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Narendra Modi has gone from giving no interviews to giving two a day. The gratified interviewers ask what they have to but don't press. On CNBC Awaaz Sanjay Pugalia's treatment of him was in sharp contrast to his treatment of Arvind Kejriwal in an earlier interview with the latter. Most curious was Times Now's choice of an interviewer: how come it wasn't Arnab Goswami?

Some sixty  well-known directors, actors, screenwriters, editors, producers, lyricists and others have put out an appeal to "vote secular". No party names mentioned, of course. The list includes Vishal Bhardwaj, Govind Nihalani, Saeed Mirza, Zoya Akhtar, Nandita Das, Anand Patwardhan, Rakesh Sharma, Hansal Mehta, Saket Chaudhary, Mahesh Bhatt, Shubha Mudgal, and Kundan Shah.

Loksatta today (April 18) reported EC serving notices to 146 Lok Sabha candidates in Maharashtra, including Praful Patel, for "paid news" use in the poll campaign but no media organisation receiving payments was identified.

A TV viewer writes: 'A BJP ad across TV channels, shows Narendra Modi telling viewers in India that all they have to do is press a particular button on the EVM, and the vote would go directly to him. This is false as the vote goes to the candidate in the constituency where the voter is enrolled. Surely the channels have a duty to check the content they are broadcasting, even if it is a paid advertisement?' Maybe Mr Modi has really begun to believe that this is a presidential election.

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