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Omar Abdullah downplays BJP's poll win

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said he disagrees that the BJP's victory in state elections was "unstoppable".

He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not able to repeat its Lok Sabha performance in Maharashtra and Haryana elections.

"It would be an exaggeration to say the BJP march to victory in elections is unstoppable," he told the media on the sidelines of the Police Commemoration Day function here.

"They have done well, but not that well as they expected. In Haryana, they have just about crossed the half-way mark."

Modi rules in a cracker of a Diwali in Bihar

By Imran Khan,

Patna : Modi rocket, Modi chakri, Modi bomb, Modi phuljhari (sparklers) - firecrackers named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi are selling like hot cakes in Bihar ahead of Diwali as their demand is more than the ones named after former chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar.

"Modi's name is not only dominating politics, it has become top selling brand for firecrackers ahead of Diwali," said Ramesh Kumar, a shopkeeper at the wholesale market in old Patna.


Goa NCP not happy with support to BJP in Maharashtra

Panaji : Goa NCP president Nilkanth Halarnkar is "not happy" with the "unconditional outside support" offered by his party to the BJP in Maharashtra after it emerged as the single largest party in the just-concluded assembly election.

Speaking to IANS, Halarnkar, however, added that the post-counting offer for "unconditional outside support" may have been made by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra in the broader interest of Maharashtra.


BJP's first CM in Haryana M.L. Khattar - a no-nonsense man (Profile)

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : In Haryana's political arena, the name of BJP's Manohar Lal Khattar, who is Haryana's chief minister designate, does not ring a bell with many. The low-profile, 'behind-the-scenes' organisational man of the RSS and BJP is considered to be a no-nonsense man and a tough task master.

Khattar, 60, is all set to occupy the chief ministerial chair just two days after being elected a legislator in the first election that he contested.


BJP defers government formation in Maharashtra

Mumbai : The Bharatiya Janata Party appears in no hurry to form the next government in Maharashtra and the process may be initiated only early next week after the Diwali festival is over, party sources said here Tuesday.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who as and party observer was expected to arrive in Mumbai along with senior colleague J.P. Nadda to crown the next Maharashtra chief minister, postponed his visit Tuesday for the second time in a row and will now come down next week.


Khattar stakes claim for first BJP government in Haryana

Chandigarh : The BJP Tuesday staked its claim to form the next government in Haryana.

A letter from the party was submitted to Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki by BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar who was Tuesday unanimously elected as leader of the BJP legislative group at a meeting here. He will be the next chief minister of the state.

Khattar was accompanied to the Haryana Raj Bhawan by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, BJP national vice president Dinesh Sharma, state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma, Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar and other BJP leaders.


Modi to spend Diwali with Srinagar flood victims

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate Diwali with the flood-affected people of Srinagar, an official release said here Tuesday.

"Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, Oct 23 and will spend the day with our sisters and brothers affected by the unfortunate floods," the prime minister said in a statement.

Khattar to be Haryana CM; oath taking Sunday

Chandigarh : Haryana is all set for a BJP rule for the first time, with Chief Minister-designate Manohar Lal Khattar scheduled to be sworn in Sunday.

Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki Tuesday invited Khattar, who earlier in the day was elected leader of the Haryana BJP Legislative Party, to form the new government in the state.

The oath-taking ceremony will take place at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Stadium in Panchkula, near here, instead of the Haryana Raj Bhavan.


New BJP legislators in Haryana meet

Chandigarh : Having got a majority on its own for the first time in Haryana, the BJP legislative party meeting to elect the new chief minister started here Tuesday.

The BJP parliamentary board has deputed union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader Dinesh Sharma as observers for the meeting here.

All newly-elected 47 BJP legislators, the central observers and other senior Haryana BJP leaders are attending the meeting.


Rajnath to visit Maharashtra after Diwali

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said he will visit Maharashtra after Diwali to discuss government formation in the state.

"I am not going to Maharashtra today (Tuesday). Will go there after Diwali," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event to mark Police Commemoration Day here.

Following the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) stunning performance in the Maharashtra assembly polls, the party decided to send Rajnath Singh and party general secretary J.P. Nadda to Maharashtra to facilitate the process of selection of leader of the legislature party.