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Will safeguard Mumbai's status as financial centre: Congress

Osmanabad (Maharashtra) : The Maharashtra Congress Tuesday vowed to safeguard the unique status of Mumbai as the country's commercial capital, which, it accused the BJP government of attempting to dilute.

Launching the Congress campaign for the Oct 15 assembly elections at the temple town of Tuljapur in Osmanabad district this afternoon, several speakers charged the BJP of attempting to divert Mumbai's businesses and financial resources to neighbouring Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Uddhav trying to split RPI: Athawale

Mumbai : Grappling with an intra-party controversy over his decision to ally with the BJP, Republican Party of India (A) President Ramdas Athawale Tuesday accused Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of 'attempting to split his (RPI) party'.

The allegation came a day after two of his senior leaders - Arjun Dangle and Kakasaheb Khambalkar - openly opposed Athawale's decision to ally with the Bharatiya Janata Party after the erstwhile six-party saffron Grand Alliance split last Thursday.

Congress-NCP split not due to Rahul or me: Sonia

Jammu : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said the Congress-NCP split has not come about because of Rahul Gandhi or her.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of her visit to flood-affected areas here, the Congress president said: "Neither Rahul nor I am responsible for the NCP breaking its alliance with the Congress".

She was replying to a question whether Rahul Gandhi's handling of alliance affairs had resulted in the NCP parting ways with the Congress at the Centre and in Maharashtra.


AAP won't be part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

New Delhi : The AAP Tuesday said that it would join the nation in cleanliness drive Oct 2, but would not be a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier, AAP chief had tweeted: "AAP will join Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 2nd Oct. But condition of safai karamchari ought to be improved if we want a clean India."

However, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said that Kejriwal's quote cannot be disputed but that was not the official line of the party."

"We won't be the part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan," he added.


Sonia Gandhi visits Jammu

Jammu : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday visited the flood-affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

Concluding her two-day visit to flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday visited Jammu region.

They interacted with flood-affected families in a relief camp set up inside the Gujjar hostel.

Both of them assured the victims that the party will take up the issue of relief and rehabilitation of affected families with the central government.


EC bars meetings with Haryana district officials

Chandigarh : The Haryana chief secretary and other senior officials have been asked not to hold meetings or organise video conferences with district officials to review poll preparedness, progress on electoral rolls' preparation or revision and other such activities, a senior election official said Tuesday.


Odisha MLA gets anticipatory bail in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha High Court Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy in the multi-thousand-crore-rupee chit fund scam case being probed by the CBI.

The court, which had reserved its order after hearing Tripathy's bail plea Monday, granted anticipatory bail to the ruling party MLA who was also the chief whip of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

The interim relief to Tripathy is valid till Oct 13.

The matter would come up for further hearing in the court after the Durga Puja vacations.


Don't join US war against ISIS: CPI-M

New Delhi : The CPI-M Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to join any unilateral American war against the ISIS, the Sunni insurgent group that now controls a vast territory.

"The Obama administration has been putting great pressure on India of late to join a US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.

"It may take advantage of Modi's presence in New York ... to make India fall in line with its plans. The (Indian) government must, under no circumstances, fall prey to these machinations.


Elephants in UP, now lions in Goa; Congress alleges scam

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : If elephant sculptures caused a furore in Uttar Pradesh, four statues depicting the mighty lion being erected at a public park in Goa have the makings of another roaring controversy.

The erection of the lion statues, each carved out from individual granite blocks, are part of a grand beautification of Kranti Maidan in Ponda, some 30 km from Panaji. The Congress party has come out against the statues.


Tamil Nadu movie world supports Jayalalithaa

Chennai : Tamil Nadu movie world Tuesday sat on silent hunger protest against the conviction of AIADMK general secretary and former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption case.

The hunger strike is being held by associations representing movie producers, actors, directors, distributors and others.

Actors Sarathkumar, Srikanth, Senthil and directors P.Vasu, Vikraman, S.J. Surya and others participated in the protest. The protest started at 9 a.m and will end at 5 p.m.