The grand finale of

The grand finale of dinner diplomacy will be the dinner hosted by Nitish Kumar at his official residence on Thursday evening expected to be attended by all legislators belonging to JD (U), says JD(U) JD(U) leader Ajay Alok said that his party,53 pm: Satish Upadhyay accepts defeat, "I was not involved in Delhi campaigning. other ministers, when Jitan ji removed people close to Nitish ji, going from 45 percent estimated vote share in February to 33 percent in the March survey. He is now expected to hold a rally.

The Congress’ Deepa Das Munshi and Adhir Chowdhury are leading in her seat but presidential scion Abhijit Mukherjee of the painted and dented fame trailing in his seat. "The Prime Minister of India will be welcomed to the? JD(U) Spokesman Sanjay Singh said. Kumar sought time till Monday to convey his decision, according to Economic Times. demand his resignation BJP MLAs are protesting at the Bihar Legislative Assembly against the Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary for allegedly being biased towards the JD(U). it should have been aggressive, "We will invite the Prime Minister to the oath-taking ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is meeting Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to stake claim for forming a government in Delhi. Bedi promised to be a ‘gardener and guardian’ for Vardhan in the seat.

including a woman, I can wear the symbol. I wore party symbol as part of a routine" he reportedly said 1005 am: Varanasi peaceful first time voters out to vote Unprecedented enthusiasm among voters was seen in the first couple of hours in most of the 18 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where polling began on a brisk note this morning Long queues of voters had formed as soon as polling stations opened in the cooler first half of the day in Varanasi Gorakhpur Jaunpur Ghosi Ghazipur and Azamgarh https://twittercom/ANI_news/status/465692928208142338 A large number of first time voters dominated the turn out in all places most visibly in Varanasi where Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party is locked in a three way contest with Arvind Kejriwal and Ajai Rai The display of the Congress symbol pinned to his kurta by Ajai Rai while standing in the queue evoked curiosity whether it would attract a response by the Election Commission Additional security personnel had been deployed in all places with special focus on Maoist hit districts of Chandauli Robertsganj and Mirzapur – Firstpost correspondent Ratan Mani Lal Lucknow https://twittercom/sandipr/status/465718508249030657 1005 am: Brisk voting in Bihar 1139% voting till 9 am Polling for the last six Lok Sabha seats of Bihar began on a peaceful note today with the main contest appearing to have boiled down between Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the BJP An average 1139 percent of voters cast their votes in the first two hours since the polling began at 7 in the morning Long queues of voters were seen at most of the polling booths in Bihar Majority of the voters looked in a hurry to cast their votes before the rising temperature in the day could spoil their enthusiasm In the past few days temperature has shot up to 43 degree Celsius in Bihar The prominent candidates whose fate will be decided by voters include former Union ministers Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Raghunath Jha filmmaker Prakash Jha Heena Shahab and Annu Shukla the last two being the wives of jailed dons While Heena is the wife of controversial former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin Shukla is wife of jailed JD-U leader Munna Shukla who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the killing of a former RJD minister Brij Bihari Prasad "I am confident of my victory since the voters are my family I even consider my adversaries as my brothers" said Heena Shahab indicating she had slowly learnt the tricks of the trade – Firstpost correspondent Manoj Kumar Patna 955 am: BJP giving out food packets to woo voters In Varanasi a first time voter Naseer says the BJP gave out food packets with puris and rasgolla in his neighborhood "Bechara Aam Aadmi Party has no money. could give nothing" he tells our editor Sandip Roy First time voters like Naser forms a large part of the electorate these elections Sandip Roy/Firstpost 950 am: BJP showing double standards says Cong after EC complaint With the BJP filing a complaint with the Election Commission against Congress’s Ajai Rai the Congress has hit out at the party saying it was a clear case of double standards "BJP earlier said if Modi was wearing lotus symbol then its nothing wrong now they are saying take action against Ajai Rai" Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said Meanwhile the EC has said that it would examine video footage of Ajai Rai and necessary action will be taken against him if he’s found guilty NDTV reported 945 am: 20 percent voter turnout in Varanasi in first two hours of polling The first two hours of polling in Varanasi saw 20 percent of the electorate come out and vote In 2009 Lok Sabha polls the seat saw a mere 43 percent voter turnout This time however the constituency is likely to see a huge turnout given that it is the most watched contest between BJP’s Narendra Modi and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal 932 am: BJP complains to EC over Ajai Rai sporting Congress badge The BJP and AAP have reportedly lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over Congress candidate Ajai Rai pining the Congress party’s symbol to his kurta within 100m of the polling station He was speaking to reporters while in the queue to cast his vote The Congress party had earlier raised an objection to Modi flashing the BJP party symbol -lotus- when Gujarat went to polls in an earlier phase The EC then ordered a probe and found Modi guilty of violating the model code of conduct 925 am: Violent clashes between TMC-CPM reported in West Bengal Clashes between party workers of Trinamool Congress and the CPM haven been reported in Haroa Basirhat West Bengal where polling is on At least four people have been hospitalised CNN-IBN reported The police have reached the spot and firing to control the crowd has begun 920 am: ‘No one can stop development if Modi is PM’ "If Modi becomes PM there will be development in all fields from business to tourism No one can stop it This is a special election between the man who wants to be PM and the man who surprisingly became CM of Delhi" says Manju Kesari resident of Sivala Manju Kesari a voter from Varanasi Sandip Roy/Firstpost 910 am: Should candidates be allowed to contest from 2 seats In a discussion on CNN-IBN with its editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai senior journalist Paranjo Guha Thakurta advocated for disallowing candidates from contesting two seats in a single election "The law should be changed one candidate should contest from only one constituency" he said 900 am: In Chandauli laptop with Mulayam’s photo inside poll booth In what could be trouble for the Samajwadi Party a laptop inside a polling booth in Chandauli Uttar Pradesh has a photo of the SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav https://twittercom/ANI_news/status/465695091512733696 847 am: Varanasi will vote for intelligent candidates says Kejriwal AAP’s Varanasi candidate Arvind Kejriwal today said he was confident of defeating Narendra Modi while dismissing Congress’s Ajai Rai saying he was nowhere in the contest He has been shuttling between polling booths to ensure there are no poll violations This morning saw brisk voting in Varanasi In 2009 the seat had just 43% voter turnout Sandip Roy/Firstpost "Over the last few days people are saying Modi will lose. the people of Kashi will vote for honest candidates this time" Kejriwal said "This battle is about price rise and corruption we will win Varanasi" 830 am: Here’s a look at the 2009 results of Varanasi BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi won the Varanasi seat with 3052 percent of the voteshare with Mukhtar Ansari who had contested on a BSP ticket came a close second with 2794 percent of votes 818 am: Can TMC retain 14 of 17 seats going to polls today In West Bengal while the ruling Trinamool Congress would strive to retain all 14 of the 17 seats it had won in the 2009 Lok Sabha election the Left Front’s efforts would be to wrest some among the 17 which it had lost last time An electorate of 25575744 is eligible to vote in the crucial round Central paramilitary forces would be deployed at all hyper-critical booths while arrangement has been made for web casting and videography The 17 Lok Sabha constituencies are Beharampore Krishnagar Ranaghat Bongaon Barrackpore Dum Dum Barasat Basirhat Jaynagar Mathurapur Diamond Harbour Jadavpur Kolkata (South) Kolkata (North) Tamluk Contai and Ghatal -PTI 800 am: Tough battle for Mulayam in Azamgarh Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav besides sticking to his traditional bastion in Mainpuri has thrown his hat into the ring from Azamgarh too which votes today However unlike Mainpuri Azamgarh may not be a cakewalk for him as he faces a tough fight from BSP’s Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali Rastriya Ulema Council Chief Aamir Rashadi Madani and Mulayam’s former associate Ramakant Yadav who is now fighting on a BJP ticket While Mulayam is banking on his traditional Muslim-Yadav vote bank division of Muslim votes by Madani and Guddu Jamali could benefit Ramakant https://twittercom/ANI_news/status/465683999264743424 740 am: TMC will be third largest party says Derek O’Brien A confident sounding TMC MP Derek O’Brien said his party will emerge as the third largest come 16 May Speaking to reporters after casting his vote Derek said the people of West Bengal will vote for the TMC as it has provided a government that has a track record of performance "People voting in large numbers TMC will be the third largest party in Lok Sabha" he said https://twittercom/ANI_news/status/465675973287882752 730 am: Go out and vote Modi appeals to youth In an early morning tweet BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi urged voters to come out and cast their vote along with their family and friends "Today is final phase of 2014 Polls Urging all those voting in 41 seats across 3 states & Assembly by-polls in WB to vote in large numbers" he tweeted https://twittercom/narendramodi/status/465669127416197121 720 am: Varanasi won’t vote for outsiders says Ajai Rai Speaking to reporters early this morning before casting his vote Congress candidate Ajai Rai said the people of Varanasi do not need an outsider to come to the city and they will vote for him as he is one of their own "People of Varanasi will not choose a candidate who can’t even vote in Varanasi who are like tenants. they will vote for their own brother. Stern action should be taken against him. where polling is going on in 12 seats in the third phase to decide fate of 188 candidates. "Nitish ji has imposed baseless and untrue allegations on BJP, – PTI End of updates for 15 February 15 February, "Sangh would have no role in government and in the Council of Ministers. — ANI (@ANI_news) February 10, Kejriwal?

The ? six in Jharkhand four in West Bengal and one in Manipur to decide the electoral fate of 366 candidates." he said, a majority of?1 percent respectively. Armed police force from Kerala, End of updates for 16 May 9. But you are one of my own,told myself that if I speak it will only be at Vadodara" Narendra Modi is addressing the crowd in Vadodara after BJP’s landslide victory." "Being in the opposition means asking more questions.

In news elsewhere meanwhile, A communal trend was out in the open. Hathras witnessed 48. that of Outer Manipur. 9. Spolia announced that the President has appointed Arvind Kejriwal as the Delhi Chief Minister. Lucknow. CNN-IBN — ANI (@ANI_news) April 17,05 pm: 53.

He also said that the post of the Chief Minister was not respected by the Bihar Speaker. "The way things began to slide after Manjhi took over was certainly a cause of alarm.

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