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'Bhushan, Yadav tried to sabotage AAP'

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday accused Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav of trying to sabotage the party before the Delhi assembly elections.

"They made efforts so that party loses... they told workers that let the party lose, it will be easy to remove Arvind," AAP member Ashish Khetan said on Friday.

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1984 riots: Court to consider closure report April 22

New Delhi : A court here on Friday fixed April 22 for considering the closure report filed in a case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in connection with the 1984 riots in Delhi.

Earlier, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saurabh Pratap Singh Laler issued a notice to the complainant, Lakhvinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed during the riots and fixed the matter for March 27 for further hearing.

The hearing could not take place on Friday as the magistrate could not come to the court since he was in Lucknow for a training session.

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'President's handing over Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee good move'

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee's gesture to personally visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee to hand over the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, to the ailing former prime minister on Friday evening, has been widely welcomed.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the president by stepping out of protocol to personally visit Vajpayee at his Krishna Menon Marg residence to hand over the award to him is "a good and right step" as the former prime minister is in poor health.

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Bhushan, Yadav flay Kejriwal, say they want to save AAP

New Delhi : Saying they were trying to save the AAP, dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Friday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of suppressing democracy within the party that now rules Delhi.

Bhushan and Yadav also said they were willing to give up all posts in the Aam Aadmi Party if their five demands -- including transparency within and autonomy to local units -- were met by Kejriwal, whose loyalists have accused the two of conspiring to oust the chief minister.

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Former union minister P.R. Kyndiah dead

Shillong : Veteran Congress leader and former union minister Patty Ripple Kyndiah passed away here on Thursday night following cardiac arrest, a family member said on Friday.

Kyndiah, 87, breathed his last around 11.40 p.m.

He is survived by two daughters, three sons and a host of grandchildren.

Kyndiah, who retired from electoral politics in 2009, had served as a union minister in-charge of tribal affairs and development of north eastern region (DONER) in the Congress-led UPA government.

Kejriwal wanted to form government with Congress: Bhushan

New Delhi : AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Friday alleged that following the party's massive defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, AAP's national convener Arvind Kejriwal wanted to form a government in Delhi with the support of Congress, despite opposition from many.

Addressing the media here along with colleague Yogendra Yadav, Bhushan said Kejriwal acted in an autocratic manner and refused to pay heed to opposing voices.

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Nitish Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi : A day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi here on Friday.

Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told IANS that the two met at 12.30 p.m. at the Congress president's residence and described the meeting as "cordial".

The meeting, details of which could not be verified, assumes significance in view of a possible alliance between the Congress and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) as well as the Rashtriya Janata Dal ahead of the assembly polls later this year.

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Bhushan, Yadav accuse Kejriwal of "horse trading"

New Delhi : AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Friday accused the party chief and the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of "horse trading" and said that he acted in an autocratic manner and refused to pay heed to opposing voices.

Bhushan, who along with Yadav addressed the media, said that despite the party's massive defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, AAP's national convener Arvind Kejriwal wanted to form a government in Delhi with the support of Congress, despite opposition from many.

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Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on Friday

New Delhi : Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, on Friday evening by President Pranab Mukherjee at Vajpayee's residence, with Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also set to attend the ceremony.

Several top cabinet ministers are to attend the function at 5 p.m.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday expressed happiness at Vajpayee being conferred the Bharat Ratna.

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SC notice on reservation in legislatures

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the central and the state governments on a PIL seeking increase the SC/ST representation of in the parliament and state assemblies in proportion to their increased population across the country.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra issued notice after senior counsel Kiran Suri told the court that since 2002 to 2011, 529 new castes have been added to SC/ST list and that alone added another five crore to the SC/ST population.

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