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Congress favours aged leaders for Rajya Sabha from Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram :The Congress has chosen to support candidates who are over 70 years for the Rajya Sabha elections from Kerala, a move which as left younger party workers unhappy, whereas the CPI-M has supported young blood.

For next month's polls to the upper house, the Congress has persisted with older leaders as Vayalar Ravi. The CPI-M has gone in for youth and has chosen 44 year-old former Students Federation of India (SFI) president K.K. Ragesh.

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247 members supported ousting Yadav, Bhushan: AAP

New Delhi : As many as 247 members voted in favour of the resolution to remove dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra yadav and two others from AAP's national executive, the party said on Saturday.

Party's national secretary Pankaj Gupta said eight members opposed it, while two gave a written dissent.

He added that 54 members abstained from voting, and many of them had walked out before the voting took place.

More than 300 people had attended the meeting.

Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh also denied allegations of roughing up Yadav's supporters.

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Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi sacked

New Delhi : Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi was sacked on Saturday, officials said.

President Pranab Mukherjee directed that "Qureshi shall cease to hold the office of the governor of Mizoram".

Sonia in charge but her alliance is shaky

By Amulya Ganguli,

If Rahul Gandhi is in retreat in a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar, as rumours have it, then he can be said to be imitating, in part, the Sakya prince who left home and hearth 2,500 years ago to find out the meaning of life.

In the Congress' heir-apparent's case, however, his quest is seemingly for finding his own rightful place in the 130-year-old party.

Bateshwar jubilant on Vajpayee getting Bharat Ratna

Bateshwar (Uttar Pradesh) : Residents of Bateshwar, 70 km from Agra, where former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee spent his early childood, were jubilant on his getting the Bharat Ratna and celebrated with sweets.

Special pujas were also offered in the town, where a few of Vajpayee's relatives and friends still reside.

Vajpayee's childhood friend Suraj Bhan Gupta, aged over 90, said Bateshwar has got a new identity and fame due to the former prime minister.

Bateshwar is famous for its 101 Shiva temples.

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AAP should not lose to political immaturity: Jaitley

Varanasi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the AAP government must not lose opportunity to work for the people of Delhi due to "political immaturity".

"People voted for this government with high hopes and they expect the promises to be fulfilled. Because of political immaturity, they should not lose this opportunity," Jaitley said in response to a question on Saturday.

He also slammed the recording of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's conversation by a party member, calling it a new kind of politics.

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Yadav, Bhushan sacked from AAP National Executive

New Delhi : Dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were sacked on Saturday from the National Executive of the AAP, a party that had stormed to power in Delhi last month.

Yadav's supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were also removed from the Aam Aadmi Party's 21-member National Executive, the party's highest executive body that coordinates its activities at the national level.

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AAP holds National Council meet amid dissent

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Council meeting began on Saturday amid high drama with dissident leader Yogendra Yadav alleging that members with valid invitations were not allowed to attend meeting.

Claiming that members of National Council with valid invitation were not allowed to attend, Yadav initially refused to enter the venue. He later went in, saying he will discuss this issue with other party members.

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AAP's National Council meeting to decide fate of Bhushan, Yadav

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be holding its National Council meeting on Saturday to decide the fate of two of its dissident leaders -- Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.

They have accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of suppressing democracy within the party that now rules Delhi.

Talking to reporters ahead of the meeting on Saturday, Yadav said today is an important day and the fate of social movement out of which AAP was born, will be decided.

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Scrapping 90:10 funding pattern for special states not fair: Sayeed

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Friday that dispensing with the 90:10 funding pattern for centrally-sponsored Schemes (CSSs) for special category states will have serious implications for his state which has seen a difficult period since 1947.

Speaking at the NITI Aayog meet here, he said states like his and in the northeast, which have huge locational disadvantages coupled with challenging security scenario, will be severely handicapped if the 90:10 funding pattern is done away with.

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