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Irked NCP gives ultimatum to Congress on seat-sharing

Mumbai: Irked by delays in arriving at a seat-sharing formula for the assembly election in Maharashtra, the NCP Saturday demanded 50 percent of the seats and served an ultimatum to the Congress to finalise the matter within a day.

Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel also rejected a proposal from the Congress for 124 assembly seats and said the party has demanded 144 seats in the 288-member house in view of the "changed ground realities".

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BJP, Shiv Sena yet to agree on seat-sharing

Mumbai: A day after saving their 25-year alliance from splitting, the BJP and the Shiv Sena were Saturday yet to reach an agreement on seat-sharing for the Oct 15 Maharashtra assembly elections.

The Sena has now proposed a new formula for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other allies, which numerically appears to be an improvement over Friday's 119 seats that had been dismissed outright by the BJP.

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NCP ultimatum to Congress on seat-sharing

Mumbai: Giving an ultimatum to the Congress over seat-sharing in Maharashtra, the NCP Saturday said it will not compromise its demand for half of the total seats, and asked the Congress to decide in a couple of days.

"We have heard that Congress wants to give us 124 seats in Maharashtra... We have conveyed it several times, we want nothing but 50:50 seat-sharing," Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel said Saturday.

The Maharashtra assembly has 288 seats.

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Muslim clerics in UP laud Modi's statement

Lucknow:Muslim religious leaders in Uttar Pradesh Saturday lauded the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terming Indian Muslims as people who would live for the nation and if the need arises, die for it.

Reacting to the statement given in an interview to a TV channel, Maulana Kalb-e-Jawwad, imam of the Asifi mosque, said Muslims should breathe easy now since the prime minister has put their patriotism in the right perspective.

"Ever since Modi was elected prime minister, various political forces were trying to cow them down by creating a bogey of fear," he said.

AAP leader lodges complaint against Delhi legislator

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Alka Lamba has lodged a police complaint against Delhi legislator Vinod Kumar Binny and 21 others for alleging on a social media website that she is running a sex trade in her house.

Binny, however, refuted the charges saying someone created a fake account in his name to malign him.

"I have lodged a complaint against Binny and 21 others who are trying to defame me by airing false allegations on social media. Binny and a few more rivals are continuously putting derogatory remarks on facebook against me," Lamba told IANS.

NOTA second in Chhattisgarh assembly by-poll

Raipur: None of the Above (NOTA) stood second with 13,506 voters in the Antagarh assembly by-poll in Chhattisgarh expressing their displeasure with both the contestants. The result for the by-election was announced Saturday.

There were only two candidates in the fray, BJP's Bhojraj Nag and Rupdhar Pudo of the Ambedkarite Party of India.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nag got 63,616 votes, while Pudo got 12,086 votes in the by-election that was held Sep 13.

The total number of votes cast was 89,208.

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BJP leaders discuss Tamil issues with Rajapaksa in Colombo

Colombo: A wide range of issues, particularly relating to ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka, came up for discussion during a meeting of senior BJP leaders Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace in Colombo Saturday.

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BJD expels senior leader for anti-party activities

Bhubaneswar: Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Saturday expelled its senior leader and former state finance minister Prafulla Ghadai from the party for anti-party activities.

"Prafulla Ghadai has been expelled from the party," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters.

The expulsion came hours after local newspaper "Sambad" published excerpt of an yet-to-be published interview of Ghadai in which he purportedly questioned the leadership of Patnaik and accused him of working under the influence of a coterie.

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Modi's defence of Muslims - a little too late?

By Amulya Ganguli,

If some of the recent statements of the saffron netizens and the actions threatened by Hindutva outfits are noted, then it can seem that the hardliners have learnt nothing from the setbacks suffered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent by-elections.

Maharashtra polls: Meeting underway to finalise Congress candidates

New Delhi: A meeting of the Congress election committee is underway here to finalise candidates for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.

The meeting is being held after the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi returned from the US, where she had gone for a medical check-up.

The Congress is expected to give 130 seats out of the 288 to its ally the NCP which got 114 seats in last assembly polls.

This time the NCP has sought equal sharing of seats after the Congress debacle in general elections.

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