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7 Must Reads: Narendra Modi targets Mamata Banerjee, Rupee favourable to BJP and more

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 9:09am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

#1 Narendra Modi questioned Elections Commission's impartiality, targeted Mamata Banerjee, Bangladeshi migrants
After being accused by the Election Commission of violating code of conduct, Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that the poll regulator was not acting impartially turning a blind eye to widespread rigging of polls in West Bengal, Bihar and western Uttar Pradesh on April 30.

#2 Rupee shows positive upward gains during BJP government's tenure
The rupee seems to be in love with the BJP, or at least the trends suggest so. In the last 18 years, spanning six Lok Sabha elections in the country, the rupee went into a tailspin against the dollar, registering about 4 per cent depreciation whenever a Congress or non-BJP government came to power

#3 Shiv Sena attempts to whitewash anti-Gujarati criticism by party mouthpiece Saamna
Choosing to rub it in even after Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray washed his hands off an editorial in the party organ Saamna attacking the Gujarati community, the newspaper front-paged a statement by Yuva Sena chief and Uddhav's son Aaditya claiming that the editorial's meaning was "completely misconstrued and twisted" by some in the media with "wrong translations."

#4 BJP evokes Vajpayee as campaign heats up in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
The Modi electoral bandwagon has now stormed its way into the crucial and utterly under-developed east UP region. Elections for 33 seats in this region are to be held in two phases on May 7 and 12. These seats include Amethi (Rahul Gandhi) and Varanasi from where Modi is contesting.

#5 Manmohan Singh personally monitors Assam situation as locals claim 35 victims are missing
Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, had summoned top security officials, including the National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, to find ways to prevent the escalation of violence. Official sources here said 25 companies of the police and central paramilitary forces had been deployed to Kokrajhar, Baksa and Chirang districts falling under Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

#6 Lalu Prasad Yadav returns to Bihar’s centre by reaping benefits of split between JD(U) and BJP
Given the nature of Bihar politics, it is no surprise that the development agenda, the focus of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Janata Dal (United) Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, should get short shrift and pitchfork that old helmsman of caste politics, Lalu Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal to the centre-stage in the current Lok Sabha polls.

#7 dna edit: The spectre of Third Front haunts BJP
When a Congress leader hints at the possibility of his party supporting a Third Front — which in Indian political parlance means a non-BJP, non-Congress formation — to keep the BJP out, and the BJP responds by dismissing the Third Front as a “failed idea” and as a “charter for chaos”, it is becomes evident that what is at work is psychological war between two big parties.

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