Ex-Gujarat DGP Sreekumar joins AAP

Ahmedabad: Former Gujarat Director General of Police R B Sreekumar, who has been long waging a legal battle for the 2002 communal riots victims and has taken on Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the process, joined Aam Aadmi Party On Thursday. “R B Sreekumar has officially joined the Aam Aadmi Party and he joins our political fight against corruption,” AAP Gujarat convener Sukhdev Patel said. He said, “Other secular parties are not fulfilling the promises they made to the people. They are not saying anything against the notorious level of corruption that prevails in Gujarat.

Baroda Cong chief to get LS seat

NEW DELHI: Vadodara City Congress President Narendra Kumar Rawat, an engineer by profession, on Thursday won the primaries of the party to become its candidate for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat. He baged 265 votes, defeating his nearest rival Suresh Bhai Patel, a former City Congress chief and a reputed builder, by a margin of 65 votes in a 4-cornered contest. The two other primaries, the last in the series of 16 for the Lok Sabha elections threw up C Narayana Swamy (189) as winner defeating G C Chandrasshekhar (123) in the 4-cornered contest in Bangalore North while the 7-cornered contest in Latur (Maharashtra) saw Dattatraya Bansole winning with 760 votes as against only double digit votes to others.

AP is ‘expenditure-sensitive’: EC

Hyderabad: With Rs 16 crore of unaccounted cash seized in Andhra Pradesh in the the last eight days, the Election Commission is considering the state to be “expenditure sensitive” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “In the context of what we have seen in the last 7-8 days, we have considered Andhra Pradesh and within Andhra Pradesh, some of the districts, as more expenditure sensitive,” Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said.

Third Front a non-starter: Sushil

Patna: BJP on Thursday made light of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s claim that the third front would form the next government at the Centre, saying it would remain a dream due to conflict of interests arising from multiple contenders for the PM’s post. The disintegration process of the third front already started with the AIADMK parting ways following differences with the Left parties in Tamil Nadu. SP and the Left parties failed to work out seat-sharing arrangement in Uttar Pradesh, former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said in a statement.

BJP forms two Andhra units

NEW DELHI: Two days after the Congress set up two separate state units of the party in the bifurcated Andhra Pradesh, the Bhartiya Janata Party on Thursday followed suit, declaring its senior leader and national executive member Kambhampati Hari Babu as the president of Andhra Pradesh (Seemandha) unit of the party. A BJP press release said present Andhra Pradesh BJP president G Kishan Reddy will be now the president of the new Telangana BJP. It said the BJP has also appointed Somu Veeraju as convener of the election management committee for Seemandhra. Though the Assembly elections are being held simultaneously for the present single AP, the parties are gearing up to constitute their respective units to handle the different campaigns in the respective areas. The issues they raise in Telangana cannot be raised in Seemandhra and vice-versa.   – Agencies

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