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2009 -- India Election -
Exit polls are banned in India

Are there any non-Indian based , NRI type exit poll
BJP on Saturday looked all set to raise its ante higher on its theme for bringing back the black money stashed by Indians abroad after BJP leader L K Advani addresses a media gathering. (Agency Photo)
the <!--emo&:devil--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/devilsmiley.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='devilsmiley.gif' /><!--endemo--> <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Election Commission </span>restrained it from showing a 15-second audio visual spot that was produced to be part of the party's campaign.

Party sources said that the EC <!--emo&:angry:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='mad.gif' /><!--endemo--> declined the party the permission to run the clip on television and on other visual media, on the ground that the shot of a "foreigner" receiving a briefcase from supposedly a corrupt Indian was not in good taste.

<!--QuoteBegin-G.Subramaniam+Apr 19 2009, 07:04 AM-->QUOTE(G.Subramaniam @ Apr 19 2009, 07:04 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Exit polls are banned in India

Are there any non-Indian based , NRI type exit poll
No, but people are keeping scores.
RJD, SP and Congress is doing bad in first phase.
EC is trting to protect Sonia. What a shame?
Slaves will never learn to behave, no pride but shame.
<!--QuoteBegin-rajesh_g+Apr 19 2009, 02:50 AM-->QUOTE(rajesh_g @ Apr 19 2009, 02:50 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Mayawati has weakened the political current that was in her favour. On 16 seats in eastern UP, Mayawati.s efforts went in vain for her description of Mukhtar Ansari as Robin Hood. <b>Her statement describing Ansari not to be a criminal is a turning point in UP.s electoral environment. </b>It has the same potential as Mayawati.s slogan in Jhansi during the Assembly Elections. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Yes indeed. This looks like a massive miscalculation on part of Mayawati, and can be her nemesis. She should remember how in the last assembly election all Hindus had withdrawn their candidature from Mau, including even BJP, giving a 100% support to BSP nominees, reason was because they saw Mayawati as hope against these muslim gundas who were running their jehad on SP support. She has underestimated this sentiment.

Anyone who can take on these Azamgadhi jehadis in purvanchal will get a full support of Hindus cutting across caste lines. BJP can hope to gain in these 12-15 seats between Gorakhpur to Varanasi, if they can shed their hesitation and make this openly their election issue. Modi, Varun, Yogi should make a pitched campaign.


West Bengal goes to polls in last round. Situation is that Mamta seems to be gaining ground. People hate her but still see her as someone who can really defeat the audacious commies.


Is betting allowed on IF? <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Is betting allowed on IF?  <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Yes, illegally <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->


Congress, BJP set to make a return in UP


If voter management on polling day is good, they could increase their 2004 seat tally of nine  and 10, respectively. At the very least, their vote share will go up from pathetic levels of the 2007 assembly polls (8.6% and 16.9%, respectively), making them relevant again in this heartland state that sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.


Interesting voteshare %ages.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->According to Athar Siddiqi, a social activist in Lucknow, the Muslim vote could scatter. It could go to the BSP or Congress depending on the candidate. Or it could stay at home in sheer disillusionment at being used by political parties as a vote-bank.

Admitting that the latter could help the BJP in some constituencies, Siddiqi said Muslims are no longer seized by a sense of urgency to do tactical voting against the saffron party.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Priyanka pained at lack of basic amenities in Amethi

Amethi (PTI): Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on Monday said she was "pained" that poverty still prevails in Amethi despite efforts by her family to provide basic amenities to the people.

Addressing an election rally in Amethi, from where her brother Rahul Gandhi is seeking re-election, she said her brother "has tried to do his best in providing basic amenities for the area like electricity, water and roads".

"Yet I feel pained to see that poverty still prevails in many areas of the constituency. I will ask Rahul to ensure speedy implementation of development work here. Our family has been working for you since 1984, when my father Rajiv was an MP from here, and, therefore, we are duty bound to serve you and improve your conditions," she added.

Ms. Priyanka said that the UPA government has started many programmes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which have been formulated specially for the benefit of the rural poor.


Modi has provided electricity, water for most of guajart, but congress cannot even provide basic amenites for 15 yrs in 1 constituency which is under thier tight control, how do they hope to provide it for all of india.

But MP's (Rajiv was MP there) job is not to provide basic amenities in thier constituency afaik, i think its the MLA's job to do that's besides the point, unless amethi MLA is also kongress.

<b>NDA will cross magic figure of 272: Swaraj</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday expressed confidence that the NDA would definitely cross the magic figure of 272 in the Lok Sabha elections.

Not only would the NDA get a majority on its own, the BJP would also emerge as the single largest party, Swaraj said while addressing a press conference at the Madhya Pradesh BJP office. Asked to specify the number of seats that the BJP was likely to win, she said that the party would win anything between 180 to 200 seats on its own.
I am shocked to see treatment meted out for my loyalty: Arjun

I am shocked to see treatment meted out for my loyalty: Arjun
New Delhi(PTISmile Airing his anguish over denial of Lok Sabha tickets to his children, senior Congress leader Arjun Singh on Monday hit out at the party saying he was "shocked" to see the treatment meted out to him for "loyalty".

The Congress was quick to dismiss his charge, saying working for the party itself was a "reward" for loyalty."Honour and humiliation have ceased to be concepts which the Congress party these days deals with," the veteran leader told NDTV when asked whether he was being humiliated by the party.

Mr. Singh, Union HRD Minister, has been upset over denial of Lok Sabha tickets to daughter Veena and son Ajeya from Sidhi and Satna, respectively. Ms. Veena is now contesting independently from Sidhi.

Asked whether he feels slighted by the decision of the party (not to give tickets to his son and daughter), the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said," I am not slighted.Slighted is a word that somehow does not appeal to me."

Queried whether he is upset, mr. Singh replied, "I am shocked by what is in store for loyalty."

Reacting to mr. Singh's charge, Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said, "The philosophy of the party has its own rewards. I believe (that) working for the party and believing in its philosophy and principles have its own rewards."

Working for the party "is a reward in itself", she told reporters.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Priyanka pained at lack of basic amenities in Amethi<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Her family is King of Amethi, why she is surprised? How about checking her own neighborhood?
And this from Priyanka

Development not on opposition parties' agenda : Priyanka

Lashing out at opposition parties Congress'star campaigner Priyanaka Gandhi today said they do not have development on their agenda and are only indulging in vote and power politics.

"The opposition parties do not have development on their agenda. They are only indulging in vote and power politics, through which development cannot be achieved," Priyanka said addressing election meetings across the Amethi parliamentary constutituency to campaign for her brother Rahul Gandhi.

Claiming that Congress is the only party which has given priority to development, she said," Some persons are against the UPA government and are opposing it, but whatever the existing dispensation did was never done by any of the non- Congress governments. NREGA ensured 100 days'job to the people and loan waiver scheme helped thousands of farmers across the country."

Accusing in Uttar Pradesh Government of creating hurdles in the development of Amethi and Rae Bareli parliamentary constituencies, she said,"You all (people) know about the hurdles being created by the state government, as a result of which a number of institutes cannot be established here."

Drumming up support for the AICC General Secretary, Priyanka said,"I know that you all love Rahul a lot and he will win by a huge margin, but this is only possible when voting percentage increases. The vote percentage should increase from 47 per cent polled in last elections."

Priyanka who is on a whirlwind tour of Amethi constituency, slated to go to polls on April 23, is scheduled to hold a meeting with senior party functionaries, leaders and poll agents in the evening at Munshiganj guest house.

<b>Paswan struggles on home turf</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->What adds up to his trouble, is Muslim voters growing fascination with the Congress offering a so-called secular alternative against the LJP-RJD combination to the largest minority community this time along. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Kandahar issue angers family</b>

Nafisa Ali - She has Roman Catholic for her mother, and Muslim for her father. Yet she is wearing the 'pottu", sari & some necklace is dangling around her neck. She looks lovely :-) Awww.....if only looks could be the sole criteria.

SwamyG, She is said to have left the deen.

Op-Ed in Pioneer, 20 April 2009

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The man behind the mask

A Surya Prakash

As he comes to the end of his term as Prime Minister, <b>Mr Manmohan Singh has decided to serve up a daily dose of vitriol in order to convince the people of India that he is not a weak Prime Minister. </b>But, not everybody is taken in by his strident denunciations and what many regard as his unrighteous indignation. <b>How will history judge him, specially when it evaluates him through the prism of constitutionality and the rule of law?</b> Let us seek answers through the stories of four men — Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, Ottavio Quattrocchi and Mr Navin Chawla — and guess what future generations would make of his prime ministership.

The <b>Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry</b>, which investigated the anti-Sikh pogrom unleashed by the Congress following the assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi, has provided gory details of the large-scale massacre of members of a small religious minority by this party’s goons. The report <b>says that in all 2,732 Sikhs were killed in those riots — 2,146 in Delhi and 586 in some other towns in north India</b>. Thousands of others were grievously injured. <b>Congress supporters roamed the streets and torched every known Sikh establishment including factories, businesses, homes and motor vehicles.</b> But, how did the ‘secular’ Congress, which was at that time presided over by the ‘secular’ Rajiv Gandhi, respond in the face of this barbaric assault on the Sikh community?

The Nanavati Commission says that in Delhi, <b>just 587 First Information Reports were filed in police stations in respect of these incidents. Of them, 241 cases were filed as ‘untraced’ by the police and 253 cases ended in acquittals. The police obtained convictions in just 25 of the 587 cases!</b>

After <b>Justice Nanavati submitted his report in February, 2005</b>, the UPA Government headed by Mr Singh presented the mandatory ‘Action Taken’ Report to Parliament. In reality, it was a report on inaction and the irony is that it was presented by a Government headed by India’s first minority Prime Minister, and one who happened to be a Sikh. For example, when the commission said, “There is credible evidence against Shri Jagdish Tytler to the effect that very probably he had a hand in organising the attacks on Sikhs”, <b>Mr Singh’s Government </b>desperately clung to the words “very probably” and <b>said no person can be prosecuted simply on the basis of ‘probability’.</b>

Similarly, in respect of Sajjan Kumar, the commission concluded that “there is credible material” against him and that witnesses had accused him of inciting people to kill Sikhs and loot and destroy their properties. <b>Yet, Mr Singh silently watched as his party nominated Sajjan Kumar as a candidate for the ongoing Lok Sabha election.</b>

The Congress announced the party’s tickets to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar on March 22. The Prime Minister remained a passive spectator and even pretended that he was unaware of the clean chit that the Central Bureau of Investigation had given Tytler. Mr Singh’s shocking acquiescence to something so dreadful and unjust provoked a Sikh journalist to take the law into his hands. Eventually, this journalist’s ‘soleful’ riposte bestirred the soulless Congress and forced it to cancel their tickets. Yet, Mr Singh wants us to believe that he is a sensitive man; that he is a ‘secular’ man; and that he is not a weak Prime Minister!

Let us now turn to <b>Ottavio Quattrocchi, Ms Sonia Gandhi’s Italian friend who got a commission of $ 7.3 million when we bought field guns from Bofors for our Army.</b> The money first came to Quattrocchi’s Swiss Bank account and when non-Congress Governments began dredging up the truth, it was transferred to bank accounts in London. The National Democratic Alliance Government headed by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee moved the UK authorities and ensured that those accounts were frozen. <b>Mr Singh quietly unlocked Quattrocchi’s London bank accounts and ensured the Italian knocked off the commission.</b>

His Government also dragged its feet on Quattrocchi’s extradition after the latter’s arrest in Argentina. It even hid information about Quattrocchi’s bail from the Supreme Court. The CBI claimed that it had not been informed about it by the Foreign Office. So, while in Jagdish Tytler’s case Mr Singh claims that the CBI never told him that it was giving the man a clean chit, in the Quattrocchi Case, the CBI said it was kept in the dark by the Foreign Office.

However, Mr Singh would like us to believe that he is an honourable man; that the country’s defence establishment is safe in his hands; that under him, the rule of law prevails at all time; and he is only concerned about the ‘aam admi’ and not about 10 Janpath’s ‘khaas admi’!

The third example is that of Mr Navin Chawla, the Secretary to the Lt Governor of Delhi during the dreaded Emergency in 1975-77. Mr Chawla displayed fascist tendencies when he ordered the Superintendent of Tihar Jail to “bake” Mrs Indira Gandhi’s political opponents in cells with asbestos roofs. <b>The Shah Commission of Inquiry, which examined the systematic assault on democracy during the Emergency, said Mr Chawla had behaved in an “authoritarian and callous” manner.</b> It indicted him and two other officers and said, “They grossly misused their position and abused their powers in cynical disregard of the welfare of citizens and in the process rendered themselves <b>unfit to hold any public office which demands an attitude of fair play and consideration for others</b>.” In its concluding remarks on the conduct of Mr Chawla and other officers, the commission said, “...tyrants sprouted at all levels overnight — tyrants whose claim to authority was largely based on their proximity to power....”

<b>However, this very person, who was declared “unfit to hold any public office” and who was virtually described a tyrant by Justice Shah, was appointed as Election Commissioner by Mr Singh in 2005. Mr Chawla assumes the charge of Chief Election Commissioner this week.</b> Please note: Mr Singh is an honourable man; he is a man of character; and our democracy and our Constitution is safe in his hands!

So, how will history remember Mr Singh? As an honourable, ‘secular’ man as his shrill declamations would have us believe or as a Prime Minister who lacked the moral fibre to stand up for the Sikh community, of which he was himself a member? As a man who enforced the rule of law or as one who ducked responsibility to help the Italian friend of his mentor? Finally, will history remember him as a man who had deep respect for constitutional and democratic values or as one who sacrificed these values at the altar of political survival and admitted an unfit person to the sanctum sanctorum of democracy — the Election Commission ? Let us leave it to history.

Where is Volcker investigation ? Queen was directly involved.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Chiru helps TDP to sweep, Cong goes under</b>
Omer Farooq | Vijayawada
With only a day left for the second-phase electioneering to end for 140 Assembly and 20 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, the main <b>Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) seems to be breezing ahead of the ruling Congress in the crucial belt of East and West Godavari and Krishna districts of coastal Andhra.</b>

Just as the region is a mix of fertile delta and dry uplands,<b> it is also a melting pot of the Kammas, Kapus, Setti Balija and Scheduled Castes. </b>And its importance lies in the fact that it accounts for 50 Assembly and seven Lok Sabha seats. Though initially one thought the region would witness a clean sweep by Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) as he hails from West Godavari district which has pockets of concentration of his Kapu caste, the TDP’s surge looks certain now.

<b>The TDP owes its apparent gain to PRP’s dent into the traditional Kapu vote bank of the Congress. The TDP, which had a stronghold in the region but was routed by the Congress in 2004, now looks set for a comeback. The Congress wave here had helped it win 44 of the 50 Assembly seats.</b>

<b>Besides the caste factor, careful selection of candidates, anti-incumbency against sitting members, internal trouble in Congress and populist promises of Chandrababu Naidu — especially the cash transfer scheme — too have infiltrated the public mind.</b>
<b>It's raining 'crorepatis' in Karnataka's first phase polls</b>
<b>Kandahar hijack exposed former PM Vajpayee says Rahul Gandhi</b>

Last 30 terrorist attacks on India expose Congress , Sonia and Gandhi pariwar.
Death of Indira expose Gandhi-Congress rule.
Death of Rajeev expose VP singh and COngress.
J7K mess exposes Nehru-Gandhi family.

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