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Modi meets Nikki Haley

New York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday met Indian American Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley.

Haley, one of the two Indian-American governors in the US, told the prime minister that she was "excited about the opportunities in India", ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

She was also expected to attend a speech later Sunday that Modi was giving at Madison Square Garden, an event organized by the Indian American Community Foundation.

President's rule imposed in Maharashtra

New Delhi : President's rule was Sunday imposed in poll-bound Maharashtra.

President's rule has been imposed and the state assembly has been kept under suspended animation in Maharashtra, an official release said here.

Elections to the 288-member Maharashtra assembly are slated for Oct 15.

The decision to impose President's rule was cleared by the union cabinet in a meeting Saturday, following a recommendation to this effect by Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao after resignation of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Friday.


Cases against Karunanidhi, Stalin for attacks on AIADMK cadres

Chennai : Cases have been filed against DMK president M. Karunanidhi, his son and party treasurer M.K. Stalin and around 500 people for attacking AIADMK cadres, police said Sunday.

The case was filed against the DMK leader on a complaint by two AIADMK members Saturday night.


INLD candidate's elephant ride for nomination irks EC

Gurgaon : An INLD candidate in Haryana has been served notice by the Election Commission (EC) for riding an elephant in his nomination procession, it was said Sunday.

Zakir Hussain, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate from Nuh assembly seat in Mewat district, some 90 km from here, has been served notice by the EC for violating the model code of conduct.

He filed his nomination before returning officer (RO) of Nuh Sep 26. More then 250 people attended the function while he was sitting on an elephant.


AIADMK cadres seething with anger against DMK

Chennai : AIADMK cadres were Sunday seething with anger against the DMK, as they are convinced it is the latter that is responsible for the current travails of their leader J. Jayalalithaa.

Assembling outside the party headquarters here, emotionally charged AIADMK women in a choked voice praised their leader and listed the various welfare measures initiated by her that benefited the weaker sections of the state populace.

"Amma must be there to rule the state. What will happen to the poor now," a woman party worker shouted.


New Tamil Nadu CM began in humble circumstances

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam, who was Sunday elected by AIADMK legislators to succeed the jailed J. Jayalalithaa as the state's new chief minister, used to run a tea stall, which is now looked after by his relatives.

Panneerselvam, 63, representing the Bodinayakanur constituency, is a farmer from Theni district.

OPS, as he is known in the party, maintains a low profile and is a staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa.


Even today people treat me as an untouchable: Bihar CM

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Sunday revealed that he is still treated as an "untouchable" by some "powerful people" as he is a poor Mahadalit, the most backward among the community.

"Even today, despite my being the chief minister, some powerful people treat me as untouchable because I am a Mahadalit," Manjhi said at a function here.

He said some people washed idols of deities after he performed prayers and rituals in Madhubani district.

After Jayalalithaa edict, Panneerselvam becomes Tamil Nadu CM

By V. Jagannathan and Fakir Balaji,

Chennai/Bangalore : Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK Sunday elected Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam as chief minister to succeed the jailed J. Jayalalithaa, who Saturday began serving a four-year prison sentence for corruption.

Panneerselvam, 63, who once ran a tea stall which is still with his family, once become the chief minister in similar circumstances in 2001 and held the post until Jayalalithaa bounced back.


Panneerselvam is Tamil Nadu chief minister

Chennai : AIADMK legislators Sunday elected Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam to succeed the jailed J. Jayalalithaa as the state's new chief minister.

The decision was made known after a meeting of the legislators in the party headquarters in the heart of Chennai. A party leader told IANS that Panneerselvam would call on Governor K. Rosiah later in the day.

The expected development followed a meeting Jayalalithaa had with Panneerselvam and some other senior AIADMK functionaries at the Bangalore Central Jail earlier Sunday.


धर्मनिरपेक्ष ‘महागठबंधन’ और साम्प्रदायिक गुत्थियां

By राजीव यादव,

बिहार उपचुनाव में नीतीश-लालू के महागठबंधन को ६ सीटें और राजग को ४ सीटें मिलने के बाद पूरे देश में इस किस्म के गठबंधन बनने-बनाने के गुणा-गणित शुरु हो गए है. महागठबंधन को मिली सफलता से उत्साहित शरद यादव ने कहा कि “भाजपा को रोकने के लिए अगले चुनाव में अब देश भर में महागठबंधन करेंगे.” सांप्रदायिक ताकतों को शिकस्त देने वाले इस महागठबंधन के मद्देनज़र इस बात को जेहन में रखना चाहिए कि इस महागठबंधन के दोनों मुस्लिम प्रत्याशियों - नरकटिया गंज से कांग्रेस के फखरुद्दीन और बांका से राजद के इकबाल हुसैन अंसारी - की हार हुई है. बांका में कड़ी टक्कर देते हुए इकबाल मात्र ७११ मतों से हारे हैं पर इससे यह भी साफ़ है कि जातीय समीकरणों से ऊपर उठकर भाजपा को हिंदू वोट मिले हैं. महागठबंधन ने मुस्लिम वोटों को तो समेट लिया पर हिंदू वोटों को अब भी समेट नहीं पाया, जो एक जेहनियत है, जिससे लड़ने का वायदा महागठबंधन कर रहा है.