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Secular forces should come together to defeat BJP in UP: Congress

Updated: Jan 04, 2017 17:11 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan. 4 (ANI): The Congress Party on Wednesday opined that the secular forces will have to unite if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has to be defeated in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

"Obviously there is pressure on us (Congress). There might be pressure on Samajwadi Party as well. There is pressure on secular parties. If BJP has to be defeated then all the secular forces will have to come together. The Congress has always been of the opinion to work together with all the secular forces and fight," said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the media here.

Commenting on the speculations of the Congress entering into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, Azad said it would be seen what is to be done once Uttar Pradesh's ruling party's internal conflicts are resolved.

"The Samajwadi Party is witnessing an internal dispute which it is trying to resolve. Neither do we want to take advantage of the conflict going on within the Samajwadi Party nor become a reason for it. Once, it is cleared then only any further decision will be taken. Presently, we will be moving forward with our Screening Committee of 403 members," he said.

The Election Commission earlier in the day 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)

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Telangana (Hyderabad) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The last rites of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the United States will be performed on Tuesday.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday continue its hearing on a plea against the strike organised by Ola and Uber drivers in the national capital.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the Odisha mining case.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Slamming Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for accusing the grand old party and the Left of trying to give a "different colour" to happenings on some campuses, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday criticized the former for espousing the ideologies of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh party (RSS).

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said the nation would have to rise up and rethink whether the Congress is a party which could ever in future be handed over the reins of power and governance without risking the sovereignty of Indian republic.

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Telangana (Hyderabad) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has assured that the government would stand by Anganwadi workers who are working relentlessly for the protection of pregnant women, lactating mothers and infants.

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The fire tenders to douse the flames in Kolkata's Burabazaar area have been increased to 30.

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): As many as 25 fire tenders are at the spot to douse the flames that broke out in Kolkata's Burazbazaar area.

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Casualties in Naxal affected areas rise

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 00:26 IST

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Guwahati (Assam) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The sleuths of Assam Police Vigilance and Anti Corruption (V&AC) have arrested six officials of social welfare department in connection with a multi crore rupees scam of the department.

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Kerala priest detained for raping student

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 00:19 IST

Kannur (Kerala) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): A Kerala church priest has been detained for raping a plus one student in Kerala's Kannur.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): The fifth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture 2016-17 and the BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17 will take place at Ritz Carlton, Bengaluru on March 8.

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Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Feb 27(ANI): Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has commented the growing menace of Naxal elements across the nation, and expressed his desire to help them in all situations.

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