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Warm welcome for Omar Abdullah in Srinagar

By IANS,

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir chief minister-designate Omar Abdullah was received warmly by a huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters at the Srinagar airport Wednesday after his arrival from New Delhi.

Waving National Conference (NC) flags - a plough in white against a red background - his supporters accompanied Abdullah in a procession to the party headquarters here.

“This is a victory march,” shouted Mushtaq Rather, 25, an NC supporter from Srinagar.

PMK to keep off Tamil Nadu assembly by-poll

By IANS,

Chennai : The PMK, the fourth largest party in the Tamil Nadu assembly, will stay away from the electoral fray in the upcoming Tirumangalam by-election and not campaign for either the AIADMK or the DMK.

Instead, it will concentrate on building the party, said a PMK leader Wednesday.

The PMK, which parted ways with the ruling DMK-led alliance in August and has 18 legislators in the assembly, believes it should concentrate on building the party.

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Zia cries foul, Hasina seeks cooperation after Bangladesh poll verdict

By IANS,

Dhaka : Former Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, whose Awami League won the general elections with a huge majority, is seeking cooperation to "strengthen democracy" while her political rival, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia, alleges rigging in the polls.

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Karnataka's year of elections, defections and meltdown worries

By V.S. Karnic, IANS,

Bangalore : After nearly four years of political instability, Karnataka voted for a near stable regime in early 2008 but defections, scandals, terror attack and the impact of global financial meltdown came as a dampener.

The year began with the state in election mode, following the collapse of three coalition governments in three and a half years.

In an unusual coincidence this New Year also begins with the state's attention once again on polls, though this time on the general elections to Lok Sabha, expected in April-May.

Omar to be youngest and 11th CM of Jammu and Kashmir

By NAK,

J&K: PDP ready to sit in opposition

By NAK,

Srinagar : Ending speculations, Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday welcomed the National Conference and Congress alliance and said that it was ready to play the role of a constructive opposition" in Jammu and Kashmir as it did not have the numbers in the assembly to form a government.

"We welcome the new coalition government in the state", former chief minister and PDP Patron told media men, here this afternoon.

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Cong announces alliance with NC; Omar to be next JK CM

By NAK,

New Delhi/Srinagar : All India Congress Committee has formally announced its alliance with National Conference for forming new coalition government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and has nominated Omar Abdullah to take over as the next chief minister.

Though speculations of the possible Congress-NC alliance were making rounds from last two days, the final decision was taken after a meeting between top Congress and NC leaders in New Delhi.

Congress,National Conference may join hands for Lok Sabha polls

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Congress and the National Conference, after
joining hands to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, may also
consider an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, with a Congress
functionary not ruling out the possibility.

"We are not ruling out the possibility of a pre-poll alliance for the Lok
Sabha elections," Congress general secretary Prithviraj Chavan told
reporters here Tuesday.

The National Conference emerged the largest party in the Jammu and Kashmir
assembly with 28 seats after the election results declared Sunday, but

Young Omar Abdullah to be next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir

By IANS,

Srinagar/New Delhi : Omar Abdullah, the president of the
National Conference (NC), will become the youngest-yet chief minister of
Jammu and Kashmir, with Congress Tuesday giving its nod for a coalition with
the NC, the single largest party in the new state assembly.

The uncertainty about the formation of a new government following a
fractured verdict in the recently concluded elections ended Tuesday after
Abdullah, 38, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the national capital.

"There will be a coalition government of the Congress and the National

Yeddyurappa jumps the gun, claims larger victory than actual

By IANS,

Bangalore : An excited Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Tuesday jumped the gun by declaring that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won in six of the eight assembly by-elections even as the state election commission withheld the result in one constituency.

"Yes, we have won even in Turuvekere. Recounting is going on. But we are winning there too," Yeddyurappa told IANS when reminded that the Turuvekere result was going in favour of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) candidate M.T. Krishnappa.

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