In Hebbal by-poll animosity between Congress old guard and outsiders comes to the fore

siddharamBengaluru, Feb 17: It was 2:1 in favour of the BJP in Karnataka. The BJP won the seats at Hebbal, Devadurga and lost at Bidar to the Congress.
Among the three constituencies which went to polls, the most keenly watched was the one at Hebbal, Bengaluru.
The BJP’s Y Narayanasamy beat Rehman Sharif of the Congress to take the Hebbal seat. While the BJP is all smiles to take this high profile constituency which it had held, for the Congress there are bound to be some worries ahead.

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J&K impasse: BJP’s central leadership keen on continuing alliance with PDP

mehboo-amitNew Delhi, Feb 11: Hectic discussions on the formation of a government in Jammu and Kashmir will get underway with BJP’s Ram Madhav set to meet with PDP chief, Mehbooba Mufti.

Sources say that the central leadership of the BJP is keen that the government should be formed with the PDP. However it would tread carefully before giving into the demands of the PDP.

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AAP saw 275% increase in donations from 2013 to 2015

aapNew Delhi, Feb 8: The Aam Admi Party is the only state recognised party of Delhi and it saw an increase of 275% in donations from 2013-14 to 2014-15, which is much higher than the National parties’ total increase of 151%. AAP received a total of Rs 9.42 crores as donations above Rs 20,000 during 2013-14 and Rs 35.28 crores during 2014-15.
It is to be noted that AAP, in its donations report for FY 2014-15, had declared donations received below Rs 20,000 too says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

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J&K- BJP’s Ram Madhav to meet PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti

rammadhavNew Delhi, Feb 9: The BJP which has decided to set a deadline for the formation of a government in Jammu and Kashmir has also instructed senior leader Ram Madhav to hold talks with Mehbooba Mufti.
The BJP had decided that it would wait until the start of the Parliament session before taking a final call on the formation of the government at Jammu and Kashmir. Ram Madhav to meet Mehbooba Mufti

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J&K: CBM can’t include talking to separatists says BJP

Delhi, Feb 6: The PDP in Jammu and Kashmir had made it clear if the government has to be formed then there needs to be confidence building measures. While there are many demands, one of them are to have talks with the separatists. The BJP is clearly in no mood for this as it feels that talking with the separatists will do no good and moreover the image of the party can take a beating.
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J&K govt formation: Suspense continues as Mehbooba seeks CBMs from Centre

mehboob1New Delhi, Feb 2: The suspense over the formation of the government in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to continue for sometime.
Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, the PDP leader who met with the governor appraised him of the situation and also explained why there was a delay in the formation of the government.
Mehbooba Mufti who spoke with the media later said that the centre should initiate Confidence Building Measures specific to Jammu and Kashmir. If this is done then a government will be in place in Jammu and Kashmir.

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J&K govt: BJP, PDP a coalition that was never meant to be

img_0620The survival chances of the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir is looking grim. However in politics nothing can really be predicted until the last word is spoken.
The drama that has unfolded over the past couple of weeks following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is only an indicator that this coalition was never on the same page.

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J&K government: BJP puts the ball in PDP’s court Read m

mehboob1With the BJP firm on not re-negotiating the agenda of alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the ball is in the court of Mehbooba Mufti. The BJP and the PDP were given a February 2 deadline to decide on the fate of the alliance by the Governor, N N Vohra.

When the BJP leaders meet with the Governor on Tuesday, they will tell him that they are interested in continuing with the alliance. However the agenda of alliance cannot be re-negotiated and hence it is up to Mehbooba to take a final call, the BJP would tell the Governor.

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J&K govt formation: Clarify stand by Feb 2, Governor tells BJP & PDP

mehboSrinagar, Feb 1: The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vohra has directed both the BJP and the PDP to clarify its stand on the formation of the government by Tuesday, Feb 2. The Governor issued the ultimatum as both parties are still locked in negotiations over the future of the alliance.
The Governor has said that both parties must ensure that there is clarity on the future of the alliance by tomorrow. The governor’s ultimatum comes in the wake of both parties refusing to blink on the future of the alliance.

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Interview: ‘In J&K BJP and PDP must stick to each other’

sandeepshastriThere is no official word on the government formation at Jammu and Kashmir. The government of the PDP and the BJP broke down following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The opposition in Jammu and Kashmir has been seeking fresh polls if both parties cannot iron out their differences.
Will there be fresh polls in the state? Dr Sandeep Shastri feels that the negotiations today are all about posturing. In this interview with OneIndia, Dr Shastri says that in all likelihood the differences will be ironed out as both BJP and the PDP cannot afford polls at the moment.

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