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BJP seeks apology from Geelani for 'mischievous' claims

New Delhi: The BJP Saturday sought an apology from hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani over his claims that two people had approached him as Narendra Modi's emissaries, saying such remarks were mischievous and aimed at creating confusion among people.

Referring to Geelani's remarks, the Bharatiya Janata Party said Kashmir was an integral part of the country and there was no room for deliberations on the issue.

CBI should probe Saradha as Mamata shielding scamsters: Rahul

Malda/Baharampur: Claiming that big scams were taking place in West Bengal, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday accused the state's Trinamool Congress government of shielding scamsters and demanded a CBI probe into the Saradha scandal.

"Bigger scams are happening in Bengal. You all know about the Saradha (chit fund) scam, 20 lakh people have suffered losses," Gandhi said at a party rally in Shamsi in Malda district.


Sonia Gandhi bats for son Rahul

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh): Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday tried to strike an emotional chord here at a public rally and told the gathering that she had given her son Rahul Gandhi to the people of Amethi in 2004.

Canvassing for her son who is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi said the Congress vice president had done a lot of development work in the constituency and the remaining work will be finished in his next term.


Ex-Infosys honcho to campaign for Kejriwal

Bangalore: V. Balakrishnan, the former Infosys honcho and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) contestant from the Bangalore Central Lok Sabha seat, will campaign for the party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal, who is contesting from Varanasi.

"I am definitely going to Varanasi to campaign for Arvind though dates are yet to be finalised," Balakrishnan told IANS Saturday, while unwinding after Thursday polling in 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka and a month-long hectic electioneering in this tech hub.


Bihar leader's abducted son killed

Patna: The abducted son of a JD-U leader was killed in Bihar's Nawada district and four people have been arrested, police said Saturday.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Renu Kushwaha's son Vipin Kumar, in his mid 20s, was abducted April 13. The abductors demanded Rs.50 lakh as ransom for his release and they killed him after it was not paid.

This was revealed by four people, including a woman, who were arrested from Rajauli area in this connection, a district police official said.

Court warns Kejriwal for skipping hearing

New Delhi: A court here Saturday warned former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and three AAP leaders that "coercive process" would be initiated against them if they fail to appear on the next date of hearing in a defamation case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma posted the matter for hearing May 24 and said: "Ensure that everybody is present on the next date (of hearing) otherwise I will initiate coercive process."


Purandeswari files nomination from Rajampet

Hyderabad: Former union minister D. Purandeswari and former Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana were among prominent candidates who filed nominations on last day Saturday for assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Seemandhra.

Purandeswari, who recently quit the Congress party, filed her nomination as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency.


Gadkari makes uncharitable remark, quickly clarifies

Patna: Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari said Saturday that there is casteism in Bihar's DNA, but soon realised that he has made a controversial statement. He clarified saying that there is casteism in Bihar's politics.

"Bihar ke DNA mein jativaad hain" (There is casteism in Bihar's DNA), Gadkari told media persons here in a reply to why BJP leaders have been projecting Narendra Modi as 'chaiwala' and a backward caste leader repeatedly during ongoing campaigning for Lok Sabha polls.


Modi to file nomination in Varanasi April 24

Lucknow: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will file his nomination from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency on April 24, party general secretary Amit Shah said Saturday.

"Modi will file his nomination April 24. Then the Modi wave will soon turn into a tsunami," Amit Shah said at a press conference.


Prohibitory orders in Odisha town after post-poll violence

Bhubaneswar: Police Saturday clamped prohibitory orders in the district headquarter town of Kendrapada in Odisha after post-poll violence in the area, an official said.

The order clamped at the coastal town, about 100 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, prohibits the assembly of more than four people, district superintendent of police Rabi Narayan Behera told IANS.

"It will remain in force for 24 hours or until the situation normalises," he said.