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MP And Mizoram Go To Polls To Seek Forth And Third Successive Mandate By Ruling Parties

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be up against the anti-incumbency factor in Madhya Pradesh, which it has ruled for three successive terms under long-time chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In Mizoram, the Congress, under veteran Lal Thanhawla faces a tough challenge from the Mizo National Front (MNF) headed by former chief minister Zoramthanga as it attempts to win a third successive term in the Christian-majority state.

The Congress will be seeking to prise open the ironclad grip of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Madhya Pradesh and maintain its own sway over Mizoram, its last bastion in the northeast, when the two states vote on Wednesday in the middle stretch of assembly elections that will lead up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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Nitish Kumar Tries To Clear Controversy Over His Neech Remarks Allegedly For Kushwaha

New Delhi: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar tried to clear the controversy over his ‘neech (low)’ remarks allegedly targeted at Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha after nearly three weeks of mud-slinging and in a first step to bury the hatchet in the NDA,.

Kumar clarified before his legislators that his statement that led to bitterness in NDA was ‘misinterpreted’ and he never used the word ‘neech (low)’ during a TV programme against any leader.

“What I said has been misinterpreted. I have unnecessarily become the target of attack. I never used any derogatory words for anybody,” Kumar told the legislators and narrated the entire turn of events.

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Manmohan Singh Advices Narendra Modi To Exercise Restraint While Visiting Non-BJP Ruled States

New Delhi: From a former Prime Minister to incumbent Prime Minister, when Manmohan Singh had a word of advice for Narendra Modi saying that he should exercise restraint when he visits states not ruled by his party and set an example with his conduct which should be consistent with his obligations as the PM.

Singh was speaking at the launch of a book “Fables of Fractured Times” by former union minister Manish Tewari where former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah was also present.

“My advice to the prime minister is that he should exercise due restraint becoming of the office of the prime minister,” Manmohan Singh said.

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Sriharikota All Set To Launch Its Workhorse Rocket PSLV-C43 Carrying Earth Observation Satellite HysIS

New Delhi: ISRO said that the 45th flight of PSLV will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota which is all set to launch its workhorse rocket PSLV-C43 carrying India’s earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites, including 23 from the US, from Sriharikota on November 29.

“HysIS is an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO. It is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. The satellite will be placed in 636 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO) with an inclination of 97.957 deg. The mission life of the satellite is 5 years,” ISRO said.

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LJP Slams RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha For Using Pressure Tactics To Finalise A Seat-Sharing

New Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party-led by Ram Vilas Paswan slammed RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha for using “pressure tactics” to finalise a seat-sharing arrangement between National Democratic Alliance partners in Bihar by November 30 and cautioned the Union minister against “rowing in two boats”.

In one of the strongest criticisms of Kushwaha, LJP parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan also disapproved of the RLSP chief’s frequent outbursts against Bihar chief minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar.

He said Kushwaha should make up his mind whether he wishes to continue in NDA or not, possibly referring to the RLSP chief’s meeting with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav last month.