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Six mn voters’ names deleted in Maha!

Mumbai: In a shocking revelation that could impact election results, the names of nearly six million voters have been deleted or diverted across Maharashtra. The deletion was done mainly because the voters were currently not residing in the area in which they were originally registered, a state election commission official said here Saturday on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile state chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre [Full Article...]

BJP moves EC to ask govt to stop making key appointments

New Delhi: BJP on Saturday moved the Election Commission seeking directions from it to stop the government from making key appointments including those of the Army Chief and the Lokpal when the poll process is on. The opposition party also sought action against the Prime Minister’s media adviser for allegedly violating the model code by listing achievements of the government in a press conference [Full Article...]

Won’t back third front: Congress

NEW DELHI: With stability weighing heavily on its mind, Congress will go in for the search of new allies to form a UPA-III government and has no intention to support a third front government. A senior party leader, who declined to be identified, insisted that the party has become wiser by the experiments of 1990-91 and 1996 during which it gave support from outside [Full Article...]

Omani national held in Hyderabad for marrying two minor girls

Hyderabad: A 61-year-old Omani national was Saturday arrested for allegedly marrying two minor girls in the old city of Hyderabad within a week by paying money to their poor families, police said. Police busted the racket by arresting 11 others including two ‘Qazi’ (priests) who performed the illegal marriages and brokers including four women. Al-Madasari Rashed Masaaod Rashid, who had come to India on [Full Article...]

‘No vacancy’ for leadership role for Priyanka Gandhi, says Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI: With Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at the top, Congress has “no vacancy” for a leadership role, party leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said amid speculation that Priyanka Gandhi could assume a bigger responsibility in the organization. “Congress has a president and a vice-president, who is not only functioning but also active. Off course, Priyanka Gandhi is campaigning in two Lok Sabha constituencies [Full Article...]

EC refuses to respond to Azam’s allegations

HYDERABAD: The Election Commission of India on Saturday refused to be drawn into a controversy over allegations levelled by the Samajwadi Party that the poll watchdog was “biased” towards the BJP. “The commission doesn’t get into individual allegations. We can’t get into a public debate. These are allegations made from time to time. We don’t get drawn into such controversy,” Chief Election Commissioner, VS [Full Article...]

Mayawati urges Muslims to vote unitedly for BSP

Farukkhaad/Mainpuri: BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday alleged that BJP was “conspiring” to create division among her support base of Muslims and Dalits, and urged the Muslims to vote unitedly in favour of her party to keep communal forces at bay. Addressing an election rally at Kuraoli in Mainpuri, Mayawati said the BJP was “conspiring” to weaken her support base of Muslims and Dalits to [Full Article...]

You can’t cross our bridge, Bihar villagers tell politicians

Darbhanga (Bihar): Residents of a village in Bihar’s Darbhanga parliamentary constituency have barred elected representatives from using a bamboo bridge they have built through their own donations. Villagers of Kamalpur-Brahmotar Ghat, a village under the Pirri panchayat of Bahadurpur block in Darbhanga, have announced boycott of Lok Sabha polls for failure of people’s representatives to fulfill their old demand for a concrete bridge over [Full Article...]