BJP delegation meets Home Minister over terror threats to its leaders

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): A BJP delegation on Friday met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde amid reports of possible security threats to top BJP leaders. The meeting comes a day after the BJP demanded security for its top leaders. On Thursday, Shinde had denied having information about the matter. Mar 21, 2014

Four get life sentence in Shakti Mills gangrape

Mumbai, Mar 21 (ANI): The Shakti Mill gangrape case ended in victory for the telephone operator while the hearing for the photojournalist's case has been adjourned till March 24. All the four convicts who were accused of raping an 18-year old telephone operator in July have been sentenced to life imprisonment. A sessions court in Mumbai had on Thursday convicted all the four accused in the Shakti Mill photojournalist gangrape case of August 22, 2013 and also the four accused in another gangrape case of a telephone operator. Mar 21, 2014

Satpal Maharaj quits Congress, joins BJP

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Senior Congress leader from Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj, quit the party on Friday and joined BJP, with less than a month to go for the general elections. Maharaj, who represents the Pauri Garhwal constituency in the Lok Sabha, had last week announced that he will not contest the Lok Sabha polls. He cited the neglect of party workers as the reason behind his decision to quit the Congress. Mar 21, 2014

Shiv Sena denies fielding candidates against Modi, Rajnath

Mumbai, Mar 21 (ANI): Clarifying his earlier stand on Shiv Sena contesting against BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said that Shiv Sena will fight on 20 UP seats, but it's wrong that they will contest against Modi and Rajnath. Mar 21, 2014

Trouble for BJP: Jaswant Singh miffed over ticket distribution, politicos react

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Jaswant Singh, a sitting Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling, wants to contest the polls from Barmer in Rajasthan. However, the BJP is keen on fielding Jat leader Colonel (retired) Sonaram, who quit the Congress to join BJP earlier this month, from Barmer. According to reports Jaswant, who is adamant on contesting from Barmer, will file his nomination on March 24 as an independent candidate if the BJP fails to give him a ticket from here. Reacting on this, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that BJP is contesting for power and not the nation. Further, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that BJP is trying to attract businessmen and corrupt people into politics and that the party has got deviated from the path of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that the party will take a decision soon. Mar 21, 2014

Greatly honoured that Congress gave me opportunity to contest from Sivaganga: Karti Chidambaram

Chennai, Mar 21 (ANI): Karti Chidambaram, son of finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that he is greatly honoured that Congress gave him the opportunity to contest from Sivaganga. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has opted out of the Lok Sabha election with the party on Thursday night nominating his son Karthi from his constituency Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu Mar 21, 2014

Chidambaram running away from contesting, responsible for India's gloomy economy: BJP

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who has opted out of the Lok Sabha election with the party on Thursday night nominating his son Karthi from his constituency Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said that after bring the shining economy of India to the gloom, Chidambaram is running from contesting elections. She added that the move is symbolic of the mindset of all senior Congress leaders. Mar 21, 2014

Coalgate: CBI to record statement of key PM aide

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): In Coalgate probe, CBI is likely to examine as a witness T K A Nair, advisor to PM, in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks. Speaking on the same NCP leader Tariq Anwar on Friday said that CBI wants to go to the depth of the matter. Mar 21, 2014

Nandan Nilekani faces flak from BJP after declaring assets

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): The BJP on Friday took a jibe at the Congress and its candidate from Bangalore South, Nandan Nilekani saying that the man appointed by the party to plan schemes to wipe out poverty in the country has himself declared that he and his wife have assets worth Rs. 7,700 crore. Nilekani, in an official statement said that they have assets worth Rs 7,700 crore on account of the success of Infosys, which they were involved with from its founding stages in early 1980s. Mar 21, 2014

CPI (M) releases its election manifesto in New Delhi

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Prakash Karat released the election manifesto in New Delhi, as CPI (M) gears up for the upcoming mammoth general elections. Karat said that the manifesto calls for people of the country to work towards forming a secular and democratic alternative against the Congress party. The left leader also appealed the nation to stand united against the communal forces such as the ideology of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that allegedly disintegrate the world's largest democracy. Mar 21, 2014