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Shiv Sena 'forgets' to greet Fadnavis!

Mumbai : A day after the BJP anointed Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister-designate of Maharashtra, its former saffron ally Shiv Sena apparently remained cool to the development.

Even as greetings, congratulations and felicitations pour in for Fadnavis from all over the country and on social networking sites, the Shiv Sena has not officially commented on the CM-designate.

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Rajnath visiting Israel from Nov 5

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is visiting Israel from Nov 5 during which some key agreements on homeland security are expected to be signed by the two countries.

The home minister is likely to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the visit, diplomatic sources said here.

The visit comes more than a month after the meeting between Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York.

Israel's National Security Adviser Joseph Cohen met Rajnath Singh and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval earlier this month.

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Karat denies divide in CPI-M, says new political line soon

New Delhi : CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat Wednesday denied reports of divide in the party leadership, and said the party will adopt a new political-tactical line soon.

Speaking after the conclusion of a four-day discussion at the central committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the party's top decision-making body, Karat said the new political resolution will be finalised after "due consultations and discussing the review report".

"The CPI-M will adopt a new political-tactical line. We will come out with a resolution soon," he said.

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CPI-M's downfall began after it withdrew support to UPA: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram : The CPI-M's downfall began after it withdrew support to the UPA-1 government, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Wednesday.

Responding to a question on the ongoing brainstorming sessions of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) currently being held in New Delhi on reviewing their political line, Chandy first said that he will not react to another party's discussions but latched on to a question about reports that the CPI-M is thinking of a possible tie up similar to what they had with the Congress during the first UPA rule.

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Identify Adarsh Gram Yojana unit immediately, Gadkari writes to MPs

New Delhi : Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari has written to MPs urging them to immediately identify a gram panchayat (GP) under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) for its transformation into 'Adarsh Gram' by 2016.

In a letter to all MPs, Gadkari said that identification of "a GP to be developed into a model GP" may be done at the earliest.

"As per the timelines given in the guidelines, the identification exercise is required to be completed within one month from the date of launch i.e. by Nov 11, 2014 positively," the letter said.

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UP ministers being autocratic, says BJP

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) government ministers of behaving in an autocratic manner.

Reacting to the statement of Health Minister Ahmad Hasan that all doctors owing allegiance to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) were 'dalaal' (brokers), state BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the minister should also explain whose deals were the doctors brokering?

Pathak alleged that ministers of the Akhilesh Yadav government were behaving as dictators.

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Congress taunts BJP over black money

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday said the central government can't take credit for revealing names of people holding black money abroad when it did so on a Supreme Court directive.

"It is wrong for anyone to take credit for anything that is (being done) by the order of the Supreme Court," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.

Speaking after the government submitted 627 names of foreign bank account holders to the apex court, Singhvi wanted to know where was the illegally stashed cash the BJP had pledged to bring back after taking power.

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Big fishes are being spared: AAP

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Wednesday accused the government of sparing the "big fishes" holding black money abroad.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said the revelations of black money account holders should not be selective.

"There should not be selective revelation of names. The big fishes are being let off," he told the media.

Kejriwal Tuesday moved an application in the Supreme Court seeking to be heard in the black money case.

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Delhi Lt governor BJP agent, says Kejriwal

New Delhi : Describing Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as a "BJP agent", Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday sought an all-party meet to decide the government formation in the national capital.

"LG (lieutenant governor) says he will call all-party meeting in 'next few days'? Why next few days? To seek adjournment in SC (Supreme Court) tomorrow (Thursday)?" the former Delhi chief minister asked in a tweet.

His reaction came after Jung said Wednesday that he would explore options on government formation in the next few days.

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Pulling the strings the RSS way

By Hamid Ali Khan,

Three events in the recent past are enough to suggest that the process of saffronisation of democratic institutions has begun.

Some two months ago, slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were chanted by BJP workers present in strength in the Raj Bhawan at Jaipur during the oath-taking ceremony as Rajasthan governor by Kalyan Singh, an ex-chief minister of UP and the ‘hero’ of the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.

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