OBC Quota for Muslims not an appeasement: Minority affairs minister

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): Union Minority affairs minister K Rahman Khan on Friday stated that as part of its 2009 poll manifesto 4.5 per cent quota has been earmarked for backward Muslims in the existing other backward caste (OBC) reservations and that it was not an appeasement. In its additional manifesto adopted by the Congress, the party has declared that it will seek to empower minorities. The Congress has stated that it will work towards earmarking a quota of 4.5 per cent for backward Muslims in the existing other-backward-caste (OBC) reservations. Apr 25, 2014

Instead of Varanasi, Modi should have contested against Rahul from Amethi: Mayawati

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BSP Supremo Mayawati on Friday said that BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi should be contesting against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. She further added that while the Congress has put Rahul in front indirectly as the PM candidate, the BJP's Narendra Modi is fighting the battle for prime ministership, therefore both should be fighting against each other. Apr 25, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi slams Modi over 'ABCD and RSVP remark'

Raebareli, April 25 (ANI): While addressing a public rally in Raebareli, Priyanka Gandhi lashed out at Narendra Modi over his 'ABCD and RSVP remark' and said that when you address people, you should talk about what you did for them rather than teaching English alphabets. She said that Modi should tell about the condition of women and farmers in Gujarat, rather than being a school principal. Gandhi said that the common man is wise enough to get such things and later appealed the people to cast their vote for the nation. Apr 25, 2014

BJP condemns Congress' Muslim quota promise

New Delhi/Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Tarun Vijay condemned Congress' additional manifesto in which the Party promised OBC quota to Muslims. BJP Vice President Naqvi stated that Congress is using the old trick to attract Muslim voters. Vijay said that Congress will be attacking on Dalits by providing quota to Muslims. Apr 25, 2014

Congress is misleading Muslims: Mayawati

Lucknow, April 25 (ANI): BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday targeted the Congress party over its additional manifesto promising quota for Muslims hailing from other backward classes (OBC). In an attempt to outreach the minority community, the Congress has come forward with its additional manifesto in the middle of the ongoing General Elections, which talks about empowerment of minorities. The party has promised that it will work towards earmarking a quota of 4.5 percent for backward Muslims in the existing OBC reservations. Mayawati slammed the Congress and said that the party is misleading the Muslims. Apr 25, 2014

Congress' manifesto promising Muslim quota invites mixed reactions

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Kanpur, April 25 (ANI): The ruling Congress Party's additional manifesto promising OBC quota for Muslims has invited mixed reactions from various political and non-political leaders. Congress leader Meem Afzal clarified it as a promising fact of the party which will be fulfilled. Former SP leader Kamal Farooqui stated that Congress should have done it earlier during its tenure. Rajya Sabha MP Mohd Adeeb stated that he would support Congress if it succeeds in fulfilling this promise. Meanwhile, VHP leader Prakash Sharma attacked the Congress Party for using 'reservation' play card for its personal benefits. Muslim Cleric Mufti Mukarram said that if Congress wants to provide quota to Muslims it should first give it under Article 341. Apr 25, 2014

Amarinder Singh counter argues Jaitley over 'Modi wave in Punjab'

Amritsar, April 25 (ANI): Congress leader from Amritsar Amarinder Singh counter argued his BJP counterpart Arun Jaitley over the presence of Modi wave in Punjab. Jaitley said that Narendra Modi's rallies in the state will confirm the chances of party's win in the state. Reacting on which, Singh said that nobody knows Modi here and that people are fed up of BJP-Akali government in Punjab and wants to get rid of them. Apr 25, 2014

Giriraj Singh granted anticipatory bail in hate speech case

Patna, April 25 (ANI): BJP leader Giriraj Singh was granted anticipatory bail on Friday by a Patna court for his alleged hate speech during election campaign. Singh had ealrier said during an election meeting in Jharkhand's Deoghar district, that those who opposed Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan. The lawyer said that the Election Commissioner had filed three points that the BJP leader has violated, but the statements has no reference to any of it- caste, religion and class. Apr 25, 2014

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC refers case to Constitution Bench, Politicos welcome move

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Politicos welcome the Supreme Court's decision to refer the case of release of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins to a Constitution bench. The bench will decide whether the Centre or the Tamil Nadu government had the authority to release the seven convicts in the case after remission of their jail terms, within three months. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy welcoming the decision said that the convicts can get only one relief which they have got already. Further, CPI leader D Raja also welcomed the SC's decision on the basis of the division of power in between the centre and the state. Apr 25, 2014

Lt. Governor announces compensation to Vasant Kunj slum residents

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Following a major fire in Vasant Kunj slum which burnt almost 1100 huts, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung visited the site and announced compensations to the aggrieved. He said that nearby SDMs should be deployed in the area and Jal Board to be alerted for more water in the region. He also announces establishing a kitchen and tents which will be up by the evening. Jung also announced 5 thousand compensation to those who lost their huts and 50,000 to those who are injured. Apr 25, 2014

Beni Prasad calls Narendra Modi an 'animal' despite EC notice; BJP slams, Congress distances itself

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): Despite facing a show cause notice issued by the EC, there is no stopping Beni Prasad Verma, who on Thursday touched a new low while addressing party workers in Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. Beni called Narendra Modi an 'animal' and said that he needs to be taught a lesson. While the Congress has distanced itself from the comment, the BJP lashed out at the minister saying he needs medical treatment. Apr 25, 2014

Landmine blast kills five in Jharkhand

Dumka, April 25 (ANI): Five people were killed and five wounded in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Jharkhand. The blast occurred in Shikaripara region when a bus was carrying polling officials, who were on election duty in Maoist-affected Dumka district of Jharkhand. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital. The polling officials, including security personnel, finished electoral process around 3 pm on Thursday as they knew it was dangerous to stay back till late. Voting took place for four seats in Jharkhand. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. Apr 25, 2014