New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, on Sunday announced the first list of 59 candidates, including 17 sitting MPs, in 16 states for the coming Lok Sabha elections but only three women could find a place in it.
The party will announce candidates for Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Lakshadweep “soon” as seat sharing talks with allies in the states are still on.
SP ready to give 6 seats, Cong says no going back
New Delhi: The Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) announced on Sunday it would leave only six seats out of the total 80 for the Congress party in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.
The announcement came on the heels of Yadav’s meeting former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kalyan Singh, whose bonhomie with SP has been a bone of contention between Congress and SP.
A belligerent Congress said there was “no question of going back” on its demand for 24 seats and warned the SP that it will be compelled to go it alone in all constituencies in the state if the SP does not relent.
Pinki to campaign for National Dalit Front
Lucknow: Pinki Sonkar, who rose to stardom through her Oscar winning documentary ‘Smile Pinki’, will lend star power to National Dalit Front (NDF) in the upcoming Lok sabha elections.
“We are going to unmask the anti-dalit face of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati through Pinki,” NDF general secretary Udit Raj said over phone from New Delhi.
National Dalit Front is a front headed by the Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan and includes the Indian Justice Party of Udit Raj, the Republican Party of India (A) of Ramdas Athavale.
‘Polls more important than biz fundamentals’
Mumbai: The general election this summer will not only decide the next government of the country but also the mood and momentum of stock markets as the outcome of polls would be a more important factor than even the fundamentals of business.
According to an investor survey conducted by global financial services major Morgan Stanley, the results of the general election would be the second most important driver for Indian stocks in 2009, after the global market trends.
The poll outcome would be more important than corporate fundamentals and the country’s fiscal and monetary policies, the survey found.
Equity analysts at another global financial services major HSBC also said that the general election “could be a major catalyst, especially if the winning coalition is business friendly and can step up economic reforms”.