Politicos condemn BJP's manifesto

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Apr 7 (ANI): Politicos condemned BJP's manifesto which was released with the commencement of general elections in Tripura and Assam on Monday. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria said that BJP is trying to spread communal hatred. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that BJP's objective is clear that in the guise of the Constitution, they want to go ahead with their Hindutva agenda. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that to increase corruption and motivate criminals is BJP's real manifesto and rest all is fake. Apr 7, 2014

Homeless but defiant, Bedouin to stay in Jordan Valley

Two weeks after their fragile tin shacks were destroyed by Israeli bulldozers, Atiya Bani Minna and his family are still sleeping under the stars, struggling to resume some semblance of normal life. Duration: 02:20 Apr 7, 2014

Rajnath says promises will be fulfilled as BJP releases manifesto

New Delhi, April 7 (ANI): BJP President Rajnath Singh, during the manifesto release ceremony on Monday said that the promises made in the manifesto will be fulfilled by the party once it comes to power. Further Rajnath also congratulated senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi and other party members responsible for forming the manifesto, which Rajnath said was quite impressive. Singh also stated that BJP will bring a change in the country as is being demanded by the people. Apr 7, 2014

Good governance development essence of BJP manifesto: Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Apr 7 (ANI): During the BJP manifesto release ceremony for the general elections on Monday, Party's PM Candidate Narendra Modi said that good governance and development are at the core of the manifesto and also added that they will work for the same. Apr 7, 2014

Indian voters kick off world's biggest election

Indians begin voting in the world's biggest election which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. Duration: 00:53 Apr 7, 2014

VHP on BJPs manifesto

Kanpur, April 7 (ANI): VHP leader Prakash Sharma on Monday welcomed the manifesto released by the BJP. Talking about the issue of Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya, Sharma said that at least there is one party that has boldly said that it will facilitate the temple’s construction. The BJP, in its manifesto, has said that it has given commitment to explore all possibilities to facilitate the Ram Mandir’s construction within the Constitutional framework. Apr 7, 2014

BJP releases manifesto, Politicos condemn Ram Mandir part among others

New Delhi/ Patna/ Kolkata, April 07 (ANI): As BJP released its manifesto with the commencement of general elections in Tripura and Assam, politicos condemned ‘Ram mandir’ part among others mentioned in the same. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that they have copied a lot from Congress’ manifesto. He also said that no constitution allows demolition of any temple or mosque. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh also condemned it and said that BJP has always advertised the name of Ram and caste. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also lashed out at BJP manifesto. Meanwhile, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that under the guise of Constitution, BJP is coming out with their old ‘Ram Mandir’ slogan. Apr 7, 2014

BJP releases election manifesto as 2014 poll begins

New Delhi, April 07 (ANI): BJP on Monday released its election manifesto for the general elections which commenced today with Tripura and Assam going for polls, promising "modern, prosperous and vibrant India based on ethos and values". Releasing the manifesto, party leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that BJP consulted people from all sections of society before finalising the manifesto. The much-awaited manifesto summarized basic issues facing the nation today, including price rise, health, security, employment, black money, policy paralysis and poor delivery or services, among others. Apr 7, 2014

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