MNS chief Raj Thackeray roots for Narendra Modi as PM and he sees himself as chief minister of Maharashtra one day soon. Raj has a Manhattan vision for Mumbai, one in which migrants from UP, Bihar and Jharkhand would be discouraged, and roads would be straight. He has a few cutting things to say about almost all Maharashtra leaders and his hero — apart from his uncle Balasaheb Thackeray — is a woman, Indira Gandhi. CP Surendran and S Balakrishnan met Maharashtra’s arguably most charismatic leader in his smoke-filled study at Shivaji Park.
A week from now as Mumbai goes to vote, the people in the city, in a first, will have the option to reject/disapprove of all the contesting candidates by opting for NOTA (None Of The Above). While the option will not have any direct impact on the outcome of the poll, it is already making a buzz in the city.
The bubble about Bangalore's educated and tech-savvy populace as well as its multi-faceted candidates burst in its face, when the city voted, or rather, when just over half of the city's voters cast their ballot for the 16th general election on Thursday.
Pune, Maval, Baramati and Shirur see an increased voter turnout, compared to the last elections.
Citizens turned out in large numbers to cast their vote in this highly sensitive mountainous district in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP candidate in Amethi, Smriti Irani, who is a member of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and one of the vice-presidents of the party, does her campaign rounds with a smile on her face and a stump speech. She tells that there are 1,350 villages in Rahul Gandhi's constituency and over a period of 10 years, he has not been able to bring assured electricity to any of them. She contrasts this with Narendra Modi. She says in Modi's constituency – that is, the whole of Gujarat – there are 18,000 villages and over the same 10 years he has provided 24x7 electricity.
Endorsing reports that there was a "strain" in the alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu today publicly expressed displeasure over the selection of candidates by the saffron party for the May 7 elections.