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Mayawati seeks more money for memorials and statues

By IANS,

Lucknow: Unfazed by the criticism over its statue-erecting spree, the Mayawati government of Uttar Pradesh has sought the assembly sanction for an additional Rs.556 crore (Rs.5.56 billion) for the projects, and in contrast sought just Rs.250 crore to deal with the prevailing drought in the state.

Over the years, Rs.5,000 crore have been allocated towards Chief Minister Mayawati's dream projects since the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came to power in May 2007.

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Apex court refuses to interfere with Maharashtra Rajya Sabha bypoll

By IANS,

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday refused to interfere with the Aug 10 bypoll to three Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra, dismissing a lawsuit which challenged the Election Commission's decision to hold it through three separate ballot papers rather than one ballot paper.

A bench of Justice H.S. Bedi and Justice J.M. Panchal dismissed the lawsuit saying that after beginning of the election process and issuance of the schedule by the poll panel, the constitution bars courts from interfering.

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Tens of thousands vote in Punjab

By IANS,

Chandigarh: Heavy voting took place Monday in by-elections to three Punjab assembly seats including one where Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal is seeking election.

Over 75 percent voting was recorded in Jalalabad, Kahnuwan and Banur constituencies. The by-election in Jalalabad is crucial for Badal who is pitted against former minister and Congress candidate Hans Raj Josan.

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BSP legislator denies assaulting Varanasi official

By IANS,

Lucknow: Haji Abdul Samad, a legislator of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh, Monday denied having assaulted Varanasi additional district magistrate (ADM) R.K.Singh and claimed the official was trying to implicate him.

Singh, who was posted as ADM (Protocol) in the city, has accused Samad of beating him up in his own office last month, following which there was an uproar among Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officers, who demanded legal action against the legislator.

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Subhas Chakraborty - a Communist with a difference

By IANS,

Kolkata: A colourful mass leader with a penchant for courting controversies, Subhas Chakraborty was a rare leader of a regimented Communist party who never shied away from airing views and acting contrary to the party line.

The scenes of inconsolable weeping at the AMRI Hospital where he died Monday morning at age 67 and the swelling crowds of admirers along the route from the hospital to Peace Haven, a funeral parlour, is testimony to Chakraborty's popular appeal, a yardstick to gauge the success of a public figure.

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As Deora speaks on Reliance gas, Mulayam alleges corruption

By IANS,

New Delhi/Mumbai: Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav shocked the Lok Sabha Monday when he levelled corruption charges against Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, who had earlier sought to spell out the government stand on the dispute over Reliance gas between the two Ambani brothers.

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Post-Godhra riots: Congress not to seek central rule even if Modi implicated

By IANS,

Gandhinagar : The Congress is unlikely to demand imposition of president's rule in Gujarat even if Chief Minister Narendra Modi's involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots is proved, senior party leader Shankersinh Vaghela said Monday.

"The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government at the centre would only abide by apex court's orders in case the chief minister and his colleagues are found guilty in the post-Godhra riots but is unlikely to demand imposition of president's rule," he told reporters.

Parliamentary secretary appointments rock Himachal assembly

By IANS,

Shimla : Congress lawmakers Monday stalled the proceedings at the inaugural session of the Himachal Pradesh assembly for almost an hour and then staged a walkout over the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries.

Congress legislators disrupted the proceedings and sought discussion on the issue immediately after the question hour. Speaker Tulsi Ram, however, said the issue did not warrant any discussion at this stage.

This agitated the Congress legislators and they staged a walkout from the assembly.

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Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

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New Delhi : The day in the Lok Sabha started Monday with slogans against the government's plan to start a development authority for drought-hit Bundelkhand and ended on the same note with noisy protests by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MPs leading to the house being adjourned for the day.

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Petroleum minister makes money, should resign: Mulayam

By IANS,

New Delhi : Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday shocked the Lok Sabha when on the floor of the house he accused Petroleum Minister Murli Deora of "corruption", alleging "favour worth Rs.15,000 crore" to a single individual in the gas dispute between the Ambani brothers.

"This is the minister who makes money. The petroleum minister must resign, he is indulging in corruption," alleged Yadav, who led the protests in the Lok Sabha resulting in the house being adjourned.

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