Butting heads in Varanasi: Modi roadshow meets AAP's jansabha
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Butting heads in Varanasi: Modi roadshow meets AAP's jansabha

Varanasi's fabled bulls stayed out of it. But BJP and AAP came to a headlong collision as Narendra Modi's road show ran smack bang into an AAP jansabha in Varanasi leading to a shouting match with the CRPF forming the Line of Control.

Narendra Modi channels Rahul, Kejriwal in latest interview
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Narendra Modi channels Rahul, Kejriwal in latest interview

Narendra Modi's interview told us a lot about him and offered some valuable insights. Here are five.

Double standard: Why doesn't Narendra Modi answer RTIs?
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Double standard: Why doesn't Narendra Modi answer RTIs?

The Gujarat govt has ducked an RTI query on Modi's attendance in the CMO, his Cabinet meetings and other meetings. If the Gujarat CM thinks RTI activists will slow down for a new government, he's far off the mark.

Amethi-ville Horror: 5 kinds of voters who are leaving Rahul
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Amethi-ville Horror: 5 kinds of voters who are leaving Rahul

Rahul Gandhi should be very worried. Even if he saves his seat this time there are certain kinds of voters, traditional Congressi voters, who are deserting his party even in the most loyal bastions.

Can PC Sorcar Jr. work some magic for BJP in Bengal?
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Can PC Sorcar Jr. work some magic for BJP in Bengal?

When the King of Magic hits the campaign trail he cannot rely on gilly gilly foo spells. He has to make real promises and deliver real results, says P. C. Sorcar Jr, acclaimed magician and now a BJP candidate.

Just a humble OBC: Why Narendra Modi played the caste card in Amethi
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Just a humble OBC: Why Narendra Modi played the caste card in Amethi

From being the serial ranter, he has morphed into the challenger, the underdog, the outsider and the victim at the same time. He chose to rebuild the idea of him as the quintessential 'other' in the context of traditional Indian social paradigms.

Why Modi took on Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi
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Why Modi took on Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi

Modi's rally in Amethi is personal and it’s stinging especially because it’s happening not at some campaign stop in Madhya Pradesh but in the Gandhis’ own backyard.

Elections 2014: Who's forcing AAP workers to leave Amethi?
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Elections 2014: Who's forcing AAP workers to leave Amethi?

AAP has hit social media with full force alleging that it’s an AAP-specific Section 144 in Amethi.

Rahul, Priyanka's Amethi road show enough to hold off Modi?
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Rahul, Priyanka's Amethi road show enough to hold off Modi?

On the penultimate day of campaigning in Amethi, the citizens got a two-for-one surprise. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi embarked on a road show, shaking hands and trying to touch hearts.

Modi rapping to Kejriwal singing: Elections 2014 top of the pops
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Modi rapping to Kejriwal singing: Elections 2014 top of the pops

From official anthems (The Congress one is rather preachy and the BJP's a tad apocalyptic) to toe tapping campaign trail music, the spectrum and sheer variety of the music has been almost as impressive as the scale of the elections themselves.

Elections 2014: The unusual campaign of Varun Gandhi
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Elections 2014: The unusual campaign of Varun Gandhi

In a part of the world where everything is about caste and sub-caste, Varun Gandhi tells his audiences to rise above caste and creed. Starry-eyed idealism or a real push for change?

Vikram Batra's mother speaks: Why use my son's name for votes?
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Vikram Batra's mother speaks: Why use my son's name for votes?

"They called him 'sher shah', I was told. Maine bhi kya sher bete ko janam diya hai (I have given birth to such a brave son)..." she says. And he remains better that way, she says, not as a poll slogan.

Voices of massacres past: Naroda, Gulberg society victims on Modi
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Voices of massacres past: Naroda, Gulberg society victims on Modi

Gulberg Society has come to symbolise the sharply polarised state, question its claims of inclusive growth and a reminder that the tales of 2002 will not suddenly vanish after May 16.

Mamata-Modi hate story: 3 lessons for the BJP's PM candidate
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Mamata-Modi hate story: 3 lessons for the BJP's PM candidate

Mamata and Modi have gone from being prospective good friends to the new Shahrukh-Salman of the block.

De de vote de: How Bappi-da is Modi-fying his greatest hits
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De de vote de: How Bappi-da is Modi-fying his greatest hits

No Bappi Lahiri hit is safe anymore. Now that the King of Disco is a BJP candidate from Serampore, he's turning his greatest hits into BJP anthems.

Elections 2014: In Vadodara, a human chain for voter awareness
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Elections 2014: In Vadodara, a human chain for voter awareness

Seen in the light of the BJP gunning for a record-smashing victory for Modi in Vadodara, the voter awareness drive in the city makes ample sense.

In Vadodara, Modi posters dominate landscape ahead of poll
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In Vadodara, Modi posters dominate landscape ahead of poll

In Vadodara it's difficult to miss who the most advertised candidate is. Here are some images of the town.

Gandhinagar: Pro-Modi candidate tells voters not to vote for Advani
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Gandhinagar: Pro-Modi candidate tells voters not to vote for Advani

'Hindu Shiv Sena' candidate in Gandhinagar Sanjay Brahmbhatt circulates handbill asking Christians to stop conversions and Muslims to bring out the terrorist hidden within.

AAP on auto-pilot in Ahmedabad: You see the rickshaw, but who's the candidate?
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AAP on auto-pilot in Ahmedabad: You see the rickshaw, but who's the candidate?

AAP has about700 autos campaigning in Ahmedabad, but despite their visibility, unfortunately nobody can remember the party's candidates.

Despite Delhi, Mumbai might choose Kejriwal over Modi, Rahul
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Despite Delhi, Mumbai might choose Kejriwal over Modi, Rahul

With its jhadu symbol and trophy candidates, AAP has continued to be the pop party to its biggest voter-base yet – the urban youth.