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Will the Congress-AAP Contest Delhi Lok Sabha Polls together?

New Delhi: A prospect that suddenly appeared feasible in the light of a renewed buzz about opposition unity in the wake of BJP’s setbacks in the LS and Assembly by-polls, an exchange over social media set off speculation about Congress and AamAadmi Party (AAP) exploring a pre-poll alliance for Delhi’s LokSabha seats.

Though both sides played down the speculation, it failed to quell talk in political circles that the parties, bitter foes in the past, may consider coming together to humble common foe BJP, which holds all seven LokSabha seats. There was even talk of a possible pact extending to states like Punjab. Repartee between Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and AAP’s national spokesperson DilipPandey set off the heated discussions.

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Congress and JD (Secular) Join Hands To Keep BJP Out Of Power

New Delhi: The Congress conceded a larger space to the Janata Dal (Secular) in the Karnataka government after protracted negotiationsbut formalised a pre-poll alliance with the Vokkaliga outfit for the 2019 LokSabha elections. The Congress has co-opted the southern state into its national policy to contain the NarendraModi-led BJP.

Congress and JD(S) announced the power-sharing deal for the H D Kumaraswamygovernment on Friday, releasing the portfolios to be shared between the partners. Key ministries like finance, energy, tourism, education and transport went to JD(S), leaving many Congress functionaries, including D K Shivakumar, who had set eyes on the energy ministry, baffled and upset.

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Kumaraswamy To Remain In Saddle For Five Years; Cong-JD (S) To Contest Lok Sabha Polls Together

New Delhi: With unambiguous reiteration that H D Kumaraswamy will be chief minister for the full term and both the parties will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together, the Congress and JD (S) are likely to announce a power-sharing deal for their coalition government in Karnataka on Friday.

Contrary to speculation, the protracted negotiations were focussed not just on ministerial portfolios to be apportioned between the two partners but also on other dimensions — setting up a coordination committee, common minimum programme and stability of the government, as reported by TOI in an interview with Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot on Thursday.

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Government May Ask ONGC To Bear Fuel Subsidy To Help Cut Petrol And Diesel Prices

New Delhi: The government does not want to cut excise duty but it may ask state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to bear fuel subsidy to help cut petrol and diesel prices. It is looking at alternative means to reduce petrol and diesel prices that had on Tuesday touched an all-time high of Rs 78.43 per litre and Rs 69.31 a litre respectively.

Sources said the alternative in works is to ask ONGC give subsidy to fuel retailers so that they can sell petrol and diesel at below market rates. Oil producers ONGC and Oil India Ltd had till June 2015 made good as much as 40 per cent of the under-recoveries or subsidy arising out of selling fuel at below market price.

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Government Says Media Reports About Alleged Kick back On AN-32 Deal Misleading

New Delhi: Responding to media reports on alleged kickback for procuring spares of the AN-32 aircraft, the defence ministry on Thursday termed it as "misleading". The government officials have been alleged kickback in a deal for procuring spares for AN-32 military aircraft from Ukraine.

The statement from the ministry of defence (MoD) came even as the Congress asked defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to respond to the "serious" allegations that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 17.55 crore were paid for the procurement of the spares of the AN-32 aircraft.

The media report said Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau has sent a request to the ministry of home affairs seeking legal assistance in its probe into the alleged kickbacks. "It is informed that MoD or IAF has neither interacted nor signed any agreement with Global Marketing SP Ltd, nor were any such agreements witnessed.