Conduct trouble for touring Ramdev

Meanwhile: Modi most searched on Google

Published: October 9, 2013 3:34:51 am

Conduct trouble for touring Ramdev

Raipur: Yoga guru Ramdev,who has been touring Chhattisgarh as the BJP government’s official guest,has been accused of campaigning for the party. Following a complaint by the Congress and CPI that he violated the code of conduct,the election commission annulled Ramdev’s ‘guest’ status Monday and asked for video recordings of his programmes. “Action will be taken if he is found guilty of violating the model code,” Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kujur said. In that case,the expenditure incurred on him by the government would be transferred to the BJP’s poll account. Ramdev,visiting the state for the Voter Awareness Campaign,sparked the controversy when he allegedly started asking people to vote for the Raman Singh government,praised BJP leaders and also urged people to “uproot the Congress”. ENS

Change of plan after Asaram arrest

Raipur: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s arrest has impacted Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s plan to get him,yoga guru Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to jointly campaign for him during the elections. The BJP was banking on their combined appeal to garner votes,but Asaram’s arrest,that too in a rape case,has forced a change in strategy. While Ravi Shankar toured the state last week and Ramdev is visiting currently,the saffron camp has cautiously distanced itself from the godman. ENS

Security forces gear up to tackle Maoists

New Delhi: Security agencies are chalking out a strategy for Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh,where Assembly elections will be held in two phases in November. The state police recently had a meeting with representatives of central security forces CRPF,BSF,ITBP and CISF,which would assist them during the polls. The Centre has put around 3,000-3,500 security personnel from the central forces on standby and three districts — Sukma,Bijapur and Narayanpur — have been put in the “high-sensitive” category. Seventeen of the 27 districts in the state are Maoist-affected. The Ministry of Home Affairs will also hold a meeting of the central forces and the state police to discuss the strategy. ENS

Meanwhile: Modi most searched on Google

NEW DELHI: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi’s strong online presence seems to have had an impact on the number of times his name was searched online. In a report released on Tuesday,Google said Modi was the most searched Indian politician on its search engine from March 1 to August 31. He is followed by top Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi,Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. The fifth most searched politician across the country is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal. Others in the top 10 are J Jayalalithaa,Akhilesh Yadav,Nitish Kumar,Sushma Swaraj and Digvijaya Singh. The most searched party on Google is BJP,followed by Congress,AAP,BSP and Shiv Sena. Google refused to divulge the number of search queries of these parties or politicians. ENS

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