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Congress, NCP end deadlock over power sharing

By IANS,

Mumbai/New Delhi : The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) finally broke their deadlock over power sharing in Maharashtra Thursday, paving the way for a new government by the weekend.

According to a formula finalized after days of intense discussions, the Congress will get 22 ministries as compared to NCP's 20, said NCP spokesman D.P. Tripathi.

"The NCP will retain home, finance and power portfolios while negotiations are continuing on some other portfolios," Tripathi told IANS.

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Campaigning ends for Chhattisgarh by-poll

By IANS,

Raipur : Campaigning ended Thursday for the by-poll to Chhattisgarh's Vaishali Nagar assembly seat.

The by-poll was necessitated after sitting legislator Saroj Pandey, of the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was elected to the Lok Sabha in May.

Though there are a total of 15 contestants in the fray the main fight is between BJP nominee Jageshwar Sahu and Bhajan Singh Nirankari of the Congress.

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Campaigning ends for Saturday's by-elections

By IANS,

New Delhi : Campaigning for Saturday's by-elections in 31 assembly constituencies across seven states and a solitary Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh ended Thursday evening.

Balloting will be held for 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in West Bengal, three in Kerala, two each in Rajasthan, Assam and Himachal Pradesh and one seat in Chhattisgarh. The votes will be counted Nov 10.

It will be the first popularity test in the country after the Oct 17 assembly elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh that have produced mixed results for the Congress party.

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Former Jharkhand MP arrested while filing nomination papers

By IANS,

Ranchi : Hemlal Murmu, a former Lok Sabha MP of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) was arrested Thursday in connection with a 15-year-old case when he went to file his nomination for the coming state assembly polls.

Murmu, who was Lok Sabha MP from Rajmahal seat, was later sent to 14 days judicial custody.

He had gone to file his nomination paper Thursday for the Barheit assembly constituency in Sahebganj district, around 500 km from Ranchi.

A non-bailable arrest warrant was pending against him for the last three years and he had been evading arrest.

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After Nitish, now Modi under attack on land reforms

By IANS,

Patna : After Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi is facing heat on the state government's much-publicised land reforms and Thursday had to clarify that credit cards for farmers would not mean ownership of land for sharecroppers.

A day after an open revolt on the issue in his own Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and calls for his removal, Modi said the government is distributing the Kisan Credit Cards under the guidelines laid down by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NABARD and in no case would the distribution of cards be tantamount to ownership of land.

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Family infighting may cost BJP dear in Himachal's Jawali seat

By Vishal Gulati, IANS,

Jawali (Himachal Pradesh) : Infighting within the family of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajan Sushant may cost the party dear in Saturday's by-election for this assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh.

While the BJP has fielded greenhorn Baldev Raj Chaudhary from here in Kangra district, rebel Madan Sharma, who was denied the party ticket, is contesting as an independent. Sharma is the elder brother of Sushant.

Chaudhary belongs to the Other Backward Class (OBC) while Sharma is a Brahmin in a constituency dominated by the community.

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Campaigning ends for Himachal by-polls

By IANS,

Shimla : Campaigning for by-elections to two assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh ended at 5 p.m. Thursday. Polling will be held Saturday.

"The campaigning for the by-elections for Rohru and Jawali seats ended this (Thursday) evening," Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Anil Khachi told IANS.

He said all preparation have been completed for the smooth conduct of the elections.

"As many as 111 poll parties were despatched today (Thursday) to the Rohru assembly constituency for the conduct of the elections. For Jawali, 91 parties would be sent tomorrow (Friday)," he said.

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RJD releases first list for Jharkhand polls

By IANS,

Patna : The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which is contesting the Jharkhand assembly polls along with the Left parties, released the first list of 26 candidates Thursday.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, releasing the list of candidates, said: "We will release the second and third lists soon."

He said the RJD was contesting the Jharkhand polls in alliance with secular parties to defeat communal forces.

The RJD is contesting the polls along with the Left parties after its attempt to align with the Congress and others failed.

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Congress sidelining smaller outfits: Lalu Prasad

By IANS,

Patna : In an obvious attack on former ally the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has accused national level parties of trying to marginalise regional outfits to deny power to the deprived.

"Delhi listens only to people with power. As small and regional parties like the RJD performed badly in the last Lok Sabha polls, there is no representation of Bihar in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre," Lalu Prasad told party workers at his party's two-day national executive meet that ended here Thursday.

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BJP dissidents refuse to meet Yeddyurappa, crisis deepens

By IANS,

New Delhi/Bangalore : Snubbing the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) efforts for a solution to the political crisis in Karnataka, dissident minister G. Janardhana Reddy Thursday rebuffed Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's overtures for a meeting.

"I am not meeting the chief minister," Janardhana Reddy, who is tourism minister and is leading the 'oust Yeddyurappa' campaign with his elder brother, Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy, said in New Delhi after meeting senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu.

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