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The roar of ‘Sher’: Sheikh Abdullah’s legacy, symbolism abound in Kashmir poll campaign | India News – Times of India

BARAMULLA: More than 40 years since his passing, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah still in some sense shapes the narrative here: his sobriquet 'Sher-e-Kashmir' being remodelled and used as a slogan, his ideals invoked to propagates unity and his spirit presented as a potent symbol of Kashmiri identity and resilience. As one observes electioneering in this parliamentary constituency, it becomes evident that the slogan "Sher aaya" has emerged as a powerful battle cry not only for the National Conference -- the party Abdullah founded -- but also for its rivals to present their candidates as popular, strong, kingly and invincible. The constituency is gearing up for an intense electoral showdown in the fifth phase of elections on May 20. Its nearly 17.32 lakh voters will decide the fate of 23 cand...
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‘Unhinged,’ ‘crooked’: Donald Trump and Joe Biden trade campaign trail barbs – Times of India

ATLANTA: Donald Trump launched another expletive-laced attack on Joe Biden as he addressed an influential gun group Saturday, while the incumbent president warned in the crucial swing state of Georgia that his "unhinged" challenger is a threat to US democracy.Trump was in Dallas, Texas, where he received the endorsement of the politically powerful National Rifle Association. In a rambling speech to thousands of NRA members, Trump said Biden is "the worst president in the history of our country by far" and branded the Democrat as "full of bullshit.""You're fired, get out of here Joe!" he called out to laughter from the pro-gun crowd, telling them Biden was coming for their firearms.Trump, who is fending off multiple criminal indictments for his unprecedented attempt to overthrow the resu...
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Lok Sabha polls: In bellwether Mumbai seat, mantri Goyal in ‘connect’ mode | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Coaxing hawkers lining the streets of a suburb to apply for micro-credit through the PM SVANidhi scheme may be an entirely different proposition from negotiating tariffs and duties with the European Union. But Piyush Goyal is not letting his inexperience show.With such high-profile portfolios as commerce, trade, industry, food and consumer affairs, Goyal is spending much of his time now crisscrossing the bylanes of Mumbai’s northern areas, finding ways to connect with voters.Looking for the common touch, Goyal visits slums to promise pucca houses, listens to fisherwomen air concerns about rising costs of fuel and ice, and meets residents of old buildings seeking NOCs for redevelopment from defence installations nearby.On a recent tour of the coastal Manori-Gorai belt, separated ...
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Hockey dribbles through poll rhetoric in Sundargarh | India News – Times of India

It’s peak time but Sundargarh in western Odisha seems unaffected by the intense political atmosphere gripping the state. Unlike politicians trying to checkmate each other with their election campaign rhetoric, teenagers in this tribal district are busy dribbling the ball past their opponents using crude, handcrafted hockey sticks to make a mark in the sport.“We have to play for some time before the sun becomes harsher,” says Johan Tirkey, an 18-year-old school dropout of Sadhumunda village in Kutra block.As the region prepares to vote on May 20, candidates are leveraging the sport’s popularity to connect with the electorate, often prioritising it over other pressing matters such as rising prices, healthcare access, educational opportunities, and job creation.Known as the nursery of Ind...
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Former Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Kishan Reddy, Allu Arjun among early voters in Telangana – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Former vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Telangana BJP president G Kishan Reddy, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, film actors Chiranjeevi, Allu Arjun and Junior NTR were among the prominent persons who exercised their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections on Monday. BJP's general secretary Bandi Sanjay Kumar and the party's Hyderabad Lok Sabha candidate K Madhavi Latha also cast their votes.Polling for the 17 Lok Sabha seats, which began at 7 am will end by 6 pm barring at a few places where it will conclude two hours earlier. The Commission has also made arrangements to conduct a bypoll for the Secunderabad (Cantonment) Assembly seat to be held simultaneously today. "Several voters including some senior citizens cast their votes. People, in large numbers, are coming out to vote....
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In Teni’s Kheri, farmers’ killings a closed chapter for many | India News – Times of India

LAKHIMPUR KHERI: The blood that was spilled in Tikunia village on Oct 3 three years ago is like the spot on Lady Macbeth’s hand. Some swear they see it even today, others don’t.It was here, a little distance away from the Kaudiyala Sahib gurdwara, on the T-point just in front of a power sub-station’s billing counter, that four protesting farmers and a local journalist were felled when a vehicle owned by junior home minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ — and allegedly driven by his son Ashish — ploughed through them.In quick retaliation, three members of the convoy – two BJP workers and a driver – were killed by the villagers.Echoes of that violent afternoon are still heard in Lakhimpur Kheri as Mishra seeks re-election for the third time, having won convincingly from the seat twice – in 2014 and...
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PM Modi leading BJP’s bid to communalise poll: Kharge to partymen | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Accusing PM Narendra Modi of leading BJP’s bid to “communalise the election”, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has sent a special missive to party leaders cautioning them against getting distracted by such issues, and to keep the focus of the campaign on “nyay” promises for various social groups. He has also told the cadres that the PM and BJP are aware that the EC will not act against them for provoking people in the name of religion and caste.Kharge has said the first three phases of voting have seen an overwhelming response for Congress, and there should be extra effort to ensure that BJP does not succeed in distracting the nation’s attention by their bid to raise communal issues in an effort to “divide the poor on religious and caste lines”.Interestingly, in the wake...