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In the name of the father & grandfather... India's richest MPs

The youngest MP is 26
There are 60 MPs below 39 in the current Parliament of 543 elected members.

Raj Thackeray's sudden impact
A new son, nay nephew, has risen over Maharashtra's political firmament.

Stars fail to shine down South
Performance of the candidates, not their film backgrounds, is what matters to the voters.

Dr Singh is back
Manmohan Singh was re-nominated as the Congress Parliamentary Party leader.

India's richest MPs
Industrialist Naveen Jindal is at the no.2 spot.

Tamil Nadu results may be shocking for some
What went in favour of the DMK alliance at the last minute is anybody's guess.

Verdict 2009: The Big Winners
Sharad Pawar, Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor...

Verdict 2009: The Big Losers
Vaiko, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ramvilas Paswan...

The Babalog triumph!
Akhilesh Yadav, Priya Dutt, Agatha Sangma...

Their dream to be PM lies shattered!
L K Advani, Mayawati, Sharad Pawar...

Film stars fare badly in Andhra
It was a big disappointment for Chiranjeevi, Roja

Mixed bag for film stars
Vinod Khanna, Raj Babbar lost, Jaya Prada, Shatrughan Sinha won...

Industry Inc's cabinet wishlist
The list includes Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor...

Bengal election enveloped by security
As Kolkata goes to polls under a heavy security cover, Indrani Roy Mitra analyses the dissent within the CPI-M and the 'alternative' of Trinamool.

The Great Indian Election ends
An estimated 62 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday exercised their franchise in the fifth and final phase of polling in Lok Sabha elections, bringing down the curtain on the month-long democratic exercise, the longest in the world.

'I have six votes in my family. I got Rs 1,200'
Polling-day vignettes from Tuticorin.

Who will have the last laugh in Chennai?
Chennai constituencies are considered DMK bastions. But judging from the results of the last assembly election, it appears the DMK's grip may no longer be intact.

Corporate guru steps into politics
K Pandia Rajan, the founder of Ma Foi Management Consultants, has joined the MDMK and is contesting the Lok Sabha polls against firebrand politician Vaiko.

'They are marketing me like Miss Universe'
Lack of development has not deterred Mani Shankar Aiyar from embarking on a flamboyant campaign.

Tiruvallur will make them pay the price
Underdeveloped and sleepy, the constituency is crying for attention -- and development. Once home to palmy farmlands, it is tough to spot a tinge of green now.

India's southern-most constituency
What Kanyakumari clearly needs is more industries to employ its highly literate workforce. With more industries and more work the locals may stop thinking of themselves as Hindus, Christians and Nadars.

Will Vinod Khanna's charm work in Gurdaspur?
When Khanna hits the campaign trail, you can be sure Bollywood is not far behind.

'We are not pushing Modi upward'
An interview with Yashwant Sinha, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former finance and external affairs minister.

Chidambaram feels Tamil heat
The Sri Lankan turmoil has shaken the Congress-Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam alliance in Tamil Nadu. Nowhere has the issue flared up as much as it has in Sivaganga, Home Minister P Chidambaram's constituency.

Do the parties care about Punjab's farmers?
At the start of the election process in Punjab it was expected that the farmers's suicides and the problems they faced would be a major issue during the campaign. However, few leaders have spoken strongly about this issue.

Kancheepuram weavers disillusioned
Welcome to Kancheepuram, the temple town, where the weavers's votes could make a difference to the outcome.

'We feel like slapping politicians'
Generally, elections in Tamil Nadu are like temple festivals -- there are lights, fireworks, music, dance and colourful people. But Election 2009 seems to be muted in the state.

Will Sidhu do a hat-trick?
The BJP MP is pitted against a candidate who has never lost an election.

India goes to polls again
Lakhs of voters turned up to cast their votes in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

What's an MTV producer from New York doing in the polls?
He is helping his mother Yashodhara Raje's campaign.

VIPs cast their vote in fourth phase
Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and President Pratibha Patil cast their votes.

Khamosh! Shatru is campaigning
'In Bihar people don't cast their vote but vote their caste'.

Dausa set for battle of Meenas
A trip to Pilot family's political bastion in Rajasthan

'No lunatic right wing fringe in BJP'
Modi obviously has support across states, says Manvendra Singh.

Why Barmer's Muslims love this BJP MP
Many believe that Manvendra Singh's magnanimity helped Muslims in this backward district improve their lot.

'Politics has been ruined'
Shekhar Suman woos Patna in style.

Will the queens rule or be king-makers?
Will the country's powerful women politicians become king-makers or would one of them end up ruling?

Dausa set for the battle of Meenas
A complicated caste contest in the Pilot family's political bastion in Rajasthan.

Can Sachin Pilot win Ajmer?
The young MP reinvents himself for a new challenge.

'The BJP wants equal opportunities for Muslims'
'Party frontrunner to form next government,' says Arun Jaitley.

Will Gehlot's magic work in Rajasthan?
Discovering the Rajasthan chief minister's strategy to erase the humiliation of four years ago.

'Church attacks have strengthened BJP'
The top RSS leader in Karnataka, in an exclusive interview.

India Votes 2009 - PART 2

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