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Brisk balloting in UP bypolls, stakes high for BJP, SP

Lucknow: Voting began on a brisk note Saturday in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls to the 11 assembly and one parliamentary seat, with nearly a quarter of voters casting their ballot in the initial hours.

While balloting was slow owing to a drizzle in the Lucknow (East) constituency, long lines of voters were seen outside polling stations in Charkhari, Sirathu, Balha, Rohania, Nighasan, Saharanpur city, Bijnore, Thakurdwara, Noida, and Hamirpur.

Voting picked up as the day progressed.


'Majority' government not curbing tirade against minority: Nariman

New Delhi: Distinguished advocate and former Rajya Sabha member Fali S. Nariman Friday said that the "majority" central government is not doing much to control the tirade against minorities, and called on the minorities panel to take steps to ensure minority rights are safeguarded.

Days before election Maharashtra state appoints popular faces in Minority commission and Wakf board

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Mumbai: A day before the Election Commission announced dates for the assembly elections in Maharashtra; the state government appointed Muslim popular faces into 3 important minority institution s- Wakf Board, Minority Commission and Maulana Azad Economic Corporation.

State government issued notification with the names on Thursday which include well known personalities from Ulema and community thinkers. Three members were appointed in state wakf board, two in Maulana Azad Economic Corporation and four in state minority commission.

Majlis debut in the maximum city

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Mumbai: On the day when election is declared in Maharashtra All India Majlise Ittehadul Muslemeen (AIMIM) made its modest debut on Friday in Mumbai, the financial capital of India.

Madanpura, with a majority of Muslim population, from where Mohammed Ali Jinnah was elected before partition, Akbaruddin Owaisi, announced to enter the Maharashtra Assembly election aiming to win at least 10 seats.

Jharkhand minister, accused of Maoist links, quits

Ranchi : Jharkhand Agriculture Minister Yogendra Sao, who was accused of having links to Maoist guerrillas, resigned Friday.

"I have resigned on moral grounds. I am innocent and a fair probe should take place," said Sao, a Congress legislator, to reporters after submitting his resignation to Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

Police in Hazaribagh had recently arrested five members of a small Maoist group. The arrested Maoists, according to police sources, admitted that the group was raised with Sao's support.


Congress-NCP to highlight 15 years 'achievements' in Maharashtra polls

Mumbai : Facing the daunting task of reviving its fortunes after the Lok Sabha debacle, the Congress-led Democratic Front government in Maharashtra said it was all set to get a fresh mandate in the Oct 15 assembly elections.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that keeping the May parliament elections defeat behind, the Congress had been preparing for the assembly elections with vigour and enthusiasm.


Saradha scam: Opposition hits streets, Trinamol stir at CBI office on

Kolakta : The raging Saradha scam issue saw West Bengal's opposition Left Front, Congress and BJP hit the streets Friday even as the ruling Trinamool Congress continued its sit-in demonstration outside the CBI office protesting against the "misuse" of the agency to settle political scores.

Four women's organisations affiliated to the Left parties took out a protest rally in the Salt Lake area and demonstrated outside the Bidhannagar police commissionerate denouncing the Trinamool government for "being a party" to the multi-crore rupee scam.


Vinod Rai seeking publicity for his book: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Friday dismissed former CAG Vinod Rai's remarks on ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh's role in the 2G spectrum and coal block allocations, saying he was seeking publicity for his yet-to-be-released book.

"The disease of book promotion with attendant marketing and publicity is assuming the proportions of an epidemic. It seems that we need a new antibiotic for this viral," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the media here.


Will watch situation before holding Kashmir election: EC

New Delhi : The Election Commission Friday said it would take a decision on holding assembly election in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir only after normalcy is restored in the state.

"We are watching the situation very closely. After things come to shape, a decision will be taken," Chief Election Commission V.S. Sampath told the media here.

He said that the Jammu and Kashmir assembly completes its term in January 2015 so there was ample time.

Informed sources in Srinagar told IANS that the polls were unlikely to be held this year in the view of the natural calamity.


Mamata has discredited CM's chair: CPI-M

Kolkata : Targeting the top Trinamool Congress leadership in the Saradha chit fund scam, the CPI-M Friday accused Mamata Banerjee of having "discredited" the chair of West Bengal chief minister.

"Never before has the name of any chief minister of our state cropped up in a graft which involves duping poor people of their money. She can't shake this off. The scam hasn't spared our football, our film world. She has discredited the chair of the chief minister," Communist Party of India-Marsixt state secretariat member Sujon Chakraborty told media persons here.