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India Politics

Congress, BJP spar over heckling of CMs at Modi events

New Delhi : The Congress and the BJP Thursday sparred over heckling faced by chief ministers at official functions addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress termed the heckling "orchestrated" while the Bharatiya Janata Party described the sloganeering as a reflection of unpopularity of incumbent governments.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the chief ministers faced sloganeering as they were "non-performing".


We don't need Sonia's advice, says Amit Shah

Hyderabad : BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said the government needs no advice from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and asked her to keep this for her party's remaining state governments.

He said Gandhi should advise her party colleagues in the remaining state governments to work for the people and not to fill their coffers.

"Otherwise people will uproot you from those states also," he said.


Coal mafia don in Mamata's Singapore delegation: Left Front

Kolkata : Alleging that a suspected coal mafia don was part of the entourage headed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that is currently camping in Singapore, the Left Front Thursday demanded that the details of the delegation be made public.

Led by Banerjee, state ministers, bureaucrats and a host of entrepreneurs are currently in the city nation hunting for investment.


Moderate voting in Bihar by-polls

Patna : Voting in by-elections in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar ended peacefully Thursday with a voter turnout of 46.42 percent, officials said.

Polling started at 7 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m. with no untoward incident reported despite apprehensions of violence in the Maoist-affected three constituencies where balloting ended at 4 p.m., said Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakshmanan.

The 10 constituencies where by-polls were held were Narkatiaganj, Rajnagar, Jale, Chapra, Hajipur, Mohiuddinnagar, Parbatta, Bhagalpur, Banka and Mohania.


India will not be cowed down: Amit Shah

Hyderabad : BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said India will not be cowed down by anybody and there will be no compromise on national honour and integrity.

He said the decision of the Narendra Modi government to call off dialogue with Pakistan over the latter's move to hold talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders demonstrates India's new foreign policy.

Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party workers here, Shah said the BJP-led government has made it clear that there will be no compromise on national pride and India's sovereignty and integrity.

Suicides if mining doesn't resume in Goa: Congress

Panaji : If mining operations do not resume soon in Goa, there may be suicides in the state's mining belt, Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane said Thursday.

"If we are not able to resolve the issue, we may have to face suicides because the situation is very bad," the Congress leader told the legislative assembly.

Mining was banned by the Supreme Court in September 2013 following a Rs.35,000 crore illegal mining scam in which politicians, bureaucrats and mining magnates were linked.


INLD names more candidates for Haryana polls

Gurgaon : The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Thursday announced its second list of 11 candidates for the assembly elections in Haryana.

The names of 62 candidates for the polls due in October were announced Aug 1. Haryana has 90 assembly seats.

INLD state president Ashok Arora and general secretary and Ellenabad legislator Abhay Singh Chautala announced the names at a press conference here.


Left Front criticises Trinamool over its lawmaker's remark

Kolkata : The Left Front Thursday accused the Trinamool Congress of pursuing "politics of vengeance" after a West Bengal ruling party legislator called for burning "real human effigies".

Addressing a meet organised by the Trinamool-affiliated Progressive Doctors' Association, its president and legislator Nirmal Majhi Wednesday wondered if people would burn "real human effigies" of doctors, who earlier burnt dummies of the chief minister after three of their colleagues were suspended.


Withdraw order on governor's special powers, say TRS MPs

New Delhi/Hyderabad : Telangana's ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Thursday again urged the central government to withdraw its orders granting special powers to the governor over law and order in Hyderabad, the common capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years.

TRS MPs led by party general secretary K. Keshava Rao called on union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and complained that the circular issued by the union home ministry early this month is against the spirit of federalism.


CPI-M to contest by-polls in Kolkata

Kolkata : CPI-M's Mrinal Chakraborty and Faiz Ahmed Khan will contest the Sep 13 assembly by-election from Basirhat South and Chowringhee here respectively, the party said Thursday.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose made the announcement here.

The ruling Trinamool Congress has fielded former Indian soccer captain Dipendu Biswas from Basirhat South and actress Nayana Bandopadhyay from Chowringhee.

The Basirhat seat fell vacant after the death of CPI-M legislator Narayan Mukhopadhyay.