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April 28, 2004

'Man, look at the stockmarkets performing!'
Zayed Khan, star of Main Hoon Na, on Election 2004.

April 27, 2004

What is Sonia saving Rahul, Priyanka for?
If the children campaign extensively, the Congress high command thinks the BJP may get some more ammunition.

Web Monitor: Indian National Congress
The web site mentions that the Congress is the largest democratic party in the world, very informative since many people are under the impression that it is a private firm run by the descendants of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

April 26, 2004

A Journey to Pawarland
Saheb will address his famous last-day, last hour rally in Baramati. This is the only time he spends campaigning in his constituency.

'If the nation feels good, you feel good'
'We should allow our President to rule us. If India comes under his rule, we will reach greater heights,' says Tamil star Prashant.

April 24, 2004

'If people die, who will vote?'
On the campaign trail with Vajpayee favourite Suresh Prabhu.

April 23, 2004

Film producer vs power producer
Aswini Dutt Chalasani takes on Lakdapati Rajagopal in a keen contest in Vijayawada.

Helicopters: Modern-day chariots
Every political party that expects to win more than a handful of seats has at least one helicopter at its disposal.

April 22, 2004

Dynasty on the Road
George Iype caught up with the Gandhi children in Amethi and Rae Barerli.

17,000 weddings in Delhi today
Virender Sehwag and his bride-to-be are among the 17,000 couples set to tie the knot.

Notes from the heart of Naxalite country
In Parakal the police are engaged in a war of attrition with the Maoist rebels.

Up close and personal with Uddhav Thackeray
Meet the man who could be Maharashtra's next chief minister.

Gandhi bastion is a sorry sight
'A rural area like Amethi cannot come up without political support. We lost it when the Congress lost power,' says an Amethi resident.

April 21, 2004

'Politics is not about goondas anymore'
Perizad Zorabian on why we must vote!

'I avoid making personal attacks'
Life on the campaign trail with Jayant Advani, L K's son.

'We don't need anything except voting cards'
They are a family of sorts. They live together in a cluster of rag-tag tin shacks.

April 20, 2004

Where Naxalites, not cops, rule
The two main candidates in Parkal assembly constituency in Andhra are linked to the police; in naxalite land, that could often mean a quick end.

'I carry Atalji's speeches'
Tulsi Bhabhi on the campaign trail.

This candidate is worth Rs 9,000 cr!
N Nimthungo of the little known Labour Party in Nagaland says he owns 15 sq km of land.

In Godhra, Muslims don't matter
'They are not going to vote for us, so why bother?' says the BJP. 'We know they can only vote for us,' says the Congress.

'Good PM, bad MP'
Many projects Vajpayee launched have either been abandoned or incomplete.

Congress idli or BJP dosa?
The feeling is that Karnataka will send a majority of BJP MPs, discovers M D Riti.

Irfan Pathan brings Hindus, Muslims closer
Residents are proud that one of their own played a key role in ensuring a thumping victory over Pakistan.

Sonia Makes a Pitch for Govinda
The star's devotion to the dynasty was apparent: 'I take the blessings of our coming prime minister Sonia Gandhi.'

Can this man defeat S M Krishna?
On Anant Nag's campaign trail.

BJP's nuts and bolts man
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has transformed the party into a lean, mean fighting machine.

'Stars are beauties without brains'
BJP leaders discover that stars have limited appeal among voters.

April 19, 2004

When Salman and Padma got married...
Images from the wedding!

Catch Ananth Kumar on the Net
Is all really fair in love, war and elections? This is a question posed at a discussion forum on Ananth Kumar's web site.

'There are more jobs in India now than in US'
'IT students like me hope to get good jobs because India is shining.'

Will Mukhya Mantri defeat the CM?
Can two movie stars surprise S M Krishna?

In the Heart of Saurashtra
There are three issues in Saurashtra: water, water, water!

April 16, 2004

BJP on the Net
The Bharat Uday link is cool, but...

'I respect politicians'
'I feel a bit upset about communal violence, as my father is Muslim and my mother Hindu.' Amaan Bangash on Election 2004.

The Atal Advantage
Blame it on the Bharatiya Janata Party. Blame his allies. They just did not want to let the prime minister take a well-deserved break.

Sonia's yagna!
And other tales from the campaign trail.

April 15, 2004

Sorry! 'Pak nationals' can't contest
Nuggets from the campaign trail.

Know the NCP
Will Sharad Pawar's party do better this time?

Who thought Hegde would lose?
The year was 1991 and the battle was for a Lok Sabha seat.

'They have not even asked for our votes'
A Kashmiri Pandit family speaks!

South India: World's suicide capital
Some 50,000 people in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry kill themselves every year.

Homage to a guru
Avinash Pasricha salutes Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra's memory.

April 14, 2004

Know the Telugu Desam Party
NTR's party has come a long way and is now a major player in national politics.

How many seats did the Shiv Sena win in 1999?
How much do you know about the Great Election Tamasha?

Will Naik dance to Govinda's tune?
Govinda is giving BJP workers sleepless nights.

'I don't think Soniaji is a foreigner'
'She should be given a chance to rule and show her mettle.'

The government is on holiday!
The main reason is the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct, which says ministers cannot combine official visits with electioneering.

April 13, 2004

Sonia, Up Close & Personal
What's the Congress president really like?

Guruji shaped the renaissance of Odissi
Sonal Mansingh remembers Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

The Woman Behind Ananth Kumar
Meet Tejaswini, whose commitment helped the man who could be Karnataka's next CM.

Sonia, Congress' only star
The party is facing a huge problem: the absence of second-rung leaders to campaign.

April 12, 2004

'Guruji never knew he was great'
Padma Subramaniam cherishes her long association with Odissi dance guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

'Campaigning is a tough job'
Hema Malini's poll confessions.

The smallest constituency is just 10 sq km
And the biggest constituency? Find out in this special feature!

Learning Jungle Warfare
Over three weeks American soldiers will learn the ropes at an elite Indian Army school.

April 8, 2004

Election Special: Know the Congress
How much do you know about the country's oldest political party?

'What we desperately need are statesmen'
'Politics is dominated by people who are hungry for power and material gains'

Taking netas for a ride
Ambassadors are out. MUVs are in.

When Big B knocked out a political titan
When Rajiv Gandhi nominated Amitabh Bachchan to take on H N Bahuguna from Allahabad in 1984 not many took the contest seriously.

April 7, 2004

Pakistan's Wild West frontier
Armed conflict with militants backed by Al Qaeda is spreading through the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Rahimullah Yusufzai's special report.

'I hate confusion and waywardness'
Six Questions on the campaign trail with BJP chief Venkaiah Naidu.

April 6, 2004

Campaigner No 1!
By the time, Advani completes his yatra on April 14, he would have traveled through 121 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Sri Lanka sails deeper into uncertainty
Though India knows that any overt move on its part would be construed as interference in the island nation's affairs, it cannot but be concerned about the developments there.

All you wanted to know about EVMs
The definitive guide to electronic voting devices. Part of a continuing series explaining the Indian electoral process.

April 5, 2004

Don't stamp the paper, just press the button!
What will it be like to vote in India's first e-election?

April 2, 2004

When George Fernandes Humbled the 'king'
How George Fernandes got his nickname, George the Giantkiller.

The biggest threat to Indian elections
Security agencies are worried about Maoist violence in 12 of India's biggest states.

April 1, 2004

Trapped in terror's wake
Shyam Sunder Malhotra spends his day seeking the help of local politicians and worrying when his son Subash Kumar will be released from a Spanish prison.


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