Rashtriya Janata Dal To Contest 20 Seats With The Congress Fighting Nine In Bihar For LS Polls

New Delhi: The grand alliance in Bihar announced a seat-sharing deal for the Lok Sabha elections after much delay. Under the arrangement, Rashtriya Janata Dal would contest 20 seats with the Congress fighting in nine. The two national Left parties—CPI and CPM—were given a cold shoulder.

Under the arrangement, GA’s other constituents like RLSP (Rashtriya Lok Samata Party) would contest five seats, Hindustani Awam Morcha (S) three seats and Vikashsheel Insaan Party (VIP) three seats. One seat has been offered to CPI-ML(liberation), a major Left force in Bihar, by the RJD from its own quota. CPI-ML is yet to respond to the offer.

The Congress having made a climb down from its demand of 11 seats and had to forgo its traditional Aurangabad seat as coalition leaders today announced that the seat had gone to HAM(S) led by Jitan Ram Manjhi. Former Governor Nikhil Kumar was vying for the ticket from the Aurangabad seat.


Case Of Vijay Mallya May Serve As A Template For Ongoing Efforts To Extradite Diamantaire Nirav Modi

New Delhi: Indian authorities believe that the case of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya may serve as a template for ongoing efforts to extradite diamantaire Nirav Modi to India. Modi was arrested in London on Tuesday.

The Indian government has welcomed Nirav Modi’s arrest by the Metropolitan Police. He is the subject of an extradition request made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

“There is now a template that exists from India’s case for the extradition of Mallya. The Indian side has also been able to address the concerns of the UK judiciary about prison conditions in India. All of this should help in the efforts to extradite Nirav Modi,” a person familiar with developments said on Friday.


Arun Jaitley Says, Three Fake Campaigns Hindu Terror Theory, Godhra Incident And Nirav Modi Busted In A Single Day

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that fake campaigns of ‘compulsive contrarians’ on three issues – the Hindu terror theory, the Godhra incident and Nirav Modi case - were busted in a single day.

In the Samjhauta Express blast case, the trial court on Wednesday dismissed the UPA government’s theory of Hindu terror; while in the Godhra case, the court convicted one more person. Also, the fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi was arrested in the United Kingdom on the same day.

“…a fundamental difference between truth and falsehood is that truth holds together and falsehood falls apart. To each fake campaign of the ‘compulsive contrarians’ over a period of time, ultimately the truth has prevailed. Either it is the electoral mandate or the judicial process which gives the final verdict,” Jaitley said in his blog titled ‘Three Fake Campaigns Busted in a Single Day.’ Jaitley said Nirav Modi started cheating the public sector banks in 2011.


Election Commission Says, Rahul’s Interaction With Students In TN Did Not Violate Model Code Of Conduct

New Delhi: The Election Commission said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with students at a women’s college in Tamil Nadu did not violate the model code of conduct, though it has sought a report on his speech.

Tamil Nadu’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said local election officials have reported that there was no violation in terms of permission obtained by Stella Maris College for Women to host the interaction on March 13.

He said the District Electoral Officer (DEO) has informed him that “there was permission” for Gandhi’s event. “So, there is no violation of MCC.” However, Sahoo has sought “further information” on Gandhi’s speech.


Ram Gopal Yadav Calls Pulwama Terror Attack A Conspiracy In Which Soldiers Killed For Vote

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav revived attack on the Narendra Modi government over Pulwama terror strike owned by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Samajwadi Party leader called the Pulwama terror attack a “conspiracy” in which “soldiers were killed for vote”.

The SP leader said if the government changes in 2019 Lok Sabha election, and a probe is conducted into the Pulwama terror attack, “big fish” will be caught.

“Paramilitary forces are unhappy with the government. Soldiers were killed for votes. There was no security checking between Jammu and Srinagar. Soldiers were being transported in ordinary buses. This was a conspiracy. I did not want to say this at this point of time. When the government changes, (and) it is probed, many big fish will be caught,” Yadav said.