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  • LJP, RLSP miffed over delay in finalising seats
    The LJP and RLSP on Monday expressed their unhappiness over delay in finalisation of seats for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, saying the BJP must contest only 102 of the 243 seats and leave 141 for its three allies. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) expressed discomfort with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders' slogan -- "Abki bar Bhajpa sarkar", saying it was wrong to raise such a slogan as the next government would be formed by BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Addressing a joint press conference here LJP's state president Pasupati Kumar Paras and RLSP state president Arun Kumar said the BJP should finalise the seat sharing at the earliest, as it would be the sooner the better. "BJP should finalise seat sharing within a week or before September 5 because the Election Commission is likely to announce the date of the polls," said Paras, younger brother of LJP chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Arun Kumar, an RLSP MP from Jehanabad seat, said the leaders and workers of the LJP and RLSP were angry over delay to finalise the seat sharing for the polls."BJP-led NDA should call a meeting soon to finalise seat sharing." Paras said the BJP was delaying seat sharing despite the fact that Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United (RJD-JD-U) have announced their seat sharing and virtually given tickets to their candidates. Their candidates are working in respective assembly constituencies. "We request BJP leaders to finalise the seat sharing without wasting any time," he said.   Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 05:03:56 PM
  • Andhra CM orders probe into train accident
    ndhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has ordered a probe into the train disaster in Anantapur district which claimed six lives and left 20 injured in the early hours of Monday. The chief minister directed district collector to conduct an inquiry into the accident in which a granite-laden truck rammed into Nanded Express at a railway crossing near Madakasira. The train was on its way to Nanded from Bengaluru. Naidu expressed shock over the accident, which killed six people including a member of Karnataka legislative assembly. Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 02:19:45 PM
  • Tripura CM meets Kejriwal
    Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Monday met his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal to discuss centre-state relations. A Delhi government official said: "Sarkar was positive about the upcoming chief minister's conclave on the federal structure to be organised by the AAP." Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also present at the meeting at the Delhi secretariat. The Aam Aadmi Party will organise a chief minister's conclave on centre-state relations in September. Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 02:11:59 PM
  • 46 percent voting in Bengaluru civic corporation poll
    Around 46 percent of the 74 lakh electorate voted on Saturday in 197 wards of the Bengaluru civic corporation across the city amid tight security, a poll official said. Barring stray incidents and heated arguments by cadres and supporters of rival political parties, polling in 197 of the 198 civic wards was by and large peaceful. "As per initial reports from 6,463 polling stations across the city, 46-47 percent of voting was recorded till 5 p.m. The final figure may go up two-three percent, as there was a last minute rush of voters in several booths around 5 p.m. due to moderate to heavy rains in many wards in the evening," the official told IANS. During the 2010 civic poll, the voting was 44 percent in 198 wards.  According to an exit poll, conducted by a local news channel, the ruling Congress in the state is projected to get 91-98 seats, BJP 83-91, JD-S 9-17 and others, including independents, 1-8. Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 11:56:26 AM
  • Karnataka MLA among six killed as truck rams into train in Andhra
    At least six people including a legislator from Karnataka were killed and 20 others were injured when a truck hit a coach of a moving train in Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Monday, officials said. The driver of the granite-laden truck lost control and hit a coach of Nanded Express at a level crossing in Anantpur district. Five passengers traveling in H1 coach of Begaluru-Nanded and the truck driver were killed in the accident, that also led to derailment of two other coaches -- S1 and S2. A. Venkatesh Naik, a member of Karnataka assembly from devadurga constituency in Raichur district, was among the train passengers killed in the disaster. The accident occurred at a level crossing at Madakasira in Penukonda mandal of Anantapur district around 2.30 a.m. when the train was on its way to Nanded in Maharashtra from Bengaluru. Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 10:45:27 AM

  • BJP to unleash ministers on Congress, Left leaders constituencies
    Acting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directions, the BJP has finalized the union ministers to tour parliamentary constituencies of Congress and Left MPs to highlight their "disruptive" practice in parliament. Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjeet Singh have been deputed to Amethi and Rai Bareli, the bastion of Gandhi family. The maximum five ministers have been deputed in West Bengal, where the assembly elections are due next year with BJP also sending three of its ministers in Kerala to take on the Left and Congress MPs. On the last day of a wasted monsoon session that began on July 21, the ruling National Democratic Alliance had decided to hold public rallies in parliamentary constituencies of Congress and Left MPs to highlight their "disruptive" practice. According to the list, a copy of which is in possession with IANS, BJP's campaign in Amethi and Rai Bareily will be headed by Irani and Singh, and four MPs - Nagendra Singh, Laxmi Narayan Yadav, Priti Pathak and Jyoti Dhruve - have also been deputed for the purpose. Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 10:30:36 AM
  • Will expose truth of Bihar package: Nitish Kumar
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said he would soon "expose the truth" behind the Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the poll-bound state. "Soon, we will bring out the truth and the real face of Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package to Bihar," Nitish Kumar said here after launching several projects totally worth Rs.19,499.13 crore. He hinted that several ongoing projects worth thousands of crores of rupees were included in the special package announced by Modi last week. Even projects that would benefit other states were also included in the special package, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 10:26:19 AM
  • Nitish Kumar will not return to power: Ravi Shankar Prasad
    BJP leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Saturday that the alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress would not be voted to power in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. "There is no chance that state government led by Nitish Kumar will return to power despite him joining hands with the RJD of Lalu Prasad and Congress," Prasad, the minister for telecom, said here. People of Bihar have decided on change. "It has been visible all around, especially during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three parivartan rallies in Muzaffarpur, Gaya and Saharsa." He said people would not vote for Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) alliance due to fear of return of jungle raj.  Source: IANS
    2015-08-24 10:24:54 AM


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