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India Politics

Akhilesh to take stock of UP government programmes September

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will tour the state September to inspect various development and welfare projects launched by his government, an official said Wednesday.

While the official maintained that the visit was aimed at stock taking of government programmes, sources said the inspections were part of the ruling party's attempts to regain lost ground.


Kerala Congress crisis storm in a tea cup: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : The present crisis in the Congress party is just a storm in a tea cup, former defence minister A.K. Antony said here Wednesday.

Relations between party president V.M. Sudheeran and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy have not been cordial over the liquor policy which the government submitted to the Kerala High Court Tuesday.

While Sudheeran wanted that the 418 bars that have not opened this fiscal should not be given licenses, Chandy tried to find an amicable solution to the issue.


Amit Shah backs Rajnath Singh

New Delhi : BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday backed Home Minister Rajnath Singh and said all rumours against him and his son Pankaj are baseless.

In a statement issued in Hindi, Shah said there have been baseless and imaginary rumours surrounding Rajnath Singh and his son.

"As the party president I believe the conduct of all our ministers is of highest standard, and such propaganda is baseless," the statement said.


Congress announces candidates for Rajasthan, Gujarat by-polls

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday approved the party candidates for by-elections to legislative assemblies of Rajasthan and Gujarat, her office said.

Bajanlal Jatav and Ramnarayan will be the Congress candidates in Weir and Nasirabad assembly constituencies in Rajasthan, a statement from the Congress headquarters said.

Govabhai Ravan, Jatin Vijay Lella, Lalit Kagthara, Meraman Markhi Goria will be the candidates for the Deesa, Maninagar, Tankara and Khambalia assembly seats respectively in Gujarat.


BJP announces candidate for Rajasthan by-election

New Delhi : The BJP Wednesday announced its candidate for the by-election in Rajasthan, a statement from the party headquarters said.

Digamber Singh will be the party candidate for the Surajgarh assembly seat, the statement said.

The voting for the seat will take place Sep 13.


PM wishes Lalu Prasad speedy recovery

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday wished speedy recovery to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is admitted to a Mumbai hospital for treatment.

"Wishing a speedy recovery to Lalu (ji) and praying for his good health," Modi said in a tweet.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was to undergo two major heart surgeries later Wednesday.


BJP slammed for raking up 'Love Jihad'

Lucknow : Political leaders and parties Wednesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for raking up the issue of 'Love Jihad' - a term used by the party to accuse Muslim men of luring Hindu girls into marriage and then forcing them to convert to Islam.

Urban Development Minister and senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mohammad Azam Khan accused the BJP of "trying to humiliate Muslims" by raking up such baseless issus.

Jagga Reddy is BJP candidate for Medak by-poll

Hyderabad : BJP has announced Jagga Reddy as its candidate for by-election to the Medak parliamentary constituency.

Jagga Reddy's candidature was announced Wednesday soon after he quit the Congress and joined BJP.

A former legislator of Congress party, Jagga Reddy sprang a surprise by joining the BJP as only recently he was appointed president of Medak district of the Congress.

BJP Telangana president G. Kishan Reddy announced party's candidate at a press conference in the presence of Jagga Reddy at the party office.


Will quit politics if charges proven: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday pledged to "quit politics and stay at home" if any allegation against his family was proved.

"If any allegations against me or any of my family is proved, then I will quit politics and stay at home," Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

He was reacting to reports which said he was upset over media reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't want his son to be fielded in by-elections due to his (son's) reported unsavoury conduct.


'SC order is indirect advice to drop tainted ministers'

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday said the Supreme Court's order saying that people in conflict with law should not be made ministers was an indirect advice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to drop those with criminal background from his government.

"Indirectly the Supreme Court has advised the prime minister of the country to drop all these 13-14 ministers who have criminal backgrounds. Before becoming the prime minister of the country and the elections, he must have said that my cabinet will be clean and we are going to fight corruption," Congress leader Rashid Alvi said.