I am not in the PM race: Modi

I have a mission but no ambition, says Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as speculation mounts about whether he will be the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) next prime ministerial candidate.


In an interview broadcast on television channel CNN-IBN, Modi indicated that he was not in the race for the prime minister's post. 

PM slams Left

A day after the third phase of Election 2009, the political slugfest continued with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday launching a stinging attack on the Left in its bastion of West Bengal and Congress president Sonia Gandhi taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan.

Phase III - Polling ends

Polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections ended at 5 pm on Thursday. People voted for 107 constituencies in nine states and two union territories. The third phase of Lok Sabha elections will decide the fate of political leaders like Sonia Gandhi, L K Advani and H D Deve Gowda among others.


An estimated 50 per cent of the 14.4 crore electorate exercised their franchise on Thursday in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls nine states and two union territories, which passed off by and large peacefully barring stray violence in Bihar and West Bengal.


Sonia, Advani in Phase III Poll

Political heavyweights Sonia Gandhi, L K Advani and H D Deve Gowda are among 1,567 candidates whose fate would be decided by voters in the third phase of elections to Lok Sabha on today.


Over 14.4 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase to elect 107 MPs to the lower house of Parliament. Election would also be held on Thursday to the 32-member Sikkim legislative assembly.


Polling would be held amid tight security in 1.65 lakh booths from 0700 hrs across nine states and two union territories.


More than 14 crore people expected to vote in Phase III

More than 14  crore voters in 107 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states and two union territories will exercise their franchise in the third phase of the elections on Thursday. 


Deputy election commissioner JP Prakash said that of a total of 1.65 lakh polling stations, 15,193 in 10 parliamentary constituencies in Bihar and West Bengal have been classified as naxal-affected areas in the third phase. 


Sonia attacks on the Left parties

Sharing the dais with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for the first time in eight years, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Left parties for failure to support UPA government on the nuclear deal issue. 


"To meet the growing energy requirement, we went for the nuclear deal, but the Left opposed us saying it was not required," Sonia Gandhi said addressing an election meeting in this key Lok Sabha constituency from where external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee is contesting. 


Shoe mania: Now, PM faces it at Gujarat rally

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday became the latest target of the now-popular political missile — flung this time by a 21-year-old computer engineering student, to mark Gujarat's first "shoe-bite" that came as the PM addressed a rally at the Sanskar Kendra grounds. 


1,473 voters in Madhya Pradesh reject all candidates

As many as 1,473 voters in Madhya Pradesh did not cast their vote during the first phase of elections on April 23 as they did not find a suitable candidate to vote for, an election official Saturday said.

The voters came to the polling booth, got their name registered and then went out without voting for anyone when the state went to the polls for 13 parliamentary seats April 23.


Phase II : Voting peaceful except in Jharkhand

Maoists struck with impunity triggering landmines and indiscriminate firing in Jharkhand as polling for the second phase of elections to Lok Sabha got underway, even as moderate to brisk polling was reported from across 12 states.


Two poll officials were injured when the ultras exploded a bomb striking an official vehicle in Jharkhand's Giridh District, 190 kms from the capital Ranchi, while Left-wing extremists triggered bombs and a landmine in East and West Singhbhum districts.


Phase II - Rahul, Kamal Nath, Pawar in Fray

People in 12 states and union territories will vote on Thursday to elect 140 MPs in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections being contested by big names including Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, George Fernandes, Ramvilas Paswan and Sushma Swaraj with their campaigning focussed mostly on the theme who is fit to lead the country.


Navin Chawla set to take over as CEC

Navin Chawla will take over as the Chief Election Commissioner today succeeding N Gopalaswami who not long ago had recommended his removal from Nirvachan Sadan sparking a huge political controversy.


The 63-year-old Chawla, who is the senior-most Election Commissioner after Gopalaswami in the three-member panel, will remain in office till June 29 next year when he turns 65.He is the first CEC who will take over in the midst of the five-phased Lok Sabha elections and will oversee four phases of the polls.


I do not regret hitting back at Advani: Manmohan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he does not regret having hit back at L K Advani, accusing the BJP leader of indulging in "mudslinging" for the last five years and maintained that he replied to the charge as he owed it to the country after being declared Congress' prime ministerial candidate. 


Seven die in first phase of India election

At least seven people have been killed as Maoist rebels launched an attack in a bid to disrupt the general election in the world's largest democracy. Rebels struck early on Thursday morning in the Indian state of Jharkhand.

1st phase of polls ends amid Naxal violence

First round India's Election 2009 ended Thursday with millions queuing up to vote amid Maoist violence that marred the democratic exercise in several places and left at least 17 dead. 


Voting began on a moderate note in 124 constituencies spread across 15 states and two union territories during which the fate of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha and TRS president K Chandrasekar Rao will be decided. There are 1,715 candidates in the fray.


Polling begins in first phase of elections

Polling began on Thursday for the first phase of elections across 15 states and two union territories to elect a new Lok Sabha as also legislative assemblies in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa amid tight security.


Voting began at 0700 hrs in 124 constituencies in the first round of the five-phase elections and would end at 1700 hrs in most places, except in naxal-infested areas where it would close at 1500 hrs.


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