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‘Hawa hawai’ Modi flies seaplane to end Gujarat campaign; makes it a BJP gift

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took off this morning in a seaplane from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad and landed 35 minutes later at the Dharoi Dam, about 180 km away. Amid some controversy over PM Modi riding the single-engine seaplane - the security rule-book says the Prime Minister can only fly in twin or multi-engine aircraft - he took off from near the Sardar Bridge connecting Ahmedabad's old city with the newer parts in the west. A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the boarding. It was also touted as the first seaplane flight in India which is not true.

Gujarat campaign ends; BJP, Congress both claim to be in the race for power

The campaign cries have ended; the wait for the final voting on Thursday and then the final verdict on Monday. It’s been a high-pitch, hard campaign by the two main rivals, the BJP and the Congress. While the CM-turned PM Narendra Modi has staked everything on Gujarat, turning the campaign vicious and ugly to not only make sure that he wins but with a better margin than the last assembly elections or else it would drag down his image. But the surprise of Gujarat 2017 has been the reluctant-boy politician who seemed to have come into his own as a man-politician and conducted his campaign with maturity and rigour. The new chief of the Congress party Rahul Gandhi even if he loses has surely made a mark in Gujarat this time around.

Rahul Congress chief; the challenges and battles ahead before 2019

Rahul Gandhi's long-delayed elevation as party chief is almost over as he was on Monday elected Congress President at a time when the party is facing an "existential crisis". His main challenge remains the revamping of the party organisation, apart from electoral battles in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Pak hand in Gujarat polls: Modi must apologise for spreading lies: Manmohan

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alluding to a Pakistan hand in the Gujarat elections because of a dinner held at Congress leader Mani Shankar Iyer’s home attended by Singh among others. Unusual for the former Prime Minister, Manmohan hit back saying he was deeply pained and anguished by the falsehood and canards being spread to score political points by none other than the PM and called for an apology as an unprecedented war of words exploded between a prime minister and his predecessor in the backdrop of the bitterly-contested Gujarat election.

Teen confesses to killing mother, sister with scissors, pizza cutter

Police have claimed to have solved the sensational double murder of a woman and her 11-year-old daughter after tracing her 15-year-old son who they said has confessed to killing them with a pair of scissors and a pizza cutter because he was scolded and beaten up at home over a minor issue.