AAP- BJP will surely merge in future: Ajay Maken before filing nomination papers

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Before filing his nomination papers from Sadar Bazar constituency, Congress leader Ajay Maken said that AAP and BJP will surely merge in future. He said that BJP’s CM Candidate Kiran Bedi and AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal started their journey from Anna Hazare’s protest and they will ultimately join hands together. He said that the two started with the name of corruption but now no one is talking about the same. He also invited the two leaders for a public debate and taking jibe at Bedi said that a person who can’t debate and answer to people's question, how does she plan to give governance in Delhi. The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7, with the counting of votes set to take place on February 10. Jan 21, 2015

Rijiju asks Pakistan to follow US, UK advice over handover of Lakhvi

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has asked Pakistan to handover 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to New Delhi, as has also been advised by the United States of America and the United Kingdom to do so. A section of media had reported earlier that the US and the UK have asked Pakistan to either hand over Lakhvi to India to improve bilateral ties or to conduct a credible and independent trial. Rijiju said Pakistan needs to exhibit its intention to fight militancy after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had vowed to crush all militants after the killing of 132 school children and nine members of school staff in Peshawar. Jan 21, 2015

Three storey building collapses in New Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): A three-storied building collapsed in Gautampuri locality in New Delhi in wee hours of Wednesday (January 21). However, no casualties have been reported so far. Deputy Commandant of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Asim Ul Haque, said that cracks had started showing in the building due to construction of another building behind it. He also said that clearing operations on the ground floor was underway and no casualties were expected from there as well. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Lax and poorly enforced construction standards amid booming demand for housing have resulted in frequent and deadly collapses across the country. Jan 21, 2015

Dinesh Trivedi calls reports of joining BJP rumors, says India should rise above petty politics

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday said that the reports of joining BJP are just rumors. He said that just praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not say that he or anyone will join the BJP. He said that the whole world is looking at India with hope and all should join hands to build a new India. Trivedi said that TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee has definitely done a great job for the state but the life should not just end there. He said that the nation should rise above the petty politics otherwise politics will convert into mafia and that would not be a desirable position. Jan 21, 2015

Politicos react as Manmohan Singh questioned by CBI in coal block scam case

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Wednesday said that there is no need to politicize former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's examination by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over his role in the coal block allocation case relating to Hindalco, as it is purely a legal process. Earlier today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that the CBI was under pressure for not investigating former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his role in the coal block allocation during UPA tenure. The CBI has reportedly examined and questioned the former Prime Minister on his role in the coal block allocation case relating to Hindalco. The CBI is yet to give an official confirmation in this regard, even as Dr Singh's office has denied receiving any such summons. The CBI has to file a status report in connection with the case before a special court by January 27. Jan 21, 2015

AAP-BJP will surely merge, says Congress' Ajay Maken

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken on Wednesday said the merger of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is surely going to happen in the coming days as most of the AAP members have joined the BJP. The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7, with the counting of votes set to take place on February 10. Jan 21, 2015

Kejriwal should file nomination from Krishna Nagar, that will be best debate with Bedi: Manoj Tiwari

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday challenged AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal to file his nomination papers from Krishna Nagar constituency instead of New Delhi constituency. Referring to Kejriwal's invitation to Kiran Bedi for a public debate, Tiwari said that the AAP Chief should change his decision and file nomination from Krishna Nagar against Bedi. He said that this will be the best debate with Bedi, if Kejriwal so desires. Jan 21, 2015

BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi to file nomination today

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi is holding a roadshow ahead of filing her nomination papers for the Delhi assembly election. Earlier in the day, she paid tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai and also cleaned his statue in Krishna Nagar constituency. She also met tea and newspaper sellers in Krishna Nagar and enquired about the kind of issues they were facing. Bedi is scheduled to file her nomination from Krishna Nagar today. The scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is January 24. Polling will take place on February 7 and the counting of votes will be taken up on February 10. Apart from Bedi, several senior leaders will be filing their nomination papers today, including Aam Aadmi Party Convener Arvind Kejriwal and Congress campaign chief Ajay Maken. Jan 21, 2015

Have complaint to EC over Kejriwal's repeated 'bribe remarks': KC Mittal

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Congress party filed yet another complaint with the Election Commission against AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal for repeated use of 'bribe remarks'. Congress Legal Department Secretary KC Mittal said that despite being issued notice by the EC, Kejriwal repeated the controversial remarks about taking bribes. Mittal said that norms and rules should be taken care of by all the political parties and leaders. He said that the EC has power to derecognize the party if it so desires and if Kejriwal does not stop making such remarks. Earlier at a rally in Krishnanagar, Kejriwal said he stood by his remarks in which he had asked the voters to accept money from the BJP and the Congress but vote only for AAP. Jan 21, 2015

Kejriwal leaves to file his nomination, appeals people to pray for AAP victory

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday left from his home to file nomination papers for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Polls. Kejriwal said that he is happy about the response he got from people during his road show yesterday and further appealed them to pray for AAP victory during Delhi polls. Commenting on Kiran Bedi's paying tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai's statue with BJP's muffler, Kejriwal said that Bedi should not politicize freedom fighters as they do not belong to any specific party but to the entire nation. Jan 21, 2015

BJP's Jagdish Mukhi offers prayers before filing his nomination papers from Janakpuri constituency

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi on Wednesday offered prayers before filing his nomination papers from Janakpuri constituency of Delhi. Mukhi expressed confidence over his party winning 60 seats in Delhi polls and said that people will surely vote for BJP. He also thanked people for his and party's success. Today is the last day for filing nomination for the Delhi Assembly polls. Scrutiny of nominations papers would be done on January 22 while the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is January 24. Jan 21, 2015