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Kamal Haasan Files Anticipatory Bail Petition For Calling Nathuram Godse A First Hindu Terrorist

New Delhi: After claiming Nathu Ram Godse the first Hindu terrorist, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder president and actor Kamal Haasan filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Madras High Court saying his speech was about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse only and not about Hindus as a whole.

Haasan moved the plea after the court earlier refused to quash an FIR against him, saying such pleas cannot be taken up as emergent petitions during the vacation and that if an anticipatory bail application was filed it could be taken up for hearing. It is expected to come up for hearing on Thursday.

The actor-turned-politician justified his ‘Gosdse is the first Hindu terrorist of independent India’ remark as nothing but plain historical fact and alleged that there were attempts to stop his poll campaign using this as a ploy.

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Yogi Adityanath Says, He Doesn’t Allow Change In Durga Puja Timing For Muharram In UP

New Delhi: Amid violence, allegations and counter allegations, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath took a swipe at his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and said he did not allow any change in Durga Puja timings in his state to accommodate Muharram processions.

“In the last few years, Mamata Banerjee imposed certain restrictions on Durga puja. Muharram and the puja coincided in Uttar Pradesh too. When officials asked me whether Durga puja timings should be changed, I said no change should be made to the puja schedule. Instead, muharram processions should be postponed,” Adityanath said at an election rally in Barasat constituency in north 24 Parganas district.

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Stalin Rubbishes TN BJP President Tamilisai Soundarrajan’s Claims That DMK Was In Talks With Saffron Party

New Delhi: DMK president MK Stalin rubbished the claims of Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundarrajan who claimed that the Dravidian major was in talks with the saffron party and said he would quit politics if proved otherwise.

“If Tamilisai Soundarrajan or Narendra Modi, whom she wants to become Prime Minister again prove that I am talking to them for an alliance with the BJP, I’m prepared to quit politics. If they fail to prove it, will they renounce politics?” the DMK president challenged in a hard hitting statement to the media.

“It is unfortunate and painful that Tamilisai, hailing from a family with a political legacy, has denigrated herself to this level and allowed to be a scapegoat by the self seeking BJP leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others. This is part of the dirty tricks of the BJP,” the statement read.

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Sushma Swaraj Holds Discussions With Her Iranian Counterpart Javad Zarif On Bilateral Issues Of Mutual Interests

New Delhi: After US ending six-month-long exemptions from sanctions to India and seven other countries to buy oil from Iran, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held “constructive” discussions with her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on all bilateral issues of mutual interests. The talks by the two foreign ministers came 12 days after the US ended. It is learnt that the issue oil supply figured in the talks.

“EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif held constructive discussions on all bilateral issues of mutual interest. Good exchange of views on the evolving regional situation, including Afghanistan,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

After the exemptions expired on May 2, India said it will deal with the issue based on three factors -- the country’s energy security, commercial consideration and economic interests.

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Mayawati Says, Bad Days For The BJP Would Begin After May 23 When It Is Ousted From Power

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said that bad days for the BJP would begin after May 23 when it will be ousted from power following announcement of election results. She has stepped up her attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The huge support to Gathbandhan (SP-BSP-RLD alliance) has unnerved the BJP and it is deeply worried. Not only this, their dazed faces are telling that the BJP government, PM and his special disciple Amit Shah are going out after May 23. After this, we will prepare to send back Yogi to the mutt,” said the BSP chief. She was addressing a joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at the packed Champa Devi Park of Gorakhpur. The two also addressed a rally in Ghazipur.

“The PM in his rallies is accusing us of seeking his caste certificate. I am not asking about it as everybody knows that he is a fake OBC. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is the real OBC,” she said.