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Kolkata:Agreeing to a 17-point agendaproposed by Anna Hazare for political parties, the TrinamoolCongress has sought guidance from the Gandhian activist."We accept your 17 points economic agenda and needyour guidance also," Trinamool's national general secretaryMukul Roy said in a recent letter to Hazare.He was replying to a letter from the anti-corruptioncrusader which had sought the party's support in implementinga list of programmes in Parliament after this year's LokSabha polls.Roy said that most of these issues pertaining toimproving the life of common man, development of village-basedindustries, transparency in acquiring agricultural land,improving the condition of the minorities, etc, have alreadybeen included in their party manifesto for the 2009 Lok Sabhaelections and the 2011 state Assembly polls."I would like to assure you that we are wholeheartedlyworking to incorporate many more such ideas in our party's2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto as well," the Trinamoolleader said.TMC national spokesperson Derek O'Brien said, "Thelives of Annaji and Mamata didi are aligned in theirsimplicity. We will look upto him to guide us".Hazare had yesterday lauded the Trinamool supremo forher simplicity.In the letter, Roy also congratulated Hazare on hisrelentless efforts to bring transparency in public life.PTI

Make in India: Dinner snub adds to BJP, Senas growing distance

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Make in India: Dinner snub adds to BJP, Senas growing distance

By Sanjay SawantIn the clearest indication yet of increasing distance between the BJP and its ally, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has not been invited to any of the Make in India initiative events ...


Pro-Afzal Guru sloganeering: JNUSU fight gets intense, AISA denies making anti-national slogans

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Pro-Afzal Guru sloganeering: JNUSU fight gets intense, AISA denies making anti-national slogans

New Delhi: Who raised anti-national slogans in Jawaharlal Nehru University on 9 February? As the campus virtually turned into a battleground on Friday with the right wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Par...

Am I worse than Pakistan?: Kejriwal questions PM Modi's commitment to cooperative federalism

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Am I worse than Pakistan?: Kejriwal questions PM Modi's commitment to cooperative federalism

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif a happy birthday but attacks me, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said, questioning Modi's commitment to &...

Ahead of West Bengal polls, Mamata speaks out on 'factionalism' in TMC

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Ahead of West Bengal polls, Mamata speaks out on 'factionalism' in TMC

Kolkata: Sending out a strong message against "factionalism" within the TMC ahead of the assembly polls in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday warned of stern act...

SC verdict on National Herald will 'expose malicious allegations', says Congress

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SC verdict on National Herald will 'expose malicious allegations', says Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order in the National Herald case saying it would give an opportunity to the party to "expose the false and malicious" allegation...

Bloodbath in the brook: JNU, the Anti-National debate and the 'national project'

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Bloodbath in the brook: JNU, the Anti-National debate and the 'national project'

By Saib BilavalMuch controversy has arisen over the past few days due to the hosting of a function related to Afzal Guru, tied to the broader theme of human rights and state oppression.Before I start,...

Congress whitewashed facts due to its dislike for Modi: BJP on Headley deposition

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Congress whitewashed facts due to its dislike for Modi: BJP on Headley deposition

New Delhi: BJP on Friday kept up its attack on Congress over David Headley's deposition that Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in 2004, was an LeT terrorist, accusing it of "whitewashing" facts d...