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Himachal cabinet expansion on Thursday
The second cabinet expansion of the nearly three-year-old Congress government in Himachal Pradesh will take place in the state capital on Thursday, with the likely induction of former minister Karan Singh, an official said. Karan Singh is a legislator from Banjar in Kullu district. With his induction, the strength of the cabinet, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, would go up to 12 - the maximum sanctioned strength. The last expansion took place on March 2, 2013, when former union communications minister Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma was inducted as a minister. Source: IANS2015-08-26 04:44:03 PM
PM appeals for peace in Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace, a day after the state witnessed violence at a mega rally seeking reservations for the Patel community. "Everyone must work together for development and it is through development that we can serve the people, especially the poor. Violence has never done good for anyone," Modi tweeted. "Once again, I appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace. Violence will never achieve anything. It is my appeal to all of you -- the only Mantra must be 'Shanti' (peace)," Modi, a former three-time chief minister of Gujarat, said. Source: IANS2015-08-26 02:15:03 PM
Modi's Bihar package is mere repackaging, says Nitish
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the bulk of the Rs.1.25 lakh crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as special package for Bihar was a "mere repackaging of old schemes". "A closer look reveals that against the claim of Rs.1.25 lakh crore, at least Rs.1.08 lakh crore worth projects is nothing but a mere repackaging of old schemes," Nitish Kumar told the media here. He said this included appropriation of pre-approved allocations for old ones and continued contribution to ongoing schemes which were announced by various ministries at different points of time in the past. "Further, few new line items, totalling to the tune of about Rs.6,000 crore, are a part of the package for which there is not even a shred of evidence of planning or work on ground," he added. "Thus, in totality, at very best, the so called Rs.1.25 lakh crore package will not provide anything more than Rs.10,368 crore as additional or incremental resource to the state of Bihar. "This, Rs.10,368 crore, too in the absence of a defined timeline or disbursement modalities, hardly means anything to the state," added the Janata Dal-United leader. Modi announced the Bihar package on August 18 while addressing an election campaign rally at Arrah.
Source: IANS2015-08-26 02:12:55 PM
Kejriwal, Modi should work together: Speaker Mahajan
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should work in tandem. "The PM as well as the CM have been elected to their respective houses for the first time. They will have to strike a balance," Mahajan said at the two-day orientation programme for Delhi assembly members. Kejrwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party in the February polls, has accused Modi of interfering in the functioning of the Delhi government. Source: IANS2015-08-26 10:35:11 AM
'Thank You Bengaluru', Modi says after win
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the BJP's win in the Bengaluru civic polls, describing the latest victory as the party's "hat-trick of wins". Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley followed the prime minister in praising the party's success in the civic elections. "People's continuous faith in the BJP is humbling and gladdening," Modi tweeted, adding: "We are fully committed to fulfilling (the) aspirations of 125 crore Indians." Modi said after similar civic poll wins in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bengaluru results "complete a hat-trick of wins for the BJP". Source: IANS2015-08-26 10:32:39 AM
BJP wins Bengaluru civic polls; Modi says thank you!
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained control of the 198-ward Bengaluru municipal corporation for a second successive term, winning 100 wards and relegating the state's ruling Congress to the second place. The victory gladdened Prime Minister Narendra Modi who thanked the voters of India's IT capital for reposing continuous faith in his party and called it a hat-trick after similar wins in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan early this month. "Thank you Bengaluru", Modi tweeted. According to the state election commission, the Congress won 76 wards, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) 14 and Independents eight. Polling was held in 197 wards, as BJP candidate Bharati Ramachandra was declared elected unopposed earlier from Hongasandra (ward 189) after nomination of Congress candidate K. Maheshwari was rejected on August 13 for submitting a fake caste certificate. "This is a win for the politics of development and good governance," Modi said in a series of tweets, even as counting was in progress. Source: IANS2015-08-26 10:29:16 AM
Shatrughan Sinha gently warns BJP
Sensing disciplinary action from the party over his recent remarks, Bollywood actor-turned BJP parliamentarian Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday sought to remind his party that "every action has an equal and opposite reaction". In a tweet, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb constituency, said: "After some unofficial news channel reports - and there's nothing official about it - people are seeking my reactions on unconfirmed and unofficial report that BJP will take action after the Bihar elections. "I will not comment on unofficial report spread by vested interests. However one shouldn't forget Newton's third law "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction," he said in another tweet. A senior party leader said on Monday that BJP would not take any action against Sinha till the Bihar elections were over. Sinha -- popularly known as "Shotgun" -- had recently called Nitish Kumar the country's best chief minister and has been continuously embarrassing the BJP through his statements. SOurce: IANS2015-08-26 10:23:24 AM
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