Varun Gandhi files nomination papers

Sultanpur, April 15 (ANI): BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Tuesday filed his nomination papers from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat for the 2014 polls, after holding a massive roadshow. However, the road show was cut short as the local administration at Sahganj Chowk said permission was taken only for filing nomination and not for the road show. Gandhi is contesting against Congress’ Amita Singh, SP leader Shakeel Ahmed and BSP’s Pawan Pandey. Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi had slammed Varun, saying that he had lost his way and needs guidance. Apr 15, 2014

Posters mocking Kejriwal angers supporters in Varanasi

Varanasi, April 15 (ANI): Posters in Varanasi mocking Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal for resigning as Delhi Chief Minister within merely 49 days of assuming power angered party supporters. Party supporters slammed the people behind the negative campaign against Kejriwal and said that the sole motive behind such a drive was to defame him ahead of the elections in the city. The posters were stuck keeping in view Kejriwal’s visit to the holy city of Varanasi on Tuesday where he is contesting against prime ministerial candidate of BJP, Narendra Modi. Recently in an exclusive interview, Kejriwal admitted that his decision to quit as Delhi chief minister was wrong. Apr 15, 2014

BJP justifies Rajnaths meeting with religious Muslim leaders

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday justified party President Rajnath Singh’s meeting with religious Muslim leaders which has become a topic of debate among politicos. Naqvi stated that BJP is meeting eminent people to discuss about the nation’s condition, not for the sake of gathering votes. He further stated that everyone irrespective of religion is looking for better governance in which public should participate. Apr 15, 2014

Varun Gandhi & Kumar Vishwas to file nomination papers

Amethi/ Sultanpur, April 15 (ANI): BJP leader Varun Gandhi and AAP candidate from Amethi Kumar Vishwas are to file their nominations from the 2014 polls from Sultanpur and Amethi respectively. Varun held a roadshow before filing his nomination papers, where flower petals were showered on Gandhi as he sat on an open jeep, weaving its way through the crowds. He is up against Congress's Amita Singh in the constituency. Meanwhile, Kumar Vishwas started his road show on foot from Amethi to the nomination filing office. Apr 15, 2014

Trangender community hails SC judgement recognizing them as third gender

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): After the Supreme Court recognized the transgenders as the ‘third gender’, the community hailed the judgement. Petitioner Laxmi Narayan Tripathi said that the transgenders are feeling proud to be an Indian as the court has today given all the rights given to others to this community. Apr 15, 2014

Rajnath meets religious Muslim leaders, Politicos react

Lucknow/ Patna, April 15 (ANI): Leaders from various political parties reacted over BJP President Rajnath Singh’s meeting with Muslim religious leaders. Congress leader Meem Afzal said that BJP has a dual face. Meanwhile SP leader Rajendra Chowdhary said that BJP is doing so only for the sake of votes. RJD leader Manoj Jha also condemned it saying that by holding such show-off meetings BJP is only trying to mislead the nation. Rajnath Singh met Muslim religious leaders Maulana Khalid Rasheed and Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad. Apr 15, 2014

SC recognizes transgenders as third gender

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): The Supreme court on Tuesday recognized transgenders as the ‘third gender’. The SC also directed the Centre and state governments to treat them as socially and economically backward classes, and also to provide reservation in jobs and education and provide medical facilities to transgenders. This is one of the historic judgements by the Supreme Court of India wherein it has tried to bring transgenders at par with the status of the male and the female. Apr 15, 2014

Desperate last attempt, was like a farewell speech: BJP on Sonia Gandhi's TV address

New Delhi, April 15 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi appealed on various TV channels that the current Lok Sabha polls was a fight to protect "the very heart and soul of India" from those who want to divide the people of this country. Without naming either Narendra Modi or the BJP in her telecast, Gandhi appealed to people to defeat "divisive and autocratic" forces which will "destroy" the Indian ethos. The BJP reacted angrily, with spokesperson Prakash Javdekar terming Sonia's speech a show of desperation. He also termed it a farewell speech. Apr 15, 2014

Political candidates make frantic final push for votes

Lucknow/ Agra/ Amethi, April 15 (ANI): Trailing in the polls and expecting a fair amount of voter turnout, candidates of political parties contesting the Lok Sabha polls made a final pitch for votes in the race to Lower House. During an election campaign in Lucknow, BJP President Rajnath Singh rubbished media reports on Modi wave made by senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Meanwhile, campaigning for Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) party candidate Amar Singh during a roadshow in Agra, actor-turned-politician and member of RLD Jaya Prada seconded Joshi’s remark. In the meantime AAP’s Amethi candidate Kumar Vishwas said he would give a tough fight to both main parties and expose their hidden agendas. The ruling Congress Party is fighting a tough election under the leadership of Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. The political drama has intensified in India as the mammoth election has kicked off on April 07 and would continue till May 12. Results of the elections are due on May 16. Apr 15, 2014

Security tightens at Indo-Nepal border for peaceful elections

Gorakhpur, April 15 (ANI): India’s Border Security force conducted surprise security check at the Indo-Nepal international border adjoining Gorakhpur following reports of smuggling of arms and ammunition at the time of general elections in the country. The security personnel and dog squads checked the vehicles and luggage crossing over from Nepal, as lack of required equipment and vigil at the border had made it an easy route for smugglers to bring in explosives. The check was conducted to ensure that Polls are carried out peacefully in the country. Recently, two militants, who tried to cross over from the other side of the border, were arrested in Gorakhpur. The security forces have been put on high alert after the incident. Meanwhile, residents lauded the efforts and initiative taken by security personnel and have shown full cooperation with the border guards. Apr 15, 2014

Fundamentalist forces pose challenge to nation's PM: Bangladesh journalist

Dhaka, April 15 (ANI): Bangladesh's senior journalist and media advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, said that fundamentalist forces, who tried to create religion based politics, pose biggest challenge for ruling Awami League (AL). While talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Chowdhury said on Tuesday that the government needs to take stringent steps to thwart any attempts of fundamentalist forces. Urging the government to execute rest of the war criminals, Chowdhury said that there should be no compromise on this issue. Apr 15, 2014