Rajiv Shukla pulls up Modi, says 'PM aspirant should stop fighting with everyone'

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Congress leader and Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs, Rajiv Shukla on Saturday appealed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to stop creating discord among people by constant criticism and giving out wrong facts, especially when he is a prime ministerial candidate. Shukla further accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in vote bank politics by carrying out Asthi Kalash Yatra for Patna blast victims, and added that they are playing with the sentiments of the people. Modi, who arrived in Patna last night, is meeting the families of the six people who were killed in serial blasts ahead of his massive 'Hunkar' rally on October 27. Nov 2, 2013

Bangladesh heads for total deadlock ahead of scheduled polls

Dhaka, Nov 02 (ANI): Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Hassan M S Azim highlighted the prevailing political tensions in the country, as the two main parties appeared to be hurtling towards a showdown that could delay or even derail elections due by January, in a country with a history of bloody political violence and military intervention. Nov 2, 2013

BJP calls Nitish dehati aurat, Congress calls it unfortunate

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Even as senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh today said that like a “dehati aurat” Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar was quarrelling with BJP’s PM candidate, Narendra Modi out of “jealousy”, the Congress on Saturday called it most unfortunate. Nov 2, 2013

JD (U) slams Narendra Modis Patna visit to meet kin of Patna blast victims

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): As BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi met families of the six people killed in serial blasts ahead of his 'Hunkar' rally in Patna on October 27, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that Modi’s visit is politically motivated to garner votes ahead of the 2014 general elections. Nov 2, 2013

D Raja against PM's Lanka visit, says Govt should respect TN assembly's resolution

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Amid opposition from the various political outfits, including DMK's M. Karunanidhi, over Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to participate in CHOGM later this month, CPI leader D. Raja on Saturday said that the Centre should not undermine or ignore the unanimous resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly and should take decision accordingly. Raja said the Prime Minister must spell out his position on this issue. The CPI leader also said the Congress-led UPA II Government stands completely confused and divided. According to reports, senior UPA Ministers from Tamil Nadu want the Prime Minister to skip the Commonwealth summit in Colombo on November 15. Nov 2, 2013

Pakistani Taliban confirm death of Hakimullah Mehsud

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): The head of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan according to several security sources. Mehsud, who was believed to be in his mid-30s and was one of Pakistan's most wanted men, has been reported dead several times before. Late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across Pakistan confirmed he had been killed in the drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan region. Mehsud's Pakistani Taliban is an umbrella of militant groups separate to but allied to the Afghan Taliban. Mehsud took over the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009 after a drone strike killed the previous leader. His bodyguard and driver were also among the dead. Nov 2, 2013

Modi consoles Raj Narain Singh's family, BJP hands over cheque of Rs. 5 lakh

Gaurichak, Nov 02 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday consoled the family members of Raj Narain Singh, who was killed in the serial blasts in Patna on October 27, and assured them that his party stands behind them in this hour of grief. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who briefed the media about Modi's visit, said his party's prime ministerial candidate came to this rural and ordinary village in Patna to share the pain of Raj Narain Singh's family members. Nov 2, 2013

Congress raises Godhra issue, says Modi's Bihar visit reflects his 'double standards'

New Delhi, Nov 02 (ANI): Terming BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar to meet the families of those killed in the Patna serial blasts to be a 'political stunt', the Congress Party on Saturday raised the issue of post-Godhra riots, and asked whether he had ever visited the residence of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, one of those killed during the riots across Gujarat, and consoled his wife. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said there is tension wherever Modi goes. Nov 2, 2013

Congress on Narendra Modis visit to meet kin of Patna blast victims

Lucknow , Nov 02 (ANI): As BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will visit Bihar during which he will meet the families of the six people killed in serial blasts ahead of his 'Hunkar' rally in Patna on October 27, Congress spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said that before Modi became chief minister of Gujarat it was a peaceful state. Nov 2, 2013

Narendra Modi to meet families of Patna blast victims today

Patna, Nov 02 (ANI): Elaborate security arrangements have been made for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar during which he will meet the families of the six people killed in serial blasts ahead of his massive 'Hunkar' rally in Patna on October 27. Over 1,000 Special Task Force jawans and around 100 inspector rank officers will be present at the places where Modi is scheduled to visit today. Besides this, a huge contingent of Black Cat Commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) is also guarding Modi. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has put Bihar maximum Alert in view of Modi's visit. Nov 2, 2013

Lata Mangeshkar wants Narendra Modi to become Prime Minister

Pune, Nov 02 (ANI): Veteran Indian singer, Lata Mangeshkar said that she wished to see Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of the country. Modi, the challenger from BJP, is campaigning to oust the ruling Congress-led coalition. The Gujarat strongman was in Pune, to inaugurate a hospital named after Mangeshkar’s father, Dinanath Mangeshkar. The octogenarian singer, who has also been dubbed as the nightingale of India said that the people of the country are waiting to see Modi become Prime Minister. Nov 2, 2013

Family blames govt for kins death in Patna serial blasts

Gopalganj, Nov 02 (ANI): Family members of a deceased, who was killed in the recent blasts in the Patna, blamed government for not providing adequate medical facilities at the venue. At least six explosions in and around BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally venue killed five people and injured 83 on Sunday (October 27). The bombs exploded in quick succession near a crowd of tens of thousands of people waiting to hear Narendra Modi’s speech. Friend of the deceased Munna Shrivastava and also an eyewitness to the incident, Ranjit said that there were no proper facilities available at the bomb blast site due to which his friend lost his life. Nov 2, 2013