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  • News Source 7:31 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Local News, National News   

    Live: Delhi records 52% voting till 3pm, crosses 2009 mark 

    The North East Delhi seat, where Congress’ JP Agarwal, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Anand Kumar are in the fray, registered the highest turnout (55%), followed by West Delhi (54%).


    Young voters at a polling booth to vote in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

    Millions voted across 11 states and three Union Territories in the third round of Lok Sabha elections to pick 91 of the country’s 543 MPs.

    Young voters at a polling booth to vote in New Delhi.  (HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

    Ajay Maken after cast his vote, in New Delhi.  (HT Photo/Ajay Aggarwal)

    Vice President Hamid Ansari after cast his vote at Nirman Bhawan, in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Ajay Aggarwal)

    AAP Party leader Arvind Kejriwal after cast his vote with his family at Tilak Marg, in New Delhi.  (HT Photo/Ajay Aggarwal)

    Rahul Gandhi, vice president of India’s ruling Congress party, shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at a polling station in New Delhi. (Reuters Photo)

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harsh Vardhan poses after casting his vote at a polling booth in New Delhi.  (HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

    Priyanka Vadra, center, and Robert Vadra arrive at a polling booth in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Raj K Raj)

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi shows her ink-marked finger after casting vote at Nirman Bhawan polling station in New Delhi. DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely is also seen. (HT Photo/Raj K …

    Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda showing sign of ink on his finger after casting his vote at a polling station in Sanghi village of Rohtak district. (HT Photo/Manoj Dhaka)

    Women queued up for voting at Gandhi camp, Rohtak on Thursday on the polling day. (HT Photo/Manoj Dhaka)

    The turnout was also high in East Delhi and New Delhi at 52%. Northwest Delhi stood at 51%, South Delhi at 50% and Chandni Chowk at 49%.

    Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, party vice-President Rahul Gandhi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal were among the early voters.

    The Lok Sabha elections in Delhi are seen as a test of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) support base, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) claim of having a ‘Modi wave’ besides assertion by Congress that it was regaining lost ground after suffering massive defeat in assembly polls.

    Union minister Kapil Sibal, Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan, Congress general secretary Ajay Maken and Delhi’s chief electoral officer Vijay Dev were also among the early voters.

    Sonia, accompanied by Maken and Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, came to the polling station at Nirman Bhavan in central Delhi around 9:30am and went straight inside the booth to vote as there was no queue.

    She is a voter in the New Delhi constituency from where Maken is contesting to retain the seat for the third consecutive term.

    Talking to reporters, Maken, who is contesting from prestigious New Delhi constituency, exuded confidence of regaining support of the Congress vote bank which he said had gone to the AAP in the assembly polls four months back.

    “People who voted for Arvind Kejriwal were traditional Congress voters who will vote for us this time. We will win all seven seats. There is no Modi wave,” Maken told reporters.

    Clad in a while kurta-pyjama, Rahul cast his vote at booth number 88 at Aurangazeb Lane at 10:20am. He was also accompanied by Maken and Lovely. As there was no queue, Rahul also went straight inside the booth to cast his vote.

    After casting his vote at a polling booth near his residence in Tilak Lane, Kejriwal said the Congress had already accepted its defeat while Narendra Modi was thinking that he had become the prime Minister.

    An early AAP internal assessment projected it would win four seats: New Delhi, Chandni Chowk, East and West Delhi. However, another internal survey, closer to voting day, claimed the party would sweep all seven.

    The BJP, on the other hand, feels it has a good chance in West, South, North East and North West Delhi. The saffron party is also hopeful of a sweep, riding on prime minister nominee Narendra Modi’s direct pitch to voters.

    The Congress, which took a beating in the assembly polls, is hoping to stage a comeback.

    All eyes are on the Capital to know if Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari’s appeal to Muslims to support the Congress will have any impact.

    Chandni Chowk has a sizeable Muslim population. It will see a mega fight of BJP candidate Harsh Vardhan, Union minister Kapil Sibal and AAP’s Ashutosh, a journalist-turned-politician.

    Besides, North East Delhi has the highest share of Muslim population (close to 30%) and East Delhi has more than 16% Muslims.

    The Congress’ internal survey says it is winning the New Delhi seat and faces a tough contest in Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi and East Delhi.

    If Muslim votes go to the Congress, it could win at least two of these three seats.

    (With inputs from Atul Mathur and Neelam Pandey)


  • News Source 6:51 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: assets declaration, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha elections 2014, Lok Sabha polls, Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency   

    Modi worth Rs. 1.51 crores; does not own vehicle 


    BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, who is contesting from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, has declared his total assets at Rs. 1.51 crore and he does not own any vehicle.

    As per his affidavit filed along with the nomination papers on Wednesday, Mr. Modi declared his movable assets at Rs. 51,57,582 which include cash in banks and fixed deposits, cash in hand at Rs. 29,700 and valuation of four rings at Rs. 1.35 lakh.

    Mr. Modi doesn’t own any vehicle and has not bought any jewellery in the last two years.

    Mr. Modi owns a residential house in Gandhinagar, worth around Rs. 1 crore and does not own any other property or land besides this house, the declaration says.

    The affidavit gives Mr. Modi’s income as per the IT return he had filed for financial year 2012-13 at Rs. 4,54,094, while as per the declaration he had filed ahead of 2012 Assembly polls, Mr. Modi’s income stood at Rs. 1,50,630 for financial year 2011-12.

    The total assets declared by Mr. Modi in 2012 stood at Rs. 1.33 crore and he had cash of Rs. 4,700 in hand then. Mr. Modi’s movable assets as per his 2012 affidavit stood at Rs. 33,42,842.

    As per the 2014 declaration, Mr. Modi added more than Rs 18 lakh in his financial investments, such as cash in bank, fixed deposits and saving schemes, in the last two years.


  • News Source 6:45 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink  

    Mulayam’s shocker on rape: ‘Boys make mistakes, why hang them?’ 

    NEW DELHI: Samjawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday opposed the new anti-rape law and said that his party would change the law that entails death for rape.

    Addressing a rally in Moradabad, Mulayam said, “rape accused should not be hanged. Men make mistakes.”

    Questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week, Mulayam said, “Should rape cases be punished with hanging? They are boys, they make mistakes.”

    The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.

    Mulayam’s comments evoked strong reactions with other parties slamming him for his insensitive comments.

    “We condemn Mulayam Singh’s statement. There should be zero tolerance for rape and crime against women,” the Congress said.

    Slamming Mulayam’s statement, Kiran Bedi said, “This statement is not just against women, it is against the society. The should be punished with no votes.”
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  • News Source 6:03 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Local News National News   

    Lok Sabha polls: Voting is under way for 91 seats in 11 states and three Union territories

     The 2014 election battle truly began today as a large chunk of the country, accounting for 91 seats, is voting. The BJP will need the Modi effect to build momentum, while the Congress will be pressed to minimize the predicted damage.

    05:52 PM58% polling recorded in Odisha till 4pm

    05:25 PMAccording to initial reports, the overall voting percentage in Jharkhand is between 55% and 60%: EC official

    05:21 PM49% voting recorded in Ghaziabad till 3pm

    At 3pm, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir led with 54.24 per cent and 49.46 per cent voter turnout in the third phase of polling being held on Thursday. Maharashtra was the worst performer with just 30.88 per cent voting at 3pm.

    An impressive 52 per cent polling was recorded till 3pm in the Lok Sabha election for the seven seats in the national capital even as long queues of people were seen at the booths across the city.

    Expressing pride and exuberance after casting their ballot, voters — young and not so young — have taken to the social media across India, flaunting their inked finger as proof of exercise of their democratic right and are urging others to vote.

    03:36 PMVoter turnout till 3pm: Bihar – 37.44%, Haryana – 42.77%, J&K – 49.46%, Kerala – 54.24%, MP – 36.46%, Maharashtra – 30.88%. (Times Now)

    03:32 PMVoting picks up in Haryana; brisk in Chandigarh

    After a dull start in the morning, polling picked up in Haryana with nearly 40% of the electorates casting their votes in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in the first six hours while brisk polling was recorded in Chandigarh with over 30 per cent voters exercising their franchise.

    02:53 PMFormer President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam casts his vote in Delhi.

    02:19 PM30% of electorate cast votes till noon even as Naxals open fire on security forces near 10 polling booths in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar seat

    02:19 PMMollywood actor Mammootty could not vote as his name was not in the renewed voter list from Panampilly Nagar in Ernakulam constituency.

    02:14 PMShazia Ilmi is immature and anti-national: VK Singh

    02:09 PMWest Bengal: Supporters of TMC Malda south candidate attack Election Commission officials

    01:33 PMPriyanka Gandhi leaves after casting her vote at a polling station in New Delhi

    01:26 PM32% voting recorded in Haryana till 1pm

    01:01 PMThiruvananthapuram records the lowest voter turnout till noon. Against the state average of 38.1%, poll percentage was 34.7% till 12pm.

    12:56 PMEven BJP’s workers are not supporting Gen VK Singh here in Ghaziabad, Shazia Ilmi says (ANI Photo)

    12:37 PMPolling in Kerala stalled at 40% till 12pm.

    12:31 PMMedia obsessed with railgate: Pawan Bansal

    12:30 PMRLD supporters clashed with BJP candidate Satyapal Singh and his supporters at Malikpur village in Baghpat. The former police commissioner of Maharashtra was assaulted and two of his supporters were injured in the incident.

    12:28 PMPriyanka casts her vote, denies Modi wave

    12:09 PMPriyanka Gandhi dismisses any ‘Modi wave’ in the country: Times Now

    11:58 AMCongress candidate Ajay Maken shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at Nirman Bhawan polling station in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

    11:58 AMVice President Hamid Ansari shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at Nirman Bhawan polling station in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

    11:43 AMVoting picked up in Madhya Pradesh’s nine Lok Sabha constituencies as the day progressed. An Election Commission official said that in the initial three hours, over 15 percent balloting took place.

    11:33 AM15% voter turnout in first 2.5 hours of polling in MP, polls boycotted at three places

    11:29 AMLok Sabha polls: Politicos cast their vote

    11:25 AMBJP will win all 7 seats in Delhi, Narendra Modi will be our next PM. Nation will have a stable govt: Meenakshi Lekhi

    10:57 AMWe don’t believe there is any Modi wave: Raj Babbar, Congress candidate from Ghaziabad

    10:48 AMCongress candidate from Chandigarh Pawan Bansal casts his vote. (ANI Photo)

    10:25 AMCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi casts his vote in Delhi

    09:52 AMAn average 16 per cent turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala.

    09:50 AM12 per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of polling in Gautam Budha Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.

    09:22 AMVoters queue to cast their vote in Jaula village in UP’s Muzaffarnagar. (AFP Photo)

    08:59 AMMaharashtra: Voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats got underway here today. A total of 201 candidates, including 90 independents, are in the fray and they are vying for the attention of around 1.22 crore voters spread in the Vidarbha region.

    08:59 AMMadhya Pradesh: Balloting began Thursday in 9 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, officials said. As many as 118 candidates are in the fray in the nine constituencies.

    08:59 AMChhattisgarh: Voting began today amid tight security in the Maoist-hit Bastar parliamentary constituency of Chhattisgarh.

    08:58 AMAndaman and Nicobar islands: Polling began today in the 386 polling stations spread across the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to elect the lone Lok Sabha member amid palpable enthusiasm among voters. An estimated 2,57,856 electorate will choose from the 15 contestants, five of them independents.

    08:45 AMVoting begins for 91 seats in 11 states and 3 Union territories

    08:40 AMOdisha: Polling began today for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha. Over 13 million electors will cast their ballot in the first phase of polling. There are a total of 2,88,80,850 voters in the state.

    08:40 AMKerala: Polling began in all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala today. Voting will take place in 21,424 polling stations and over 2.42 crore voters are expected to to exercise their franchise. The principal contestants in the fray include K V Thomas (Ernakulam) and Shashi Tharoor (Thiruvananthapuram) all of them from the UDF.

    08:24 AMJharkhand: Amid tight security, polling began at 7am in Jharkhand’s four Lok Sabha constituencies that are Maoist affected. Voting began in Koderma, Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra constituencies.

    08:20 AMDelhi: Polling has begun for the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital where BJP, Congress and newbie AAP are engaged in a three-cornered electoral battle. The voting began at 7am at over 11,500 polling stations out of which 327 have been declared critical and 90 hyper critical. A total of 1.27 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise which include over 3.37 lakh first-timers. A total of 150 candidates are in the fray.

    07:54 AMEleven bombs planted by Maoists in Gaya and Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar were found on Wednesday by security forces.

    07:54 AMPolling officials sort EVM, stationery and other documents collected from a distribution centre ahead of the second phase of the general election at Muzaffarnagar.

    07:50 AMBihar: Polling began today in six Lok Sabha constituencies in Maoist-affected districts of Bihar.The six seats have 80 candidates, including 10 women, in the fray.

    07:48 AMHaryana, Chandigarh: Balloting began in all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and one seat in Chandigarh. Nearly 1.61 crore people, including over 73.8 lakh women, are eligible to vote in Haryana to decide the fate of 230 candidates, including 10 women candidates. In Chandigarh, over six lakh voters will decide the fate of 17 candidates.

    07:47 AMLakshadweep: Polling has begun in the Lakshadweep Lok Sabha constituency in the Lakshadweep. Six contestants are in the fray for the lone seat with a close fight between sitting Congress MP, Hamdullah Sayeed, son of former Union minister, late PM Sayeed and P P Mohammed Faisal of NCP. An electorate of 49,821, including 25,342 men will cast their votes.

    07:47 AMUttar Pradesh: Voting begins for 10 Lok Sabha seats in western Uttar Pradesh, which are Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Kairana, Bijnor, Meerut, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr and Aligarh. The fate of 146 candidates will be decided by over 17 million voters.

    07:43 AMJammu: Voting has begun in Jammu, the only Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir which has both the international border and the Line of Control. Around 1.7 million voters will elect their Lok Sabha member from 2,271 polling stations in the four districts of Jammu, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri.

    07:37 AMThe 2014 election battle will truly begin on a large scale today as a large chunk of the country, accounting for 91 seats, goes to the polls. It includes all seats in Delhi, Haryana and Kerala and several in UP, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra


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