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Former French President Hollande's startling claim on the Rafale deal has snowballed into a huge war of words between the centre and the opposition in India. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in his sharpest attack on PM Modi, today said "former French president Francois Hollande is calling the Prime Minister of India a thief" and that the PM needs to break his silence.

08:27:01 on 22 Sep

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Taking a jibe at H D Kumaraswamy's "temple run", senior BJP leader Jagadish Shettar asked why have a CM if God can take care of all the problems in Karnataka. He also charged at the CM was discriminating even in his temple run, to save his government, as he is visiting only temples and Mutts in South Karnataka while neglecting the ones in the North.

01:55:02 on 22 Sep

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Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy has set a new record of sorts by visiting a temple or pilgrimage centre every alternate day since he took over the helm of affairs. Since May 24, Kumaraswamy has visited nearly 60 temples and religious centres. It all began much before the election with his father and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda performing the 'Ati Rudra Mahayagna' in January.

12:27:01 on 22 Sep

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The Congress alleged that ailing Goa CM Manohar Parrikar is "threatening people" from his hospital room. The party also demanded a medical bulletin on the status of the CM, who after being hospitalised in Goa, Mumbai and New York over the last few months, is now being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

04:55:01 on 22 Sep

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TRS has taken a serious exception to the statement of the Congress senior leader Gulam Nabi Azad who said there was no role of the TRS in formation of Telangana State. Speaking to reporters, the TRS MP from Karimnagar B Vinod Kumar strongly objected to the statements of Azad undermining the role of TRS in formation of a seperate Telangana State.

07:25:01 on 21 Sep

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KPCC General Secretary and Belagavi district in-charge P V Mohan, alleged that 'money made by BJP in the Rafale deal', was being used to poach Congress MLAs via its ‘Operation Lotus’ in Karnataka. He urged the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, to constitute a Special Investigation Team, to investigate poaching of coalition MLAs by BJP.

06:25:01 on 21 Sep

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A local court in Maharashtra's Dharmabad refused to grant an exemption to AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and 13 others from appearing before it while dealing with a non-bailable warrant issued on them for violating orders during the agitation against the Babli barrage. The court refused to take up the 'recall' petition filed by lawyers on behalf of the CM and 12 others.

05:26:02 on 21 Sep

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The Karnataka cabinet decided to allow sale of sand in bulk (truckloads), as opposed to sandbags. Presently, Mysore Sales International Ltd is selling Malaysian sand at Rs 200 per 50 kg bag. In addition to MSIL, three companies -- Akar Enterprises, D2S Company, Integrated Solutions, had obtained permissions to import sand from Malaysia and sell it within the state.

03:25:02 on 21 Sep

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An angry Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy warned BJP to be restrained in its speech about his father former PM H D Deve Gowda, saying he can even ask people to rise in revolt against it if it continued to disturb his govt. Asserting that the govt was under his command, Kumaraswamy targeted BJP state unit chief and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in a no-holds-barred attack.

02:40:01 on 21 Sep

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A report by the CAG which said that the completion of Andhra Pradesh’s Polavaram project by the set target date of 2019 ‘appeared improbable’ has triggered off a political row in the state. The CAG report also pointed at the slow rate of land acquisition for the project and mentions that only 4% of the families had been rehabilitated so far.

01:25:02 on 21 Sep

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A day after the ruling AIADMK launched a scathing attack on the DMK over its alleged complicity in the massacre of Tamils during the Eelam war when the latter was part of the UPA government which had offered support to Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan echoed the same views, saying that the DMK and the Congress had committed war crimes.

01:10:01 on 21 Sep

The political heat in Karnataka went up several notches on Thursday with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and BJP State president BS Yeddyurappa firing fresh salvos at each other and issuing threats and warnings. Not one to take such a warning lying down, Yeddyurappa reminded him that the BJP was in power at the Centre.

11:55:01 on 21 Sep

Describing Justice (retired) CY Somayajulu Commission report as a face-saving exercise for Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy took exception to the clean chit given to the CM. The APCC chief said the CM’s presence there at that time was the reason for the stampede, but the report seems to have overlooked it.

07:40:02 on 21 Sep

The Congress high command wants no threats to the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, from outside or within. State leaders who met AICC president, have been asked to do everything they can to keep the HD Kumaraswamy-led government floating. The state leaders also handed over a list of four names for the upcoming bypolls to the K'taka Legislative Council.

07:10:01 on 21 Sep

Actor-turned-politician Karunas has been booked by the Chennai city police for a controversial speech he made in Chennai, which has now gone viral on social media. This comes hours after the MLA from Thiruvadanai, Ramanathapuram district ‘expressed regret’ for his remarks. Speaking to a Tamil news channel, Karunas said that his intention was not to hurt any community.

08:25:02 on 20 Sep

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The push for EV does not mean the Centre will discourage the existing diesel and petrol vehicle manufacturing sector, Union Minister of Heavy Industry and Public Sector Enterprises Anant G Geete said. He spoke at the Third Catalyst Conference on Growth in E-Vehicle Industry, a preliminary event organised at Chandragupta Maurya Playground in Jayanagar.

07:10:02 on 20 Sep

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There seems to be a new twist to the ongoing political drama in Karnataka with state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa saying that BJP will release documents related to corrupt activities involving the H D Deve Gowda family. Minutes after CM H D Kumaraswamy lambasted the BJP, former chief minister and one-time ally Yeddyurappa said BJP leaders will release these documents.

06:11:01 on 20 Sep

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RSS fully supports reservation: Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that reservation provided for in the Constitution should stay till the groups benefiting from quotas think these were required. This outreach on the final day of his three-day lecture series here marked a contrast with his statement in September 2015, when he had called for a committee to examine who all needed reservation and for how long.

05:56:01 on 20 Sep

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K'taka CM HD Kumaraswamy dropped a bombshell, claiming that the BJP was planning to use “military logistics” to poach Congress and JDS MLAs to topple his govt in the state. Launching a scathing attack on state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa, he said that the desperate BJP was using every trick in the book to engineer mass defections from the coalition to form its government.

05:26:02 on 20 Sep

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The Commission of Inquiry looking into the death of Jayalalithaa has written to the CS and the Raj Bhavan, asking them to provide more information on the former CM’s hospitalisation in 2016. Justice (Retd.) A. Arumughaswamy’s letter, sent to CS Girija Vaidyanathan, had 4 questions, while the one sent to the Additional Chief Secretary to the Governor, R. Rajagopal, had 7.

04:26:02 on 20 Sep

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Regunta Gattaiah died on September 19; his fight against his burn injuries lasting exactly a week. The pawn was sacrificed in his king's bid to win the electoral battle in Telangana. On 12 September, Gattaiah, a close follower of TRS MLA, Nallala Odelu, attempted self-immolation and also tried to set on fire the TRS MP from Peddapalli, Balka Suman.

03:41:02 on 20 Sep

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The Bharatiya Janata Party is unlikely to appoint a new CM in Goa to replace the ailing Manohar Parrikar, sources said after Amit Shah met a delegation of state leaders to take stock of the situation. Sources said there is no threat to the BJP-led government in the state and the alliance is intact. It is unlikely the party will change the leadership immediately.

01:10:03 on 20 Sep

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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the BJP conspired against the TDP and the TRS from working together in Telangana as part of its plan to drive a wedge between the Telugu-speaking States. Besides, the BJP declared that it had no intention to enter into a truck with the TDP in TS. These tactics proved that the BJP developed hatred towards Andhra Pradesh.

11:10:01 on 20 Sep

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Kamal’s party not to contest byelections

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) will not contest in the byelections to Thiruparankundram and Tiruvarur Assembly constituencies, party leader Kamal Haasan has said. “The party will not contest the two bypolls. It may also not contest the local body elections. It will, however, closely observe the elections,” the actor-turned-politician told reporters.

06:57:01 on 20 Sep

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The AIADMK has decided to take on its principal rival DMK, which had been targeting the party with allegations of corruption, by reviving the issue of the DMK’s “complicity” in the alleged massacre of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam War in Sri Lanka in May 2009. The ruling party would hold State-wide public meetings on September 25, highlighting the issue.

06:10:03 on 20 Sep

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Several officials from a Tamil Nadu government department filed a complaint against Bharatiya Janata Party leader H Raja to Chennai’s Police Commissioner for making derogatory remarks against their family members. A similar complaint has also been filed in Tiruppur. The complaint was filed by employees of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department.

04:55:02 on 20 Sep

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The much awaited Ameerpet to LB Nagar line of Hyderabad Metro Rail is all set to become operational on September 24 after it's flagged off by the Governor. Minister KT Rama Rao met Governor ESL Narasimhan and invited him to flag off the Metro line. It is known that Miyapur to Nagole line has commenced its operations and also has a patronage of 20 million passengers.

07:55:02 on 19 Sep

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A day after the ED filed a case against Karnataka Irrigation Minister D K Shivakumar and others under the PMLA, the BJP alleged that the Congress received money through Hawala transactions. The BJP has the "statements of confession" made by Karnataka Bhavan Employee H Anjaneya and others in which they have said that they sent the money to the AICC office.

07:25:02 on 19 Sep

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No MLA dares to defect: G T Deve Gowda

Higher Education Minister G T Deve Gowda said that none of the present MLAs, are daring enough to quit their parties because they fear not getting re-elected later. Clarifying that the Congress- JD(S) coalition government would complete its term, Deve Gowda said that the coalition government had fulfilled many promises made during the Assembly polls.

06:25:02 on 19 Sep

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TRS worker who self-immolated for MLA dies

The TRS worker who had set himself ablaze to protest the denial of a party ticket to a leader that he supported succumbed to his injuries. The police said 16 people were injured when Rengunta Gattaiah doused himself in petrol during a rally addressed by TRS MP Balka Suman. Gattaiah was a follower of Nallala Odelu, the Chennur MLA who just finished his term.

04:55:02 on 19 Sep

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CM K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the demise of Brahmasri Madduri Venkateswarulu, the Veda Srautascholar and the Agama advisor for united AP. In a message, the CM recalled the contribution of the well-known Vedic scholar in conducting more than 100 Soma Smartha yagas. KCR conveyed his deep condolences to the family members of the deceased scholar.

03:25:01 on 19 Sep

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The Jarkiholi brothers, who had been giving sleepless nights to the Congress leaders by threatening to raise a banner of revolt, appear to have once again developed a rift between themselves. While Municipalities Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi is firm on his decision to quit the party, his younger brother and Congress MLA Satish Jarkiholi is against dragging the issue too much.

02:25:01 on 19 Sep

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With the Congress "not responding positively" to a united fight against the BJP, seven opposition parties led by the Left have decided to fight the Rajasthan Assembly elections as a coalition while keeping the doors open for the BSP. The parties, CPI(M), CPI, Samajwadi Party, JD(S), CPI(ML), RLD and MCPI, have formed 'Rajasthan Democratic Front' to defeat the BJP govt.

12:57:01 on 19 Sep

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BJP Goa core group of Narendra Sawaikar (MP), Vinay Tendulkar (Rajya Sabha MP) and Union Ayush Minister Shripad Naik will meet Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah in Delhi around 11 am. The BJP core group is meeting to finalise the new Goa CM as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been hospitalized.

10:36:58 on 19 Sep

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday alleged there are forces in the Jawaharlal Nehru University which are "waging a war" against India and they are even seen with elected representatives of the institution's students union. The comments come days after candidates backed by Left groups won all four key posts in the JNU Students Union elections.

10:28:27 on 19 Sep

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi once again made it clear that the first thing his party will do once it comes to power in 2019 is to grant special category status to the State, a commitment made during bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The Congress president listed commitments made to the State including national status for Polavaram, a steel factory in Kadapa.

10:10:02 on 19 Sep

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Union Minister Babul Supriyo triggered a controversy after he threatened to "break a man's leg" during a public event for the differently-abled in Bengal's Asansol. The controversial statement came when Supriyo reportedly lost his cool after a man distracted him with his continuous movement. This is not the first time that the politician has made such statements.

09:25:01 on 19 Sep

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Accusing the AIADMK govt of engaging in corruption, DMK president M.K. Stalin alleged that the Narendra Modi-led BJP govt at the Centre remained a mute spectator due to quid pro quo between the two parties. Addressing an anti-govt demonstration in front of the Salem Collectorate, Stalin called for the ouster of both the State and the Central govt at the earliest.

08:11:01 on 19 Sep

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Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Akali Dal leader and minister of food processing in the BJP government, has inserted herself into the eye of the storm by complaining to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj about her former colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu. Harsimrat’s father-in-law Parkash Singh Badal has been the Chief Minister of Punjab an incredible five times.

05:25:02 on 19 Sep

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The Congress president accused the government of leaving women unprotected and afraid while allowing rapists to walk free. Congress President Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the gangrape of a 19-year-old girl in Haryana was “unacceptable”. The Congress chief’s remarks come as the Haryana Police are yet to arrest the main accused.

04:55:02 on 19 Sep

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to watch the Asia Cup group league encounter against India, according to media reports. Imran, a Pakistan cricket captain who led the team to the 1992 ICC World Cup title, is also the patron-in chief of the PCB. The Pakistan PM left for his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on September 18.

04:25:01 on 19 Sep

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The Kerala government has decided that it will go ahead with its ‘salary challenge’, under which all government staff have been asked to donate their one-month salary to CMDRF. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac had said that the state government will go ahead with the challenge and that majority of the government staff had reacted positively to the challenge.

07:55:01 on 18 Sep

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Opposition DMK staged state-wide protests against the "corrupt" AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, with party chief MK Stalin leading the charge in Salem. Besides Stalin, his son Udhayanidhi, sister Kanimozhi and senior DMK leaders including Durai Murugan and Dayanidhi Maran participated in demonstrations held across TN. MK Stalin trained his guns against the CM.

05:26:01 on 18 Sep

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Families who have died along with Rajiv Gandhi on may 21st 1991 have now come out and opposed in releasing Rajiv Gandhi's killers. India today speaks to the kin of victims.

02:26:01 on 18 Sep

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India’s main opposition Congress party sees only one viable path to take down Prime Minister Narendra Modi in elections due by May: Make as many friends as possible. Congress is working with local politicians in some of India’s biggest states to form a broad anti-Modi coalition. Congress is the only nationwide political organization in India apart from Modi’s ruling BJP.

01:57:01 on 18 Sep

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BJP president Amit Shah has stepped in to handle a potential crisis for the party's govt in Goa, where the Congress has staked claim to a power at a time Cm Manohar Parrikar is in hospital. Shah dialled ally Goa Forward's Vijay Sardesai, a minister in the BJP-led govt after allies rejected a plan to have minister Sudhin Dhavalikar take charge as deputy Chief Minister.

01:39:07 on 18 Sep

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Will Rahul Gandhi's soft Hindutva work?

As Rahul Gandhi hits the road in Madhya Pradesh for the elections, posters project him as 'Shiv bhakt'. Will this attempt at soft Hindutva work for the Congress in these elections?

11:26:01 on 18 Sep

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The RSS is holding a three-day lecture series with chief Mohan Bhagwat's talks set to be the highlight of the event titled 'Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective'. Bhagwat delivering the first of his three-part lecture sought to explain the raison d'être of Sangh. He also used the occasion to explain RSS’s position on key ideological issues for which it has faced flak.

10:34:16 on 18 Sep

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi said grassroots workers will be considered for nomination as candidates and preference will not be given to sons of party leaders during ticket distribution for the upcoming assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, the Congress is going to field a large number of women candidates in the BJP-ruled state, where polls are due this year-end.

07:26:02 on 18 Sep

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The threat of rebellion within the Congress loomed as the powerful Jarkiholi brothers remained firm on having their demands fulfilled, even as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah tried to defuse the political crisis on Monday. The Belagavi brothers’ feud with Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar and MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar has kept the party on tenterhooks.

06:57:02 on 18 Sep

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The Congress high command has summoned senior party leader and MLA Satish Jarkiholi to New Delhi, to discuss the party issues in Karnataka. KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao was also summoned. He is scheduled to meet AICC General Secretary and Karnataka in-charge K C Venugopal and discuss the Belagavi impasse. Satish Jarkiholi is not likely to meet other party top brass.

07:55:01 on 17 Sep

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Telangana's IT Minister K T Rama Rao has criticised BJP President Amit Shah for questioning the K Chandrasekhar Rao government's decision to go in for early elections to the assembly. Addressing the party workers, Rama Rao, son of Chandrasekhar Rao, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted for early polls in Gujarat when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister in 2002.

06:26:01 on 17 Sep

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The unruly nature of the BJP leaders was exposed once again after they brutally thrashed an auto driver in TN after he had questioned the BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan over the rise in fuel prices. In the video, BJP state president is seen briefing the media over several issues in Saidapet, as an auto driver questioned her over rising fuel prices.

05:25:01 on 17 Sep

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Tension prevailed on the arterial Anna Salai, after the statue of Rationalist leader Periyar was desecrated by a miscreant on the occasion of his 140th birth anniversary, even as a similar incident took place in Tirupur. Tension prevailed on the spot, as leaders of various parties and their supporters, who had come to garland his statue, managed to nab the miscreant.

04:25:01 on 17 Sep

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will kick-start his party's campaign in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh with a roadshow in Bhopal. Life-size cut-outs and posters with photographs of Mr Gandhi pouring holy water on Shivalinga have come up along the 18-km route that Gandhi plans to cover in an open vehicle this noon. Over one lakh Congress workers are expected to be in the city.

02:26:01 on 17 Sep

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On Saturday, social media in TN was abuzz with a viral video that purportedly showed BJP National Secy H Raja using choice abuse against the higher judiciary and the police force. The reaction of the police, was curiously meek. All through the conversation, the police officers appeared to be trying to pacify Raja.

02:10:02 on 17 Sep

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A day after BJP National Secy H Raja was booked by the police in Pudukottai for allegedly abusing the judiciary and the police, the Madras HC took suo motu cognisance of his remarks and ordered him to appear in the court within four weeks. The bench sought an explanation from H Raja for his derogatory remarks against the HC.

01:26:25 on 17 Sep

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More than 500 men and women had gathered outside the house of Chandrashekhar Azad in UP on Sunday just to get a glimpse of the Bhim Army chief, two days after he was released from jail. Most in the crowd were aware of the social and political change he can bring about. But while he talks of "uprooting the Modi govt", the leader is yet to make up his mind on elections.

12:11:01 on 17 Sep

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There is a voter in Telangana who is 2,017 years old, or so claims the Congress. The grand old party has alleged that the voters’ list released by the Election Commission of India for Telangana has about 21,000 voters aged between 100 and 2,017 years! The details were presented by the AICC secretary Abhishek Manu Singhvi at a press conference in New Delhi.

11:11:01 on 17 Sep

Hours after he landed in Bengaluru after a 12-day Europe tour, the Congress high command assigned former CM Siddaramaiah with the job of ending the crisis in the party to save the coalition govt. For the first time after the crisis broke out, Siddaramaiah, the party’s crisis manager, was in the thick of the action as senior leaders landed at his residence.

09:26:01 on 17 Sep

BJP to up poll game at grass-roots level

Remain in regular contact with the Sangh Parivar. Get in touch with heads and priests. These and much more constitute the 24-point action plan put forth by the BJP to win the 2019 electoral battle. The action plan also brings out the party’s clear focus on Hindutva and social engineering among intermediary backward classes and SC/ST ahead of the crucial polls.

06:57:01 on 17 Sep

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The Left has swept the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections yet another year. But even as they celebrate their win they would have been grateful for a decision taken by their predecessors in the Left a couple of years ago. The Left parties in JNU realised early on that even traditional rivals must come together to defeat a rapidly advancing ideological adversary.

04:25:01 on 17 Sep

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BJP National Secretary H Raja has waded into a controversy yet again, picking up a quarrel with police over an immersion procession of Lord Ganesh idols in Pudukottai district of TN. As a video of Raja angrily arguing with policemen went viral in the social media, opposition DMK demanded action against him while the AIADMK government deprecated the BJP leader's remarks.

09:25:02 on 16 Sep

The TRS triggered a row after they alleged that the TDP was misusing an office of the Andhra Pradesh DGP, which is situated in Hyderabad, to allegedly spy on them. Addressing a press meet, TRS leaders urged Governor ESL Narasimhan and Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy to take immediate action and ask officials of AP's Intelligence Department to leave the state.

06:55:01 on 16 Sep

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The recent circular issued by the registrar of the Central University of TN in Thiruvarur, advising students not to indulge in any ‘unauthorised activities against government policies,’ appears to be only the tip of the iceberg. Attempts to crush dissenting voices and saffronise the campus began over a year ago, according to current and former students of the university.

06:40:01 on 16 Sep

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DMK ready for any election, says Stalin

DMK president M.K. Stalin said the goal of his party was to defeat “the corrupt AIADMK regime and the communal and autocratic BJP at the Centre that protects the State government”. He alleged that PM Narendra Modi had let down even Hindus. Addressing the Mupperum Vizha at Villuppuram, Mr. Stalin said the venue was a proof that the DMK was fully ready for the elections.

05:55:01 on 16 Sep

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Former CM Oommen Chandy and the Congress should give the Rs 50 lakh compensation awarded to former Isro scientist Nambi Narayanan by the Supreme Court, said CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. In view of the floods, they should show the minimum ethics to exempt the state exchequer from such a financial burden.

04:25:01 on 16 Sep

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday targeted Bhim Army president Chandrashekar Azad 'Ravan', who was released from Saharanpur jail on Friday. Speaking at her new house in Mall Avenue in Lucknow she saud, “For the past few days, a man who was recently released from jail is trying to call me ‘Bua’. I can never have a relation with these sort of people."

03:55:01 on 16 Sep

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Left parties hold pre-poll meet in AP

Left parties’ Mahagarjana, a grand public meeting was organised at Vijayawada to promote an alternative political platform. The event soaked Vijayawada in the colour red as the meeting attendees held a massive rally in the city with red flags. The meeting was organised to bring out an alternative political discourse against Narendra Modi and Chandrababu Naidu.

12:57:01 on 16 Sep

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CM and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K.Palaniswami asked cadre to repeat the party’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections victory. Further, such a victory would give the AIADMK the power and authority to assert the rights of the State over the issues concerning the welfare of the people, he said recalling how the govt has achieved victory in crucial issues like Jallikattu.

11:57:01 on 16 Sep

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Nearly six years after working on election strategy, first for PM Narendra Modi and then for his rivals, Prashant Kishor is all set for electoral politics. Bihar CM and Janata Dal-United chief Nitish Kumar will induct him into the party at 11 am at a meeting of the state executive in Patna. In political circles, Prashant Kishor came to be known as Chanakya of Nitish Kumar.

10:57:01 on 16 Sep

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah has challenged the Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to announce a Dalit as the Chief Ministerial candidate in the ensuing elections to compensate for the promise he had made and broke in the 2014 elections.

10:57:01 on 15 Sep

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J&K municipal poll dates announced

Municipal elections will be held between October 8 and October 16 in four phases, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said on Saturday. Polling will be held on October 8, October 10, October 13 and October 16. Counting of votes will take place on October 20, Kabra said. Poll hours will be from 7 am to 2 pm, Kabra added.

10:12:01 on 15 Sep

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BJP president Amit Shah virtually launched the party’s poll campaign in Telangana, announcing that it will contest all seats in the elections to the 119-seat state assembly while accusing chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao of playing vote back politics. “BJP will fight on all seats in Telangana and emerge as a strong and decisive force in the state,” Shah told reporters.

09:27:01 on 15 Sep

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on the Narendra Modi government, alleging that it was the Prime Minister’s “blue-eyed boy” in the CBI who had diluted the lookout notice against Vijay Mallya. He said that the same CBI officer had played a crucial role in allowing Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to flee.

08:55:01 on 15 Sep

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Responding to the reports that a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against him with regard to the protest staged in Maharashtra eight years ago, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said he only opposed the Babli project as it would make North Telangana a desert. He accused the BJP government of trying to arrest him by raking up an old case.

03:25:02 on 15 Sep

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement' today, urging Indians to actively participate in the cleanliness mission. Joined by superstar Amitabh Bachchan and industry doyen Ratan Tata in an interaction streamed live on the Narendra Modi app, the PM urged all Indians to take the Clean India pledge and fulfil Gandhi's dream of clean India.

11:57:02 on 15 Sep

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After holding a marathon meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the state of the economy, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday announced a set of measures to boost market confidence, curb rising current account deficit (CAD) and stabilize the rupee. Jaitley said five decisions have been taken to address the issue of high current account deficit.

12:55:02 on 15 Sep

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Congress to file complaint against BJP

Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister G Parameshwara said that the Congress would lodge a complaint against the BJP, based on reports that the saffron party was trying to poach Congress legislators by offering them crores of rupees. Complaints would be filed with the Income Tax department and the Anti Corruption Bureau, the Dy CM added.

06:26:02 on 14 Sep

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The prompt response from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao resolved the minor misconceptions prevailing between TRS cadres in Chennur Assembly constituency. Former MLA Nallala Odelu who met the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragati Bhavan in Hyderabad, reiterated his loyalty to the party and vowed to work for victory of TRS candidate Balka Suman.

04:56:01 on 14 Sep

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Internal differences within Congress in Mizoram took a turn for the worse after senior leader and state home minister R Lalzirliana resigned as the member of the Lal Thanhawla cabinet. The move comes two days after the disciplinary committee of the party served a show-cause notice to Lalzirliana over reports that he could join a rival party.

03:55:02 on 14 Sep

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Welcoming the SC's decision to constitute a three-member panel to probe the framing of scientist Nambi Narayanan in the ISRO spy case, Congress MLA K Muraleedharan said only his father K Karunakaran has not got justice in the case. The Congress leader demanded that a proper timeframe be given to the SC-appointed panel to complete the inquiry in a time-bound manner.

03:25:02 on 14 Sep

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YSR Congress Party supremo YS Jaganmohan Reddy has said that the functioning of SC, ST, BC, Minorities’ Corporations should be changed to enable deserving people get loans, pensions and other benefits after they cross 45 years of age. He was addressing ‘Muslim Atmeeya Sadassu’ as part of the Praja Sankalpa Yatra at Chinagadili area here on Wednesday.

12:25:02 on 14 Sep

In a major blow to the Congress in Meghalaya, four-time Chief Minister Donwa Dethwelson Lapang resigned from the party, accusing the leadership of adopting a policy of “phasing out” senior leaders. In his resignation letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Lapang said he was resigning “reluctantly and with a heavy heart”. Lapang was an adviser to the party.

12:10:08 on 14 Sep

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the Ashara Mubaraka, Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husain (SA), organised by the Dawoodi Bohra community, in Indore. This is the second major event organised by the Muslim community that Modi will be participating in. In 2016 he attended the World Islamic Sufi Conference in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

11:50:58 on 14 Sep

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday, 13 September, questioned Rahul Gandhi and said that he wonders if the Congress President is “working in tandem” with Vijay Mallya. Prasad also claimed that the liquor baron had allegedly benefitted from bank facilities during the UPA government.

10:57:01 on 14 Sep

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Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan said that the `20 rupees currency tactics of Deputy General Secretary of AMMK T T V Dhinakaran would not work in the forthcoming Thiruparankundram by-elections. The minister said that the `20 currency trick employed by Dhinakaran in R K Nagar by-election would not work out in the forthcoming by-elections.

10:41:01 on 14 Sep

The ABVP candidates who won the Delhi University Students’ Union elections on Thursday celebrated their victory and vowed to fulfil the promises made in their manifesto even as the sole NSUI winner alleged cheating in the results. The National Students’ Union of India’s Aakash Choudary, who won the post of secretary, alleged, “There has been cheating on the other posts."

08:10:02 on 14 Sep

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The Congress party denied having received an invitation from the RSS for its President Rahul Gandhi to attend a three-day lecture series and said the BJP-RSS have been spreading fake news. "RSS and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) have been spreading this fake news for a while with regard to sending invites as if it was some kind of Medal of Honour," said Congress.

07:57:01 on 14 Sep

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The Congress and HD Kumaraswamy's JDS has alleged that the BJP is trying to destabilise its three-month-old alliance government in Karnataka by attempting to poach on its lawmakers. JDS leader and minister Sa Ra Mahesh has told reporters that the BJP has been trying to pull another "Operation Kamala" -- a term coined in 2008 when the BJP formed the government.

06:44:48 on 14 Sep

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A former DMK councillor is seen kicking a woman repeatedly in disturbing CCTV footage from a beauty salon in TN's Perambalur district. The local leader, Selvakumar, has been arrested and suspended by his party. The incident reportedly took place on May 25. According to the police, the woman had taken a loan of Rs. 5 lakh from Selvakumar, who was demanding she returns it.

10:20:16 on 13 Sep

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Nirmala Sitharaman termed as “motivated” the Congress’s demand of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation over his meeting with Vijay Mallya, saying it is a strategy to deflect attention from the UPA govt’s “cronyism and favouritism”. Jaitley, she noted, had already explained as to how Mallya misused his privilege as a member of Parliament to speak to him.

09:11:02 on 13 Sep

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Expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri called on TN Minister 'Sellur' K Raju here Thursday and offered condolences over the recent demise of his mother. The union minister paid floral tributes to a photograph of the AIADMK leader's mother at his residence. The meeting between the two political rivals came in the backdrop of the minister showering praise on Alagiri recently.

08:57:02 on 13 Sep

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Vijay Mallya and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were witnessed by a Congress leader having a discussion in parliament just two days before the fugitive tycoon's flight to the UK, Rahul Gandhi alleged today. Rahul Gandhi made this statement a day after the finance minister rubbished Vijay Mallya's claim that he had met him before leaving for London in 2016.

02:21:39 on 13 Sep

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The September 10 Bharat Bandh, called separately by the Congress and the Left parties, miserably failed to make much impact in TN despite the cause, for which it was observed, was acceptable to all. Lack of coordination among the constituents of the DMK-led alliance, is cited as the main factor that led to the strike turning a damp squib.

11:35:01 on 13 Sep

Minister S P Velumani announced that he would quit politics if the charges against him about showing favouritism in awarding tenders in the Municipal Administration department were proved. He also invited DMK president M K Stalin to quit his party post and that of Leader of the Opposition if he failed to prove the charges against him to be true.

09:26:01 on 13 Sep

The Hyderabad HC refused to entertain a PIL seeking to declare the action of the Union of India, Election Commission of India, and the Telangana government in trying to conduct the elections of the Telangana State Assembly before tenure of five years as illegal.
The bench said the court would not involve in the affairs of the EC which is a constitutional body.

09:11:01 on 13 Sep

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The West Zone police have issued a notice to Congress leader and former MLA A. Revanth Reddy to appear before them for questioning in connection with a cheating and forgery case pertaining to the Jubilee Hills Co-operative Housing Society. Recently, a complaint was lodged by S. Ramarao, a lawyer alleging that Reddy had allotted plots fraudulently.

09:25:02 on 12 Sep

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The TN cabinet recommended that Governor Banwarilal Purohit order the release of all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, 27 years after they were imprisoned. The State cabinet recommended they be released under Article 161 (Power of Governor to suspend or pardon sentences) of the Constitution. The centre has now, however, thrown a spanner in the works.

03:26:01 on 12 Sep

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BJP which has decided to contest in all 119 assembly constituencies in the ensuing Telangana assembly elections is struggling for good candidates. BJP leaders are saying that they will come to power in Telangana but political pundits are saying that their main aim is to split the anti-government votes to ensure that bulk of these votes are not taken by the Congress.

10:57:01 on 12 Sep

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