No objection to separate Telangana, but consensus needed: Sonia

Hyderabad, March 01: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said here the party had no objection to carving out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh but was trying to evolve consensus on the issue. Addressing a massive public meeting, she merely reiterated the party’s stand on the issue, leaving Telangana supporters disappointed.

Our foreign policy will have muscle: Advani

New Delhi, February 24: The National Democratic Alliance, if elected to power, would pursue a “muscular foreign policy” that would preserve the country’s autonomy and secure its interests in the neighbourhood, Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani said here on Monday.

Mr. Advani was summing up the party’s view after a meeting with experts on foreign policy issues at his residence.

Thackeray refuses to meet Advani

Mumbai, February 24: Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray refused to meet BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani here on Tuesday, sources said.

Advani is in Mumbai for a party function.

Sources also said that Advani wanted to meet Thackeray, but was refused a meeting with the Shiv Sena head

–Agencies

‘End factionalism in Congress’

New Delhi, February 25: With elections around the corner, Congress President Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said there will be no problem within the party if factionalism ended.

“If factionalism comes to an end, there is no problem at all,” she said addressing party MPs in the last meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party of the 14th Lok Sabha, Union Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Gandhi said the party ran a coalition government successfully and asked the party MPs to spread the message of achievements of the government all across the country.

Pranab presents Interim Budget in Parliament

New Delhi, February 16: Presenting the Interim Budget in the Parliament, acting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the economy had maintained a growth between 7%-8% and per capita income had grown by 7.4% in the last 4 yrs. He also said that government was within striking distance of fiscal correction. He people of India had voted for change. He referred to the CMP of the UPA which he said was created to bring about this change.

India can give befitting reply to erring neighbours: Sonia

“India’s identity in the world is that people of various religions and communities live here in harmony… Our neighbours want to weaken our strength and destroy unity and brotherhood. They are not aware that we can give a befitting reply,” Gandhi said addressing a public rally here.

Pakistan not an enemy of India

Srinagar, January 17: Pakistan is not an enemy of India but there are elements in that country which do not want normal bilateral relations, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said.

“We expect a response from Pakistan in terms of fulfilling the commitment of working together with us to ensure that their soil is not used for terrorism,” Abdullah, who was here as the chief guest at Business India Businessman of the Year Award, said.

“I recognise that Pakistan is not an enemy of India. There are elements within Pakistan that do not want normal relations with India,” he said.