At Andhra rally, Arvind Kejriwal’s sharp retort to ‘if not Modi, who’ poser

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said there is emergency-like situation in the country since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. He said PM Modi has made one community fight with another. “Pakistan has been trying to create divisions among Indians. They failed in their attempt. But in the last five years, the pair of PM Modi and Amit Shah has succeeded in doing what Pakistan could not in achieve in 70 years,” “I have come here in Andhra Pradesh from Delhi…

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: RJD to contest 20, Cong 9 seats in Bihar Grand Alliance poll pact

  The Grand Alliance in Bihar on Friday announced its seat sharing pact for 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state capping days of discussion among leaders of constituent parties. According to the pact announced in Patna, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal will contest 20 seats, Congress 9, RSLP 5 and Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM-S three seats. The Vikasheel Insaaf Party has got three seats and the CPI-ML Liberation one from the RJD quota. In another important decision, Sharad Yadav has decided to contest on RJD’s lantern symbol and will merge…

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Rajnath may be fielded from Noida, Mahesh from Alwar

Home minister Rajnath Singh, who represents Lucknow in the present Lok Sabha, may be fielded from the prestigious Gautam Buddh Nagar parliamentary constituency replacing sitting MP and Union minister Mahesh Sharma, who is likely to be shifted to Alwar in Rajasthan. In the wake of the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, it is learnt, are working on their time-tested formula of denying tickets to sitting members to beat anti-incumbency. BJP sources said initial…

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‘Balakot strike was done for sole purpose of winning Lok Sabha elections’: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Monday made serious allegations against the BJP-led Centre, saying it ordered the air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot with the “sole purpose” of winning Lok Sabha elections. The Srinagar MP alleged the BJP has “failed” on all fronts and it was apprehended that there would be a fight or skirmish with Pakistan before the polls so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes some kind of an “avatar” without whom India cannot survive. “This surgical strike (air strike) was done only for the purpose of election…totally…

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2019 Lok Sabha elections: 17th General Election to be held in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19; counting on May 23

Model Code of Conduct comes into effect; candidates with criminal antecedents need to announce their status thrice before poll date. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission has announced. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conductwould come into immediate effect from March 10 and 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time as against about 9 lakh in 2014. Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls,…

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‘Want to see Modi become PM again’: Mulayam Singh Yadav springs surprise in LS

At a time when the entire opposition looks to corner the BJP-led government at the Centre, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech on the last day of the current Lok Sabha. Yadav said he would like to see PM Modi re-elected to the office again, according to news agency ANI. He said, “I want to congratulate the prime minister. The prime minister has taken efforts to take everyone along. I want all the members to get elected again and…

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Pope Francis urges peace in conflict zones in Christmas address

The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones including Yemen and Syria. The two countries have both been ravaged by civil war for years, pushing their people into humanitarian crises. “My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture,” Pope Francis said on Tuesday. The Pontiff was giving his yearly “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) address in the Vatican. “My thoughts turn to Yemen, in the hope that…

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Moscow to investigate BBC’s ‘biased’ coverage of Russia, Syria

Russia says it has launched an investigation into the activities of BBC World News channel and BBC websites over the broadcaster’s “biased” and “unfair” coverage of events in Russia and Syria. Russia’s media regulator said on Friday it had opened a probe into the activities of the British public broadcaster to see if it “complied with Russian law.” It explained that the investigating is being carried out in response to decision by British media regulator Ofcom, which accused Russian broadcaster RT of breaking rules in some of its news and…

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Rahul Gandhi tops one year in office with robust show ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Strong performances in at least two Hindi heartland states, as election result trends indicate on Tuesday, would not have come at a better time for Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who completes one year in office next week. Under his leadership, the opposition party has taken a lead in Rajasthan and seems headed for a victory in Chhattisgarh, according to the latest trends. The Congress is also locked in a tantalisingly close contest with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh. Elections to these three states, along with those in Telangana and…

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Four Yrs Of TRS/BJP Incompetence Has Made Telangana People Cynical: Rahul

New Delhi, Dec 3: Attacking the TRS government in Telangana, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said four years of TRS/BJP incompetence, arrogance and corruption has made the people of the state cynical. Mr Gandhi, who is in Telangana on Monday to address election meetings, said the Congress would fulfill the people’s dreams in the state. In a post on social media, he said, ‘Telangana was born of idealism & great dreams. But, 4 yrs. of TRS/BJP incompetence, arrogance & corruption has made the people cynical. I am in Telangana…

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