Udit Raj formally joins BJP in presence of Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Senior Dalit Leader Udit Raj joined BJP on Monday in the presence of party's Chief Rajnath Singh. Singh welcomed Raj terming his arrival as a sign of change that is to come for the welfare of the country. He along with other party members took it as a good signal for the party in the upcoming general elections. Feb 24, 2014

BJP lashes on Kejriwal, questions over foreign funding to AAP

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Lashing out at AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that Kejriwal has lost all credibility and the language he used in Rohtak rally is used by people against him. Lekhi further questioned over AAP's foreign funding and said that why only his party getting those funds and not other parties. The BJP spokesperson also asked Kejriwal to answer the people of Delhi and the nation whom he betrayed and resigned as the national capital's chief minister. Feb 24, 2014

Canadian Governor General seeks to bolster business, academic ties with India

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Canadian Governor General, David Johnston said on Monday that he sought to provide greater impetus to bilateral ties with India including fresh initiatives in business, entrepreneurship and education. Johnston, who is on a week-long visit to India from February 22 to March 2, is accompanied by Canadian lawmakers and delegates aiming to enhance business, academic, cultural and people-to-people ties with their Indian counterparts. Hailing strong relations between India and Canada, Johnston said that the theme of his visit was education, innovation, entrepreneurship. Feb 24, 2014

AAP getting sympathy over Annas cap: VK Singh

Bhopal, Feb 24 (ANI): Former Army Chief VK Singh on Monday said that AAP is getting sympathy because they are using Anna Hazare’s cap and people are relating the party with the national protest called by the anti-graft crusader. He said that people are not seeing what actually is AAP and are building their trust based on that resemblance. Further, he hinted an inclination towards Narendra Modi and said that he may improve the national security policies Feb 24, 2014

Congress's agenda should be corruption and bad governance, as it would be more believable: BJP

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Reacting to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's comment that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was playing the politics of blood, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said the people had lost trust in whatever the Congress is saying, and that their agenda should be corruption and bad governance, as it would sound more believable. Feb 24, 2014

Congress retorts, says Narendra Modi's perorations without content

New Delhi/Sitapur/ Silchar/ Jagraon, Feb 24 (ANI): Congress party denounced remarks made by BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. Modi, while addressing a rally in Punjab, had attacked Congress party and had said that 'ABCD" of corruption had become synonymous with identity of Congress. Feb 24, 2014

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