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Delhi village without hospital, school to boycott polls

New Delhi : A village with a population of over 10,000 has decided to boycott the Feb 7 assembly election in Delhi. The residents cited lack of basic amenities in their area as the reason behind the move.

"Leaders have been coming to us but we decided not to vote for any of them this time. It is high time now not to vote. They only give fake promises," said Panja Singh, 62, a resident of Jhangola village that falls under Narela assembly constituency in northwest Delhi.

Bharatiya Janata Party's Neeldaman Khatri won the 2013 assembly polls from the constituency.


Akali candidate with Rs.239 crore is richest in Delhi polls

New Delhi : Shiromani Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa with assets worth Rs.239 crore is the richest among the 673 candidates in the fray for the Delhi assembly polls, a think-tank said Friday.

The Shiromani Akali Dal is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Sirsa is contesting the Feb 7 polls from Rajouri Garden assembly segment.


Saradha accused Bengal minister not cooperating: CBI

Kolkata : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, behind bars in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, has not been cooperating in the investigations, the CBI Friday told a city court during the Trinamool Congress leader's appearance.

Mitra, whose judicial custody expired on the day, could not appear before the court due to illness as Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee extended his custody till Feb 12.


In Delhi, BJP has maximum candidates with criminal cases

New Delhi : Of the 70 political parties in the fray for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls, the BJP has fielded the maximum number of candidates - 27 - who have criminal cases against them, said Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms Friday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party also tops the list in the category of serious criminal cases, with 17 of 69 party candidates analysed, said the think tank. The party is contesting on all 70 seats.


UP announces special economic package for Bundelkhand

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government has sanctioned a special economic package of Rs.691.50 crore for Bundelkhand, an official said Friday.

District officials in seven districts - Banda, Chitrakoot, Lalitpur, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Jalaun and Jhansi - of the region have been asked to use this fund for special warehouses and rural infrastructure centres, the official told IANS.


Natarajan's claim on Vedanta sparks debate in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : Former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan's claim that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi put pressure on her to reject the green clearance to Vedanta's mining project in Odisha Friday sparked a political debate here.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lashed out at the Gandhi family for influencing the government's decision, the Congress tried to defend itself stating the intervention was meant to protect interest of 'Dangaria Kondh' tribes in Niyamgiri hills of Kalahandi district.


Loss in Delhi bad for Parivar, not the BJP

By Saeed Naqvi,

In politics, sometimes normalcy looks abnormal. That the Bharatiya Janata Party should be with its back to the wall in the Delhi battle is abnormal for those who have not yet recovered from the awesomeness of Narendra Modi’s victory in May 2014.

Youth Congress, BJYM clash: Himachal governor summons DGP

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalyan Singh Friday summoned Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar and sought a report on the clash Thursday between activists of the Youth Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha here.

At least 12 activists of both the groups were injured during the Youth Congress' protest here Thursday against the central government's land acquisition ordinance.

Official sources told IANS that besides the DGP, the governor summoned Additional Director General S.R. Mardi and Superintendent of Police D.W. Negi, seeking the report on the incident.


HC seeks centre's response on usage of social media by ministries

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday sought an affidavit from the central government on a plea by former BJP leader K.N. Govindacharya objecting to the government officially allowing opening of Twitter and Facebook accounts by PMO and other central government ministries in violation of the law.

A division bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva granted three-week's time to the central government and asked it to file a response "positively" on the issue and posted the matter for March 13.


BJP poses second set of five questions for AAP

New Delhi : Continuing its attack on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP Friday released its second set of five questions for the party leader.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmala Sitharaman asked Kejriwal to explain why were volunteers from foreign countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Dubai asking Delhiites to vote for the party?

The second question was why the AAP had not given the details of its accounts for the Lok Sabha polls to the Election Commission.