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India Politics

Who funded Mamata's maiden foreign tour, asks BJP

Kolkata : Questioning the efficacy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Singapore visit to hunt for investors, the BJP Monday sought to know who has funded the tour.

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha said the party was in the process of filing a right to information (RTI) application to know the source of funding.


Amit Shah on two-day UP visit from Tuesday

Lucknow : BJP president Amit Shah will be arriving here Tuesday on a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh, party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Monday.

This will be Shah's first visit to the state after becoming the Bharatiya Janata Party president.

Elaborate arrangements have been made in the state capital to welcome Shah, who until his elevation was the party's general secretary in charge of its affairs in Uttar Pradesh.


'Modi hasn't endorsed Bhagwat's Hindu Nation comment'

Panaji : Goa's BJP legislator Michael Lobo Monday dismissed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's assertion of India being a 'Hindu Nation', and claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not endorsed such comments.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the legislative assembly session, Lobo, who represents Calangute constituency, said: "I don't think the Government of India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, has consented to that."

'Blackmailing' activists targetting VIPs, high court judge: Goa CM

Panaji : Some activists with "highly questionable" motives are "blackmailing and witch-hunting" people in high places and are levelling false allegations against a high court judge, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Monday.

Parrikar was speaking in response to a Calling Attention Motion moved by Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho.


AIADMK's Maitreyan relieved from party post

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday relieved Rajya Sabha member V. Maitreyan as the chief of the party's medical wing.

In a brief statement issued here, Jayalalithaa - who is also the AIADMK general secretary - said Maitreyan was relieved from his post.


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Ram temple pledge will be fulfilled soon: Togadia

Mumbai/New Delhi : Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Pravin Togadia Sunday said the pledge for constructing Ram temple at Ayodhya will be fulfilled soon.

Addressing a gathering in Mumbai, Togadia also said that more than 5,000 hostels for girls and youth will be built in the country and a mechanism will be worked out to provide free health care to poor Hindus.

According to a VHP release, Tagodia also said that efforts will be made to get a central law against religious conversion.

Trinamool opposes Modi's plan to scrap plan panel

Kolkata : Questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to do away with the Planning Commission, the Trinamool Congress Sunday dubbed the move "inappropriate".

"Such a big decision of scrapping the commission cannot be taken suddenly and merely through an announcement during a speech. Trinamool Congress in no way supports that," party MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay told media persons here.

"What wrong did the commission do that they had to announce its scrapping? We don't think it's an appropriate decision," he added.


BJP is party of rumour mongers: Nitish Kumar

Patna : Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a party of rumour mongers.

"The BJP is a party of rumour mongers," he said at a rally ahead of a by-election in Chapra assembly constituency in Bihar's Saran district.

Nitish Kumar, also a senior Janata Dal-United leader, said Narendra Modi has become the prime minister by using his "poisonous propaganda" during and before the last Lok Sabha polls.


Lack of relief in rain-hit Himachal areas: BJP

Shimla : The BJP's Himachal Pradesh unit Sunday attacked Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for remaining out of the state when the state was witnessing torrential rains and claimed that more than 25 people have died but no relief measure had been taken.

"It's very sad that when the state was reeling under disaster due to heavy rains, the chief minister along with his cabinet colleagues and officials are camping in Delhi for his pending (criminal) case," said Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Ganesh Dutt.