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Delhi unit of Peace Party merges into AAP

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Delhi state unit president of the Peace Party of India Master Sher Mohammad Khan led around 300 workers, including top office bearers, on Friday announced its merger into the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

No leadership crisis in Congress: Anand Sharma

New Delhi : Unfazed with former union minister Jayanthi Natrajan's exit, Congress leader Anand Sharma Friday dispelled concerns of leadership deficit within his party.

"There is no leadership crisis within the party...the party is much bigger and and it will not evaporate with the exit of small leaders like Natrajan," Sharma told IANS.

Firm on his stand that former environment minister Natrajan "put herself in a corner", Sharma, her ministerial colleague in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA II government, maintained that there was no need to make "martyrs out of zeroes".

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RJD, JD-U will merge, say Lalu and Nitish

Patna/New Delhi : Six "Janata Parivar" parties will certainly merge soon as there is no hurdle, former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad announced Friday.

In the wake of reports of unlikely merger of the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal ahead of the assembly polls in Bihar later this year, both JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad said merger was certain.

"Merger is certain, it will take place," Nitish Kumar told the media in Bihar's Aurangabad district. He said the "Janata Parivar" would again become one and a united force.

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Delhi village without hospital, school to boycott polls

New Delhi : A village with a population of over 10,000 has decided to boycott the Feb 7 assembly election in Delhi. The residents cited lack of basic amenities in their area as the reason behind the move.

"Leaders have been coming to us but we decided not to vote for any of them this time. It is high time now not to vote. They only give fake promises," said Panja Singh, 62, a resident of Jhangola village that falls under Narela assembly constituency in northwest Delhi.

Bharatiya Janata Party's Neeldaman Khatri won the 2013 assembly polls from the constituency.

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Akali candidate with Rs.239 crore is richest in Delhi polls

New Delhi : Shiromani Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa with assets worth Rs.239 crore is the richest among the 673 candidates in the fray for the Delhi assembly polls, a think-tank said Friday.

The Shiromani Akali Dal is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Sirsa is contesting the Feb 7 polls from Rajouri Garden assembly segment.

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Saradha accused Bengal minister not cooperating: CBI

Kolkata : West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, behind bars in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, has not been cooperating in the investigations, the CBI Friday told a city court during the Trinamool Congress leader's appearance.

Mitra, whose judicial custody expired on the day, could not appear before the court due to illness as Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee extended his custody till Feb 12.

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In Delhi, BJP has maximum candidates with criminal cases

New Delhi : Of the 70 political parties in the fray for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls, the BJP has fielded the maximum number of candidates - 27 - who have criminal cases against them, said Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms Friday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party also tops the list in the category of serious criminal cases, with 17 of 69 party candidates analysed, said the think tank. The party is contesting on all 70 seats.

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UP announces special economic package for Bundelkhand

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government has sanctioned a special economic package of Rs.691.50 crore for Bundelkhand, an official said Friday.

District officials in seven districts - Banda, Chitrakoot, Lalitpur, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Jalaun and Jhansi - of the region have been asked to use this fund for special warehouses and rural infrastructure centres, the official told IANS.

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Natarajan's claim on Vedanta sparks debate in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : Former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan's claim that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi put pressure on her to reject the green clearance to Vedanta's mining project in Odisha Friday sparked a political debate here.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lashed out at the Gandhi family for influencing the government's decision, the Congress tried to defend itself stating the intervention was meant to protect interest of 'Dangaria Kondh' tribes in Niyamgiri hills of Kalahandi district.

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Loss in Delhi bad for Parivar, not the BJP

By Saeed Naqvi,

In politics, sometimes normalcy looks abnormal. That the Bharatiya Janata Party should be with its back to the wall in the Delhi battle is abnormal for those who have not yet recovered from the awesomeness of Narendra Modi’s victory in May 2014.

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