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Bilaspur’s titanic clash: Stakes high for Jogi, Judev
Bilaspur, April 13
Here in Bilaspur, the fight is not between the Congress and the BJP. It’s a clash between the two most towering personalities of the state politics --- former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and former Union Minister Dilip Singh Judev.
Ajit Jogi
Ajit Jogi (His wife Renu Jogi is in the fray)
Dilip Singh Judev
Dilip Singh Judev

CPM’s bid to mobilise Muslim votes in Kasaragod
Kasaragod(Kerala), April 13
“One two, one two,” counts the sanghachalak (organisation secretary) as volunteers of the RSS do their morning exercises on the premises of the Mallikarjun temple in this town of Kerala.

Cliffhanger ahead, Lalu makes Saran his second home
Saran (Bihar), April 13
It is not expected from the politician of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s stature to spend so much time campaigning in one constituency, especially when he has an added responsibility of being a party chief. But in Saran, previously Chhapra, from here he is seeking a re-election, the Railways Minister is making an appearance almost every alternate day.


BSP eager to crack Gorakhpur nut
Kushinagar, April 13
The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party is desperate to open its account in the eastern-most Gorakhpur division where it does not hold a single of the six Lok Sabha seats.

A yogi, an actor and a don’s kid in fray
Gorakhpur, April 13
A saffron-clad yogi, who heads the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a Bhojpuri actor-cum-singer and a son of mafia don-turned-politician are the three main contenders for the Gorakhpur seat. While a vigilant Election Commission has curbed the flamboyant campaigning that this city has witnessed in the past, the three competing candidates are doing enough to stimulate the electoral scene in the city.

Khunti
BJP banks on Munda, Sahu votes
Khunti, April 13
Pappu Sahu is having a whale of a time these days in the Khunti Lok Sabha constituency. He is one of the 200-odd unemployed or semi-employed young men who own a motorcycle. Every morning he goes to the local petrol station and fills up 10 litres of petrol at the expense of the local BJP candidate, Karia Munda

Jammu-Poonch
Some food, water is all they want
Kotranka (Rajouri), April 13
Forget bigger issues, all this backward belt wants is some food in the ration depots and a bit of clean drinking water. “Most of the PDS stores are without rice, atta and kerosene for the past three months. People are being forced to buy essential commodities from the open market at double the price,” rues Mohammad Bashir Kalotra of Kotranka.





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Bilaspur’s titanic clash: Stakes high for Jogi, Judev
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Bilaspur, April 13
Here in Bilaspur, the fight is not between the Congress and the BJP. It’s a clash between the two most towering personalities of the state politics --- former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and former Union Minister Dilip Singh Judev. The official Congress candidate may be Jogi’s wife Renu Jogi, but the newly unreserved Bilaspur seat has become a fresh reason for the two political rivals to settle old scores, thereby making the constituency more than merely another Lok Sabha seat.

It is said the controversial sting operation of Judev, wherein he was allegedly caught accepting wads of currency notes, was ‘engineered’ by Jogi on the eve of 2003 Assembly elections. Despite his health conditions, Jogi is taking his job as the star campaigner of the Congress very seriously. He tries to address as many public meetings in Bilaspur, while his wife concentrates in rural areas. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is also visiting Chhatisgarh in to campaign for Renu Jogi on April 14. In the meantime, Renu’s one-man Army is holding the fort, not taking any chances as he takes digs at the “outsider Judev” in public meetings.

“Mehndi ka rang aur pardesi ka sang jyada din nahin rehta,” he said to a responsive crowd gathered in Budhwari bazaar, late evening on Sunday, in chaste Chattisgarhi before proceeding for yet another meeting in his specially designed ambulance.

“She is your daughter, daughter-in-law, aunt…To ensure that she wins is the question of your dignity,” he further appealed to the electorate. Renu explains why the “outsider” issue is important to highlight.

“He (Judev) has done it earlier as well, won Lok Sabha seats and abandoned them later. I am born and brought up in Bilaspur. I want to do many things for the constituency…Jogi ki Jogan hoon main,” she asserts.

It is her dedication to an ailing husband, which is earning her brownie points, especially in the rural areas. Besides she is also banking on the Satnamis and minorities to help her sail through.

In contrast, Judev, the most prominent face of Hindutva in the state, is concentrating on the conversion issue. Even though the general belief is that “conversion” may not work as a poll plank, as it is not much of an issue in Bilaspur unlike his native place Jashpur in the adjacent Raigarh constituency, Judev doesn’t think so.

“Conversion is a bigger issue here,” he says. Judev, who used the “outsider issue” in the Kharsiya byelection 30 years ago, does not think that a distance of 400 km between Bilaspur and Jashpur will make any difference to people here. His contention is that if people from outside the country can fight elections, it is well within his right to contest from his own state. “If someone born in Italy can contest in India, why can’t Judev, a native of Chhatsigarh, contest from anywhere in state,” he questions.

The BJP is firmly backing Judev. CM Raman Singh has already conducted two road shows here. Apart from top party leaders Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate LK Advani landed in Takhatpur in Judev’s support on Saturday. Though it is another matter that Judev skipped Advani’s rally, raising many eyebrows within his party.

In all, the fight is close. BJP cadres say the Congress has a good chance of winning and the Congressmen vice-versa. Whoever wins, it will be not be a margin of lakhs but maybe a few thousand votes. The fact is the outcome of Bilaspur seat may not just affect the two candidates but also end up deciding the future of their parties in the state. If Judev wins, it could mean the end of not just Ajit Jogi’s political ambitions but also of the Congress in the state.

And if Renu wins, it will be a direct slap on the face of Judev. In this nail-biting fight, adding to the spice are people on both sides who would love to see their candidates loose.

“There are enough kamal-chaap Congressmen and haath-chaap BJP-men, who would prefer to see their candidates loose,” quip poll pundits here.

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CPM’s bid to mobilise Muslim votes in Kasaragod
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Kasaragod(Kerala), April 13
“One two, one two,” counts the sanghachalak (organisation secretary) as volunteers of the RSS do their morning exercises on the premises of the Mallikarjun temple in this town of Kerala.

“Only when Hindus face an attack, we step in to defend them”, Dinesh, the sanghachalak, aged about 60, told this reporter during an interview at the temple.

Communal tension is a permanent feature of this constituency where a three-cornered contest involving the CPM-led Left Democratic Front, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the BJP is under way for the Lok Sabha poll on April 16.

A year ago, on April 14, 2008, communal clashes had broken out in Kasaragod town leading to loss of the lives of four persons.

“Besides the local police, we have requisitioned additional forces from Karnataka to thwart attempts by anyone to create a law and order problem during the elections”, Ramdas Pothan, SP, Kasargod district, said.

Ironically, this communally charged parliamentary constituency has always remained a stronghold of the CPM. It was represented on three occasions by the legendary Communist leader A K Gopalan (AKG). P Karunakaran, son- in-law of AKG, won the elections from the constituency in 2004 and this time again he has been given the ticket by the party.

“Communal forces are strong in the Kasaragod and Manjeshwar assembly segments. It is, however, not so in the five remaining segments of the Kasaragod Lok Sabha seat,” K Balakrishnan, CPM leader and LDF secretary of the Kasaragod assembly segment, said.

The Congress has once again fielded a Muslim candidate from the seat, who is also the only woman candidate fielded by the UDF this time in Kerala.

The CPM, on the other hand, is hoping to mobilise the Muslim votes, who count for more than 30 per cent of the electorate, with the help of its newfound allies, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Indian National League (INL).

While the PDP is suspected to have terrorist links, the INL was formed by Muslim leaders who were not satisfied with the allegedly conciliatory policies followed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) after the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

The CPM’s tie-up with the PDP in particular has raised a lot of hue and cry against the party in Kerala.

Party supremo Prakash Karat recently tried to wriggle out of the crisis by saying that the PDP was voluntarily offering support to the LDF without being asked by the latter.

However, posters circulated by the CPM in Kasargod clearly pronounce that P Karunakaran is the PDP and INL- supported LDF candidate.

“Only in Kasargod they are openly proclaiming the support of the PDP,” Cherkalam Abdulla, IUML leader and UDF convener for the Kasaragod Lok Sabha segment, said. CPM leader Balakrishnan said the alliance with the PDP was being advertised here because the PDP had a good following in the area.

The BJP had polled more than one lakh votes in Kasaragod in the last Lok Sabha elections.

This time the BJP has fielded Surendran, a leader of the youth wing of the party, and is hoping to better its performance. The RSS, under the platform Jagrata Matadarara Vedike, is actively campaigning for the BJP nominee.

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Cliffhanger ahead, Lalu makes Saran his second home
Sanjay Singh
Tribune News Service

Saran (Bihar), April 13
It is not expected from the politician of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s stature to spend so much time campaigning in one constituency, especially when he has an added responsibility of being a party chief. But in Saran, previously Chhapra, from here he is seeking a re-election, the Railways Minister is making an appearance almost every alternate day.

Lalu addressed 13 election meetings in his constituency on Saturday and four on Sunday. He is scheduled to address some more before the campaigning ends on Tuesday (April 15). This is in addition to many such meetings and road shows he has held earlier in the area ever since he filed his nomination papers. His spouse and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi is also out attending scores of rallies, seeking votes for her husband. The fact that the powerful couple of Bihar is virtually camping in Saran is a clear indication of the tough battle, which is on for this important Lok Sabha seat. This is the fourth time Lalu is in the fray from here. He had won the seat in 1977 as the Janata Party nominee and lost it in 1980. But he won from here again in 1989 as the Janata Dal candidate but had to quit following his appointment as Bihar CM in 1990. Lalu came back to this constituency in 2004 and defeated BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy by a margin of around 52,000 votes. Rudy had represented the seat twice earlier (1998 and 2000). Lalu and Rudy have locked their horns once again and both are trying their

best to woo Yadavs and Rajputs, their respective caste men. The Yadavs with about 2.70 lakh voters and the Rajputs ( 2.50 lakh) are the two dominating castes in Saran. With both these caste voters strongly

polarized, the poll outcome would depend on the alignment of Muslims (60,000 votes), upper-caste Bhumihars (70,000), Brahmins (60,000), Kurmis-Koeris (60,000) and the Scheduled Castes ( 90,000). As the BSP has fielded a Muslim candidate, Salim Parvez in the fray and Mayawati found time to address an election meeting at Saran, the RJD is quite apprehensive of getting these votes intact. An MLA from Marhaura Assembly segment Lal Babu Yadav is also contesting the Lok Sabha polls as an Independent. Known for his good integrity, Lal Babu is bound to make a dent in the Yadav votes at least in his assembly constituency that may cost Lalu dearly.

On his part, the Railway Minister and his men are making all efforts to win over Rajputs by promising jobs or contracts for civil work to them in the upcoming railway projects in Saran. If the RJD succeeds in splitting the Rajput votes, Lalu can retain the seat easily or else it will be another Madhepura where he lost to Sharad Yadav even during his hey days.

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BSP eager to crack Gorakhpur nut
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Kushinagar, April 13
The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party is desperate to open its account in the eastern-most Gorakhpur division where it does not hold a single of the six Lok Sabha seats.

As an incentive to this backward region, the party is offering an independent Purvanchal state if voted to power at the Centre. The Gorakhpur division has six parliamentary seats of Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon and Salempur. Two out of six are with the BJP, two with the SP and one each with the Congress and Baleshwar Yadav of National Loktantrik Party (NLP), who has since joined the Congress.

From drawing a complete blank in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the BSP had managed to win eight of the 28 Assembly seats in 2007. At stake this time is the reputation of the party’s state president Swami Prasad Maurya, who has been shifted from his home district of Rae Bareli to contest from the newly created seat of Kushinagar.

The party has risked the reputation of such a senior party leader in Kushinagar where it did not win even one of the six Assembly seats in 2007.

Adding to Maurya’s trouble is the strong presence of Congress candidate RPN Singh, who is from the erstwhile royal family of Padrauna and is also the sitting MLA from Padrauna. He is the son of former Congress stalwart CPN Singh.

What is giving the BSP candidate nightmares is the fact that Singh and sitting MP Baleshwar Yadav are together this time. In 2004, Singh had narrowly lost this seat by 8,422 votes to Yadav. After recently joining the Congress, Yadav is contesting from the neighbouring Deoria seat and almost the entire 8 per cent of Yadav have put their might behind Singh.

“Kunwarji with a clean image has a loyal following. If Baleshwar can repeat the Yadav magic of 2004, Kunwarji can win hands down with a bit of support from Muslims, who form roughly 17 per cent of the voters, points out an observer.

The constituency is believed to have around 18 per cent Brahmins, 17 per cent Muslims, 7 per cent Dalits and a sizable number of (40 per cent) the OBC votes. The BSP is banking on the OBC, Brahmin, Muslim and the Dalit votes. However, both the SP and the BJP have fielded Brahmin candidates that are expected to split the Brahmin votes. Interestingly, one of the most backward districts, which has remained in news due to starvation deaths among the Musahars (rat eating Dalit community) and closure of sugar mills, does not figure in any of the parties’ agenda.

“We had hoped that some candidate would take up the local issues of this area or at least speak of them in their meetings. Disappointed, we have put our might behind the Congress candidate as he at least has a clean image and is not using money to woo voters,” said Keshav Chand Bairagi, convener of the National Alliance of Peoples Movement.

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A yogi, an actor and a don’s kid in fray
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Gorakhpur, April 13
A saffron-clad yogi, who heads the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a Bhojpuri actor-cum-singer and a son of mafia don-turned-politician are the three main contenders for the Gorakhpur seat. While a vigilant Election Commission has curbed the flamboyant campaigning that this city has witnessed in the past, the three competing candidates are doing enough to stimulate the electoral scene in the city.

The heir to the much-revered Goraksh Peeth, 37-year-old Yogi Adityanath is trying for his fourth consecutive term to the Lok Sabha. Members of his youth brigade, wearing orange bandanas march the streets of the temple city chanting the dreaded refrain: “Yadi Purvanchal mein rehna hai to yogi-yogi kehna hai”.

Yogi, who is not even a member of the BJP, has managed party tickets for four close associates in Purvanchanl region. They are the candidates from Kushinagar, Bansgaon, Sant Kabir Nagar and Basti.

While his word is command for a large section in the region, his clout visibly reduced during the last term. Publicly breaking down in the Lok Sabha after being arrested for inciting communal violence in Gorakhpur in 2007 is an act that has evidently not gone down too well with voters. Aware of the situation this time, Yogi is talking of development and is even distributing a booklet entitled “Hindutva aur Vikas ke Preta” which lists his contribution to not just strengthening of Hindutva but also development of the region.

Meanwhile, another popular candidate among the masses is SP candidate Manoj Tiwari, whose Bhojpuri film “Sasura Bada Paisewala” revived the Bhojpuri film industry. As the news of his scheduled meeting spreads, youngsters, women and children run to catch a glimpse of him.

The party is hopeful and has already unleashed its high-profile glamour brigade, including Sanjay Dutt, Jaya Bachchan, Jaya Prada and Amar Singh, to address meetings in the constituency.

Every vote that Manoj Tiwari gains is believed to be making the victory of the richest candidate in the race, Vinay Shankar Tiwari of the BSP, much more difficult.

Vinay Tiwari is the son of the legendary mafia don-turned-politician Hari Shankar Tiwari, whose name was once almost synonymous with criminals in politics. He was instrumental in turning Gorakhpur into the crime capital of the country.The younger Tiwari made an unimpressive political debut two years ago when as a BSP candidate he lost to the son of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar in Ballia. Desperate to find a toehold in the campaign, Vinay Tiwari is trying hard to play the Dalit-Brahmin caste card to wean away a section of Brahmins, who form 10 per cent of the voters. He is also claiming to be the only “local candidate”.

Even Yogi, the three-time MP, is originally from Garhwal while Manoj Tiwari hails from Bihar.

Congress candidate Lalchand Nishad is a one-time MLA from Kauri Ram Assembly constituency in Gorakhpur. He is not even being considered as a serious contender in the race.

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Khunti
BJP banks on Munda, Sahu votes
Faraz Ahmad
Tribune News Service

Khunti, April 13
Pappu Sahu is having a whale of a time these days in the Khunti Lok Sabha constituency. He is one of the 200-odd unemployed or semi-employed young men who own a motorcycle. Every morning he goes to the local petrol station and fills up 10 litres of petrol at the expense of the local BJP candidate, Karia Munda. Every day he does a couple of rounds of one or the other areas in the Khunti constituency in groups of 10 or 20 motorcycles flying the BJP flag. For this he gets three meals a day or cash compensation, which he prefers, and Rs 250 at the end of the day.

In between, if time permits, he goes across to the camp offices of rivals Nishikant Horo of the Jharkhand Party or Theodore Kedo of the JVM and two times for them as well because Pappu Sahu is no regular BJP worker. He is just a hired help. The other day when Sonia had come to Khunti, Pappu and his comrades were speeding around the town flying the Congress flag.

Suresh Ram of the Jharkhand Party says: “We also pay and give free meals. But we are not cash rich like the BJP. We make payments at the end of the week and much smaller. Munda has better resources; he has been MP for five terms and two terms he was a minister.”

Back to the story of Pappu Sahu. He hopes to accumulate Rs 10,000 before April 16, when the polling takes place. But whatever may be the reason, Khunti is one of the rare places where the BJP presence is visible all over. Of all the big names in the BJP, Munda has chosen Narendra Modi and Modi alone to campaign for him. This is a constituency where he has depended since 1989 on his Munda tribals and 12-15 per cent Sahu votes to see him through against an overwhelming but badly fractured Christian tribal population. There are, therefore, no guesses why of all the people Modi has been chosen to address a public rally here.

For the rest he has depended so far on the star power of Hema Malini and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Over all these years Karia Munda seems to have lost credibility with the masses here because there is a widespread feeling that this two-time minister has done precious little for Khunti’s development. The only saving grace for him is he seems to shine in comparison to sitting Congress MP Sushila Kerketta who “did not once show up after being elected. She was not even present at Sonia Gandhi’s rally here,” says Mahesh Pathak of the JVM. “That is why we replaced her,” says a Congress worker denying the anti-incumbency factor against Congress candidate Niel Tirkay.

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Jammu-Poonch
Some food, water is all they want
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Kotranka (Rajouri), April 13
Forget bigger issues, all this backward belt wants is some food in the ration depots and a bit of clean drinking water. “Most of the PDS stores are without rice, atta and kerosene for the past three months. People are being forced to buy essential commodities from the open market at double the price,” rues Mohammad Bashir Kalotra of Kotranka.

The area considered backward and poor is totally dependent on agriculture, which is the mainstay of people’s income. But there is no fertilizer or seeds available even in the current sowing season. Villages like Jaglanu, Mohra, Kandi, Khaz Mohra and Panthol have no electricity or piped water.

Tall political promises and subsequent apathy have only made the people, majority of whom are tribals belonging to Gujjar and Bakerwal community, bitter and disillusioned with the elections.

Says Kalotra, who has been associated with the NC in the past: “I have worked with them and know how conceited they are. The sitting MP has never visited this town. People will still vote either for him or one of his rivals. But it will not change anything.”

Thirty-one year old Rakesh Bhalla just wants a doctor at the local hospital. “In case of any medical emergency, we have to go all the way to Rajouri,” he says.

To add to the woes of the locals, the bridge over the Samote Nullah has been under construction for over five years, forcing people to wade through knee- deep water if they want to travel to Buddhal.

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War of words

We are in greater danger from people inside than from foreign terrorists entering India

— Sonia Gandhi

She does not know the history of her own party. This is slander. She should apologise for this statement.

— LK Advani

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Poll buzz
Boycott call

CHHINDWARA (MP): More than 30,000 voters in as many as 32 villages of this district in Madhya Pradesh have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections after these areas allegedly submerged in the waters of the Pench river thermal power project here. “People of 32 villages have come under submersion in the waters of Pench Project have decided to boycott the polls and we are going to take a pledge in this regard on Tuesday,” Kisan Sangarsh Samiti leader Aradhana Bhargava said. — PTI

Vaiko channel

VIRUDHUNAGAR (TN): MDMK leader Vaiko has said his party will launch its TV channel by year-end. Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, he said a resolution to this effect had been passed at the party’s executive committee meeting. He said he would contest the Lok Sabha elections undeterred by the case filed against him and “threat” to arrest him. — PTI

Web images

KOLKATA: For the first time in India’s electoral history, an album containing “interesting” snaps taken during polling in West Bengal will be prepared and uploaded on the Internet. “We need to capture interesting events during the course of the general election in West Bengal by digital cameras. I’d advise all ROs/DEOs to assign a creative person with a digital camera to capture such events,” West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Debasish Sen said in a post in his blog. — PTI

Leader attacked

GODDA: The BJP candidate from Godda Lok Sabha seat, Nishikant Dubey, on Monday suffered head injuries when supporters of a rival candidate allegedly attacked him at Bora village in Godda district. — PTI

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Voter’s guide

Can a candidate sponsored by a registered unrecognised political party or a candidate contesting as an Indpendent choose any of the free symbols specified in the list of free symbols?

Yes. For the purpose, such a candidate may choose three free symbols from the list, in order of preference, and mention the same in his nomination paper.

Can a friend of a candidate incur expenditure on promoting his election without his approval?

Expenditure exceeding Rs 10 incurred on the promotion of the election without the approval of the candidate is punishable.

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Pollscape
Repair job

The ground hasn’t slipped beneath their feet. But with Mumbai’s most popular venue for rallies - Shivaji Park - closing down for repairs next week, many parties are sure feeling a tad lost. While the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party had their rally there last week, followed by the Bahujan Samj Party (BSP), others are feeling left out. The timing is especially bad as the Mumbai-Thane elections are due in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections. — IANS

Gastro gains

As far as serving good food at press conferences goes, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is certainly making its presence felt in Uttar Pradesh. While a cup of tea is a norm at press briefings addressed by local party leaders, soft drinks along with sandwiches and sweets are always offered to journalists after meetings addressed by central-level leaders. This was evident when BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi arrived at the party’s office in Lucknow. “Even if we are not informed about the leader, who will address the media, by seeing the refreshments we can easily tell whether the leader is of local or national stature,” said a journalist. — IANS

Animal assets

The Congress candidate from the Rajgarh Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh does not possess an SUV, car, jeep or even a motorcycle. He only has a bullock cart and his movable property includes 22 cows, four buffaloes and a pair of bullocks to power his cart. In his affidavit of assets and liabilities, Congress candidate Narayan Singh Amlaha has declared six hectares of agricultural land in his name and 2 hectares in his wife’s name as his immovable assets. He has two bank accounts but the balance in both of them adds up to only Rs 1,612. Amlaha, who wears a huge “paggad” (headgear) and dhoti-kurta, gives looks of a typical small farmer. This is his maiden entry into the electoral arena. He faces sitting BJP member Laxman Singh, who happens to be former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh’s younger brother. — TNS

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Bioscope

Actor and Congress candidate from Patna Saheb Shekhar Suman greets supporters at Patna airport on Monday.
Actor and Congress candidate from Patna Saheb Shekhar Suman greets supporters at Patna airport on Monday. — PTI
A roadside vendor, Balram Bari (43), prepares tea in New Delhi on Sunday. Bari, who has contested 14 elections so far, plans to contest the LS elections from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk seat as an Independent.
A roadside vendor, Balram Bari (43), prepares tea in New Delhi on Sunday. Bari, who has contested 14 elections so far, plans to contest the LS elections from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk seat as an Independent. — PTI
SP nominee Nafisa Ali rides a rickshaw while campaigning in Lucknow on Sunday.
SP nominee Nafisa Ali rides a rickshaw while campaigning in Lucknow on Sunday. — PTI

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