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Petrol price hike: NDA calls for nationwide bandh on May 31

NEW DELHI: Opposing the steep hike in petrol prices and spiralling prices of commodities, the NDA has called for a nationwide bandh on May 31.

NDA convenor and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav said all the partners of the Opposition alliance have been consulted in this regard. The alliance will also be talking to other parties for their support to the Bharat bandh.

Rejecting government's argument that the hike in petrol prices has been done by petroleum companies as the pricing of petrol stands deregulated, Yadav said, "This is an eyewash... We (NDA) are going to observe a Bharat bandh on May 31."

He asked why wasn't the hike in petrol prices announced when Parliament was in session and why did oil companies did so the very next day after the session got over.

"Government has washed his hands off the decision on price hike but in reality it happens only when the government wants. The government will also be increasing prices of diesel and LPG after the presidential elections get over," Yadav said.

The JD(U) chief accused the government of being a "total failure" in checking prices of essential commodities.

"Common people are suffering due to wrong policies of the UPA Government. Prices of commodities are rising uncontrollably making it difficult for an average Indian to make both ends meet," he said.

This government is pro-rich and not bothered about the poor, he charged.

On Wednesday, oil PSUs had increased the price of petrol by Rs. 7.50 per litre. — PTI




Sanjay Joshi quits ahead of BJP meet

Mumbai: Hours before the start of BJP meet in Mumbai, party leader Sanjay Joshi, known as one of the biggest critics of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has resigned from the party’s national executive.

In his resignation letter sent to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Joshi stated that he was resigning from the National Executive Committee under pressure from top leaders like Narendra Modi.

After his resignation, it is being speculated that the firebrand Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will now attend the parry’s national executive meeting in Mumbai.

Modi has so far maintained a stoic silence on the issue of his participation in the Mumbai meeting. 

BJP central leadership has also not confirmed whether Modi will be attending the executive committee meeting. There are concerns in the parry that Modi’s absence will overshadow the entire executive agenda.



Rajesh, Nupur Talwar charged with Arushi, Hemraj murders

GHAZIABAD: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad on Thursday charged dentist couple Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar with the murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

Special CBI judge S Lal ruled that Dr Nupur Talwar and Dr Rajesh Talwar were charged with the crime under sections 302/34 (murder with common intention) and 201/34 (destruction of evidence with common intention).

Dr. Rajesh Talwar was also charged with 203/34 (misleading police about the crime with common intent).

Earlier, during the arguments, CBI prosecutor RK Saini contended before the court that the parents were the killers of their daughter. 

To cover up their crime, they had "dressed up" the crime scene, he said and requested the court to frame charges against them.

Opposing the CBI argument, defence lawyer Manoj Sisodia submitted that the evidences produced by the CBI were irrelevant.

The submission of the closure report itself was the evidence that there was no evidence against the Talwars, he said.

Most importantly, he said, all the scientific tests conducted by the CBI went against the agency.

Hence, the CBI had failed to prove the crime, counsel said.

To buttress defence arguments, the lawyer demonstrated the action using a golf stick, reiterating that the club could not be used as a weapon in Aarushi Talwar's small room.

Neither direct nor circumstantial evidence supported the CBI argument to frame the charges, he said, adding that the Talwars be discharged. — IANS




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