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No, Prime Minister' launched - but the PM stays away

By IANS,

New Delhi : "No Prime Minister" was an apt title for a cartoon collection released here Saturday evening with Manmohan Singh staying away as it would have be an "embarrassment" to launch a work on himself. But politicos Amar Singh and Shatrughan Sinha had plenty up their sleeves to send the audience into splits.

"Jai ho, Vijay ho," Sinha proclaimed, parodying the Congress clarion call for the Lok Sabha elections to turn it into his Bharatiya Janata Party hopes of victory.

Mother of controversies: Mayawati, Maneka trade charges

By IANS,

Lucknow : Call it the mother of all controversies ahead of the poll. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maneka Gandhi, whose son Varun has been detained for his purported hate-Muslim speeches, traded charges Saturday with both making references to Mother Teresa to buttress their arguments.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) chief Mayawati criticised Maneka Gandhi for her remarks that only a mother could understand her feelings.

NSA against Varun vindictive: BJP

By IANS,

Lucknow : Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was firmly behind Varun Gandhi, party general secretary Arun Jaitley Saturday said Uttar Pradesh's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would "pay a heavy price" if the "vindictive" charges against the young leader were not dropped.

"The steps taken by (Chief Minister) Mayawati against Varun Gandhi are disproportionate and vindictive. Varun has been falsely implicated," Jaitley told reporters.

Cracks appear in AIADMK-led political front in Tamil Nadu

By IANS,

Chennai : The alliance of opposition parties in Tamil Nadu formed under the leadership of AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha for the Lok Sabha polls has started to unravel, leaders in some of the alliance partners said here Saturday.

The bone of contention is the number of seats each alliance partner will contest in Tamil Nadu, which sends 39 representatives to the Lok Sabha.

Rajya Sabha MP T.K. Rangarajan of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) - a member of the alliance - said: "We do not want to confirm or deny any of those (tussles). Talks are continuing."

Punjab government misleading people over Tytler issue: Amarinder

By IANS,

Chandigarh : Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Saturday accused the Akali Dal-led government of misleading people on the clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"This is just a case of political opportunism. For the last 25 years, they (Akali Dal leaders) were quiet and now suddenly they have started protesting against Tytler," Amarinder Singh told reporters here.

Mamata's convoy stopped by CPI-M activists, claims Trinamool Congress

By IANS,

Kolkata : The Trinamool Congress Saturday claimed that its chief Mamata Banerjee's convoy was stopped by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists in West Bengal's Bankura district. The police have denied the party's version of the incident.

Mukul Roy, leader of the state's main opposition party the Trinamool Congress, alleged that activists of the ruling CPI-M stopped Banerjee's convoy and tried to prevent her from entering Bishnupur to campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

Congress attacks Advani on black money issue

By IANS,

New Delhi : Criticising Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani for raising the issue of black money stashed abroad, the Congress party Saturday said he was not aware of the legal procedures to repatriate such funds.

"Advani does not know the legal procedure for getting back the black money deposited in foreign banks," central minister and Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

He also criticised Advani for stating that he had not get a proper reply from Home minister P. Chidambaram on this.

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Victims of anti-Sikh riots ransack Jalandhar Congress office

By IANS,

Jalandhar : A group of protesters claiming to be victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots Saturday ransacked the main office of the Congress in this Punjab city.

Congress leaders said the protesters were openly carrying swords and sticks and attacked the party office with the police remaining a mute spectator to the whole incident.

The attack on the Congress office, located right opposite the office of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) and the deputy commissioner, took place in the presence of the police, Congress leaders said.

Embarrassed Akalis in damage control mode

By IANS,

Chandigarh : Embarrassed by the open revolt of Jasjit Singh Bunny, the son of late cabinet minister Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab's ruling Akali Dal Saturday went into damage control mode, saying Bunny was the natural heir to his father's political legacy.

An annoyed Bunny had Friday quit the Akali Dal and also his post as chairman of a state-owned cooperative bank.

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Legislators in Goa's ruling alliance continue feud

By IANS,

Panaji : Even as the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have joined hands to field consensus candidates from Goa for the Lok Sabha polls, a running feud between two state ministers and a legislator of the ruling combine shows no sign of abating.

Tourism Minister and NCP legislator Francisco Pacheco, who has been gunning for the disqualification of two Congress legislators over their questionable entry into the party, said that a recent Election Commission order in this regard had "vindicated" him.

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