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Winning, losing part of democracy, says Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Monday downplayed the electoral defeat it suffered in Haryana and Maharashtra, saying such developments are part of the democratic process.

"Winning and losing is part of democracy. Our party has always maintained that we should neither go overboard on victory nor despair on a defeat," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media here.

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BJP loses assembly by-election in Nagaland

Kohima : The BJP Monday lost the assembly by-election to its coalition partner Naga People's Front (NPF) candidate in Nagaland.

Neiphrezo Keditsu, the NPF candidate retained the Northern Angami-II assembly constituency, held by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who vacated the seat after being elected to the Lok Sabha.

Rio represented the Northern Angami-II assembly constituency for five consecutive terms and was the chief minister for three terms.

JD-U stages 'dharna' for special category status to Bihar

Patna : Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar Monday staged a "dharna" (sit-in) here along with hundreds of party workers to put pressure on the BJP-led central government to accord special category status to Bihar.

Besides party workers, the former chief minister was joined by dozens of party MPs and legislators at the "dharna" site at the JP roundabout near Gandhi Maidan.

Nitish Kumar said the protest was against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government's injustice and betrayal in granting special category status to the state.

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Congress alleges Rs.500 crore scam in Tripura

Agartala : The opposition Congress in Left-ruled Tripura Monday alleged that Rs.400-500 crore have been embezzled in the last two financial years, and that it would move the high court for a CBI probe into this.

"In the Left regime, only in two financial years - 2011-12 and 2012-13 - Rs.400-500 crore had been misappropriated in different departments of the government," opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman told reporters here.

High Court rejects bail plea of BJD MLA in chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha High Court Monday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former government chief whip and Biju Janata Dal MLA Pravat Tripathy for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore chit fund scam being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the state.

The High Court decision is seen as a major setback for Tripathy and the ruling BJD.

The court had reserved its verdict after completing hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of Tripathy Oct 16.

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Jayalaltihaa thanks Maneka, Rajinikanth for support

Chennai : Ruling AIADMK general secretary and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J.Jayalalithaa Monday thanked union Minister Maneka Gandhi and actor Rajinikanth for their support.

In letter to Gandhi, text of which was released to the media here, Jayalalithaa said: "I was especially moved by the fact that, despite your busy schedule as union minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development, you found the time to think of me and send your heartwarming missive."

Jayalalithaa said Gandhi's letter touched her deeply.

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Rahul Gandhi visits Odisha

Bhubaneswar : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday visited the cyclone-hit areas of Odisha and interacted with people, assuring them that his party will help them to get back to normal life.

He reached Jeypore in Koraput district and met farmers who suffered extensive damages to their crops due to the cyclone.

Gandhi said the farmers complained that they have not been properly compensated by the government. "Our party will raise this (issue) in parliament," he told reporters after meeting a group of farmers.

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Upto BJP whether or not to accept NCP offer: RSS

Lucknow : The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Monday left it to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to accept or turn down the offer of unconditional outside support by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for government formation in Maharashtra.

Talking to media persons after the conclusion of a three-day conclave here, Sah Sarkaryavahak Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the RSS was aware of the offer made by the NCP but added that it "was best left to the BJP to take a call on the issue on merit."

Election results shocker for Congress, likely to impact its revival

By Prashant Sood,

New Delhi : The results of the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls came as a shocker for the Congress and made its revival even more difficult as the party has been defeated in the states that had been its traditional strongholds. The Congress finished third in both the states.

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What to do, wonders BJP in Maharashtra

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : The BJP seems to have been caught in a cleft-stick in Maharashtra, thanks to a fractured mandate in the 13th assembly elections.

With no political party securing clear majority in the 288-member assembly, a period of political instability looms ahead in Maharashtra - though the Nationalist Congress Party has taken the lead to prevent such a situation.

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