All options open for LJP: Ram Vilas Paswan on poll alliance

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that all options were open for his party for alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a press conference after the party's parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi, he also said that the option of going in for an alliance with the BJP was open, as the Congress appeared to be non-serious on alliance talks. Feb 26, 2014

Dont think anybody needs to apologize for Godhra riots: Sanjay Raut

Mumbai, Feb 26 (ANI): Reacting on BJP Chief Rajnath Singh’s comment that he will apologize for any mistakes done from the Muslim community, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that there is no need for anyone to apologize over Godhra riots. He said that it was an unfortunate incident and that no one was responsible for the same. Raut said that the incident was just a reaction of the way Sabarmati express was set ablaze. He further said the people who live in the country and don’t consider them as Indian, should be the one to apologize. Feb 26, 2014

Why if and buts, BJP should clearly apologize for Gujarat riots: Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Making an all-out attempt to woo Muslim voters, BJP president Rajnath Singh has said that his party will ask for forgiveness if it had ever committed any mistake in the past. The BJP chief was apparently referring to the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, over which the party and the state's Chief Minister and now its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has faced enough criticism. However, the statement made by Singh hasn't gone down well with Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he questioned that why political parties remember the Muslim community just before elections. He also said that why Rajnath is using terms if and buts he should clearly apologize for Gujarat riots. Feb 26, 2014

Rajnath faces heat for apology remark

New Delhi/ Bangalore, Feb 26 (ANI): Making an all-out attempt to woo Muslim voters, BJP president Rajnath Singh has said that his party will ask for forgiveness if it had ever committed any mistake in the past. The BJP chief was apparently referring to the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, over which the party and the state's Chief Minister and now its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has faced enough criticism. However the remark made by Singh drew criticism from political parties. Feb 26, 2014

INS Sindhuratna mishap: 2 Navy officers missing, several others injured

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Reacting on INS Sindhuratna mishap wherein seven sailors are believed to have suffered serious injuries and two officers remain missing, Maritime Expert Commodore (Rtd) Uday Bhaskar said that such an incident has already taken place last year and this has put Indian Navy's dismal safety record under further scrutiny and underlining its inability to maintain its dwindling kilo-class fleet. He further said that further speculation in the matter is not called for until the report comes on the same. Feb 26, 2014

Govt committed to provide best facilities to forces: Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday called for focused attention on strengthening infrastructure and building capacity for the paramilitary forces, as he lauded the personnel for maintaining law and order and controlling internal disturbances and insurgencies across the nation. Singh said this as he laid the foundation stone of Central Armed Police Forces Institute of Medical Sciences (CAPFIMS) in New Delhi. The Institute will not only have a multi-speciality hospital but also a medical college, two separate institutes of nursing and paramedical, a residential campus for students and doctors, an air ambulance unit and a 24x7 mobile hospital unit for the troops of central forces. Singh also said that the paramilitary forces deployed in some of the most difficult places have been successful in preventing trans-border crimes. Feb 26, 2014

No other word than impotent could express my feelings: Khurshid

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Clarifying on his ‘impotent remark’ on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said that no other word expressed his feelings better and that Modi should accept what he did in 2002. He further said that if Modi does not understand these words then he can send him a dictionary. Earlier, Khurshid described Modi as "impotent", a remark that invited a sharp condemnation from the BJP. Feb 26, 2014

Big B unveils Priyanka Sinhas book "Supertraits of Superstars"

Mumbai, Feb 26 (ANI): Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was spotted launching Journalist Priyanka Sinha Jha’s debut book "Supertraits of Superstars" in the showbiz capital Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Bachchan thanked Priyanka for all the good things she has written about him in the book. "Supertraits of Superstars" throws light on 11 superstars of Bollywood and their single defining super trait that makes them tick like no one else in showbiz. Feb 26, 2014

Uttarakhand Minister Harak Singh Rawat booked for molestation, Politicos react

New Delhi/ Dehradun, Feb 26 (ANI): Delhi Police has booked senior leader of Congress unit in Uttarakhand, Harak Singh Rawat for allegedly molesting a 30-year-old woman in Delhi last year. The woman had on Monday submitted a written complaint at the Safdarjung Enclave Police Station in Delhi, alleging that Rawat had molested her at his residence in September last year. Speaking on the same, Congress Spokesperson Shobha Oza said that an investigation should take place. Meanwhile, leader of BJP unit in Uttarakhand, Ajay Bhatt said that Rawat must resign until he is proved innocent. Feb 26, 2014

Rajnath singh will seek forgiveness from Muslims, Political leaders react

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): As BJP Chief Rajnath Singh is ready to apologize for any mistakes form the Muslim community, political leaders draw different reactions. Former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui welcomed it and asked the muslim community to move forward of that one incident. Another leader Kamal Farooqui also welcomed it but said that it is confusing as to whom to believe, Rajnath Singh or Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said that if RSS Chief and Modi is not apologizing, then Rajnath Singh's apology is of no value. Feb 26, 2014

Govt to take ordinance route to pass bills backed by Rahul, BJP condemns

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): As the central government is all set to pass a few pending bills through ordinance backed by Rahul Gandhi, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi condemned the move asking why Gandhi is reminded of such bills like anti-corruption bill when the elections are approaching. Naqvi said that in the last 10 years of their rule, congress was busy in corruption. Feb 26, 2014

Khurshid calls Narendra Modi 'impotent', Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Continuing the war of words between Congress and BJP, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid called Narendra Modi 'impotent' thereby inviting criticism form other political leaders. Former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui condemned the statement and said that such words should not be used by a politician. Meanwhile, condemning the same, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that this is Congress' desperation and frustration of losing in the upcoming general elections. Feb 26, 2014

Land grabbing case filed against Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Jaipur, Feb 26 (ANI): Union Minister if state for defence Jitendra Singh has been accused of illegally getting a public land transferred in his name at a village in Alwar district. ACB DG Manoj Bhatt said that the complaint was from an RTI activist and that a few misinterpretation of facts resulted in court's judgement in favor of Singh previously. Bhatt said that future course of action will depend on the report of investigation. Feb 26, 2014

SC says fatwas cannot be forced on people, Muslim politicos welcome move

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): After Supreme Court ordered that fatwas issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced on people and that state has to protect persons harassed for the same, muslim politicos welcomed the move. Former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui said that fatwa is an opinion and there is no obligation to it. Meanwhile, Kamal Farooqui said that those Muslims who are ready to go by the fatwas are not wrong, but on the same place welcomed the apex court's decision. Feb 26, 2014