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The festival of Holi passing off peacefully in most parts of the country is covered by the electronic media. On its website, The Times of India reports that BSF jawans and officials celebrated a colourful Holi at the Attari International Border, in a spirit of bon homie and cheer.
The Hindustan Times writes that the BJP's decision to field Narendra Modi from Varanasi, is aimed at reaping political dividends in Poorvanchal - comprising east Uttar Pradesh and some districts of west Bihar. The BJP is confident about the calculated risk of replacing sitting Varanasi parliamentarian Murli Manohar Joshi with Modi, even in the face of dissent.
In the season of fast changing political loyalties, the Indian Express in its e-paper writes that Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar, who represented the party’s views on English news channels, has quit the party to join the National Congress Party and that opposition Congress leaders in Odisha have shifted by the dozens to the BJD.
The Statesman writes that though Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi may be trying to reach out to the tribal population across the country, his government’s commitment to build Polavaram dam has antagonised the Konda Reddi tribe, settled in the submergence zone. The proposed Polavaram irrigation project in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh has been granted the status of a national project.
The Times of India headline reads, "Missing Malaysian jet: Mystery deepens", as a new timeline reveals that the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.
And finally, Hindustan Times carries a cartoon showing an MP with folded palms and a pandit performing a hawan, as MPs have chosen the 'Vedic Chant Route' to poll success for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Some candidates insist on Sava Lakh chants while others want nothing less than Sava Crore i.e. 1.25 crore chants. The fee for one candidate for one ritual can run into anything like several lakhs.