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Ulema Council convener booked for poll code violation

By IANS,

Lucknow : The Ulema Council's convener, Maulana Amir Rashadi Madni, and 20 supporters in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh district have been booked for violating the model code of conduct by holding a public meeting and using loudspeakers without permission, police said Thursday.

"A case against Maulana Madni and 20 of his supporters has been registered," police inspector R.K. Bharti told IANS. The case was registered Wednesday night.

The Ulema Council has fielded candidates for five Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh: Azamgarh, Lalganj, Jaunpur, Machlishahr and Lucknow.

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Mukhtar Naqvi booked for creating ruckus

By IANS,

Lucknow : A criminal case was filed against Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and his supporters in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly barging into a police station and creating a ruckus, police said Thursday.

On Tuesday over 100 BJP workers entered Patwai police station and disrupted official work.

"There were over 100 BJP workers who entered the police station. They blocked the road outside and locked the main gate of the station," Inspector N.K. Tyagi told IANS over telephone.

Mallika Sarabhai regrets poll panel not having power to debar Varun

By IANS

Ahmedabad: Noted danseuse and independent candidate from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat Mallika Sarabhai Wednesday regretted that the Election Commission "does not have the teeth" to debar Varun Gandhi from contesting the polls despite his alleged "hate speeches".

"I am horrified by the comments made by Varun Gandhi. He deserves the most stringent punishment by the highest court of law," Sarabhai told reporters here.

High courts talk tough on pleas of three politicians

By IANS

Lucknow: Adopting a tough stance, two high courts Wednesday declined to hear three politicians who had sought their intervention in different criminal cases pending against them.

While separate benches of the Allahabad High Court turned down applications of dreaded mafia don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari and budding politician and Bharatiya Janata Party's Pilibhit nominee Varun Gandhi, the Uttarakhand High Court proved to be equally unobliging for yet another criminal-turned politician Amarmani Tripathi.

Varun to move Supreme Court, legal action must says Nitish

By IANS

New Delhi/Lucknow: With Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)candidate Varun Gandhi threatening to move the Supreme Court after an Uttar Pradesh court Wednesday ruled that there was a strong case against him for his alleged communal speeches, the party's key ally Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal-United fuelled the controversy by stating that "legal action" should be taken against Gandhi.

Beleaguered Varun Gandhi thanks Thackeray for support

By IANS

Mumbai: Beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi, in a spot over his alleged "hate speeches", Wednesday thanked Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for supporting him and endorsing his views.

"I thank Bal Thackeray for his support," Varun has been quoted as saying in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.

"I am indeed grateful for his support at this critical time and situation," said Varun, who is hopeful of contesting the elections from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh.

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Congress NCP disappoint Muslims in their first lists of candidates

By Abdul Hameed, TwoCircles.net

Mumbai: The Congress and NCP have disappointed Muslims with the former including only one Muslim and the latter none in their first lists of candidates. A senior Muslim leader told TwoCircles.net that Congress can still remedy the situation by fielding Muslim candidates.

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Government planning digital travel documents for Hajis

Abdul Hameed, TwoCircles.net

Mumbai: The Hajis finding it difficult to have access to international passports may heave a sigh of relief as the centre is expected to issue machine-readable Hajj passes for this year. Hajis, till last year were issued special haj passport but Saudi government requires that all Hajis should have international passport.

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Lok Sabha elections: Political dilemma of Muslims in Gujarat

With no third political option available, Muslims in Gujarat face the worst political dilemma.

By TwoCircles.net special correspondent,

Ahmedabad: Whom should the Muslims of Gujarat vote for in the forthcoming general elections which are going to be held in Gujarat on April 30?

This is the biggest dilemma of the Muslim community in this Western Indian state which saw the worst anti-Muslim riots in 2002, resulting in the death of about 2000 Muslims, displacement of lakhs of others and loss of property worth hundreds of billions.

For Achuthanandan, Maudany yet to be exonerated

By IANS,

Thiruvananthapuram : His party may be sharing the dais with People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, but Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan feels that only a full enquiry will exonerate the Muslim leader from allegations of terror links.

"It has neither been confirmed nor denied. I had a discussion with the anti-terror squad chief and he said that they have to conduct more enquires and then only can it be known if the allegations against Maudany are true," Achuthanandan told reporters here Wednesday.

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