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Varun Gandhi in favour of abolishing death penalty

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday came out against the death penalty, noting most of the death row convicts are Dalits or from the minorities.

In an article titled "The Noose Casts A Shameful Shadow," he said: "75 percent of the convicts on death row belong to the socially and economically marginalised classes; 94 percent of death row convicts are Dalits or from the minorities.

Sonia should clarify party's stand on Hindu terror: BJP

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to clarify her party's stand on the Hindu terror issue and alleged that her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi had once said the "threat of LeT is inferior in comparison to Hindu terror".

"BJP wants to know from Sonia Gandhi that does she approve of the whole level of Hindu terror being alleged by Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders," union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.

Home ministry holds meet to discuss IS threat

New Delhi : A high-level meeting is being held in the ministry of home affairs (MHA) chiefly to discuss a possible threat from Islamic State (IS), in terms of radicalising the Indian youth, official sources said here on Saturday evening.

Senior officials, including those from the police of 12 states, were participating in the closed door meet in the national capital.

BJP raking up Hindu terror issue to polarise country: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Saturday said the NDA government was trying to rake up the Hindu terror issue in a bid to divide and polarise the country.

"The comment of the then home minister is being quoted out of context. It is a deliberate attempt on the part of the government, it is the deliberate attempt on the part of the BJP for various reasons - to divide the country, to take up the debate between two religions," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media.

SP leader seeks RS nomination for Memon's widow, sacked

Mumbai : Samajwadi Party leader M.F. Ghosi demanded that Raheen, the widow of hanged terrorist Yakub Memon, be nominated to the Rajya Sabha - leading to his being sacked as the Mumbai unit's vice president.

A Samajwadi Party spokesperson said state and city unit chief Abu Asim Azmi took the decision barely a day after Ghosi made the demand in a letter to party president Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Earlier, Azmi had sought an explanation from Ghosi for his controversial demand.

BJP to hold workers' training workshop in UP

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a two-day training programme for its workers in Bareilly starting Saturday, a party spokesman said.

Under the 'Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Maha Prasikshan Abhiyaan', over two lakh workers of the state unit would be trained to expand the party base and inform people about the work done by the Narendra Modi government at the centre.

All district unit presidents and unit heads will take part in the training session, to be inaugurated by union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, spokesman Chandra Mohan said.

Shias being targeted, clerics to tell Mulayam

Lucknow : Shia clerics will meet Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at his Delhi residence next week and tell him that members of their community were being targeted, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The delegation comprising clerics from all across the country will also discuss with Yadav issues related to minority communities.

At a meeting held at the residence of Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad late on Friday, it was decided that if the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister does not act on their complain, they would stage a sit-in at Yadav's residence.

Gap between hope, delivery Modi's biggest problem: AAP's Ashutosh

Kolkata: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the "biggest problem" with the Narendra Modi government is the gap between hope and delivery.

"Youth simply wants results. The biggest problem with Modi and partly with us in future maybe is that we have created so much hope and if the gap between that hope and delivery is not narrowed then there is a problem," Ashutosh said here at a discussion organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

"The problem with us is that if that gap is narrowed then we have a great future, if not then it is a problem," he observed.

Bill allowing ouster of Lokayukta passed in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The Karnataka legislature on Friday passed an amendment bill to remove the state Lokayukta (ombdusman) if found guilty of misconduct or incapacity.

"The Karnataka Lokayukta (amendment) bill will be sent to the governor (Vajubhai Vala) for his assent soon," state Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra told reporters after the state legislative council adopted the bill that was earlier passed by the assembly on Thursday.

Rename Aurangzeb Road after Kalam: BJP MP urges Modi

New Delhi: BJP's national secretary Mahesh Girri on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Aurangzeb Road in central Delhl be renamed after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who died earlier this week.

"In my opinion, this will be a great way of preserving his memories and legacy forever," said Girri, the East Delhi MP, after meeting the prime minister to whom he submitted a formal proposal in this regard.