Phase I Polling : EC on roll

Election Commission on Tuesday said the electronic media cannot telecast anything which can influence voters in areas where elections are to take place, in the 48 hours preceding voting.

Election commision released followings to press.


Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. The relevant portions of the said Section 126 are re-produced below:-

EC asks parties and candidates to maintain high standards


Election comission has published Model Code of Conduct for guidance of political parties and candidates and requested them to maintain high standards of electoral campaigns. 


Text of guidelines are as following.


Shoe Throwing: Not a good trend for Indian politics

The traditional trend of mud-slinging in Indian politics has taken a new turn, with the mud being replaced by shoes, which is fast catching up in the world's largest democracy. 


It all started with Iraqi journalist al Zaidi, who in a fit of anger hurled his shoes at former US President George W. Bush at a press meet in Baghdad last year. Bush, however, had managed to duck the boots. 


Congress drops Tytler, Sajjan Kumar

Congress on Thursday evening decided to drop Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections after the two – under fire for their alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots – “offered to withdraw” from the contest in view of the controversy over their candidature.


The announcement came soon after Mr. Tytler – who was to contest the North-East Delhi seat – told journalists that he would not pursue his candidature, as the issue had caused considerable embarrassment to the party.


Congress’s choice

Drop Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as Lok Sabha candidates

I would have crushed Varun under a roller: Lalu

Kishanganj: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday said he would have ‘crushed’ BJP candidate Varun Gandhi under a roller for his anti-Muslim speeches if he had been the country's Home Minister. "Had I been the country's home minister, I would have crushed Varun Gandhi under a roller and destroyed him without caring for the consequences for his hate speech against Muslims," Prasad told an election meeting.

BJP Kahin : Poor First

Following are the summury of BJP election manifesto. As usual promises alot.



1. All BPL families to get 35 kg of rice or wheat every month at Rs 2 per kg. This will be available against Food

Coupons redeemable both at PDS and private outlets.

2. Ensure farm loans at a maximum interest rate of 4 percent.

3. Waive agricultural loans.

4. Introduce a Farm Income Insurance Scheme through which both price and produce will be insured

Graffiti, icons

Not every picture a minister hangs on her office walls makes an electoral statement.

The twin duties

Parties and people must both avoid ‘tainted’ candidates

We have to change

Democracy means people’s rule. We too have democracy and we have the right to choose our leaders. Is this really happening?

Mirror to each other

Why a public debate between PM and Advani is a good idea

The virtue of an adversarial political system is that the truth reveals itself, even if often with bad intent. The recent spat between the prime minister and L.K. Advani over their respective political weaknesses is a classic case of two leaders holding a mirror to each other, even as they fail to reflect on their own sins. It is not even-handedness, but plain truth to say that both are onto something.


What happened to Indian Media ?

Indian media again did what it should not. It has created a new leader for the BJP and for the Hinduithava factions , with out any help from the BJP.  They have managed single handily made a big issue of a small speech give in a remote place to a national importance, and all the "News" channels and websites has been covering "drama" almost on priority.


U.P.: anti-incumbency versus core vote

"Mayawati faces anti-incumbency. But her base vote is strong, committed and transferable, which ought to be an advantage in a multicornered contest" said Vidya Subrahmaniam in The Hindu editorial. 


The defining point of Lucknow 2009 is the brown dust haze that blankets its skyline. The haze is from the relentless demolition and construction that started in May 2007, when Mayawati, in a stunning display of political showmanship, formed Uttar Pradesh’s first majority government in 16 years.


Lalu, Mulayam, Paswan come together

Following the failure of their pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Bihar and Uttar Pradeshtwo UPA constituents and an ally, RJD, LJP and SP, announced the formation of a "secular alliance" that will contest 120 seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar unitedly. As of now both parties are part of the United Progressive Alliance.


“We three are together. We will fight jointly in North India. We will not clash with each other in the two states having 120 Lok Sabha seats” Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh told journalists here on Wednesday.


Provincialising Congress

The tragedy of the Congress is that in order to maintain its proud position as a national party with a pan Indian vision and appeal, it has steadily conceded ground at the state level to its allies. To retain power at the Centre, the Congress needs the support of the very political parties which are its rivals in the states. This has blunted its edge as a credible force at the state level.

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