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Karunakaran names daughter Padmaja political heir

By IANS,

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Kerala politician K. Karunakaran, who has rejoined the Congress, Saturday named his daughter, Padmaja Venugopal, his political heir.

This was announced at a meeting of well-wishers of the veteran at his house here. A resolution was read out saying that Padmaja will be the political heir of Karunakaran.

The meeting was attended by Congress leaders close to Karunakaran.

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Fuming opposition set to derail parliament over phone taps

By IANS,

New Delhi: Opposition parties Saturday vowed to cripple parliament Monday over a published report that the government had tapped telephones of four key political leaders including two from the ranks of the Congress party and the ruling alliance.

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Bouquets, brickbats greet Tharoor on Kerala visit

By IANS,

Thiruvananthapuram: Waving cricket bats, hundreds of Congress activists gave a roaring welcome to former minister of state for external affairs Shahshi Tharoor as he arrived here Saturday on his first visit to his home state after quitting over the IPL row.

But a smaller group of protesters allied to the Communist Party of India (CPI) held posters of the Congress MP and his friend Sunanda Pushkar, whose links to the Indian Premier League (IPL) Kochi franchise triggered the controversy that has turned into the country's worst sports crisis.

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CPI-M asks government to own up phone tapping

By IANS,

New Delhi: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday asked the government to admit tapping the telephones of four top political leaders and sought action against those who ordered the alleged surveillance.

"The government must own up responsibility in the matter and take action against those who ordered the surveillance. Protecting the covert activities of the intelligence and security agencies cannot be made the pretext for a cover-up," the CPI-M said in a statement.

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BJP flays Congress over alleged phone tapping

By IANS,

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday accused the Congress of going back to the "Emergency" days after a report alleged that telephones of four top political leaders had been tapped.

"This is completely undemocratic. Nothing justifies it. It indicates the Congress is getting back to Emergency days mindset," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told IANS. She was referring to the Emergency rule of then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975-77 when opposition leaders were jailed and democratic freedoms curbed.

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Lapang appointed Meghalaya chief adviser

By IANS,

Shillong: Former Meghalaya chief minister D.D. Lapang was Friday appointed chief adviser of the five-party coalition government. He will enjoy the rank and status of a chief minister but without the powers and statutory functions that go with the post.

Mukul M. Sangma, who replaced Lapang April 20, appointed his predecessor as the chief adviser through an official notification issued Friday.

"Lapang will enjoy the facilities and perks entitled to the chief minister with effect from the date of taking over," the notification said.

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IPL should not be banned: Raj Thackeray

By IANS,

Mumbai : The Indian Premier League (IPL) should not be banned despite the controversies surrounding it, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said Friday.

"Such scams will happen in any field, be it politics or cricket," said Thackeray, referring to financial irregularities being probed in the purchase of IPL franchises.

"A lot of talented players have got a chance to showcase their skills on this platform. Putting a ban on IPL is surely not the solution," he added.

Mamata Banerjee enlivens Rajya Sabha

By IANS,

New Delhi : Laced with dollops of humour, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s command performance enlivened the Rajya Sabha Friday and almost turned question hour into a discussion on the functioning of the railways.

On a question about shortage of rolling stock in trains, Mamata said: "You can purchase cloth from the market but not wagons."

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BJP attacks Digvijay over war on Maoists

By IANS,

Bhopal : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday accused Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh of creating confusion about the nationwide campaign against Maoists.

"On the one hand, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledges to stop the Maoist aggression and on the other Digvijay is pointing fingers at Home Minister P. Chidambaram," newly-appointed BJP general secretary Narendra Singh Tomar said here.

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Alagiri absence now rocks Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi : A day after the issue disrupted the Lok Sabha, the absence of Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M.K. Alagiri rocked the Rajya Sabha Friday when he failed to show up during question hour.

So vociferous were the protests led by V. Maitreyan and other AIADMK members that Chairman Hamid Ansari even threatened to adjourn the house if they did not resume their seats.

Trouble erupted when Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Jena rose to answer a question relating to the performance of Hindustan Insecticides Limited.

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