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Omar to head National Conference-Congress government in Jammu and Kashmir

By IANS,

New Delhi : Suspense over the new government in Jammu and Kashmir ended Tuesday with the National Conference and the Congress confirming their alliance to rule the state, with Omar Abdullah as the next chief minister.

The announcement was made after Abdullah, the National Conference head, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the national capital.

The assembly election results Sunday threw up a fractured mandate with no single party getting the 44 legislators needed to form a government.

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BJP bags five of eight seats in Karnataka by-polls; Congress flops

By IANS,

Bangalore : The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday won five of the eight assembly constituencies in by-polls held in Karnataka Saturday and secured a majority on its own in the 225-member house with a tally of 115 seats.

The opposition Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) bagged two seats. In the eighth segment Turvekere, state election officials announced that the BJP candidate had won, but called back the result after objections by JD-S and Congress candidates who demanded a recount.

However Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa told reporters: "We have won in Turvekere."

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Omar Abdullah to be next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir

By IANS,

New Delhi : The National Conference and the Congress Tuesday confirmed that they would form the new coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, with Omar Abdullah heading it.

The announcement was made after the National Conference chief, Omar Abdullah, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the national capital.

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BJP wins three seats in Karnataka by-polls

By IANS,

Bangalore : The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday won in three assembly constituencies and was leading in three segments of the eight by-elections held in Karnataka Saturday.

According to state election commission officials, the opposition Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) was leading in two constituencies, while the Congress was trailing.

"The BJP has won from Arabhavi, Devadurga and Doddaballapur. The ruling party is also leading in Karwar, Hukkeri and Turuvekere. JD-S candidates are leading in Madhugiri and Maddur," an official said.

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A chequered first year in office for Himachal chief minister

By Vishal Gulati, IANS,

Shimla : As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Himachal Pradesh led by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal got down to celebrate its one year in office Tuesday, it faced no threat, unlike this city's historic Ridge, which may literally crack beneath the strain of this afternoon's public rally to mark the anniversary.

For Dhumal, who took over reins of the state for the second time Dec 30, 2007, the year has been one of "remarkable achievements" even though the opposition Congress would want everyone to believe otherwise.

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Nandigram in focus in West Bengal by-polls

By Soudhriti Bhabani, IANS,

Kolkata : All eyes are on trouble-torn Nandigram of West Bengal as it holds a by-election to the state assembly Jan 5, with prolonged violence in 2007 and 2008 over land acquisition fresh on everyone's minds.

Nerves are so taut in the state administration that this by-poll and another have been deferred from the original date last Saturday because not enough central paramilitary forces to ensure peaceful polls arrived on time.

Jharkhand chief minister toils hard to get into assembly

By Nityanand Shukla, IANS,

Ranchi : A sitting chief minister contesting a by-election to get into the state assembly usually has a cakewalk. Not so Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren, who is having to fight every inch to win the Jan 5 by-poll at Tamar.

"Soren is an outsider," says his principal rival, Basundhara Munda of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the joint candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Her husband and last legislator from Tamar, Ramesh Singh Munda (also JD-U), was killed by Maoist rebels in July this year.

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Counting on for eight Karnataka by-polls

By IANS,

Bangalore : Counting of votes began Tuesday morning for the by-elections to eight Karnataka assembly seats that are seen as a matter of prestige for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Around 74 percent of the nearly 1.3 million eligible voters cast their votes in the by-elections held Saturday.

Seven by-elections were caused after the stilling legislators - three of the Congress and four of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) - resigned from the assembly to join the BJP. The eighth follows the death of JD-S legislator M.S. Siddaraju.

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Counting for Karnataka by-elections begins

By IANS,

Bangalore : Counting of votes polled in the Dec 27 by-elections to eight Karnataka assembly seats began Tuesday with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prestige at stake.

Around 74 percent of the nearly 1.3 million eligible voters cast their votes in the by-elections.

Seven by-polls were caused after the stilling legislators - three of the Congress and four of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) - resigned from the assembly to join the BJP. The eighth follows the death of JD-S legislator M.S. Siddaraju.

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Suspense clouds government formation in Jammu and Kashmir

By IANS,

Srinagar/New Delhi : Uncertainty prevailed over the formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir Monday even as the National Conference, which has emerged as the single largest party, indicated that a coalition arrangement with the Congress was likely.

The assembly elections threw up a fractured mandate with no single party able to manage absolute majority of 44 legislators needed to form government. Hectic political parleys were on throughout the day - in Srinagar and in New Delhi - a day after poll results for the new 87-member assembly were declared Sunday.

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