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May 7, 2014

Gandhis fend off Modi as India’s election nears climax

AMETHI India (Reuters) – India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty faced a battle on Wednesday to defend one of its bastions from increasingly confident opposition leader Narendra Modi in the penultimate round of the country’s five-week general election.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sensing that its coalition could well be within reach of claiming a parliamentary majority, has ramped up a crusade against Sonia Gandhi and her 43-year-old son Rahul who lead the ruling Congress party.

Apr 28, 2014

Cronyism charges fly as Priyanka Gandhi joins election fray

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has used the emergence of Priyanka Gandhi as a star election campaigner for the troubled Congress to criticise the wealth amassed by her businessman husband and score points in a wrangle over crony capitalism.

Cosy ties between business and politics are a big issue in the elections after a run of scandals weakened the Congress-led government, paralysed decision-making and stifled investment.

Apr 28, 2014

Cronyism charges fly as Gandhi daughter joins election fray

NEW DELHI, April 28 (Reuters) – India’s main opposition
party has used the emergence of Priyanka Gandhi as a star
election campaigner for the troubled Congress party to criticise
the wealth amassed by her businessman husband and score points
in a wrangle over crony capitalism.

Cosy ties between business and politics are a big issue in
the elections after a run of scandals weakened the Congress-led
government, paralysed decision-making and stifled investment.

Apr 15, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi steps up to fight for Congress party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress party clashed with estranged cousin Varun Gandhi, who is running in the election on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, on Tuesday in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes.

Priyanka Gandhi, two years younger than Rahul, is seen as a more natural leader in the hurly-burly of Congress than her brother who has often seemed remote and is struggling to stave off a likely heavy defeat in the five-week vote.

Apr 15, 2014

Gandhi daughter steps up to fight for India’s Congress party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s sister clashed with an estranged cousin running in the election on an opposition ticket on Tuesday, in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes.

Priyanka Gandhi, two years younger than Rahul, is seen as a more natural leader in the hurly-burly of Congress than her brother who has often seemed remote and is struggling to stave off a likely heavy defeat in the five-week vote.

Apr 15, 2014

Voters lured by cash handouts, drugs, bootleg liquor

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters and pay for expenses over and above the spending limit.

Opinion polls show the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies coming to power thanks to the popularity of Narendra Modi and widespread disgust with the Congress party, whose last years in power have been dogged by corruption scandals and a sharp economic slowdown.

Apr 15, 2014

Indian voters lured by cash handouts, drugs, bootleg liquor

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters and pay for expenses over and above the spending limit.

Opinion polls show the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies coming to power thanks to the popularity of Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi and widespread disgust with the Congress party, whose last years in power have been dogged by corruption scandals and a sharp economic slowdown.

Apr 7, 2014

BJP puts ‘no first use’ nuclear policy in doubt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), widely tipped to form the next government, pledged on Monday to revise the India’s nuclear doctrine, whose central principle is that New Delhi would not be first to use atomic weapons in a conflict.

Unveiling its election manifesto, the party gave no details, but sources involved in drafting the document said the “no-first-use” policy introduced after India conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998 would be reconsidered.

Apr 7, 2014

India’s BJP puts ‘no first use’ nuclear policy in doubt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), widely tipped to form the next government, pledged on Monday to revise the country’s nuclear doctrine, whose central principle is that New Delhi would not be first to use atomic weapons in a conflict.

Unveiling its election manifesto, the party gave no details,

but sources involved in drafting the document said the “no-first-use” policy introduced after India conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998 would be reconsidered.

Apr 4, 2014
via FaithWorld

Man and myth collide as Indian Hindu nationalist Modi eyes final ascent to power

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(Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi addresses his supporters during a rally ahead of the general election in Itanagar in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Narendra Modi spent his childhood in a modest three-room dwelling made of mud and brick nestled in a narrow, crowded lane in the western Indian town of Vadnagar.