Two LeT militants killed in gunfight in KupwaraSrinagar:Two LashkereToiba militants,
one them a selfstyled Divisional Commander, were killed and
an army officer was wounded in a fierce gunbattle at Handwara
in north Kashmir's Kupwara district today.
The gunfight broke out in village Malikpora in Vilgam
area, 85km from here, when army and police launched a joint
search operation following information about the presence of
ultras there, a senior police officer said.
The hiding militants opened fire at security forces who
retaliated, triggering a fierce gunbattle which lasted several
Two militants, belonging to Pakistanbased LeT outfit,
were killed and an army officer, Major Sandeep Kotwal, was
wounded in the gunbattle, the officer said.
The slain militants were identified as Abu Hurrera, a
selfstyled Divisional Commander, and his associate Abu Talha,
an army spokesman said.
The duo were involved in several militancyrelated
incidents, he said.
Some arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain
Nitish parted ways with BJP due to PM ambitions: ModiPurnea:The war of words between Narendra
Modi and Nitish Kumar escalated today with the BJP leader
saying the Bihar Chief Minister's "ambition" to become Prime
Minister drove him to split from BJP and accused him of
possessing Himalayan arrogance.
"Why was the BJPJD(U) alliance broken? Some said it was
his (Kumar) habit to stab in the back.... We came to know of
it four days back. The dream to become PM was not letting him
sleep. His arrogance is higher than Mt Everest. He says nobody
is as good a PM candidate as him," Modi told an election
rally, his third in Bihar and second in a week, at the
Rangabhumi maidan here.
Modi was referring to comments from Kumar last week that
he had more experience and was better qualified than those
"roaming around" for the PM's post.
The BJP's PM candidate said if he wins election, his
government would give special package for Bihar, sought by
Nitish Kumar, and anything else for the welfare.
However, in a dig at Kumar who had returned a Rs 5crore
aid offered by Gujarat for flood relief in Bihar in 2010 after
Modi advertised it in newspapers, Modi said Kumar should first
announce that he will not refuse any package offered to Bihar
by the Centre if BJP is voted to power.
"He had such arrogance that he virtually spat on the face
of people of Gujarat by returning the money. Such leaders
should announce that they would not kick back Centre's offer
and deny people their right due to his conceit. They must
apologise for what they have done," he said without naming the
Tearing into Kumar's claim of good law and order
and development work, he said, "The state government has
failed to check the spiralling crime graph, cases of terrorism
and naxal violence due to vote bank politics."
Modi, who devoted a major part of his hour long speech
lashing out at Bihar Chief Minister on his home turf, quoted
from Sachar Committee's report to highlight the better socio
economic conditions of Muslims in Gujarat than Bihar and
claimed that he practiced "true" secularism in his state.
Modi also lampooned the Third Front, of which Kumar is
one of the prime movers, calling it "a toli (group) of
exPrime Ministers and more than a dozen PM hopefuls who wake
up at the sound of elections and go to sleep for the remaining
"They have got their clothes stitched in the hope of
wearing it when they are elected PM."
Attacking Rahul Gandhi, Modi said he is delivering
lectures and accusing others as if he has "come from planet
He accused the Congress vice president of not answering
any questions posed to him on corruption, unemployment, price
rise and lack of development under his party's 10year rule.
"The Prince makes allegations but is not ready to answer
any question," Modi said. Referring to Rahul as 'Shehzaada'
(prince) numerous times during his address, he said, "Has he
come from mangal graha (Mars) that he does not know what is
happening in his own party and its work for the country in the
past 10 year?"
The CongressRJD alliance was also targeted by the BJP
prime ministerial candidate who called it a "bhrashtbandhan"
(corrupt alliance) and said even cows and buffaloes are afraid
of it as it may deprive them of their food, a reference to
Lalu Prasad's conviction in fodder scam.
AAP's 4th list includes journalist Ashish KhetanNew Delhi:Ashish Khetan, journalist and
founder of gulail.com, which had done a sting operation on
Gujarat Police tailing a woman allegedly at the behest of
Narendra Modi, has been given ticket by Aam Aadmi Party to
contest from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat in the coming election.
Khetan's name was among the 61 candidates in AAP's fourth
list released by it for the upcoming polls that included
former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan from Bangalore Central.
In the fourth list, the party has announced names of two
candidates from Delhi, 39 from Uttar Pradesh four from
Haryana, 13 in Karnataka and three in Punjab.
In South Delhi, a constituency that has concentration of
retired and serving defence personnel, the party has fielded
Col Devendra Sehrawat, a former defence personnel.
Interestingly, so far, the party has declared candidates
for all seven seats of which three worked as journalist, two
are academicians while one is a defence personnel and another
is a social activist.
From Chandani Chowk, the party had fielded journalist
Ashutosh and Jarnial Singh, another journalist who hurled a
shoe at Union Minister P Chidambaram in 2009, from West Delhi.
Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a noted
academician, is in electoral fray from East Delhi while JNU
professor Anand Kumar will contest from NorthEast Delhi.
From NorthWest Delhi, party has fielded social activist
Besides Balakrishnan, the Karnataka list includes Nina
Nayak from Bangalore South, where former Infosys CEO and UIADI
chairman Nandan Nilekani is in fray. The seat is currently
held by BJP's general secretary Ananth Kumar.
Candidates for 39 seats have been declared from Uttar
Pradesh with prominent being party leader and PAC member
Illyas Azmi from Lakhmipur Parliamentary seat. This also
includes the Kaushambi and Gautam Buddha Nagar seats, where
AAP holds considerable influence.
The party has also declared candidates for three seats of
Bhiwani, Faridabad and Karnal Parliamentary seats in Haryana.
AAP has till now announced candidates for 131 seats
across the country.
Cong leaves chunk of western UP seats to allies for LS pollsNew Delhi:Facing a difficult Lok Sabha election, Congress today virtually left a major part of western Uttar Pradesh to allies by giving as many as eight seats to Ajit Singh's RLD and three to Mahan Dal of KeshavMaurya.
AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry also indicated
that Apna Dal could be roped in to ensure an umbrella alliance
of JatKurmi and some nonYadav OBC communities along with
traditional support base of Congress.
The development occurred on a day when former SP General
Secretary Amar Singh and expelled SP MP Jaya Prada, who were
keen on joining Congress, were inducted into RLD.
Western UP has some 25 of the 80 constituencies in the
state, which accounts for the largest number of seats in Lok
Congress' hurry in sewing up the alliance with both
parties comes amid reports that BJP was planning to have a
tieup with them.
Apna Dal is a Kurmi outfit, while Mahan Dal launched by
horticulturist castes who go by the surnames of Shakyas,
Mauryas and Kushwahas, has presence among 'nonYadav' and
'nonLodh' voters in the region.
Launched by late Sonelal Patel, Apna Dal was an effort to
bring Kurmis, who account for approximately 4.5 per cent of
Congress had entered into an alliance with RLD before 2012
UP Assembly elections.
Etah, Nagina and Badaun, considered to be strongholds of
Samajawadi Party have been left for Mahan Dal.
The eight seats given to RLD are Fatehpur Sikri, Kairana,
Baghpat, Bulandshahr, Mathura, Hathras, Bijnore and Amroha.
RLD has five MPs in the outgoing House including Ajit
Singh from Baghpat and his son Jayant Chaudhary from Mathura.
The riots at Muzaffarnagar have changed the political
equation in western UP, where Muslims and Jats traditionally
voted together. BJP is banking heavily on Jat votes in the
changed situation, which has made RLD fight with its back to