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 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

MS Bitta expresses dissapointment on SC decision on Bhullar's plea

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): Hours after the Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of 1993 Delhi blast convict Devinder Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment keeping in view his mental illness and an inordinate delay, former Congress leader and a bomb blast victim MS Bitta expressed disappointment. Bitta lashed out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi after the decision came. The government had told the apex Court on Thursday that it had no problem with the commutation of death penalty of Bhullar. Bhullar, a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant, was sentenced to death in 2001 for causing a car bomb. Mar 31, 2014

Poonawala politicizing issue, should find facts on violation of law: Somnath post NHRC notice

New Delhi, March 31 (ANI): After NHRC has directed Delhi Police to take action against Somnath Bharti in Khirki Extension midnight raid case, he said that Shehzad Poonawala is a Congress leader and is politicizing the issue. He said that Poonawala should better find facts on any violation of law by going at the spot and talking to the region's people. Bharti further said that even Ugandan women have come to him for security along with the area's other residents. He also said that the story was something else and was falsely showed by the media. Mar 31, 2014

Politicos react to Sharad Pawar's 'mental hospital' remark on Modi

Nagpur/Lucknow/Mumbai/Ahmedabad, Mar 31 (ANI): Politicians from the Congress and BJP react to the statement made by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar wherein he said that Modi should be 'treated at mental hospital for talking rubbish'. BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said that such foul language should not be used but considering the seniority of Pawar he should be forgiven. Further, party leader Vinod Tawde also condemned the statement. Meanwhile, Congress leaders Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Arjun Modhwadia condemned BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for not using decent language during his speeches due to which such reactions emerge. Mar 31, 2014

Politicos and Activists welcome NHRC's decision on Somnath Bharti

New Delhi/ Lucknow, March 31 (ANI): Politicos and Women activists on Monday welcomed NHRC's direction to the Delhi Police to take action against former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti for his midnight raid in Khirki Extension. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the whole nation saw what Bharti did that day and in that context, it is a ruight decision. Congress leader Rita Bahuguna said that Bharti being a law minister did a shameful thing and the action is right by the board. Meanwhile, NFIW General Secretary Annie Raja that Bharti was violating rights of women from day one and this action against him was awaited. NCW member Shamina Shafiq said that this will send message that even politicians cannot get away by mishandling anyone. 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

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

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

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

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

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