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September 30, 1999
Soz repeats plea for probe into Baramulla rigging
RJD candidate arrested for assaulting policeman
EVMs are tamper-proof assures maker,
The other Atal
The clash of the Yadavs
Priyanka breezes through Rae Bareli
Congress confident of putting up a good show in UP
Polling postponed in 4 Bihar constituencies

September 29, 1999
The Reds have it tough in Bengal
Tripura provides insurance cover for poll personnel
For G V G Krishnamurthy, retirement is a comma in the ongoing democratic exercise
Fernandes carries the electoral battle to the north-east
Anantnag may see low voter turnout
Chandra Shekhar fights 'Atal wave'
With results a week away, Congress, BJP begin jockeying for power

September 28, 1999
Government formation will be NDA's acid test
Celebrity daughters on the campaign trail
Repolling on Tuesday in 13 MP booths
EC notification to President will mention party affiliation for the first time
West Bengal BJP chief beaten up
Flooding may hit polling in Bihar
JD-U says Bihar administration was mute spectator to violence

September 26, 1999
NDA needs just 37 seats more, says DD exit poll
10 per cent polling in 6 Orissa seats
11 per cent turnout in UP
Reang refugees boycott Mizoram poll
Blasts fail to deter Naga voters
Polling peaceful in Bihar
51 per cent vote; 6 killed in Bihar
Bihar DM orders arrest of cooperative minister
BJP has used priests and saints: Sakshi Maharaj

September 25, 1999
BJP firing on all cylinders in UP
12 held for attack on Surjeet's convoy
74 constituencies gear up for polls
Muslim body comes out in support of NDA
ULFA kills kidnapped BJP candidate
DD will telecast exit poll at
Third alternative emerging, says CPI-M's Karat
'I am still in the family,' says Maneka
The Congress has a tough time in Nabarangpur
A prince and a pauper fight it out in Kalahandi
'I don't give a damn for the exit polls,' says Mulayam
Tight security for second-phase polls in Bihar
Ex-BJP minister's remand extended
Laloo vs the united opposition in Bihar
Massive security for fourth phase of polling

September 24, 1999
Guidelines on opinion/exit polls still valid: Press Council
Chetan Chauhan takes guard for a comeback
Adivasis see through Jharkhand promise
Advani criticises Election Commission's conduct as 'very disappointing'
Massive security cover in Bihar, Orissa
Congress flays Vajpayee again on sugar scam
JD (U) delegation makes 'constructive suggestions' to EC
Security geared up in sensitive seats prior to polls
Straight fight expected between Congress, BJP-BJD in 21 Orissa seats
Saffron leaders go all-out to ensure win for mandir advocates

September 23, 1999
Meghalaya to set up 230 polling booths for women
Scindia scoffs at exit polls, predicts majority for Congress
Advani promises end to proxy war if BJP is returned to power
Tight security for polling in Hamirpur

September 22, 1999
Kerala Marxists put a stop to Surjeet-Sonia affair
'Vajpayee's men are killing Congress campaign'
Fernandes sticks to his guns
Udayanraje Bhosale remanded to police custody
Congress makes an issue of Sonia's foreign origins
MCC activists kill CPI-ML leader in Palamau
Three former chief ministers in fray in UP
Border with Nepal will be shut to prevent poll violence
Case filed against MP Republican Party chief
'The Gandhi clan has completely destroyed the nation'
55 pc votes cast in repoll in four states
Repoll in Bihar, MP and AP begins peacefully

September 21, 1999
Turnout dispels doubts of voter fatigue
Sukh Ram and BJP make a formidable combination in Mandi
Bihar governor will apprise President of poll violence
Kurmis will decide who represents Kheri in Parliament
Bihar governor apprises President of poll violence
EC raps Fernandes for 'corrupt electoral practice'
Congress buoyed by exit-poll revelations
Which way will the 'Muslim vote bank' vote?
Rains obstruct flushing-out operations in Bihar
Law Commission suggests sweeping changes in electoral law
BJP candidate kidnapped in Assam
Bihar minister resigns, joins Janata Dal (United)
Campaigning picks up for lone Nagaland seat
Electioneering gradually picks up in Arunachal Pradesh

September 19, 1999
Two polling personnel killed in blast in Bihar
2 ITBP men killed in Baramulla
Naxals kill 24, including 21 cops, in Bihar
Polling begins peacefully in UP, Bihar, J&K
31 security personnel killed in third phase of polling
53 per cent vote in violence-hit poll
Low turnout, violence, protests mar polling in Baramulla
NDA's lead will increase after third phase, says DD exit poll
Exit poll predicts hung assembly in Maharashtra, majority for BJP-JD(U) in Karnataka
BJP, JD-U deny split in Karnataka alliance
Priyanka takes Amethi by storm
Massive security cover thrown over Baramulla, but fear persists
Eight per cent voting in first two hours in UP
One killed, six injured in firing and blasts in Baramulla
Sikkim parties turn violent on poll-eve
No need for a ban on exit polls, says Thakre
Eleven out of 12 independents in Pratapgarh are dummies
Karan Singh accuses BJP of distorting facts about Kashmir
Officials deny reports of rigging in Farrukhabad

September 18, 1999
Abduction forces BJP to replace Anantnag candidate
BJP targets Cong in southern tribal belt of Orissa
One district, three phases of polling
Security blanket in place as Bihar, UP go to the polls on Saturday
Caste is the deciding factor in Rewa's three-cornered contest.
No polling in 1301 booths in Vidisha and Hoshangabad
Talk of Third Front could sabotage Congress, says Moopanar
Tie-up with RJD will not prevent Jharkhand formation, says Scindia
Plans for a third front has Congress worried
Politicians's relatives find nominations easier to come by in Bihar
Rural electorate plans to boycott polls in Lucknow
Sensing victory, Delhi BJP nominees jockey for a cabinet berth in
Aligarh mufti gives Congress a morale booster
Muslims hold the key in several UP constituencies
Arunachal Pradesh CM, three others elected unopposed

September 17, 1999
Explain Karan Singh's position on Kashmir, BJP tells Congress
Sonia takes saffron bull by its horns in Allahabad
EC knits a web of information on elections
Rampaging elephants create a scare in Sangma's constituency
Cong will never support Basu as PM: Antony
The shifting sands of Doab
Scindia poohpoohs DD's exit poll
Naidu rules out joining prospective NDA ministry
Mulayam has it easy in Kannauj
Patwa, an outsider who feels at home anywhere, fights for Hoshangabad
5 states set for third round of polling

September 16, 1999
Dressing up politicians for the battle ahead
Tough battle ahead for pardesi Jogi in Shahdol
Lotus blooms in Hazaribagh
Bhutia-Lepchas call for boycott of polls
Sonia as shadow PM is fine, not PM, says Advani
Nothing immoral in supporting Congress, says Basu
Exit poll gives NDA 145, Congress 105 in first 2 phases
Post-mortem report gives new twist to Satara murder case

September 15, 1999
Bihar Congressmen working at cross-purposes
Indian voters tend to back winning horse say pollsters
EC withdraws guidelines on poll surveys
Poll, protocol scuttle UNESCO's grand launch
Making Sonia a PM candidate itself a security threat: Ahluwalia
Sonia promises reservations in promotions, investment in agriculture and a railway line
Karan Singh files nominations from Lucknow
Surjeet meets Jaya to discuss post-poll scenario
Bhim Singh alleges massive rigging by BJP in Doda
Congress will tackle ISI activities in N-E, says Mukherjee

September 12, 1999
BJP off Ayodhya for 5 years, says Govindacharya
56.22 per cent polling in second phase
56 percent polling in second phase
Maharashtra minister arrested following murder
Tough triangular battle on in Kanpur
Sangma denies differences among NCP leaders
Moopanar alleges large-scale rigging in Tamil Nadu
Karan Singh will file nomination papers from Lucknow on September 14
It is Pawar all the way in western Maharashtra, but will it be enough?
Gill says his intent was to provide level playing field

September 11, 1999
'Politics is not Maggi noodles that can be made in two minutes'
NCP candidate gives Maharashtra CM a run for his money
Muslim voters wisen up, then lose interest in Kerala
The Congress has an opening in the Nilgiris
Doda voters have a bone to pick with BJP
Sonia files nomination for Amethi
Anantnag poll date is notified
JD-U candidate from Anantnag escapes bid on life
Former Union minister survives ambush in Anantnag
Sonia is unfit to become PM, says sis-in-law Maneka
Pawar vows to teach Kalmadi a lesson
123 LS, 353 assembly seats set for polls
EC deploys CRPF, RAF in Maharashtra
'What have they done for us? Nothing, absolutely nothing'

September 10, 1999
Dilip Kumar or Vishnu Bhagwat to take on Vajpayee
'Sowcar' Janaki lambasts Sonia
Campaigning for second phase of poll ends today
12 Madhya Pradesh MLAs in the fray for Lok Sabha
16 BJP workers hurt in hand-grenade attack in Doda
Supreme Court refers EC petition to Constitution bench
EC reschedules Anantnag poll for Oct 4
Priyanka charms Amethi, prepares ground for Sonia
'The voters will take their money, but will vote for us'
Orissa urges EC to review bar on DGP's transfer
Dandavate comes out of hibernation to take on Sena, Congress

September 9, 1999
Congress may pit Karan Singh against Vajpayee
PUCL demands repoll in Chidambaram
PM blames Congress for Kargil
SC will hear EC's plea over opinion polls tomorrow
The booth with no voters
Orissa beefs up security to ward off Naxal threat
Mahajan warns of fresh Pak attack
Shahabuddin appeals to Muslims to vote Congress
Supreme Court stays exit poll on Jain TV
Sonia strikes a chord with Kerala voters
EC gets Anantnag returning officer's report

September 8, 1999
Priyanka will manage Sonia's affairs in Amethi
Vajpayee files 4 sets of papers in Lucknow
Vajpayee to file nomination today
Political rivalry, another shrine controversy dominates election scene in Dakshin Karnataka
Desperate ISI bid to spread terror during election
Dalits, Vanniyars clash as post-poll violence grips TN town
The saffron Muslim
BJP candidate killed in mine blast in Anantnag
Congress accuses PMO of underhand deals in telecom changeover
Vajpayee sells himself with Kargil, Pokhran
Agitation, lack of issues overshadow Assam poll process
Kerala left, Congress unite to fight BJP
Experiments with coalitions have failed, says Pranab Mukherjee
Chautala rules out snap poll
'I wish a law would be passed banning elections in India'
Mulayam sees post-poll realignment at the Centre
Final phase of polls notified
EC studying Madras HC order: Gill
BJP, Congress birds of a feather, says Surjeet
Vajpayee files nomination as Lucknow exults
BJP candidate for Anantnag seat killed in landmine blast
Polling in Anantnag will be put off
TUJS to back BJP

September 7, 1999
Repoll sought in Srinagar
Bellary registers 69.8 per cent voting
Elections pass peacefully in Bellary
NCP to contest 14 of the 24 north-eastern seats
CPI-M tries a new trick in Ernakulam
Choppers to be used in Assam to prevent poll-related violence
Bihar's tribal belt sees some interesting contests
MP seeks help to counter Naxal threat
Final phase of elections will be notified on Tuesday
Vasantdada's kin fight to inherit formidable legacy
Madras HC stays EC order banning ads
Congress demands CBI probe into sugar import
PMO will be brought under Lokpal's purview: Vajpayee
Scam sequel: after sugar it's wheat now
EC orders repoll in 184 booths

September 6, 1999
About 60% voting in Bellary
Sunday, cricket and frequent polls cited for low turnout
Chacko or Kurup: Whom will India's first 100% literate town choose?
23% voting in Kashmir; polling peaceful
Goa records lowest turnout in 30 years
Police kill 3 as violence mars AP poll
54.66 pc voting in first round
Repoll ordered in 60 booths in AP
EVMs a big hit, despite the snags
Jethmalani asks Sonia to undergo suffering first
BJP worker killed in Mandvi
Lanka following poll developments closely
Support for Congress will be decided after polls, says Surjeet

September 5, 1999
Congress looks in vain for a 'magic wand' in Bharuch
No clear picture in Marathwada
Complacent Congress may get its comeuppance in Mandvi
Congress exploiting Mahatma's surname: Saraswathi Gandhi
Straight fight between BJP alliance and Congress front in Gujarat
Sonia's likely candidature gives Sanjay Singh something to worry about
EC hopes militant strike will not affect J&K polls
Bellary goes under security blanket
Khalap's miscalculation may cost him dear
Seshan, Advani battle without rancour
Manmohan says he was misquoted on RSS role in '84 anti-Sikh riots

September 4, 1999
Congress refuses to sack Gamang
Naxals strike fear among voters in border areas of Maharashtra
PM knew of telecom scam, charges Surjeet
Article 370 cannot be removed, says Jethmalani
Congress open to forming coalition govt: Sibal
Of net gains, and pregnant pauses...
Phulpur ex-MP quits Samajwadi Party
Campaigning for first phase of the general election ends
Rebel gives J H Patel a contest to remember
PM knew of Kargil on May 4, says Govindacharya
Vajpayee says he is willing to face probe into Sugargate charge

September 3, 1999
Gill appeals for restraint, once again
Shrill campaign for 1st phase ends on Friday
Patiala prefers its erstwhile royals
Congress goes back on coalition mantra
Sonia accuses BJP of sacrificing India's interests for Pakistan
Home ministry report gives NDA 285, Cong 210
Manmohan blames RSS for anti-Sikh riots
Army pleads to be spared political mudslinging
Advani gets heckled

September 2, 1999
Vajpayee asks Congress to clarify stand on coalition, rebuts Sugargate charge
National Conference fights to extend its dominance over J&K
Tiwari pledges Congress support for Jharkhand
PM takes time off campaign, calls on Saibaba
Sonia promises special panel on minorities welfare
Samata blames EC for 'selective' approach
PM refuses to put Ayodhya off forever
Congress releases Sardar Patel's letter to Golwalkar
PM lambastes Congress alliance with Jaya, Laloo
Mirza follows Mufti's lead, quits J&K Congress
Maintain decency, Thakre orders BJP leaders
Support for Chhattisgarh, Arjun cost me my seat: V C Shukla
Vinod Khanna injured in mob attack

September 1, 1999
Election cancelled in Narasa raopet
Mahajan cites HT report as a Congress dirty trick
Sonia should withdraw charge against PMO: Joshi
Fernandes to sue Jayalalitha
Naxalites gun down TDP leader
BJP man will be CM if combine is voted in, says Yediyurappa
Enormous security dragnet for Advani's TN visit
Mahajan waves 'internal' HTletter to show he didn't say it
SGPC chief deplores disrespect for women in campaign
MP Youth Congress wants Priyanka to take on Vajpayee
Jats dictate the verdict in Jhunjhunu region
Congress produces 'Kargil alert' letter, continues Sugargate offensive

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