US scared of Modi becoming PM: Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena Monday said the US was "scared" at the prospect of BJP leader Narendra Modi becoming India's next prime minister.
An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said the US recently expressed concern that if a Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government attains power in India, "the minorities, Muslims" would be crushed.
RJD leader shot dead in Bihar
A local RJD leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Mitbhairwa in Bihar's Gopalganj district, police said today.
The assailants barged into the RJD district secretary Rustam Ali's house and shot him dead last night, Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar said.
On the complaint of the victim's relatives, an FIR has been lodged against four persons all of whom were absconding, Kumar said.
Brisk polling in Assam, Tripura
Brisk polling was reported from both Assam and Tripura today where people turned up to vote in the first of the nine-phased Lok Sabha elections.
Till noon an average 35 per cent polling was reported from five constituencies in Assam which was peaceful so far, a Guwahati report quoting Election Commission sources, said.
According to sources, 27 per cent voting was registered in Tezpur, 45 per cent in Jorhat, 32 per cent in Lakhimpur, 38 per cent in Dibrugarh and 30 per cent in Koliabor till noon.
A report from Agartala said that around 40 per cent peaceful polling was recorded till noon in the Tripura West Lok Sabha seat.
Former Andhra police chief joins YSR Congress
Former Andhra Pradesh police chief V. Dinesh Reddy Monday joined the YSR Congress.
Dinesh Reddy, who retired as the director general of police (DGP) in September last year, was formally inducted into the party by its chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at the party office here.
The former IPS officer said he joined the party to serve the people. He said he saw from close quarters the pro-people schemes implemented by late chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Dinesh Reddy said only Jaganmohan Reddy alone can take the state on the path of development.
Congress headed for worst defeat: Karat
The Congress will suffer its worst ever defeat in the Lok Sabha election, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said Monday.
Addressing an election rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Karat said there was "a wave of anger" against the Congress which has ruled India since 2004.
He said that central ministers from Kerala should also be held responsible for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government's failings including on rising food prices and widespread corruption.
Court summons Kejriwal on May 21
A court in New Delhi Monday directed former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to appear before it May 21 in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.
It had issued summons to Kejriwal to appear before it April 7 for calling Gadkari "corrupt" but his lawyers sought an extension saying the AAP leader was busy campaigning in the Lok Sabha election.
Not Modi but Gogoi magic will click: Gogoi
"Modi magic will not work here. It is Tarun Gogoi's magic that will work here," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Monday.
He made the comment after expressing confidence that the Congress will win all five of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam that saw polling Monday.
Will shortly get this country up and running; including every group and community: Sushma
Congress manifesto relies on foreign investment crutches to develop India; we believe in country's strengths: Sushma
National security is a major issue and has been dealt with extensively in this document. People rely on the new government to reinvigorate the country and the economy, says Jaitley
This manifesto is neither an electoral ritual nor just paper document; it is a way forward: Narendra Modi
Water to every field will be government's one of priorities: Joshi
BJP government will reform tax system to attract investors. Tax Terrorism will be ended and people's woes reduced: Joshi
Prices have to be contained. Minorities need more opportunities in education and industry: Joshi
System reforms, corruption with Team India as a concept: M M Joshi.
Return of Kashmiri pandits to their homeland to live with dignity is our priority area. Problems and demands of refugees from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) will be addressed, says BJP
Will establish gas grid in entire country; optical fibre network; develop satellite systems: BJP
Rail network will be developed keeping in focus agricultural produce: Joshi
We'll construct Ram temple within the Constitutional framework: BJP
Boost to tourism: 50 new tourist circuits, including pilgrimages, to be created
Rate of growth has fallen during 10 years of UPA rule: Murli Manohar Joshi
The BJP today released its much-delayed manifesto on a day India began voting for a new government. The main thrust of the 40-page manifesto is economic revival and development for all.
Malaysian jet may have skirted Indonesian airspace
A Malaysian government official has revealed that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 avoided Indonesian airspace after leaving Kuala Lumpur, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday.
Polling begins for LS polls in Tripura
Voting for one of the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura began Monday in the first phase of India's general election, officials said.
Around 1.2 million voters are eligible to vote in the Tripura West constituency. Polling for the Tripura East seat will be held April 12.
No development in Tamil Nadu, alleges Karuna
DMK president M Karunanidhi on Sunday night alleged that the AIADMK government failed to implement any developmental works and all the industries were suffering from power cuts.
Addressing an election meeting of H Pavithiravalli, DMK candidate from Erode in the April 24 Lok Sabha polls, he said Jayalalithaa's claims of development in various sectors in the state were false.