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CPI-M to adopt new political strategy

Agartala : The CPI-M is likely to adopt a new political strategy at the four-day central committee meeting beginning Sunday, a party leader said here Wednesday.

The new political tactical strategy which was drafted in the politburo meetings held Sep 10-12 and Oct 13-14 would be finalised in the central committee meeting in New Delhi from Oct 26, a CPI-M leader said.


Modi to have a busy Diwali visit to Srinagar

Srinagar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Diwali visit here Thursday to express solidarity with the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir will be packed with meetings, government sources said.

The prime minister is expected to land at the airport here around 1 p.m. Thursday. He will then go to the Raj Bhawan where he will meet members of flood-affected families, including women and children, from different parts of the Valley.

Seven candidates file papers for Andhra assembly by-poll

Hyderabad : Seven candidates, including five Independents, have filed nomination papers for the Nov 8 by-election to the Allagadda assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh.

According to the chief returning officer, four Independents filed their papers Tuesday, the last day of filing nominations.

Bhuma Akhila Priya of the YSR Congress party and the daughter of Bhuma Sobha Nagi Reddy who died in a road accident days before the elections in May, has also filed nomination papers for the assembly constituency in Kurnool district.


Mathur appointed BJP incharge of UP, Nadda of Maharashtra

New Delhi : BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday appointed party leader O.P. Mathur as the party incharge of Uttar Pradesh and J.P. Nadda of Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

In a major organisational reshuffle, Shah promoted some young secretaries giving them charge of states and sought to strike a balance between experience and youth.

Mathur had contributed to the party's efforts in the Maharashtra assembly polls where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party for the first time and is poised to form the government.


Differences in BJP? Gadkari also in race for Maharashtra CM's crown

Mumbai : Indicating differences in the BJP, Transport and Shipping Minister and senior leader Nitin Gadkari emerged as a front-runner for the post of Maharashtra chief minister here Tuesday.

In denial mode since the past two days, the leader from Vidarbha put up an apparent show of strength with at least 40 party legislators meeting him to seek "blessings and guidance" in Nagpur Tuesday.

Karnataka HC clears Yeddyurappa's prosecution in land deals

Bangalore : The Karnataka High Court Tuesday allowed the prosecution of BJP national vice president and former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his kin in a case pertaining to the alleged encroachment of forest land in Shimoga district.

Setting aside the Shimoga sessions court order that dismissed the case in February for want of sanction from the state government, Justice Anand Byrareddy said the cases could be investigated, as Yeddyurappa was no longer holding a public office.


165 of Maharashtra's 288 new lawmakers have criminal cases

Mumbai : A whopping 165 of the 288 newly-elected legislators in Maharashtra have criminal cases against them, with 115 charged with serious offences of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women and communal disharmony, a watchdog said Tuesday.

Among them, 51 (31 percent) already have charges framed against them in various courts of law, said a study by the Maharashtra Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (MEW-ADR).


NCP claim on support to Sena 'prepsosterous', says Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Tuesday termed as "preposterous" claims that it had approached the Nationalist Congress Party to support a Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra and affirmed that it will never support the party.

Congress general secretary Ajay Maken also took a dig at the NCP, the party's former ally, for offering outside support to the BJP to form a government in Maharashtra.


BJP accuses Akhilesh of failing poll promises

Lucknow : The BJP Tuesday accused the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh of failing to live up to its poll promises.

Party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak questioned the government's decision to shelve the scheme to distribute free laptops to Class 12 pass-outs.

"The chief minister tom-toms the laptop scheme as his biggest achievement but he has shelved the scheme in the current budget," Pathak told reporters here.

" ...and today, he has got cabinet approval to distribute 1,000 laptops to select meritorious students. What does this flip-flop mean," he asked.

Omar Abdullah downplays BJP's poll win

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said he disagrees that the BJP's victory in state elections was "unstoppable".

He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not able to repeat its Lok Sabha performance in Maharashtra and Haryana elections.

"It would be an exaggeration to say the BJP march to victory in elections is unstoppable," he told the media on the sidelines of the Police Commemoration Day function here.

"They have done well, but not that well as they expected. In Haryana, they have just about crossed the half-way mark."