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With an eye on the future
In Tamil Nadu, while the DPA is treating the Lok Sabha election as a rehearsal for the Assembly polls, the AIADMK and the BJP are trying to keep the focus on the choice of the next Prime Minister, writes Suresh Nambath.

A no-holds-barred contest
The net result in Uttar Pradesh will be decided by how far the BJP will be able to stop the shift in its core vote base, says Venkitesh Ramakrishnan.

Too close to call
THERE IS perhaps no other State that can be compared to Kerala when it comes to electoral contests and outcomes. The thin band that separates most winners from losers, and the high elasticity in voter preference both exhilarate and frustrate ...

Congress keeps everyone guessing again
By Anita Joshua

NEW DELHI, MAY 1. The Congress high command is once again doing what it does best: Keep everyone — including the party — guessing. After ending the long drawn-out suspense on whether both or either of the Gandhi siblings will enter ...

Two issues crying for attention
By K.K. Katyal

NEW DELHI: This is the story of two issues which have not received the deserved attention of the media — the election manifestoes of the political parties and the information regarding the candidates, their assets and antecedents, notably ...

`Give us water, not food'
By Meena Menon

ASHTI, (Beed district, Maharashtra), May 1. "Give us water, now; food is not so important," says 65-year-old Saraswati Ambedkar, a resident of Sanjay Nagar, a Dalit colony in Ashti taluka. Kalavati Shirwale, another resident, says the only ...



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