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Sardar Patel is architect of modern India: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said Sardar Patel’s life was a journey of “service to the motherland” and he was “truly the architect of modern India”.

“Sardar Patel’s life is a journey of deep-rooted courage, dedication & service to the Motherland. He is truly the architect of Modern India,” Modi tweeted on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary.

A 'Run for Unity' will mark India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary Oct 31, being observed as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas'.


SC suspends defamation proceedings against Swamy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday suspended defamation proceedings in five cases initiated by the Tamil Nadu government against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for making critical observations against former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice U.U.Lalit, while suspending the proceedings before a Chennai court, also issued notice to the central government, the Tamil Nadu government and Jayalalithaa. The notices are returnable in six weeks.


Anglo-Indian member nominated to Telangana assembly

Hyderabad : Elvis Stephenson, a member of Anglo-Indian community, has been nominated a member of the Telangana legislative assembly.

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan Thursday nominated him as the member on the recommendation of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

With this the strength of Telangana assembly has gone up to 120, said a statement from the chief minister's office.

Stephenson is the first nominated legislator of Telangana, which came into being in June this year.


Bajrang Dal calls Assam shutdown Friday

Guwahati : Hindu group Bajrang Dal called a 12-hour shutdown in Assam Friday to demand immediate arrest of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal for his alleged links with Bangladeshi jihadi groups.

It also demanded sealing of all the madrassas in Assam for their alleged relations with 'jihadi groups' and said it would meet union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Guard (NSG) chief J.N. Choudhury soon to submit a report about increasing activities of fundamentalist groups in Assam and their involvement with the AIUDF.

TN Congress chief Gnanadesikan quits

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Congress president B.S. Gnanadesikan Thursday resigned to enable the leadership reconstitute a new state unit.

Gnanadesikan, in his resignation letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, said he did his level best to bring unity within the party and conducted several meetings at various levels.

"To enable you to reconstitute the Pradesh Congress Committee without any hindrance, I am offering my resignation as president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee," he said.

The immediate trigger for Gnanadesikan's resignation was not clear.


BJP ally RSP accused of cheating

Mumbai : On eve of the swearing-in of the first BJP government in Maharashtra, its ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha was Thursday accused of cheating by the management of Mumbai's famous Shanmukhananda Hall.

According to a spokesperson for the hall management, the RSP booked the Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Auditorium in central Mumbai for a party function Aug 11, for four hours.

The RSP, which is led by Mahadeo Jankar, issued a cheque of Rs.9.36 lakh towards deposit, rent and other services to the hall management.


Shiv Sena may not join BJP government, says Rudy

Mumbai : The BJP Thursday said it was unlikely that former ally Shiv Sena will join the party's first government in Maharashtra, but talks were still on.

"Talks with Shiv Sena going on very amicably. No outcome yet. Seems unlikely Shiv Sena will be part of government as of now," Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a tweet Thursday.

Despite sending positive feelers, the Shiv Sena, on its part, remains undecided on the issue amid speculation of differences over the number of ministries it would be given by the BJP.


Re-open anti-Sikh riot cases in Delhi, says BJP

New Delhi : The BJP Thursday demanded re-investigation in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases which were closed by Delhi Police, and sought distribution of pending compensations of Rs.182 crore among the victims.

In a letter to union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajender Nagar legislator R.P. Singh said the Nanavati Commission recommended re-opening of only four of 241 cases closed by police but the BJP wanted the re-investigation of all the 237 cases.


'Situation in Bengal worse than emergency days'

Kolkata : Amid reports of frequent political violence in West Bengal, former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly Thursday dubbed the situation in the state as worse than the Emergency days with "people being helpless like never before".

"We have never comes across a situation that prevails in West Bengal. I remember the emergency days, but even in those days we hadn't seen the kind of violence that is going on now," Ganguly said during an event here.

30 years after Indira, Congress pale shadow of former self

(Thirty years after Indira Gandhi's assassination)

By Prashant Sood,

New Delhi : Thirty years after it lost its charismatic leader Indira Gandhi to the bullets of assassins, the Congress appears a much weakened political force, appearing rudderless and leaderless, with defeats in election after election and reduced to almost a rump party with a highly shrunk presence in the national parliament and in power only in four states.