Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Cong Leaders Attack Modi Over Scoopgate Allegations

As the Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on 2 May announced the Union government's probe into the "snoopgate," charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, more Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sushilkumar Shinde, Anand Sharma began to attack the Gujarat Chief Minister. May 2, 2014

Congress wants divided India; I want digital India: Modi

Khalilabad, May 02 (ANI): Narendra Modi, the frontrunner of India’s prime ministerial race, attacked ruling Congress party saying that the latter wants scams and a divided India, whereas he wants a skilled and digital India. While addressing one of his last election campaign rallies in Khalilabad city of Uttar Pradesh on Friday before the mammoth general election ends on May 12, Modi promised voters employment and a better future. He said that in contrast to Congress, which plays divisive politics, he wants to put India digitally in competition with United States. May 2, 2014

BJP alleges Congress and NC of betraying people of Kashmir

Kargil, May 02 (ANI): The BJP slammed Congress and ruling party in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference (NC), for betraying people of the valley. Addressing a public meeting in Kargil BJP vice-president, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said that both the parties never fulfilled their promises. May 2, 2014

Profile: South Africa's Helen Zille, leader of the DA

Former political journalist Helen Zille is the tough and articulate woman leading South Africa's main opposition, the Democratic Alliance. But critics say she must step aside if the party wants to grow beyond the 2014 election. Duration: 02:41 May 2, 2014

Rajnath projecting himself as PM candidate: Lalu

Patna, May 02 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday targeted BJP President Rajnath Singh and said that that he was trying to portray himself and not Narendra Modi as the real candidate for the top post. Earlier Rajnath accused him of being afraid of Congress. Lalu said that Singh was telling his fellow Rajput castemen that it was not Modi but he was the real candidate for the top post to sway them to vote for BJP. But, neither he nor Modi would be able to befool the people of Bihar. May 2, 2014

Ahmed Patel refuted Narendra Modis claims of friendship with him

New Delhi, May 02 (ANI): After BJP’s PM Candidate Narendra Modi’s claims of friendship with Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel did rounds on Friday, Patel refuted all such claims calling it baseless & ridiculous. He said that it may be that Modi may have visited him when he was BJP’s general secretary and might have had dinner, but that was long ago. Patel refuted any such claims and said that if Modi can prove the same, he will quit his public life. Patel also said that there can be a political sense to it meant for electoral gains. May 2, 2014

MQM calls for 'mourning day' against party workers' extra judicial killings in Pak

Karachi, May 02 (ANI): Pakistani political party Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for a day of mourning and protest on Friday after bodies of four party workers were recovered from Memon Goth in Karachi. MQM said that all four workers were picked up on April 13 by Police and Rangers from Gulshan-e-Maymar area on the outskirts of the city. The party announced that it would stage peaceful protests against what it calls "extra judicial killings and kidnappings" of its activists. MQM leaders have alleged that personnel of the law-enforcement agencies in plain clothes pick up their workers and subject them to torture, and in some cases, they kill their workers and dump their bodies on the outskirts of the city. May 2, 2014

Reaction flows in as Gujarat police gives clean chit to Modi over FIR against him

New Delhi, May 02 (ANI): Political reactions poured in as the Gujarat police gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi over FIR against him, saying Modi was 100 meters away from the polling station. Congress leader Kapil Sibal and Meem Afzal said that the law should apply to Modi as it does to any common man and that Gujarat police is like a toy in the hands of Modi, respectively. CPI leader D Raja said that there is an FIR against him and that EC will look into the matter. Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the entire world saw Modi outside the polling booth. Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy supported the decision and said that Modi did not violate Model code of conduct. May 2, 2014

Rahul Gandhi has accepted poll defeat by ruling out tie-up with Third Front: Gurudas Dasgupta

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Friday claimed that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's reported preference to sit in the opposition rather than having a deal with the Third Front to form a government in order to prevent the BJP from doing so, is a clear indication that he has already accepted defeat in the 2014 general elections. Gandhi has reportedly ruled out extending the Congress Party's support to a Third Front, as he believes it is a recipe for a weak government and would instead prefer to sit in the opposition and overhaul his party. This comes in contrast to the stand taken by some of senior party leaders, including cabinet ministers of the UPA, who have indicated recently that the Congress Party would be willing to back the Third Front or take their help to cobble up a government in order to keep the BJP out. May 2, 2014

Cabinet has passed decision to appoint judge for commission on snoopgate: Shinde

Shimla, May 02 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said that the Cabinet has passed decision to appoint judge for commission on snoopgate. Shinde said that the commission of inquiry was ordered much before the model code of conduct was announced. So the announcement of the name of the judge can still happen. It will not be a violation of the model code of conduct. He also targeted BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi by saying that when as CM he was snooping on women, then what will happen to the women of the country if he becomes PM. May 2, 2014

Moily rejects CPI's charges, says not favoring Reliance

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday hit back at CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta who had alleged that Moily is favouring Reliance Industries by hiking gas price as per Rangarajan formula. Moily stated that he wants to liberate the country of any import regarding fuel so that the nation becomes self-sufficient. He further clarified that he is not working for the welfare of any particular industry because many organizations will be benefitted by his policies. Moily had earlier clarified that once the Election Commission lifts its model code of conduct on May 12 its order for the deferment of a new gas-pricing regime based on the Rangarajan formula will cease to exist and a price hike would come into effect. May 2, 2014