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Congress declares candidate for Himachal assembly bypoll

Shimla: The ruling Congress in Himachal Pradesh Friday announced political greenhorn Anita Rana as its candidate for the May 7 by-election in the Sujanpur assembly constituency.

The seat fell vacant following the resignation of independent member Rajinder Rana, who was earlier in the BJP and is now the Congress candidate for the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat.

His wife Anita Rana is pitted against BJP's Narender Thakur, a Congress rebel who joined the party lately.

Party sources said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was keen to field Anita Rana.


Hold election in Delhi, Prashant Bhushan urges Jung

New Delhi: AAP leader Prashant Bhushan Friday urged Delhi's Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung to re-consider his decision of not recommending, to the central government, holding of early elections in the city which is under president's rule.

The three-page letter comes a day after the Supreme Court said that Jung was not fettered by any time limit to review the decision to place Delhi under presidential rule but was free to dissolve the assembly, which is placed in suspended animation, before the expiry of the prescribed period of one year.


BJP wants probe into EVM tampering in Ranchi, JVM-P wants fresh voting

Ranchi: A day after politicians and journalists were beaten up by police while protesting tampering with EVMs after voting in Ranchi constituency, the BJP Friday demanded a judicial probe in the allegations while the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) sought the poll be countermanded and a fresh election held.

"We demand a judicial probe in tampering of the EVM machines," Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate Ramtahal Chaudhary told reporters. Party leader C.P. Singh, who was also present, accused Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Vinay Chaube of "working as agent of Congress".


'Media ignored Manmohan Singh's development pitch'

New Delhi: With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set to lay down office in about a month, his communication adviser made a belated attempt to redeem his battered image, suggesting that even that the media, especially television, did not take enough note about the all-round progress of the country and the prime minister's thrust on development.


After fire, now explosives found near Mamata's rally venue

Kolkata: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a narrow escape when a fire broke out in her hotel room, some explosives were recovered few kilometres away from her rally venue in Birbhum district Friday, police said.

"We have seized some explosives from under a culvert on the Suri-Bolpur Road. While the chief minister has been travelling in a chopper, the explosives were found few kilometres away from the party rally venue hours before she attended it," Birbhum's Superintendent of Police R.M. Khan told IANS.

Odisha polling figure pegged at 74 percent

Bhubaneswar:The final voting percentage in Thursday's polling in Odisha has been pegged at 74 percent, up from 65.3 percent in 2009, an official said Friday.

The state’s second and final phase of polling for 11 Lok Sabha and 77 assembly seats was held April 17.

“The voter turnout in the final phase in the state was 74 percent," state Chief Electoral Officer Mona Sharma told reporters here.

Mayurbhanj district recorded a maximum of 82 percent balloting while Khurda district came last with 56 percent, she said.


Mayawati bares her prime ministerial ambitions

Agra: A day after Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said he would stake claim for the prime minister’s post, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati Friday said if her supporters voted intelligently, a "Dalit ki beti" could well be at the helm of affairs of the central government.

Addressing a poll rally at the Kothi Meena Bazar ground here, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president said her party would play a crucial "balancing power role".

DMK MP resigns after conviction in cheating case

Chennai: DMK Rajya Sabha member T.M.Selvaganapathy resigned from parliament Friday after being convicted in a cheating case and being sentenced to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment.

Speaking to reporters at Dharmapuri, around 310 km from here, Selvaganapathy said as a person who respects the law, he has put in his papers as a member of Rajya Sabha following his conviction and sentencing by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Thursday.

It is a testing time for him in politics, he added.

Congress promises free TVs, laptops in Seemandhra

Hyderabad: The Congress has promised free television sets along with dish connection for poor and free laptops for students of government colleges, in its manifesto for Seemandhra released Friday.

The Congress, which is facing a testing time in Seemandhra in view of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, promised freebies for different sections of voters to woo them.


BJP is a threat to democracy, says Sonia

Bhatgaon (Chhattisgarh): Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday said the BJP is crossing all limits in its bid to capture power and that it threatened the democratic set-up of India.

"The BJP is crossing all the limits to capture power in this election. Their behaviour is extremely dangerous for a democratic set-up in our country. Elections will come and go, but the way they are doing things and lying to the people of this country, it will harm democracy," Gandhi said at an election rally in Bhatgaon, Chhattisgarh.