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Odisha BJP leader suspended for social media comments

Bhubaneswar : The Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday suspended one of its senior leaders in Odisha for making "anti-party" statements on social media.

"The party suspended Ashok Sahu for anti-party activities," state BJP spokesman Samir Mohanty told IANS.

Sahu had made some "objectionable" comments a few days ago on social networking sites. He also made such comments on television shows despite being warned by party leaderships, the party spokesman said.


Modi reaches Srinagar

Srinagar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Thursday afternoon to meet victims of the recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

A special plane carrying Modi landed at the technical area of Srinagar airport around 2.10 p.m.

Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior ministers received the prime minister.

Members of flood-affected families, traders and members of the civil society will meet Modi at the Raj Bhawan.

Gadkari says 'no' to Maharashtra move

New Delhi : Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari Thursday reiterated that he was not in the race for the post of Maharashtra chief minister.

"I have already (made it clear that) I am interested in remaining in Delhi," Gadkari told the media.

His comments come amid reports that a section of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators in Maharashtra want Gadkari as the chief minister.

Gadkari's name was floated by former minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. The BJP is the single largest party with 122 legislators in the 288-seat assembly.


Modi condemns terror attack in Canada

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday condemned the terror attack on the Canadian parliament and pledged to strengthen cooperation with Ottawa to combat terrorism.

"I strongly condemn the attacks on the Canadian military personnel in Quebec and Ottawa and the shooting in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa," Modi said in a statement released by the external affairs ministry.

"A parliament is a temple of democracy and holds a special place in the hearts of those who believe in democratic ideals.

Modi's second round of radio address Nov 2

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second round of "Mann Ki Baat" radio programme will be held Nov 2, a statement said here Wednesday.

"Looking forward to the 2nd 'Mann Ki Baat' Radio Programme Sunday Nov 2, 2014 at 11 a.m.," the prime minister tweeted.

"Once again, I invite you to share thoughts, comments and examples of good governance initiatives that have left an impression on your mind," Modi said.

Modi had first addressed people over radio Oct 3.


MNS general secretary Pravin Darekar quits

Mumbai : The beleaguered Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, routed in the assembly elections, faced another crisis Wednesday when its general secretary Pravin Darekar suddenly quit, party sources said.

Darekar met party president Raj Thackeray and handed over his resignation.

Thackeray's decision on Darekar's resignation letter was not yet known.

Darekar was an MNS legislator who lost from Magathane constituency in northwest Mumbai to Shiv Sena's Prakash Surve.


Chandrababu asks Telangana to abide by rules

Hyderabad : Amid growing tension with Telangana over electricity generation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday asked the TRS government not to complicate matters by violating rules and targeting the TDP to hide its inefficiency.

A day after Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers set afire the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) office in Nalgonda district of Telangana, Naidu advised the Telangana government to behave responsibly by adhering to rules governing the use of the Srisailam reservoir across the Krishna river.


Saradha scam: Make inquiry panel report public, says BJP

Kolkata : Describing the Justice Shyamal Sen Commission set up to probe the Saradha scam as a "political gimmick", the BJP Wednesday demanded the West Bengal government to make public the panel's report.

Constituted by the Mamata Banerjee government in 2013, the tenure of the Commission headed by the former chief justice of the Allahabad High Court ended Wednesday.

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha said the panel was set up by the state government in its bid to thwart the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the multi-crore-rupee scam.


Gogoi urges Paresh Baruah to join politics

Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday asked the commander-in-chief of the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Paresh Baruah, to join mainstream politics.

Gogoi also said he would urge the Centre to give Baruah amnesty, if he decides to respond to the offer.

Reveal all names, no vindictive leaks on black money: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his remarks that disclosure of names of those holding illicit foreign accounts will embarrass the party and said the Modi government should not indulge in “any blackmail” and come out with full information instead of "selective leakage".

Party general secretary Ajay Maken said the Modi Government should not “indulge in selective or vindictive leaking of names.”

“If Jaitley was trying to blackmail the Congress party by such petty games, he should desist from the same, Maken added.