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India Politics

Tripura CPI-M holds on to rural bastion in panchayat polls

Agartala : The ruling CPI-M in Tripura Friday retained its rural bastion by securing absolute majority in 275 of the 591 gram panchayats and 12 of the 35 panchayat samitis, for which polls were held Tuesday.

Results of zilla parishad polls are awaited as counting of ballots is in progress in different parts of the state amid tight security.

An official of the state election commission said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for the first time, secured a majority in one gram panchayat and won many seats in several other gram panchayats and panchayat samitis.

BJP for re-election in Delhi: State chief Satish Upadhyay

By Alok Singh,

New Delhi : Newly appointed Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay Monday said he has asked party workers to "gird up their loins" for fresh elections,

signalling it will not cobble together the numbers to form a government in the national capital.

"If you talk about the choice of the party in Delhi, it will be a re-election," Upadhayay, 52, told IANS in a brief interview.

He refuted allegations that the party tried to lure away any of the Congress or Aam Aadmi Party legislators to form the government in Delhi.


End politics of vendetta: UP BJP tells Akhilesh

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party Friday sought an end to the "politics of vendetta by state government officials" in Uttar Pradesh.

In a meeting, a BJP delegation apprised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of a string of incidents where police officials had exceeded their brief and victimised BJP workers.

The delegation, which included legislators and office bearers, was led by state party president Laxmikant Bajpai.

Bajpai said the chief minister assured them that democratic norms and constitutional obligations would be adhered to at all costs.


Mamata seeks central funds for disaster management

Darjeeling : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said her government has sought funds from the central government for management of natural disasters in Darjeeling district, on par with the northeastern states.

She also announced the formation of a committee to look into tackling natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides in the district.


Gaza rocks parliament

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha was disrupted again Friday as the opposition continued to create a ruckus demanding a discussion on the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip.

The issue was raised in the lower house as well by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which staged a walk out demanding a debate.

In the upper house, members kept pressing for a debate on the situation in Gaza immediately, even as the government insisted that it has been listed for Monday.

Jaitley makes additional funding for three sectors

New Delhi : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday announced fresh budgetary support to three sectors in the Finance Bill 2014-15.

The additional funding is for schemes in the food processing, wind energy and health sectors.

Replying to the debate on the national budget in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley recommended that Rs.2,000 crore would be credited in National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for the benefit of agro-processing units.


Justice delivered over Mullaperiyar issue: Jayalalithaa

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday said downing the shutters of the Mullaperiyar dam to increase the water level to 142 feet is justice delivered to the people of the state. The shutters were lowered Thursday as directed by the Supreme Court.

"The downing of the dam shutters to increase the storage levels is a victory for Tamil Nadu and its people. More than the victory it is justice that has been rendered to the people of Tamil Nadu," Jayalalithaa said in the state assembly here.


Kejriwal slams Delhi budget

New Delhi : Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday criticised the Delhi budget and said the BJP has taken a "u-turn" on almost all the election promises.

"BJP (had) promised 30 percent reduction in tariff. It didn't do it. Why this u-turn? BJP has made a u-turn on almost all poll promises," Kejriwal said in a tweet.

The Aam Aadmi Party chief said the state budget does not have any measures to bring down rising prices.


Netaji disappearance: Kin approach Modi for probe

Kolkata : Family members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an SIT to probe the "disappearance mystery" of the nationalist leader.

Subhash Chandra Bose was declared killed in an air crash over Taipei, Chinese Taipei (formerly Formosa) Aug 18, 1945. But, many people doubted his death and though numerous commissions were set up, nothing could be found about his whereabouts.


Modi welcome to visit Pakistan anytime, says envoy

New Delhi : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be welcome whenever he chooses to visit Pakistan, said that country's envoy here Friday.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said a visit to Pakistan by Modi "would be welcome whenever he comes".

But Basit noted that such high-level visits "don't happen without adequate preparation".

"It is too early to say anything" about such a visit, he said at an event at the Press Club of India.