Congress MLA Sanjay Pathak joins BJP

Bhopal, Mar 31 (ANI): Congress MLA from Katni in Madhya Pradesh Sanjay Pathak joined BJP on Monday in the presence of state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. The former Congress leader said that Congress has now been finished completely and BJP is the only alternative to serve the nation. He further said that Congress is now limited to a very small scale which will soon vanish. Mar 31, 2014

Narendra Modi addresses rally in Assam, attacks Congress government

Assam, Mar 31 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday attacked the Congress government in Assam saying that the Chief Minister of the state has time to visit Congress president Sonia Gandhi but cannot take out time to meet people of his state. Modi also claimed that the Congress is not going to get double digit seats from any state of the country. Mar 31, 2014

Congress urges EC to take action against BJP for distorting facts in Masood case

New Delhi/ Ranchi, March 31 (ANI): AICC legal cell Secretary KC Mittal urged the Election Commission to take steps against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for violating the model code of conduct and for distorting facts in Imran Masood's case. A court in Uttar Pradesh remanded Congress leader Imran Masood, to 14-day judicial custody on Saturday after police arrested him for publicly threatening to murder BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The FIR accused Masood of violating the election code of conduct. A BJP delegation led by BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi approached the Election Commission demanding cancellation of Masood's candidature from Saharanpur. Mar 31, 2014

Election commission ensures adequate security at critical polling booths

Bhopal, March 31 (ANI): Election commissioner of India, Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi informed that critical polling stations will be covered by one central paramilitary force adequately. Addressing a news conference in Bhopal, Zaidi divulged details of security on important polling booths. Steps have also been taken to ensure that the model code of conduct is strictly followed and funds are also not misused. Surveillance teams, check posts have been installed to check the unauthorised distribution of cash, liquor or drugs. Mar 31, 2014

AK Antony urges Left parties to back Congress to form secular govt post polls

Kerala/ New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony said that he was confident that Congress-led UPA would try to form a secular government after elections with likeminded allies, while addressing a rally in Kasargod district of Kerala. Meanwhile reacting on Antony's statement, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi took a jibe at the Congress party. Mar 31, 2014

NHRC directs Delhi Police to take action against Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): In what can invite more trouble for Arvind Kejriwal and AAP, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday directed the Delhi Police to take action against former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti for leading a midnight raid in New Delhi's Khirki Extension. Activist-lawyer Shehzad Poonawala, who had petitioned against AAP leader Bharti in connection with the case, welcomed the move and said that it is now to witness if Kejriwal will apologize and will sack Bharti from the party or not. Mar 31, 2014

Musharraf's supporters demand his release to visit ailing mother in Pakistan

Karachi, March 31 (ANI): Dozens of supporters of former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf staged protest in Karachi demanding his release to visit his sick mother in Sharjah hospital a day ahead of his appearance in a court in treason case. 95-year-old Zarin Musharraf, mother of the former military ruler, was admitted to the WW Wilson Hospital in Sharjah on Saturday. Musharraf has been summoned to a Special Court set up to try him in a treason case for imposing emergency in the country in 2007. Holding placards, the protesters chanted slogans supporting the former ruler. They held flags of Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League party who had organised the demonstration. Mar 31, 2014

SC commutes Bhullar's death sentence to life imprisonment

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, who was convicted for a 1993 blast in Delhi, to life imprisonment. The central government has earlier said that it has no objection on the same. The lawyer in the case said that the reason for the development is the delay in the case and also mental health of Bhullar. In January, the court had stopped Bhullar's execution and had sought a medical report on his mental health. Mar 31, 2014

Modi calls himself future Prime Minister, dubs Congress as burden

Chandigarh, Mar 30 (ANI): Launching a blistering attack on the ruling Congress party, BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi has called himself the future prime minister of the country while dubbing Congress as a burden. Addressing an election rally in Chandigarh, Modi hit at Congress by taking a pledge to defeat it in the national polls. Modi also condemned the decision of Congress for fielding tainted candidates like Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashok Chavan in the upcoming general elections, calling it a part of a mindset that refused to fight corruption. Mar 30, 2014

Governor of Chinas Yunnan state hails economic ties with Kolkata

Kolkata, Mar 30 (ANI): Governor of China’s Yunnan province, Li Jiheng during an exclusive business meet in West Bengal hailed the economic engagement between Kolkata and Yunnan. Jiheng said that ties between Yunnan and West Bengal is the only sub national cooperation mechanism between China and India. Jiheng also added that during a meeting between the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kunming and Kolkata officially entered into sister ties. Mar 30, 2014

Modi needn't worry about Maharashtra, enough growth here: Ashok Chavan

Nanded, Mar 30 (ANI): Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan on Sunday said that BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi need not worry about Maharashtra as the state is having enough growth. Modi will be addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Nanded district today. Mar 30, 2014

JD (U) slams Ramdev for comparing Sonia Gandhi to demons

New Delhi, Mar 30 (ANI): JD (U) leader KC Tyagi on Sunday criticized yoga guru Ramdev, who on Saturday compared Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi to various demons. Ramdev equated Sonia with demoness 'Taadka' and called the Congress leaders as Kans and Ravana. He went on to dub Sonia Gandhi as a "videshi looteri bahu". Tyagi said that action should be taken by the Election Commission against people who give hate speeches like him. Mar 30, 2014

Action should be taken against Congress for supporting Imran Masood: BJP

New Delhi, Mar 30 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday said that action should be taken against the Congress party as its leaders are giving hate speeches against opposition leaders. According to reports, wife of Imran Masood, who was recentlt arrested for giving hate speech against Narendra Modi, has thanked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for supporting her husband. Mar 30, 2014

Politicos slam BJP for expelling Jaswant Singh

New Delhi, Mar 30 (ANI): Politicos have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party that on Saturday expelled veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh for six years. Singh, is contesting the Lok Sabha poll as an Independent in Rajasthan's Barmer constituency against the party's official nominee. Mar 30, 2014