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Power secretary is new election commissioner

india Updated: Apr 11, 2009 00:36 IST

New Delhi: Power Secretary VS Sampath will be the new member of the Election Commission. He will join the poll panel on April 20 to fill the vacancy following the retirement of Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami.

“Out of a panel of three, after careful consideration, it has been decided to recommend the name of Mr Sampath…,” Law Minister HR Bhardwaj said.

‘Vibrant Gujarat’, courtesy UPA?

New Delhi: Refuting Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s charges that the UPA government had not allocated enough funds to the state, Arjun Modhwadia, Congress Gujarat chief spokesperson, said the UPA had allocated more money than the NDA government. Using the information provided to him in response to an RTI application, he said the state got Rs 26,000 crore from the NDA government from 2000-04 , while the UPA allocated Rs 60,000 crore between 2004 and 2008. His comparative study, The Voice of Truth – The Hand of Congress in Growth of Gujarat, detailed the allocation of funds by the Centre to Gujarat since 2000.

Nitish very much in NDA, backs Advani

Buxar: Amid speculation that he may ditch NDA in favour of the Third Front, Janata Dal (U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday strongly backed BJP leader LK Advani as the next Prime Minister.

“A Prime Minister should also be a leader. Therefore, form a government at the Centre under the leadership of LK Advani,” he said at a rally, sharing the stage with BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Shiv Sena not to back Pawar as PM

Mumbai: In a clear indication that his party will not back NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s bid to become Prime Minister, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday, a person who could not solve farmers’ problems “cannot become the prime minister”.

“How can a person who as agriculture minister could not solve problems of farmers become the prime minister?” Thackeray asked while talking to reporters after releasing the Sena’s manifesto.

Cong names 2 more Haryana candidates

Chandigarh: After days of bickering, the Congress on Friday named Kailana MLA Jitender Malik, protégé of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as its candidate from Sonepat.

Shruti Choudhry, daughter of Minister of State for Tourism and Forests Kiran Choudhry, has been fielded from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh constituency. She’ll take on INLD secretary general and Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala, son of former CM Om Prakash Chautala, in what is expected to be a gripping contest.