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Jayalalithaa juggernaut rolls down opposition

Chennai: AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa returned to the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday crushing the opposition by a by a record victory margin from the Radkhakrishnan Nagar constituency here.

Jayalalithaa polled 160,432 votes while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's (CPI) C. Mahendran, got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of a whopping 150,722 votes.

The total electorate in the constituency was around 245,000, and the chief minister bagged 65 percent of all votes polled.

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Another Goa minister accused of faking educational qualification

Panaji: Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar was on Tuesday accused of "faking" his educational qualification in his poll-related affidavit but Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said an elected representative "need not be educationally qualified".

Francis D'Souza said that while lying on oath was wrong, even "zero standard" was acceptable as educational qualification for a public representative.

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BJP legislator breaks mike in Delhi assembly

New Delhi: The last day of the budget session in the Delhi assembly witnessed uproar on Tuesday when a BJP legislator broke the mike alleging it had been turned off.

A visibly livid O.P. Sharma broke the mike at his desk when the leader of the opposition, Vijender Gupta, alleged his mike was being turned off when he interrupted or asked questions.

"Our mikes are being turned off whenever we speak in the assembly. This cannot go on," Gupta said.

Sharma joined Gupta over the issue and the broke the mike on his desk.

Congress furnishes new documents on Dholpur Palace ownership

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday stepped up pressure on beleaguered Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, producing fresh documents in support of its claim that the Dholpur Palace is a state-owned property.

The party also demanded an independent probe into the entire controversy.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh produced documents, allegedly showing that Raje's son Dushyant Singh and his father Hemant Singh reached a compromise on only the movable properties of the Dholpur Palace whereas the palace itself was a public property.

Noted former Kashmir bureaucrat Ashok Jaitley dies

New Delhi/Srinagar: Ashok Jaitley, a renowned civil servant and former chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, died in New Delhi on Tuesday after suffering from a protracted illness.

Popular among friends and relatives as Tony, Jaitley joined the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) in 1964 and was assigned the Jammu and Kashmir cadre.

He served in various capacities and was the youngest IAS officer to rise the level of a secretary among his batchmates.

Jaitley served as the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir from 1996 to 2002.

CPI-M retains Tripura seats, BJP is second

Agartala: Tripura's ruling CPI-M on Tuesday retained by huge margins both the assembly seats where polling took place on Saturday, but the BJP edged out the Congress to take the second spot.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist won from Pratapgarh for the ninth consecutive time and won in Surma for the eighth time in a row, officials said.

CPI-M state secretary and central committee member Bijan Dhar told IANS: "The voters supported the CPI-M due to the good governance of the Left Front. Our victory in Tripura will continue in future elections too."

TDP MLA gets bail in cash-for-vote case

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday granted bail to TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy in the cash-for-vote case.

The court also ordered the release of two other accused, Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha, on bail.

Justice Raja Elango, who had reserved his order last week, pronounced it on Tuesday.

He directed them to surrender their passports, not to leave the city and to appear before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) whenever summoned.

Congress wins Meghalaya by-election

Shillong: The ruling Congress on Tuesday won the by-election in Meghalaya's Chokpot assembly constituency, with Bluebell Sangma defeating her nearest rival Phillipole D. Marak of the National People's Party by 2,550 votes, Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik told IANS on the phone.

Sangma, a former Nationalist Congress Party member, who joined the Congress party before the by-election was announced, secured 8,042 votes while Phillipole garnered 5,492 votes.

Jayalalithaa returns to assembly with massive victory

Chennai: AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa returned to the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday by a record victory margin from the Radkhakrishnan Nagar constituency here.

Jayalalithaa polled 160,432 votes while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's (CPI) C. Mahendran, got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of 150,722 votes.

The total electorate in the constituency was around 245,000, and the chief minister bagged more than 50 percent of that.

Congress candidate in Kerala dedicates win to late father

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan who on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly seat by over 10,000 votes dedicated the win to his late father.

"For 24 years my father represented this constituency and the electorate gave this win for the work he did," Sabarinathan said.

"This victory is also for the agenda of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy whose 'development and care' work has been accepted," he added.

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