Cong plotting straight fight in Varanasi against Modi
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Cong plotting straight fight in Varanasi against Modi

The Congress is making behind-the-scenes moves to ensure a joint candidate against Modi in Varanasi. If it happens, the fight could get even more polarised than now

Can Gandhi's grandson win for AAP in Gandhi Nagar?
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Can Gandhi's grandson win for AAP in Gandhi Nagar?

Eventually at 2:30 the Kejriwal road show finally reaches Gandhi Nagar. The street is galvanized into action. The garlands are fished out. The patriotic music pumped up.

In Chandni Chowk, will Sibal's 'secret weapon' push him past BJP, AAP?
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In Chandni Chowk, will Sibal's 'secret weapon' push him past BJP, AAP?

Mohammad Adil Qureishi standing at his store in a narrow lane lined with tandoori chicken shops says Kapil Sibal has a secret weapon in this three-cornered race

Poser to Sonia: How is seeking Muslim consolidation secular?
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Poser to Sonia: How is seeking Muslim consolidation secular?

Sonia Gandhi's appeal to Muslims to not split their vote is also communalism of a kind. It appeals to Muslims to chose her brand of secularism over someone else's.

People back me for my stand on Nido Taniam's murder, says Ninong Ering
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People back me for my stand on Nido Taniam's murder, says Ninong Ering

Fighting the national elections for the second time, Union Minister Ninong Ering is confident of his victory and rejects the Narendra Modi wave.

Shiv Sena vs MNS war of words has only begun: 5 reasons why
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Shiv Sena vs MNS war of words has only begun: 5 reasons why

The real battle for the two is in October when Maharashtra elects a new Legislative Assembly. For now, the brothers are priming themselves for battle.

Ground report: In Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has still got it
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Ground report: In Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has still got it

To leave a chowkidar's job is hard, says Arvind Kejriwal. But to leave a chief minister's job takes kaleja. Despite his brave words, Kejriwal has to persuade supporters he is not a runaway from responsibility.

Stalin Vs Alagiri: Will the battle ruin DMK in Tamil Nadu?
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Stalin Vs Alagiri: Will the battle ruin DMK in Tamil Nadu?

The DMK chief M Karunanidhi never had such a nerve-racking spectacle within his family - the younger of his politically active sons wants the party to do the best in what appears to be a bad election, while the older son is bent upon wreaking havoc.

Sexual minorities in TN ahead: Two transgender activists to contest polls
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Sexual minorities in TN ahead: Two transgender activists to contest polls

Two leading voices of sexual minorities in the state - Kalki Subramaniam and Bharathi Kannamma - will fight as independent candidates from the western and southern parts of Tamil Nadu.

Why Modi, BJP should not count on Mamata post elections
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Why Modi, BJP should not count on Mamata post elections

The non-minority base of support for Modi in Bengal and Mamata Banerjee's vociferous backing from mullahs make the possibility of the latter backing Modi after the elections a remote possibility

Is Jayalalithaa the canniest politician in the country?
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Is Jayalalithaa the canniest politician in the country?

Never underestimate Jayalalithaa. It seems like pretty much every post May 16th configuration includes her which is not something one can say about all the other regional players.

In Mumbai, a green clad Rakhi Sawant to fight for dukhi janata'
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In Mumbai, a green clad Rakhi Sawant to fight for dukhi janata'

Sawant has declared that she will fight from the Mumbai north west constituency and her focus, apart from dressing like her party's symbol of a green chilly will be to serve the 'dukhi janata' (sad people).

The lessons from Imran Masood, Sabir Ali's fall from grace
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The lessons from Imran Masood, Sabir Ali's fall from grace

When candidates switch parties their past slate is not wiped clean. So the Congress cannot escape the fallout from Imran Masood's statements just because he was with the Samajwadi Party when he allegedly made them.

A lout, a slap and Nagma: She owed it to women to act tougher
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A lout, a slap and Nagma: She owed it to women to act tougher

It's inexplicable that aspiring Parliamentarian Nagma chose not to take her offenders to the nearest police station. A slap is no deterrent. Sexual predators are not waiting to be chastised.

LS polls: Why nobody speaks against BJP in Tamil Nadu
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LS polls: Why nobody speaks against BJP in Tamil Nadu

In his inaugural election speech on Wednesday, DMK chief M Karunanidhi spoke about his commitment to secularism by offering a post-poll alliance chance with the Congress if it kept away from communal elements, but chose not to attack the BJP or the NDA.

Poll shows Delhi voter pissed off with Kejriwal, Cong gains
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Poll shows Delhi voter pissed off with Kejriwal, Cong gains

The latest ABP-Nielsen opinion poll in Delhi indicates that AAP votes are shifting substantially to Congress, and the BJP is also growing its vote gradually. AAP is in danger of losing its lustre in its home base

Did Modi do Kejriwal a favour by calling him Pak agent AK-49?
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Did Modi do Kejriwal a favour by calling him Pak agent AK-49?

Did Narendra Modi gift Arvind Kejriwal a sympathy wave by calling him a Pakistani agent?

All in the family: Storm clouds brewing in Lalu homestead?
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All in the family: Storm clouds brewing in Lalu homestead?

Lalu's daughter Misa has launched herself into the electoral fray from Pataliputra. But her brothers will be watching from the sidelines and not just with brotherly pride.

Don't be fooled: Karunanidhi has not really 'forgiven' Congress
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Don't be fooled: Karunanidhi has not really 'forgiven' Congress

Karunanidhi knows full well that the Congress is not going to 'regret its mistakes' by changing its stand on 2G.

Decoding Modi's ploy behind calling Kejriwal anti-national
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Decoding Modi's ploy behind calling Kejriwal anti-national

It was always a mystery how Modi would respond to Kejriwal’s challenge.