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India Politics

Amit Shah to visit Mumbai, may meet Uddhav

Mumbai : BJP president Amit Shah will visit Mumbai Thursday and is likely to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to finalise seat-sharing between the two allies for the Maharashtra assembly elections, a party official said Monday.

"Amit Shah has been invited as he has never visited Mumbai after taking over as the BJP president. We shall show him the ongoing Ganeshotsav celebrations in Mumbai. We shall dicuss the assembly elections and work according to his guidance," Bharatiya Janata Party state president Devendra Phadnavis told media persons here.


Kerala BJP has to be strengthened: Amit Shah

Thiruvananthapuram : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala has to be strengthened, party president Amit Shah said here Monday while addressing party members on the concluding day of his visit.

Shah arrived in the state capital Sunday night on his first visit to the state after becoming the BJP president.

"We are going to launch a nationwide membership drive Nov 1. The BJP workers in Kerala should go on a door-to-door campaign for this and expose the corrupt deals of the Left and the Congress-led UDF here," said Shah.


RSS calls Kerala shutdown to protest leader's murder

Thiruvananthapuram : The RSS' Kerala unit called for a dawn to dusk, state wide shutdown Tuesday to protest the killing of its leader in Kannur.

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh leader K.T. Manoj was Monday morning attacked by unknown assailants with bombs as he was going in a vehicle in Kathiroor in Kannur district and then then run through with swords, according to the local police.

Soon after the murder took place, the RSS had called for a shutdown in Kannur district, but by evening, decided to extend it throughout the state.


Fifty BJP MPs stage dharna against UP government

Lucknow : Fifty BJP MPs from the state staged a dharna here to protest against "the failure of law and order, prevailing power crisis and increasing crimes against women" under the Samajwadi Party (SP) government.

The parliamentarians later submitted a memorandum of their demands to Governor Ram Naik and sought his intervention as the guardian of the Constitution.

Leading the protest, state president of the party Laxmikant Bajpai told media that parallel dharnas were also organised in all districts barring those which are going for by-polls Sep 13.


BJP discussing Tamil Nadu local body polls with allies

Chennai : The BJP is holding discussions with its allies in Tamil Nadu on contesting the Sep 19 local body polls, the party said Monday.

In a statement issued here, Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit leader Tamilisai Soundararajan said her party is in talks with all the parties in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to contest the local body elections.

The party is also in the process of selecting its candidates for the polls, she added.

The BJP contested the Lok Sabha elections joining hands with the DMDK, MDMK, PMK and others.


Tamil Nadu parties against renaming Teachers Day 'Guru Utsav'

Chennai : Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the allies of BJP, Monday came out against the central government's decision to rename Teachers Day ('Aasiriyar Dhinam' in Tamil) as "Guru Utsav", terming the move as imposition of Sanskrit.

Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to address the school children through video conferencing on that day, PMK founder S. Ramadoss termed it as the first time such an initiative is taken in India, but said the decision to rename the day as Guru Utsav cannot be accepted as it is an attempt to impose Sanskrit indirectly.


Vala sworn-in as Karnataka governor

Bangalore : Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala took over as Karnataka governor Monday.

"Vala took oath in Hindi in the name of god. He was sworn-in by Karnataka High Court Chief Justice D.H. Waghela at a simple ceremony in the glass house of the Raj Bhavan," an official told IANS.

Earlier, state Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee read the warrant issued by President Pranab Mukherjee issued Aug 26, appointing the 76-year-old Vala as the new governor of the state.

Vala replaced H.R. Bhardwaj who demitted office June 29 on completing his five-year term.


Congress launches campaign for Maharashtra polls, attacks Centre

Mumbai : Launching its election campaign for the Maharashtra assembly polls, the Congress Monday attacked the NDA central government on various issues including denying power to the state and having a secret agenda to divide it.

After lighting the election flame, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan accused the central dispensation of deliberately denying power to the state from the central electricity grids.

He said he had already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting a meeting of all chief ministers to discuss the power scenario.


Opposition seeks Punjab assembly session on sand mafia

Chandigarh : The opposition Congress Monday sought a one-day session of the Punjab assembly over the sky-rocketing sand prices in the state due to the stranglehold of the sand mafia.

Accusing the Punjab government of being a "mere puppet" in the hands of the sand mafia due to vested interests, Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar said as a consequence of the role of the sand mafia, public works and construction work in the private sector have been severely affected.

Jakhar said the high cost of sand and other inputs have affected construction activity across Punjab.


No talks with Pakistan unless they stop terror: Rajnath

New Delhi : No dialogue is possible unless "Pakistan stops terrorism and violence", said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday.

He denied media reports that he will be meeting his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of SAARC in Kathmandu.

"News reports published today (Monday) that Rajnath Singh will meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of SAARC conference are incorrect and fabricated," a statement from the ministry said.

Rajnath Singh will visit Nepal Sep 18-19 to take part in the sixth meeting of SAARC of home ministers.