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Amarinder hopeful after Congress announces Sheila's name as UP CM candidate

Updated: Jul 29, 2016 17:17 IST

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): After the Congress Party announced Sheila Dikshit's name as the chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed hope that his party would do the same in Punjab before the assembly polls.

"I think like Sheilaji's name was announced for the U.P. polls. I'm sure that in due course they will do it for Punjab also, because now I think people want to know who they will vote for. And, I think it is important too because regional parties have leaders. Everyone knows who's going to head Trinamool's government and whose is going to head the BJP government in UP; so, if you have to match that, then you have to make an announcement," he said.

"Since regional parties are announcing their leaders, expect Aam Aadmi Party, which will also probably come out in a few days. We all want to know. But, I think the Congress Party made a change last time in 2012, when they announced my name and that too three-four days prior to the elections," he added.

When asked about AAP MLA Naresh Yadav's Quran desecration case, the Punjab Congress Chief said, "They say in advance that the person is guilty and arrest him. That's not the way. So many months have gone and nobody has clue about it. The commission has also given its report, but they (government) couldn't find who had done it. They are just arresting people like this, which is not a solution."

Asked if he thought that AAP was being victimised in Punjab, he said, "No, I don't know. It's happening everywhere now. They have 9-10 MLAs in jail for cases like molestation and corruption. And, I don't know whether there is any truth, it is for the courts to find. But, I find it a bit strange that they are arresting people just like this."

"There is a law in this land and there is the Constitution, you cannot just keep locking people like that. So, I cannot say whether Yadav is involved in this Malerkotla incident or not. But frankly, I find it, till something is actually defined, that he is a guilty and something has been found in his possession."(ANI)

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Hawala operator Jabbar, who was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Delhi in connection with the Bhopal espionage case, has been sent to police remand till February 23.

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BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is 'fraud': Congress

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 22:05 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Ahead of the Brihannmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls in Mumbai, the Congress on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s alliance with the Shiv Sena is 'fraud'.

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Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lambasted the Akhilesh Yadav-led government by drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals, accusing the local administration of discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Kohima (Nagaland) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, amid agitation by tribal bodies, on Sunday decided to step down to make way for a 'consensus leader' to replace him.

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Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday blamed the Manipur Government for the three month long economic blockade and the subsequent failure of tripartite talks, stating that the Congress-led government conspired to divert people's attention from its failures.

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): A man was arrested on Sunday for murdering his 68-year-old mother in Khaskandi village of Shimla's Rohru.

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said that the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will address most of the problems that are holding back the peace and prosperity in our respective countries.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday expressed condolence at the demise of former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir.

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Bhiwandi (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): At least four people died and two persons were injured in a major fire that broke out in a factory in Bhiwandi on Sunday afternoon.

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Saifai (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): As the third phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections concluded with 61.16 percent voter turnout, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Sunday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the stone pelting incident during his motorcade that took place in Jaswantnagar city.

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Jalaun, (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 19 (ANI): Dubbing the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance as 'corrupt', Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday said people were aware of the misdoings of the Akhilesh Yadav-led government and hence, must strive to remove 'Jangalraj' from the state.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): A total of 61.16 percent voter turnout was recorded as voting ended in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

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Former CJI Altamas Kabir passes away at 68

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 17:26 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passed away after a prolonged illness on Sunday at 2.52 p.m.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): A little over 53 percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 p.m. in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

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Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): At least eight people were killed and three other critically injured after a Bolero car collided with a truck near Janta Bazaar on NH 232.

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Jhansi (UP) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'blood pressure' jibe, incumbent Chief Minsiter Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will have to get their blood pressure checked after the election results are declared.

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Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Asserting confidence over marking victory in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that no one can point finger at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for corruption.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): As the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) announced that it will hold a hunger strike on February 22 in all district offices of the party in Tamil Nadu, party president M.K. Stalin on Sunday said he will participate in the strike from Tiruchi, adding that the party members are trying to meet President Pranab Mukherjee.

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Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack at the Samajwadi Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said exile of development must end in Uttar Pradesh, while appealing the people to cast their vote for a government which would ensure safety in the state.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): With the ongoing polling for the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, a total of 38.96 percent voter turnout was recorded on Sunday till 1 p.m.

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