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2009 -- India Election -
<b>Show of strength: NDA CMs to come together</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->NDA's largest ally, the JDU, the Assam Gana Parishad, Om Prakash Chautala's INLD, Ajit Singh's RLD, and NDA's oldest ally Shiv Sena will participate in the rally on Sunday.

The leaders who will be seen include, Narendra Modi, Nitsh Kumar, Shivraj Chauhan, Prakash Singh Badal, Raman Singh, Dhoomal, Khanduri, Yeddiyurappa.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>'If the BJP gets around 170 seats, it will be secular'</b>
twitter -

Manmohan Singh is speaking in Punjabi from prepared notes, this politician is definitely accidental


That was an uninspiring speech, TimesNow has cut him off saying "time to move on.." - sounds almost prophetic <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

<img src='http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090511/images/11varun.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />

Varun at a rally in Pilibhit on Saturday.

His campaign has been resonant with chants of <i><b>“biryani for (26/11 accused Ajmal) Kasab and roti-sabzi for Varun” (in the jails of Mumbai and Etah); fanciful tales of how he was “tortured”; and the “plot” three Muslim MLAs of Pilibhit hatched to “exterminate” Hindus.</b></i>

(Suggestions that the comparison with Kasab’s diet hardly made sense because Varun has been brought up as a vegetarian bring a furious response.)
link<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Satyapal Gangwar, who lost to Maneka in Pilibhit in 2004, said he dumped the Samajwadi Party to support the BJP. “I am Hindutva-minded and I hate Riaz. Even the Yadavs here are Hindutva-waadis and will reject Riaz because he’s a fundamentalist.”

Manu Kashyap, another Samajwadi who quit the party and set up the Revolutionary Army of Youths of former Samajwadis to campaign for Varun, said: “The moment I met Varun, I was convinced he was my leader.”

<b>In the BJP office, everybody assumes Varun has won. But the celebrations have to wait because the party’s preoccupation is to ensure a turnout of “at least 70 per cent” and a victory margin of three lakh.</b>

“He is the real Gandhi because he has not inherited the family’s legacy,” said Sunil Mishra, the city unit president.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>BJP ad to showcase NDA’s gaining strength</b>
PNS | New Delhi
The BJP will come out with a final print advertisement ahead of the last phase of polling to highlight its “strengthening” alliance and the various schemes it would launch if voted to power.

The advertisement, which will be splashed in newspapers on May 13 when the last phase of polling is to be held, will display the pictures of all the NDA leaders, including TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao. The campaign’s sign-off line is, “Sarkar wahi banaye, jo faisle kar paye (Choose a Government, which can take decisions).” The advertisement will be carried in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali to woo voters in 86 constituencies which go to poll on Wednesday<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>NDA pins hopes on Majha, Doaba</b>
Satinder Bains | Chandigarh
Alarmed over the huge voter turnout in the four seats that went to poll on May 7, the ruling NDA has now pinned all its hopes on the Majha and the Doaba regions of the State.

<b>Four seats went to poll on May 7 and the remaining nine seats will go to poll on Wednesday.</b>

<b>Of these nine seats, four are in Malwa region — Ludhiana, Faridkot, Anandpur Sahib and Fatehgarh Sahib. Three seats are in Majha, which include Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Khadoor Sahib and two are in Doaba which are Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur.</b>

In the last Assembly election, <b>the SAD-BJP alliance had lost most of the seats in Malwa region and had won most of the seats in Majha and Doaba areas</b>. The Dera Sacha Sauda, which has a huge following in Malwa, had supported the Congress in Assembly election and it’s believed that they are supporting the Congress in LS election also.

Problems in Majha and Doaba region bordering Pakistan are very different from rest of the State. <b>People in Majha and Doaba had voted for SAD-BJP alliance expecting development of the region</b>.

Both the Congress and SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab are making all out efforts to win over the voters in Majha and Doaba. Amritsar and Gurdaspur are two seats in Majha where the <b>BJP has fielded its candidates — Navjot Singh Sidhu and Vinod Khanna. The BJP is also contesting Hoshiarpur (reserve) seat in Doaba region and has nominated a retired bureaucrat Som Nath</b>.

The BJP had won all the three seats it contested in 2004. However, <b>it is struggling alone this time since the SAD is shy in helping BJP’s nominees. It is unlikely that the Sikhs would vote for the BJP and Hindus would support the SAD candidates.</b>

Navjot Sidhu is contesting against sitting Amritsar West MLA Om Parkash Soni and Vinod Khanna is pitted against former Minister Partap Singh Bajwa. Both the Congress candidates are considered heavyweights and winning the seats would not be easy for the BJP.
<!--emo&:whistle--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistle.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='whistle.gif' /><!--endemo--> Varunji, if you please

Business Standard / May 12, 2009, 0:56 IST

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar called up Varun Gandhi the other day and began, ‘Varun, dekho …’, only to be rudely interrupted. ‘Javadekar dekho’, Varun said, ‘jo aadmi aap ko akela pachas seatey jitwaney ja raha hai, usey kam sey kam jee laga ke boliye’ (Javadekar, since I’m going to win you 50 seats single-handedly, at least address me with some respect). A flabbergasted Javadekar put the phone down immediately.

American Embassy Lobbies Chiranjeevi.
Obama against China controlled Govt.
Why is he bad mouthing Pranab so much? I feel YSR faction or some other faction in Congress is paying this guy to leak some real information and some fake info to achieve something. Don't know what they want to achieve ..

Pranab has been at one time a prospective candidate. Look for any candidate for PM and find out who is pushing them and who is the backend group. After the Nuclear deal the US NRI have put themselves inside the ring to choose the govt. They dont want a Left supported govt or third front.
Karat is trying to introduce China into the mix and create lobby group to isolate the US lobby groups inside India. Pranab could bring left into the coalition.

Support base for Candidates:
<b>Pranab</b> - Some Business groups (Ambani) and some US NRI groups. US NRI EJ group. Gandhi supporters fear that he will take Congress back to nationalist congress groups away from NRI control.
<b>Mayawati</b> - Indian parties- Left parties and anti-US groups. Congress core groups is against Mayawati as PM. NRI congress group does not like her.
<b>MMS</b> - US NRI groups(Nuclear lobby), Large centrist parties in India. Lost the support of the Left and third front parties. Media lobby and EJ groups are behind his image.
<b>Karat</b> - Left parties and Third front parties who are opposed to MMS. Is trying to bring China into the lobby group to reduce the influence of US lobby groups inside the Indian politics.
<b>Lalu</b> - Support from some third front parties and some left parties. Is out of favor from MMS support group in India and US NRI groups. He has a support base in US NRI who consider him to be their agent for social engineering. US NRI - social engineering groups is very influential but is losing its appeal. US NRI EJ group.
<b>Paswan</b> - Some third front parties, Left parties and some shadow US NRI groups. US NRI EJ group. He is considered an agent for social engineering.
<b>LKA</b> - Nationalistic parties, US NRI groups which is separate from other NRI groups, some third front parties, regional parties. Opposed by US NRI EJ group and Indian secular groups, Left groups
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Sonia faces rout in TN</b>
Swati Das | Chennai
Flip-flops, price rise, internal feuds may upset Cong plans
The Congress is headed for rout in Tamil Nadu, which goes to poll on Wednesday. Of the 40 seats, including the lone Union Territory seat of Puducherry, the <b>Congress is expected to get just two to three seats</b>. In 2004, the Congress had all the 10 seats it contested, excluding Puducherry.

At stakes is the fate of some key persons — Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, MoS for Textiles EVKS Elangovan, MoS for Planning and Parliament affairs V Narayanasamy (Puducherry) and TNCC president K V Thangkabalu.

While Narayansamy is expected to sail through because of the strong Congress base, other Congress stalwarts in Tamil Nadu are riding a leaking boat. Chidambaram is finding the going tough, even with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s campaigning for him. If he wins, it would be by a slender margin.

Slightly better than Chidambaram is Tiruchy Mayor Sarubala R Thondaiman’s position, as both the DMK and Congress are strong in the constituency. She also had the benefit of both Rahul Gandhi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi campaigning for her. Another hope for the Congress is KS Alagiri in Cuddalore who is said to be doing well against AIADMK’s MC Sampath. However, Aiyar and Elangovan could be placed in the doubt list.

What has hit the Congress is the anti-incumbency factor. Inflation has affected every home and the cost of essential food items does not seem to reduce. Even on the eve of the election vegetable prices were scorching. The party tried to project the “success” of State and Central Government schemes. But they had no effect.

Lack of adequate development in the constituencies and factionalism in the party has also contributed to their lagging prospects. They are also no more in an alliance that has the numbers. The DMK-led alliance has lost the two Communist parties, MDMK and the PMK to AIADMK side. All said and done alliance arithmetic rules Tamil Nadu elections. Going by the number of alliance partners (and their vote share), AIADMK side seems to have a clear edge.

The confusion over Sonia Gandhi’s visit and Rahul Gandhi’s comment that Congress options were open for likeminded persons like Jayalalithaa again had a negative impact on the party’s prospects, though on Sunday Sonia and Karunanidhi tried to project a united front. Even the DMK would have to work hard.

Rice policy the State Government (Re 1 per kg) was eclipsed by the spiralling costs of other essential food items. The rice distributed under the Re 1 scheme, though well received, the quality remains poor in most areas. People land up spending Rs 25-40 a kilo for better rice, while the Re 1 rice get sold in black outside ration shops. Other issues include drinking water, sea erosion, infrastructure, tsunami relief and irregularities in implementation of Government schemes. The campaign seemed to be an extension of 2006 Assembly election. Money power played a key role.
<b>The BJP has formed an alliance with some smaller parties, while Vijayakant’s DMDK is fighting alone in all the 40 seats. The BJP is likely to pick up Kanyakumari seat and do well in Ramanathapuram.</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>NDA prospects lead to Sensex spurt by 475 points</b>

New Delhi: The Sensex witnessed <b>this year's second biggest rally on Tuesday on the prospects of NDA coming to power. According to latest projections, the alliance is expected to form the next Government which gave a boost to the sentiment on the market resulting in the Sensex spurting by 475 points.</b> Even though the market conditions were not conducive for the Sensex to gain in such a way due to the impact of the Asian markets facing slump and the weak IIP data, still the sentiment was upbeat. The Sensex opened in the negative but it rose by 475.04 points at 12,158.03, while Nifty also spurted by 126.50 points and closed at 3,681.10.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Arun Nehru estimates about 190 parliamentary seats to both the groupings.  Outlook estimates about175 seats to NDA and about 200 seats to UPA.  Swapan Dasgupta quotes others (an intelligence office and a pollster), “One IB estimate received late last night says BJP 147, Congress 139. This may explain the stream of overtures from the Congress to the Left.  A pollster whose conclusions are contrarian (but often accurate) says that of the 457 seats polled to date, the projections are: BJP 154 and allies 42, Congress 123 and (pre-poll allies) 24. This makes it NDA 196, UPA 147.”

Probably, NDTV said it best.  NDTV estimates highly elasticitiy.  For every 1 perecent change in the popular vote, there is likley to be a change in 20 parliamentary seats.  No surveys or estimates can honestly detect 2-3 percent changes in the popular vote — even in a very rigorous statistical measurement and estimation, a 2-3 percent standard error is very likely.
<!--QuoteBegin-Capt M Kumar+May 12 2009, 01:46 PM-->QUOTE(Capt M Kumar @ May 12 2009, 01:46 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--emo&:whistle--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistle.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='whistle.gif' /><!--endemo--> Varunji, if you please

Business Standard /  May 12, 2009, 0:56 IST

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar called up Varun Gandhi the other day and began, ‘Varun, dekho …’, only to be rudely interrupted. ‘Javadekar dekho’, Varun said, ‘jo aadmi aap ko akela pachas seatey jitwaney ja raha hai, usey kam sey kam jee laga ke boliye’ (Javadekar, since <b>I’m going to win you 50 seats single-handedly</b>, at least address me with some respect). A flabbergasted Javadekar put the phone down immediately.
I get a feeling that somebody is promoting Varun Gandhi. Certainly it is not BJP, but ignorant BJP supporters are falling for it.
<b>Jayaprada alleges harassment by UP govt</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Monday's raid on Jayaprada's hotel room was carried out after a complaint that being an outsider, Jayaprada could not stay in Rampur after 5 pm, as per orders.

The fresh raid comes just two days after five rooms hired by Jayaprada in a Rampur hotel were raided by the district administration.

Jayaprada's woes don't seem to be ending in her bitter showdown with SP co-founder and Rampur heavyweight Azam Khan, who protested her nomination. The tussle has snowballed into a major issue for the party with Azam Khan taking on party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and general secretary Amar Singh, who has threatened to quit the party.

<b>Azam's ultimatum to Jayaprada</b>
Azam Khan on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the SP Rampur candidate. "Jayaprada must apologise within 24 hours. If she doesn't apologise, I will file a case against her."
JayaPrada should run and protect her life.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->I get a feeling that somebody is promoting Varun Gandhi. Certainly it is not BJP, but ignorant BJP supporters are falling for it. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Varun is trying to win seat, without polarization it would have been impossible.
<b>Post-poll: Sonia will request big business for help</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> 
Highly placed sources in the party say Congress President Sonia Gandhi [Images] will request big business's help to win friends and install a Congress-led government at the Centre.

Congress sources say businessmen who enjoy a good relationship with Congress leaders and bureaucrats close to the party will be requested to tap their contacts in various political parties and establish a basis for a dialogue by which an understanding can be reached in the post results scenario.

The two men orchestrating this Sonia initiative, the sources claim, are a high profile minister, who is currently contesting a tough re-election, and an influential economist-bureaucrat, both of whom have an impressive list of businessmen contacts.

<b>Sources claim the list of likely businessmen may include Reliance Industries [Get Quote] Chairman Mukesh Ambani [Images], Infosys [Get Quote] Chairman N R Narayana Murthy [Images], HCL [Get Quote] Chairman Shiv Nadar, Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata [Images], among others. It is unclear and uncertain if any of these businessmen will collaborate with the Congress in achieving its political ambitions.</b>

<b>Congress sources say once such groundwork is done, the political operators will take over. The level of confidence at 10 Janpath, Sonia Gandhi's home and the hub of the Congress party, the sources add, is "very high." Irrespective of whether the Congress emerges as the single largest party or not, every effort will be made to cobble together the numbers and ensure that Dr Manmohan Singh </b>[Images] remains India's prime minister.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Now all corrupt , chor will get together and go against public will, what a game plan. Industralist will buy parties to install Hijra government. This woman had made Indian Consitution as Hijra and will assemble murderers, dacoits, rapist as ministers and use Indian Embassies to protect her assests. India will be Banana Republic.
<!--emo&:bhappy--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/b_woot.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='b_woot.gif' /><!--endemo--> There is a clear NDA sweep in Bihar, according to the exit polls by Times Now. The ruling JD(U)-BJP alliance is projected to win 29 out of 40 seats, with the RJD-LJP combine trailing with six seats and Congress with a mere three seats.

In Andhra Pradesh, the exit poll shows the Telugu Desam Party and Telengana Rashtra Samithi bagging 20 out of 49 seats. Congress is projected to win 15 seats and the Praja Rajyam Party of Chiranjeevi four seats.

<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+May 13 2009, 11:45 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ May 13 2009, 11:45 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Post-poll: Sonia will request big business for help<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--> 

Last time the Reliance chairman came to her even before poll results were announced. It seems to be the other way around this time..
<b>Exit polls predict slender Cong advantage</b>
No info on margin of error %
Andhra assembly exit poll - TDP: 136 TRS: 22 INC: 75 PRP: 39
India Elections 2009 Exit Poll: Karnataka projections -Cong - 9, BJP - 16, JDS - 3
star news projection for delhi: congress 5, bjp 2.
times now projection of 15 for congress, 15 TDP, 5 trs, 4 prp and remaining left and mim
times now projection for rajasthan: congress 13, up 9, bjp 10, down 11
now projection for assam: congress 5, bjp 4, agp 4
times now projection for gujarat: bjp 19, up 5, congress 7, down 5
times now projection for rajasthan: congress 13, up 9, bjp 10, down 11
Bihar: JDU-19, BJP-13, RJD-6, Cong-2
Madhya Pradesh: BJP: 23, Cong: 6
Maharashtra: NDA: 25, UPA: 21

Lokmat Newspaper Exit Poll

NDA 210
UPA 160
Here comes corruption.
Now congress will buy Members of Parliament.
This is new Banana Republic of Corrupt India.

<b>Ambanis come calling on leaders as election ends</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->NEW DELHI: Ambani brothers on Wednesday moved in the political circles on the last day of elections to the 15th Lok Sabha, meeting senior leaders  from parties that were either part of or supported the UPA government.

<b>Anil Ambani is believed to have called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence after meeting Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh, his elder brother Mukesh is believed to have met senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel</b>.

<b>Mukesh is also understood to have called on senior RJD leader and Corporate Affairs Minister Prem Chand Gupta</b>.

Details of the meetings could not be obtained and when contacted, spokespersons of both Reliance Industries and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group declined to comment. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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