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Ram temple on BJP’s agenda in UP polls

NEW DELHI : In a clear indication that the Ram temple issue will be on its agenda in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, BJP today said its two yatras in the state will culminate at Ayodhya where party leaders will take a pledge to work for victory. BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the […]

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BJD MLA Jagabandhu Majhi shot dead

NABARANGPUR/BHUBANESWAR: Three unidentified men gunned down a wheelchair-bound Biju Janata Dal MLA Jagabandhu Majhi and his personal security officer (PSO) at Raighar block in Nabarangpur district on Saturday sending shockwaves in the political circles. Thirtynine-year-old Majhi, who represents Umerkote Assembly constituency, was distributing land “patta” in Gona village under Raighar police limits when he came […]

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Congress anticipates early elections in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD : The Congress party is gearing up for early elections in Gujarat. The party feels that the ruling BJP-government in the state might dissolve the assembly six months prior to the schedule elections in December 2012, if new cases of corruption are lodged against party members or ministers in near future. Shankersinh Vaghela who has been appointed […]

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Omar Abdullah hurt by Anna’s harsh barbs

Seemingly pained by Team Anna’s rebuke for politicians, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday regretted that the anti-corruption crusaders have used very objectionable words about the elected representatives but noted he would not return the favours and take this discourse to a new low. “I know Team Anna has from time to […]

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Deshmukh plays key role in ending fast

MUMBAI: Former chief minister and Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh played a decisive role in convincing anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to end his fast, but there’s a feeling he should have been approached earlier to deal with the crisis. A top bureaucrat told TOI that had Prime Minister Manmohan Singh roped in Deshmukh a day after […]