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Gehlot says RSS an ‘extra constitutional authority’, should merge with BJP and form party

JODHPUR Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called the RSS an extra constitutional authority and suggested the right-wing group should merge itself with the BJP and convert into a political party. He said nobody could become a minister without the consent of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in this government. “RSS has its hold on the government as …

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Not contesting polls or campaigning for any political party: Salman Khan

MUMBAI Bollywood superstar Salman Khan Thursday said he will not be campaigning for any political party for the Lok Sabha polls, days after a Congress leader in Madhya Pradesh claimed that his party is speaking to the actor for electoral canvassing. “Contrary to the rumours I am not contesting elections nor campaigning for any political party,” …

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BJP denies tickets to 6 sitting MPs in UP

LUCKNOW The BJP on Thursday denied tickets to its six sitting MPs from Uttar Pradesh, including Union minister Krishna Raj and National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Ram Shankar Katheria. The BJP Thursday announced its first list of 184 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, fielding Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow. The party re-nominated Smriti Irani from Amethi to …

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Railways to withdraw tickets carrying photographs of PM Modi

NEW DELHI With the Lok Sabha elections inching closer, the Railways has decided to withdraw tickets carrying photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Officials said the withdrawal of these tickets comes in the wake of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) being in force. The announcement comes a day after an All India Trinamool …

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PM Modi a ‘habitual offender’ in seeking credit for valour and sacrifice of armed forces: Congress

NEW DELHI The Congress on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using the Balakot air strikes to woo voters ahead of Lok Sabha elections, saying his “snide remarks” reflect the bankruptcy of political discourse on his part. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also accused the Prime Minister of being a “habitual offender” in seeking credit for the valour and bravery of the security …

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Not a very Happy Holi for Nirav Modi in UK jail

LONDON Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges amounting to $2 billion, spent Holi behind bars in one of England’s most overcrowded jails on Thursday, a day after a UK judge rejected his bail application. The 48-year-old was arrested by Scotland Yard on Tuesday and presented before District Judge Marie Mallon at Westminster Magistrates’ Court …

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Kejriwal tweets pic of broom chasing Nazi Swastika, accused of ‘berating Hinduism’

NEW DELI Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal faced backlash on social media after he tweeted a picture on Wednesday that shows a man with a broom chasing a Nazi Swastika. “Someone sent this …” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter. “Hoping for a Delhi, that I actually wouldn’t mind visiting or living …

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‘No one knows who killed 68 people’: Sibal on Samjhauta blast case

NEW DELHI A day after a special court acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express blast case, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal Thursday sarcastically said with a verdict that “no one knows” who killed 68 people, it must be a “proud day” for the criminal justice system. Twelve years after a blast on the Samjhauta Express killed …

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LS polls: In Amethi, its Smriti Irani Vs Rahul Gandhi once again

NEW DELHI Several parliamentary constituencies are set to witness high-profile contest this election with the BJP announcing its first list of candidates and fielding Union minister Smriti Irani against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. Irani had lost to Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but was seen to have put up a spirited fight. The Congress has earlier announced …

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