar 16 (ANI): Two people died and two others were injured on Sunday in a fire accident that occurred in a residential building, in the city of Thane in Maharashtra. Reportedly, two elderly people died due to asphyxiation in the fire which broke out in a residential building in Thane. It was learnt that the reason for the accident was short circuit. Fire brigade reached the spot within minutes after the mishap was reported. Mar 16, 2014

JD (U) slams BJP for replacing Joshi with Modi from Varanasi

New Delhi, March 16 (ANI): Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader K C Tyagi on Sunday took a dig at the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said that the party is ignoring its leaders for Modi. BJP on Saturday announced Modi would contest the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh after sitting parliamentarian Murli Manohar Joshi gave in to the pressure from top leadership. He also slammed the party for chanting 'Har Har Modi, ghar ghar Modi. Mar 16, 2014

Hammer procession heralds beginning of Holi festivities in Allahabad

Allahabad, March 16 (ANI): Although 'Holi', the festival of colours, is celebrated with dance and spraying colours on each other across India, but in Allahabad, residents celebrated it in their unique manner by taking out a hammer procession in which the hammer is adorned like a groom along with a fan as its bride. All the traditional rituals of a Hindu marriage were performed to wed the hammer and the fan on this occasion. The procession herald the beginning of Holi festivities. Meanwhile, one of the organizers, Sanjay Singh, said the procession also witnesses the breaking of a pumpkin that is filled with colours, which is then splashed over the revellers. Mar 16, 2014

I respect party's decision on Lucknow seat: Lalji Tandon

New Delhi, March 16 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and incumbent Lok Sabha MP from Lucknow, Lalji Tandon on Sunday said that as a true soldier of the party he accepts party's decision in making way for party president Rajnath Singh to contest from the Lucknow constituency in Uttar Pradesh. The decision to make Rajnath Singh to contest from Lucknow constituency was announced by BJP in its fourth list of Lok Sabha candidates which was decided at the party's Central Election Committee (CEC) meet on Saturday. Mar 16, 2014

Varanasi needs leader, not businessman: SP on Modi contesting from Varanasi

Lucknow, Mar 16 (ANI): Speaking on BJP's list of candidates for Lok Sabha, SP leader Naresh Agarwal on Sunday said that most of the candidates are imported from other states and this is the first loss for BJP. He also said that there is a situation of rift in BJP. Further speaking on BJP fielding Narendra Modi from Varanasi, Agarwal said that Varanasi needs a leader, not businessman and that BJP will face defeat in Varanasi. Mar 16, 2014

SAD backs Jaitley's nomination from Amritsar

Amritsar, March 16 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday welcomed Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) move to nominate Arun Jaitley from Amritsar constituency. The Punjab revenue minister also rubbished claims that SAD had influenced BJP's decision in changing its candidate. Mar 16, 2014