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With the country neck deep in elections, the front page headlines predictably are dominated by election news. In what could cause embarrassment to the BJP, the Asian Age highlights senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi's comment, "No Modi wave, only wave for BJP". In a front page banner headline, the Times of India reports "Priyanka was very keen to fight Modi in Varanasi but Congress leadership said no".
The PMO's denial of the claims made by Sanjaya Baru, a former media adviser to the Prime Minister, in his recently published book, that PMO files were seen by Congress President Sonia Gandhi is widely reported. The Tribune reports "PMO rubbishes Baru's claims, says no file shown to Sonia".
A book by former coal secretary P C Parakh is in the news too. On the coal block allocation process, the Times of India reports him as saying in his book "PMO, ministers stymied PM on open bidding".
In a front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times reports the BJP President Rajnath Singh as telling the paper that the BJP does not propose to change India's no-first-use nuclear policy.
Most papers take note of the attack on a National Conference leader in Kashmir's Pulwama district by two militants. "Two cops killed in attack on NC leader" reports the Pioneer. The Indian Express adds "Militants later killed in gunbattle; NC hints at PDP role".
How serious is the political class in addressing the problem of criminalisation of politics? Drawing attention to the views of Law Commission chairman Justice A P Shah,The Times of India writes "Law panel chief says political class not serious about electoral reforms".
And finally, The Tribune reports that the indelible ink used on the finger after you vote is exported to 28 countries. It cannot be removed by any oil, detergent or chemical and only disappears when new skin cells grow. So raise your index finger in pride!!!