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Trinamool wins Nandigram; Congress, Left win one seat each

By IANS,

Kolkata : The Trinamool Congress Friday snatched from West Bengal's ruling Left Front the troubled Nandigram constituency, which had witnessed violent protests against a proposed industrial project.

In two other results, the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) won the Sujapur and Para assembly seats respectively in by-elections held Jan 5.

Trinamool Congress nominee Firoza Bibi won by 39,551 votes over her nearest rival, Paramananda Bharati of the Communist Party of India (CPI), a constituent of the Left Front.

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BJP demands president's rule in Jharkhand

By IANS,

Ranchi : The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jharkhand Friday demanded that Governor Syed Sibte Razi impose president's rule in the state following the defeat of Chief Minister Shibu Soren in a crucial assembly by-poll.

A BJP delegation headed by senior party leader and former chief minister Arjun Munda met the governor Friday afternoon and demanded that president's rule be imposed and fresh elections held to the state assembly.

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Sanjay Dutt declines to comment on political plans

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Srinagar : Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt Friday declined to comment on his reported decision to join politics as he was presently preoccupied with his shooting schedule.

"I am presently here shooting for 'Lamhaa' and would not like to comment on politics at the moment", Dutt told media persons here.

Dutt Thursday became the latest Bollywood star to join politics with the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party naming him as its candidate from the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency in the general elections scheduled this year.

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Lull before storm at Shekhawat home?

By IANS,

New Delhi : A day after hectic political activities, there was an uneasy silence Friday morning at the residence of former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who has created a flutter in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with his tacit challenge to the party's prime minister hopeful L.K. Advani.

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Jharkhand Mukti Morcha wants party candidate as chief minister

By IANS,

Ranchi : Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Friday said that the next chief minister should be from the party as it is the largest constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition in the state.

"If Shibu Soren resigns, then we want his successor to be from our party. We are the single largest party of the UPA in the state," senior JMM leader and Agriculture Minister Nalin Soren told IANS.

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Settle oil strike, withdraw punitive action, CPI-M tells government

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said the government must urgently address the strike by oil public sector unit (PSU) officials, which ran into its third day Friday, and withdraw punitive action against protestors.

"The government has failed to address the long-standing demand of wage revision of the officers, reneging on its assurances at least on three occasions in the past, compelling them to resort to this strike," the party said in a resolution adopted by its central committee, which is currently in session in Kerala.

Focus on positive agenda, a young deputy, netizens tell Advani

By Mayank Aggarwal, IANS,

New Delhi : A young candidate as deputy prime minister, a positive agenda and a promise of change -- these are some suggestions that the common man has for senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani for the coming general elections.

The suggestions have been posted on the website of Advani, the party's 81-year-old prime ministerial candidate. Some of them virtually lay out a poll strategy for the BJP.

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Will Shibu Soren now bargain for his old job?

By Nityanand Shukla, IANS,

Ranchi : Known to be a hard bargainer, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren could now demand that he be given back the coal ministry at the centre, having lost the assembly by-poll which will cost him the chief ministership of Jharkhand.

Soren, who became chief minister in August last year, this week lost the Tamar assembly by-election. But JMM sources say the 64-year-old politician may ask for the coal ministry which he had to give up in 2006 after being convicted in a murder case.

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CPI-M asks cadres to behave during Kerala rally

By IANS,

Kochi : The Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M) has issued various directives to ensure that the massive rally to be held here Friday evening does not go the same way as an undisciplined rally held by the party in Kerala last year.

The directives were issued in a circular by the Ernakulam CPI-M district committee Thursday. It asked the cadres to see that no one enters the rally under the influence of liquor.

The circular also said that slogans to be chanted by the cadres should be typed and shouted unanimously during the rally.

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Trinamool Congress snatches Nandigram from Left by huge margin

By IANS,

Kolkata : West Bengal's principal opposition party Trinamool Congress Friday wrested the Nandigram assembly constituency from the ruling Left Front by a huge margin in the Jan 5 by-poll.

The area has achieved notoriety in the last two years for the violence associated with the aborted land acquisition for a chemical engineering complex.

Trinamool Congress nominee Firoza Bibi won by a margin of 39,551 votes over her nearest rival, Paramananda Bharati of the Communist Party of India (CPI).

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