Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said that Pranab Mukherjee should begin his tenure as President by rejecting the mercy plea of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and create history.
Congratulating Mukherjee on his election as the 13th President, Thackeray said we have great expectations from Pranab Mukherjee. "First of all, reject Afzal's mercy petition and hang him. The terrorist who attacked the sovereignty of the country should not stay alive," Sena mouthpiece 'Samana' quoted Thackeray as saying.
"You (Pranab) will have to perform this sacred duty," he said. Recalling the contribution of 'Lal, Bal and Pal' (Lala Lajpat Rai, Balgangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal) in the freedom struggle, he said even today the magic of this triumvirate remains.
"Lal's Punjab is occupying the Prime Ministerial post but the country has not got the required strength. This is because of the hollow functioning (of the government) under Sonia
Gandhi's blessings. Nobody can occupy the place of Tilak. Now Pal's place is taken by Pranab Mukherjee. It is a matter of pride," Thackeray said.
One Junior Commanding Officer was killed and another jawan injured after a major infiltration bid by a group of six terrorists was foiled by the Army along LoC in Machil in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to travel to Washington in a few months at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of 28 Ministers.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official, who is also the Chief Investigating Officer probing the coal block allocation scam, was caught taking a bribe of Rs 15 lakh on Friday.
Farmers in Coimbatore region on Friday threatened that they would resort to mass suicides if government went ahead with its plan to increase power tariff.
DMK leader MK Stalin on Friday surrendered his illegally-imported Hummer to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Chennai.
A month after an explosion took place opposite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Malleshwaram in Bangalore, police are yet to zero in on the person who had planted the bomb.