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5 Must Reads: Arvind Kejriwal gives Narendra Modi a tough time in Varanasi, TRS offers support to UPA, and more

Saturday, 10 May 2014 - 12:52pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

#1 How Arvind Kejriwal is giving Narendra Modi a tough time in Varanasi
Two ambitious men, Kejriwal and Modi, have stamped their presence on the holy city of Varanasi over the past two months in their own way. The biggest difference between the two campaigns has been the money power. In this regard, it is a David versus Goliath scenario.

#2 Final TRS offers support to UPA if Rahul Gandhi is prime minister
After spurning an alliance and merger with the Congress, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao offered support to Congress-led UPA government with Rahul Gandhi as the prime minister. However, if that were not to happen, he said, the support would be extended to Third Front.

#3 What happens if Narendra Modi is restricted to meagre 175 seats
For the last few months, they have been living out this dream through a slew of props, such as 'Mission 272' badges, caps, and a website — Mission 272+. Now that eight crucial phases of the general elections have taken place, the discourse is gradually shifting to the number of seats the party will win.

#4 Why BJP might have got it wrong by attacking Varanasi's popular DM Pranjal Yadav
Even as he faces the BJP's wrath for putting curbs on its leader Narendra Modi's election campaign, Pranjal Yadav, the young IIT-educated district magistrate of Varanasi, remains a local hero.

#5 Open letter to the next PM: Defence preparedness crucial for the next government
The last four years have also seen a serious erosion of our defence potential, despite the emergence of an assertive and militarily powerful China. With serious shortcomings in the power and infrastructure sectors and worldwide belief that the environment in India is not business friendly, the new Government will have to focus primary attention on removing bottlenecks to business, investment and growth.


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