From a Delhi jhuggi : Politicians want to remove poor people, not poverty
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From a Delhi jhuggi : Politicians want to remove poor people, not poverty

In a small jhuggi in the shadow of giant new towers, a few hundred people, dispossessed of their homes by the Metro, wonder if the elections will bring them anything at all. Perhaps blankets.

As Varanasi gets polarised, Kejriwal may be out in the cold
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As Varanasi gets polarised, Kejriwal may be out in the cold

The entry of muscular Ajai Rai and the main challenger to Narendra Modi in Varanasi will impact Arvind Kejriwal the most. His Muslims votes vanish, and he is scrounging for votes in rural chaupals.

What Adarsh? On campaign trail, Ashok Chavan is untouched by scandal
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What Adarsh? On campaign trail, Ashok Chavan is untouched by scandal

Following the former chief minister as he talks of development and people's issues in Nanded.

As BJP inches up in Odisha, can Patnaik and Modi kiss and make up after polls?
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As BJP inches up in Odisha, can Patnaik and Modi kiss and make up after polls?

On-ground reports and opinion polls indicate that the BJP is becoming the No 2 party in Odisha. This will make it tougher for Naveen Patnaik to cosy up to the BJP after the elections.

How many Kalpanas must die for you to act, Modi asks Sonia in Latur
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How many Kalpanas must die for you to act, Modi asks Sonia in Latur

Impressive crowds turned up to listen to the BJP's PM candidate in the Congress bastion of Latur, hometown of the late Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Modi calls Kerala 'nursery of terrorism': Scare tactics #fail
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Modi calls Kerala 'nursery of terrorism': Scare tactics #fail

This is the problem with national leaders darting across the country, only equipped to shock and awe the public.

Yogendra's big challenge in rural Haryana: Changing how people vote
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Yogendra's big challenge in rural Haryana: Changing how people vote

Yogendra Yadav is a good man say even his opponents in a village in Haryana. But can he change age-old ways of voting in areas where jaat, biraadri and religion often trump everything else?

Will Modi visit family of murdered Youth Congress leader in Latur?
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Will Modi visit family of murdered Youth Congress leader in Latur?

The arrest of two Youth Congress office-bearers for the murder of a female Youth Congress worker in Latur has provided the BJP a stick to beat it with. And Modi will take full advantage of the situation.

Will Manipur vote against AFSPA, Greater Nagalim today?
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Will Manipur vote against AFSPA, Greater Nagalim today?

With many unresolved issues, the state will vote for the 16th Lok Sabha today, hoping for some concrete answers in the heap of tall promises, made by political parties.

What is the truth behind Sonia Gandhi's trips to the US?
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What is the truth behind Sonia Gandhi's trips to the US?

Why would Sonia Gandhi claim something that was different from what was told to the media by Dwivedi? The media reports clearly said that she was in US, even though she might not have received the summons.

Secular parties are dividing the Muslim vote, uniting castes
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Secular parties are dividing the Muslim vote, uniting castes

The evidence is that Muslims are going to vote solidly against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. But the unseemly lunge for the Muslim vote by so-called secular parties may end up achieving the exact opposite

Those 49 days: Kejriwal plays down future to defend past
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Those 49 days: Kejriwal plays down future to defend past

It seems Kejriwal still has to keep explaining himself even to the party faithful

TDP-BJP has the edge, but all Telugu parties will need Delhi after polls
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TDP-BJP has the edge, but all Telugu parties will need Delhi after polls

The BJP-TDP alliance has gained the upper hand in Seemandhra. But the BJP is in the happy position of choosing from among the other Telugu parties even if this alliance loses.

In Gopinath Munde's Beed, the curious case of 39 candidates
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In Gopinath Munde's Beed, the curious case of 39 candidates

It's 39 degrees Celsius. But the heat is the least of the worries for election officials in Beed, in Maharashtra's Marathwada region.

Tharoor is still a star, but will caste factor spoil his party?
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Tharoor is still a star, but will caste factor spoil his party?

He makes no big, flashy speeches, instead asks people to evaluate him on the basis of what he has done in his constituency in the last five years and vote for him to repeat his performance for the next five years.

Rahul Gandhi rakes up Snoopgate, Modi to woo back Delhi
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Rahul Gandhi rakes up Snoopgate, Modi to woo back Delhi

Rahul Gandhi’s big rally in Dakshinpuri in Delhi was clearly a source of great anxiety for his party. The last one before the Delhi Assembly elections had proved to be a gigantic dud. This time the Congress went all out to mobilize the faithful.

Behen-ji ko PM banana hoga: Mayawati dreaming
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Behen-ji ko PM banana hoga: Mayawati dreaming

Mayawati wants to become "the balance of power" in Delhi after this election. This is how she wants to achieve it.

Only in India: UP turncoat says
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Only in India: UP turncoat says "Don't vote for me"

What happens if you switch sides after your party nominates you and you then decide to defect? Ask Ramesh Tomar in Gautam Budh Nagar for some tips on this one

Advani's rally in Delhi: Who's afraid of the M-word?
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Advani's rally in Delhi: Who's afraid of the M-word?

Lal Krishna Advani, the patriarch of the BJP had descended from the Great Sulk to give his blessing to the 2014 campaign. But was he going to take the name of Narendra Modi?

Seven signs you are trapped in a village election rally
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Seven signs you are trapped in a village election rally

Political rhetoric aside, one thing was for sure, this was not a city rally anymore. Here are seven signs: