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We bring you five best stories of the Indian Express you must read before you begin your day.
1. Kejriwal’s detention fallout: Hours after Lok Sabha elections were announced, members of the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP came to blows on Wednesday evening in Gujarat, Delhi and Lucknow. In Gujarat, BJP supporters damaged AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s car. In Delhi and Lucknow, workers of the rival parties threw stones and chairs at each other, attacked each other with sticks, and shouted slogans. Kejriwal detained in Gujarat, BJP, AAP clash in three states
2. Fixing Accountability: The navy is moving in fast to fix accountability for the spate of accidents that recently hit its frontline warship with rapid-pace inquiries that have now thrown up several reasons for the incidents — from errors by the captains commanding the ships to faulty equipment and substandard quality of material. Captains’ errors to quality issues, Navy inquiries list reasons for spate of mishaps, a report by Manu Pubby
3. Clash of the Titans: In Varanasi, widely talked about as the seat Narendra Modi could contest from, supporters of Murli Manohar Joshi have put up hundreds of hoardings and banners with slogans such as “Atankwad par lage lagaaam, Dr Joshi ka paigam”, and “Bole Kashi Vishwanath, Dr Joshi ka denge saath”. Varanasi saw terror attacks in 2006 and in 2010, hence the reference to atankwad. Lalmani Verma tells in Modi fans vs Joshi fans in battle for Varanasi
4. Asia Cup 2014: At the innings break, Varun Aaron sought out Wasim Akram for some bowling advice. He might have been better off playing this game against Afghanistan instead. In fact, not only Aaron, it was inexplicable that India didn’t go with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishwar Pandey today and named an unchanged squad for their first ever ODI against Afghanistan. It was a perfect opportunity to give the reserves some game time in a dead rubber. India exit on the right note, match report by Shamik Chakrabarty.
5. Opinion: The EC is now a very experienced institution, with a well-oiled machinery. Its foremost concern every time is, of course, a peaceful poll. The safety of voters, of polling staff and even of security forces is always an overriding concern. We cannot afford to lose any lives. The muscle power of the proverbial bahubali or strongman is now history. Vulnerability mapping, deployment of paramilitary forces and the 24×7 video watch on them ensures that they behave. S Y Quraishi writes about Election Commission’s mobilisation of youth, women could define the 2014 polls. The stage is set