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Punjab CM welcomes move for Rahul's elevation as Congress chief

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday welcomed the proposed elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress President, describing it as a step in the right direction to revive the party's fortunes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Singh, who by his own admission was hurt by the way that Rahul had treated a senior leader like him in the run up to the Februar...

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P.R. Dasmunsi: Brilliant organiser who rose during golden hour of student politics

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Articulate and multifaceted, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a master in political manoeuvring and the topmost leader of the youth brigade that took West Bengal by storm in the late 1960s, to sideline the Communists and bring back the Congress to power in 1972. It was a time when the Maoist movement went from strength to strength in the state, with bright youngsters leav...

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Congress declares roadmap for Rahul's elevation to President

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Congress Working Committee on Monday approved the road map for what looks like an unopposed elevation of its Vice President, Rahul Gandhi, as party President, barring an unexpected contest, enabling the passing of the mantle from his mother, who was at the helm for 19 years. It would be clear on December 11 whether there would be a contest for the top party p...

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Congress leaders in Kerala pay tributes to Indira Gandhi

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 19 (IANS) Congress leaders in Kerala on Sunday paid glowing tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. At a function held at the state Congress headquarters, two-time Chief Minister Oommen Chandy described Gandhi as a leader who led the party from the front and took it to new heights even though it was once written off by its rivals. ...

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Sharad questions EC decision on JD-U symbol, says justice not done

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Questioning the Election Commission's decision to grant the arrow symbol to the Nitish Kumar-led faction of Janata Dal-United, senior socialist leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Saturday said justice was not done and vowed to continue the fight both legally and democratically. The decision has not meted out justice. The EC's decision is just asking the pe...

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Sharad questions EC decision on JD-U symbol, vows to fight on

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Senior socialist leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Saturday questioned the Election Commission's decision to grant the Arrow symbol to the Nitish Kumar-led faction of Janata Dal-United and vowed to fight it both legally and democratically. The decision has not meted out justice. The EC's decision is just asking the person who built the building to vacate ...

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EC asks Tripura officials to be ready for February polls

Agartala, Nov 17 (IANS) An Election Commission (EC) team that visited Tripura on Thursday and Friday asked the state officials to make all preparations in place for the next assembly polls, due in February next year. A four-member EC team arrived here on Thursday and held a series of meetings for two days. The EC team asked the state officials to make ready all preparations for the comin...

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BJP announces Gujarat first list, includes 5 Congress defectors

Gandhinagar/New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday virtually renominated all its sitting MLAs in Gujarat in the first list of 70 candidates it declared while giving tickets to five of the Congress MLAs who defected to it in August. Significantly, the party has decided to field 16 Patels in the contest, in view of the fact that the party and its government in ...

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BJP declares Gujarat first list, Rupani to contest from Rajkot

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The BJP on Friday declared its first list of 70 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly polls with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani being nominated to contest from his traditional Rajkot West constituency. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel will contest from Mehsana, his traditional constituency, while state BJP chief Jitubhai Vaghani will contest from Bhavnagar West. <...

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Rahul's elevation likely after Gujarat elections

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party President is likely to take place after the Gujarat assembly polls in December, as many in the party feel that election to the post amid poll campaigning could dilute its focus. Earlier, there were speculations that Gandhi's elevation would take place after Diwali on October 19 and before the elections in ...

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Thomas Chandy finally quits as Kerala minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 15 (IANS) Battling land grab charges, Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy on Wednesday quit, becoming the third minister to quit the government of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in controversial circumstances. After submitting his resignation to his party leader T.P. Peethambaran, who forwarded it to Vijayan, Chandy drove away in his official car to his home ...

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Tejashwi hits back at Nitish Kumar's 'traits remark'

Patna, Nov 15 (IANS) Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday targeted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for saying that he had acquired the traits of his father Lalu Prasad. The younger Yadav said he was proud that he had acquired the traits of his father and questioned the Chief Minister if his son has acquired his traits. On Monday the Bihar Chief Minister said: He (Tejas...

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Thomas Chandy quits as Kerala minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 15 (IANS) Battling land grab charges, Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who forwarded it to the Governor. Speaking to the media at the Secretariat later, NCP leader T.P. Peethamabaran said the resignation letter had been handed over to Vijayan. All the details will be told to you at 2...

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Let us not speculate on Chandy's resignation, says Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 15 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that there was no need to speculate on Transport Minister Thomas Chandy's resignation, adding the NCP has sought time to discuss the same with its national leadership. This came after the Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed Chandy's petition against the District Collector's report in Lake Palace...

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BJP CEC to meet to decide Gujarat candidates

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, would meet here on Wednesday evening to decide the candidates for the Gujarat assembly elections. There is a meeting of the party's Central Election Committee in the evening to discuss the candidates for Gujarat Assembly polls, a BJP leader told IANS. The two phase election...

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No hung assembly, BJP will form Karnataka government: Javadekar

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Exuding confidence that the BJP will form the next government in Karnataka, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday that people will vote the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government out of power for its divide-and-rule policy and cases of corruption. In Karnataka we have a very favourable atmosphere. People are fed up with the Congress government. They ...

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60,000 security personnel to be moved to Gujarat for polls

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Over 60,000 security personnel from para-military and state police forces are to be deployed in Gujarat for the upcoming assembly election in the state. Besides, the Centre has kept ready about 650 train coaches for the movement of these security personnel for poll duty in the state during the two-phase election for the 182-seat Gujarat assembly. The 14th...

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HC notice to EC on Kejriwal's plea

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission (EC) on a plea filed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging two orders which censured him and ordered the lodging of an FIR against him for violating the model code of conduct. Justice Indermeet Kaur asked the Election Commission to respond to the plea by February 2, 2018. In...

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BJP has no agenda but to spread hatred, divide society: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, Nov 13 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of spreading hatred and dividing the society for petty gains. The BJP has no agenda, neither development or anything else, all that they know is to spread rumours, speak lies and prop up one false issue after another, he told reporters in Unnao enroute to Kanpur fo...

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Nitish backs reservation for Jats, Marathas

Patna, Nov 13 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he favours reservation for the Jats and Marathas and voiced his support for the Women's Reservation Bill. I am a supporter of reservation for the Jats and Marathas, Nitish Kumar, who is also the Janata Dal-United President, told media persons here. Nitish Kumar said he strongly supports the Women's Reservation ...

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