General Politics

BJP not seeking 'unwanted support' from other parties: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath SinghPune (Maharashtra), Apr 9 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh has said that his party is not in the business of seeking "unwanted support" from other parties during this year's general elections, and added that if any party wanted to help the BJP come to power, it should either merge with the BJP or become part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Addressing a rally here on Tuesday, Singh's missive appeared to be directed at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who of late has been attempting to create divisions between the BJP and its long-term ally, the Shiv Sena.

Anand Sharma urges people not to waste their votes on any other political party

Anand SharmaNew Delhi, Apr 3 : Senior Congress leader and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has urged people not to waste their votes on political party that is not beneficial to the country.

"Make sure that this time your votes do not get wasted. Those votes, which will not come in our favour, will strengthen some other party which will not be beneficial for the country," said Sharma.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has asserted that governance under leadership of Narendra Modi can put an end to misrule of Congress party.

Vinod Khanna to contest from Punjab's Gurdaspur on BJP ticket

Vinod KhannaNew Delhi, Mar 26  : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.

The party announced this as it released a list of nine more candidates last night.

Khanna will take on Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa who had defeated him in the last election in 2009 by a narrow margin.

Khanna had joined BJP in 1997 and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in the next year's Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency.

Actor Paresh Rawal replaces Advani loyalist from Ahmedabad East LS seat

Paresh RawalNew Delhi, Mar 23  : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has replaced L. K. Advani's loyalist and sitting MP Harin Pathak with Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.

In the fresh list of nine candidates announced yesterday, the BJP also decided to field state office in-charge of the party, Alok Sanjar, from Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh.

Sitting MP Prabhatsinh Chouhan would seek re-election from Panchmahal seat and former MLA Deep Sinh Rathore will contest from Sabarkantha. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Dharamsala today

rahul gandhiDharamsala, Mar 20 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will today address an election rally in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala town in an attempt to garner people's support ahead of the upcoming general elections .

Gandhi was earlier scheduled to address the rally on March 8 but later it was postponed.

On Wednesday, Gandhi appreciated the talented youth of Manipur who have brought laurels from national and international arenas at various sports events.

Rahul will lose heavily in Amethi: Kumar Vishwas

Kumar-VishwasAmethi (Uttar Pradesh), March 17 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will lose "by a big margin" in the Lok Sabha polls here, AAP leader and candidate Kumar Vishwas says.

The Arvind Kejriwal associate also said in an interview that the biggest losers of the election in Uttar Pradesh will be, besides the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the now ruling Samajwadi Party.

Saying a "historic campaign" was under way in Amethi, Kumar Vishwas said his confidence about his own victory and Gandhi's defeat came from numerous interactions with voters, mainly in rural pockets.

Naidu urges Kiran, Pawan to strengthen TDP

N Chandrababu NaiduHyderabad, March 9 : Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Sunday asked former chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and actor Pawan Kalyan to back the TDP to ensure a bright future for Telugu-speaking people.

Kiran Reddy last week announced the formation of a new political party to fight for the self-respect of Telugus. Pawan Kalyan, brother of central minister K. Chiranjeevi, is reportedly planning to float another party.

Gadkari confident of BJP's victory in Lok Sabha elections, says Modi will be next PM

Nitin GadkariPune, Mar 3 : Expressing confidence on winning the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari has said that party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will definitely be the next prime minister of the country.

"We are confident that Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA will win 275 seats in the next elections and Narendra Modi will surely be the next Prime Minister of India. If we run short of some seats, we will think about other options," Gadkari told media here yesterday.

ABCD a symbol of Congress's corruption, each Alphabet stands for a scam: Modi

Narendra-ModiJagraon (Ludhiana), Feb. 23 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said that ABCD had become a symbol of Congress's corruption in which, A stood for Adarsh Scam, B stood for Bofors Scam and C stood for Coal Scam respectively.

"The Congress's ABCD stands for A for Adarsh Scam, B for Bofors Scam and C for Coal Scam and so on. I'm surprised that the Congress is blaming opposition parties for corruption. All scams took place under the Congress rule, yet they point finger at us," said Modi, while addressing a rally in Ludhiana.

Advani trying to compensate for opposing Modi earlier: Shahid Siddiqui

L K AdvaniNew Delhi, Feb 11 : Commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K Advani's statement about his party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui on Tuesday said Advani was just trying to compensate for opposing Modi earlier by praising him now.

"It is too soon to say whether Modi's governance would be better than Advani's but it is clear that Advani is now just trying to compensate for his opposition to Modi," said Siddiqui.

President attends annual day function of Gondia Education Society

Pranab MukherjeeGondia, Feb 10 : President Pranab Mukherjee attended the annual day function of Gondia Education Society in Maharashtra 's Gondia city.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said India is fortunate to have a large young population to take forward her aspirational agenda of change. The 13-35 years' age group in our country accounts for more than 40 per cent of the population.

PM to inaugurate 101st Indian Science Congress at Jammu University today

Manmohan SinghJammu, Feb 3 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 101st Indian Science Congress at Jammu University here today.

The five-day event will see deliberations and presentation of papers by the scientific fraternity from across the globe.

Delegates from 66 countries are expected to participate in it along with numerous scientific institutions from across the country.

Rajnath Singh urges Indians to uphold dignity, prestige of Constitution

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi, Jan. 26  : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Sunday urged fellow Indians to uphold the dignity and prestige of the Constitution of India.

"We should understand that the Constitution is above everything, and we should take a pledge to uphold the dignity and prestige of the Constitution," he said after unfurling the tricolour at the BJP headquarters here today.

He also appealed to people to take a vow to fulfill every martyr's dream of making India poverty free, and becoming one of the major super power in the world.

DCW's actions political and motivated: Somnath Bharti

Somnath BhartiNew Delhi, Jan. 25  : Reacting to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Barkha Singh's meeting with Lieutenant Governor to seek action against Delhi Law Minster Somnath Bharti, Bharti on Saturday said that Singh was a member of Congress, and that the decision of the DCW was motivated and political.

"Women commission is political, and Barkha Singh is a member of Congress, that is why she is doing all this," said Bharti.

"This action is being taken with political intentions in mind and is motivated by the Congress," he said

Abe hopes to seal Japan's first defence sale in 40 years on visit

Shinzo AbeNew Delhi, Jan. 25 : Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits India this weekend, hoping to wrap up the first overseas sale of military equipment by Tokyo in nearly four decades and open up the world's biggest arms market for his nation's defence manufacturers.

In a sign of growing warmth between the two nations, Abe will be the chief guest at Republic Day parade on Sunday.

But before that, he will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seal significant defence and trade deals during their bilateral annual summit.

Narendra Modi to address rally in Gorakhpur

Narendra ModiGorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Jan. 23  : Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is going to address 'Vijay Shankhnaad Rally' rally in Gorakhpur, on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh BJP unit president Laxmikant Bajpai said that the leaders in this rally would focus on various issues related to the region.

"All preparations for the rally are done. By God's grace the weather is also fine. It will be a fantastic rally. And the leaders would focus on the issues related to this region. The entire ground will be filled with people," he said.

'Kejriwal taking law in his own hands': JD-U

Sabir AliNew Delhi, Jan. 22 : Janata Dal-United ( JD-U) leader Sabir Ali on Wednesday hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for protesting against the suspension of erring police officials, especially when preparations are underway for the Republic Day, and said that Kejriwal is taking law in his own hands.

"Delhi is our capital. And he is the chief minister of that state. He has no understanding, and he is protesting against the transfer or suspension of police officials, especially when we have preparations of Republic Day going on. He is taking law in his own hands. This only means that he has no faith or trust in the Indian law," he said.

AAP to pit cobbler or rickshaw puller against Paswan

Ram Vilas PaswanPatna, Jan 19 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will field a cobbler or rickshaw puller against Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan in the Lok Sabha election, a party leader said Sunday.

"The AAP has decided to field a 'common man' against Paswan. The candidate may be a hard-working cobbler or rickshaw puller," AAP convenor Somnath Tripathy said.

He said the party will target Paswan as both Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad will not be in the fray - for different reasons.

Modi denounces Congress over lack of PM candidate

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Jan 19 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday attacked the Congress for not naming a prime ministerial candidate, and said the country's oldest party was falling apart.

Speaking on the final day of a three-day leadership meeting here, Modi said the Congress had been allowed to rule India for six long decades, and it was time the BJP gets a chance to govern for 60 months.

Addressing thousands of delegates at the Ramlila Maidan, he said the Congress did not dare to name a prime ministerial candidate because it was sure it would be defeated in the electoral battle.

Rahul behaved like a 'joker' in Kerala: CPI-M leader

Pinarayi VijayanThiruvananthapuram, Jan 14 : Rahul Gandhi behaved like a "joker" during his visit in the state Monday and such a person is being projected as the prime ministerial candidate by the Congress, a CPI-M leader said here Tuesday.

Communist Party of India-Marxist state leader Pinarayi Vijayan said: "His candidature as the Congress's PM candidate is more or less finalised and yesterday (Monday) travelling on a police jeep on his state visit he behaved like a joker."

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