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India Politics

UPA should be credited for economic revival: Chidambaram

New Delhi: Former finance minister P.Chidambaram Saturday claimed the credit for the 5.7 percent economic growth during the first quarter of this fiscal due to the policies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

He said the UPA government had projected that the economic revival would happen at the start of 2014-15 owing to the steps taken in the earlier year.

Chidambaram also expressed confidence that the economic growth for the full year would be more than 5.5 percent if the central government acts on the foundation laid by the UPA government.


Jan Dhan Yojna will not benefit the poor: Mayawati

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati Saturday trashed the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna and said that it was not going to benefit the poor and the weaker sections.

Talking to reporters in the state capital the Dalit leader said her party did not approve of the scheme as it will never benefit the 'real beneficiaries'.

She also said there was nothing to write home about the 100 days of the NDA government at the centre led by Narendra Modi.


'BJP working to boost presence in southern, eastern states'

New Delhi: The BJP Mahila Morcha is working to strengthen the party's presence at the booth level in the southern and eastern states where the party is perceived to be weak organisationally, party general secretary Saroj Pandey has said.

Pandey told IANS that Mahila Morcha workers were reaching out to people at the grassroots level in their local language in these states and telling them about the initiatives of the Narendra Modi government.

"The aim is to have 10 women workers of the party at every booth," Pandey told IANS.

Anxious Trinamool scurrying to CPI-M to woo back minorities: BJP

Kolkata: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indicating her Trinamool Congress was not averse to the idea of a tie-up with the CPI-M, the BJP Saturday claimed the swaying of minority voters towards it has led to the ruling party scurrying to its traditional foes for survival.

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha also claimed that the Trinamool was working towards a forgoing a formal alliance with former ally Congress and might have a tacit understanding with the Marxists for the 2016 Assembly polls to prevent BJP's ascent.

'Sushil Modi to be BJP's face in Bihar assembly polls'

Patna: Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will be the face of the BJP in Bihar in the state assembly polls in 2015, said senior party leader and central Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Saturday ending days of speculation.

"The BJP will fight the next state assembly polls under the leadership of Sushil Kumar Modi, who is a popular face and acceptable to all," Singh, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Motihari, told mediapersons here.


True meaning of the Coalgate Judgement

By Jaspal Singh,

Few days ago the Supreme Court of India delivered a judgement in the case that has come to be known as Coalgate. The court in its judgement declared that all the coal allocations since 1993 have been illegal, arbitrary and ad hoc.

This verdict of the highest court has indicted all the central governments since 1993 that includes governments headed by BJP and Congress. In this period for five years government was headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and for ten years Manmohan Singh was at the helm of affairs.

BJP's Manoj Tiwari offered Vishwas Delhi CM post: AAP leader

New Delhi: AAP leader Sanjay Singh Saturday alleged it was BJP MP Manoj Tiwari who offered Kumar Vishwas the Delhi chief minister's post after the April-May general election this year.

Tiwari who is an MP from northeast Delhi refuted the charges and said if needed, he will file a defamation case but only after talking to his seniors.

"BJP MP Manoj Tiwari met Kumar Vishwas May 19 and asked him to bring along 18 AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) MLAs and become the chief minister," Sanjay said.


Mayawati re-elected BSP president

Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was Saturday unanimously re-elected Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president at the two-day national executive meeting of the party here. Amid thunderous applause by members of the executive, she was garlanded by senior party leaders Swamy Prasad Maurya and S.C. Mishra as her name was announced.


BJP offered me Delhi chief minister's post: Kumar Vishwas

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas said Saturday that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA had offered him the Delhi chief minister's post after the April-May general elections this year.

"A BJP MLA who is also an old friend had come to my house after elections. I thought he had come to either congratulate or sympathise as I had lost the (general) election. But he told me that his party wanted me to accept the post of chief minister. He also told me he was meeting me at the behest of the BJP leadership," Vishwas told a news channel.


Amid BJP thumbs up, son controversy dims Rajnath's smile

By Mohit Dubey ,

Lucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is one of the few politicians in the country to perpetually wear a smile. Be it the loss in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls when he was chief minister or the failure of the party to make a comeback at the centre in 2009, the 63-year-old former physics lecturer does not let politics affect his disposition.