A protester throws a stone at policemen during a protest against the house arrest of Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, in Srinagar, J&K. The step comes a day after the moderate Hurriyat Conference made a complete about-turn and called for a boycott of the Lok Sabha elections in the Kashmir valley.
Women voters hold ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their votes during the 2nd phase of elections, at Ghonashi village near Karad in Maharashtra. More than 55 percent of the nearly 200 million voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of Lok Sabha polling across 12 states, which was by and large peaceful barring stray violence in naxal-infested areas Jharkhand and Bihar.
Hair and Now. Cashing in on daddy's clout for a Bollywood debut, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag is busy campaigning in Dalit bastis and roadshows. The chirag of Paswan khandan seeks to be a politician not just in reel but in real life too.
Passengers of a train that was hijacked by Maoist rebels alight as the train arrives at Daltangunj Railway station, Jharkhand. Suspected communist rebels freed nearly 300 train passengers unharmed after keeping them hostage for almost five hours at a railway station, a day before the second phase of national elections that the naxals have vowed to disrupt.
Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami with the next CEC Navin Chawla and Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi in New Delhi. Gopalaswami retires today and Chawla will take charge on April 21, 2009.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists burned Salman Khan's effigy after some parts of a Lord Krishna statue faced damage due to Salman’s road show which was held in a city to support Congress Lok Sabha candidate Satyajit Gaekwad. Salman who has campaigned across parties is of the opinion that his support is out of respect for all candidates who are good enough.
Bangalore south constituency's independent candidate G.R. Gopinath, left, BJP candidate Anantha Kumar, center, and Janata Dal Secular's candidate K.E. Radhakrishna react before participating in a public debate in Bangalore.
Assam Pradesh Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita, right, presents a Sarai, a traditional Assamese memento to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Assam state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi looks on during an election campaign rally in Guwahati.
"Advertisement or Theatrics/satire?" asks the graffiti as Mamata is shown writing "make Kolkata into London... Digha to Goa... Darjeeling to Switzerland". Behind her is written "mother, nature, man". Do e-mail us with better translations at mail[at the rate]outlookindia[dot]com
"The Nano has gone from Bengal... didi does'nt give a damn... jobless youth should stay jobless... a farmer's son a farmer... tell people false things to gather votes... thats what makes didi happy!... holding Modi's hand... the Nano happily leaves... at the downfall of the student youth... didi dances in glee"
"Votes have come at the cost of burning men. The saffronites and the green and the blues have come to a coalition. People understand as nobody is blindfolded... the craft sectors have been removed... So is this the plan for the upcoming year...?"
A series of election graffiti lampooning Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee have come up in Kolkata. This one depicts Banerjee telling party candidate from Jadavpur constituency Kabir Suman, "everyday, when I wake up in the morning I want to see the dead bodies of five CPM communists".
After campaigning for Congress candidate Anu Tandon, BJP's Vinod Khanna, Congress' Milind Deora, Salman Khan now campaigns for Union Minister and congress candidate Kamal Nath in Chindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
Presently, there are 8,28,804 polling stations in the country, as compared to 6,87,402 polling stations in 2004 Lok Sabha polls. Of these, as many as 12,901 new polling stations have been set up for villages having less than 300 electors.
Security personnel, some from police and the rest from Home Guards, wait to receive their quota of bullets before being deployed in polling areas at Gaya a day before polls. Gaya has several sensitive areas where the ultra left wing axial have allegedly called for poll boycott.
Congress candidate for Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency, Kapil Sibal, with Oscar Fernandes and other party leaders at the inauguration of his central election office at Gujranwala Town, in New Delhi.
Bihari pride at stake...Congress candidate from Patna Saheb, Shekhar Suman took a dig at BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha alleging that Sinha did nothing to protect the 'Bihari pride' during the MNS attacks in Mumbai last year.