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Deshmukh asked to resign, successor choice Thursday

By IANS,

New Delhi : Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has finally been asked to step down following last week's terrorist attack in Mumbai, the Congress party said here Wedenesday, adding that a decision on his successor will be taken Thursday.

"Deshmukh has been asked to resign," A.K. Antony, defence minister who is in charge of the party's Maharashtra affairs, told reporters here Wednesday evening.

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Deshmukh asked to quit, successor choice Thursday

By IANS,

New Delhi : Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has been asked to step down following last week's terrorist attack in Mumbai, Congress leader A.K. Antony said here Wedenesday.

"Deshmukh has been asked to resign," Antony, who is in charge of the party's Maharashtra affairs, told reporters.

He was speaking after a meeting at party president Sonia Gandhi's residence. Defence Minister Antony, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Gandhi's political advisor Ahmed Patel attended the meeting.

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Election of BJP councillor in Delhi quashed

By IANS,

New Delhi : A city court Wednesday quashed the election of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) municipal councillor for not providing full details of his assets in the affidavit filed with his nomination papers.

The election of BJP candidate Sunder from ward number 153 (Daryaganj) was declared null and void by Additional District Judge Kamini Lau for violating the directions of the apex court and the State Election Commission.

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Advani conveys to Rice India's outrage over Mumbai attack

By IANS,

New Delhi : US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday called on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader L.K. Advani to discuss last week's terror attack on Mumbai.

Advani, who is Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, conveyed India's outrage at such assaults continuing almost ceaselessly.

Poll panel meets political parties over counting method

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Election Commission Wednesday discussed with political parties a new way of counting votes in some constituencies where it fears "intimidation and victimisation of electors". The vote count for the ongoing assembly elections is slated for Dec 8.

The commission and the parties discussed the proposal of using a 'totaliser' for counting of votes - in which votes from all polling stations are put together and then counted.

Votes are currently counted polling station-wise - a method that reveals which candidate secured how many votes at each polling station.

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Security agencies' blame game shows our vulnerability: BJP

By IANS,

New Delhi : The "blame game" among various security agencies in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack only reinforces the vulnerability of India's security, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said here Wednesday.

"What is shocking is the revelation that, ahead of the prime minister's visit, the personnel of the Special Protection Group (SPG) had gone to secure the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai on the very day of the attack," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement.

Mamata to lay siege at Dunlop factory in West Bengal

By IANS,

Sahaganj (West Bengal) : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said that her party would lay an indefinite siege in front of Dunlop India's factory here, demanding immediate reopening of the tyre manufacturing facility in Hooghly district.

"We demand the factory be reopened immediately through a tripartite agreement among the state government, factory owner and the factory workers," Banerjee told a public gathering here, about 50 km from capital Kolkata.

Court issues notices to parties over their MPs' dues

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notices to various political parties over a number of former MPs' failure to pay pending telephone and electricity bills running into millions of rupees.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar issued notices to the respective political parties as well as the Election Commission and sought their responses by Jan 14, the next date of hearing.

Re-assess global fight against terrorism: Congress

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Congress party Tuesday said that the terror attack on Mumbai was an attack on the liberal and democratic ethos of democratic nations and this should lead to "re-appraisal of global fight against terrorism".

“The method of execution of the Mumbai attack clearly indicates that it was an attack on the liberal and democratic ethos of secular and democratic nations. The attack on Mumbai should lead to re-appraisal of global fight against terrorism,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari at a press conference.

Bihar legislator's brother shot dead

By IANS,

Patna : Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United legislator Anant Singh's elder brother and his driver were shot dead Wednesday evening by uindentified criminals here, a police official said.

Fazo Singh and the driver died on the spot near Barh railway station in Patna district.

According to police sources, the killings are a result of Anant Singh's rivalry. Singh has over two dozen criminal charges against him.

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