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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
`Vote for parties endorsing women's rights'
NEW DELHI, APRIL 19. Several women's groups have appealed to women to vote for parties that supported "women's rights, economic justice and secular values." In a statement they said that the elections to the 14th Lok Sabha were crucial in that ...
LoC encounter sparks off poll safety fears
POONCH, APRIL 19.Breaking a month-long lull along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector, Indian troops today shot dead three terrorists in a midnight encounter near the village of Ajote. The infiltration attempt comes just a day before the ...
BJP may cite a Congress `precedent' in its defence
NEW DELHI, APRIL 19. The Bharatiya Janata Party has begun preparations to respond to the Election Commission's notice asking why action should not be initiated against the party for violation of the model code of conduct in the Lucknow episode. ...
Special observers for Rae Bareli
NEW DELHI, APRIL 19. Based on a complaint from the Congress, the Election Commission today ordered deployment of special observers in the Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency and taking videography at the sensitive polling booths in the ...
Vajpayee changes his stand every day, says Sonia
VASAI (MAHARASHTRA), APRIL 19. The Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, today said the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was changing his stand every day and maintaining silence on issues such as the Best Bakery case and the stampede in Lucknow, ...
POLL THEME/THE ENVIRONMENT
The neglected issues: water, land, biodiversity
Party manifestos suggest that our politicians have not given serious thought at all to the environment, writes Ashish Kothari
For north Andhra, Polavaram is the key
The long-pending Polavaram project has become a key election issue in north Andhra, comprising the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. The contestants here have made it a point to stress the importance of implementing the ...
Congress mounts a strong challenge
The "uncrowned king'' of Surat, the Union Rural Development Minister, Kashiram Rana, faces a tough fight on his home turf for the first time. Looking for a sixth straight win, Mr. Rana confronts a strong challenge from his Congress rival, ...
POLL THEME/THE BJP-JD (U) ALLIANCE
Making the right friend at the right time?
The BJP's emergence as the frontrunner in Karnataka owes to the crucial alliance it forged with the JD (U), writes Parvathi Menon.
The long walk to cast a vote
You have to be in good physical shape if you want to vote here. Damulugugundi hamlet in GK Veedhi a remote hamlet cut-off from the mainstream has nine voters, six men and three women. The Girijans here have to walk 10 km to cast ...
BJP has the edge over Congress
The tribal-dominated Bastar division gave the Bharatiya Janata Party a decisive lead in the 2003 Assembly elections, with the party nine of the division's 12 seats. The BJP intends to cash in on this "swing in its favour" to win the Bastar Lok ...
Commoner vs. royal
To the polling station, on an elephant
Tapanjit Rajkonwar, presiding officer of the Borkachang polling centre in a Karbi village near the Assam-Meghalaya border under Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency, was excited. He was about to ride on an elephant for the first time in his life. On ...
Q & A: P.A. Sangma
The former Lok Sabha Speaker,
Q & A: Yashwant Sinha
Elections have badly affected the common man who prefers the bus for long distance travel. Due to the shortage of Government-owned transport for ferrying paramilitary personnel to man polling booths and generally maintain ...
Nitish locked in a tight race
Cruising along National Highway 30 after negotiating the crowded streets of Patna, passing through Fatuha, Bakhtiarpur and then Barh, golden sunflower fields grab your attention. As farmers harvest wheat and work overtime threshing and winnowing ...
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