NEW DELHI: 1. For last four days parts of Meerut have been under curfew after communal clashes. A young man today dies of gunshot wounds he got earlier. According to The Hindu security agencies are “baffled” by a video uploaded on a social networking site that shows unidentified men firing in the air and raising “Modi Zindabad” slogans.
Whispers of Blame Hit Congress,SP and JD(U)
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NEW DELHI: These Lok Sabha polls have neared a nail biting finish, as all political parties and voters are tense in anticipation of the final results. Exit polls are not being believed by the regional parties who see in it ‘exaggerations’
Jaya Expels Former MP for Pro-Modi Remarks
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NEW DELHI: AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa effectively silenced speculation about a possible post poll alliance between her and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, by expelling former Rajya Sabha MP K.Malaisamy for even indirectly suggesting this.
Citizens Appeal to Secular Leaders to Unite and Ensure Communal Forces Stay Out
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NEW DELHI: Over 900 citizens from across India, including eminent personalities from the film industry, activists and academia, issued an appeal to parties who campaigned seeking votes on basis of their secular credentials, to prevent formation of a communal central government.
The signatories included professors Janaki Nair, Jayati Ghosh,
Merry-Go-Round Of Exit Polls, Television, And Crony Capitalism
By SUKUMAR MURALIDHARAN
NEW DELHI: Election forecasting was the predictable arena for India’s raucous news channels to play out their bitter competition, the day the last ballot was cast in the Lok Sabha general elections. For the noisy anchors who rarely seem to agree – and for the merry-go-round of experts transiting from one studio to another – the battle of the exit poll results broadcast on May 12 probably ended in a draw.
Protest in Vietnam
Anti-China riots erupted in industrial zones in the south of Vietnam after Beijing placed an oil rig in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Hanoi. Rioters attacked a huge steel plant in Ha Tinh province owned by Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan’s biggest investor in Vietnam. More than 20 people were killed. The protests had spread to the centre of the country a day after arson and looting in the south.
Violence in Hyderabad Leaves Three Dead
Three people were shot dead and eight injured Wednesday when police opened fire to disperse two clashing groups in Hyderabad, officials said. An indefinite curfew was imposed to bring the situation under control in Sikh Chowni in Kishan Bagh, a part of Cyberabad police commissionerate.
Ensure the sanctity of vote counting
Congress candidate for Amritsar Captain (retired) Amarinder Singh had warned the Election Commission of India about the possibility of Akali-BJP leaders and workers tampering with the vote counting process that could lead to the countermanding of counting. Singh said in case any such mischief was attempted by the Akali-BJP combine, and particularly by Anil Joshi and Bikram Singh Majithia, the two henchmen of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, on the day of counting, Congress workers would retaliate.
The Uttar Pradesh Government had imposed a ban on victory processions on Friday 16th May, 2014 after the final results of the elections were declared. Chief Secretary Javed Usmani had directed officials to enforce the ban strictly and called for a strict vigil in all districts for at least 15 days, or more, after the announcement of the results.
Waiting and watching
Janata Dal (Secular) chief H. D. Devegowda had said that he was waiting for the results to come in. But he had emphasized that he was committed to a secular-political ideology and there was no question of asking whether his party, the JD-S would go with the so called National Democratic Alliance and so called Narendra Modi. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa had also refused to comment on the post-poll alliance, saying that she was waiting for the results. A similar position had been taken by the Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr. Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal.