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Budget session should be postponed in order to ensure fair elections: Naresh Agarwal

Updated: Jan 04, 2017 14:25 IST      
Budget session should be postponed in order to ensure fair elections: Naresh Agarwal

New Delhi [India], Jan. 4 (ANI): Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal on Wednesday requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to postpone the budget session to be held during the elections, as it might influence the people leading to a biased election.

"I would urge the Election Commission to postpone the budget session, called by the Central government in the mid of the elections. This is because the people will be influenced by the announcement made by the government during the budget session and the elections won't be fair then," Agarwal told ANI.

Welcoming the Election Commission's decision to begin the first-phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh from February 11, Agarwal said the decision has ruined the idea of the Centre to hold elections in the month of April-May.

"We were ready for the elections. The Uttar Pradesh government had asked the Election Commission for UP elections to be held in February. We protested what the Centre was trying to do i.e. trying to let elections held in April-May. February is the best month for holding elections," he said.

The Election Commission earlier today announced seven-phase polling for 403 assembly constituencies in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, two-phase polling in Manipur and one-phase polling each in the states of Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa respectively.

As per the announcement, the first-phase of polling for 73 assembly constituencies covering 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh will take place on February 11. (ANI)

No promise to hold unbarred EVM hackathon was made: EC to AAP

Updated: May 27, 2017 20:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday said that no promise to hold unbarred Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) Hackathon was made, which is being claimed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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WHO confirms first three cases of Zika Virus in India

Updated: May 27, 2017 20:50 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday confirmed three cases of mosquito-borne Zika virus, including a pregnant woman, in Gujarat's Ahmedabad.

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Mauritius PM meets President Pranab Mukherjee

Updated: May 27, 2017 20:30 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on Saturday met Vice President Hamid Ansari and Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

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Tral encounter: Search operation still underway in Rampur

Updated: May 27, 2017 19:30 IST     

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Kerala [India], May 27, (ANI): Students' Federation of India (SFI) on Saturday staged a protest in Kerala against ban on the sales of cattle for slaughter by eating beef outside University College, Trivandrum.

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Lankan Navy Chief reviews INA Passing out Parade

Updated: May 27, 2017 18:24 IST     

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After Rahul, now Akhilesh denied entry to Saharanpur

Updated: May 27, 2017 17:47 IST     

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Saharanpur incident a 'conspiracy' to defame Yogi Govt: BJP

Updated: May 27, 2017 17:47 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday should not be given any "political" interpretation.

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Yogi Govt. has failed on law, order, says Rahul

Updated: May 27, 2017 17:12 IST     

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Sacked BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui forms new party

Updated: May 27, 2017 17:12 IST     

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Tral encounter: One AK-47, one INSAS rifle recovered

Updated: May 27, 2017 16:51 IST     

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New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): Legendary singer Lata Mangeskar on Saturday praised Prime Minisiter Narendra Modi for naming the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge of Assam after renowned Assamese music legend Bhupen Hazarika.

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Elimination of Sabzar Bhatt, a big boost for army morale

Updated: May 27, 2017 16:30 IST     

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J&K: Army confirms ten terrorists killed in 24 hours

Updated: May 27, 2017 16:26 IST     

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Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], May 27 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Saturday attracted controversy when he described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India's "second Mahatma Gandhi".

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