Samajwadi Get together Expels Ladies’s Wing Chief For ‘Anti-party’ Actions

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday expelled its Mahila Sabha national president Ranjana Bajpai from the party for her involvement in 'anti-party activities'.
“She has been relieved from all of her responsibilities and expelled from the party by the national president (Akhilesh Yadav),” Uttar Pradesh SP chief Naresh Uttam said.
Ranjana's son Harshvardhan Bajpai is contesting the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on a BJP ticket from Allahabad North.
Ranjana has been accused of “helping her son botch the electoral prospects” of the SP-Congress alliance candidate, Anugrah Narayan Singh (Congress).

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Andhra’s New Funds Can be Extra Consequence-oriented: CM Naidu

Hyderabad: The Budget session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is likely to get underway from March 6, 2017, with the presentation likely to take place on March 13.
The budget session will be held in the newly-constructed interim Assembly building in the new capital region Amaravati for the first time.
In the meeting attended by all ministers, principal secretaries, secretaries and heads of departments, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said, “The State budget for the year 2017-18 will be a result-oriented one and at the same time will ensure that benefits and services reach the deserving people.”
The Chief Minister indicated that the government will prioritise the convergence of funds in this budget, too.
He said that there was a steady increase in the income of the State and through innovative thinking, the government was able to overcome the bifurcation crisis.
The Chief Minister said that 153 government programmes can be carried out with the help of fund..

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55% Polling in Mumbai Civic Ballot, Up by 10% From 2012

Mumbai: About 56 per cent voters on Tuesday exercised their franchise in the polling for 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra, including the all-important Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai.
55 per cent voting was recorded for BMC polls, eclipsing the last poll percentage by almost 10 per cent. The turn-out for 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samiti polls in the state was 69 per cent, election officials said.
Polling began at 7.30 AM at 43,160 polling stations across the state.
In Mumbai, voting picked up as the day progressed with several politicians and film celebrities and industry figures stepping out to exercise their franchise.
The impressive polling in Mumbai — compared to 2012– has brought cheer to leaders of BJP as the party is seeking to wrest control of India's richest civic body from its bickering alliance partner in the state government, the Shiv Sena.
The Maharashtra state election commission released the primary figures of polling acro..

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Booked in POCSO Case, Bihar Congress Vice-president Brajesh Pandey Resigns

Patna: Bihar Congress Vice-President Brajesh Kumar alias Brajesh Pandey has been booked in a case of sexual exploitation of a minor girl, following which he tendered resignation from his post.
Pandey has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the basis of a supervision note submitted by CID Women's cell DSP Mamta Kalyani, IGP (Weaker Section) Anil Kishore Yadav said on Tuesday. Refusing to divulge more details, the IGP said that investigation is on in the matter.
Pandey's name has been included in the case along with main accused Nikhil Priyadarshi.
The victim girl, daughter of a former state minister also from Congress, alleged that Priyadarshi duped her in the name of marriage and blackmailed her with his brother, another co-accused and the Congress leader.
An FIR has been registered in this connection with SC/ST police station in Patna.
Priyadarshi and the other co-accused are absconding after a local court recently rejected their anti..

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EC Revises Uttarakhand Ballot Share Figures, Places it at 65.64%

Dehradun: The Election Commission on Tuesday corrected its poll percentage figures for Uttarakhand saying that 65.64 per cent of the total electorate in the state cast their votes as against 68 per cent announced earlier.
Releasing final figures of polling percentage here today, six days after assembly elections were held in the state, office of the Chief Electoral Officer said 65.64 per cent voters cast their votes.
At the end of polling on February 15, Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi had convened a press conference to announce that a record 68 per cent voters had exercised their franchise across the state.
She had said the figure was likely to go up further as queues of voters were still standing outside polling booths.
She had also claimed that the polling percentage this year had exceeded 67.22 per cent polling of 2012 assembly elections.
Udhamsingh Nagar district recorded the highest poll percentage at 75.79 while Almora recorded a minimum of 52.81 per cent.
Haridwar at 75.69..

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KCR to Fulfil Private Vow on Taxpayers’ Cash

Hyderabad: Telangana's Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao along with his wife reached Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) on Tuesday to fulfill his vows at Lord Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Tirumala.
He will have a darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy at 8 am on Wednesday, where he will offer gold ornaments worth Rs 5 crore to the deity on behalf of Telangana government.
Hundreds of KCR fans arrived at the airport and the CM was accorded a grand welcome amidst Vedic chants.
Rao is visiting Tirumala for the first time after bifurcation of the state.

The gold ornaments include 14.20 kg Saligram necklace costing about Rs 3.70 crore and 4.65 kg Kanta Abharanam costing Rs 1.20 crore.
The chief minister had vowed to present gold ornaments to various deities if separate state of Telangana was achieved.
He will also visit Tiruchanur and have darshan of presiding deity Sri Padmavathy Ammavaru and present a nose stud to the Goddess. Apart from Rs 5 crore for Lord Venkateshwara Swam..

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Akhilesh Yadav Casts Vote, Geese Questions on Mulayam-Shivpal

Saifai: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday cast his vote in the third phase of the state assembly election.
Accompanied by cousin and Budayun MP Dharmendra Yadav, the Chief Minister, at the Abhinav Vidyalaya polling booth in his native village of Etawah, told the media that he voted for the Samajwadi Party so that development could further be expedited in the state.
Sporting the red-colour party cap, the SP national president however looked a little shaky and snapped back at certain journalists who asked some uncomfortable questions.
When asked why he has declared his vote, Yadav said because “you were asking”.
He also got angry when the mediapersons asked about his father Mulayam Singh Yadav not accompanying him for vote, like he always does.
Ducking the question, he expressed hope that the people of the state will vote in large numbers in the favour of the SP-Congress alliance.
Replying to a question whether he would like to wish his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Y..

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Stalin Booked Over Marina Protest, DMK to Maintain Starvation Strike on Feb 22

Chennai: A day after a violence-marred trust vote saw Edappadi Palaniswami prove his majority in the Assembly, the DMK has announced that it will hold a state-wide hunger strike on February 22.
The announcement came hours after an FIR was filed against DMK Working President MK Stalin, his party MLAs, MPs and cadre for holding a protest at Marina beach against the alleged attack on him and his MLAs during Saturday’s trust vote.
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Police said an FIR has been filed against them for unlawful assembly and violation of public order.
Besides Stalin, 63 MLAs, three MPs and several DMK cadre who participated in the protest have been named in the FIR, he said.
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Stalin was detained on Saturday after he sat on a protest at Marina Beach here against the alleged attack on him and his party MLAs during the trust vote.
After alleging that he..

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After Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann donates Month’s Wage to Irom Sharmila’s celebration

Chandigarh: A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal donated Rs 50,000 to rights activist Irom Sharila's party which is fighting Manipur elections, Aam Aadmi Party Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann followed suit and donated his one-month salary.
“As a member of parliament m donating my one month salary to Irom Sharmila who is fighting against corrupt system n justice in Manipur(sic),” Mann, tweeted on Sunday.
As a member of parliament m donating my one month salary to Irom Sharmila who is fighting against corrupt system n injustice in Manipur…
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) February 19, 2017
In response, Sharmila's PRJA party tweeted “Thanks a lot Mann sir for supporting our campaign and believeing in us. We will change Manipur for good.”
Mann himself is fighting Punjab Assembly elections as AAP candidate from Jalalabad seat against deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
With shortage of funds and manpower, Sharmila's People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (..

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