BJP-TDP join hands for 2014 polls, TDP workers protest

Hyderabad, April 06 (ANI): BJP and TDP on Sunday announced alliance for the upcoming 2014 general elections in Andhra Pradesh as TDP workers protest against the decision outside party President N Chandrababu Naidu's residence. After Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral announced the alliance, Naidu said that the tie-up is done for the interest if the nation. He said that the goal is Congress free India and corruption free India and to gain 300+ seats. Apr 6, 2014

Mulayam visits Muzaffarnagar ahead of polls, says sufficient compensation provided to riot victims

Muzaffarnagar, April 6 (ANI): With just four days before Muzaffarnagar goes to polls, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday visited the riot-hit area to address a rally, seven month after the communal violence broke out in the region. Mulayam said that the communal riot was an unfortunate incident but the UP government provided sufficient compensation to the victims. Apr 6, 2014

Bukhari brothers involve in 'war of words' over Sonia-Imam meet, Politicos react

New Delhi, April 06 (ANI): Politicos reacted in different ways after Syed Ahmed Bukhari's brother Yahya Bukhari attacked Imam's decision to endorse Congress party. BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party doesn't want to involve in matters of Bukhari brothers and that Congress and its associated parties are all connected with riots. BJP leader Shyam Jaju said that Congress party has used Imam of Jama Masjid before also but the influence is not there now and that people are not with them. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Meem Afzal said that difference between brothers is not surprising and is a common thing. Apr 6, 2014

Modi attacks Congress in Bijnor rally

Bijnor, April 6 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a rally in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh where he slammed the Congress Party for the ill-governance in the last decade. Modi addressed the farmers and said that the sugarcane farmers do not get proper revenue for their product. Modi further stated that handicrafts business could have been globalised but the Government is unwilling to do so. Modi also expressed a soft corner towards the poor and highlighted his personal experience as a poor tea-seller's child. Apr 6, 2014

Bollywood stars shine at red carpet of Miss India 2014

Mumbai, April 06 (ANI): Bollywood stars and celebrities sizzled on the red carpet of beauty pageant 'Miss India 2014' in India's entertainment capital Mumbai in western Maharashtra province. The contestants for 51st edition of Miss India were judged by a panel of actors Abhay Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vidyut Jamwal, Aditi Rao Hydari, Malaika Arora Khan, renowned fashion designer Manish Malhotra, boxer Vijender Singh, rapper and singer Honey Singh and Miss World 2013 Megan Young. Former beauty queen and veteran Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman also graced the occasion. Miss India 2013 winners including Navneet Kaur Dhillon also attended the beauty pageant to handover the titles to this year’s winners. Miss India is an annual national beauty pageant that selects representatives to compete globally and is organized by women's magazine Femina. Apr 6, 2014

Nobody considers Manmohan Singh as Congress leader: Narendra Modi

Bijnor, April 6 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Bijnor on Sunday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is never termed as the leader of Congress Party by any party member. He also slammed the Congress' 'Shehzada' saying that if it took 60 years for Congress to prepare the infrastructure map then it will take him another 600 years to execute it. Modi then called himself a social worker and appealed to the public to give him 60 months and allow him to serve them. Apr 6, 2014

SP largest party in Third Front, expectations are high: Mulayam

Muzaffarnagar, April 06 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday claimed that expectations are very high from his party as it is the largest party in the third front. He also asked people of Uttar Pradesh unite in order to bring the third front to power. Apr 6, 2014

BJP lashes out at AAP over expulsion of Ashwini Upadhyay

New Delhi, April 06 (ANI): After Aam Aadmi Party expelled its founding member Ashwini Upadhyay for his ‘anti-party activities’ on Sunday, BJP condemned the action and said that this is nothing new for the party. Shyam Jaju said that many leaders diverted their way from the party and hitting out at Arvind Kejriwal, said that the person who cannot give justice to his associates, how will he do the same to the people of the country. Further, party leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that this is not surprising and that there is dictatorship in the party. Apr 6, 2014

Ashwini Upadhyay expelled from AAP for anti-party activities

New Delhi, April 06 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday expelled Ashwini Upadhyay, one of the founding members of the party, for anti-party activities. Upadhyay said that he has no information about any expulsion orders and he is going to hold a meeting with party volunteers and take a decision to declare Kumar Vishwas as the party convenor in place of Arvind Kejriwal. Apr 6, 2014

Narendra Modi showing fake dreams to voters: Shivanand Tiwari

New Delhi, April 06 (ANI): Former JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Sunday said that BJP’s Narendra Modi lacks the charm of a prime ministerial candidate of the country. He added that Modi is showing fake dreams to voters and within a year people would know about the truth if he becomes a prime minister. Apr 6, 2014

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi attacks Congress

New Delhi, April 6 (ANI): BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slammed the Congress Party on Sunday saying that they do not have a proper face or character to go in public because they are responsible for a lot of scams. Naqvi stated that BJP is happy with the polarization of votes which will help in good governance. Naqvi further attacked the Congress and its associated parties for supporting riots just for the sake of votes. Apr 6, 2014

Government deploys paramilitary to tackle Maoist threats in Odisha

Malkangiri, April 6 (ANI): With hours left for the general elections to kick off, government has beefed up security in India’s red corridor of Odisha to ensure peaceful polls and deployed paramilitary forces for round the clock combing operations to tackle Maoist threats. Threat looms large over the interior Maoist hit districts of the state like Malkangiri as the red rebels have inscribed threatening slogans on the school walls and other voting centres, trying to dissuade people from stepping out of their houses on the poll day. However Deputy Superintendent of Police, Pramod Kumar Bagh said that security has been tightened to ensure safety of voters and peaceful polling. Apr 6, 2014

Army busts militant hideout in Kashmir

Doda, April 6 (ANI): On a tip of intelligence, Army and police in a joint operation busted a militant hideout in Kashmir ahead of general elections, informed a senior official. A huge cache of arms and explosives including six weapons and eight kg of RDX, communication equipments, logistic support items, literature related to terrorists and Pakistan currency notes were recovered from the well stocked hideout. Although no arrests have been made so far, combing operations by joint forces are underway Apr 6, 2014

BJP to use 3D projection for Narendra Modi rallies

New Delhi, April 6 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address more than 1,000 'Bharat Vijay' rallies in different states using the advance 3D hologram technology, to garner votes in parliament polls. Senior BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said party's PM candidate Narendra Modi would hold more than 1,000 rallies to reach out to people in the evening. Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, said these polls posed a challenge to basic principles of the country and urged people to vote judiciously. The general elections will be held in nine stages from April 07 till May 12. Results of the mammoth exercise are due on May 16. Apr 6, 2014