#1 Sharad Pawar keeps door ajar for Third Front
Expressing confidence that the UPA will retain power after the Lok Sabha elections, NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said he was not averse to the idea of cobbling together a government with the Third Front should the Centre's ruling alliance fall short of a majority. "There is no Third Front as on today. These type of situations develop after the elections and then some viable alternative does emerge," Pawar said.
#2 Rabia Baji: The woman challenging veteran Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar seat
Rabia Altaf, aka Rabia Baji, 47, will be contesting her maiden election against the National Conference's (NC) Farooq Abdullah, the PDP’s Tariq Hameed Qarra and 11 other candidates for Srinagar Parliamentary seat with a poll strength of 11,71,772.
#3 Is the development in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat all virtual?
Modi talks loftily of his commitment to decentralisation. This is audacious, coming from a man who has centralised political decision making and reduced his cabinet and the state legislature to toothless entities. This is ironic, coming from a man who has turned his political party into a one man show.
#4 Likes of Giriraj Singh, Pravin Togadia contradict Narendra Modi’s development pitch
With less than a month to go for the Lok Sabha elections to conclude and a possible Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, there is growing rhetoric from the Hindu right. While Modi is going around the country talking about the sins of the UPA government and the failure of the Indian National Congress in the last 65 years, his men and women are talking a different language.
#5 RSS pamphlet criticises UPA-II for 'appeasement of the minority'; appeals to Hindus to vote 100%
The Hindu nationalist group, Rashtriya Samajsevak Sangh (RSS) released pamphlets in Madhya Pradesh urging people to vote. The pamphlet, however, was decidedly in the vein of supporting the interests of the majority and criticises increasing appeasement of minority communities