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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Narendra Modi could tilt the scales for BJP withseats

Narendra Modi could tilt the scales for BJP with 220 seats

New Delhi, May 22: If Narendra Modi is projected as BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, the NDA seats tally will reach 220 says a Headlines TodayCVoter opinion poll.

Otherwise, the BJP will emerge as the single biggest party with 137 seats, a jump of 21 from its total in 2009 with the Congress finishing second at 116, the opinion poll suggested. The UPAs tally is set to crash by 95 in the Lok Sabha elections for 2014 said the survey.

The Poll said that projecting Narendra Modi as the NDAs candidate for PM will help the UPA it will get 23 more seats but it will almost double it will get NDA 41 more seats the advantage for the NDA.

Narendra Modi would ensure the BJPs emphatic victory in home state Gujarat, said the poll.

The opinion poll said the tally of the Janata DalUnited, which is not keen on Modi, could drop to half in Bihar if it dumps NDA over the issue, while the BJP can win 18 seats in Bihar on its own if it does project Modi.

The Headlines TodayCVoter poll, conducted between March and May 2013 among 1.2 lakh randomly selected people in 540 Lok Sabha segments.

The survey said Andhra Pradesh was a swing state and is set to desert the Congress for YS Jaganmohan Reddy Jagan. YSR Congress will gain 11 seats and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi will win 11 more.

In Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhis charm has faded in the intervening four years as the Congress is likely be reduced to 7 from 21. The biggest gainer is the ruling Samajwadi Party with 29 seats, it predicted..

Khodorkovskys prison term cut

Khodorkovskys prison term cut

MOSCOW AP Russias highest court on Tuesday reduced by two months the 11year prison terms for jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner, who had asked the court to overturn their verdicts and release them immediately.

The ruling means that Khodorkovsky, once Russias richest man, is set to be released in August 2014, and his partner Platon Lebedev would be set free in May 2014.

Their lawyers said they would appeal the ruling, which also upheld the 2010 guilty verdict. Khodorkovskys father said he was disappointed by the unlawful verdict.

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were arrested in 2003 and convicted in 2005 of evading taxes on the Yukos oil company in the case widely seen as President Vladimir Putins revenge for Khodorkovskys challenge to his power.

Last month, Europes top human rights court dismissed claims that Khodorkovsky was prosecuted for political reasons in the first case, but said that some procedures during a trial against him were unfair.

Khodorkovskys Yukos oil company was dismantled after his arrest, with its most lucrative assets ending up in the hands of stateowned Rosneft.

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were convicted again in a second case in 2010 on charges of stealing oil from Yukos and laundering the proceeds. Last December, the Moscow City Court reduced their prison sentence from 13 years to 11 years.

Addressing the Supreme Court via video link from his prison colony in northwestern Russia, Khodorkovsky urged it to overturn what he called the juridically illiterate verdict.

He said that the 2010 verdict, which found him guilty of stealing oil, was in contradiction to his first verdict, which found him guilty of not paying taxes on that same oil.

Khodorkovskys supporters fear that investigators are preparing yet another set of charges to keep him behind bars.

In May, Sergei Guriev, a leading liberal economist, fled Russia saying he wanted to escape pressure from a new probe focusing on an independent report that was critical of the 2010 verdict. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.