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Samajwadi Party offers support to Congress to form govt in MP: Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav. PTI file

Samajwadi Party offers support to Congress to form govt in MP: Akhilesh Yadav

12 Dec 2018 | 12:55 PM

NEW DELHI: In a shot in the arm for the Congress, the Samajwadi Party announced its support to Rahul Gandhi’s party to form government in Madhya Pradesh.

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New Delhi, December 12

In a shot in the arm for the Congress, the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday announced its support to Rahul Gandhi’s party to form government in Madhya Pradesh.

The announcement by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav came less than an hour after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati made a similar offer to the Congress for government formation in the Hindi heartland state of Madhya Pradesh.

“The SP supports the Congress to form government in MP,” Yadav tweeted in Hindi.

The Congress, which was locked in a tantalising see-saw battle with the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, has emerged as the single-largest party with 114 seats after the vote count ended on Wednesday morning, according to the State Election Commission Office.

The party is, however, two short of the simple majority mark, 116 seats, in the 230-member Assembly. The BJP was close behind with 109 seats.

The Bahujan Samaj Party won two seats and the Samajwadi Party one. Independents bagged four seats. PTI

Sena, ADMK force adjournment in Lok Sabha

Sena, ADMK force adjournment in Lok Sabha

12 Dec 2018 | 12:50 PM

NEW DELHI: Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned amid chaos and sloganeering on the second day of ongoing winter session of Parliament on Wednesday.

Chilly morning in Delhi

Chilly morning in Delhi

12 Dec 2018 | 11:37 AM

NEW DELHI: It was a chilly morning in the national capital on Wednesday, with an official from the MeT Department predicting light rains in a few areas.

After big win, KCR to launch ‘national party’

After big win, KCR to launch ‘national party’

12 Dec 2018 | 12:09 PM

HYDERABAD:After winning the Telangana Assembly poll with two-thirds majority, Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) today announced the formation of a new “national party with a consortium of regional outfits” — a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front.

Gehlot, Singhdeo, Kamal Nath in race

12 Dec 2018 | 12:01 PM

NEW DELHI:Congress veterans Ashok Gehlot and TS Singhdeo are leading the race for chief ministership in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

SC orders full protection of rape victims’ identity

SC orders full protection of rape victims’ identity

12 Dec 2018 | 12:25 PM

NEW DELHI:Lamenting that victims of sexual assault were being treated as “untouchables” in society, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered absolute protection of their identity and ordered the media not to disclose the name and identity of even those victims who have died.

Cong closes in on 3-0, Modi concedes

Cong closes in on 3-0, Modi concedes

12 Dec 2018 | 10:27 AM

NEW DELHI:The Congress today clawed back to remain in political contention nationally as it put spokes in BJP’s seemingly unbeatable election machine by wresting power in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and staking claim to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.

India to increase public health spending to 2.5 pc of GDP: PM

India to increase public health spending to 2.5 pc of GDP: PM

12 Dec 2018 | 11:26 AM

NEW DELHI: India is set to increase its public health spending to 2.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

BSP, SP may now join Cong-led grand alliance

BSP, SP may now join Cong-led grand alliance

12 Dec 2018 | 11:20 AM

LUCKNOW:The BSP and Samajwadi Party, that had kept away from the 21-party Opposition meeting in Delhi a day prior to counting, are now likely to join the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Cong makes inroads into cow belt5-STATE VERDICT 2018

Cong makes inroads into cow belt

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Congress made inroads in the Hindi heartland —sweeping Chhattisgarh, surging ahead of the ruling BJP in Rajasthan and giving a tough fight in Madhya Pradesh — clearly signalling its revival ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

BJP can't take voters for granted

BJP can't take voters for granted

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The BJP today encountered its biggest electoral setback since Bihar and Delhi in 2015. The main takeaway, perhaps, is that Narendra Modi's return to power in 2019 is no longer a done deal. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh broke the myth that the Congress could not match the BJP in a one-on-one. Mizoram and Telengana busted another belief that there was no alternative to Modi.

After 15 yrs, new role for Raman Singh

After 15 yrs, new role for Raman Singh

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

RAIPUR: The Congress forming the next government in Chhattisgarh became a mere formality Tuesday as Chief Minister Raman Singh of BJP resigned, after his party’s disappointing performance in the state Assembly polls.

KCR king as ‘Praja’ rejects ‘Kutami’

KCR king as ‘Praja’ rejects ‘Kutami’

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

HYDERABAD:The gamble to go in for early Assembly poll has returned K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) and his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) back to power with a thumping majority winning 88 of the 119 seats in the Telangana Assembly.

MNF back in Mizoram after a decade

MNF back in Mizoram after a decade

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

AIZAWL:The MNF today returned to power in Mizoram after a decade, securing 26 seats, five more than absolute majority in the 40-member Assembly.

Ex-rebel Zoramthanga all set to be CM 3rd time

Ex-rebel Zoramthanga all set to be CM 3rd time

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

AIZAWL: After being in political wilderness for two Assembly terms, rebel-turned-politician Zoramthanga is back with a bang as he led the Mizo National Front (MNF) to a thumping victory in the state elections.

Pawar’s bid for secular Maha front gets boost

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

MUMBAI: NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s attempts to cobble up a secular coalition in Maharashtra ahead of next year’s LS polls is expected to get a boost following the BJP’s poor showing in the five-state elections.

LS, RS pay tributes to Vajpayee

LS, RS pay tributes to Vajpayee

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before both Houses were adjourned for the day.

CBI probe if ‘common thread’ found in Kalburgi, Lankesh murders: SC

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday favoured a CBI probe into the murders of rationalist MM Kalburgi, social activist Govind Pansare and journalist Gauri Lankesh if there is a “common thread” in these incidents which occurred over the past five years.

’84: HC seeks response against death sentence

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the police on a plea by convict Yashpal Singh challenging the death sentence awarded to him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

vvip chopper case

SC allows CBI plea for taking Michel’s sign

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: After the court allowed the taking of signature and handwriting samples of Christian Michel, the middleman accused in Rs 3,600 crore kickback case in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the CBI informed the Ministry of External Affairs to provide British Council access to the accused.

Centre: Apply afresh for 10 Joint Secy posts

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The UPSC has sought fresh applications from over 6,000 private sector specialists who have applied for 10 posts of Joint Secretary in the Central Government through “lateral entry” mode, the DoPT said Tuesday.

Myanmar on-arrival visa for Indian tourists

12 Dec 2018 | 1:40 AM

In a bid to boost people-to-people relations with India, Myanmar will provide visa-on-arrival for Indian tourists, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday as he began his five-day visit to the country.

Shaktikanta Das assumes charge as RBI Governor

Shaktikanta Das assumes charge as RBI Governor

12 Dec 2018 | 12:36 PM

NEW DELHI: Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das Wednesday assumed charge as the RBI Governor.

Accept people's mandate with humility, says PM Modi

Accept people's mandate with humility, says PM Modi

11 Dec 2018 | 10:39 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had led the BJP campaign in the Assembly elections, said, "We accept the people's mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people."

Congress returns to power in Rajasthan

Congress returns to power in Rajasthan

11 Dec 2018 | 9:41 PM

JAIPUR: Following the change of guard pattern every five years, the Congress on Tuesday returned very close to power winning 99 out of 199 assembly seats, leaving the BJP at 73 seats.

Secular coalition in Maharashtra seen getting a boost as Modi magic wanes

11 Dec 2018 | 9:12 PM

MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar's attempts to cobble up a secular coalition in Maharashtra ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls is expected to get a boost following the BJP's poor showing in the just concluded assembly elections.

Rahul claims victory in 3 states, says PM Modi taught him what not to do

Rahul claims victory in 3 states, says PM Modi taught him what not to do

11 Dec 2018 | 8:49 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has claimed victory in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while saying that it will be very difficult for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election against a resurgent Congress and combined opposition.

Poll results in five states: NOTA outperforms SP, AAP, NCP among others

11 Dec 2018 | 8:31 PM

NEW DELHI: The NOTA or none of the above option appeared to have outperformed several political parties, including AAP and Samajwadi Party, which contested the assembly polls in the five states.

After Telangana victory, KCR to launch new 'national party'

After Telangana victory, KCR to launch new 'national party'

11 Dec 2018 | 8:47 PM

HYDERABAD: High on his landslide victory in Telangana assembly elections, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has announced a new national party with consortium of regional parties for a “non-BJP, non-Congress” federal front.

SC orders absolute protection of identity of sexual assault victims

SC orders absolute protection of identity of sexual assault victims

11 Dec 2018 | 9:34 PM

NEW DELHI: Lamenting that victims of sexual assaults were being treated as "untouchables" in society, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered absolute protection of their identity and ordered the media not to disclose the names and identity of even those victims who have died.

Shaktikanta Das is new RBI Governor

Shaktikanta Das is new RBI Governor

11 Dec 2018 | 9:04 PM

NEW DELHI: Former bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das, who spearheaded the post-demonetisation normalisation of the economy, was Tuesday named the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Will get clear majority, also take along other parties, candidates who quit BJP: Gehlot

Will get clear majority, also take along other parties, candidates who quit BJP: Gehlot

11 Dec 2018 | 6:29 PM

JAIPUR: The Congress is likely to go for a post-poll alliance in Rajasthan, where it is approaching towards a majority mark, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday.

Mizoram polls: Zoramthanga elected leader of MNF Legislature party, to stake claim

Mizoram polls: Zoramthanga elected leader of MNF Legislature party, to stake claim

11 Dec 2018 | 5:54 PM

AIZAWL: Zoramthanga was unanimously elected leader of MNF legislature party at a meeting of the newly-elected party MLAs here Tuesday, an MNF statement said.

Pilot wins from Tonk ; Raje beats Manvendra Singh in Jhalarapatan

Pilot wins from Tonk ; Raje beats Manvendra Singh in Jhalarapatan

11 Dec 2018 | 5:55 PM

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot won Tonk assembly seat, beating his nearest rival, BJP’s Yoonus Khan, by a margin of 54,861 votes. Pilot got 1,09,040 votes.

Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen chased away by Lanka Navy

Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen chased away by Lanka Navy

11 Dec 2018 | 4:45 PM

RAMESWARAM(TN): Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were allegedly chased away by Sri Lanka Navy personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet, a fishermen association leader said here on Tuesday.

Assembly polls: Mizoram CM loses both seats

Assembly polls: Mizoram CM loses both seats

11 Dec 2018 | 4:44 PM

AIZAWL: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla lost from both his home turf Serchhip and Champhai South seat Tuesday, Election Commission sources said.

India’s role crucial for Afghan peace process, says Pakistan

India’s role crucial for Afghan peace process, says Pakistan

11 Dec 2018 | 7:31 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has acknowledged that India has stakes in Afghanistan and its cooperation is necessary for the peace process in the war-torn country.

Stark difference in Indo-US ties since 1998 nuclear tests

11 Dec 2018 | 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON: There is a stark difference in India’s relationship with the US since the 1998 nuclear tests and bilateral ties are now very good, the outgoing Indian envoy here has said.

SC refuses to recall its order, dismisses PIL against Jaitley

SC refuses to recall its order, dismisses PIL against Jaitley

11 Dec 2018 | 1:55 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to recall its order by which it had imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a lawyer for filing a PIL against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, raising allegations relating to capital reserve of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Ex-student of govt engineering college alleges rape; 11 booked

Ex-student of govt engineering college alleges rape; 11 booked

11 Dec 2018 | 1:54 PM

CHANDRAPUR (MAHA): Chandrapur police have registered an FIR against 11 people, including some lecturers and staff members of the government engineering college here, after a former student has accused them of raping her in 2011, an official said on Tuesday.

In Raj, Cong engages Independents; in MP thriller, all eyes on Maya

In Raj, Cong engages Independents; in MP thriller, all eyes on Maya

11 Dec 2018 | 4:55 PM

NEW DELHI: Getting a clear majority in Chhattisgarh and still waiting to cross the magic numbers in both MP and Rajasthan, the Congress has opened talks with Independents and other parties to cement the chances of forming its governments.

Parliament adjourned for the day after obituary references

Parliament adjourned for the day after obituary references

11 Dec 2018 | 12:55 PM

NEW DELHI: Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on the first day of the Winter Session on Tuesday after paying homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and several sitting and former members who passed away recently.

HC seeks CBI response on Sana’s plea for hearing him in matter related to Asthana

HC seeks CBI response on Sana’s plea for hearing him in matter related to Asthana

11 Dec 2018 | 12:46 PM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the CBI’s response on a plea by Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Babu Sana seeking to be heard in a matter relating to the quashing of an FIR registered against Special Director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations.

Happy that BJP lost in Chhattisgarh: Jogi

Happy that BJP lost in Chhattisgarh: Jogi

11 Dec 2018 | 12:11 PM

RAIPUR: With trends indicating a win for the Congress in Chhattisgarh, former chief minister Ajit Jogi said on Tuesday that he was "happy" with the "results" and that people chose the party because they found it the most viable alternative to the BJP.

Activists’ murders: SC says 1 agency can probe in case of common thread

Activists’ murders: SC says 1 agency can probe in case of common thread

11 Dec 2018 | 10:38 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a “common thread” among the murders of various social activists, then one agency could investigate all four cases.

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