Nitish creating drama, BJP not in favour of dissolving assembly: BJP

New Delhi/ Patna, May 18 (ANI): BJP leaders react over the recent heat of events in Bihar politics after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation. Nand Kishore Yadav said that BJP will meet the state Governor to discuss Bihar's political situation and put forward BJP's point of view. He added that BJP is not in favour of dissolution of Assembly in Bihar. Meanwhile, Ram Kripal Yadav said that Nitish Kumar is creating a drama and people of Bihar will not be taken in his act. May 19, 2014

Three RJD MLAs resign to support Nitish

Patna, May 18 (ANI): Three rebel RJD MLAs on Sunday resigned from the Bihar Assembly to extend their support to Nitish Kumar after his resignation as Bihar chief minister. Samrat Chaudhary, Ram Lakhan Ram Raman and Javed Iqbal submitted their resignation letters to Speaker Udai Narayan Choudhary. Samrat Chaudhary said that he has resigned to support Nitish. Chaudhary, Raman and Iqbal were prominent among 13 RJD MLAs who had earlier pr May 19, 2014

JD (U) supporters stage protest against Sharad Yadav

Patna, May 18 (ANI): Workers and supporters of JD (U) staged protest against party chief Sharad Yadav and urged Nitish Kumar to assume his office. Party workers took to streets on Sunday and demanded that Kumar should take back his decision of resigning as the state chief. Kumar, leader of JD (U), tendered his resignation on Saturday (May 17) to Governor DY Patil after taking moral responsibility of the defeat in general elections. Later, Patil accepted the resignation. The JD-U won only two parliamentary seats out of 40 in Bihar while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) cornered 31 seats. May 19, 2014

MK Stalin withdrew his resignation after DMK convinces him

Chennai, May 18 (ANI): Taking a U-turn, DMK Treasurer and party chief M Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin withdrew his resignation on Sunday, said party leader Durai Murugan. Taking moral responsibility for the party's defeat in the hands of AIADMK in 2014 general elections, Stalin had submitted his resignation to the party. Stalin took the decision after party leaders convinced him on the same and said that hard times will be dealt with by all party workers together. May 19, 2014

TRS chief stakes claim to form government in Telangana

Hyderabad, May 18 (ANI): Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao, on Sunday staked claim to form his government in Telangana, which would come into existence on June 01, after winning the general election. Present southern state of Andhra Pradesh will be split into Telangana and Seemandhra on June 01, as per the parliament law. Rao met Andhra Pradesh Governor Ekkadu S. L. Narasimhan and formally informed about his election as the legislature party leader and introduced the newly elected legislators in Hyderabad. TRS won 62 seats in 117-member Telangana assembly. A TRS leader, E. Rajender, said they would have better relation with the central government. May 19, 2014

RSS won't interfere in NDA govt at centre, no remote control with organization: Ram Madhav

Jaipur, May 18 (ANI): RSS Spokesperson Ram Madhav on Sunday said that the organization has no remote control and that it will not interfere with BJP-led NDA government at the centre. He said that RSS was working for a social cause asking people to come and vote and now that the work is done, the organization will start its normal work for the nation. His statement came in the midst of meetings between top BJP and RSS leaders ahead of Tuesday's BJP parliamentary party meeting. May 19, 2014

Ramdev contributed to party's win: BJP

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday heaped praise on yoga guru Ramdev for contributing in BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. BJP leader Arun Jaitley thanked Ramdev for campaigning for the BJP and helping in bringing the change in the political scenario of the country. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi too credited Ramdev's contribution for party's spectacular victory in the Elections. May 19, 2014

Nitish Kumar seeks a day's time to rethink over resignation following legislative party meet

Patna, May 18 (ANI): After JD (U) legislative party meeting, Nitish Kumar seek a day's time to rethink on his decision to resign as Bihar's chief minister. This came after party leaders and MLAs pressurized him to continue as the state chief minister. Party leader Sanjay Singh said that keeping in view the sentiments of party leaders and supporters, Kumar asked for a day's time to think. Further, another party leader Neeraj Kumar said that the party wants him to continue as he has worked for the state tremendously. He also dared BJP to try and form government in Bihar. May 19, 2014

Slow construction work of water pipelines upset Kashmir people

Srinagar, May 18 (ANI): Residents of Jammu and Kashmir remain unhappy with damaged water pipelines and roads in the capital city of Srinagar. Local residents faced inconvenience due to unfinished water pipeline work, due to which the water supply was affected in hotels and households. Over the past few years, the state government started construction work on roads, bridges, drainages and installation of water pipes in Srinagar. But some are still incomplete due to slow work and harsh weather conditions. Authorities in Roads and Buildings (R and B) department say heavy rains resulted in delay of completing works. The water problem is causing inconvenience to tourists as well as hoteliers. May 19, 2014

Tripura's tea industry ailing due to dry spell

Tripura, May 18 (ANI): Tea planters in Tripura fear a massive fall in leaf production as the prolonged dry spell can push the industry into a crisis situation. In large areas the bushes have become almost black in colour as the buds have started dying up due to the excessive temperature in spite of artificial irrigation. The workers complained that due to inadequate rainfall they were incurring losses as they were paid on daily basis and during the lean period they do not have much work or any extra income. May 19, 2014

EC submits list of newly elected MPs to President

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The Election Commission on Sunday submitted the list of newly elected members of the 16th Lok Sabha to President Pranab Mukherjee. A three-member EC team headed by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath handed over the list containing the names of all 543 Members of Parliament to the President. Talking to the mediapersons, Sampath said that President congratulated the poll panel and voters of the country who made the democratic exercise meaningful and said that it was one of the best democratic exercise taken place in the whole world. May 19, 2014