Indian Security forces meet to ensure peaceful general elections

Bihar/ Jammu and Kashmir, April 9 (ANI): Beefing up security ahead of general elections, the security forces met in the sensitive constituencies of the political hotbeds of Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar to ensure safe and peaceful polls. The high level security meeting held in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir district discussed the security issues where the Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar clarified on the detailed duties assigned to the officials. On the other hand, security has been tightened in the Maoist hotbed of Bihar. Amid Maoist threat looming large, Gaya constituency is scheduled to go to polls on April 10. Senior superintendent of police, Gaya district in Bihar, Nishant Kumar Tiwari said that additional 18,000 forces have been deployed in the constituency to ensure peaceful polls. Apr 9, 2014

Rajnath Singh mocks rival political parties for offering support to Narendra Modi

Pune, April 9 (ANI): Criticizing MNS without referring to the party directly, BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday demanded to know why the rival political parties were so anxious to lend support to its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. Singh was addressing a gathering in Pune where he mocked at those political parties that claimed to lend support to Modi without being asked. Apr 9, 2014

Indias hash-tag generation to call the decisive shots in elections

New Delhi/ Haryana/ Assam, April 9 (ANI): India is going to witness 100 million first-time voters, a number larger than the combined population of Spain and South Africa, who say they will vote for a party that believes in development, education and job creation instead of the politics of caste and religion. This election will see the largest number of youth casting their ballot, making them the deciding factor in shaping the future of the world’s biggest democracy. Several youngsters say this time they are excited to be part of the political process and believe that they can make a change in the way politics is done in the country. Apr 9, 2014

Modi files nomination from Vadodara

Vadodara, April 09 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday filed his nomination papers from Vadodara in Gujarat. Wearing a saffron jacket Modi waved to thousands of cheering supporters on his way to the office of the collector to file his papers. He is also contesting the elections from the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh, where he is pitted against Congress' Ajai Rai and AAP's Arvind Kejriwal. Playing on his tea vendor background, the BJP's Vadodara unit has chosen a tea vendor as one of the five proposers for his nomination. After filing his nomination papers, Modi said that Vadodara has been his Karmabhoomi. He used to stay there for years and now he will get a chance to serve the place. Apr 9, 2014

Lot of things scare me now: Amitabh Bachchan

New Delhi, April 9 (ANI): Megastar Amitabh Bachchan who was in New Delhi to promote his upcoming film Bhoothnath Returns says that there are a lot of things which scares him now.Well all we can say is that the film which has you in the lead will definitely fair well in the box-office Mr. Bachchan! Produced by T-Series and BR Films, Bhootnath Returns is an entertaining tale of good against evil, weak against powerful, past against future and is set to hit the theaters on 11th April. Apr 9, 2014

Mamata accepts EC order to transfer officials

New Delhi, April 9 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accepted the Election Commission of India's (ECI's) order to transfer five Superintendents of Police (SPs) and a district magistrate. Banerjee's climbdown came after the poll panel rejected the state government's plea to revisit its decision on the transfer and gave a deadline of 10 a.m. Wednesday for it to comply with its orders. Banerjee called a press conference on Tuesday to announce her decision to agree to the transfers, but not the replacements decided by the poll panel. The officials whose transfer was ordered by the EC included superintendents of police (SPs) in West Midnapore, Bardhman, Birbhum, Malda and North 24 Parganas. Apr 9, 2014

Azam Khan says Muslims, not Hindus won Kargil war, Politicos react

New Delhi/ Lucknow, April 9 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's controversial statement that Muslims, not Hindus won the Kargil war has invited reactions from various eminent leaders. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said that such statements tend to divide the people on basis of religion and this should be rejected. Meanwhile, senior Muslim cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi also condemned Azam Khan's statement saying that army should be kept away from politics. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi too slammed Khan and said that he is against such remarks. Congress Secretary KC Mittal also criticized the statement and requested everyone to maintain law and order during election time. Apr 9, 2014

Narendra Modi to file nomination from Vadodara

Vadodara, April 9 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination from the Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday. Modi will arrive at the district collectorate's office to file his nomination papers after holding a roadshow. Thousands of police personnel have been deployed along the four-kilometre-route through which his cavalcade is passing through. Modi is also contesting from the Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Vadodara is considered a BJP stronghold with the party winning the seat by almost 1.5 lakh seats in 2008. Six of the seven assembly segments in the constituency are held by the BJP while the remaining seat is held by an independent, who is now in the BJP fold. Apr 9, 2014

Will not let Narendra Modi become PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav

Aligarh, April 9 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that his party will fight all out against the BJP to prevent its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister. Yadav, was addressing a public rally in Aligarh in a bid to garner votes for the general election. Apr 9, 2014

LS Polls: Voting begins in Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar/ Dimapur/ Imphal April 9 (ANI): Polling began on Wednesday in four northeastern states, in the phase two of the nine-phase Lok Sabha elections. Voting is being held in one seat each in Nagaland and Manipur and two seats each in Arunchal Pradesh and Meghalaya. Voters have queued up outside the polling booths eagerly waited for their turn. Nagaland's lone Parliamentary seat has three candidates in the race - Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio (NPF), Congress' KV Pusa and Akheu Achumi of Socialist Party (India). In the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat, one of the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Manipur, an Aam Aadmi Party candidate is also in the contest, along with those of the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, Naga People's Front, NCP and JD (U). Apr 9, 2014