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Bribe remark was to help EC curb bribery: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday told the Election Commission (EC) that by asking voters to accept money from political parties he was actually helping the poll panel to curb bribery incidents.

Replying to the EC's notice for allegedly inducing voters to accept bribe, the former Delhi chief minister said he could not dream of doing that.

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'Informal' government formation talks on with BJP: Mufti Sayeed

Jammu : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Saturday confirmed that "informal talks" were on with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to work out a common minimum programme (CMP) for a stable Jammu and Kashmir government.

BJP has put Advani in cold storage: Nitish Kumar

Patna : Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Saturday criticised the BJP for putting its senior leader L.K. Advani in "cold storage".

"The BJP in new avatar has put Advani in cold storage by placing him in 'margdarshan mandal'," Nitish Kumar said at a party meeting to celebrate the birth anniversary of socialist icon Karpoori Thakur here.

His comments came after BJP president Amit Shah blamed him for the return of "jungle raj" in the state as the Janata Dal-United leader has joined hands with RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

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CBI can call whoever it wants to: Trinamool legislator

Kolkata : A Trinamool Congress legislator, going against the official party stand, Saturday said anybody can be summoned by the CBI for questioning for the sake of investigation in the Saradha scam, a day after a party MP claimed that some of those arrested in the scam were "guilty".

Rajarhat-New Town legislator Sabyasachi Dutta said he was not opposed to the central agency's probe into the multi-crore-rupee scam in which many leaders from the ruling party in West Bengal have been arrested.

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Left parties in UP protest against Obama visit

Lucknow : Workers and supporters of Left parties - CPI (ML), CPI (MP), CPI, Forward Bloc and SUCI (C) - held protest marches and demonstrations across the state against the visit of US president Barack Obama to India.

Shouting slogans like 'Obama Go Back' they organised a procession from Parivartan Chowk to GPO in the state capital.

At a meeting thereafter they criticized the decision of Prime Minister Modi to invite the US president on the Indian Republic Day, terming it an assault on all democratic values.

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EC asks for equal opportunities to parties for ads

New Delhi : The Election Commission Saturday directed Delhi Metro and the city transport department to provide equal opportunities to all political parties by giving space for political advertisements prior to the Feb 7 assembly polls.

The poll panel in its order also instructed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to issue necessary directions to contractors of feeder buses to remove political advertisements displayed on such buses.

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BJP government anti-poor, anti-farmer, says Congress

New Delhi : Accusing the BJP-led central government of "killing the purpose and intent" of the National Food Security Act, 2013, the Congress Saturday said it was a "crude attempt to make a mockery of the crores of toiling poor of India by the BJP".

The Congress also criticised it for giving cash to the poor instead of subsidised food grains.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BJP government had become anti-farmer and anti-poor.

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Fringe elements orchestrating 'gharvapsi' reined in: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi : BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, Kiran Bedi has said fringe elements in the Sangh Parivar orchestrating the campaign for 'gharvapsi' (homecoming) by reconverting Christians and Muslims, have been reined in by the party leadership.

R-Day celebrations: Kejriwal not invited, wants to attend

New Delhi : The chief ministerial candidate of the AAP and former Delhi chief minister Saturday said he has not been invited to attend the Republic Day parade Jan 26, where the US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest.

The AAP chief said he has not been invited, though he wants to attend the celebrations.

Kejriwal said: "I am not invited to attend the Republic Day celebrations, I don't know why I wasn't invited. Though I want to attend."

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Outsiders in party, insiders in institutions

By Amulya Ganguli,

Two contrary tactics are apparently guiding Narendra Modi. On the political front, he is willing to accommodate outsiders in senior positions even if it means breaking the rigid mould of a cadre-based party. Outside politics, however, he is filling crucial posts in what can be called cultural outfits with acknowledged saffronites.

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