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Trinamool MP Tapas Paul assures cooperation with CBI

Kolkata : A day after his house was raided by the CBI in connection with a chit fund case, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member Tapas Paul on Thursday assured of cooperating with the agency if he was summoned.

"I was in Delhi when they raided. But they (CBI) are doing their investigation in a very courteous manner. If they call me, I will definitely go. They are honourable people and I will surely talk to them," said Paul.

Paul's South Kolkata residence was one of the 43 locations of the Rose valley Group where the CBI had conducted raids Wednesday.


Karunanidhi urges party men to be united

Chennai : DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday urged party men to add "unity" as the fourth principle of the party after duty, dignity and discipline.

Speaking at the party's executive committee meeting, Karunanidhi urged the party men to maintain unity among themselves to win the elections and take forward the community.

"After duty, dignity and discipline (the party's three basic principles) add unity-unity in the party- as the fourth word and resolve to maintain that," Karunanidhi said.


'Electoral corruption very high in Tamil Nadu'

Chennai : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday urged the party's Tamil Nadu unit to enrol more members to strengthen the party in the state.

Shah was in Coimbatore, around 500 km from here, to address the BJP's state and district office-bearers, said a party leader.

"Shah said electoral corruption is very high in Tamil Nadu. The electoral corruption can be smashed only if the party increases its membership," the BJP leader told IANS on the condition of anonymity.


Odisha CM hits out at centre's 'neglect'

Bhubaneswar : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday accused the central government of neglecting his state and reducing its funds.

Addressing Biju Janata Dal (BJD) workers on the birth anniversary of his father and former chief minister Biju Patnaik, the party president said the centre was drastically cutting the share of Odisha in the 14th Finance Commission allocation.


Crisis shows AAP, Kejriwal in poor light

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

There are no winners in the ugly spat that was in full play at the AAP leadership meet which saw the exit of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the party's highest decision making body. But there is one sure loser: the Aam Aadmi Party.

Nitish Kumar, Modi main rivals in Bihar's 'pichkari' market

By Imran Khan,

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are rivals not only in politics, but also in the 'pichkari' market here as water sprinklers -- used to spray water on Holi -- with pictures of the two leaders are doing brisk business.

"Nitish pichkari and Modi pichkari are in high demand," shopkeeper Raju Singh said on the eve of Holi, the festival of colours.

Another shopkeeper Sanjay Swarnakar told IANS here that a water sprinkler with Modi's picture on it is selling for Rs.300 per piece.


Kejriwal admitted to Bengaluru hospital for cough treatment

Bengaluru : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Thursday admitted to a private hospital on the city's outskirts for naturopathy treatment to cure his chronic cough.

"We will do a health check-up and conduct a few tests for prescribing our treatment which is based on naturoapathy," Jindal Naturecure Institute chief medical officer Babina Nandakumar told reporters.


Surjewala gets charge of Congress communications department

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi has appointed Randeep Surjewala head of the communications department in place of Ajay Maken, who has been made chief of the pasrty's Delhi unit.

A party release said on Thursday that Surjewala, who is a national spokesperson of the party, has been appointed in-charge of communications department till further orders.

The communications department handles the party's interactions with the media.


Yadav, Bhushan were ready to quit but got sacked: AAP leader

Mumbai : AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ready to quit from the party's top decision-making body but got sacked by loyalists of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, senior AAP leader Mayank Gandhi has said.

Gandhi, one of the 19 who attended a party leadership meeting Wednesday where the two were dropped from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), quoted Yadav and Bhushan as saying that Kejriwal did not want them in the PAC.


No bargaining at AAP meeting: Yadav

New Delhi : AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Thursday said there was "no bargaining" at the meeting which decided by majority vote to drop him and Prashant Bhushan from the party's top decision-making body.

"I wish to say clearly there was no bargaining in yesterday's (Wednesday) meeting (of the National Executive). The party has taken a decision, we should not discuss (its) proceedings," Yadav told reporters.