08:09 pm Mumbai: The chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, affirmed today that the BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest together for the assembly elections next month. The chief minister also said he was confident that after the elections he would maintain the post. He rejected press reports that out of a total of 288 seats, the BJP will contest 162 and the Sena 126. An announcement on the formula for seat sharing would be made in a few days. Maharashtra will go for election on October 21. Counting of votes will be done on October 24.
09:09 am Aurangabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have ascertained his statement about Pakistan before criticising me, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday. PM Modi, at a rally in Nashik ahead of Maharashtra assembly elections on Thursday, had claimed that Mr Pawar, at a recent event, said he liked Pakistan."I had said that Pakistan's political and army rulers continue to make fake claims against India in order to preserve their clout in Pakistani politics," Mr Pawar said."I'm not going to criticise Modi anymore because I don't want to harm the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister, "added the NCP leader. Sharad Pawar was addressing a meeting of party workers.
02:09 pm New Delhi: Former Jharkhand Congress president Ajoy Kumar joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the capital on Thursday. Kumar, a former Indian Police Service officer, left the Congress post last month after accusing senior party leaders of "nepotism" and working for "personal interests" after losing in Lok Sabha elections. "I join AAP with the sole purpose of helping to advance the movement to provide alternative politics. In the fields of schooling, health, energy and water, the AAP government has performed excellent job. Other sections of the nation need to take it," Kumar said.
09:09 am Solapaur: NCP president Sharad Pawar took a dig at Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, stating his accomplishments should not be questioned by those who have been in jail. "I would like to say one thing, for whatever good or bad activities he has done, Sharad Pawar has never been in jail." Those who have been in jail for months are wondering what I have done. I approved Rs 75,000 crore loan waiver for farmers as a Union agriculture minister, "Pawar added. Shah had targeted Pawar at a rally here earlier this month, wondering what his contribution to Maharashtra was.
09:09 am Jaipur: In a huge setback for Mayawati, all six members of the Rajasthan Assembly, representatives of the Bahujan Samaj Party, joined the Congress late on Monday. Rajendra Gudd, Jogendra Singh Awana, Wajib Ali, Lakhan Singh Meena, Sandeep Yadav and Deepchand Kheria are the members joined in Congress. The MLAs, who had been in touch with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, met Assembly Speaker CP Joshi and submitted a letter informing him about their decision to join the Congress.
06:09 pm Jaipur: Satish Poonia was named the new Rajasthan BJP president, the party announced on Saturday. The leader is regarded close to his ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, who is also the spokesman of the party in the state. Mr Poonia, 55, is the MLA from Amber constituency of Jaipur district.Mr Poonia is also an influential leader of the Jat community, one of the biggest vote banks in the state.
09:09 am It's going to be a wonderful time for the BJP. The party, once viewed as a Brahmins bastion, is now going to be home to all three major ' Maratha kings. ' After much speculation, Udayan Raje Bhosle, the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has announced that he will be joining the BJP on Saturday. All three Maratha heritage inheritors — Udayan Raje, his brother Shivendra Raje Bhosale, and Sambhaji Raje Bhosale will be in the saffron fold with this. However, soon before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, after disagreements with some state politicians, he had left the BJP ; joined the NCP and stayed among Pawar's most trusted aide since then.
04:09 pm New Delhi: Interim president of Congress Sonia Gandhi blamed the BJP government on Thursday over the financial slowdown and accused it of indulging in vendetta politics as she informed party leaders that it was not enough to be aggressive only on social media as "democracy was in danger" and the government was "misusing" the mandate. “Sonia informed the party leaders that democracy is in peril today. The electoral mandate is being misused and abused in a most dangerous way by the government. Appropriation of freedom fighters and leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, and B.R. Ambedkar with the sole aim of misinterpreting their real messages to further their nefarious agenda. The Congress party must have an agitational agenda, and merely being active on social media is not enough.”
09:09 am Pune: NCP leader Ajit Pawar took a jibe at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday, stating that after a visit to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office, he has become "less vocal." Thackeray, who had carried out a strong campaign against the BJP during the Lok Sabha elections, was questioned by the ED in a money laundering case earlier this month. "Some persons face investigation today, some persons receive notices," said Ajit Pawar, a former deputy chief minister. "Take Raj Thackeray's instance. He was very vocal at the Lok Sabha election.
05:09 pm New Delhi: It is vital to hold elections for most congress leadership positions, including the membership of the working committee, said senior leader Shashi Tharoor, confident that the party will function towards that end quickly under interim president Sonia Gandhi. The party has gone to appoint Gandhi as interim president for its most competent choice, he said. She is someone who not only has the experience of guiding the party in similar difficult circumstances before, but also a leader with "demonstrated ability to keep various segments and voices together within the Congress, which is crucial considering the present scenario in which we find ourselves," Tharoor said. I hope that elections will take place quickly and I am confident that the party will work towards that end quickly under Mrs. Gandhi's leadership, "Tharoor said.