'Youth have to be taken on board'
'The demographics is that the majority of our voters and the majority of the population are youth, so we must make serious efforts,' says Biju Janata Dal MP 'Jay' Panda
'272 is not a magical number for govt formation'
'A majority in Parliament is not necessary to run the government,' says Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap
, explaining the legal options before the President once the election results are declared.
'Congress is anti-Tamil'
, the legendary Tamil movie director, is campaigning against the Congress party in Tamil Nadu.
'It's very important India has a strong government'
'We are at a very critical time in our history, partly because of India's growth in the last five years. We don't want to lose the momentum and partly because there is such a serious global financial crisis,' Sam Pitroda
tells Aziz Haniffa.
'In 5 years, Indians stashed Rs 688,000 cr illegally'
'It is like this: A theft has taken place, and you are arguing about how much has been stolen. Nobody denies the theft! Nobody denies the loot!' S Gurumurthy, member of the BJP's taskforce on black money in banks abroad, lashes out.
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'It is very important to talk directly to voters. We believe it is necessary to understand their problems. That is why we have stayed away from the tamasha, usually followed by others,' says Bhargavi Gopinath
'But for me, Kerala would have become a Kashmir'
'The main factor is not to allow the BJP, which is following a rule of hatred and communalism, come back to power and also to oppose the imperialistic agenda of the Congress,' says Abdul Nasser Madani
, the chief of the People's Democratic Party
'CPI-M still lives in the Cold War mindset'
'In Kerala, after every five years, the Left goes out of power. We want to oust the Left from West Bengal as well. They have done nothing for the state,' says Vayalar Ravi
, Congress leader
'Swiss black money can take India to the top'
Professor R Vaidyanathan
, Professor of Finance at the IIM-Bengaluru, explains the importance of bringing back the ill-gotten wealth that has been stashed away in the Swiss Bank and how the money got there in the first place.
'I trust the aam-aadmi and aam-aurat'
Politics need not be dirty. It need not be self-serving and vile. Our current politicians have made it so. We need to take a vacuum cleaner at them, says danseuse Mallika Sarabhai
who is contesting the polls as an independent against L K Advani.
'BJP could have been more liberal to Mahajans'
'Since it is a party decision, I am going to accept it with humility. Mahajan had contested election from this constituency thrice and had nursed it,' says BJP's National General Secretary Gopinath Munde
'NDA's thrust is on governance'
BJP leader Jaswant Singh
says the core idea behind the NDA's bid for power is to provide a stable, efficient and result-oriented government where the commitments made are actually delivered.
'If not Bihar, where else would I contest from?'
'I am referred to as Bihari babu. If I don't contest from Bihar, where else would I fight from? But having said that, I must point out that so many people love me because of who I am. I am not a mercy petition case that I need to use pressure,' says BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha
'Don't link friendship with ticket distribution'
K Keshava Rao
, Congress general secretary in charge of Jharkhand, defends the party's decision to cut its UPA partner Lalu Prasad Yadav out of the deal in Jharkhand, which sends 14 Parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha.
'Muslims have lost faith in UPA'
Ulema Council chairman Maulana Amir Rashadi
speaks about the need to probe the real circumstances behind the Batla House encounter and Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare's death on November 26.
'Congress will explore all options to keep BJP out'
After serving as Madhya Pradesh chief minister for 10 years, Digvijay Singh
has been entrusted with the responsibility of the Congress' affairs in UP. In an interview, Singh talks about the 'friendly fight' between the two parties in UP.
'The BJP will win 190-200 seats in the LS polls'
The situation is in our favour. The Congress has lost 12 elections and won only two. If they say that their mood is upbeat because of winning these two elections, then what about the 12 times when they have been defeated, asks BJP leader Sushma Swaraj
'It is going to be a close fight this time'
Today, no one is writing us off. In fact, the problem is that there are too many in the Congress who are writing premature epitaphs for the opposition, says Congress leader Jairam Ramesh