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May 27, 2004

'Shall we make the whole of India a Bihar?'
'Sixty-one seats in Parliament is not a mandate for the country to turn Left,' BJP leader Arun Jaitley tells Sheela Bhatt.

May 26, 2004

'Politics is the toughest profession'
'You are constantly subjected to the demands of people of different types. There are conflicting interests,' says Suresh Prabhu, MP.

May 20, 2004

'I am a Muslim and a feminist'
'I wanted to show that Islam and women's right are not non-inclusive,' says Colorado Muslim Feminist Cowgirl Asma Gull Hasan.

May 19, 2004

'Once she takes a decision, she is very firm'
'Perhaps she wanted to announce her decision at a time which she thought is politically correct,' says Renuka Chowdhury.

'As a judge, my job is to wipe tears'
' give a benevolent interpretation of the statutes, and to protect the weak and the victims. The aim is to make justice reach all the people,' says former Chief Justice V N Khare.

May 13, 2004

'The people made me the scapegoat'
'Out of the five years the Congress ruled Karnataka, there was drought for three years! We handled it as best as we could. But the people are naturally angry about all the hardship they endured,' S M Krishna tells M D Riti.

May 12, 2004

'It's hypocrisy to call me an outsider'
'The fact is I am not an outsider, because I have been coming and going here for many years now,' says the BJP candidate in Pondicherry, Lalitha Kumaramangalam.

'It is my prime duty to oppose the BJP'
'It was after a lot of deliberation that I took the decision to come out of the NDA. Now, I have taken a decision not to go with the BJP at any cost. I am opposed to the Hindutva forces.' Vaiko unplugged.

'I am a soldier of Prime Minister Vajpayee'
Navjot Singh Sidhu, the BJP's candidate for Amritsar, says he was confident of winning the day he landed in the city

'It is going to be tremendous political drama'
'Mr Arun Jaitley and Mr Pramod Mahajan are capable of fishing in any pond,' says Mani Shankar Aiyar.

May 10, 2004

'The presiding officers were punching votes'
'What kind of people will become ministers if Laloo becomes part of a ruling coalition you can well imagine,' says director Prakash Jha, Independent candidate from Bettiah.

'I can't help it if god has made me pretty'
'I have worked with the people, for the people. I understand their pain, their anger, their needs and wants,' says Nafisa Ali.

May 7, 2004

'We would get the magic number'
Defence Minister George Fernandes says he is not in the race for prime ministership and ridicules those in the queue.

'Very often women are better than men'
'We were schoolmates. I think school friends never forget each other.' AIADMK candidate from Chennai South Bader Sayeed on her relationship with J Jayalalithaa.

May 6, 2004

'I am unstoppable in Outer Delhi'
Congressman Sajjan Kumar, once accused of involvement in the anti-Sikh pogram of 1984, says he believes in representing all the sections in his constituency.

'Vajpayee will not be PM again'
CPI-M General Secretary and 'kingmaker' Harkishen Singh Surjeet believes the BJP's allies will desert it after the election.

May 5, 2004

'Mulayam has never deviated from his secular path'
'We will get enough seats to ensure that no government is formed without the Samajwadi Party's support,' says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

'Congress is going to come to power'
The man who everybody believes will be the next chief minister of Andhra Pradesh says wait and watch.

'With me Jayalalithaa can relax'
'Jayalalithaa always meets me as a friend. She also is very much aware that I am a BJP man.' Shobha Warrier caught with Chennai North constituency candidate, Sukumaran Nambiar.

May 3, 2004

'I don't think the Sikhs will ever forget 1984'
Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma, who is seeking re-election from Outer Delhi, explains why he is confident of victory.


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