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Possibility of truce with Yadav, Bhushan remote: Ashutosh

New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the possibility of a truce with dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan was "remote".

"To be honest and frank, the possibility of truce or peace is remote because they (Bhushan and Yadav) are insisting on removal of Kejriwal (as national convener) which is not possible," Ashutosh told a news channel.

"If you are part of a party, you have to accept its leader," he added.

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Kejriwal wants to be with yes-men: Bhushan

New Delhi: AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Thursday denied that he and party colleague Yogendra Yadav had resigned from the party's national executive and accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of wanting to be with "yes-men".

Speaking to CNN-IBN news channel, Bhushan denied resigning from any party post and said Kejriwal does not like people who could question him.

"He wants yes-men in the party, which is not good," he said, adding that Kejriwal's "willingness to cut corners" and using unethical means were his other problems.

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Websites of 13 Goa government departments hacked: CM

Panaji : The websites of 13 government departments in Goa were hacked and are now in the process of being restored, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the assembly posed by independent member Vijai Sardesai, Parsekar said websites of 13 departments like the Captain of Ports, Commissioner of Labour, Directorate of Fisheries, Directorate of Agriculture, were hacked since the BJP-led coalition government came to power in 2012.

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Show proof of my resignation: Yadav

New Delhi : AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Thursday dared his colleagues to give proof of his resignation from the party's national executive along with fellow leader Prashant Bhushan.

"I hear funny news about the PAC (Parliamentary Account Committee) accepting our resignation. Will my colleagues please produce a copy of the resignation letter?" Yadav tweeted.

"What is being passed off as 'resignation letter' is a note for internal negotiations. We said we will resign if 5 conditions were met."

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BJP will work for Jats' reservation, says Hema Malini

Mathura : The BJP favoured continuing reservations for Jats in jobs and a review petition with details and factual social profile of the community will be filed afresh in the apex court, said the party's Lok Sabha member from Mathura Hema Malini.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP along with some Jat leaders met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on Thursday morning. She also met party president Amit Shah.

Hema Malini told IANS over phone from Mumbai that the case had not been properly presented in the Supreme Court.

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Stop demolition drive around Delhi railway tracks: Sisodia

New Delhi : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday and urged him to halt the demolition of hutments around railway tracks in Delhi.

Sisodia met Prabhu in Rail Bhavan here and sought time from the central government to build alternate houses for those living in shanties around the tracks in Delhi's 18 assembly constituencies.

"If the state government gets some time to provide alternate settlement to those residing in these jhuggis (hutments), it would benefit the poor. Immediate demolition would be inhuman," said Sisodia.

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BJP resorting to innuendos to deflect from land bill: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP of deflecting attention from "core issues" like the land bill by resorting to "concerted innuendos and insinuations".

"The only party who is scared of the Congress is the BJP. By resorting to concerted innuendos and insinuations, it can't take the attention of the country away from the fundamental failure of the government on core issues like the land bill," party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told IANS.

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Two Goa BJP lawmakers oppose 'ghar wapsi'

Panaji : Two BJP legislators in Goa on Thursday came out openly against the 'ghar wapsi' programme, with one of them, a Christian, announcing that he will be the first to oppose any reconversion if the agenda is implemented in the state.

Nilesh Cabral and Vishnu Wagh, Bharatiya Janata Party members from Curchorem and St. Andre, respectively, said this in the assembly during a discussion on the motion of thanks to the governor's address.

Vadra land deals: BJP sees massive scam; Khemka feels 'vindicated'

Chandigarh : A day after the CAG blamed Haryana's previous Congress government for showering favours on party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, who made millions in controversial land deals, the BJP, which now rules the state, claimed a "massive scam" during the nearly 10-year tenure of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.

Bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, who had questioned a land deal of Vadra, said the report "vindicated" his action but did not go deep enough, while the Congress defended the former Hooda government, saying all decisions were in accordance with the law.

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Kejriwal to launch e-ration scheme on Friday

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch the e-ration card service in the national capital on Friday.

Delhi will implement the scheme which links the ration and Aadhaar cards together in a bid to curb corruption and bring in transparency and increase accountability, an official said on Thursday.

"Those who have Aadhaar cards can apply online and those who applied and are waiting to get one can use the Aadhaar card number on the online slip," the official said.

Other proofs of identity will also be accepted, the official added.

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