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Hema Malini Clarifies Controversial Remarks on Vrindavan Widows
Vrindavan: Actor-turned-BJP parliamentarian Hema Malini today supplied her clarification in a series of tweets after a controversy over her comment that "widows from Bengal and Bihar should stay there" and not crowd Vrindavan, the holy city in Uttar Pradesh home to thousands of destitute women.

"I only want to say that sons should not throw their mothers out but arrange to take care of them and provide for them. This awareness is lacking. Also most ... Read More
BJP releases list of candidates for Maharashtra
New Delhi: A day after ending its 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena following differences over seat sharing, the BJP Friday released a list of 172 candidates for the assembly polls in Maharashtra.

The list includes names of several party leaders including Eknathrao Khadse and Vinod Tawde.
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NCP's rotational chief minister proposal stumps Congress
New Delhi/Mumbai: Sharad Pawar's NCP has brought a rabbit out of its hat by raising the demand for rotational chief ministership which appears to have made tricky the seat sharing issue with Congress in Maharashtra.

A senior Congress leader gave such an indication this evening as the high command was grappling over the issue brought up by NCP at the last minute.

Central leaders like AK Antony and Mallikarjun Kharge are in touch with Congress leaders in ... Read More
Would be a Pity if Congress-NCP Alliance Breaks Up: Shashi Tharoor
New Delhi: As talks with the NCP over seat sharing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra remain "inconclusive", the Congress today said it will "not "compromise" on self-respect but added that it would be a "pity" if their alliance breaks up.

"It is a good thing to have the alliance and I hope they will have a decent compromise solution because obviously this is an alliance which has lasted and has succeeded for election ... Read More
Maharashtra polls: BJP to contest in 119 seats
Mumbai: Ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls scheduled for 15 October, the Shiv Sena had its first victory of sorts as it firmly denied its senior alliance partner BJP's demand to field 135 candidates. The BJP, which is keen to maintain the alliance with the Shiv Sena, has now sent a list of 119 candidates to the party’s parliamentary boards.

BJP's move comes a day after its dismal performance in the recently held by-polls. It has ... Read More
Victory for Shiv Sena as BJP climbs down, settles for 119 seats
Mumbai: Ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls scheduled for 15 October, the Shiv Sena had its first victory of sorts as it firmly denied its senior alliance partner BJP's demand to field 135 candidates. The BJP, which is keen to maintain the alliance with the Shiv Sena, has now sent a list of 119 candidates to the party’s parliamentary boards.

BJP's move comes a day after its dismal performance in the recently held by-polls. It has ... Read More
BJP leaders meet Mahayuti alliance partners to discuss seat-sharing
Mumbai: Senior BJP leaders Vinod Tawde and Devendra Fadnavis met the partners of the Mahayuti (grand alliance) on Wednesday to discuss the seat-sharing strategy for the upcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra.
BJP met the Mahayuti alliance to try and resolve the seat-sharing tiff. AFP

BJP met the Mahayuti alliance to try and resolve the seat-sharing tiff. AFP

The meeting which took place in suburban Mumbai was attended by Raju Shetty of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS), Rashtriya Samaj ... Read More
Stalin denies rift with Karunanidhi
Dispelling impressions of a father-son rift in the DMK, party’s Treasurer and youth wing leader M.K. Stalin on Wednesday asserted that attempts in some quarters to drive a wedge between him and the party’s unquestioned leader M. Karunanidhi would not succeed.

In a statement here, he said those who were actually behind such attempts would fall a prey to their own designs.

Mr. Stalin, who has been meeting party leaders, functionaries and seniors across the State, said ... Read More
Four independent MLAs join Maharashtra Congress in major boost to the party
In a major boost to the Congress party in Maharashtra, four independent MLAs have joined the party ahead of the Assembly Elections in the state. This comes at a time when the Congress-NCP leaders are making a beeline to join the Shiv Sena and BJP following their rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

On Wednesday, the four MLAs joined the Congress in presence of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, state congress ... Read More
Kumar Vishwas dares AAP to expel him
Source : IANS
New Delhi: AAP leader Kumar Vishwas Tuesday said it was not wrong if he attended Prime Minister's Narendra Modi birthday function.

"The party can expel me if it sees any wrong in attending the prime minister's birthday function," Vishwas told a news channel.

Modi's birthday is on September 17.

Vishwas, one of the founder members of the Aam Aadmi Party, praised Modi for visiting the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
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BJP's move to form Delhi govt, unconstitutional: Congress
New Delhi: Terming BJP's reported move to form government in Delhi as "unethical and unconstitutional", Congress today said the saffron outfit does not have the numbers to do so and vowed to launch a "fight to the finish" against it.

Launching the "Aakrosh Rally" against BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Northeast Delhi's Ghonda assembly constituency, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Arvinder Singh Lovely said electing a chief minister and proving the majority in ... Read More
Young turks vs veterans: Congress battle heats up
The normally reticent Rahul Gandhi has shown some signs of emerging from his shell since the UPA lost power. First he trooped into the well of Lok Sabha to demand a debate on communal violence, then made an impromptu statement that the government wasn't listening to anyone, and in perhaps his most incisive attack so far, accused the Prime Minister of failing to govern

"The PM is playing drum in Japan while there is no electricity ... Read More
Congress distances itself from Janardan Dwivedi’s remark on age bar
TNN

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday distanced itself from party leader Janardan Dwivedi's comment regarding age bar on politicians even as another senior party colleague Digvijaya Singh supported him.

The party, however, refused to comment on whether disciplinary action would follow against Dwivedi.

"This is his view and he is certainly entitled to it ... This is not the party view," said Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi. "This is not the party stand. This is his personal ... Read More
Azam Khan slams appointment of Kalyan Singh as Rajasthan Governor
Jalaun(UP): A day after Kalyan Singh was made Rajasthan Governor, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan today

accused the BJP-led NDA government of appointing a person accused in the Babri mosque demolition case to the gubernatorial office.

Azam told reporters that while Kalyan Singh has been "rewarded" by his appointment as Governor, BJP MLA Sangeet Som has been provided with Z category security.

Azam Khan. Ibnlive

Azam Khan. Ibnlive

The SP leader also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "taking power ... Read More
BJP names central parliamentary board; Advani, Joshi axed
New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday named its central parliamentary board with party president Amit Shah as its chairperson, a statement from the party office said.

The 12-member board has Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as its members.

The other members are Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Ramlal.
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Karunanidhi seeks Bharat Ratna for DMK founder Annadurai
Source : ''IANS

Chennai: DMK president M. Karunanidhi Sunday suggested that party founder, the late C.N. Annadurai, be conferred the Bharat Ratna award.

In a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, copies of which was released to the media here, Karunanidhi said: "The founder of the DMK Arignar Anna (C.N. Annadurai) is a great social reformer, great writer, orator, and litterateur of Tamil Nadu."

"His literary and political works, both in Tamil and English, have been acclaimed as one ... Read More
Bhim Singh asks Parliament to amend Article 370 to end political anarchy
Kota (Rajasthan), August 18, 2014: Addressing a largely attended Press Conference in Kota, Rajasthan, late last evening, Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron and Member of NIC warned the political leadership in the country to end political anarchy, uncertainty and constitution disparity vis-a-via Jammu and Kashmir imposed by the Constituent Assembly through Article 370. He said, though, Article 370 was a temporary phase meant to curb the power of the then Maharaja Hari Singh who ... Read More
Why BJP chief Amit Shah showed Varun Gandhi the door
BJP president Amit Shah's decision to drop two-time MP Varun Gandhi as general secretary has raised eyebrows given that the party claims the way forward is through young blood.

While the party has not yet expressed why Varun was dropped from the national executive, sources within the party have said it is largely because of Narendra Modi's policy against nepotism. As Varun's mother Maneka is a minister in the BJP-led government, Varun had to be shown ... Read More
Amit Shah unveils BJP's new crack team: Varun Gandhi out, Yeddyurappa in
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah announced a new team of 11 vice-presidents and eight general secretaries to lead the party into the coming Assembly elections.

Amit Shah was ratified as BJP president on Saturday. Reuters

Amit Shah was ratified as BJP president on Saturday. Reuters

Assembly elections are to be held later this year in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and, possibly, in Delhi too.

Shah's new team includes as vice-presidents Bandaru Dattatreya, former Karnataka chief minister ... Read More
NPP Supremo invites all Panthers to return to realize ‘Jammu State’ mission
Jammu, Aug. 10, 2014: Addressing a press conference at Press club, this morning Prof. Bhim Singh, NPP Chief Patron congratulated the people all over the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir on the ‘Raksha Bandhan Day’ which as a great tradition, social and moral values in the society. He was too optimistic when he in his message to the people said that the next Raksha Bandhan shall be celebrated in Jammu State, Kashmir State ... Read More
Govt withdraws from RS UPA's bill on judicial appointments
New Delhi: Ignoring strong opposition from Congress, Government today withdrew in Rajya Sabha UPA's bill for making judicial appointments and promised to replace it with a new and comprehensive one as other opposition parties supported the move.

Congress got isolated in the Upper House as members from Samajwadi Party, BSP, AIADMK, DMK and TMC openly supported the government's bid to reform the judicial appointments process, with some asking Congress not to oppose the move only for ... Read More
Lalu campaigns with Nitish Kumar in Bihar, advises Mulayam and Mayawati to join hands in UP
TNN
NEW DELHI: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday launched a joint campaign for the August 21 byelection to 10 assembly seats in Bihar.

The two former chief ministers shared stage after nearly 23 years, marking the beginning of a new phase in the politics of the state.

Lalu attacked the NDA govt and took digs at Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally at Hajipur with Nitish Kumar.

The two leaders also attacked ... Read More
Priyanka refutes reports of a post in the Congress
Priyanka Gandhi refuted claims that she is looking for a larger role in the Congress.
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AAP accuses BJP of trying to buy its MLAs
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today once again accused BJP of trying to "buy its MLAs" in order to form the government in Delhi, claiming that they were being offered money and ministerial berths to support the saffron outfit.

"Since the apex court's direction has come on dissolution of Delhi Assembly, BJP has approached five of our MLAs and offered them crores of rupees to support it in forming the government," AAP leader Manish Sisodia ... Read More
Absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha from Rajya Sabha questioned
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actor Rekha on Friday came under attack in Rajya Sabha for attending the House for only three and seven days, respectively, since their nomination two years back.

P. Rajeeve of CPI (M) raised the issue of long-duration absence of celebrities as he wanted to know whether they have sought permission for it.

Responding to this, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said Mr. Rajeeve and some other members had raised the issue earlier ... Read More
Minister's reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha
New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time in the Lok Sabha, a minister spoke in Tamil to respond to a question put in Tamil.

Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair's permission to reply in Tamil to a supplementary posed by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan.

The member raised the the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India ... Read More
Venkaiah Naidu holds meetings with Andhra, Telangana CMs
Hyderabad: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu held separate meetings with Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana here today and asked them to prepare detailed reports on projects that require Central assistance.

The Union Minister handed over notes on the Central schemes being implemented in the two states and their current status, officials said.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Talking to reporters after his meeting with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, ... Read More
Sikh politics: Is Congress playing with fire again by forming a Akal Takht in Haryana?
Sikh politics ahead of the Haryana Assembly poll likely to be held later this year has heated up after the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana passed a legislation formatting a separate Gurudwara management committee for Haryana. This legislation has directly challenged the supremacy of the Amritsar-based Akal Takht putting the Parkash Singh Bal-led Akali Dal government in neighbouring Punjab in an uncomfortable position.

As a result of that development in the Haryana Assembly, Badal has ... Read More
Chapati-gate: Neither Centre nor Maharashtra govt acts against Sena MPs
While there may have been ample media outrage of the 11 Shiv Sena MPs caught abusing the catering staff at the new Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi and attempting to force-feed staffer Arshad Zubair despite his pleas that he was fasting, it appears that neither the NDA government at the Centre nor the Congress-led government in Maharashtra is keen to pursue the case and prosecute those guilty.
The new Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. Image: Website

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Will Kejriwal change his mind on Haryana? AAP’s state unit hopes so
by Pallavi Polanki

The bruising the Aam Admi Party received in the Lok Sabha elections seems to have put off senior leaders including party chief Arvind Kejriwal from electoral ventures outside of Delhi, at least for now.

Yogendra Yadav, the party’s face in Haryana, who has been a strong advocate of AAP asserting itself as a national party, has made no secret of his disappointment over the party’s thinking on the issue. But he has ... Read More
Stormy session of JKNPP in Jammu
One-day stormy Session of the Panthers Party activists was held today in Brahmin Sabha, Jammu under the chairmanship of Shri Harsh Dev Singh MLA, Chairman JKNPP. Nearly six hundreds delegates from every District participated to reached a unanimous that, “there shall be no alliance with any communal party in the coming election and the party shall contest the coming Assembly election on its own”.

District Presidents, Young Panthers leaders, Members of the Secretariat ... Read More
Amid Modi’s Centrist Shift, an Aide With a Turbulent Past Rises
By ELLEN BARRY and SUHASINI RAJ
MUZAFFARNAGAR, India — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new junior minister for agriculture, Sanjeev Balyan, is a first-time officeholder famous for precisely one thing: After two Hindu men were killed in an altercation with Muslims in his district last summer, he rallied crowds of angry young men from his caste, urging them to protect their own kind.
At the time, the police listed Dr. Balyan, a veterinarian, as one of 14 politicians ... Read More
Mallikarjun Kharge gives patient hearing to dissidents
TNN

GUWAHATI: After Congress dissidents 'spoke freely' before Congress parliamentary party (CPP) leader Mallikarjun Kharge here on Monday, chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who met the senior Congressman on Tuesday morning, admitted later that some MLAs have asked for a change in leadership.

Gogoi said, "Differences of opinion are there. Some want change in the leadership. Reiterating Kharge's unity call to Congressmen on Monday, Gogoi said, "Congress should work together to fight against the NDA and BJP. ... Read More
Bhupinder Hooda, Prithvira Chavan meet Congress leadership, change of CM soon in Assam
PTI

NEW DELHI: Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his Maharashtra counterpart Prithviraj Chavan held talks with Congress central leadership here amid indications that decision on replacement of chief ministers will be made soon starting with Assam.

Hooda had a 30-minute meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi this morning while Chavan met her political secretary Ahmed Patel here last night for nearly an hour.

Senior minister from Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma was also likely to meet ... Read More
Congress Demands Dismissal of V K Singh from Ministry
By PTI
NEW DELHI: Congress today sought immediate dismissal of Gen (Retd) V K Singh from the Council of Ministers over his tweets against next Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, alleging that he had made "highly derogatory" remarks against the armed forces.

"Even after his own government has indicted him (V K Singh), the language used by him in a tweet this morning is highly derogatory. To call a next Chief of Army Staff ... Read More
BJP Leader Shot Dead in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh
Muzaffarnagar: As chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who faces intense criticism over crime in Uttar Pradesh, met senior police officers in Lucknow today, came the news that a BJP leader had been shot dead in Muzaffarnagar this morning.

Omvir, 40, was the deputy leader of the BJP in the town of Mirapur in western UP. He was walking towards his farm from his home, when he was shot at by gunmen on a bike. He reportedly ... Read More
PM Nawaz Sharif gifts “saree” to Narendra Modi's mother
New Delhi, June 5: It seems that India-Pakistan ties are heading in the right and positive direction. The prime ministers of both the countries are gifting each other's mothers with shawl and saree.
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After Yashwant Sinha's Arrest, BJP protests Against Power Cuts in Hazaribagh
The BJP has scaled up its protests in Hazaribagh and surrounding areas in Jharkhand to press for an improvement in power supply in the region.
Hazaribagh: The BJP has scaled up its protests in Hazaribagh and surrounding areas in Jharkhand to press for an improvement in power supply in the region, two days after a local court sent senior party leader and former Union minister Yashwant Sinha to jail for a fortnight.

Mr Sinha, whose son ... Read More
Can Omar And His National Conference Bounce Back in Kashmir?
SRINAGAR: Would the haste with which the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government is taking populist steps help the regional National Conference(NC) make the much-needed turnaround and would Chief Minister Omar Abdullah continue to be the party's poster boy for the assembly polls later this year?

Abdullah owned moral responsibility for the poll debacle, but also squarely blamed his lieutenants for it.

"How can I blame the (alliance partner) Congress for not voting in favour of the NC ... Read More
Coalition with RJD is not on the cards right now
There are no permanent friends or foes in politics. It's true that the RJD supported us on the trust vote, but it doesn't mean we needed them, says Bihar new chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi.

After the Janata Dal-United's humiliating defeat in the general elections, senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister of Bihar and appointed Jitan Ram Manjhi as his successor. In an interview with Satyavrat Mishra, the newly appointed chief minister talks ... Read More
Jayalalithaa sets date with PM Narendra Modi
TAMIL Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 3. She, along with her 37 MPs, had boycotted Modi’s swearing-in, protesting the decision to invite Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. AIADMK is the third largest party in the new Lok Sabha.

But now that she has registered her protest, the Chief Minister has moved on to business, deciding to call on Modi at his South Block office on Tuesday. A ... Read More
Poor representation for Tamil Nadu in Union Cabinet
It was only after 1996 that the State got good representation in the Union Cabinet

This is not the first time that Tamil Nadu has no Cabinet Minister at the Centre. The State, this time, has to be content with a single Minister of State, as the Bharatiya Janata Party alliance could emerge victorious only in two of the 39 constituencies.

Even on a few occasions in the past, Tamil Nadu did not get Cabinet Ministers despite ... Read More
BSP Wipeout: Is Mayawati Losing Touch With Her Vote Bank?
By Ranjana Narayan | IANS

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led BJP wave has left many political parties reeling, but perhaps the most surprising has been the demolition of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Party chief Mayawati has blamed the wipeout on support to the UPA government; but has the feisty former chief minister lost touch with her vote bank?

The BSP, which had 21 seats in the 15th Lok Sabha, and was expected to do well this time ... Read More
DMK Chief's Son, Stalin, Takes Back Offer to Resign
Chennai: MK Stalin has taken back his offer to resign as the Treasurer of the DMK hours after offering to quit owning responsibility for his party's dismal performance in national election. Mr Stalin was the face of the DMK's campaign, and his party failed to get a single seat in Tamil Nadu.

Mr Stalin's U-turn came after party chief and his father M Karunanidhi told him that resignation is not necessary. Supporters of Mr Stalin too ... Read More
TDP, TRS win Seemandhra, Telangana Assembly Polls
By PTI

HYDERABAD: TDP and TRS stormed to power with a bang in Seemandhra and Telangana respectively, while Congress ended up as the biggest loser in Lok Sabha as well as Legislative Assembly polls held in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP-BJP alliance has won 106 of the 175 assembly seats in Seemandhra, winning 18 seats additional to the magic figure of 88, required to form the government in residuary Andhra Pradesh. YSR Congress emerged victorious in 67 ... Read More
Number of women elected to Lok Sabha less than 2009
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) This Lok Sabha will have a lesser number of women than the last time with just 55 women being elected to the lower house of parliament as compared to 59 in 2009.

Some of the prominent women winners were Congress president Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Leader of Opposition in the outgoing Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh and actor Kirron Kher from Chandigarh.

West Bengal ... Read More
TDP-BJP Combine Bags 20 Seats in Seemandhra; Leading in over 80
By PTI

HYDERABAD: The TDP-BJP combine has bagged 20 Assembly seats and was leading in another 85, while YSR Congress emerged victorious in 16 segments and was ahead in another 51 among the 175 constituencies in Seemandhra.

TDP candidate from Bheemili Assembly seat in Visakhapatnam district Ganta Srinivasa Rao defeated his nearest YSRCP rival Karri Seetharam, official sources said.

In Visakhapatnam West Assembly segment, TDP nominee Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu defeated his nearest rival and YSRCP candidate Vamsi Krishna.

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Election Results 2014: Armed with Massive Victory, Narendra Modi Meets His Mother
New Delhi: The India map wears saffron this morning as Narendra Modi, a former RSS pracharak, leads the BJP to the strongest showing by a political party since 1984. (India Decides 2014: Track Live Results Here)

That year, the Congress had swept the general elections in a strong sympathy wave after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The BJP, then a four-year-old party, had won two Lok Sabha seats.

Today, the party looks set to win ... Read More
Historic victory, says Jayalalithaa
Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday termed the AIADMK's victory in the Lok Sabha election as "historic".

"It is a historic, unparalleled, unprecedented victory without any alliance. I would like to thank all those who worked for the victory," she told reporters here.

She conveyed her best wishes to the country's new prime minister Narendra Modi and said her party would act as a responsible political party.

She declined to comment on the ... Read More
BJP, SP enacting drama in Varanasi for poll gains: Mayawati
PTI
LUCKNOW: Terming Narendra Modi's rally being denied in the temple town and the ensuing protests from the saffron party leaders in Varanasi as a "new drama", BSP supremo Mayawati has alleged that BJP in connivance with SP were "doing" this to influence the elections on the remaining seats in the state.

"The elections in 18 seats are left in which BJP and SP stalwarts Narendra Modi and Mulayam Singh are contesting from Varanasi and Azamgarh seats. ... Read More
Lalu Wants to Send Modi to Pakistan; BJP says Send Him Instead
PTI

Patna: Bihar leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, well-known for his offbeat comments, has suggested that "sending Narendra Modi to Pakistan is the best medicine for him."

The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader was reacting to Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan's statement yesterday that if Mr Modi is elected Prime Minister of India, it will destabilise the region.

"Send Narendra Modi to Pakistan, then only any question of destabilisation will arise. His people talk about sending others to ... Read More
BJP releases video targeting Robert Vadra's land deals
TNN
NEW DELHI: BJP on Sunday once again targeted Robert Vadra over his land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan and accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul of helping him.

The party screened a video accusing the Haryana and Rajasthan governments of colluding with Robert Vadra to help him acquire lands fraudulently.

The video also accuses Sonia Gandhi of facilitating illegal land deals for her son-in-law.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad detailed the charges against Vadra and denied that the party ... Read More
Mamata, Jayalalithaa keen to block Modi as PM (Comment: Special to IANS)
Since the assassination of Indira Gandhi on Oct 31, 1984, women politicians have steered clear of having a go at the high office of prime minister.

For one, they are mostly regional satraps and not strictly in the national arena. Importantly, garnering 272 plus on their own out of the 543 elected seats in the Lok Sabha to stake claim in forming the government, even in good times, is a difficult ask.

Despite the inherent handicap, it ... Read More
Priyanka Vadra takes jibe at Narendra Modi, warns against concentration of PTI
Targeting Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today warned against concentration of power in one person.

A day after breaking her silence on the continued "political" attacks on her husband Robert Vadra, the Congress star campaigner maintained that personal attacks should be avoided in electioneering and focus should be on real issues affecting the people.

"If all power is concentrated in the hands of one person, is it a good thing? Or should people have power?" she asked ... Read More
Jaya ends whirlwind campaigning; says she is better than Modi in governance
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today wound up her gruelling 51-day campaign across 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during which she exhorted the people to vote for her party in April 24 polls and make it part of the next government to protect their interests.

Ending her campaign in the city on the eve of deadline for electioneering, she signed off in style by claiming, "The lady in ... Read More
Modi Uses Baru Book to Hit Out Against Sonia, Rahul
By PTI - KAKOIJAN

Narendra Modi today hit out at Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi over the claims made in a book by the Prime Minister's former aide, saying the mother and son would have to pay the "price" for running the UPA government from behind the scene.

"The book 'The Accidental Prime Minister' by Sanjaya Baru has brought to fore what we (BJP) have been saying for so long - that mother and son were the ... Read More
321 candidates in sixth phase have criminal cases against them
New Delhi: A total of 321 out of 2,071 candidates from 117 seats that will go to polls on April 24 in the sixth phase have criminal cases against them.

30 out of 94 candidates from Congress, 20 out of 77 candidates from BJP, 13 out of 91 candidates from AAP, 27 out of 111 candidates fielded by BSP and 76 out of 972 independent candidates have declared that they face criminal cases in their self-sworn ... Read More
Narendra Modi reaches out to Mamata Banerjee, hopes of cooperation if he wins
Kolkata: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has expressed the hope that if he comes to power at the centre, he would get cooperation of Mamata Banerjee government in creating a conducive atmosphere for industrialisation in West Bengal including resolving the Singur problem.

"I hope I will get all sorts of cooperation from West Bengal chief minister in solving the Singur tangle. Not only Singur, I hope I will get cooperation from the state government in ... Read More
Those who talk about black money are themselves involved in it: Sibal on Ramdev
Congress leader Kapil Sibal on friday hit out at Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev over his recent conversation with BJP candidate Mahant Chandnath from Alwar constituency in which both of them where caught murmuring about money on camera.

Sibal slamming Ramdev said that those who talk about black money are themselves involved in such issues, questioning their politics.

Meanwhile, Congress earlier today demanded arrest of Ramdev and Chandnath for allegedly distributing money to voters.

In a communiction to the ... Read More
Female Candidate Navigates Hurdle-Filled Campaign Trail in India
By Gardiner Harris
SITAPUR, India — She marched through her campaign office like a candidate from almost anywhere in the world, girding herself to address a scrum of reporters. But the reporters were not interested in an interview. Instead, they came to insist that she buy ads in their newspapers.

“If you give us business, we will cover you. But if you don’t give us money,” one reporter said with a pause and a shrug. “Well, we ... Read More
Fifth phase of LS polls in 121 seats tomorrow
Wednesday, April 16
New Delhi: India will witness elections in the maximum number of seats in a single phase on Wednesday when polling will be held in 121 seats across 12 states as Lok Sabha elections will cross the half-way mark in the more than a month-long exercise.

Nandan Nilekani (Cong), Maneka Gandhi, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda (JD-S), Union Minister Veerappa Moily (Cong) and Srikant Jena, Supriya Sule and Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter ... Read More
No war, says Maneka Gandhi after Priyanka's forceful remarks
New Delhi/Raebareli: BJP leader Maneka Gandhi tried today to check talk of a growing family feud between her son, Varun, and his estranged cousin Priyanka. "There is no war at all," she told Press Trust of India. "I have no idea what triggered it off," she added, referring to yesterday's comments by Priyanka, accusing Varun of "betrayal."

"They are fighting their own election and my son is fighting his," Maneka Gandhi said.

The two factions of ... Read More
Aam Aadmi Party Declares its Star Campaigners for Gujarat
By PTI - AHMEDABAD

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today announced Prashant Bhushan, Ashish Khetan, Rajmohan Gandhi, Sanjay Singh, Yogendra Yadav and Pankaj Gupta as its star election campaigners for Gujarat. "AAP's star campaigners are national secretary Pankaj Gupta, New Delhi candidate Ashish Khetan, national spokesperson Yogendra Yadav, East Delhi candidate Rajmohan Gandhi, Lok Sabha PAC member Sanjay Singh and senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan," AAP's Gujarat state spokesperson said.

The party's star campaigners would visit Gujarat ... Read More
Modi assets: BJP PM candidate worth Rs 1.51 crore
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Narendra Modi doesn’t own any vehicle and has not bought any jewellery in the last two years. (AP) Narendra Modi doesn’t own any vehicle and has not bought any jewellery in the last two years. (AP)
SummaryNarendra Modi income soars, has residential house in Gandhinagar.

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BJP Sacks Jaswant's Son From National Executive
By PTI - NEW DELHI

BJP today sacked expelled party leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh from its National Executive in the wake of reports that he was campaigning against the party's candidate Sonaram Chaoudhary in Barmer.

Manvendra, an MLA in Rajasthan, has been campaigning for his father and former Union Minister, contesting as an independent, and refraining from attending party meetings in favour of its official candidate.

BJP expelled Jaswant Singh for entering electoral fray in Barmer ... Read More
Narendra Modi slams Mamata Banerjee, says no real parivartan in Bengal
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Siliguri: Taking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee head on, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today accused her of playing votebank politics and said no real 'parivartan' (change) has taken place in the state during TMC rule. (India Votes 2014: full coverage)

"When the government changed in Bengal, I thought there would be development. But nothing has happened. They are only indulging in votebank politics," Mr Modi told an election rally in Siliguri.

"Unless she criticises ... Read More
Meet Narendra Modi's 'wife'
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The woman, whom BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi finally acknowledged to be his wife, said he withdrew from the relationship as he got busy working with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

Jashodaben, a 62-year-old retired schoolteacher, had told Indian Express in a February 1, 2014 interview that there had been no communication from Modi after the initial three years of their marriage.

"We have never been in touch and we parted on good terms as there ... Read More
Ambika Soni, retired babu husband worth Rs 94 crore
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ROPAR: Anandpur Sahib Congress candidate and former union Information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni and her retired bureaucrat husband Uday Soni have assets worth Rs 94 crores.

This was revealed through their assets Soni declared in her affidavits filed at Ropar.

Clad in a signature Punjabi salwar kameez, Soni reached Ropar deputy commissioner office along with her husband.

She was also accompanied by her 45-year-old son Anup and his Mexican wife Sylvia .

The 72-year-old Welham Girls' school-educated ... Read More
From a land of tourism, Kerala has become a 'nursery of terrorism': Modi
Asserting that the bad condition of Kerala is due to an unwritten understanding between the Congress-led UDF and CPI-led LDF in the state, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the land of tourism has turned into a 'nursery of terrorism'.

Addressing a rally, Modi said: "The bad condition of Kerala is due to the unwritten understanding between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the state, ... Read More
BJP uses 'Ram' for political gains: Digvijaya Singh on manifesto
New Delhi: The BJP today came under attack for promising a Hindu temple at a disputed mosque site in Uttar Pradesh as part of its manifesto for the general election that began today.

The party's much delayed manifesto said it would explore, "within the constitutional framework", the construction of a Ram temple at the site where Hindu activists tore down the 16th century Babri mosque in December, 1992. (BJP manifesto: development, good governance & 'Ram Mandir')

The ... Read More
BJP, TDP talks on to finalise alliance
Hyderabad, April 5 (IANS) Hectic talks were continuing between top leaders of the TDP and the BJP for a poll alliance in Andhra Pradesh here Saturday even as the BJP leaders from Telangana want the party to go alone.

With just four days left for the deadline for filing of nominations in Telangana, leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were holding final round of talks.

BJP's central leaders Prakash Javadekar, Piyush ... Read More
TRS releases list of ‘69’ candidates for Assembly polls
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao stuck to his lucky number ‘6’ as he released the first list of candidates for Assembly elections with 69 names which ran on expected lines, barring the omission of two sitting MLAs. He said the second list for the remaining 50 Assembly and 17 parliamentary constituencies would be released in the next few days.

Muluguri Bixapathi, TRS MLA of Parkal in Warangal, and Akula Rajender, Congress MLA of ... Read More
OPEN LETTER TO POLITICAL PARTIES:BREATHE THE SPIRIT OF PEACE WITH PAK
We, Aaghaz-e-Dosti, are a group of students and young professionals, working for Indo-Pak peace on both sides of the border.

It has not been too long ago that the government in Pakistan underwent a successful democratic transition following the 2013 elections. Since then, the much fastening in the Indo-Pak ties has been witnessed. Prior to the last elections, Pakistan, a land of tremendous blessings, was at a crossroads. Our fledgling democracy was very fragile. Nothing seemed ... Read More
List of AAP 'crorepatis' with their assets released
Former Infosys Board Member and Aam Aadmi Party candidate for Bangalore Central Lok Sabha seat V Balakrishnan has declared his and his family's assets at about Rs 190 crore.

He has declared assets in his name to be over Rs 154 crore of which about Rs 103 crore is from his equity shares in Infosys and about Rs 5.26 crore in American Depository Receipts of Infosys Limited.

His wife Chithra Balakrishnan owns assets worth about Rs 19.34 ... Read More
Political fortunes fluctuate in Kerala as poll date nears
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Thiruvananthapuram, April 1 (IANS) The fortunes of Kerala's political fronts are fluctuating ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

It was the Left Democratic Front (LDF) which seemed to have the edge sometime back, while it is the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) which appears to have wrested the initiative for now.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for many years now an electoral non-entity, is also being looked at as a possible runner-up in any of the 20 ... Read More
Modi to address eight poll rallies in Rajasthan's 1st phase
Jaipur: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address eight rallies in Rajasthan's first phase of Lok Sabha polls slated for April 17 next.

The places of NaMo's rallies were being worked out in consultation with party high command, BJP State President Ashok Parnami said.

BJP President Rajnath Singh and LK Advani, will also be holding poll rallies, and their itinerary was being prepared, Parnami said.

Besides party's top leaders, Bollywood personalities would also be planning their canvassing ... Read More
AAP releases 12th list of candidates
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) released its 12th list of 35 candidates from six states for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Friday.

The list includes eight candidates for Gujarat, nine each for Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, four for Bihar, three Punjab and two candidates for Rajashtan.
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Congress in Kerala waits for PM, Sonia, Rahul
From left to right, Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi release party manifesto ahead of the general elections, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. AP
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress in Kerala is waiting to infuse some star power in election campaigns in the state, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi expected to arrive soon.

The Gandhi family has always been ... Read More
Will put up formidable candidates against Rahul, Sonia: BJP
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New Delhi: BJP today said it will put up "formidable" candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli amid speculation that actress-turned-politician Smriti Irani could be fielded against Rahul Gandhi and Uma Bharti against Sonia Gandhi.

"We will put formidable candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters here today.

Rahul is contesting from Amethi while Sonia Gandhi is contesting from Rae Bareli. Both the constituencies in Uttar Pradesh are considered to be ... Read More
Alagiri Targets Stalin, Says Will Not Contest LS Polls
By PTI - CHENNAI

A day after being expelled from the DMK, Madurai strongman M K Alagiri said he will not contest the Lok Sabha polls and targeted his younger brother M K Stalin, saying action should be taken against those who commit "mistakes".

Sticking to his stand, Alagiri said he had not committed any wrongdoing that warranted his expulsion from DMK.

Alagiri, who was sacked by his father and DMK chief M Karunandhi yesterday, said he would ... Read More
Alagiri, benched by the DMK, now expelled by his father
Chennai: If MK Alagiri's goal was to be a free agent ahead of the national election, he skipped past the finish line today. He was expelled from the DMK by his father and party chief M Karunanidhi.

Mr Alagiri, 63, was suspended in January for indiscipline after a protracted and clanging campaign against his younger brother, MK Stalin, who has even chosen by their father as his political successor.

Mr Karunanidhi, 89, said today that Mr ... Read More
Jaswant Singh files nomination from Barmer
Jodhpur/New Delhi: Upset over denial of Lok Sabha ticket, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Monday filed his nomination papers from Barmer as an Independent, leaving the central leadership sulking over his decision.

"I am relieved. People will tell me whether I should win. I am contesting on principles, and not just my honour but the honour of people," he said after filing his papers.

Jaswant will now be fighting the elections against BJP candidate Colonel Sona ... Read More
A Grand Alliance of BJP, TDP, LSP, Jana Sena on Cards in AP
By PTI - HYDERABAD

A grand alliance of BJP, TDP, Lok Satta and just launched Jana Sena Party of actor-turned-politician Pavan Kalyan appears to be a possibility for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh.

BJP and TDP are already in talks to sew up an electoral alliance, while the former received a huge boost with Pavan endorsing the candidature of Narendra Modi for Prime Minister's post.

"There is a need for Narendra Modiji to be ... Read More
After Advani, now Jaswant Singh sticks to his choice of Barmer seat
Jaipur: The Bharatiya Janata Party, with help from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, on Thursday managed to cajole veteran LK Advani into contesting from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, but it has yet to mollify another senior leader Jaswant Singh.

Singh, a sitting Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling in West Bengal, this time wants to contest the elections from Barmer in Rajasthan. However, the party seems to be keen on fielding Col Sonaram, an ex-Congress legislator from ... Read More
BJP acquires Satpal Maharaj, who spent 20 years with Congress
BJP chief Rajnath Singh welcomes Satpal Maharaj (Left) in BJP
New Delhi: Satpal Maharaj, a parliamentarian and powerful leader from Uttarakhand, joined the BJP today after more than 20 years as a member of the Congress.

The politician, whose real name is Satpal Singh Rawat, was formally welcomed to the BJP by its president Rajnath Singh. The new inductee said the party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, "will take India ahead of China".

Satpal Maharaj, 62, has a ... Read More
Buta Singh joins Samajwadi Party for ticket in Rajasthan
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Lucknow: Former Home Minister and one-time senior Congress leader Buta Singh will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket from Jalore constituency in Rajasthan.

In a statement in Lucknow today, SP national General Secretary and spokesperson Ram Gopal Yadav said that Singh would be the party's authorised candidate for Jalore.

Mr Singh, who also served as the Union Agriculture Minister in the Rajiv Gandhi cabinet at the Centre between 1984 and 1986, was ... Read More
NK Singh to leave Nitish's party, most likely for BJP
New Delhi: The BJP is having a politically expedient Friday.

It confirmed this morning that it has acquired Satpal Maharaj, a powerful leader from Uttarakhand who spent more than 20 years with the Congress. It's also reportedly in talks with NK Singh, who is likely to exit the Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) today.

The 73-year-old joined the JD(U) in 2008. Before that, his career as a top bureaucrat included assignments as Revenue Secretary, member of ... Read More
Congress renominates five Delhi MPs
New Delhi, Mar 1 Mar 18 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday fielded five of its sitting MPs from Delhi as it released its third list of its candidates for Lok Sabha polls.

Except South Delhi and West Delhi, the party announced candidates for five constituencies, renominating the present members.

Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi seat, while union ministers Kapil Sibal and Krishna Tirath will be the candidates from Chandni Chowk and Delhi North West respectively.
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BJD's first list has three royals, one cine-star, one sportsman
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Bhubaneswar: First list of BJD candidates released today for Lok Sabha and assembly polls includes name of three royal family members, a cinestar and a hockey player while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would contest from his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district in Odisha.

Announcing the first list of candidates for five Lok Sabha and 30 assembly constituencies, BJD president Patnaik said the rest of nominees for the first phase of twin polls scheduled on April ... Read More
Ashok Agarwal quits AAP
In a jolt to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), National Executive member Ashok Agarwal on Tuesday quit the party, saying it has become “directionless” and functions like a private limited company.

In a letter to party’s National Convener Arvind Kejriwal, Mr. Agarwal, who has been associated with the party since its founding days, said that he joined the party for strong principles, but the goals for which it was created for are getting lost. “The movement seems ... Read More
DMK wants secular government at centre: Karunanidhi
Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi, releasing the names of the party's candidates for 35 Lok Sabha constituencies, Monday said he and his party would like to see a secular government at the centre.

"I and DMK party led by me would like to have a secular government at the centre," Karunanidhi told reporters.

He said the two communist parties - the CPI and CPI-M - have not approached his party for an alliance.

The two communist parties recently ... Read More
Two UP ministers sacked after earning Mulayam’s ire
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LUCKNOW: Days after Mulayam Singh Yadav warned UP ministers to "mend" their ways or face the sack, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav removed Anand Kumar Singh and Manoj Paras from his ministry apparently as they had earned the ire of the Samajwadi Party chief.

While Singh was a cabinet minister with Agriculture portfolio, Paras was a minister of state with stamp and civil defence departments.

Though no reason has been cited by the government for sacking of these ... Read More
Karunanidhi's estranged son Alagiri meets PM, terms it a courtesy call
MADURAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi's estranged son and former Union chemicals minister M K Alagiri met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday morning, sparking apprehension in DMK circle.

Alagiri's visit that was kept under wraps till the last moment is seen as yet another sign of defiance of the Madurai strongman as it comes after the DMK spurned requests from the Congress for an alliance in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The meeting set ... Read More
Jayalalithaa calls up Mamata, thanks her
Kolkata: AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa Friday called up Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and thanked her for saying that she was open to supporting the Tamil Nadu chief minister if she wanted to become the prime minister.

The two leaders discussed the Lok Sabha elections and the post-poll alliance possibilities, Trinamool sources said.

A day back, during an interview to a national television channel, Banerjee was asked whether she was open to backing Jayalalithaa if the Tamil ... Read More
Kiran Kumar Reddy forms new party
Hyderabad: N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who quit as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister in protest against its division to create Telangana, on Thursday announced formation of a new party ahead of elections on the promise of upholding the "dignity and prestige" of Telugu people.

Ending weeks of speculation, Reddy who quit the Congress on February 19, said the policies and programmes of the new party would be unveiled at a public meeting at Rajahmundry in coastal Andhra ... Read More
Puthiya Tamizhagam founder Krishnasamy to contest from Tenkasi
DMK, heading the DPA, has so far allotted one seat each to alliance partners — Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT) and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK).

K Krishnasamy, founder of Dalit-based Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT), part of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance, would contest the Lok Sabha polls on April 24 from Tenkasi (SC) constituency in southern Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Krishnasamy announced his party’s decision to nominate him at a press conference here.

PT, which had supported ... Read More
Mamata not averse to coming together with Mayawati, Jayalalitha
Kolkata: Preferring to be a "humanist than a feminist", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday however said she was not averse to the idea of getting together with Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and her Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa.

Appearing on FacebookTalksLive - an interactive show, Banerjee came across a variety of questions including the idea of forging an alliance of women power over the federal front mooted by her.

"I have no objection, ... Read More
DMK allots two more seats to allies for Lok Sabha polls
Chennai: Firming up seat-sharing parleys, the DMK today allotted a seat each to alliance partners Indian Union Muslim League, Puthiya Tamizhagam and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi.

While K Krishnaswamy-led PT has been allotted Tenkasi seat, the MMK will contest from Mayiladuthurai constituency.

An official announcement on the constituency that would be allotted to IUML is expected later. "We have been allotted one seat," IUML state president Prof K N Khader Mohideen said earlier.

Seat-sharing talks for the Lok ... Read More
Congress leaders against alliance with Telengana party
Hyderabad: With TRS ruling out merger with the Congress party, the latter has asked its cadres in Telangana to be ready to go alone in the forthcoming elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly.

Congress leaders from Telangana also made it clear that they are not for an alliance with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao told reporters Monday night that the party has decided not to merge with the Congress. He, ... Read More
Lalu offers 11 seats to Congress, 1 to NCP
Putting pressure on Congress, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday offered 11 seats to Congress and asked the party to give its acceptance by Sunday when his party’s Parliamentary Board will meet in Patna.

The RJD has also offered one out of the 40 seats in the state to another Congress ally NCP.

The development comes after an old ally LJP walked over to the BJP camp.

Mr. Prasad, who returned to Patna from Delhi on Friday night, ... Read More
A surprise kiss for Rahul Gandhi on his tour of Assam
Jorhat, Assam: A kiss on the cheek, another on his head - it was a reception that Rahul Gandhi could not have anticipated.

Interacting with nearly 600 women from self-help groups in Assam's Jorhat on Wednesday, the Congress Vice President was left slightly embarrassed when a few women came up to him to shake his hand and one of them even planted a kiss on his cheek.

Mr Gandhi, 43, had told the gathering that "women ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party inks 7-seat deal with Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP
Sending shockwaves through the political spectrum, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has struck a deal with LJP's Ram Vilas Paswan in Bihar. The LJP will get seven seats, including the coveted Hajipur, Samastipur and Jamui to contest. The formal announcement is likely anytime.

Top LJP sources said LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan spoke to BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi and finalised the alliance. It is learnt that BJP agreed to give Hajipur, Samastipur, Jamui, Vaishali, Begisarai, Munger ... Read More
Cong to decide on seat sharing in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress state president V.M. Sudheeran said he would soon resolve the seat sharing issue with the party's alliance partners before the Lok Sabha elections.

In the United Democratic Front (UDF) it leads, the Congress has a major share of 17 seats, followed by the Indian Union Muslim League with two,and the Kerala Congress (Mani) one.

Now with both the allies demanding an extra seat each and the Socialist Janata Dal joining the alliance, which also has ... Read More
Andhra Pradesh CM resigns, quits Congress
Hyderabad: The Congress suffered a major jolt Wednesday when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Reddy resigned and also dumped the Congress to protest against the state's break up.

After announcing his decision to the media, Kiran Reddy drove to the Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.

He urged the governor to make alternate arrangements at the earliest as he would not like to continue as caretaker chief minister.

"I am resigning from the ... Read More
AAP's Shazia Ilmi to challenge Sonia Gandhi in LS polls?
New Delhi: Soon after Aam Aadmi Party released its first list of 20 candidates for Lok Sabha elections, rumours began doing the rounds that the party may project Shazia Ilmi as its candidate from Rae Bareli against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

In Delhi Assembly polls Ilmi had lost the RK Puram seat to Anil Sharma of the BJP by a slender margin of 326 votes.

Although AAP has officially not confirmed any such information on Ilmi, sources ... Read More
Making Up With Modi
The U.S. decision to reach out to prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi makes sense.
By Sadanand Dhume

When U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Gujarat Chief Minister and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday, she ended a nine-year American boycott of the controversial politician.
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Sonia Regrets Failure to Pass Women's Reservation Bill
By PTI - KOCHI

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today regretted that the Women's Reservation Bill has not been able to be passed in the Lok Sabha for lack of consensus.

"With the Lok Sabha elections looming large, my greatest regret is that the Women Reservation Bill has not been able to be passed in the Lok Sabha for lack of consensus though it has been approved by the Rajya Sabha", ... Read More
Not considering forming government in Delhi: BJP
IANS

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Saturday said it is "not considering forming" the government in Delhi as it does not have the required numbers.

"We don't have the numbers so we are not considering forming a government (in Delhi)," said Nitin Gadkari, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and in-charge of Delhi polls.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday, 49 days after he took charge of a minority Delhi government, following a tumultuous day in the ... Read More
Chandy chooses not to receive Sonia Gandhi
Kochi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy not being present to welcome Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the Kochi Naval Airport on Friday put political gossipmongers on a roll.

The UPA Chairperson had landed at Kochi en route to Lakshadweep and key figures in Congress had assembled at the Naval Airport to accord her a grand welcome.

Newly appointed KPCC president VM Sudheeran and Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala received Sonia Gandhi. Union Minister Kodikunnil Suresh is travelling ... Read More
Karunanidhi slams Left’s bid to project Jayalalithaa as PM candidate
DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Friday slammed Left parties for reportedly trying to project Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as a candidate for the Prime Minister’s post, saying that the move “is nothing but opportunistic slavery”.

“She is facing a disproportionate wealth case. It is nothing but opportunistic slavery,” Mr. Karunanidhi told reporters.

Talking to the media at the venue of the two-day party conference which is to start in Tiruchi fron Saturday, he said the Lok ... Read More
AIADMK, CPI announce alliance for LS polls
PTI
Chennai: Attempting to form a "secular and democratic alternative" to dethrone Congress from power at the Centre, AIADMK and CPI on Sunday announced their decision to enter into an alliance ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing the press at her Poes Garden residence here along with CPI leaders A B Bardhan and Sudhakar Reddy, AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said, "AIADMK and CPI have decided to enter into an alliance to ... Read More
Telangana Bill trashed by Andhra Pradesh Assembly
In an embarrassment for the Centre, Telangana Bill was rejected by Andhra Pradesh Assembly today. The assembly today passed by voice vote a resolution moved by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 which entails creation of separate Telangana state.

Capping an acrimonious debate and ending the pandemonium the House was stuck in for the past few days, Speaker Nadendla Manohar put the resolution to vote and announced that it was "passed".

The ... Read More
Paswan meets Sonia over alliance formation
PTI

Amid indications of unease between his party and RJD, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi here to urge her to take the lead in finalising the alliance in Bihar as “clarity” was required on seat-sharing among the allies.

LJP sources said Mr. Paswan told Ms Gandhi that his party will not talk to RJD chief Lalu Prasad on the issue of seat-sharing, reflecting the unease between the ... Read More
Rajya Sabha polls: Sharad Pawar, Murli Deora elected unopposed
Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Murli Deora are among the seven candidates from Maharashtra that were today elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha in the biennial polls in Mumbai.

The other candidates were: Majid Memon (NCP), Hussain Dalwai (Congress), Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena), Sanjay Kakade (Independent) and RPI leader Ramdas Athavale.

BJP had given nomination to Athavale, whose party is an ally of BJP-led NDA from its quota instead of Javdekar.

The ... Read More
Rahul Gandhi under attack over remarks on Sikh riots
New Delhi: The opposition criticised the ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday for avoiding any expression of regret for the killings of Sikhs in riots three decades ago, a sensitive issue that threatens to dog him in a tight election due by May.

Gandhi said the government led by his Congress party did everything it could to control the violence against minority Sikhs in retaliation for the assassination of his grandmother, then Prime ... Read More
Sonia Gandhi addresses rally on Nitish's turf: highlights
Sonia Gandhi addresses rally on Nitish's turf: highlights
Congress president Sonia Gandhi addresses a rally today at the foundation-laying ceremony of a centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at Kisanganj, 400 km from Patna.

Here are the highlights:

We are going through a critical periods and some hard questions need to be answered.
It is a battle of ideologies - Congress believes in secularism.
When a state develops, the country also develops - and we all must be ... Read More
Dynasty politics in BJP, SP and DMK as well: Rahul Gandhi
To questions about dynasty politics, Gandhi said that he is "absolutely against the concept of dynasty. But it happens in BJP, SP, DMK and Congress everywhere."

"I am absolutely against the concept of dynasty. Anybody who knows me knows that and understands that. But you are not going to wish away dynasty in a closed system. You have to open the system," Rahul added.

When asked if he agreed with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's view that Modi ... Read More
To honour Lata Mangeshkar's Ae mere watan ke logon, Modi will be present
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To honour Lata Mangeshkar's Ae mere watan ke logon, Modi will be present
Lata Mangeshkar says there is no political tenor to the ceremony
Iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar has said that there is no political tenor to a ceremony being held today at which she will be honoured by Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP.

"I don't belong to any party, am not interested in politics. Politics and music are very different," the 84-year-old said ... Read More
Mulayam Singh takes dig at Narendra Modi
Varanasi: Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today took a dig at Narendra Modi over his remarks that BJP will turn Uttar Pradesh into a Gujarat, reminding the BJP's prime ministerial nominee that "atrocities and massacres" were carried out in the state ruled by him.

"A rally is on in Gorakhpur where the chief guest is the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. They say, they'll create a Gujarat (here). But please think again, you will ... Read More
Rahul holds consultations with state leaders
After being formally assigned to lead the campaign in the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday held consultations with state leaders on the strategy ahead.

Mr. Gandhi met AICC delegates from each state separately seeking to know about the issues that will play in the next Lok Sabha polls in their state and the strength of the organisation there.

The party is all set to begin the process of its ticket distribution exercise by holding meetings ... Read More
Mamata nominates Mithun Chakraborty for RS seat
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KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Saturday the nomination of Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty as her party Trinamool Congress's candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election in the state.

"In our state, five Rajya Sabha members will be elected this time. One of these seats will be given to Mithun Chakraborty from All India Trinamool Congress," Banerjee said in a Facebook post.

Chakraborty, she said, is a well-known film personality and has devoted ... Read More
Binny should have discussed grievance: Kejriwal
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday Aam Aadmi Party legislator Vinod Kumar Binny should have discussed his grievances with senior party members before speaking to the media.

"Binny had come to meet me at my residence and demanded either a berth in the Delhi cabinet or a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls," Kejriwal told reporters.

"He was told that as per the party policy, tickets cannot be given to ... Read More
Yeddyurappa, two party MLAs rejoin BJP
Karnataka Janta Party (KJP) president B S Yeddyurappa and two of his party MLAs formally rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Thursday.

Prahlad Joshi, president of the Karnataka unit of the BJP, warmly welcomed him and other members of KJP into the party.

Speaking on the occasion, Yeddyurappa said that the decision to quit the BJP was wrong in hindsight, as it had helped the Congress to come back to power.
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Cong downplays Priyanka presence in a meeting in Rahul's home
New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday sought to play down the presence of Priyanka Gandhi in a meeting of party leaders at the residence of her brother Rahul at his residence here this morning that had created flutters.

"Priyanka Gandhi is a member of an important political family. May be she is not seen as participating in active politics but she is an active member of Congress for long.

"She has her own opinions on political ... Read More
Beginning of a novel experiment in politics
Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and CNS Columnist

With the formation of Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi the country is going to witness a novel experiment in politics. The first target has been the VIP culture. Arvind Kejriwal has refused to accept security, beacon fitted vehicle and a government bunglow not only for himself but all his ministers. In a country where most people become politician to avail of all these facilities it is going ... Read More
Kerala caste group (SNDP)leader backs Modi as PM
Kottayam (Kerala) Dec 29 (IANS) Velapally Natesan, leader of the Ezhava community of Kerala, Sunday backed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"In general, there is a feeling among the people here that the Congress-led UPA government has been a failure. It's most likely that in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Congress will have to pay a heavy price," Natesan said.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "The country will not go to the dogs if Modi ... Read More
AAP prepares for general elections
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Thursday named two members who would look into preparations for the Lok Sabha elections next year.

"The two members - Pankaj Gupta and Sanjay Singh - will look into the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls. They will help in making the party's election manifesto and other poll-related issues," party leader Yogendra Yadav told media persons at the party office in central Delhi's Hanuman Road.

Yadav said ... Read More
Samajwadi Party upset over Bachchan-Thackeray patch-up
IANS
MUMBAI: The Samajwadi Party state unit has criticized the recent patch-up between Bollywood mega-star Amitabh Bachchan and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray here on Wednesday.

"Is this Amitabh Bachchan's friendship with Raj Thackeray or treachery with north Indians?" screamed a banner put up by SP.

Samajwadi Party's state chief and legislator Abu Asim Azmi said it was surprising that Bachchan again befriended Raj Thackeray, who through his MNS has made north Indians' life miserable in the ... Read More
RSS calls for debate on Article 370
Jammu: Alleging that the parties in power in Jammu and Kashmir are misusing Article 370 ‘to accomplish their personal agenda’, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) called for a debate on it.

"Article 370 is nothing but an additional legalistic mechanism to make some laws when Constituent Assembly was not constituted in Jammu and Kashmir," senior RSS leader Arun Kumar said at a seminar, "Article 370: Reality and Myths", organized by Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre in ... Read More
The eight MLA’s of Congress in Delhi will never desert AAP!
The eight MLA’s of Congress in Delhi will never desert AAP as proving or may never now prefer to be themselves the puppet and jokers of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit!!!

Will eight MLA’s of Congress in Delhi ever desert AAP as proving or may never now prefer to be themselves the puppet and jokers of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, the answer has be no for a many reasons???

They (eight MLA’s of ... Read More
Jan Lokpal or Jokepal?
The Jan Lokpal was conceived as an independent empowered and accountable ombudsman which could independently, credibly and expeditiously investigate corruption offences of all public servants who are today not being investigated because the investigating agencies are controlled by the same public servants who need to be investigated. Such a Lokpal would need to be functionally, financially and even in terms of appointment and accountability be independent of the government and indeed the political establishment even ... Read More
Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan resigns
PTI
Rahul may be appointed Cong PM candidate at AICC meet in January.

In a shake up ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan resigned today from the Union Council of Ministers and more may be in line for being drafted into party work.

The resignation of 59-year-old Natarajan, Minister of State with independent charge of Environment and Forests, has been accepted by the President, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.

It also said that Oil Minister ... Read More
Congress offers unconditional support to Aam Aadmi Party to form government in Delhi
New Delhi: The Congress has offered unconditional support to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party should they be ready to form the next government in Delhi.

"We don't want to put an extra burden on the people," Shakeel Ahmed, Congress General Secretary in-charge of Delhi wrote to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

Mr Kejriwal, who is the convenor of AAP, is scheduled to meet Mr Jung tomorrow morning at 10:30 am to discuss government formation.

AAP won 28 seats in ... Read More
VK Singh Vs Team Kejriwal at Anna Hazare's Lokpal fast venue
by Ritesh K Srivastava
Ralegan Siddhi: Ralegan Siddhi, the venue of anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike to press for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill, on Friday witnessed some unpleasant scenes when former Army chief VK Singh took a dig at the Arvind Kejriwal camp.

According to reports, Singh, who was sharing stage with Anna Hazare, said, "We shouldn't split and form different groups in our fight against corruption. We can't win the battle against corruption ... Read More
No confidence in CM, says Andhra Deputy CM
Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Andhra Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha Friday demanded a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) saying people of Telangana had lost their faith in Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Reacting strongly to the delay in tabling the Telangana bill in the assembly despite the central government sending it Thursday, the deputy chief minister said people of Telangana had no confidence in the chief minister.

Rajanarasimha, who hails from Telangana, alleged that ... Read More
Poll debacle: Pawar blames Congress for weak leadership
In a stinging attack on Congress leadership after the poll drubbing, ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said people “do not want weak rulers” but “strong and decisive” leaders like late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the youth have vent their “anger” through the ballot.

Noting that Congress has lost much ground in the Assembly elections, he said the polls have raised questions that require serious thinking from “not only the Congress, ... Read More
Raje sworn in Rajasthan Chief Minister
Vasundhara Raje, who led the BJP to a landslide victory in the Rajasthan Assembly polls, was on Friday sworn in as Chief Minister for the second time in the presence of Narendra Modi and other top party leaders.

Ms. Raje, who belongs to the Scindia royal family of Gwalior, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Margaret Alva during a grand swearing-in ceremony inside the Assembly premises in Jaipur. She was the only ... Read More
After Congress walloping in states, Nitish Kumar decides against alliance
Patna: The BJP may have won three states- and emerged as the largest party in Delhi - but Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says that's where the good news ends.

"The BJP will receive a deep shock in 2014," he said, joining the legion of analysts who say that the BJP benefitted from a tidal wave of public anger against the Congress over corruption and inflation.

Earlier this year, he ended a 17-year alliance with the BJP, ... Read More
BJP to formally invite BS Yeddyurappa to rejoin party
Bangalore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to formally invite Lingayat strongman and Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) chief BS Yeddyurappa to rejoin the party.

Reports on Thursday claimed that Karnataka BJP president Prahlad Joshi, who is schedule to address a press conference this evening, will make a formal announcement in this regard.

BJP president Rajnath Singh has also conveyed party’s decision to senior leaders Ananth Kumar and KS Eshwarappa.

Shortly after the appointment of Narendra Modi as ... Read More
Congress core group discusses Telangana, parliament session
New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The Congress core group headed by party chief Sonia Gandhi met before the cabinet Thursday cleared a group of ministers' proposal to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, said informed sources.

According to the sources, the meeting was held at the official residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with senior ministers.

The Congress core group also discussed the strategy for the winter session of parliament which started Thursday and will go on till Dec ... Read More
The BJP leader claims the anti-Congress wave was a national trend
Charging Congress with corruption and non-performance, BJP today said there was a "severe anti-Congress wave" in the country and asserted that it would win in four poll-bound states, including Rajasthan.

"BJP would return to power in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh as people had accepted incumbent chief ministers Raman Singh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan as their most trusted and creditable leaders, while in Rajasthan and Delhi, BJP would have comfortable majority to form the new governments after ... Read More
You can't match us, Mr Modi: Mulayam, Akhilesh on war of rallies in Uttar Pradesh
Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh: At a rally in Bareilly that the Samajwadi Party billed as its grandest-ever, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said the effort had in no way been influenced by the scale of preparations for a Narendra Modi rally 200 km away in Agra.

"The BJP's PM candidate is holding a rally in Agra. But our rally was planned much earlier," he said, before launching an elaborate criticism of the Congress, which he supports ... Read More
Delhi: Narendra Modi to address three public rallies
PTI
New Delhi: Intensifying its poll campaign, Delhi BJP today announced that the party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address three public rallies in the next 10 days.

The rallies will be held on November 23, November 30 and December 1. The focus will be on highlighting BJP's positive agenda for the city, said Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel.

"The first rally will be held on November 23 at Dwarka, Sector-14, DDA Park at 5 pm. It ... Read More
AAP manifesto promises power to people, cheaper electricity
New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Cheaper electricity, decentralisation of power, a Delhi Lokpal bill and protection to minorities are among the promises the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made in its manifesto for the Dec 4 assembly elections released here Wednesday.

Announcing the manifesto, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said the party will undertake a "radical experiment" of decentralising power by organising "mohalla sabhas" (colony assemblies).

"Around 3,000 mohalla sabhas will be set up in the 272 wards ... Read More
Jaganmohan Reddy comes calling, Mamata backs united Andhra call
Kolkata: In his bid to build a national consensus against a separate Telangana state and stall the bifurcation bill in parliament, YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and got her support.

"While we are pressing for the need to amend Article 3 (of the Constitution), the immediate need is to stop the bifurcation bill when it is raised in parliament," Jagan Reddy, as he is popularly called, ... Read More
BJP releases populist manifesto in Rajasthan
IANS
Jaipur: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday promised five percent reservation to Gujjars and to rehabilitate Hindus from Pakistan in a populist manifesto for the Dec 1 Rajasthan assembly polls.

The manifesto, released in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan's chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje, promises five percent reservation for Gujjars, jobs for youth, development of educational infrastructure for minorities and rehabilitation of Pakistani Hindus among several other things.

"We will provide employment opportunities ... Read More
Mamata fights for Bengal; what do Akhilesh, Mayawati do for you: Narendra Modi in UP
BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is in Uttar Pradesh today.

Here are the highlights of a speech he delivered at a rally in Bahraich.

I salute Lord Brahma's 'tapobhuoomi'
When I was BJP's general secretary in 2001, I had come here to review each constituency.
My last programme was in Bahraich
It was here I was informed that I cancel my engagements and proceed to Delhi
The BJP then entrusted me with the Gujarat Chief ... Read More
Lata Mangeshkar endorses Narendra Modi
Pune: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today found an ardent supporter in melody queen Lata Mangeshkar who said she would like to see him taking the top job.

After Modi inaugurated a new hospital complex named after her late father Deenanath Mangeshkar at a function here, Lata, in a brief address, said "Narendrabhai is like my brother. All of us want to see him become the Prime Minister. On the auspicious ... Read More
Karunanidhi urges PM not to attend Colombo meeting
By PTI
Amid speculations over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Colombo, DMK reiterated that India should boycott it to register protest over the alleged war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

In a sharp reaction to reports in a section of the press that Singh was likely to attend the meet, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said people of Tamil Nadu expect that there should not even be a ... Read More
Bhim Singh urges Governor to dismiss Omar Govt.
Addressing a press conference in Jammu this morning, Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of NPP charged Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah for sedition and endangering the security of the state through his hate and anti-national utterances. The NPP Supremo who is also a member of NIC headed by the Prime Minister expressed grave concern on the dangerous moves of Omar Abdullah to destabilize the internal security by using the Pakistani terrorists who were illegally infiltrated by ... Read More
Rabri Devi there to guide us: RJD Secretary General Ramkripal Yadav
By PTI
PATNA: With Lalu Prasad convicted in the multi-crore fodder scam case, RJD today put up a brave front saying his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi is "still there to guide us".

"Rabri Devi is our leader. She is still there to guide us," party Secretary General Ramkripal Yadav told PTI.

In the past also, the party had faced such a difficult situation but had come out with "double its strength", Yadav, a close ... Read More
Famed non-vegetarian feast forces Sonia Gandhi to change her plans in Karnataka
Anil Kumar M, TNN

Realizing that ‘badoota’ would make the task of mobilizing crowds difficult for Sonia Gandhi, party mangers have now reverted to the earlier itinerary.

BANGALORE: Mandya's famed 'badoota' (non-vegetarian feast) has forced a change in AICC chief Sonia Gandhi's itinerary.

The Congress chief initially had to visit Mandya, 60km from Bangalore on September 30 which was later put off to October 4. However, the party managers later realized that October 4 was 'Mahalaya Amavasya' ... Read More
Bickering in Congress over ministers' appraisals (Karnataka Newsletter)
Bangalore, Sep 27 (IANS) The Congress is yet to complete ministry formation even four months after coming to power in Karnataka but is caught in bickering over whether there should be quarterly or annual appraisal of ministers' performances.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his ministers are for an annual appraisal.

However state party chief G. Parameshwara is insisting on quarterly appraisals, saying that this is the norm in other Congress-ruled states.

He is going ahead with finalizing the parameters ... Read More
Media Activities Ignore Minorities Leadership In
By Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vicar Manch

Two claiming and alleged major parties in India, the Congress and the BJP are only being projected before Indian Voters in Indian Media for the coming Lokk Sabha elections-2014, that to mischievously, with ulterior motives, intentionally and deliberately, criminally in order to mislead the Indian Voters and for their brainwashing to befool them (Foolish Voters, illiterate Voters and as purchasable commodity by a many means in the spoiled ... Read More
Congress MP S.P.Y. Reddy joins YSR Congress
Hyderabad, Sep 27 (IANS) Congress MP S.P.Y. Reddy Friday joined YSR Congress party, saying it is the only party sincerely working to keep Andhra Pradesh united.

The MP from Nandyal Friday night met YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and joined the party.

Later, S.P.Y. Reddy told reporters that he would meet Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar Saturday to submit his resignation to oppose the Congress decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

He said YSR Congress alone ... Read More
Rahul Gandhi introduces monthly monitoring system for AICC secretaries
Saturday, Sep 21

As per the new system, all AICC secretaries will have to submit details of the work being done under their jurisdictional areas in a performa to the Congress Vice President by the 10th day of every month.

Keen to streamline the working of party functionaries, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has introduced a monthly monitoring system for all AICC secretaries ahead of next Lok Sabha polls and ensuing assembly elections in five states.

As per ... Read More
Political parties celebrate Hyderabad Liberation Day
By PTI - HYDERABAD

The 'Hyderabad Liberation Day' was celebrated impressively by ruling Congress, main opposition TDP, BJP and TRS in Andhra Pradesh today.

Former state Congress unit president and MLC D Srinivas hoisted the national flag at Gandhi Bhavan, the state party headquarters.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who hoisted the tri-colour at the party office, claimed that the credit for developing Hyderabad and Telangana region goes to TDP.

The subsequent Congress regime destroyed the development in the ... Read More
NC-Congress alliance in J&K is disaster for national security
NPP Supremo, Prof. Bhim Singh has accused NC-Congress government in J&K for turning the state into den of communalism, corruption and lawlessness. He urged the Governor, Shri N.N. Vohra to act fast to save the State from further death and destruction because of the non-governance of the government. Prof. Bhim Singh said that Congress and National Conference are fighting shamelessly only to grab more power and rob the state exchequer.
In a special communication to ... Read More
Call for Ultimate Revolution against corruption, communalism
An emergency meeting of the Working Committee of Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party is held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Chief Patron, Prof. Bhim Singh. In his address to the Panthers Party activists, the NPP Supremo invited youth and students to join the Ultimate Revolution to demolish the seedlings of corruption, communalism, criminalization and drug menace so that the democracy shall survive and India may take leap towards its international role for the ... Read More
Communal Harmony Yatra starts
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party who inaugurated the Bhaichara Yatra from Jammu to Kishtwar appealed the people of J&K particularly Kishtwar to join the Bharichara Yatra to uphold the centuries’ old traditions of communal harmony. In his message he said,

“Ours is a great nation which has been showing the light of love, peace, tolerance and human dignity to the whole world since times immemorial.

Jammu Kashmir is the crest ... Read More
Communal Harmony Yatra from Jammu to Kishtwar
“Communal harmony (Bhaichara) yatri was taken out by JKNPP from Jammu Tawi to Kishtwar from 29th August 2013 with a message of love, brotherhood, tolerance and communal harmony”. This was announced by Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia MLA, President JKNPP in a press conference this morning”.

JKNPP President said that the communal harmony yatra to spread Rashtriya Chetna Abhiyan for promoting communal harmony shall comprise of Panthers Party Supremo, Prof. Bhim Singh, all the ... Read More
Omar Abdullah facilitating movement of terrorists?
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'' In a letter addressed to the J&K Governor, Shri N.N. Vohra, Prof. Bhim Singh has urged the Governor to dismiss the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah from his office as the CM has become a security risk on several accounts. The recent development has revealed that Mr. Omar Abdullah had allowed Pakistani nationals involved in terrorist activities in J&K to enter the State via ... Read More
Sonia Gandhi to address rally in Rajasthan next month
Jaipur: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address a public meeting here next month as part of the party's Sandesh Yatra in Rajasthan, state Congress chief Chandrabhan said here on Sunday.

"A state-level rally will be held here next month for which we have invited the party president," Chandrabhan said, adding that the dates for the visit by Sonia would be finalised later as per her convenience.

"We will also hold division level meetings in Sept.-Oct. which will ... Read More
Are Kashmiris treated differently?
New Delhi/Jammu/Srinagar, 17th August, 2013:- J&K’s super imposed Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah proclaimed in his loud voice on the Independence Day from Srinagar that the ‘Kashmiries’ are being treated differently from the citizens in the rest of the country. In his rejoinder, Prof. Bhim Singh, Supremo National Panthers Party, blamed the Chief Minister and his NC Party for this discrimination with the Kashmiries on the following counts;
1. It is National Conference ... Read More
Pakistan to free 367 Indian prisoners
Pakistan will release 367 Indian prisoners next week to send a positive message to its neighbour amid high tension due to firing on the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistani sources said on Saturday.

The two sides are trying to ease pressure on the LoC after about two weeks of ceasefire violations that started after five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops early this month.

“Yes, it is true that 367 Indian prisoners and ... Read More
YSRC leader asks Chandrababu Naidu to resign from Assembly
By PTI - VIJAYWADA

Former legislator and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader Adusumilli Jaya Prakash asked TDP President Chandrababu Naidu on Friday to resign his Assembly seat to express solidarity with the ongoing united Andhra Pradesh agitation.

Though some of the TDP legislators have resigned their Assembly seats in support of a unified state, Naidu has not done so yet, he said while talking to reporters here.

The Leader of Opposition should quit his Assembly seat to protect ... Read More
Omar must go, Kichloo killing is only eyewash
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has urged Shri N.N. Vohra, the Governor of J&K to dismiss the Chief Minister of J&K without any delay as he has turned a security risk for the state and red signal to out communal harmony.
Reacting sharply on the resignation of State Home Minister, Bashir Kichloo, NPP leader said that he is being demonized for the criminal act of the Chief Minister. He said that ... Read More
Nitish must sack Minister and apologize to nation
ANI

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Friday launched a frontal attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, demanding that the Janata Dal (United) chief should order an immediate sacking of his Minister Bhim Singh for making a derogatory statement that people joined the Indian Army and the police force just to die.

"Nitish Kumar must sack the Minister and must apologize to the nation," Rudy said.

Rudy said that the statement reflected the ... Read More
Bhim Singh presses for state funding of elections
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party met Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. V.S.Sampath in New Delhi and urged to introduce revolutionary and immediate electoral reforms to save electoral process from total collapse. He said that the entire electoral process has become a tool in the hands of criminals and business houses who have almost managed to grab Parliament and power. He has suggested important measures for state funding of the elections ... Read More
Reorganization of J&K inevitable after Telangana
An emergency meeting of the National Executive of the Panthers Party hailed the restoration of Telangana as a state within the Indian Union after nearly 60 years of its merger with Andhra Pradesh.

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party while welcoming the historic decision, though much delayed and hoped that the Central leadership and the Parliament shall read the writings on the walls of tomorrow’s history to respond the call of the ... Read More
Panthers to file corruption cases against Azad, Soz in J&K
An emergency meeting of the JKNPP Secretariat was held today in Jammu which has decided to file corruption petitions against named corrupt ministers including Union Minister, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad and Prof. Saifudin Soz in the Supreme Court of India. The Secretariat has authorized Prof. Bhim Singh, who is also Sr. Executive Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, to move appropriate petitions against the Sr. Congress leaders who have file false affidavits before ... Read More
Trinamool Congress wins 13 out of 17 Zilla parishads in West Bengal
By PTI

Maintaining its wining spree, the ruling Trinamool Congress swept the three-tier panchayat polls in West Bengal capturing 13 out of 17 Zilla Parishads.Maintaining its wining spree, the ruling Trinamool Congress swept the three-tier panchayat polls in West Bengal capturing 13 out of 17 Zilla Parishads.
KOLKATA: Maintaining its wining spree, the ruling Trinamool Congress swept the three-tier panchayat polls in West Bengal capturing 13 out of 17 Zilla Parishads, while the Congress put up ... Read More
Digvijay Singh hits out at BJP on Telangana
New Delhi: With Congress likely to give its nod to carving out of a separate state from Andhra Pradesh, party leader Digvijay Singh on Monday attacked BJP, accusing it of "rejecting the idea of Telangana" in 2000.

Admitting that it was "not an easy decision", Singh said everyone one has been heard on the issue and their view points have been taken into account a "final decision would be announced tomorrow".

Another senior party leader speaking separately ... Read More
Keep candidates with criminal background out, Rahul Gandhi tells Congressmen
PTI

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday directed party leaders of five election-bound states to keep candidates with criminal background out.

Mr Gandhi, who met party general secretaries in-charge and the chairmen of the screening committees for Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram, discussed the party strategy for the Assembly polls in these states which are due this year.

Sources said Mr Gandhi told these leaders to ensure the party does not give tickets ... Read More
Mayawati dons battle fatigues for Lok Sabha polls
IANS

Lucknow, July 23 (IANS) Ousted from power in Uttar Pradesh after losing the 2012 assembly elections and fairly marginalised in national politics, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has already donned the battle fatigues, fine-tuning a two-pronged strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

On a three-day "unusually long" stay in the state capital, the former chief minister is working overtime and relentlessly, party insiders say, to "ensure that her arch-rival, Mulayam Singh Yadav's (ruling) Samajwadi ... Read More
Congress will do well in Lok Sabha polls in UP: Mistry
Jhansi: Congress national general secretary Madhusudan Mistry Wednesday exuded confidence about his party's good show in next year's Lok Sabha elections.

"Fed up with the poor law and order situation, people in UP are moving towards Congress and it would have a very good result in next year's Lok Sabha elections," Mistry, the party in-charge for UP, told reporters. He was here to inaugurate a party zonal office.

Criticising the current law and order situation in the ... Read More
Telangana Students asked to lead the State Movement
Addressing a high-profile Round Table Conference in support of Telangana State in Hyderabad today, Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Member of National Integration Council called on the students and youth to take up the movement for Telangana State as the politicians and the political parties have failed to deliver. He congratulated the students of Osmania University who expressed their resentment against the double standards of the Congress last evening in ... Read More
Cabinet reshuffle soon, says Chandy
New Delhi: Amid political crisis in Kerala over solar panel scam, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said there will be a Cabinet reshuffle very soon in the state as he tried to reach out to Hindu caste organisations which are up in arms against his government.

The beleaguered Chief Minister, who discussed the political crisis with party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, also alleged that the CPM-led LDF tried to attract the UDF allies in its ... Read More
Congress, JD(U) slam Modi over 'puppy' remarks; BSP MP defends him
PTI

Narendra Modi continued to be slammed for his 'Hindu nationalist' and 'puppy' remarks, with several political parties, including Congress and JD(U), saying his comments are dangerous and that he was a "frustrated" person.

Interestingly, senior BSP leader and MP Vijay Bahadur Singh came out in support of the Gujarat Chief Minister, saying his 'puppy' remark showed he was a "sensitive" person and those attacking him were "anti-national".

Slamming Modi's remarks on Gujarat riots, senior Congress leader and ... Read More
Hemant Soren takes oath as Jharkhand CM
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Legislative Party leader Hemant Soren handing over to Governor Syed Ahmed the letter of support to stake claim to form the government, in Ranchi on Tuesday. PTI



Ranchi: JMM leader Hemant Soren, son of party chief, Shibu Soren, was on Saturday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

The tribal leader was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Syed Ahmed. Rajendra Prasad Singh and Annapurna Devi, Legislature party leaders ... Read More
BJP expels ex-minister Raghavji over sodomy charges
PTI

Disgraced former Madhya Pradesh finance minister Raghavji was on Sunday expelled from BJP following sodomy allegations levelled against him by a youth even as police booked him in the matter.

Claiming that he would come out clean, Raghavji, who was forced to resign from State Cabinet after his servant accused him of sexual abuse and a sleaze video CD allegedly showed him in the act, celebrated his 79th birthday with a lot of pomp and show ... Read More
Promoting communal hatred for votes?
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration Council has thrown challenge to the leaders of BJP, NC and Congress to join him in an open debate from the same platform on the relevance of Article 370 in 2013. He pointed out that BJP has been exploiting the emotions of the electorates in the name of Article 370 and Ram Mandir with the sole objective to raise their vote ... Read More
National Integration Camp concluded
Three 3-day, 36th National Integration Camp organized by J&K National Panthers Party at Sudhmahadev, 120 kms. (east of Jammu City) concluded today sending a strong message to the people of the country, particularly the youth and the students, that NPP shall continue this battle against communalism, terrorism, corruption, drug menace and all social evils in the society. Prof. Bhim Singh, Supremo of NPP, Sr. Executive Member of Supreme Court Bar Association ... Read More
Panthers start 7-day Chetna Abhiyan against terrorism, corruption & communalism
Seven day Chetna Abhiyan led Prof. Bhim Singh started this morning from its district headquarters Kathua to create awakening among the youth and students in particular against terrorism, corruption and communalism, drug menace. The Panthers Party team comprised by legislators, senior party leaders, members of the secretariat, kisan, youth, women and trade union wings. The prominent members of the team include party General Secretary, Shri Yashpaul Kundal, MLA Young Panthers Party, Syed Rafiq Shah, MLC, ... Read More
Jayalalithaa backs D. Raja, drops AIADMK candidate
PTI

The ruling AIADMK today decided to support CPI’s D. Raja in the June 27 biennial elections to six Rajya Sabha seats and announced withdrawal of one of its nominees from the contest.

The change of heart by AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa to accommodate CPI came after Raja called on her this morning and sought support.

Jayalalithaa in a statement released to the press here announced that her party would extend support to the candidature of Raja.

AIADMK’s Thangamuthu, ... Read More
Bhim Singh’s extensive tour to militancy-hit areas
Prof. Bhim Singh, Founder of the Panthers Party shall undertake an extensive tour of militancy affected areas in Kathua, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and Udhampur Districts from 18th to 22nd of June, 2013. He will be accompanied by senior leaders of the Panthers Party, a media team and active members of the civil society.
A district level emergency conclave shall be held on 18th June, 2013 in Kathua District under the leadership Mr. Ravinder Pathania, District ... Read More
Nawaz Sharief must act boldly to build bridges
In a congratulatory message to Mian Nawaz Sharief on his assuming Prime Minister’s Office for the third time in Pakistan, Prof. Bhim Singh, Panthers Party Supremo hoped that the new Prime Minister of Pakistan shall complete the unfinished agenda to build cordial relations between India and Pakistan.
The Panthers Party leader hoped that the Pak Army shall not create hurdles in the peace process that Mian Nawaz Sharief is ... Read More
NCP Ministers quit amid reshuffle talk
PTI

All the 20 ministers from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is jointly ruling Maharashtra with the Congress submitted their resignations on Friday to party president Sharad Pawar, ostensibly for an internal reshuffle exercise. The move could also be aimed at putting pressure on the Congress which has been dithering on a cabinet reshuffle since many months.

NCP sources said the decision to reshuffle the NCP ministers was taken nine months ago after deputy chief ... Read More
Make political parties accountable
Prof. Bhim Singh, Founder/Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has welcomed the decision of the CIC (Central Information Commission) to bring all recognized political parties under the hammer of RTI Act. It is very important for the survival of democracy that the tools of democracy are strengthened and made workable to deliver at all times and under all situations.
The parties receiving more than Rs.20,000/- are obliged to mention the parties in their returns filed before ... Read More
Kejriwal to contest against Sheila Dikshit
By IANS - NEW DELHI

Activist-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal will take on Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the Delhi assembly elections, AAP aaid Sunday.

"Kejirwal will contest directly against Dikshit. We have taken the decision after a meeting of our party's volunteers," party leader Manish Sisodia told IANS.

Dikshit represents Gole Market in the Delhi assembly.

"Dikshit is the driving force of corruption and she should be directly challenged by Kejriwal. If Dikshit ... Read More
Buddhadeb slams Mamata government for 'non-performance'
By PTI

Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for "non-performance" and wondered how it was still claiming to have completed "most of the jobs" in last two years.

"It is a sorry state-of-affairs in West Bengal due to non-functioning of the government in the state which is plagued by lawlessness and violence," Bhattacharjee told a CITU rally in this North 24-Parganas district town.

In a satirical tone, he said "it is being ... Read More
Panthers condemn all forms of terrorism
National Working Committee of NPP condemned the brutal killing of Congressmen in a well planned attack by Maoists in a forested area of Chhattisgarh's southern Bastar region killing more than two dozen of ‘security protectees’ Congressmen . The Party described the attack as an act of war that cannot be condoned or written off and deserved to be condemned by all those who believe in the parameters of democracy and the rule of ... Read More
BJP expels Jethmalani for six years
New Delhi:The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled senior lawyer and MP Ram Jethmalani from the primary membership of party for six years over "breach of discipline".

In a letter to Jethmalani, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar Tuesday said the party's parliamentary board had taken a unanimous decision Monday to expel him from membership of the party.
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Waging war on invaders against democracy shall be real homage to Nehru
The Panthers Party activists today held a candle march at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to pay homage to the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on his 49th death anniversary. The Panthers Party activists declared that they shall fight for the saviour of democracy and rule of law with the might and strength of ballots and not bullets (not bullets) as some groups sponsored, aided, abetted, armed and financed by some enemies ... Read More
Karnataka Assembly polls shall unite opposition for Parliamentary elections
Addressing a mammoth rally Kaithwada, Rajasthan this afternoon the Panthers Party Supremo, Prof. Bhim Singh who is also Member of National Integration Council described the humiliating defeat of BJP, JD(S) & other opposition groups in the recently held Karnataka Assembly polls as a positive outcome because this humiliation shall force the opposition at the national and regional levels to work out a alternative (Vikalp) to the Congress party in the Parliamentary elections. Calling on the ... Read More
Samajwadi Party opens its account in Karnataka assembly
IANS

Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The Samajwadi Party (SP) Wednesday opened its electoral account in the Karnataka assembly with its candidate C.P. Yogeshwara winning from the Channapatna constituency.

Yogeshwara, who was the state forest minister in the outgoing BJP government, defeated Janata Dal-Secular's (JD-S) Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of the party's state unit president and former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Yogeshwara won the Channapatna seat, about 60 km from here, with a margin of 6,404 votes. He polled 80,039 ... Read More
Panthers urge PM for urgent intervention for security of Pak-prisoners in Indian jails
New Delhi, 3rd May, 2013:- Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Sr. Executive Member of Supreme Court Bar Association has urged Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India for his immediate intervention to ensure the safety and security of the Pakistani prisoners languishing in various Indian jails. Prof. Bhim Singh had warned that reaction might follow and cause concern for the Pakistani prisoners in the Indian jails. Prof. Bhim Singh ... Read More



 
 
 
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