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India Politics

Kashmiris defy separatists, brave cold weather to cast ballot

Jammu/Srinagar/New Delhi : Voters in Jammu and Kashmir defied a boycott call by separatist groups and braved inclement weather to cast their ballot in large numbers as 15 assembly constituencies voted in the first of the five-phase state polls.

Good turnout in Jharkhand as voters defy Maoists

Ranchi : Defying a poll boycott call by Maoists, voters in Jharkhand Tuesday turned out in good numbers in the first of the five-phase assembly elections, officials said.

"Around 61.92 percent polling took place in the first phase. The highest turnout was in Bhavnathpur with 69.6 percent, while the lowest was in Chatra with 53.85 percent. Polling was by and large peaceful," an election official told IANS.

Voting took place in 13 of the 81 assembly constituencies in six Maoist-affected districts. Over three million voters were eligible to cast their ballot.


Only five VIPs in government housing under discretionary quota

New Delhi : The government Monday told the Supreme Court that just five people were in occupation of VIP bungalows in the capital under the five percent discretionary quota. They include RJD chief Lalu Prasad, late Congress leaders Sisram Ola and Arjun Singh's widows and the house once occupied by late prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao.

Lalu Prasad, who was to vacate his government accommodation by Oct 31, is in unauthorised occupation, while two others will vacate in January and February, the court was told.

Sonia Gandhi approves five election committees for Delhi

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday approved the composition of five election committees for the upcoming assembly poll in Delhi, a party statement said.

The 'pradesh election committee' will be headed by state Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and will have 23 members in addition to the heads of frontal organisations of Delhi.


Hearing in defamation case against Digvijaya deferred

New Delhi : A court here Monday deferred the hearing in a defamation case against Congress leader Digvijaya Singh filed by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha listed the matter for Jan 9 for hearing arguments after Gadkari's counsel sought an adjournment.

The court instructed Gadkari to remain present during the next hearing and imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on him after he failed to appear before the court Monday.


All arrangements in place for first phase of Kashmir assembly polls

Jammu/Srinagar : On the eve of first phase of polling in 15 assembly constituencies of seven districts of Jammu and Kashmir, poll staff and security forces reached all the 1,787 polling stations in these constituencies Monday evening.

District election officers told IANS in Ganderbal, Bandipora, Leh, Kargil, Kishtwar, Ramban and Doda districts of the state Monday evening all polling stations have been fully secured by an adequate number of state police and paramilitary forces.

Murli Deora: Congress's long-time Mumbai strongman

Mumbai : Around 12 years ago, when industrialist tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani was battling for life in a Mumbai hospital, close family friend and Congress leader Murli Deora virtually served as a one-man army, keeping the prying media and politicians at bay.

The Ambani family almost seemed dependent on Deora as he handled all media queries and calls from industry czars. He managed it with his finesse, firmness and courtesy for several days.

Ambani's sons - now industrial tycoons Mukesh and Anil - regarded and addressed Deora as 'uncle', so deep was their respect for him.


TDP seeks disqualification of three Telangana legislators

Hyderabad : The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has sought disqualification of its three members of Telangana assembly for defecting to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

The party Monday submitted a petition to assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary, urging him to disqualify T. Srinivasa Yadav, T. Krishna Reddy and C. Dharma Reddy, who recently joined TRS.

The TDP sought action against the legislators under Anti-Defection Act.

The law disqualifies legislators switching sides when their number is less than one-third of the total strength of their respective party.


Have not accepted home minister's resignation: Meghalaya CM

Shillong : Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Monday said that he is yet to accept the resignation of his woman Home Minister Roshan Warjri.

"She (Warjri) had told me that she wanted to go for her treatment. Therefore, I have no accepted her resignation," he told journalists after the assembly session was adjourned for the day.

However, Warjri who skipped the ongoing winter assembly session (which started Friday) for the second time on a row, told IANS that she will not take back her resignation.

Mamata ridicules Modi's selfie, says 'spare Bengal' from riots

Kolkata : Asserting the BJP does not deserve political courtesies, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday here took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's selfies, labelling him as a "selfie danga guru (riot master)".

In a blistering attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Trinamool Congress supremo tore apart the party for fanning riots and demanded the return of black money.

"Ever since this government came to power, riots are happening everywhere - Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and even Delhi. We have a 'selfie danga guru'.