Priyanka seeking votes for murder, rape accused unfortunate: BJP

The BJP today targeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over her poll campaign in Rae Bareli for the Congress-SP alliance, saying it was unfortunate that she was seeking votes for those accused of "rape and murder".

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma referred to the rape charge against Gayatri Prajapati, a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh who is contesting the ongoing state Assembly polls from Amethi, and the murder charge against another SP nominee Arun Verma, to target Priyanka.

Over 60% voting recorded in UP, Uttarakhand

The second phase of polling in the key state of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday saw 65 per cent polling, while Uttarakhand with 68 per cent posted a record voting in the assembly elections .
The Election Commission said in Delhi the “very sensitive” second phase of polling in 67 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh passed off peacefully and overall mood made it appear like a “festival of democracy”.

Combative Sasikala expels Panneerselvam, 19 others

Cracking the whip, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala today expelled rebel leader O Panneerselvam and 19 other senior leaders from the party's primary membership.

The decision came on a day Sasikala loyalist Edappady K Palaniswami was elected the Legislature Party Leader in her place soon after the Supreme Court convicted her in the disproportionate assets case dealing a blow to her hopes of becoming chief minister.

Wait for CM in TN gets longer

The wait for Chief Ministership in Tamil Nadu prolonged with Governor Vidyasagar Rao still undecided on the issue as the feud in the ruling AIADMK escalated today with V K Sasikala sacking party presidium chairman E Madusudanan who wrote to the Election Commission not to recognise her as General Secretary.

The Governor was said to be still evaluating legal opinion on Sasikala's claim to having an overwhelming support of party MLAs while the judgement of Supreme Court on disproportionate assets case against her was imminent next week.

Modi likes peeping into bathrooms, not doing his job: Rahul

Taking a swipe at Narendra Modi for his "raincoat in bathroom" barb at Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said the Prime Minister was more interested in "peeping into bathrooms of people".

The Congress Vice President also said that the Prime Minister will get a "jolt" once the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are out.

Akhilesh, Rahul release 10-pt common minimum programme for UP

Seeking to win over 300 of the 403 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today jointly released ten commitments on which their alliance will work on coming to power.

The two leaders at a press conference released the commitments which include major promises made by the two parties to the people of the state in their manifestos.

Pannerselvam dismisses Sasikala's charge of DMK conspiracy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam today dismissed AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala's charge that DMK was behind his revolt against the party leadership and said she has no powers to sack him as Treasurer.

"She should be asked to explain the basis of her charge. I was never cordial with DMK. A look back into the history will make it clear," he told Tamil TV channels after his last night's sudden revolt.

Akhilesh clinging to whatever support he gets: Modi

Launching a scathing attack on the Akhilesh Yadav government for "doing nothing" to develop the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Chief Minister was desperately seeking whatever support is coming his way to retain power.

The wave of BJP is so strong that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is grabbing whatever support he gets as he fears of being washed out, the Prime Minister said at an election rally here, taking a dig at the SP-Congress poll alliance.

Cong, AAP letters row reveal tight Punjab contest

The Congress and Aam Admi Party (AAP) are locked in a letter row in Punjab. Two letters, which went viral on the social media, caused unrest and disquiet in the AAP and Congress camps.

AAP has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) over a letter, said to be written by its leader Sanjay Singh and addressed to party chief Arvind Kejriwal, saying the Congress was strong on 69 seats and requested the leaders to go slow on the campaign trail.

Akhilesh patronising the corrupt, criminals: BJP

BJP UP President Keshav Prasad Maurya today accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of "patronising the corrupt and the criminals".

Referring to a report released by Governor Ram Naik, Maurya said it smacked of the Samajwadi Party government's "complicity" with criminals and the corrupt.

He said the Governor's report drew attention to the fact that only 2 out of 53 petitions sent by Lokayukt were responded to.