Prasad-Paswan bonhomie worries Cong in Bihar
The sudden bonhomie between RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan has set alarm bells ringing in Bihar Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The grand old party's decision not to go for a national alliance and instead go for state specific tie-ups appears to have emboldened the two UPA constituents to galvanize their strength in their backyard.
Congress, which was given a 'raw deal' in the last Lok Sabha elections by handing out only four of the 40 seats in the seat sharing, fears whether the same fate awaits it this time too.
"Prasad's sudden closeness to Paswan aims at pressurising Congress into accepting to contest only on four seats, which we were forced to accept last time," a senior party leader from Bihar, who declined to be named, said.
Last time too, we were trying to keep Paswan with us before talking to Prasad on seat sharing but ultimately they got together and made us accept just four seats as against our demand of 21.
This time, Congress wants 17 seats and is even ready to settle for 10, but now everything looks uncertain. It has been marginalised in the key state of the Hindi heartland for the last two decades in the wake of the resurgence of Mandal and Mandir issues.
Delhi is likely to see cloudy sky with light rain on Wednesday, with light to moderate thundershowers expected towards evening, the India Meteorological Department said in its forecast. The minimum temperature on Wednesday is likely to be around 28 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature is predicted to reach 37 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature on Tuesday was 37.9 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature stayed at 29 degrees Celsius.
Polling across 44 districts for the first phase of elections to urban bodies in Madhya Pradesh begins today. A total of 1.04 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polling, an official informed news agency PTI. Voting will go on till 5pm, he added. Votes will be cast for municipal corporations including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Chhindwara, Ujjain, Sagar, Singrauli and Satna.
Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.
A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.
A local court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Kalyani Singh, an accused in the murder of national-level shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu. Lodged in Model Jail, Sector 51, since June 21, Kalyani, 36, was produced in court via video conferencing. On Monday, she had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8.