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BJP poses five queries to Kejriwal, AAP says party panicking

New Delhi : The BJP Thursday asked AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal why he took support from the Congress to form a government and why did he seek facilities after rejecting them first, but the AAP termed the queries "old and boring" and claimed the party was "panicking".

Questions about the Congress support and facilites were among the five the Bharatitya Janata Party plans to put before Kejriwal everyday in the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections Feb 7.


Congress, BJP spar over change of foreign secretary

New Delhi : The Congress Thursday questioned the abrupt replacement of foreign secretary Sujatha Singh before the ending of her tenure and demanded that the government explain the reasons for the change -- but the ruling BJP retorted it was well within the government's rights to decide on appointments.

Congress leader Manish Tewari wondered if the decision was a belated result of the stern stand taken by Sujatha Singh on the Devyani Khobragade issue.


Mani will not be allowed to present budget, says Achuthanandan

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala's Leader of Opposition V.S.Achuthanandan Thursday asserted Finance Minister K.M. Mani, who faces allegations of corruption, will not be allowed to present the budget this year.

"You wait and see, he will not be allowed to present it," Achuthanandan told reporters here.

The Oommen Chandy government has made it clear that Mani will be presenting the 2015-16 budget.

Asked if preventing Mani from presenting the budget would not be against democratic traditions, Achuthanandan shot back: "Let it be, you can wait and see."


BJP accuses UP government of hoodwinking people

Lucknow : The BJP Thursday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of trying to hoodwink the people over its claim of rapid industrialisation in the state.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit spokesman Chandra Mohan rubbished claims by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that a conducive climate for investment in the state has been created by the Samajwadi Party-led government.

He also said law and order in the state has gone from bad to worse.


BJP, AAP failed to focus on poor: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi : Attacking the BJP and AAP for failing to focus on the poor, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said his party was the only one to understand Delhi's need for development must include the youth and find place for the poor.


Why did you take Congress' help, facilities, BJP asks Kejriwal

New Delhi : The BJP Thursday asked AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal why did he take support from the Congress to form the government and why did he ask for facilities after denying them initially.

These were among the five questions the Bharatitya Janata Party plans to ask Kejriwal everyday in the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections Feb 7.

BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said his party will ask Kejriwal five questions every day till Feb 5, starting with the Aam Aadmi Party's decision to join hands with the Congress to form the government in Delhi.


FIR against Pravin Togadia in Bengal

Kolkata : An FIR was registered Thursday against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Pravin Togadia and functionary Jugal Kishore for hurting religious sentiments following the alleged conversion of over 100 tribals in West Bengal, police said.

BJP core group reviews campaign, steps for Delhi win

New Delhi : The BJP's 18-member core group, headed by party president Amit Shah, Thursday reviewed the party campaigning for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls and discussed the steps needed to ensure the party's victory.

According to sources present in the meeting, Shah reviewed all the public meetings and rallies held here in the past few days.


Youth Congress, BJYM activists clash in Shimla; 12 injured

Shimla : At least 12 activists of both the Youth Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha were injured during a protest here against the central government's land acquisition ordinance, the police said.

The Youth Congress activists, led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya Singh, held the protest. During the demonstration, the activists smashed the windowpanes of the BJP's party office, police said.

Vikramaditya Singh is the state Youth Congress president.

Eyewitnesses said more than 100 Youth Congress activists protested outside the BJP office.


Goa Congress manifesto mum on casinos

Panaji : Less than a week after it upped the ante against offshore casinos, the Congress appears to have skipped its promise of doing away with the casinos altogether, from its manifesto for the Panaji bye-poll which was unveiled Thursday.

Both state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro and Surendra Furtado, the party candidate for Panaji, also dodged questions on whether the Congress poll campaign would accept donations from the controversial offshore casino industry.