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Hooda failed to take everyone along: Selja

New Delhi : Congress leader Kumari Selja Monday blamed former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the party's debacle in the assembly polls, saying he failed to take everyone along.

Selja told NDTV that the party's central leadership could not be faulted for the defeat as they were "democratic to a fault" and did not want to disturb Hooda once he had been appointed the chief minister.

Selja, a Rajya Sabha MP and a former union minister, said: "But he failed not just our workers. He also failed our leaders...Rahulji, Soniaji."


Odisha by-poll: BJP to report government machinery misuse

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha BJP Monday decided to constitute a six-member committee to inquire into the use of government machinery in ensuring the victory of BJD candidate Pratysha Rajeswari Singh in the Kandhamal parliamentary by-election.

The party would submit the inquiry report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said senior BJP leader Samir Mohanty, who will head the committee.


Modi chairs meeting of council of ministers

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday chaired a meeting of the union council of ministers after presiding over a cabinet meeting.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the prime minister also chaired a meeting of the council of ministers after the cabinet meeting.

He said Modi has decided to regularly meet the entire council of ministers, which includes the ministers of state.


Rajnath Singh concerned over low representation of women in jobs

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed concern over low representation of women in many fields, including police where it is less than 10 percent.

Addressing the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Women's Press Corps here Sunday, Singh recalled that one of the first things he did after becoming home minister was to issue an advisory to Delhi Police, and police in other states, to fill 33 percent posts with women.

Women comprise 5.5 percent of 288-member Maharashtra assembly

Mumbai : Barely 5.5 percent of the 288-member Maharashtra legislative assembly are women, according to an analysis of poll results Monday.

Of the total 4,119 candidates, who contested in the Oct 15 election, only 276 women were in fray from mainstream political parties and a few Independents.

At the end of counting Sunday, only 16 (out of 276) were declared elected, all from the major parties.

Among the winners, 10 belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party while five are from the Congress and one from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Samajwadi Party-Raj Bhawan face off intensifies in UP

Lucknow : Apprehensions of a possible face-off between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh and the Raj Bhawan turned true Monday as a press conference by Governor Ram Naik drew a sharp response from the government.

Naik, who completed 90 days as governor, had called the media for an interaction Monday and distributed a booklet titled 'Raj Bhawan Mein Ram Naik' enumerating the work done during the brief period. It also mentioned about his "advisory" role to the state government, headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in improving law and order.


Speaker asks staff to streamline record keeping

New Delhi : Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Monday visited different offices in the Lok Sabha secretariat and called upon the staff to streamline management of records and pay utmost attention to cleanliness.

Mahajan said the Lok Sabha secretariat should strive to streamline its record management system in line with the best practices available.

She suggested that the feasibility of e-files should be explored and redundant documents should be weeded out.

According to an official press release, Mahajan was also apprised of the progress in a new building of the secretariat.


83 percent of Haryana lawmakers are millionaires

Chandigarh : Over 83 percent of the legislators elected to the 13th legislative assembly in Haryana are millionaires, a research claimed Monday.

The Haryana Election Watch (HEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said the average assets of legislators in the new assembly were Rs.12.97 crore.

In the previous assembly elected in 2009, the average assets of elected members were Rs.6.71 crore.


Goa Congress spokesperson sacked for anti-dynasty comment

Panaji : A day after he called for an end to "dynasty politics", the Goa Congress unit has removed the party's official spokesperson Durgadas Kamat from his post.

In an order issued Monday, office general secretary Arthur Sequiera named a fresh panel of two spokespersons with clear instructions that only the newly appointed duo "shall go to the press with prior consent and after discussing the issues with the undersigned".


Winning, losing part of democracy, says Congress

New Delhi : The Congress Monday downplayed the electoral defeat it suffered in Haryana and Maharashtra, saying such developments are part of the democratic process.

"Winning and losing is part of democracy. Our party has always maintained that we should neither go overboard on victory nor despair on a defeat," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media here.