UPA coalition in Bihar today appeared to be in trouble
after the RJD and LJP divided 37 of the total 40 Lok Sabha
seats between themselves and the dissatisfied Congress
announcing to contest as many seats as possible. Ignoring
the Congress’ demand for 11 seats, the two left only
three constituencies for their bigger ally in the UPA.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan celebrate their seat-sharing arrangement in Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui
lodged against Varun Lucknow/New Delhi,
While a formal signal is
still awaited from the Election Commission in New Delhi, the
Pilibhit district administration has gone ahead to lodge an FIR
against BJP candidate Varun Gandhi for spreading enmity.
Addressing a public meeting at Barkeda in Pilibhit on March 8,
Varun Gandhi, the son of sitting Pilibhit MP and former Union
minister Maneka Gandhi and late Sanjay Gandhi, had allegedly
made inflammatory remarks against Muslims, which were aired by
local Hindi news channels.
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is no change in the basics in Pakistan by HK Dua
will certainly be in order for the lawyers and the civil
society of Pakistan for winning a major victory that has seen the
restoration of a Chief Justice and the dilution of the
unconstitutional powers President Asif Ali Zardari had inherited
from his predecessor, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
vie for 6,000 liquor vends Punjab makes Rs 120 crore from
application fee Patiala, March 17
Punjab government has received over
92,000 applications for the allotment of 6,000 liquor shops, collecting
Rs 120 crore by way of application fee in a few days. Over 70,000
applications were recieved yesterday — the last date. “Businessmen
of all shades have turned so enthusiastic about the sale of liquor all
of a sudden that they have virtually flooded us with applications for
shops in rural and urban areas.
to get Boeing’s maritime recce aircraft Washington, March 17
The Obama administration has
cleared the $2.1 billion contract for US aviation major Boeing to supply
eight P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India, the largest American arms
sale to India to date, a media report said. The US State Department has
informed the Congress that it will issue a license to Boeing so that it
can complete the deal with India.
let-up in BJP crisis Jaitley, Yeddyurappa skip party
meeting New Delhi, March 17
Problems kept mounting for the BJP
with Arun Jaitley continuing to boycott the Central Election Committee
meeting for selecting party candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls
for the second day here today. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa
also stayed away from the meeting, apparently annoyed at being ignored
in selection of candidates from his state.
backs Advani as PM New Delhi, March 17
In a U-turn, Bhartiya Janshakti
Party leader Uma Bharti has now come in support of the prime ministerial
candidature of L K Advani whom she had been attacking ever since her
exit from BJP three years ago. Bharti, who left BJP accusing Advani of
partisan behaviour, has addressed the letter to the former Deputy Prime
Minister, but has sent it to party president Rajnath Singh.
Polls 2009 Getting voter
I-card an ordeal Jalandhar, March 17
Climbing the stairs of the district
administrative complex (DAC) for the fifth time in three hours, I
realised the ordeal of a common person in procuring a voter I-card. The
thought that there is a vast difference between the appeals of the
government to go in for the cards and the working of the babus, who
actually prepare them, also crossed my mind.
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