Haryana Polls: Hooda accepts defeat, urges BJP to continue 'good work' done by Congress

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Accepting the defeat in the assembly polls, Haryana chief minister and Congress leader BS Hooda urged the BJP to continue the 'good work' done by the Congress party in the state. Riding on the Narendra Modi wave, the BJP is all set to form the government in Haryana with early trends indicating it was winning in 50 of the 90 seats. This is the first time that the BJP is likely to come to power in the state on its own. Oct 19, 2014

Chief Minister will be from BJP: Devendra Fadnavis on Maharashtra by polls

Mumbai, Oct 19 (ANI): Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis while addressing a media conference on Sunday said that BJP would form the next government in Maharashtra and also have the next Chief Minister. He added that people of Maharashtra have given a very positive mandate to BJP in the assembly elections. Oct 19, 2014

Congress leaders accept defeat in Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): The Congress party on Sunday accepted the defeat in Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections. Riding on the Narendra Modi wave, the BJP is all set to form the government in Haryana with early trends indicating it was winning in 50 of the 90 seats. This is the first time that the BJP is likely to come to power in the state on its own. In Maharashtra too the BJP is all set to form the government. Oct 19, 2014

Haryana Polls: BJP to form govt for the first time, says Gadkari

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday while addressing a media conference said that people of Haryana and Maharashtra have shown confidence in the party. He added that BJP will form government for the first time in Haryana. He further said that BJP will discuss its future strategy in the Parliamentary Board meeting which will be held at 6 pm today. Oct 19, 2014

Congress workers protest outside HQ to bring Priyanka Gandhi and save Congress

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): As Congress appeared set to lose assembly elections in both Maharashtra and Haryana, party workers started raising slogans ‘Bring Priyanka, Save Congress’ outside Congress headquarters on Sunday. Congress leader Jagdish Sharma led the protest outside the Congress headquarters and demanded Priyanka Gandhi's entry into active politics. Sharma said that the party vice president Rahul Gandhi needs a capable associate and hence Priyanka should enter into politics. 'Bring Priyanka' slogans had been raised even earlier by the Congress workers whenever the party has lost an election. Oct 19, 2014

Shiv Sena not our political opponent: Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai, Oct 19 (ANI): Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday that the Shiv Sena is not the main political opponent of his party. Commenting on speculation that he is going to be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in Maharashtra, Fadnavis said that the party's parliamentary board will take a decision once the results are out. Fadnavis has won from Nagpur South West seat. Oct 19, 2014

Assembly polls 2014: Celebrations begin at BJP's Delhi headquarters as party takes lead in early tre

New Delhi/Hisar, Oct 19 (ANI): Celebrations began outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters on Sunday as early trends indicated that the BJP is maintaining vote counting leads in both Haryana and Maharashtra. The party office witnessed a happy and joyous environment similar to what was witnessed during Lok Sabha poll results. Party workers burned crackers and danced on drum beats as BJP continued to lead in vote counting in both the states. Asserting that Haryana will finally get rid of dynastic politics and corruption, BJP leader Captain Abhimanyu Singh expressed hope that his party will emerge victorious with a two-third majority in the new Haryana Assembly. Oct 19, 2014

EC have made elaborate arrangements for all polls, J&K poll date to be decided soon: VS Sampath

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that elaborate arrangements are made for polls and counting by the teams and every counting centres are under tight security. He said that the EC is happy with the increase in percentage of voters with time but this needs to further go up. Further, Sampath said that assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir is under screening and that officers are taking stock of the situation in the state and all the views of the political parties are taken in the matter. He said that taking in account all this, decision on dates of polls will be decided in next few days. Oct 19, 2014

Kashmir floods affect supply of dry fruits ahead of Diwali

Ahmedabad/ Srinagar, Oct 19 (ANI): The worst floods in the last several decades that submerged Kashmir recently, have badly affected the supply of dry fruits from the state that are packed into glittering boxes and distributed as gifts in Diwali throughout India. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the major suppliers of dry fruits in India. Farmers remained the worst hit due to the massive floods in Kashmir as stagnant water in their agricultural fields damaged crops and affected the yield. Diwali, which will fall on October 23 this year, is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety all over India. Shop owners in Ahmedabad said that the floods affected their business this year with the scant supply of dry fruits. Oct 19, 2014

BJP and Shiv Sena should come together to form govt: MG Vaidya

Nagpur, Oct 19 (ANI): RSS leader MG Vaidya on Sunday said that BJP and Shiv Sena should come together and form government. Vaidya said that Sangh has no role in BJP's good performance and it's only because of Modi's popularity and BJP workers at grassroot level. He accepted that BJP will fail to have a majority in Maharashtra and so both the parties should remain positive on supporting each other. He also expressed confidence on re-alliance of both the parties. Oct 19, 2014

Prithviraj Chavan's supporters celebrate his victory from Karad

Karad, Oct 19 (ANI): Even as the Congress is staring at a defeat in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, former state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has won from Karad South contituency. Supporters gathered outside his residence and celebrated his success. Oct 19, 2014

BJP set to form govt in Haryana, may need allies in Maharashtra

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Even though the BJP is emerging as a single largest party in Maharashtra Assembly elections with leading in about 112 of the 288 seats, it is going to need allies to form government in the state. The party which is not set to get to 145 on its own, stated that Maharashtra is celebrating because it is going to get rid of Congress. Oct 19, 2014

SP blames Congress inefficient governance for BJPs success in by polls

Lucknow/Mumbai, Oct 19 (ANI): Samajwadi Party on Sunday blamed Congress insufficient governance and corruption for BJP’s success in the assembly elections of Haryana and Maharashtra. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that the result is a consequence of Congress’s corruption and wrong policies. SP leader Abu Azmi also blamed Congress mis- governance for the results of the assembly elections. Oct 19, 2014

Bollywood comes together for Kashmir Flood Victims

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): From Aamir Khan to Farhan Akhtar, Anupam Kher to Vivek Oberoi along with several other film and music personalities joined hands for a special concert 'Hum Hain Umeed-e-Kashmir' to raise funds for the flood victims of Kashmir and Assam in New Delhi. The concert was an initiative of the entertainment industry led by the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), the Film and Television Producers Guild and Zee Media. Voicing their concerns over the issue, stars urged people to make their contribution in whatever way possible. Also spotted on the occasion were stars like Aditi Rao Hydari, Neha Dhupia, Daler Mehandi, Shaan and Ravi Kishan among others who performed live to raise funds. Oct 19, 2014

Death toll in Nepal blizzard that engulfed Annapurna trail rises to at least 39

Himalayas, Oct 19 (ANI): An amateur video filmed by a British survivor of the deadly blizzard that engulfed Nepal's popular Annapurna trail in the Himalayas showed hikers amid heavy snow and blasting winds which made sighting close to impossible. The death toll in the blizzard has risen to 39, police and army sources said. Authorities rescued 60 more people on Saturday, when the army deployed troops on a ground search. More than 40 people were still missing after unseasonal weather in the peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world's 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to complete. The bodies of two hikers of Indian and Japanese nationality were recovered from the Himalayas on Saturday and taken to a post mortem ward in Kathmandu. Paul Sherridan, a British survivor of the blizzard said that deaths could have been avoided had safety measures been put into place at the appropriate time. Oct 19, 2014