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Manjhi meets Modi, fuels speculation of tie-up with BJP

New Delhi : Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fuelling speculation of a tie-up between his party and the BJP for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar.

The meeting came days after Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah hinted that options were open for a tie-up with Manji, who heads the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).

BJP sources said the HAM has demanded 50 seats in an alliance and the party has not agreed to the demand.

TDP demands Bharat Ratna for NTR

Hyderabad : Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Thursday urged the central government to confer Bharat Ratna on its founder and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. T. Rama Rao.

TDP, a partner in National Democratic Alliance central government, passed a resolution on the second day of its 'Mahanadu' or the annual conclave at Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad to demand the highest civilian award for the actor-turned-politician.

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Shah attacks Manmohan, Gandhis over scams, misgovernance

Panaji : BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday launched a scathing attack on former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi over misgovernance and fostering corruption.

Addressing a public meeting in Panaji, the BJP chief also accused Manmohan Singh of derailing India's economy despite his economist credentials.

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Nitish has derailed Bihar, say two union ministers

Patna : Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying he has derailed the development process in the state.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Bihar was developing with a high growth rate when the Bharatiya Janata Party was a partner in the government in alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United.

"After Nitish Kumar betrayed the BJP and ended the alliance, in the last two years without the BJP, development has been derailed in Bihar by Nitish Kumar," he said.

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Modi has laid foundation for decade of development: Gadkari

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first year in office, has laid the foundation for a decade of development, union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

Speaking to the media on the achievements of the government in its first year, the minister for road transport, highways and shipping said the previous decade of the Congress-led government was riddled with scams and corruption and the new government has worked hard to undo the damage.

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Janata Parivar merger will certainly happen, says Shivpal

Patna : The merger of the six parties of the Janata Parivar will certainly take place, Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Yadav said here on Thursday.

"The merger of the Janata Parivar will certainly happen," Yadav, who is the brother of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, told the media here.

Yadav was here to attend a meeting of the Ganga Flood Control Board chaired by union minister Uma Bharti along with representatives of 11 states.

He said talks on the merger were going on and it will bring positive results.

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Now Rajnath to update nation on government's performance

New Delhi : With the BJP-led NDA government completing a year in office and Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself giving an account of its activities to the nation, it's now turn of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to do so.

Rajnath Singh, who is scheduled to address the press on Friday morning, will mainly speak about what government has done in the past one year.

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TRS government restored investors' confidence in Hyderabad: Minister

Hyderabad : The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government restored the confidence of people and investors in Hyderabad in its first year in office, state Panchayat Raj and Information Technology Minister K.Tarakarama Rao said on Thursday.

He contended that the biggest achievement of the government was that it got its priorities right, focusing on basic needs of people and their welfare.

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Cattle slaughter ban up to state governments: Shah

Panaji : It was up to the respective state BJP governments to decide on banning cattle slaughter, after taking into account the sentiments of the local population, party president Amit Shah said on Thursday.

Shah clarified that the comments made by union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, asking beef eaters to go to Pakistan, were made in a personal capacity, but also spelled out the Bharatiya Janata Party's stand on banning beef.

BJP hails revocation of AFSPA from Tripura, credits Modi

New Delhi : The BJP on Thursday hailed the Tripura government's decision to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives security forces sweeping powers and judicial immunity in conflict-hit areas.

"It's a welcome move and we appreciate the decision of the Tripura government," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sunil Deodhar, who is in charge of the party affairs in Tripura, told IANS.

However, he credited the Narendra Modi government for this move, which he said forced the Left Front government to revoke the AFSPA.

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