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High prices possible cause of BJP bypoll defeats

By Biswajit Choudhury,

New Delhi:With explanations like the missing Modi factor or local conditions unable to fully explain BJP's by-election losses in light of its recent overwhelming win nationally, the phenomenon of inflation, especially of food prices hurting people everywhere, has emerged as a possible answer to this poll puzzle.

In this season of deficient rainfall, consumer price (CPI) inflation accelerated to a two-month high of 7.96 percent in July against 7.46 percent in June, pushed up by rising prices of vegetables, fruit and milk, government data shows.

Congress leader meets Sonia over desertions in Bengal

Kolkata: Expressing deep concern over steady desertions in the Congress in West Bengal, senior leader Manas Bhunia Tuesday met party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi seeking her intervention.

Bhunia's move has attracted criticism from party's state unit chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who has been maintaining that the Congress is unperturbed by a host of leaders and activists switching allegiance, mostly to the ruling Trinamool Congress.


BJP nominees for Rajasthan assembly by-polls named

Jaipur : The ruling BJP Tuesday named candidates for three of the four assembly seats in Rajasthan where byelections are scheduled to be held Sep 13.

"The party has fielded Sarita Gaina from Nasirabad in Ajmer district, Gangaram Koli from Weir constituency in Bharatpur district and Sandeep Sharma from Kota South constituency in Kota," said Vimal Katiyar, state convenor media cell of the BJP.

The party is expected to declare its candidate on Surajgarh seat in Jhunjhunu district soon.

The Congress party has already named its candidates for the four constituencies.


Delhi BJP meets Gadkari over e-rickshaw ban

New Delhi : A delegation of Delhi BJP leaders Tuesday met union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari over the ban on e-rickshaws and urged him to ensure that the drivers are able to earn their livelihood.

Gadkari expressed confidence that the ban would be lifted soon, a party statement said.

The Delhi High Court banned plying of e-rickshaws in the national capital July 31 while citing safety reasons.


Reserve 80 percent DDA flats for Delhiites: BJP

New Delhi : Eighty percent of the flats to be allotted by the DDA should be reserved for the residents of the national capital, the state unit of the BJP said Tuesday.

In a letter written to Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, party chief Satish Upadhyay justified his demand by arguing that there were not enough affordable houses in the city for its residents.


BJP names 'margdarshak' committee

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Tuesday announced a "margdarshak" committee with veteran leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani in it, a statement from the party office said.

"Shah has constituted a 'margdarshak' committee with veteran party leaders as its members for guiding party activities," it said.

Senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are the other three members of the committee.


Want to serve people: new Goa Governor Mridula Sinha

New Delhi : Mridula Sinha, who was appointed Goa governor Tuesday, said she is excited about taking up the new challenge and is keen to serve the people of the state.

"I am happy and excited to take up new challenges as the Goa governor. It feels good to be part of governance," Sinha, 72, told IANS.

Mridula Sinha, who is a former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Mahila Morcha, said she will advise the state government wherever required.

She added that her aim is to serve the people of Goa and ensure good governance in the state.


BJP names central parliamentary board

New Delhi : The BJP Tuesday named its central parliamentary board with party president Amit Shah as its chairperson, a statement from the party office said.

The 12-member board has Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as its members.

The other members are Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Ramlal.

Party veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have not been included in the board.


BJP names members of new central election committee

New Delhi : The BJP Tuesday named members of its central election committee with party president Amit Shah as its chief, a party statement said.

The other members of the committee include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitely, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and senior leader Shahnawaz Hussain were also named as members of the committee, the statement said.


Tripura assembly session to begin Friday

Agartala : The monsoon session of the Tripura assembly will begin Friday and the opposition Congress is expected to raise a host of issues, including the malaria epidemic.

"The sixth session of the current assembly would begin Aug 29 and is likely to continue till Sept 3 or 4. Many important bills including a bill for setting up a new university in Tripura are likely to be presented in the assembly," an official of the Tripura assembly told IANS.