Narendra Modi attends Ganga aarti in Varanasi

VARANASI, May 17 (ANI): Narendra Modi on his visit to Varanasi attended the Ganga aarti on the banks of the river Ganga at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. The venue of the Maha Arti ceremony, had been spruced up with flowers and banners, red carpets had been laid out, a large canopy had been erected, and beautifully-decorated boats had been placed all along the ghat. BJP President Rajnath Singh and leader Amit Shah were also present along with Modi at the ghat. May 17, 2014

Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar CM, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Politicos react over Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation from his post on moral grounds after perceiving General Election results in which JD (U) performed badly. LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan said that it was the only option left with Kumar as he did not receive majority in these General Elections. He added that his party LJP is prepared for the next elections to be held six months later. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that if Nitish Kumar had been with NDA, he would not have seen such bad days. He further said that like Kumar, Maharashtra CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan should also resign on moral grounds respecting the decision of people as Congress did not do well in that state too. May 17, 2014

Dissent among JD (U) leaders over Nitish Kumar's resignation

Patna, May 17 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation was followed by dissent among JD (U) leaders in Patna. The MLAs were seen upset over Kumar's resignation which was not previously considered and told to them. Sunil Pandey agitatedly said that the MLAs do not accept this resignation. Meanwhile, Shahid Ali Khan said that Nitish Kumar should have first considered it with the party leaders and that they still want him to continue on his office. May 17, 2014

Nitish's resignation not surprising, he lost badly: BJP

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Saturday reacted over Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation saying that it is not surprising. Rudy stated that Kumar's party had given a poor performance in Lok Sabha Polls for which Nitish Kumar is stepping down from his post. Rudy further said that perceiving the results of General Elections and the attitude of his Cabinet Ministers, Nitish Kumar took an intelligent decision. May 17, 2014

There is no issue of majority, government can continue to work if it wants: Nitish Kumar

Patna, May 17 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday informed that he has stepped down from his post after his party, the Janata Dal United, was routed in the general election. According to reports, several ministers and Janata Dal (United) members of the legislative assembly squarely blamed him for the defeat of the party in the polls. The outgoing CM, however, added that there is no issue of majority and the state government can continue to work if it wants. May 17, 2014

Manmohan Singh leaves legacy of achievements, failures as he demits office

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Decade-long journey of Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister came to an end on Saturday leaving behind a legacy of achievements and failures. Singh made history, becoming India's first Prime Minister from a minority community - he is a Sikh- and serving for longer than anyone other than a Nehru-Gandhi leader. Political analyst, Sanjay Kumar, said Singh, although, is best-known for his personal integrity, his term in office was marred by a string of corruption scandals. Earlier this year, Singh, 81, announced he would not serve at the helm, even if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) won the election for a third consecutive term. May 17, 2014

Nitish Kumar steps down as Bihar Chief Minister

Patna, May 17 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar decided to step down from his post on Saturday afternoon after his party, the Janata Dal United, was routed in the general election. According to reports, several ministers and Janata Dal (United) members of the legislative assembly squarely blamed him for the defeat of the party in the polls. The JD (U) has won just two of Bihar's 40 Lok Sabha seats. His former partner the BJP has won 31 along with its allies in the state. May 17, 2014

Will Sonia and Rahul Gandhi Resign at CWC Meet?

The BJP's thumping win in the 16th Lok Sabha elections has not only rattled the Congress, but also seems to have shaken the Gandhi-dynasty with reports doing the rounds that Sonia and Rahul would resign at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Monday. May 17, 2014

Bangladesh ferry death toll rises to 45

Navy divers have recovered 16 more bodies from the wreckage of a Bangladesh ferry as the death toll from the disaster rose to 45 with scores more feared drowned. Duration: 00:44 May 17, 2014

Thai Protest Leader Promises Final Push for Alternative PM

Anti-government protesters in Thailand are to stage mass rallies in coming days to try to get a new prime minister installed, but their leader said if this final push in a six-month fight did not succeed, he would surrender to the authorities on 27 May. May 17, 2014