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India Politics

Cancel Kejriwal's candidature, BJP asks EC

New Delhi : The state unit of the BJP Tuesday urged the EC to cancel AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's candidature and ban him from addressing public gatherings, alleging that he has violated the model code of conduct.

"He has been making frivolous accusations against other parties and individuals so that he can mislead the people. We have urged the EC to take immediate action against him and to cancel his candidature as well as ban him from addressing public rallies," Satish Upadhyay, president of the BJP Delhi unit, told reporters.


Kiran Bedi sends legal notice to Kejriwal

New Delhi : BJP's chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi Tuesday sent a legal notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for using her photograph in his party's poster campaign without her permission.

"Yes, she has sent a notice to Kejriwal. He has been asked to ensure that the posters are removed," Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) media convener Praveen Shankar Kapoor told IANS.


BJP-called shutdown in Kerala cripples normal life

Thiruvananthapuram : A state-wide dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Kerala called by the BJP Tuesday demanding the resignation of the state finance minister left most of the roads deserted and shopping and commercial establishments shut.

The Bharatiya Janata Party in the state, where it is yet to open its account in the 140-member assembly, has demanded that Finance Minister K.M. Mani should step down following allegations levelled by whistleblower bar owner Biju Ramesh that Mani was given Rs.1 crore as the first instalment of the Rs.5 crore he demanded to help reopen bars in the state.


Politically Incorrect! Political satire in Urdu poetry

By Vikas Datta,

"Here richly, with ridiculous display,/The Politician's corpse was laid away/While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged/I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged", was prolific English author Hillaire Belloc's caustic send-off to an unnamed politician. The verse also exemplifies the vibrant, universal tradition of political satire that exists alongside organised government - from the plays of Aristophanes in ancient Athens to TV shows like "Yes Minister" and "Saturday Night Live" now. And closer to home, both Hindi and Urdu literature used it to devastating effect.

Akhilesh Yadav greets Padma awardees having UP roots

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday greeted mega star Amitabh Bachchan and other personalities having links with Uttar Pradesh who were named for the prestigious Padma awards on R-Day 2015.

Stating that all of these eminent personalities, through their work in different fields, have brought laurels to Uttar Pradesh, the chief minister said it was a great honour that the work of these eminent people was being rewarded.

As many as eight personalities having roots in the state have been named for the Padma awards.


Kerala politics: Is UDF closing door on Pillai?

Thiruvananthapuram : The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) Monday decided not to invite one of its founders, R. Balakrishna Pillai, to its meeting to be held here Wednesday.

UDF convenor P.P. Thankachen said that Pillai has not been invited.

The decision appears to have come after an audio conversation between him and whistle blower Biju Ramesh, a bar owner, came out in the open last week.


State should be policy-driven: Modi

New Delhi : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the state should be driven by policies which should be consistent so as to draw more investments.

"State should be policy-driven. That will help investment. Consistency is another very important aspect that will bring more investments in the country. These things will address many problems," he said at the US-India Business Summit here.

Modi, who is addressing the summit along with US President Barack Obama, said heavy investments in infrastructure and agriculture will improve economy.


NGO Let's Vote gets award for voter awareness

Hyderabad : NGO Let's Vote has received the National CSO Award for its contributions towards voter awareness, education and enrolment drives during the 2014 general elections.

The award was presented during the fifth National Voters Day celebrations in New Delhi Sunday.

Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam gave away the awards at the function presided over by Chief Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma.

Let's Vote national convener K. Subbarangaiah, founder J.A. Chowdary, and member P.V. Raghavendra Sarma were present on the occasion, a statement said here Monday.


AAP peeved at ignoring Kejriwal at R-Day celebrations

New Delhi : Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government of playing politics, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Monday askedy why its leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to the Republic Day celebrations.

The party also questioned BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi being given a seat in the front row of the enclosure designated for parliamentarians.

"Kiran Bedi is invited/given front row. Arvind was not even extended invitation for Republic Day parade. Politics even this pious day? Shame," AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted.


Obama meets Congress party delegation

New Delhi : US President Barack Obama met a Congress party delegation Monday afternoon after witnessing the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in the morning, sources here said.

The Congress delegation, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, party president Sonia Gandhi and several other senior leaders, called on the visiting US president at the ITC Maurya hotel where the visiting dignitary is staying, the sources added.

The meeting was understood to be a courtesy call.