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India Politics

Lalu, Sharad Yadav at Sonia's iftar party

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday threw an iftar party, attended by a host of political leaders, including Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav, whose party was earlier in the National Democratic Alliance.

The event, at Ashoka hotel here, was Gandhi's first iftar in three years, and the second major iftar held this year after the iftar reception hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan July 21.

Trinamool makes its presence felt at Bengal cricket's AGM

Kolkata : The rising influence of Trinamool Congress in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was evident Sunday during its 83rd annual general meeting where a number of ruling party leaders and state ministers made their presence felt.

On a day when former India captain Sourav Ganguly was unanimously appointed as CAB's joint secretary, frontline Trinamool leaders of the likes of Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, Youth Services Minister Arup Biswas, and Agriculture Marketing Minister Arup Roy, among others, attended the AGM.

JD-U, RJD to fight four seats each in Bihar by-polls

Patna : Bihar's ruling JD-U and Lalu Prasad's RJD would contest from four assembly seats each, while the Congress would contest from two in by-elections to 10 assembly constituencies in the state, party leaders announced Sunday.

A day after the alliance of the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress was finalised, JD-U state president Vashisht Narain Singh told media persons here Sunday that the sharing of seats among the three parties has been decided.


Achuthanandan seeks probe against Kerala chief secretary

Thiruvananthapuram : Former Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Sunday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in launching a probe against Kerala chief secretary's alleged links with builders.

The veteran CPI-M leader and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, in a letter to Modi, said the Central Vigilance Commission should probe the allegations against E.K. Bharath Bhushan.

He alleged that Bhushan has a soft corner for real estate developers in the state.


No listening device in my house, says Gadkari

New Delhi : Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari Sunday denied media reports that a "listening device" was found inside his residence here.

"Reports in a section of the media about listening devices having been found at my New Delhi residence are highly speculative," Gadkari tweeted.

A close aide of the minister too denied the report, but did not give any details.

Deputy Commissioner of Police S.B.S. Tyagi too said police have not received any complaint from Gadkari in the matter.


'Modi government has done commendable work in two months'

Hyderabad : Asserting that the Narendra Modi government has done commendable work since it assumed office two months ago, union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said it was trying to put the country's economy back on rails.

He told reporters here that the economy was derailed during the UPA's rule and that the Modi government is trying to put it back on rails. He also blamed the previous government for leaving behind a huge debt.


Goa Youth Congress chief alleges harassment by party

Panaji : Goa Youth Congress president Valanka Alemao, suspended for indiscipline Saturday, Sunday accused top party officials of harassment and AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh of coercing her to quit the post.

Claiming that she was verbally abused by state party chief John Fernandes, Valanka Alemao sought "justice" from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and highlighted what she partrayed as the Congress party's hypocrisy in claiming to empower women and sacking the only woman Youth Congress state president in the country.


Rise of the fringes: Modi government faces acid test

By Anando Bhakto,

New Delhi : Are the fringes pulling at the centre from many directions? Is the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi facing its first major political challenge, not from a depleted opposition, but from its own ranks? Or is it just a political ploy of the Hindu right, led by the RSS, to push its nationalist agenda through a government it considers its own?

No proposal to cut short parliament session: Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said there was no proposal to cut short the ongoing parliament session, and added the government has enough business.

He said the government would bring important bills in the coming days and these include the Insurance Bill and the Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Bill.


Nepal visit highly productive: Sushma

Kathmandu : Wrapping up her three-day trip, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Sunday said the her Nepal visit was "highly productive".

She made the comment at the Tribhuvan International Airport before taking off for India. The minister earlier offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple here.

It was the first high-level contact between the two countries after the formation of the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi two months ago.