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Congress won't support Third Front to form government says Rahul Gandhi; On Snooping Scandal, BJP says it will reciprocate

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 10:26am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Congress won't support Third Front to form government: Rahul Gandhi

Snooping Scandal: Gloves are off as BJP says it will reciprocate

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* At least 2,000 supporters of the Samajwadi Party protested here Saturday against the Election Commission for banning party leader Azam Khan from holding public meetings in Uttar Pradesh. Read More.

Attacking BJP and Narendra Modi over election expenditure, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that corporates were pumping money into the saffron party's campaign and asked it come clean on the source of funds. "They (BJP) do politics of two-three corporates as they gift them 'mota paisa' (hefty money). From where is the money for big cutouts and posters coming," Gandhi, who arrived in his constituency for a two-day campaign, said at an election rally. Read more

Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is divided over lending support to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in his electoral battle against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi. Senior JD-U leader and spokesperson KC Tyagi had Thursday announced the party's support to Kejriwal's candidature in the Uttar Pradesh holy city. Read more

Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, who has been censured by the EC for his insulting remarks against Narendra Modi, has stoked a fresh controversy by comparing the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate to a "monster". Read more

At a rally in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by bringing back the snooping scandal. 'Modi says empower women, I say-you respect them first.' Gandhi said while addressing crowd at Amethi. Read more

Escalating further the controversy over his interview to Doordarshan, Narendra Modi on Saturday rued the "decline" in journalistic freedom in the public broadcaster and invoked "horrific" memories of the Emergency days in 1975. "Doordarshan struggling to maintain professional freedom," Modi said. Read more

Addressing the Prasan Bharti issue I&B minister Manish Tewari stated, "Autonomy of Prasar Bharti is guaranteed by an act of Parliament. I&B ministry has an arms length relationship with Prasar Bharti." He further adds, "The Sam Pitroda committee was constituted on my initiative and one of its terms was looking at relations between the government and Prasar Bharti."​ Read more.

Uttarakhand floods, rehabilitation are not poll issues: Chief Minister Harish Rawat. Read more

Curfew remained in force in parts of the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir for the third day today as a precautionary measure in the wake of the killing of a youth in alleged security forces' firing. Read more

M Venkaiah Naidu calls Prasar Bharti a "Prachar Bharti" of Congress.

Amit Shah, at a press conference early today, addressed the controversy surrounding the snooping scandal. "Instead of conducting probes in the massive scams, they are doing this," he said. He further dismissed the issue by adding, "Anyway, we have no problem."

He also accused the Samajwadi Party workers of booth capturing.

Over the the remainning two phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, he said"For last two phases, there should be paramilitary troops, micro observers and cameras in all booths," he said.

Election Commission today said it will consider the issue of the appointment of the next Army chief at a meeting of its top brass next week. Read more 

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* Nine more bodies have been found in the Baksa district of Assam. A curfew has been clamped in Assam’s Baksa and Kokrajhar districts after the death toll in the targeted killings by suspected Bodo militants has risen to 32. The army has carried out flag marches, and shoot-on-sight orders have been issued in both the districts. Follow the live updates here

* Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Friday ruled out the possibility of his rejoining the party even if it showed willingness to re-induct him. Asked during a meet-the-press event here if he would consider an invitation to rejoin the Bharatiya Janata Party if the party so intended, Jaswant Singh said, "I will not join the BJP." There is only a heat wave in Barmer, he said Singh, further dismissing the much touted Narendra Modi wave. Read more here 

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev may have to eat his words, since his recent remarks on Congress heir apparent Rahul Gandhi's visits to Dalit households in Uttar Pradesh may cost the BJP dearly in the penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Read more here

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