Priyanka defends her husband…
Reacting to allegations against her husband, Priyanka Gandhi said Robert Vadra was
being targeted for political reasons and asserted that her resolve to fight back would
increase with every attack by opponents.
Campaigning for her mother and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi in Uttar
Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, she said Vadra was being attacked by the Bharatiya Janata Party to
divert people’s attention from development issues to ‘meaningless talk’ and that the
‘truth’ about her husband will prevail.
Narendra Modi, had in his election rallies dared the Gandhi family to explain what he
described as a sensational leap in Vadra’s fortunes.
Other Opposition leaders — including Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal —
have alleged repeatedly that the Congress party government in Haryana bent the rules
to assign land deals to Vadra.
Taking a dig at Narendra Modi Priyanka warned against the concentration of power
in one person. ‘If all power is concentrated in the hands of one person, is it a good
thing? Or should people have power?’ she said.
Mukhtar Ansari back in the fray
Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who withdrew from the Lok Sabha contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi, will now be a candidate of his Quami Ekta Dal
in Ghosi, Uttar Pradesh.
Lodged in a jail in Agra since 2010 for his alleged role in the murder of a BJP legislator, Ansari lost to BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi in Varanasi in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.
Manmohan government weakened the Army: V K Singh
Former Indian Army chief and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the Ghaziabad
seat General V K Singh accused the Manmohan Singh government of making the army
weak in the 10 years of its rule.
Somnath Bharti beaten up in Varanasi
Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti was thrashed
allegedly by BJP supporters during the filming of a television show in Varanasi April 23.
‘I was invited to a television show where Modi supporters raised slogans and attacked
me... Has Modi already started his bloodshed one day before his nomination? Are his
supporters such violent people?” ANI quoted Bharti as saying after the assault.
Election commission admits to lapses
India’s Election Commission admitted to lapses in the election procedure and apologized to people for missing names in the voters’ list across the country.
‘I apologize firstly that such a large number of our Indian voters were unable to cast
their votes,’ Election Commissioner H S Brahma, said. ‘Once we declare the results we
will go for fresh enumeration. We have to find out how it has happened. I have not seen
this kind of massive operational mistake. I can’t understand how so many names can be
Rajasthan: Five photojournalists injured
Dausa in Rajasthan witnessed violence April 24, as it went to vote. According to
the police, five photojournalists were attacked by miscreants.
On hearing that some men were trying to rig the voting process, the photojournalists were on their way to the polling booth when stones were pelted at them and
two vehicles were also set ablaze.
8 killed in Maoist attack
Eight members of a polling team, including five policemen, were killed April 23,
when a bus carrying them hit a landmine planted by the Maoists in Jharkhand’s
Low turnout in Kashmir due to terrorist threat
Terror attacks on members of local village councils and politicians cast a shadow
on the election in the south Kashmir parliamentary constituency with few venturing out to vote.
Kashmiri separatist and terror groups had called for an election boycott in the
region. In the past elections, rural voters had ignored the boycott and voted in large
numbers. But this time fear reigned after three people were killed by terrorists just
four days ahead of the April 24 election.
Apex court orders audit of Kerala temple
India’s Supreme Court ordered former Comptroller and Auditor General
of India Vinod Rai to supervise a special audit of Kerala’s Sree Padmanabha
Swamy temple, which is facing charges
of financial irregularities.
Supreme Court to hear gay activists’ plea in open court
April 22, India’s Supreme Court
decided to hear in an open court the
curative petition filed by gay activists
and the Naz Foundation seeking to
cure the defects in its December 2013
judgment upholding the validity of
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code,
which recriminalizes homosexuality
between two consenting adults.
Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to stay in jail for now
India’s Supreme Court deferred the verdict in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and referred
the case to a larger Constitution Bench April 24.
The Constitution Bench will now decide whether the
Tamil Nadu government has the right to release all seven
life convicts in the assassination case.
The federal government had filed a petition challenging
Haryana’s biggest khap allows inter caste marriage
the Tamil Nadu government’s decision
to release the convicts.
Scripting history by bringing about
changes in the norms pertaining to
marriages, Hisar, Haryana’s biggest
khap panchayat (local village council)
gave a go-ahead to inter-caste marriages that have in the past triggered
bloody killings in the state and surrounding regions.
Center calls off trip over
China no to Arunachal youth
Days after Minister of State for Youth
Affairs Jitendra Singh lodged a strong-
ly worded protest on China’s pre-con-
dition that no youth from Arunachal
Pradesh should be included in an
Indian delegation visiting Beijing next
month, India decided to call off the
Sources said the trip was cancelled after Singh shot off a
letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, asking
him to cancel the trip unless China dropped the condition.
Peeved over Congress party
leader Captain Amarinder
Singh’s statement giving a
clean chit to Jagdish Tytler
— the party leader accused
in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
— scores of Sikh activists
held a demonstration outside the party office in New
Delhi, April 21.
As the protesters refused to
budge, the police resorted
to the use of water cannons
to disperse them. In an
interview to a television
news channel, Captain
Amarinder had said, ‘I was
the first one to reach Delhi
after riots started. When
did Tytler’s name come up?
It came up when he was
fighting Madan Lal Khurana
Villagers gather around the coffins of Ghulam Nabi Mir, a village council head, and his son Firdous
Ahmad Mir, who were killed by millitants in south of Srinagar, April 22.
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India Abroad May 2, 2014 A45 THE WEEK THAT WAS