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Pawar denies plans to topple Fadnavis government

Raigad (Maharashtra) : Just a day after predicting snap mid-term assembly elections in Maharashtra, NCP president Sharad Pawar Wednesday said he had no plan to unseat the Devendra Fadnavis government in the state.

"The picture created after my statement yesterday (Tuesday) was exaggerated. We are not interested in toppling this government. We have been given the mandate to sit in the opposition," Pawar told party leaders on the second and final day of the Nationalist Congress Party conclave at the picturesque beach resort of Alibaug.


Bengal panchayats to get Rs.20 lakh World Bank grant: Mamata

Kolkata : A grant of Rs.20 lakh each to 986 gram panchayats in West Bengal has been approved under a World Bank project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday.

"Under the World Bank Project on Institutional Strengthening, 986 out of 999 gram panchayats of Bengal have qualified for award of block grant of around Rs.20 lakh each," Banerjee said on her official Facebook page.


PDP alone can counter BJP's divisive agenda: Mufti Sayeed

Srinagar : PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, and said only his party can counter the BJP's "divisive agenda".

Sayeed, who is also the Peoples Democratic Party's chief ministerial candidate, filed his papers for the Anantnag constituency.

"The divisive agenda of the BJP and its allies in Jammu and Kashmir can be counter-checked only through a decisive vote," Sayeed told a large gathering of supporters in Anantnag town.

All schools in Hamirpur have toilets for girls: BJP MP

New Delhi : BJP MP Anurag Thakur Wednesday said his Hamirpur parliamentary constituency in Himachal Pradesh is the only constituency in the country to have separate toilets for girls in all government schools.

Speaking at a panel discussion organised here by the NGO Save the Children, he said his constituency has a positive sex ratio of 1,017 females per 1,000 males. Union Minority Welfare Minister Najma Heptullah was also present at the meet.

Thakur said people in Hamirpur did not discriminate between boys and girls, a line of thinking that is commendable.


Coalition with NC was bad experience for Congress: Azad

Jammu : Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday said his party's coalition with the National Conference (NC) was a bad experience while lauding his party for giving powers to panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir.

He attacked the coalition government in the state for being a bad experience for his party during the past six years.

Addressing media here Wednesday, Azad said, "The Congress gave powers to panchayati raj in the state.

"We worked hard to formulate a policy for migrants in Jammu".

Delhi polls: AAP to use spy cams to stop money power

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will provide its workers spy cameras to stop the use of money and muscle power by other political parties in the upcoming Delhi assembly polls.

"Spy cameras will be given to AAP volunteers so that they can video record the illegal means adopted by other political parties to lure voters," AAP leader Sanjay Singh said here.


Saradha scam: CBI summons West Bengal minister

Kolkata : With the CBI summoning West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra and Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose, the opposition BJP and the Congress Wednesday said more names from the ruling party would be interrogated in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

The summons to both the Trinamool leaders comes days after the central probe agency submitted its second charge sheet in the scam and a failed suicide bid by suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, who is behind bars.


I may become prime minister one day: Manjhi

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Wednesday said he could become the prime minister one day.

"I may become the prime minister of the country like I became the chief minister," Manjhi said at an official function here.

Manjhi said he was being targeted by everyone because he belonged to the economically backward Mahadalit community.

"Powerful people laugh at me and they make fun of me as to how I became the chief minister," he said.

"If they continue to target me, I may become the prime minister one day," he added.


All-party meet over rising water level in Mullaperiyar dam

Thiruvananthapuram : Even as the water level at Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki district touches an alarming 141.6 ft, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called for an all party meeting next Wednesday to discuss the situation.

"Kerala's stand has always been the same, water for Tamil Nadu and safety for Kerala. We will be meeting with all the party leaders here to discuss what needs to be done and at the same time you (MPs) should also take this up in the parliament," said Chandy while addressing a meeting of all the MP's from the state ahead of the upcoming parliament session.


Centre to make toilets available for every family: BJP

New Delhi : Making toilets available for every family who have been deprived of proper sanitation facilities is one of the most important tasks the central government is trying to perform, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhaya said here Wednesday.

He said that through proper awareness the central government was trying to sensitise the people in the villages and the semi-urban areas about how the use of toilets can prevent them from dreaded diseases like diarrhoea.