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BJP rejects CBI inquiry into Vyapam scam

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday rejected the demand for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and maintained that only the high court could order so since the ongoing SIT probe was being monitored by it.

Accusing the Congress of playing "politics over dead bodies", BJP leaders also said that all deaths should not be linked to the scam.

"The matter is already being probed under high court supervision. So, I don't think there is any need for a CBI probe," Madhya Pradesh minister and BJP general secreatry Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters here.

Modi holds talks with Uzbek President Karimov

Tashkent : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday accorded a ceremonial welcome by Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov at the Kuksaroy presidential complex after which the two leaders held discussions.

"A bond of several millennia. Ceremonial welcome by President Karimov for PM @narendramodi at the Kuksaroy Complex," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

"Important issues at hand. A quiet tete-a-tete between the two leaders before delegation level talks begin," he said.

Maharashtra government tried to kill me by denying life saving drugs in prison: G.N. Saibaba

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi : By denying life-saving drugs in jail, the Maharashtra government tried to kill him, alleged G.N. Saibaba, a Delhi University English professor who has just been released on three-month's bail from Nagpur jail.

In a two-hour long conversation with IANS at his official residence in Delhi University campus, a wheel-chair bound Saibaba said that despite being a heart patient, he wasn't given regular medication for the first seven months in prison and the authorities ignored repeated warnings by doctors.

Madhya Pradesh CM is Vyapam scam 'kingpin': Congress

New Delhi/Bhopal: The Congress on Monday reiterated its demand for a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and called for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's immediate resignation for "misleading" the scam probe.

"The chief minister is the kingpin of the Vyapam scam. Any probe into it will essentially require that he is thoroughly interrogated and investigated," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told media persons in New Delhi.

No need for CBI probe: Rajnath on Vyapam scam

Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said there was no need for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam as the SIT investigating the scandal reported to the Madhya Pradesh High Court and not the state government.

"SIT (Special Investigation Team) is probing it... the SIT is not working under the government, but under the supervision of the high court. I think things which have influenced Vyapam... the high court will take cognizance of them," Rajnath Singh told the media while on a visit to Madhya Pradesh.


Referendum on Delhi statehood 'dangerous ploy', says Maken

New Delhi: Congress leader Ajay Maken on Monday termed as "unconstitutional and a dangerous ploy with grave fallout" Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's idea of conducting referendum on statehood for Delhi.

"It is unconstitutional to ask a referendum for statehood for Delhi. Kejriwal is trying to pitch Delhi against the whole country. The fallout of the action will be very grave. It is a dangerous ploy," Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Maken told IANS.


Kumar Vishwas moves apex cour on Vyapam scam

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas on Monday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on the Vyapam scam in the Supreme Court and requested the court to immediately consider the issue.

"I have filed a PIL with Supreme Court, requesting them to probe the Vyapam scam immediately. Although the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh government has been investigating the case, there have already been 45 deaths so far," Vishwas told reporters outside the Supreme Court.


Delhi Congress holds protests demanding appointment of Lokayukta

New Delhi: Members of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Monday took out a protest march against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for not appointing the Lokayukta in Delhi.

Leading the protest, DPCC chief Ajay Maken criticized the Arvind Kejriwal led-Delhi government for not filling the Lokayukta post which has been lying vacant since 2013.

"Nearly 150 days have passed, where is the Lokpal? Where is the Lokayukta," Maken asked.

"We demand that a Lokayukta should be appointed in Delhi and Lokpal bill should be passed," he demanded.


Congress playing politics over dead bodies: BJP

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the Congress of playing politics over "dead bodies" and maintained that only the high court can refer the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the CBI.

Party leaders also said that not all deaths should be linked to the scam.

"One should understand the technicalities of the matter. The high court is already enquiring into the matter. We can't ignore high court and ask for a CBI enquiry," BJP's vice-president and Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh Prabhat Jha told media persons here.

'NSCN-K abrogated ceasefire under Paresh Barua's influence

New Delhi: The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) abrogated the ceasefire deal with the Indian government under the influence of ULFA leader Paresh Baruah, according to two former leaders of the NSCN-K.

Wangtin Naga and P. Tikhak, leaders of a new organisation called NSCN (Reformation), said that it was at United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) leader Barua's instance that NSCN-K leader S.S. Khaplang expelled them from the organisation as kilonsers (ministers) and abrogated the ceasefire deal.