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BSP not to attend UPA dinner

By IANS,

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Wednesday decided not to attend a dinner hosted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to mark the fourth anniversary of its government Thursday even as all MPs of the Samajwadi Party received an invitation.

This shows that the Congress, which leads the UPA, and the Samajwadi Party - staunch rivals till recently - are coming closer. Simultaneously, it indicated that the relations between BSP and the Congress are worsening.

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Patil draws parallel between Afzal, Sarabjit; gets flak

By IANS,

Mumbai/New Delhi : Home Minister Shivraj Patil Wednesday drew a parallel between the cases of Afzal Guru, convicted for his role in the 2001 parliament attack, and Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, drawing flak from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The home minister said those asking for Guru's hanging cannot at the same time seek reprieve for Singh.

"If you are asking for Afzal Guru's hanging, then how can you ask for pardon for Sarabjit Singh?" Patil told reporters in his hometown Latur in Maharashtra.

Minister lauds Sonia, Rahul for interest in rural job schemes

By IANS,

New Delhi : Lauding Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for taking keen interest in the government's rural job schemes, Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh Wednesday said that he expected similar participation from other leaders for effective implementation of the schemes.

“I appreciate the interest Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have shown in the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) Scheme. Their assessment of the scheme is based on the ground realities, while others criticise it without visiting,” Singh said.

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Testing time for Karnataka Congress chief in new frontier

By Fakir Balaji, IANS,

Chittapur (Karnataka) : Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mallikarjun Kharge is facing a litmus test in this newly reserved constituency as he seeks his ninth victory in the state assembly election Thursday.

The 65-year-old Kharge, who represented adjacent Gurmitkal in the assembly for eight times in row, has been forced to shift to Chittapur after his home constituency was de-reserved in the delimitation exercise.

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Arjun Singh, in tribute to Rajiv, praises Sonia, Rahul

By IANS,

Lucknow : Paying rich tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on the 17th anniversary of his death Wednesday, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh again praised the Gandhi family.

He recalled Rajiv Gandhi's efforts at reconciliation with Sikh separatists in the aftermath of prime minister Indira Gandhi's assassination, and said it would be rare to find a person "who will try to bring his mother's killers into the country's mainstream."

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Karnataka set for final phase of voting Thursday

By IANS,

Bangalore : Voting will take place Thursday in 69 constituencies in the decisive third and final phase of the Karnataka assembly elections at the end of a high-voltage campaign by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S).

Voting has taken place for 155 of the 224 seats in two phases, for 89 on May 10 and 66 on May 16. Counting is on May 25.

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CPI-M routed in Nandigram, Singur panchayat polls (Roundup)

By IANS,

Kolkata : West Bengal's ruling Left Front Wednesday maintained an overall lead in the elections to the local self-government bodies, but the front's dominant partner Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) suffered defeat in several districts, including the troubled areas of Nandigram and Singur, as officials counted the votes.

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Left to finalise strategy against UPA policies

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Left parties are meeting here Friday, a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government celebrates its fourth anniversary, to assess its performance and to finalise their strategy to take on its "wrong policies".

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`Vakil and not Geelani provides relief to militancy victims'

Cong minister continues tirade against PDP, says never served any notice

By Reyaz Ahmed, NAK,

Baramulla : Minister for social welfare Abdul Gani Vakil, the `Man-Friday' of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, has denied that he was ever served with show cause notice by his party over the tirade launched by him against the coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party.

West Bengal CPI-M blames 'malicious campaign' for defeat

Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) With its hold slipping in four West Bengal districts, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Wednesday blamed its defeat in the elections to the state's local self-government bodies on a "malicious campaign" against it launched by opposition parties.

"Our defeat in four West Bengal districts is due to the malicious campaign launched by the opposition and vested interests," said senior CPI-M leader and party spokesperson Shyamal Chakraborty.

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