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Plenary in Hindi heartland after 3 decades

The Congress has decided to hold its plenary session in the Hindi heartland after over three decades at a time when Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav are down, Ms Mayawati is facing the

Centre to wait for HC views

The Union government is expected to wait for the view of the Karnataka high court before taking a decision on the report of governor H.R. Bhardwaj seeking imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

K’taka heading for President’s Rule?

Karnataka appears to be headed for President’s Rule with the Congress realising that the Opposition may not be able to provide a stable government even if the rebel BJP legislators vote against the B.

In Bihar, manifestos become the last priority

Election manifestos have become the last priority of political parties in Bihar, which have already started campaigning for their nominees and adding colour to the electoral battle dominated by regional players.

Cong bid to check Advani, Mulayam

In a move to check BJP leader L.K. Advani and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav from cashing in on the Ayodhya verdict, the Congress Working Committee on Tuesday cautioned that any distortion of the Allahabad high court verdict by communal forces would harm the nation.

Congress might delink CWC elections, plenary


The Congress plans to delink the working committee elections from the party plenary perhaps for the first time. It has decided to call two all India sessions in the next two months.

Ayodhya verdict: Bihar polls to see 1st impact


The first reaction of minorities to the Ayodhya verdict will be seen in the six—phase Bihar Assembly election to be held during October 21 to November 20. Although major political parties barring the BJP, are optimistic of getting their support in the electoral battle, insiders sense a change at the ground level following the judicial

BJP-ruled states cautious on law & order

The BJP-ruled states — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat — are gearing up to maintain the law and order satiation in the light of a high court’s judgment to be pronounced on September 24 on a tile suit at Ayodhya. The Congress is also leaving nothing to chance and the AICC general secretaries have already swung into action.

Mulayam, Maya absence puzzles Ayodhya Muslims

Muslims are wondering over the silence of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and the reluctance of UP chief minister Mayawati to visit Ayodhya before the judgment of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit to be pronounced on September 24. “It is surprising that Mulayam Singhji is maintaining silence,” says M. Ahmed, a small trader at Ayodhya.

Rahul backs Omar, Farooq meets PM

The National Conference on Thursday ruled out the resignation of beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah after receiving backing from AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who said M

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