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Must Reads: Robert Vadra's model of development, BJP's Varanasi poll preparations and more

Monday, 28 April 2014 - 9:25am IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

#1 'Here comes the Robert Vadra model of development' says the BJP
Amid Gandhi family's attacks on Narendra Modi over the Gujarat model, BJP on Sunday hit back by bringing out a video and a booklet on alleged land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law by terming it as 'Robert Vadra model of development'.

#2 Mayawati's desperate electoral gambit to woo Muslims
Dalit leader Mayawati surprised many with her statement that Narendra Modi should have tried out his political might in Amethi "since he is a prime ministerial candidate like Rahul Gandhi". The next day, BSP watchers were even more intrigued as she slammed Baba Ramdev for his particularly offensive remarks against Rahul Gandhi.

#3 Six years later, Singur remains a key poll issue
Fear is the key where lies the ghost of Tata Motor's Nano plant off NH2. Not a soul could be seen anywhere near whatever remains of a promise to transform the rich agri-fields into an automobile hub. The dream died in 2008 but it still stinks at the graveyard. "Don't tell anybody you are from the Press. You could be in trouble," advised a portly built man who runs an eatery on the opposite side of the expressway.

#4 BJP deploys 32 thousand men across 1,650 booths in Varanasi
Modi's election office on Sighra Road is a multi-storeyed new building that has now been thrown open to party volunteers who will man the poll machinery of the candidate. The lift has just been installed to reach the third floor, computers are being fixed. Meanwhile, enthusiastic workers are scattered in the spacious halls and the footwear are piled high in the porch.

#5 Lok Sabha Elections 2014: A nightmare called election duty
Pratibha Naithani, professor of political science, St Xavier's College, who was assigned elections duty duting the Mumbai Lok Sabha elections narrates her harrowing experiences.

#6 Nitish Kumar to face heat of fairer sex on liquor shops in Bihar
According to a study conducted by Institute of Human Development, more than half of rural women were suffering domestic violence due to liquor. Nitish Kumar may have brought development to Bihar in terms of improved roads and electricity, but his underestimation of women power and their abhorrence towards liquor may cost him votes amongst fairer sex across the state.

#7 Backroom boys played an important role in BJP's election campaign
BJP managed to have one of the most successful election campaigns in the state as its backroom boys ensured prompt response and dissemination of information to the media as well as its leaders and booth-level committees. The backroom boys included office-bearers manning the media team, a campaign team and a call centre


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