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Varun Gandhi during a public rally in Pilibhit

All Varun Gandhi wants are love & blessings, says he’s ready to be ‘beheaded’ for his people

Varun Gandhi, who is back in Pilibhit, says he is Narendra Modi's ‘chhota sipahi’, calls the PM ‘somewhat of a hero, an inspirational figure’.

Sadhvi Pragya’s aide says that the BJP leader has apologised for statement on Karkare

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had said that police officer Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she 'cursed' him.
Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, his son and party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati during their joint election campaign rally in Mainpuri

The signalling of Mulayam-Mayawati grand union — water, blessings and the central chair

Arch-rivals Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav shared the stage in Mainpuri Friday, and urged party workers to put the past behind and defeat the BJP.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Congress president Rahul Gandhi | Commons

Congress wants to field Sheila Dikshit from East Delhi, readies list as talks go on with AAP

Barring Sheila Dikshit from East Delhi, Congress is likely to retain the candidates it fielded in 2014, in case talks with AAP fall through.

Priyanka Chaturvedi joins Shiv Sena after being ‘let down’ by Congress

Priyanka Chaturvedi quit the Congress after slamming them for reinstating ‘goons’ who had allegedly misbehaved with her.

Dalit man in UP votes for BJP ‘by mistake’, chops off finger

Pawan Kumar says he is a staunch BSP supporter but "accidentally" pressed the lotus instead of the elephant symbol on the EVM on 18 April.  

Forget turnout, just holding elections in Srinagar is a big deal: J&K chief poll officer

J&K CEO says that given the current scenario, even holding elections, that too peacefully, were a task. 

Back from EC ban, Adityanath says respect for constitutional bodies part of BJP’s ideology

Election Commission had barred Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours after he made communal remarks at a rally in Meerut.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav | PTI

Janata Dal asks poll body to cancel RJD nominations signed by Lalu Prasad Yadav

The JD(U) has written to the EC asking if Lalu Prasad had signed his party candidates' nominations after seeking a court's permission.
Mainpuri: Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, his son and party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati during their joint election campaign rally in Mainpuri, Friday,

Mayawati & Mulayam share stage for the first time in 24 years

SP's Mulayam Singh and BSP's Mayawati had a fall out after their ruling coalition in UP crashed in 1995.

On Camera

Pakistani generals want to restore their golden era & that’s why Musharraf’s team is back

Musharraf’s team was competent because it secured western assistance, pledging to fight terrorists while covertly assisting them at the same time.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.