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Despite Chhattisgarh Setback, Congress Leaders Still Hopeful Of Alliance With BSP In Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi: The Congress leaders believe that there is still a chance for the Congress and Bbahujan Samaj Party coming together to reach an understanding for the remaining seats in the state. BSP chief Mayawati already announced first list of 22 seats for the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.

BSP’s list of 22 constituencies came soon after Mayawati’s announcement of a tie-up with former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress for the assembly elections in the Chhattisgarh, indicating that talks of an alliance with the Congress in that state had collapsed.

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BJP Feels The BSP’s Decision To Forge Alliance With Ajit Jogi Contradictory

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes that the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) decision to forge an alliance with former chief minister, Ajit Jogi, in Chhattisgarh is a reflection of the contradictions that will emerge both while forming a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP has unilaterally announced 22 candidates for Madhya Pradesh and is still talking of carving out a national alternative to the BJP.

This will weaken the Congress further and improve the BJP’s prospects, they added. The BSP was in talks with the Congress in both the states.

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Ramdas Athawale Says, States Have No Powers To Alter Central Laws

New Delhi: Speaking in response to Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement, Minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said that states have “no powers” to alter central laws. The MP CM said that there will be no arrests without investigation in cases registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act (POA) to prevent its “misuse”.

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BJP Set To Launch A Mass Contact Programme Over Citizenship Amendment Bill

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to launch a mass contact programme over the Citizenship (Amendment) bill. The bill makes illegal Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for citizenship. The BJP has asked all its chief ministers to get the proposed law translated into local languages, printed on pamphlets, and distributed among people.

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Court Asks Delhi Police To Hand Over Documents To Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: A court in New Delhi has directed the Delhi Police to hand over some documents to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection with a case against him pertaining to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death. His wife died around four years ago in a luxury hotel in New Delhi.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the directions after senior advocate Vikash Pahwa, appearing for the politician, told the court that some of the documents the agency gave were not readable, while many pages were missing.