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Trinamool quits UPA

Kolkata/New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday withdrew her Trinamool Congress party’s support to the UPA government, but both she and the Congress indicated a last minute compromise may still be possible. Banerjee announced the unexpected decision after a three-hour meeting of party leaders in Kolkata, four days after the central government unleashed

Hamid Ansari re-elected Vice President

New Delhi: UPA candidate Hamid Ansari scored comfortable victory in the vice-presidential election Tuesday, defeating NDA nominee Jaswant Singh to secure another term in office. The anticipated outcome was announced by Lok Sabha Secretary General T.K. Viswanathan, the returning officer for the poll, minutes after the counting of votes ended Tuesday evening. Ansari, 75, polled

Pranab Mukherjee is India’s next President

New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee, the ruling United Progressive Alliance’s key strategist and a long-time minister, was Sunday elected India’s 13th President by an overwhelming majority of MPs and legislators across the political spectrum, leaving his rival P.A. Sangma bruised. One of India’s most experienced and canny politicians, Mukherjee, the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate,

Jaswant Singh is NDA choice for Vice President

New Delhi: Divided over the presidential poll, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA Monday unanimously named BJP veteran leader Jaswant Singh as its Vice Presidential candidate. Although numbers in Parliament do not favour Jaswant Singh, he denied he was fighting a losing battle. “This particular election of President and Vice President goes beyond number,” he told

UPA renominates Ansari for Vice President

New Delhi: Incumbent Hamid Ansari will be the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate in the Vice Presidential election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced here Saturday. Making the announcement at the UPA leaders’ meeting, Gandhi said that Ansari has presided over the Rajya Sabha as its Chairman with dignity. She said the UPA is honoured to

Kalam opts out of presidential fight

New Delhi: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Monday said he won’t contest the presidential election after studying the “totality” of the situation, spiking what could have been a high-profile battle with Pranab Mukherjee. The decision disappointed Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which were keen to pit the former missile

Bengal celebrates Pranab’s presidential candidature

Kolkata/Mirati: Having missed the bus 16 years ago when then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu could not become the Prime Minister following objections from his own party, West Bengal Friday celebrated the nomination of another son of the soil, Pranab Mukherjee as candidate for the nation’s presidency with sweets and bursting of firecrackers. It is the

Indian government terms army ‘coup’ report ‘alarmist’

New Delhi/Visakhapatnam: The stir caused by the media report Wednesday morning about an attempted ‘military coup’ in January turned into a whimper by the evening after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it ‘alarmist’ and Defence Minister A.K. Antony termed it ‘baseless’ and vouching for the army’s pro-democracy credentials. The nation woke up Wednesday to an

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