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Ram temple construction only possible by legislation: Togadia

Patna : VHP leader Pravin Togadia on Saturday said that the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will be possible only by legislation.

"Neither the court order nor mutual consent will pave way for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, it is only possible by bringing a law in parliament in this regard," he told media after a three-day VHP meet here.

SP parliamentary board sets aside merger with Ansari's party

Lucknow : Bowing to the wishes of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday took a u-turn on the merger of mafia don Mukhtar Ansari's Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with it, setting it aside.

At the parliamentary board meeting of the party here on Saturday, it was decided that the merger be negated. A decision was also taken to revoke the dismissal of senior cabinet minister Balram Yadav.

Sants receive threat calls over Kairana 'exodus' report

Ghaziabad : Three sants who visited Kairana as part of a fact-finding team complained of receiving threatening calls on their way back home in Ghaziabad, police said on Saturday.

The three sants, Pramod Krishnam, Swami Chakrapani and Kalyan Dev, who were returning by Shatabdi Express from Lucknow on Friday night after submitting a report on Kairana "exodus" to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, lodged a complaint in Kotwali police station.

Swamy asks Kejriwal to come clean on his IIT admission

Thiruvananthapuram : BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Saturday continued to target Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to come clean on how he got admission to IIT Kharagpur.

Distributing copies of the records of information sourced through RTI on the issue, Swamy, at a press meet here, said the response "it's not available" was received on a question on the basis Kejriwal entered the BTech programme and his All India Rank in any competitive entrance exam such as JEE etc.


Beef-eaters, TRS government will cease to exist in Telangana: BJP MLA

Panaji : If beef is not banned in Telangana, both the TRS government and the "beef-eaters" in the state will cease to exist, Telangana BJP legislator T. Raja Singh Lodh warned on Friday.

Addressing a press conference organised by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti here, he also threatened to torch slaughter houses, where, he alleged, cows were being illegally slaughtered in his state, if the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti government does not close them down.

Bihar toppers scam: Arts topper Rubi Rai arrested

Patna : Bihar's Class 12 "topper" in Arts Rubi Rai, who had said political science is all about cooking, was arrested on Saturday when she appeared for a re-test at the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) office, police said.

"Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Bihar police probing into the Bihar toppers scam has arrested Rubi Rai when she finally appeared for a re-test at BSEB office," a police official said.

Rubi will be produced in the local court on Sunday, the official added.

Another MLA arrested, AAP accuses Centre of witch hunting

New Delhi : As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was whisked away by police in the midst of a press conference, the AAP accused the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “witch hunting”.

“Dinesh Mohaniya is the same person who once exposed BJP leader Sher Singh Dagar through a sting. Dagar had tried to bribe him to join BJP, but Mohaniya exposed Dagar through a sting operation,” AAP leader Raghav Chadha said.

“Today Dagar is free while Mohaniya has been arrested,” he added.

Emergency like situation in Delhi, says Kejriwal after MLA detained

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday directly took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has declared an "emergency like situation" in the national capital after the Delhi Police detained an AAP MLA.

"Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorizing, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected," Kejriwal tweeted.

"Dinesh Mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What message does Modi want to give to everyone," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader questioned in another tweet.

Mehbooba's fate to be decided as vote count begins in Kashmir

Srinagar : Counting of votes began on Saturday morning for south Kashmir's Anantnag assembly constituency where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is one of the eight contesting candidates.

"The strong room where the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) had been kept in safe custody after the poll process on June 22, was opened in the presence of the contesting candidates and their representatives in Anantnag," an official told IANS.

"The counting process has started and the results should be known before midday."


Speed up development work in Maoist-affected areas: Rajnath

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday directed authorities concerned to speed up development work in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE), or Maoist, affected areas of various states, an official statement said.

Chairing a review meeting here about the work being carried out in such areas across the affected states, he congratulated all concerned, including central ministries and officials from the states, as progress in development works has picked up during the last two years.