Sunday, March 23, 2014

Only 120 winning candidates in 2009 got over 50% votes

The troubles in the BJP after senior leader Jaswant Singh was denied the Barmer Lok Sabha ticket get top billing in the papers today. On the possibility of Mr Singh contesting as an independent, the Pioneer says "Hurt Jaswant may quit BJP, go it alone". The Asian Age writes "Sushma says pained by denial of ticket to leader".
With the elections drawing near, many parties are releasing their manifestoes and these are keenly tracked by the press. Commenting on the TMC manifesto, the Pioneer writes "Didi manifesto seeks reforms, roti, kapda, makan". The Indian Express highlights the MDMK manifesto as it reports "Vaiko releases MDMK manifesto, calls for United States of India".
While on the issue of elections, the Times of India raises an important concern about the representative nature of our democracy. It cites data to report "Only 120 winning candidates in 2009 got over 50% votes".
In a special front page story, the Times of India cites the Annual Health Survey data of the Census to inform that there has been a big drop in the sex ratio in nine states in the 0-4 age group.
The Tribune, the Hindu and the Asian Age highlight an admission by the Sri Lankan army that it's soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits after a video appeared on a dissident website.
And finally, do you know which is the most popular English word? No idea....? Well its okay, if you don't know it. Yes indeed, the word is OK, report the Asian Age and the Times of India.

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