• Time for Bypolls in Uttar Pradesh
    Published Date : 21-Mar-2017 9:14:37 IST

    BJP’s successful government formations in UP and Goa entail three byelections in UP. First, Parrikar’s shift to Goa as CM means a bypoll for Rajya Sabha from UP which he represented in the Upper House. CM Adityanath and deputy CM Maurya taking charge in Lucknow means that they will have to vacate Gorakhpur and Phulpur LS seats. Since presidential polls are slated in July, the bypolls are most likely to be completed before that.

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  • Akhilapriya Vows Not To Cry On Father’s Memories Until She Fulfills His Ideals
    Published Date : 14-Mar-2017 1:44:52 IST

    Allagadda MLA Bhuma Akhilapriya vowed never to cry on her father Bhuma Nagi Reddy’s death again until she fulfills his ideals.She attended the Assembly and declared that she would live to fulfill the commitment Bhuma had for the people of his constituency. She said, “He would have died immediately after my mother’s death. Their love for each other was so intense. But he must have survived the grief for this brief period only to prepare me mentally to withstand a bigger tragedy.”

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  • TRS Survey Rates KTR’s Performance Poor
    Published Date : 10-Mar-2017 2:23:26 IST

    TS ministers, including KT Rama Rao, have fared poorly in a survey conducted by Chief Minister KCR. The CM presented the survey report, done in all the 119 Assembly constituencies in February, to ministers and TRS MLAs at the TRSLP meeting held on Thursday ahead of budget session of the state Legislature. KTR’s performance dipped from 70.60 percent to 60.40 percent while KCR’s performance improved from 75.70 percent to 96.70 percent, and Harish Rao’s performance went up from 60.90 percent to 82.30 percent.

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  • Whether the mike is on or off?
    Published Date : 07-Mar-2017 7:48:02 IST

    The new assembly building has its own set of problems. The podium is so high that the Opposition has no way of knowing whether their mikes or on or off. Pointing this out, YS Jagan quipped on Tuesday that the Opposition does not know if the mike was on or off. We do not know if we should look at the mike or you.” Interestingly, all through YS Jagan’s speech Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and other MLAs were seen laughing derisively.

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  • Varanasi Modimaya, But Modi Shivmaya
    Published Date : 06-Mar-2017 9:11:47 IST

    In the last few days, Varanasi witnessed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s devotion to Lord Shiva and city bylanes reverberated with slogans like ‘Mahadev Ki Kashi Ya Modi Ka Mahadev’. PM Modi has visited the two most important city temples -Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav -and during Shivaratri, before the fourth and fifth phases, Modi was shown as Adi yogi, a form of Shiva, at a Isha yoga event. Now, before Varanasi votes, Modi will be shown visiting Somnath where another Shiva resides.

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  • Bug Fear: No Meetings in Hotel Rooms
    Published Date : 06-Mar-2017 9:10:19 IST

    The leaders of both the SP, Congress and BJP, in Taj or Clarke, are wary of discussing their strategy in hotel rooms, for the fear of getting bugged. Most of them prefer open areas, like hotel gardens and swimming pools, for holding strategy sessions with workers. In fact, during a meeting with cadre, an SP leader would stop eating every time a waiter would come to serve.

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  • BJP and Congress Choose Different Hotels
    Published Date : 02-Mar-2017 9:16:34 IST

    The PM plans to stay for two-to-three days in Banaras. The BJP team is busy in putting together a grand plan for him which will also involve him talking to his constituency voters. Now, hotels in Kashi are completely full as political workers and journalists have landed here. There is a bias in the preference for hotels here. BJP leaders prefer to stay in Taj while Congress leaders are all in hotel Ramada. To understand the mood of the voters, BJP has asked its several workers to camp in guesthouses across the temple town.

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  • Lacking in Fire Power
    Published Date : 24-Feb-2017 7:39:10 IST

    Textile minister Smriti Irani is one of the BJP star campaigners in UP but, many feel, her fire power is down a few notches, especially in Amethi. She had given a tough fight to Congress veep Rahul Gandhi in 2014 LS polls from Amethi.While she is still campaigning in the area with rallies through this week, her speeches are nowhere near the sharp attacks she is known to wield.

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  • The ‘Kamal’ Idea in TN
    Published Date : 22-Feb-2017 7:32:14 IST

    If Panneerselvam’s sudden shedding of his docile self and emerging as a rebel against Sasikala made many suspect deft behind the scene play, Tamil Nadu political circles are intrigued by film star Kamal Haasan going prolific with political comments – both on Twitter and in interviews. Many wonder whether this ‘politically conscious Haasan’ – not seen during the Amma era is sign of some force backing him, or is he getting ideas about a ‘kamal dream’ in the post-Jaya scenario.

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  • Don’t Smile at Me in House, Stalin’s Strange Advice to the New CM
    Published Date : 17-Feb-2017 3:40:42 IST

    DMK’s Working President MK Stalin, took a dig at the split within the AIADMK and advised newly-sworn-in Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami against smiling at him in the Assembly. The strange advice comes days after VK Sasikala said O Panneerselvam had smiled at Stalin in the Assembly and demanded that he step down for “siding” with the DMK.

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  • 6K priests to hold spl pujas on KCR’s b’day
    Published Date : 17-Feb-2017 7:55:20 IST

    The state is all set to celebrate the 64th birthday of chief minister K day of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in style on Friday. In an unprecedented manner, more than 6,000 archakas working in 11,200 temples across the state are to mark the day by conducting special pujas and homams. Similarly, exservicemen are planning to celebrate KCR’s birthday by offering prayers at mosques, churches and temples and pray for the CM’s long life.

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  • Cat & Mouse Game For Policemen
    Published Date : 17-Feb-2017 7:47:38 IST

    The cops have found that surprise checks of vehicles for cash is not yielding results. Those transferring cash use informers to warn them about routes on which the cops are engaged in these checks. The informers riding two-wheelers drive a few miles ahead of the vehicle and call the carrier if there is a police check-post.Only after getting a green signal, the money carrying cars go ahead.

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  • Friendship First for Didi
    Published Date : 16-Feb-2017 9:36:39 IST

    Known for having an opinion on almost everything under the sun, Mamata Banerjee has been silenced by friendship. When asked to comment on the present fiasco in Tamil Nadu and elections in Uttar Pradesh, the eloquent CM put her finger on her lips and gestured that she preferred silence.She would stay mum as both the states are her `friend states’. With this Banerjee sure has raised the bar higher when it comes to friendship between states.

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  • Police At Golden Bay Resort, Ask AIADMK MLAs to Vacate
    Published Date : 15-Feb-2017 3:27:05 IST

    Over 500 police officials can be seen at the Golden Bay resort, where the MLAs are staying. The police battalion has reached at Kuvathur village after an AIADMK MLA Saravanan filed a complaint against Sasikala and Edappadi Palaniswami for allegations including kidnapping. Meanwhile, sources say that Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao to take final decision within 24 hrs on calling either Palaniswami or O Panneerselvam.

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  • Chinnamma Leaves For Bengaluru Jail
    Published Date : 15-Feb-2017 12:27:35 IST

    AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala on Wednesday paid floral tribute to Jayalalithaa at Chennai’s Marina Beach before heading to Bengaluru. The SC on Wednesday refused to give more time to Sasikala and asked her to surrender immediately. Meanwhile, Sasikala appointed nephew TTV Dinakaran as deputy general secretary of AIADMK on Wednesday.

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