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Spotlight on Rahul as campaign wraps upRahul Gandhi at Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad. PTI

Spotlight on Rahul as campaign wraps up

13 Dec 2017 | 1:21 AM

NEW DELHI:For the first time in many years, Rahul Gandhi has been as visible on campaign trail as he has been in Gujarat, home state of PM Narendra Modi. As the canvassing for the high-stake poll wrapped up today, one thing was clear — Rahul would have to take ownership for the result, notwithstanding its nature.

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Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 12

For the first time in many years, Rahul Gandhi has been as visible on campaign trail as he has been in Gujarat, home state of PM Narendra Modi.

As the canvassing for the high-stake poll wrapped up today, one thing was clear — Rahul would have to take ownership for the result, notwithstanding its nature. His personal confidence was there for everyone to see in Ahmadabad today when he declared that the Gujarat election result would be “stunning”. But party insiders are keeping fingers crossed for the simple reason that for at least this one election they put all their eggs in one basket — that of Rahul.

Barring ex-PM Manmohan Singh, who made a few appearances in Gujarat and cornered the PM on GST and demonetisation, other veterans were nearly invisible. It was Rahul who steered the aggressive three-month campaign in the state single handedly taking on the PM and flagging gaps in his “Gujarat development model”.

Congress’ tallest Gujarat leader, Ahmed Patel, remained low profile and was in the news mainly when the PM attacked him, insinuating that he was Congress pick for the state’s chief ministerial candidate.

Patel had recently embarrassed the BJP by bagging a RS seat from Gujarat in the face of tremendous political odds. But the powerful political adviser to outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Patel, was curiously in the shadows in Gujarat campaign as was Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, another star campaigner in the Congress list of 40.

Sonia did not step out and allowed her son to take the lead. Seniors say Rahul’s dominance in Gujarat is a sign of his leadership.

Seaplane flies Modi, triggers security row

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

AHMEDABAD:PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday flew in a seaplane from the Sabarmati riverfront to Dharoi Dam on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat elections, courting a controversy over a possible breach of security protocol.

Post-GST, every day is a struggle for them

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

AHMEDABAD/VADODRA: Swarming with labourers, Thakarnagar in Ahmedabad is a cacophony of mixed Gujarati dialects early in the morning.

Haryana heist inspired Mumbai robbery

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

MUMBAI: A gang of thieves that broke into the Bank of Baroda’s branch at Juinagar in Navi Mumbai last month and made off with more than 11 kg gold was inspired by a similar burglary at Punjab National Bank’s branch in Haryana, the police said.

India, Australia hold first 2+2 talks

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: India and Australia today held the inaugural 2+2 talks with Foreign and Defence Secretaries from both sides focusing on bilateral strategic and defence relations.

Open prison in each district?

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to hold meeting of states and union territories to consider setting up at least one open prison in each district across the country.

Up to Rs 20 lakh reward for NDPS seizures

Up to Rs 20 lakh reward for NDPS seizures

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: A government official will now be eligible for grant of reward worth Rs 20 lakh during entire job span for seizures in cases relating to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as per guidelines issued by the Centre recently.

SC relief to forces: ACP not allowance, but part of pay

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Supreme Court has ruled that grant of assured career progression (ACP) scheme is part of the employees’ “pay structure” and does not fall in the category of “allowances”, thereby granting relief to armed forces personnel who had been denied the benefit.

After 1,000 childbirths, nurse retires aged 80

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

SHILLONG: Kyiek Mukhim (80), a nurse-cum-midwife who assisted in the delivery of over 1,000 babies and attended to innumerable medical emergencies in the remote villages of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district, has finally taken voluntary retirement.

Hurt in boxing match, OTA cadet succumbs

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

CHENNAI: A cadet at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) here died of injuries he sustained while participating in a boxing competition, a defence statement said today.

Sharad moves HC against RS disqualification

Sharad moves HC against RS disqualification

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: Former JD-U president Sharad Yadav today moved the Delhi High Court seeking setting aside of his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.

Winter session: Govt calls all-party meet tomorrow

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar will convene an all-party meeting on December 14 ahead of the winter session of Parliament.

Rajiv case: No relief to convict

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI:The SC today ruled out for now a plea to suspend the life sentence of a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case pending the completion of the probe by CBI's Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency in the larger conspiracy aspect.

Power in every Bihar home by 2018: Nitish

Power in every Bihar home by 2018: Nitish

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced that electricity would be made available to each household by the end of next year and potable water within four years.

Ultra gunned down in Arunachal

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

GUWAHATI: The Army engaged in counter-insurgency operations in south Arunachal Pradesh areas bordering Myanmar gunned down a cadre of Naga rebel group NSCN-K at Tissa village in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on last night.

6 get death for killing Dalit

13 Dec 2017 | 1:18 AM

TIRUPUR (TN): Six persons were sentenced to death by a court here today in connection with the suspected honour killing of a 22-year-old Dalit man in full public view in nearby Udumalpet in March last year.

Tribal region: Where Modi is still CM, and Indira recalled

Tribal region: Where Modi is still CM, and Indira recalled

12 Dec 2017 | 10:00 PM

CHHOTA UDAIPUR/PAVI JETPUR: Time seems to have come to a standstill in some tribal areas of Gujarat. More than three years after Narendra Modi became the country’s prime minister, for a section of people here he is still the chief minister.

Modi eats imported mushrooms that cost Rs 80,000 apiece, claims Thakore

Modi eats imported mushrooms that cost Rs 80,000 apiece, claims Thakore

12 Dec 2017 | 9:49 PM

GANDHINAGAR: OBC leader and Congress candidate Alpesh Thakor on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi disliked Gujarati food and was fond of Taiwanese mushrooms which cost Rs 80,000 apiece. (Video inside)

Prosecution takes to task political expert fielded by Mallya’s defence

Prosecution takes to task political expert fielded by Mallya’s defence

12 Dec 2017 | 8:39 PM

LONDON: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Tuesday tore into the evidence provided by a political expert deposed by Vijay Mallya’s defence, claiming that he had relied on flawed material to discredit Indian investigation agencies like the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Convene meeting on feasibility of having open jails: SC to MHA

Convene meeting on feasibility of having open jails: SC to MHA

12 Dec 2017 | 8:24 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to convene a meeting of directors general or inspectors general of prisons of all states and union territories to discuss the feasibility of establishing open jails across the country.

Will prayers reach god from illegally built temples, asks Delhi HC

Will prayers reach god from illegally built temples, asks Delhi HC

12 Dec 2017 | 8:04 PM

NEW DELHI: Will prayers reach god if you pray from temples built illegally on pavements? This was a question posed by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday as it dealt with a case of removing encroachments from around the 108-feet tall Hanuman statue in the Karol Bagh area of central Delhi.

India, Australia hold first '2+2 dialogue' on strategic, defence ties

India, Australia hold first '2+2 dialogue' on strategic, defence ties

12 Dec 2017 | 7:54 PM

NEW DELHI: India and Australia on Tuesday reviewed all aspects of bilateral ties during the inaugural ‘2+2 dialogue’ and agreed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is in the long-term interests of all countries in the region.

Will prayers reach God from illegally built temples, asks HC

Will prayers reach God from illegally built temples, asks HC

12 Dec 2017 | 7:01 PM

NEW DELHI: Will prayers reach God if you pray from temples built illegally on pavements? This was a question posed by the Delhi High Court today as it dealt with a case of removing encroachments in central Delhi.

Centre proposes 12 special courts to hear criminal cases against lawmakers

Centre proposes 12 special courts to hear criminal cases against lawmakers

12 Dec 2017 | 10:23 PM

NEW DELHI: Ticked off by the Supreme Court for its lackadaisical approach on the issue of weeding out criminals from politics, the Centre has proposed to set up 12 Special Courts to expeditiously decide criminal cases pending against lawmakers in terms of its March 10, 2014 order.

Gujarat campaigning dust settles; stage set for ballot duel

Gujarat campaigning dust settles; stage set for ballot duel

12 Dec 2017 | 6:37 PM

AHMEDABAD: The curtains came down on campaigning for the second phase of polling in Gujarat on Monday, where the canvassing saw charges flying thick and fast with the top brass of the BJP and the Congress launching no holds barred attacks against each other.

At Vadnagar, tea tales by trackless station and lack of jobs

At Vadnagar, tea tales by trackless station and lack of jobs

12 Dec 2017 | 5:49 PM

VADNAGAR (MEHSANA): The renovation of the Vadnagar railway station, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have worked at his father’s tea stall as a child, was complete within four months, says Arvind Kumar, a civil engineer associated with the redevelopment of the station.

Sharad Yadav moves HC against disqualification from Rajya Sabha

Sharad Yadav moves HC against disqualification from Rajya Sabha

12 Dec 2017 | 5:45 PM

NEW DELHI: Former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking setting aside of his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.

Centre release Rs 174 crore to HP, 5 other states for border area development

12 Dec 2017 | 5:28 PM

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday released Rs 174 crore to six states, including Himachal Pradesh, having international border for developing social and physical infrastructure in the villages situated in forward areas.

Haryana bank heist inspired Navi Mumbai bank robbery

Haryana bank heist inspired Navi Mumbai bank robbery

12 Dec 2017 | 5:28 PM

MUMBAI: A gang of thieves who broke into the Bank of Baroda’s branch at Juinagar in Navi Mumbai last month and made off with more than 11 kilograms of gold were inspired by a similar burglary at Punjab National Bank’s branch at Haryana, police said.

Govt issues norms to reward those involved in seizure of drugs

Govt issues norms to reward those involved in seizure of drugs

12 Dec 2017 | 5:13 PM

NEW DELHI: A government official will now be eligible for a grant of reward worth Rs 20,00,000 during his career span for cases relating to seizures of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, according to the guidelines recently issued by the government.

Six sentenced to death in TN honour killing

Six sentenced to death in TN honour killing

12 Dec 2017 | 3:54 PM

CHENNAI: A court in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur district on Tuesday sentenced six people to death in an honour killing. Of the six, one is the father of the girl, S. Kausalya, whose husband Shankar was murdered in 2016.

Engineer shot dead in Bihar

Engineer shot dead in Bihar

12 Dec 2017 | 3:44 PM

PATNA: A junior enginner, employed with the irrigation department in Bihar, has been shot dead by unidentified persons in Saran district while he was on his way home in the state capital, police said on Tuesday.

Undercurrent against BJP in Guj; results will be ‘zabardast’: Rahul

Undercurrent against BJP in Guj; results will be ‘zabardast’: Rahul

12 Dec 2017 | 7:58 PM

AHMEDABAD: There is a “tremendous undercurrent” against the BJP in Gujarat, Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi claimed on Tuesday, and predicted a “zabardast” victory for his party in the Assembly elections.

Not much headway made in Rajiv murder conspiracy probe: SC

Not much headway made in Rajiv murder conspiracy probe: SC

12 Dec 2017 | 1:34 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the CBI-led investigation in the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi does not appear to have achieved "much headway".

Surjewala mocks Modi's seaplane travel as 'Hawa Hawai'

Surjewala mocks Modi's seaplane travel as 'Hawa Hawai'

12 Dec 2017 | 5:46 PM

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a seaplane for campaigning in Gujarat, terming it "Hawa Hawai" and added that the ruling BJP did not understand development.

HC dismisses Kejriwal's plea to strike down Jaitley's reply

HC dismisses Kejriwal's plea to strike down Jaitley's reply

12 Dec 2017 | 10:33 PM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Arvind Kejriwal's plea to strike down Arun Jaitley's reply filed in response to his written submission in the second Rs 10 crore defamation suit against the chief minister.

In Gujarat, a recurring question, where have the jobs gone?

12 Dec 2017 | 12:51 PM

RADHANPUR/PATAN/VADGAM: The state highways are smooth but the journeys are long and arduous. So they take refuge in their smartphones, mostly encased in plastic, shutting themselves off from the rest of the world.

Dalit woman rape: Kerala court convicts migrant labourer

Dalit woman rape: Kerala court convicts migrant labourer

12 Dec 2017 | 12:31 PM

KOCHI: A court here on Tuesday found a migrant labourer from Assam guilty of rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit law student in Kerala last year.

3 soldiers missing after avalanche in Kashmir, 2 fall down slope

3 soldiers missing after avalanche in Kashmir, 2 fall down slope

12 Dec 2017 | 5:22 PM

SRINAGAR: Three soldiers were missing after an avalanche, triggered by fresh snow, struck a forward post in Gurez sector in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday.

PMLA case: Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi gets bail

12 Dec 2017 | 11:57 AM

NEW DELHI: Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi was on Tuesday granted bail by a Delhi court in a money-laundering case. Special judge Arun Bharadwaj, who had reserved the order on Qureshi’s application on December 4, gave him the relief on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and a surety of a like amount.

Modi takes seaplane from Sabarmati; visits Ambaji Temple

Modi takes seaplane from Sabarmati; visits Ambaji Temple

12 Dec 2017 | 7:02 PM

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew in a seaplane from the Sabarmati river to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district and then travelled by road to Banaskantha district to offer prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple on Monday, the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly polls.

Mashqoor Ahmad elected AMU students union president

12 Dec 2017 | 11:52 AM

ALIGARH: Mashqoor Ahmad Usmani from Bihar has been elected as the next students union president of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), varsity officials said on Tuesday.

Three killed as tourist bus plunges into river in Kerala

Three killed as tourist bus plunges into river in Kerala

12 Dec 2017 | 11:41 AM

THALASSERY(KER): Three people, including a woman and her son, were killed when the tourist bus they were travelling in went out of control, and fell into the nearby Peringathur river early on Tuesday.

Three suspected ULFA-I cadre shoot dead father, son in Assam

Three suspected ULFA-I cadre shoot dead father, son in Assam

12 Dec 2017 | 11:28 AM

TINSUKIA (ASSAM): Three suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA-I) cadre dressed in army fatigues have shot dead a Village Defence Force (VDF) president and his son in Simaluguri area of the district.

Nirbhaya case: SC to hear convict's review petition

Nirbhaya case: SC to hear convict's review petition

12 Dec 2017 | 11:24 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday the review petitions filed by one of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.

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