Campaigning ends as EC reviews security measures
The Election Commission met today to undertake
a last-minute review of the preparations for the Assembly polls
in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Pondicherry.
Stir planned against 'injustice' to Jayalalitha
The All India Women Legislators Forum today
criticised the Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. M.S. Gill, for
the ``injustice caused to Ms. Jayalalitha by ambiguous guidelines
and confusing statements in the media which resulted in the
rejection of the nomination papers of the AIADMK leader for
contesting the Assembly elections.''
Warrant against Laloo
The designated CBI court today took cognisance of
the chargesheet in a fresh conspiracy angle case of the fodder
scam, which the CBI filed, and issued non-bailable arrest
warrants against the two former Chief Ministers, Mr. Laloo Prasad
Yadav, and Dr. Jagannath Mishra, among others.
NDA betrayed the nation: Sonia
Pushing the ``Tehelka'' expose as an election
issue in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, the Congress
president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today virtually sought a verdict
against the ``all-pervasive corruption'' in the NDA Government at
the Centre, and its ``compromise on national security.''
New Governors for Sikkim, Mizoram
The Vajpayee Government today announced three
gubernatorial appointments in Sikkim, Mizoram and Andaman and
Govt. red in the face over Hindujas-Mishra episode
The Vajpayee administration found itself
plainly embarrassed over the revelation that the Prime Minister,
Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee's Principal Secretary, Mr. Brajesh
Mishra, was accompanied by two of the controversial Hinduja
brothers when he called on the British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony
Blair, in June 1998.
Electing Jayalalitha as CM ethically improper: BJP
The election of Ms. J. Jayalalitha as the
leader of the alliance and Chief Minister, in the event of the
AIADMK-led alliance winning the elections in Tamil Nadu, would be
a ``constitutional and ethical impropriety,'' Mr. M. Venkaiah
Naidu, Minister for Rural Development, said here today on return
from a 10-day election campaign in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and
'Disqualified person cannot be CM: Advani
A person who is disqualified to become a
MLA cannot become the leader of a party in a Legislative
Assembly, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani has said.
U.S. out of drugs panel
The U.S. has lost its seat on the
International Narcotics Control Board to which India and five
other countries were elected.
Pak. rejects PM's charge
Pakistan today dismissed as `baseless' the
charges levelled by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
that its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in a plot
to kill the Tehelka.com chief executive, Mr. Tarun Tejpal.
BALCO stir ends
The striking employees of the Bharat Aluminium
Company Limited will resume work tomorrow following an agreement
between the trade unions and the management at Korba this