Dalit leader Udit Raj to join BJP

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Senior Dalit leader Udit Raj will join BJP on Monday. Udit Raj, who is the head of the National Confederation of SCs /STs, said that he has talked to BJP on issues related to role of Dalits in governance and running the country, and only after that he decided to join the party. Raj is also expected to contest Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh. The BJP is hoping to use his support base within the dalit community to counter BSP chief Mayawati's influence in the state. Feb 24, 2014

G K Vasan asks Tamil Nadu to review its decision to release Rajiv Gandhi killers

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Shipping Minister, G K Vasan asked Tamil Nadu to review its decision to release assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayaram Jayalalithaa, plans to release the seven convicts in the killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi after the Supreme Court commuted death sentences of three to life imprisonment because of an 11-year delay in deciding on their petitions for mercy. However, Supreme Court has stayed their release. Feb 24, 2014

Students union demand creation of Bodoland

Guwahati, Feb 24 (ANI): Leaders of All Bodo Students Union along with National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive), Bodoland Joint Action Committee and United Democratic People's Front demanded for creation of new state of Bodoland. Addressing a press conference in Guwahati student leaders said that the government was ignoring the demands for creation of new state since a long time now. President of All Bodo Students Union, Pramod Boro, said government never considered northeast as its own. Feb 24, 2014

LS Polls: LJP and BJP to join hands, NCP and Congress Condemn

New Delhi/Lucknow, Feb 24 (ANI): Eyeing the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has reportedly announced that it has entered into alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). According to reports, the LJP has cemented an alliance with the BJP, and party chief Ram Vilas Paswan will be meeting BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to discuss the future of the alliance. Meanwhile, the NCP and Congress condemned the alliance. Feb 24, 2014

Mulayam aborts AMU trip, politicos react

Lucknow/ New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has cancelled his visit to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after protests against the UP government's handling of the Muzaffarnagar riots. Yadav was to address a seminar on the campus on Monday. There were protests on the campus by a section of teachers after Yadav was invited to the seminar organised by Sir Syed Movement.The reason for the cancellation was said to be the model code of conduct. Meanwhile, the BJP and Congress supported the protests against Mulayam's visit and said that this was expected as Muslim community was deeply hurt by the way the Samajwadi party handled the Muzaffarnagar riots. Rajya Sabha MP Mohammad Adeeb too supported the protests. Feb 24, 2014

Fire breaks out at IIT Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Fire broke out at a hostel room in IIT Delhi on Monday. Fire engines have been rushed to the spot. The incident has triggered panic among students and the teaching staff of the prestigious engineering institution. The cause of the fire is not known yet. Feb 24, 2014

BJP sees Dalit leader Udit Raj's joining as good sign

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Feb 24 (ANI): Senior Dalit leader Udit Raj will join BJP on Monday. Udit Raj is the head of the National Confederation of SCs /STs. Raj is also expected to contest Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh. Speaking on the same, BJP leaders said that it is a good sign that parties are thinking of coming together with BJP. Feb 24, 2014

Aligning with Congress means political suicide: BJP on TRS- Congress alliance

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Commenting on speculations over Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K Chandrashekar Rao aligning with the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that in a democratic country if someone wanted to commit political suicide, then no one could help them. KCR met Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday to express his gratitude for passing the Telangana Bill. Feb 24, 2014

Monitors appear before Spain tribunal over ETA

Three international monitors appeared before a judge in Spain on Sunday to give evidence about their meeting with militants from the armed Basque separatist group ETA. Duration: 00:59 Feb 23, 2014

Ukraine ushers in new era as president flees

A new era opened in Ukraine Sunday after a day of dramatic twists and turns that saw parliament vote to oust a defiant president and call early elections, and opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko walk free. Duration: 01:18 Feb 23, 2014

G20 aims to lift growth, open up on monetary policy

The world's top economies vow to rev up world growth by boosting investment and increasing employment, while agreeing to more transparency about monetary policies after rifts over the US taper. Duration: 01:34 Feb 23, 2014

Kejriwal says Rahul in Ambani's pocket, Congress backlashes

Kejriwal says Rahul in Ambani's pocket, Congress backlashes New Delhi/ Dehradun, Feb 23 (ANI): Congress party leaders on Sunday backlashed at Arvind Kejriwal over his remark alleging Rahul Gandhi to be in Ambani's pockets. Congress leader Rashid Alvi condemned the statement. While Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that Kejriwal is a lost kit and that instead of serving the people, he ran away leaving the government. Feb 23, 2014

Narendra Modi takes jibe at Congress in Punjab rallly, party reacts

New Delhi/ Dehradun, Feb 23 (ANI): Reacting on Narendra Modi's jibe at Congress during hi 'fateh rally' in Punjab, Congress leaders hit back at the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Modi should look at his party first before accusing others. Mahila Congress Chief Shobha Oza said that BJP do such things to raise communal sentiments and divide the nation during elections. Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Modi just use adjectives and that there are more adjectives appropriate for him. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat said that BJP do something and say something and that their ministers are itself accused in crimes and corruption. Feb 23, 2014

LJP to tie up with BJP, politicos remain speculative

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): With the possibility of a tie up between Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and BJP as Paswan's son Chirag Paswan said that the matter will be decide in two days of time, political parties remained speculative. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that after this alliance any relation with the LJP will be over and JD (U) will deserve anti-communal votes alone. Meanwhile, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav said that there is no hard feelings for Paswan and the party will continue to fight against communal forces. Feb 23, 2014

Will guard nation if I become PM: Narendra Modi

Ludhiana, Feb 23 (ANI): While addressing a rally 'Fateh rally' in Jagraon district of Punjab, BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi said that he will guard the nation if he becomes the prime minister of the country. Modi lashed out at Congress party and said that they have created 'ABCD of corruption'. He said that the progress of nation needs three pillars, that is, farmers, manufacturing and service sector. Further, hitting out at idleness and inaction of Congress party, Modi said that the Defence ministry should make the soldiers answerable if drugs and fake currency come from across the border and this is how the youth of nation can be saved. Feb 23, 2014