New Delhi: The buzz in BJP circles is as much about a possible victory as about a possible defeat. Leaders are factoring in their prospects in the face of a defeat. Many second-rung leaders expect that LK Advani may not be keen on being Leader of Opposition again if the BJP does lose. So, who next? Party president Rajnath Singh is rumoured to be keen on leading the opposition if the need arises. Another claimant for the Opposition leader’s role is Sushma Swaraj, who will contest from Vidisha as also veteran Jaswant Singh who is in the fray from Darjeeling.
Trinamool to decide on joining govt after vote
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress will decide only after the Lok Sabha polls whether to join the government if a Congress-led alliance comes to power. "It is too early to decide on the issue. The party will take a decision after the election. If not I, there are others in my party who could be ministers," Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee said.
Strike in Imphal to protest Sonia visit
Imphal: A 14-hour general strike has been called in Imphal to protest UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Manipur on Saturday. Sonia is to to address an election rally ahead of the LS polls.
Rahul need not wait till 2014 to be PM: Omar
Imphal: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said Rahul Gandhi does not have to wait till the 2014 Lok Sabha polls to occupy the top post. “Why would you assume, it has to wait till 2014,” said Omar when asked if he thought the 38-year-old Congress leader will be ready for the top post by the next LS polls. So, has Rahul ever spoken to Omar about the top job? Omar laughed away saying, “We only talk about computers and motorbikes.”
No ticket for Arjun Singh & family
New Delhi: The Congress has not issued tickets to Arjun Singh or his two children for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The union minister's son Ajay Singh, an MLA from Churhat, was keen to contest from Sidhi while the senior Congressman was keen that his daughter Veena Singh gets a ticket from Satna. However, neither were accommodated by the Congress leadership that decided to field former state minister Indrajit Singh Patel from Sidhi and Sudhir Singh Tomar from Satna.