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A prisoner acquitted in Jammu after 20 years in jail
First Additional Sessions Judge Shri Mohan Singh Parihar acquitted a Pakistani national Syed Sajjaj Bukhari (he was arrested by J&K Police in 1995 and remained in several jails in India under PSA. Pro.f Bhim Singh filed petition for several Pakistani and PoK prisoners. Mr. Bukhari was one of the oldest prisoner) and a Kashmiri prisoner Mr. Riyaz Ahmad Haji today after a long trail for 20 years militant activities in J&K. Mr. Bukhari’s ... Read More
Robert Vadra hopes probe into land deal will not be used for political vendetta
Robert Vadra’s statement came a day after the Haryana government formed a commission to probe grant of licence to some entities, including Vadra’s company, for developing commercial colonies in Sector 83 of Gurgaon. Photo: HT
New Delhi: Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on Friday hoped that the probe launched by Haryana government into his land deals will “not be used for political vendetta” as he insisted that neither he nor anyone associated with ... Read More
Congress protests against 'unholy' BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Tuesday took out a protest rally against the state government, saying the ruling PDP had entered into an "unholy coalition" with the BJP for power.
Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

"PDP polarised the situation before the elections and sought votes from the people on the pretext of stopping the BJP from coming to power, but now it is the PDP which brought the BJP to the secretariat.

"It is an unholy coalition," ... Read More
Make in india only for crony capitalists: Rahul Gandhi
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha, saying he should visit farmers in Punjab.

"I was in Punjab yesterday (Tuesday) and met farmers at the mandis (markets)... Farmers are crying and Haryana agriculture minister says those who commit suicide are cowards," Rahul Gandhi said, raising the issue in the Lok sabha during zero hour.
Rahul Gandhi. AFP

"Government says there should be 'Make in India'... It is our government, ... Read More
PM Modi entitled to his comments abroad: Jaitley to Opposition
Members from Opposition and treasury benches had a heated exchange of words in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on foreign soil that he wanted to clean the dirt of 60 years forcing three adjournments in the pre-lunch session.

Rejecting the Opposition charge that Modi was lowering the dignity" of the country by making such remarks abroad, Leader of the House and Finance ... Read More
Cong against GST Bill being passed this session
New Delhi, April 24 DHNS: Though AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi gave indications that the Congress would vote in favour of the GST Bill, other party leaders said the situation was still fluid. PTI file photo

The Congress party appears to be in no mood to support the government in the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the current session of Parliament.

The opposition party’s resolve to oppose the Bill appears to have been strengthened ... Read More
Rahul to be elevated after consensus in Congress: Sachin Pilot
New Delhi: As Congress struggles to recover from the massive electoral debacle suffered in the last couple of years and erosion of its support base while trying to get a new leader to steer the party, young Congress leader Sachin Pilot remained tight-lipped on whether party Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be elevated to the post of President. Sachin Pilot only confirmed that Rahul's elevation would happen only after there is a consensus on the ... Read More
Is Sitaram Yechury 'Captain of Sinking Ship'?
Mumbai: Describing the Communist Party of India or CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury as the "captain of a sinking ship", Shiv Sena today said the left party has "lost relevance" in the country and does not have the strength to stand up as a strong opposition.

Terming former CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat's tenure as a "failure", the Shiv Sena said that party which once had a sizable number of nearly 50 lawmakers in Lok ... Read More
'Time for our retirement has come': Digvijaya Singh
New Delhi: "Old leaves fall, new ones grow. Time for our retirement has come. It is the era of youth," Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday said a day after Rahul Gandhi came back ending his sabbatical amid talk of his possible elevation as Congress President.

Addressing a gathering of Haryana Congress leaders here to chalk out plans for Sunday's Kisan rally, Singh said that he, Ahmed Patel and many leaders, were made PCC chiefs ... Read More
BJP defends Shah’s charge against Nitish
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday supported his party president’s claim that shopping malls were built on the land of closed sugar mills saying subsidised government land was alloted to a Janata Dal (United) leader for opening malls by Bihar government.

Mr. Modi questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about opening of malls on BIADA (Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority) land in Patna, Muzaffarpur and Hajipur.

“During NDA regime, the BJP had protested allotment of ... Read More
Look for your leader not BJP's faults: Amit Shah
According to a report in NDTV, taking a dig at the Congress and its workers protesting outside the National Executive meet venue in Bengaluru, BJP president Amit Shah said, "Opposition which is searching for Modi government's faults can search for their leader instead," hinting at Rahul Gandhi's who is on "leave".

Speaking at the National Executive meeting, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that because of the heavy membership drive BJP has become world's largest party and ... Read More
Christina Samy resigns from AAP's National Executive
Source : ANI

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Christina Samy on Wednesday tendered her resignation from the party's National Executive.

Samy, who was the only woman left in the party's National Executive, had on March 4 voted against the ousting of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the party.

Earlier, AAP removed Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the National Executive, and prevented Admiral (retired) L. Ramdas from performing his role as the party's internal Lokpal.

Out of the ... Read More
Who will fill the space left vacant by Yadav-Bhushan camp?
New Delhi: The churn within the Aam Aadmi Party, which resulted in the humiliating ouster of its four senior leaders, has altered the power hierarchy in the two-year-old political outfit. It was a nasty, no-holds-barred battle which saw Arvind Kejriwal stamping his command over the party through a band of loyal commanders.

Now that the rival camp has been decimated —whatever they do now, whether it’s legal action or using the party forums to continue ... Read More
AAP rift widens as Punjab party member warns Kejriwal
Mar 25, 2015

New Delhi: The internal feud in Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday saw a National Council member from Punjab demanding that party convenor Arvind Kejriwal launch an inquiry into a parallel meeting called by a section a day prior to the body's crucial meet on 28 March.

In a letter to Kejriwal, Ashok Talwar, an NC member from Amritsar, said the meeting has been called on the "pretext" of having discussion on Swaraj and ... Read More
Signs of AAP reconciliation emerge
New Delhi: A day after Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan extended an olive branch to Arvind Kejriwal by seeking a meeting, the AAP chief on Tuesday responded, saying "will meet soon".
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal (left) with Prashant Bhushan. PTI

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal (left) with Prashant Bhushan. PTI

An SMS was sent to Kejriwal on Monday morning on behalf of both the leaders.

In another sign of reconciliation between the two warring factions, senior leaders from the Kejriwal ... Read More
Delhi police deny snooping on Rahul; call it routine check
The Delhi Police has rejected the allegation of snooping on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and said that the visit by policemen to his office was a routine practise of being in touch with the dignitaries.

Police Commissioner B S Bassi said such surveys were conducted at the offices of all protected persons from time to time owing to prevention and detection of crime and maintaining of law and order.

"Rahul Gandhi was not targeted by the police. ... Read More
AAP forces 67 MLAs to sign letter demanding removals
New Delhi: In its preparation for the final assault on senior party leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, the Aam Aadmi Party’s top leadership has launched a covert ‘signature drive’ asking its 67 MLAs to sign ‘voluntarily’ on a two-page letter addressed to ‘Arvind Kejriwal, National Convener, Aam Aadmi Party’, seeking the duo’s removal.
AAP has launched a 'signature drive' for the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. Reuters

AAP has launched a 'signature drive' for ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party, Jammu & Kashmir, embarassed
The government in Jammu and Kashmir was formed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coalition with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the national interest and appreciating the kind of fractured mandate, which the election threw up.

The government was formed with the understanding that both the parties will work in unison to provide desired good governance. To iron out the modalities of running of the government and taking into account clear ideological differences, CMP was ... Read More
The ugly reality of AAP
by Sandipan Sharma

India's citizens should be grateful to Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for triggering the ugly internal war within AAP.

Had they remained silent, we would have continued with the illusion of AAP being a party based on ‘idealism’, devoted to ‘public service’, founded on the principles of ‘internal democracy’ and an outfit where leaders put ‘sacrifice ahead of position of power’.

The grotesque war being fought shamelessly in public reveals that AAP represents none ... Read More
Yadav, Bhushan ousted from AAP
by Sandipan Sharma

Drama, backroom intrigue, frantic calls, floor management, allegations, counter-allegations and threats of exposes and stings marked the meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party's national executive in Delhi on Friday.
AAP's Yogendra Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan. Reuters

AAP's Yogendra Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan. Reuters

In the end, the decision to oust Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan was taken by an 11-8 majority. But the final word came from Arvind Kejriwal, who ... Read More
AAP drama: Arvind Kejriwal resigns as national convener
Sources in the AAP said Yadav and Bhushan might be removed from the party's highest decision making body, the Political Affairs Committee, for their rebellion. Photo: PTI Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Aam Aadmi Party's national convener on Wednesday moments before the crucial National Executive of the party is scheduled to meet in New Delhi to decide the fate of party rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

In his resignation latter, the Delhi Chief Minister ... Read More
The Kejrival vs Bhushan vs Yadav spat exposes the ugly reality of AAP
by Sandipan Sharma

India's citizens should be grateful to Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for triggering the ugly internal war within AAP.

Had they remained silent, we would have continued with the illusion of AAP being a party based on ‘idealism’, devoted to ‘public service’, founded on the principles of ‘internal democracy’ and an outfit where leaders put ‘sacrifice ahead of position of power’.

The grotesque war being fought shamelessly in public reveals that AAP represents none ... Read More
Mukul Roy Dropped From All Party Posts
New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of Bengal, today stripped her once-powerful aide Mukul Roy of all posts in the Trinamool Congress.

The Rajya Sabha MP has been dropped as party general secretary and from the working committee. The decision was taken at a meeting in Kolkata that Mr Roy had refused to attend, saying he had to be in Parliament on budget day.

"It is an ad hoc working committee, it is their prerogative," ... Read More
Yogendra Yadav to exit AAP PAC?
This may well be the case, according to a report in the Indian Express, which says that a heated meeting culminated in the National Executive proposing to give Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the right to reconstitute the party's Political Affairs Committee that could in turn see Yadav being removed from it.

The National Executive meeting had reportedly seen "a heated exchange between a section of the national executive and Yadav, with his role in the run-up ... Read More
Political bigwigs turn up for wedding reception of Lalu's daughter
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were among a host of political leaders attending the wedding reception of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s grandnephew in New Delhi on Thursday night.
(From left) Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad Yadav, PM Narendra Modi, Lalu's daughter Raj Laxmi, Mulayam's grand-nephew Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav. PTI

(From left) Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad Yadav, PM Narendra Modi, Lalu's daughter Raj Laxmi, Mulayam's ... Read More
Rahul takes break from politics
New Delhi, Feb 23, 2015, DHNS:
In a surprise move, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has taken a break from politics and Parliament

In a surprise move, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has taken a break from politics and Parliament “for a few weeks” to ponder over the party’s revival.

The decision triggered wild speculation about his future plans and left several party leaders clueless and with no option but to defend the move.

Several Congress leaders wondered about the actual ... Read More
Manjhi resigns as Bihar CM, claims threat to life
IndiaToday.in Patna
Jitan Ram ManjhiJitan Ram ManjhiBihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who for days remained defiant despite being expelled from the Janata Dal-United, resigned two hours before the crucial floor test in the Assembly on Friday and claimed that he and his supporters were being given death threats.

"Our legislators and ministers were given death threats. I told Governor (KN Tripathi) about this," Manjhi told reporters. "I also appealed to Bihar Governor to allow for ... Read More
Nitish Kumar replaces Sushil Modi as Leader of Opposition
The Bihar Legislative Council has accorded recognition to JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar as Leader of Opposition in the House in place of BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi. Council Chairman Awdesh Narayan Singh confirmed the development.

4.02 pm: Patna HC bars 8 JD(U) MLAs from voting during floor test

In a setback for Manjhi, the Patna High Court barred eight JD(U) MLAs from voting in the upcoming floor test in the Assembly on Friday.

"The order of a HC double ... Read More
HC lifts ban, but with rider, on CM Manjhi's policy decisions
Patna: In a partial relief to Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Patna High Court on Wednesday lifted ban on his taking Cabinet decisions but with the rider that he can only implement them only if he wins vote of trust.

The trust vote will take place on February 20.

Hearing the revision petition filed by Manjhi's petitioner, the Patna High Court lifted ban on Manjhi government taking decision in the Cabinet.
Bihar political crisis: HC lifts ban, ... Read More
Modi, Pawar share dias, trigger talks of political realignment
Baramati (Maharashtra): Putting behind the rancour of bitterly fought Maharashtra Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared dais with NCP leader Sharad Pawar and had lunch with him, setting off speculation about a possible political realignment in the state.

Though the two leaders insisted that no political meaning should be read into the public bonhomie exhibited by them, much political significance is being attached to their coming together following strains in BJP's relations with ... Read More
Goswami’s dismissal, a gross violation of code of conduct
“This was an unparallel act of political vendetta, malafide action and discrimination of the Modi Govt. to fire an official from a highly responsible job, not less than the Union Home Secretary within minutes on a pretext that he has asked an agency concerned to grant the Ex-Union Minister for Z security cover. The allegation was substituted by another allegation equally unfounded and meaningless that Mr. Anil Goswami asked the agency concerned ... Read More
Nitish Kumar Likely to Return as Bihar Chief Minister: Sources
Here are 10 big developments on this story:

The intended return to power of Mr Kumar has fissured his party, the Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), which runs a minority government in Bihar.

Today will see key meetings being held by both leaders. Mr Manjhi has called a cabinet meeting. Mr Kumar and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav have summoned a session of all lawmakers from the party.

At that gathering, the JD(U) is expected to formally announce that ... Read More
Delhi elections: Vote for AAP, tweets Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee In a surprise move, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday threw her support to the Aam Aadmi Party in the February 7 Delhi Assembly elections for the "greater need of the country and development in the capital".

"Delhi elections on (Feb) 7. My request to all of you in Delhi to please vote for AAP. For the greater need of the country and development in Delhi," Banerjee, Chief Minister of the ... Read More
Srinjoy Bose quit as MP
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Srinjoy Bose quit as MP as also from the party Thursday, a day after getting bail in a case related to the Saradha chit fund scam.

Bose, who spent 75 days in police and jail custody after his arrest by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, announced his decision to quit as an MP and also from the primary membership of Trinamool in a media release ... Read More
AAP expresses unhappiness over BJP vision document
Source : ANI
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party's vision document lacked an agenda and wouldn't deliver on the promise to reduce power prices in the national capital by 30 percent.

"Since BJP has no agenda and could not deliver their promise to reduce power prices by 30 percent, that is why they have released a vision document. They have betrayed the people of Delhi, we express our unhappiness over this," ... Read More
AAP vs BJP battle gets ugly: Kiran Bedi files police complaint
Jan 31

The BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi today filed a police complaint against AAP's Kumar Viswas accusing him of making sexist comments against her while her party approached the Election Commission on the issue.

Vishwas denied the allegations that he made remarks against Bedi and said he would quit politics if Bedi could prove the charges against him. Bedi alleged that the AAP leader made the "derogatory sexist" remarks against her at a recent election ... Read More
Delhi polls: RSS army joins BJP in last lap of campaign
New Delhi, Jan 31: Just 7 days left for the Delhi assembly elections when BJP is joined by an army of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak cadres who would be mobilizing public in the last lap of the election campaign. These volunteers from all Sangh-affiliated bodies are set to tap voters in their homes, joggers in parks, parents in schools, and send them mails. This came in the wake of BJP deploying 120 MPs for its campaign ... Read More
Here's what Jayanthi Natarajan wrote to Sonia Gandhi - Full Text
Hon’ble Smt. Sonia Gandhi,

President, Indian National Congress

November 5, 2014

Madam, I write to you with a very heavy heart. Over the last 11 months, I have suffered the most excruciating mental agony, and have been continuously attacked, wrongly vilified and defamed in the media, and exposed to every possible humiliation in public life. As I write today, more than 30 years of my loyal, faithful, and dedicated service to our party stand destroyed and in shambles ... Read More
Stung Congress Goes All-Out to Discredit Jayanthi Natarajan
The Congress today was relentless in its efforts to discredit former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who quit the party with a strong attack on Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi: The Congress today was relentless in its efforts to discredit former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who quit the party with a strong attack on Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

"It is an 'image bacchao andolan' (image-saving mission) by her, said Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi. "Not ... Read More
PM Modi wears Rs 10-lakh suit, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi speaking at an election rally in Seelampur in Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: @INCIndia)Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, addressing an election rally in Delhi on Thursday, attacked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing a suit that carried his name where holding talks with US President Barack Obama on January 25. He also targeted the Aam Aadmi Party.

Here are 11 things Rahul Gandhi said in his rally in Seelampur:

1. Modi-ji promised to ... Read More
BJP MPs stay at lavish hotel on taxpayers' money
New Delhi: While the Narendra Modi government has repeatedly passed austerity diktats calling on its ministers to tighten their belts to set an example for the nation, an RTI report showed that many BJP MPs stayed at lavish hotels on taxpayers' money.

According to the report till November 15,2014, 92 MPs, several of them from the BJP, have been living at the Ashoka Hotel in Delhi since their elections even though they have been allotted the ... Read More
Delhi elections: Dissent in BJP over ticket distribution grows
New Delhi: Dissent in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over ticket distribution spilled onto the streets a day after the party released its list of candidates with supporters of party's Delhi unit Satish Upadhyay and other ticket aspirants staging protests in New Delhi over denial of ticket to them.

Another group shouted slogans against Upadhyay and party MP Ramesh Bidhuri and even heckled the former.

BJP leader Dhir Singh Bidhuri and four block presidents from Okhla quit ... Read More
Tarun Gogoi reshuffles Assam ministry, 11 cabinet ministers join
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi effected a major reshuffle in his three and half-year old ministry for the first time today introducing new 11 cabinet ministers and three ministers of state with independent charge.

The oath of office and secrecy to the new entrants was administered by Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya at the Raj Bhaban here in the presence of Gogoi and other dignitaries.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. AFP

Bhumidhar Barman, Sarat Barkatoky, Ajanta Neog, Nazrul ... Read More
Bedi will be best CM Delhi ever had: estranged husband
Kiran Bedi is a strong, intelligent and dynamic lady and will be the best chief minister the national capital ever had, claims her estranged husband Brij Bedi. But he says while his blessings are with her he will not take part in her electoral campaign because of other commitments.

"Her decision to join politics was sudden and spontaneous; perhaps it was destined to be like this. She was inspired by Prime Minister but I do not ... Read More
Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sarmishta in Congress third list
President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sarmishta will make her electoral debut in the city as she is among 15 candidates announced by Congress in its third list of candidates for Delhi Assembly polls. She will contest from prestigious Greater Kailash constituency in South Delhi where Congress was defeated by AAP's Sourav Bhardwaj in the assembly polls in 2013.
Pranab Mukherjee. AFP.

49-year-old Sarmishta, a Kathak dancer, has been participating in events and rallies of Delhi Congress for the ... Read More
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, To Contest in Assembly Polls
NEW DELHI: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi joined BJP and is going to contest in the upcoming Delhi assembly election, Amit Shah announced on Thursday.

Bedi got high profile welcome at the BJP head quarters in the presence of Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley.

Amit Shah feels that Bedi's entry into BJP will strengthen the party in Delhi.

He also said that she will contest Assembly polls

"Kiran Bedi's entry is big boost for BJP," Shah Said.

Bedi speaks about ... Read More
CPI(M) women tear off blouses, blame TMC men: Mamata's minister
West Bengal minister and senior Trinamool Congress leader Swapan Debnath courted controversy by alleging that some CPI(M) women activists were in a habit of tearing their own clothes and then blaming TMC men for molestation.

"CPIM women activists tear off their blouse themselves and then blame TMC men for molestation ... CPI(M) women activists are always in the habit of blaming TMC men for molestation but the people know the truth and don't believe them," Debnath, ... Read More
Is Subramanian Swamy irrelevant to Indian politics?
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is seen as a crank and a maverick. A lot of people hate his guts and call most of his allegations as far-fetched conspiracies. He is seen as someone from the far Right who is irrelevant to Indian politics.

However Swamy has an uncanny knack of being proved right in the end. They say that he who laughs last laughs the longest.

That is definitely the case with Swamy and one of his ... Read More
In office since 1969: Karunanidhi re-elected DMK chief for 11th time
Chennai: DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was on Friday re-elected as party president for the 11th time in a row by the newly constituted general council.

Karunanidhi had during the Lok Sabha poll campaign last year indicated that it could be his last electoral campaign and the election is significant for him as he is now tasked with the responsibility of steering the party for the next five years.
DMK chief MK Karunanidhi.

DMK chief MK Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi was first ... Read More
Akali Dal a liability for Modi?
Chandigarh: The relations between the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), partners in the ruling coalition in Punjab, which had started getting bitter a year ago, has taken a dip for the worse after the spate of protests by groups associated with the former over the drugs menace in the state. The intensity of the protests suggests that the divide between the two is unbridgeable now and both parties could go it alone in ... Read More
Left parties to stage protests ahead of Barack Obama's visit
New Delhi: Six Left parties would organise demonstrations across the country on January 24, ahead of President Barack Obama's visit here, to protest US "interference" in India's internal affairs and the BJP-led government's "pro-US" policies.

The parties, which met here yesterday, decided to hold the protests on three primary slogans - 'halt US aggression' in West Asia and other parts, 'stop interference in India's domestic matters' and 'stop US-India strategic collaboration'.

In a joint statement, CPI, CPI(M), ... Read More
Rajasthan ministers receive e-mail threats by Indian Mujahideen
Source : PTI

Jaipur: Sixteen Ministers in Rajasthan have received threatening messages on their official email IDs purportedly sent by terrorists group Indian Mujahideen prompting the police to further strengthen the security arrangements in the state.

Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi are among the Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State who received the emails on December 22.

"We are examining the credibility and authenticity of the email and its sender who ... Read More
Can Rahul Gandhi get his act together?
by Saroj Nagi

The Congress’ poor show in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand could be the last straw for party workers who are tired of waiting for the top leadership to take the organization out of the morass it has been pushed into in the last couple of years through a series of electoral debacles both before and after the Lok Sabha polls.

There are signs of an impending eruption with two distinct streams emerging ... Read More
Omar to Wait and Watch

JAMMU: Omar Abdullah, who resigned on Wednesday as Chief Minister, indicated that his National Conference could play a part in government formation in Jammu and Kashmir after the election threw up a hung assembly.

At the same time, the NC leader said the onus of government formation lies primarily on BJP and PDP and his party will adopt a wait and watch the approach.

Recalling that in 2002 NC with 28 MLAs had opted from first ... Read More
CM Omar Abdullah wins from Beerwah, loses Sonawar seat

NEW DELHI: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has won from Beerwah assembly seat by a margin of over 1000 votes. Omar had lost from Sonawar assembly constituency.

Omar lost from Sonawar assembly seat of Srinagar district and won from Beerwah seat by a slim margin.

The 44-year-old chief minister tweeted ahead of declaration of results by the Election Commission, "Congratulations to Ashraf Mir (PDP) for his victory in Sonwar. I wish him & the people ... Read More
Amit Shah in Kerala and Tamil Nadu: Can he trigger change of fortunes for the BJP?
As the BJP president Amit Shah goes down to Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the few days, what will be his strategy to strengthen the party in these two states?

The party has found some success in Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha elections, but Kerala continues to be too hard to pierce.

Amit Shah had made his intentions clear a while ago - that he wants the BJP to build up from the grassroots in both ... Read More
Opposition's demand for PM Modi's reply on conversion row unacceptable: Naidu
New Delhi: Government on Tuesday rejected opposition's demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply in Rajya Sabha on the issue of conversion.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

"What they are saying is not acceptable to Government," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters outside the Parliament.

He was replying to a query about continuous adjournment of Rajya Sabha by a determined Opposition led by Congress and SP seeking Prime Minister's reply ... Read More
MDMK chief walks out of NDA, accuses Modi
Chennai: MDMK led by Vaiko on Monday decided to quit the NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu alleging that the BJP government at the Centre was acting against Tamils and betrayed the people of the state.

The MDMK District Secretaries meeting held here adopted an unanimous resolution to walk out of the NDA, the alliance it joined on the eve of Lok Sabha polls.

The resolution moved by party supremo Vaiko, declared that "MDMK can no more be ... Read More
'Janata Parivar' Mulayam, Lalu and Nitish may join hands in new avatar
The biggest alliance of regional parties in recent times may be on the cards if six former members of the erstwhile Janata Party ally decide to come together today.

With a sphere of influence extending across electorally significant states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and others like Karnataka and Haryana, the new alliance could be one of the biggest blocs to take on national parties like the BJP and Congress in the coming years.

After the first meeting ... Read More
BJP to restart talks with Sena from tomorrow, Devendra Fadnavis says
"I am confident that Shiv Sena will join the state government soon," Fadnavis said.

MUMBAI: Notwithstanding the recent bickering between the former allies, the BJP on Thursday announced that it will start afresh talks with Shiv Sena on the issue of the latter's joining the four-week-old government in Maharashtra.

"From tomorrow, senior BJP leaders Devendra Pradhan and Chandrakant Patil will hold talks with Sena leaders," chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters here.

"It is not only the ... Read More
BJP practicing divisive politics, says Rahul Gandhi
Source : ANI

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of practicing divisive politics, while claiming that the Congress party believed in uniting people and moving forward together.

"People in our opposition want to divide people, they are practicing politics of dividing people. They think that practicing divisive politics will benefit them. This kind of thing is hurting the nation. We want to unite people, we believe in moving forward together," ... Read More
Smriti Irani could be made Delhi CM candidate
by Tarique Anwar

Will Smriti Irani be the dark horse in the Delhi chief ministerial race?

While her name has not figured in public speculation over the BJP’s many choices for the top job, insiders say the top leadership may spring a surprise by choosing the Union Human Resources Development minister for the job.

“The top leadership of the party is considering surprising Delhi voters by appointing Smriti Irani as the chief minister. The BJP top ... Read More
Bihar: RJD, JD-U merger likely ahead of state assembly polls
Patna: Bihar will witness the biggest political realignment of the decade ahead of the assembly polls in 2015 with likely merger of Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the ruling Janata Dal-United to counter the surging BJP.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right) and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar. PTI

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (right) and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar. PTI

"After results of Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls, Lalu Prasad and JD-U president Sharad Yadav and ... Read More
Mamata invited for Nehru event
Source : ANI
"I can confirm that Mamata Banerjee's office has [received] an invitation for Pandit Nehru's 125-year programme. She has an invitation for the November 17 and 18," O'Brien told ANI.

"What I can't tell you whether she is going or not going. I think she will decide that in the next few days, depending on what next of her programme is," he added.

According to reports, the Congress has invited various like-minded political parties from within ... Read More
Formation of new party will be turning point in state politics, says GK Vasan
Madurai: Former Union Minister GK Vasan, who quit the Congress, on Wednesday claimed his proposed Tiruchirappalli conference when he would announce the formation of a new party, would be a turning point in state politics.

"The support to me from majority of the Congressmen and various organisations and outfits is pouring in. This shows Tamil Nadu politics is in for a change for the good," he told reporters here.
GK Vasan. PTI

GK Vasan. PTI

He denied reports that ... Read More
Suresh Prabhu quits Shiv Sena, joins BJP ahead of swearing-in
New Delhi: Former Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu on Sunday formally joined the BJP before being sworn in as Cabinet Minister in the first expansion of the Narendra Modi government.

Prabhu, who was Power Minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led previous NDA government, received the party's primary membership in the morning and was welcomed by senior party leaders.
Suresh Prabhu takes his oath. Image courtesy: PIB

Suresh Prabhu takes his oath. Image courtesy: PIB

The 61-year-old banker-politician was a ... Read More
BJP, Sena bury hatchet, Anil Desai to join Union Cabinet

MUMBAI: BJP and Shiv Sena on Saturday appeared to have resolved their differences with the latter deciding to nominate Rajya Sabha member Anil Desai to be included in the Union Cabinet when Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffles and expands his ministry on Sunday.

After blowing hot and cold over the last few days, the party also looked agreeable to accepting a power-sharing arrangement in Maharashtra.

"Uddhavji (Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray) had initially decided that we will ... Read More
Congress forms Shadow Cabinet panels after denial of LoP status
New Delhi: Unfazed by denial of the Leader of the Opposition status in Lok Sabha, Congress has formed several Shadow Cabinet committees along with Twitter handles as part of moves to be an effective opposition.

Seven Shadow Cabinet committees have been formed ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament beginning November 24 to keep a watch on decisions and policies of key ministries of the Narendra Modi government, a senior party leader said on Friday.

Despite being ... Read More
Bhim Singh lambasts BJP
Srinagar, Nov. 5, 2014: Nov addressing media persons in Srinagar this afternoon, Prof. Bhim Singh Founder of JKNPP said that a new alliance has emerged in J&K with the combination of BJP and NC. He pointed out at the statement made by J&K Chief Minister hailing Modi and BJP rather campaigning for Modi’s J&K 44 mission. He said that new combination and permutation came to the surface during Modi’s visit to Srinagar. ... Read More
BJP leader Shahnawaz receives death threats for allegedly praising Modi
Source : IANS
Patna: BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain Monday said here that he is not afraid of a threat to kill him for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I don't care for the threat and am hardly bothered about it. I will continue to speak for BJP and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi," Shahnawaz told mediapersons here in response to threat calls from a phone number from Dubai telling him to stop praising Modi.

Shahnawaz, who arrived here to ... Read More
Maharashtra: BJP draws NCP ire for arranging lavish swearing-in ceremony
Mumbai: Taking a dig at the BJP for an extravagant swearing-in ceremony of its first government in Maharashtra, the NCP today said it (BJP) has proved that it's a party with a difference.
Representational image. AFP.

"A party with a difference, hence the most lavish oath taking ceremony in the history of Maharashtra government formation," NCP spokesman Nawab Malik posted on Twitter.

Sharad Pawar's NCP with 41 MLAs has already extended outside support to the BJP-led government which ... Read More
Congress asks EC to address Kejriwal's allegation against BJP
Source : ANI

Urging the Election Commission to look into Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal's allegation that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been instructing its MLAs to buy fake votes in their constituencies, the Congress Party on Saturday said the poll body must ensure that the ruling party at the Centre does not misuse the administration to its advantage.

"If there is doubt it should be addressed. The Election Commission must ensure that the ... Read More
Election results: Pawar offers support for Maha govt
by Ayeshea Perera Oct 20, 2014 15:25 IST

3.25 pm: NCP elects Ajit Pawar as its legislative party leader

The NCP today announced that Ajit Pawar will be its leader in the Maharashtra Assembly, adding that all further decisions to be taken about the party's support to the BJP will be taken only after Diwali.

Speaking to reporters outside the party office, Pawar said: "Our workers have done a great job, we will work to our best ... Read More
Maharashtra polls: What numbers tell
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Four months after the 'Modi wave' was widely saluted in the mainstream media, on social media, in chai-break ... Read More
Muted Anniversary Celebrations Await AIADMK
Jayalalitha's supporters were left heartbroken after her bail was rejected by the Bangalore court.(PTI)
Chennai: The 43rd anniversary celebrations of AIADMK's foundation on October 17 is likely to be a muted affair after the shadow cast on it by the incarceration of Jayalalithaa.

Every year, on the foundation day of the party on October 17, Jayalalithaa visits the party headquarters to lead the celebrations.

Distribution of financial aid to indigent party workers and their families, garlanding the ... Read More
As usual, criminals & crorepatis lord over Maharashtra polls
Mumbai, Oct 13, 2014 (IANS)
Criminals and moneybags account for a large chunk of the candidates fielded by the top five mainstream parties in the Oct 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, a survey by watchdog bodies has said. PTI file photo

Criminals and moneybags account for a large chunk of the candidates fielded by the top five mainstream parties in the Oct 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, a survey by watchdog bodies has said.

Of the 4,119 candidates, the Maharashtra ... Read More
Hinduism heritage of Hindus, not their fiefdom
New Delhi: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said people of India have not treated Hinduism as their fiefdom but as their heritage meant for the world and there is a greater need for people in the country to have knowledge of its roots than those abroad.

Speaking at a function for the launch of the international edition of "Encyclopaedia of Hinduism" at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, he said it is important to give information ... Read More
Maharashtra polls: Watch out BJP! Sena, Cong catching up in the social media game
With barely a week left for Maharashtra to go to polls, political parties are ramping up their social media presence to gain maximum exposure among the youth. Digital agencies have been hired to manage their online profiles, while party volunteers are busy tracking online sentiment about their party.

While there is no substantial study indicating how much social media does contribute to the actual vote, the recent Lok Sabha elections were a clear indication of how ... Read More
Stop praising Modi, Kerala Congress tells Tharoor
The state unit of the Congress party is now mulling the possibility of approaching the national leadership on this issue,

The Congress in Kerala has asked Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor to stop praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Soon after Mr. Modi invited him to join the Clean India campaign, Mr. Tharoor tweeted he was ‘honoured to accept the invitation of PM @narendramodi to join Clean India campaign’.

Addressing reporters here Monday, Congress state vice-president and spokesperson ... Read More
Modi to begin whirlwind campaign tours in Maharashtra, Haryana from 4 Oct
New Delhi: Since the time he became prime minister he has not been on vacation even for 15 minutes, Narendra Modi said in New York. As he returns home tonight, his party BJP has made plans, with his consent to prove that he has an unmatched energy level.

Beginning from 4 October, Modi will be intensively campaigning in the two poll bound states. In Haryana, he will kick off his campaign from Karnal and in Maharashtra ... 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

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
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

The ... Read More
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
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

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

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
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

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

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.

Congress ... Read More
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
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

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
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

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

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
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

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.

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Narendra Modi slams Mamata Banerjee, says no real parivartan in Bengal
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)

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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).

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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 .

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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')

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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.

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List of AAP 'crorepatis' with their assets released
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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.

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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.

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Congress in Kerala waits for PM, Sonia, Rahul
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Will put up formidable candidates against Rahul, Sonia: BJP
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"We will put formidable candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told reporters here today.

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Alagiri Targets Stalin, Says Will Not Contest LS Polls

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.

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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.

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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".

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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.

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Not considering forming government in Delhi: BJP

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
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

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
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

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

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