Sharad Pawar Calls 2-Day Meet On Candidate Selection For Lok Sabha Polls


Sharad Pawar will discuss the current political situation in the 21 Lok Sabha seats.

Mumbai: 

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar has called a two-day meeting of leaders of the state unit of the party in Mumbai to discuss selection of candidates in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls.

The meeting will be held on Saturday and Sunday, said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.

The party has already demanded 50-50 seat-sharing formula in its talks for alliance with the Congress, Mr Malik told PTI.

Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha constituencies. In 2014 elections, the two parties had an alliance; the Congress had contested 27 and NCP had contested 21 seats then.

Mr Pawar will discuss the current political situation in the 21 Lok Sabha seats the party had contested in 2014 and discuss the process of selection of candidates, Mr Malik said.

The party has also called leaders from Jalna, Aurangabad, Dhule and Ichalkaranji, as it will stake claim to these four seats which the Congress had contested in the last elections, Mr Malik said.

Ichalkaranji is presently represented by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna’s Raju Shetti, who has quit the NDA and allied with the Congress.





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John Kerry, Ex-Presidential Candidate Says Donald Trump Has “Insecurity Of A Teenage Girl”


John Kerry is being criticized for comparing President Donald Trump to a teenage girl (AFP)

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is being criticized for comparing President Donald Trump to a teenage girl during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Kerry visited the late-night talk show Friday to promote his new memoir, “Every Day is Extra.” Shortly after Kerry sat down, however, host Bill Maher brought up a Trump tweet from the day before, in which the president had accused the former secretary of state of having “illegal meetings” with the Iranian government.

“BAD!” Trump wrote at the end of the tweet.

“What did you do, John F. Kerry, that was ‘BAD’?” Maher asked Kerry.

“I think I told the truth,” Kerry replied. “He’s the first president that I know of who spends more time reading his Twitter ‘likes’ than his briefing books or the Constitution of the United States.”

The crowd cheered. Kerry continued to lament what he thought was the deleterious effect of Trump’s lies on American democracy.

“Unfortunately, we have a president, literally, for whom ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ is three different things. And you don’t even know what they are,” Kerry said. “I don’t want to get into a real riff on this, but I gotta tell you –“

“Do it!” someone in the audience shouted, egging him on.

Kerry acknowledged the interjection, then continued: “He really is the rare combination of an 8-year-old boy – I mean, he’s got the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl. It’s just who he is.”

“A ‘mean girl!'” Maher said.

“Mean girls,” Kerry replied, nodding. “It can be mean.”

Kerry shrugged. Maher laughed. The audience applauded. The two men moved on to discuss a variety of other subjects covered in the forthcoming memoir, including Kerry’s work as secretary of state and his friendship with the late Sen. John McCain.

Online, though, Kerry’s comments were not as well received. Though some lauded the comparison as “absolutely priceless” and a “mic drop” moment, many expressed disappointment in Kerry, even if they agreed with his assessment of Trump.

Others cited young women like Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and Parkland shooting survivor-turned-anti-gun violence activist Emma Gonzalez – or even their own past teenage selves – as examples of teenage girls who were far from insecure.

Kerry’s name has often come up in predictions about which Democrats might run for president in 2020. The longtime senator from Massachusetts narrowly lost the 2004 presidential election to Republican George W. Bush.

For his part, Kerry has said he doubts he will run for president again – but he has not explicitly ruled it out in numerous interviews.

“I’m really not thinking about it,” Kerry said in an interview with CBS News this month. “Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. What we need to do is focus on 2018.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed At Rally, Says Will Recover Soon


Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed once in the abdomen by an assailant who was later apprehended.

Rio de Janeiro: 

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who was stabbed last week at a political rally, has said he will soon be 100 per cent recovered.

His doctors reported that there has been a “clear” improvement in his condition.

“Quickly, we’ll be back at 100 per cent,” he said on Sunday in a Twitter post in which he thanked people for the messages of support that have been appearing on the social networks and the many wishes for a fast recovery, Efe news reported.

Bolsonaro expressed optimism regarding his recovery shortly after Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, to which he was transferred last Friday after undergoing a surgery the day before in the city of Juiz de Fora, released a statement noting improvements in his condition.

He is having a “clear clinical improvement and in the results of the laboratory exams, without any evidence of infection,” doctors said, adding that Bolsonaro remains in intensive care despite the fact that his condition has improved.

The bulletin also reported that Bolsonaro has increased the amount of time that he spends out of bed and moving around his room. On Saturday, the head of the Liberal Social Party (PSL) had spent 30 minutes seated in a easy chair and five minutes walking around.

Bolsonaro was stabbed once in the abdomen by an assailant who was later apprehended, but the single wound resulted in the serious hemorrhaging of a vein, three punctures of his small intestine and an injury to his colon.

Doctors said that he arrived at the hospital in very serious condition and at risk of dying.

He was attacked on September 6 while he was being carried on the shoulders of several people in the crowd on a downtown street in Juiz de Fora, the second-largest city in the state of Minas Gerais.

Bolsonaro has sparked assorted protests for his insistent macho, racist, misogynist and homophobic statements, and he is facing legal proceedings for discrimination and incitement of violence.

Nevertheless, he is leading the public opinion surveys with 22 per cent.





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Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal, A 2019 BJP Candidate? A Meeting With BJP’s PM Narendra Modi, Facebook Post Stir Speculation


Mohanlal also said the PM Modi had assured all possible assistance for Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram: 

Mohanlal’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and his Facebook post on it has generated immense political interest amid speculation that the Malayalam superstar will contest the 2019 national election as a BJP candidate in Kerala.

Mohanlal, 58, posted that he had met PM Modi “on the auspicious day of Janmashtami” and briefed him about his Vishwa Santhi Foundation and its work.

“He has assured all support and offered to participate in the Global Malayalee Round table that can formulate futuristic solutions for a New Kerala,” Mohanlal said at a press conference.

Mohanlal also said the PM had assured all possible assistance for Kerala, where the worst floods in a century killed nearly 300 people and displaced thousands of others.

This morning, PM Modi posted a tweet with his photo with the actor, who has acted in more than 200 films and shows no signs of fading out.

This is not the first meeting between the two. Last year, PM Modi had invited Mohanlal to be part of the central government’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement. Mohanlal’s presence will help in connecting millions to the cleanliness initiative that the PM was spearheading.

BJP leaders say it is “too early” to say anything about the national award winning actor being a possible BJP candidate or even campaigning for the ruling party.

“There is no truth in these rumours. These are all just vain creations,” said V Muraleedharan, a BJP Rajya Sabha member.

Enlisting the wildly popular film star will certainly boost the BJP’s arsenal in Left-ruled Kerala, where the BJP has never been in power.

Unconfirmed reports doing the rounds say that Mohanlal is the choice of the BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to contest in Thiruvananthapuram, the constituency held by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.





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BJP Candidate Veerappa Siragannavar Celebrates Karnataka Local Body Poll Win With Shirt Off


BJP’s Veerappa Siragannavar takes off his shirt to celebrate his victory in Karnataka

Bengaluru: 

A BJP candidate celebrated his victory in the Karnataka urban local body polls by removing his shirt.

Veerappa Siragannavar, who won at a ward in Bagalkote municipal council, is seen taking off his shirt, ex-cricket captain Sourav Ganguly style, and walking on the streets waving the garment.

Over 8,000 candidates contested the local body polls and some 800 fought for the three city corporations.

The elections were held on August 29 at over 100 city and town municipalities and town panchayats across Karnataka.

In the 2013 local body polls held in 4,976 seats, the Congress had won 1,960 seats, while the BJP and the Janata Dal-Secular had won 905 seats each, and independents had won the remaining 1,206 seats.

 





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John McCain, US Senator And Former Presidential Candidate, Dies At 81


Senator John McCain was suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Washington: 

US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm on August 25, 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” his office said in a statement.

“At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”

“Sen McCain, thank you for your service,” read a sign near the driveway of his home in a rural part of Sedona, Arizona, television footage showed, as a police escort accompanied the hearse that was to carry his body and local residents came bearing flowers for the late political titan.

While he had many disagreements with fellow politicians, the Republican stalwart’s integrity was not at question, and condolences came swift from the highest reaches of American politics after his passing.

 ‘All in his debt’

Ex-president Barack Obama, the Democrat to whom McCain lost the presidency in the 2008 elections, said “we are all in his debt.”

“John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds and competed at the highest level of politics,” Obama said in a statement.

“But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed.”

Former vice president Al Gore — who served under Democrat Bill Clinton — said “I always admired and respected John from the opposite side of the aisle, because he thrived under pressure, and would work to find common ground, no matter how hard.”

President Donald Trump, who once mocked McCain’s war record, said he sent his “deepest sympathies and respect.”

McCain had been a rare and outspoken Republican critic of Trump, accusing him of “naivete,” “egotism” and of sympathizing with autocrats.

On Capitol Hill, McCain became close friends with Senator Lindsey Graham and former senator Joe Lieberman — a trio dubbed the “Three Amigos.”

Now that the trio is missing its driving force, Graham wrote that “America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions… And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor.”

McCain, who was tortured during his five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, stopped treatment from an aggressive form of cancer earlier this week, his family saying “the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”

He had spent more than three decades in the Senate, looming large in debates over war and peace and the moral direction of the nation. Before joining the upper chamber, he served as a US representative from 1983 to 1987.

McCain had not been on the Senate floor in months, remaining at his Arizona home for treatment of glioblastoma — the same form of brain cancer that took the life of another Senate giant, Democrat Ted Kennedy, in 2009.

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Imran Khan’s Party Appoints Arif Alvi As Pakistan Presidential Candidate


Arif Alvi is currently the member of the National Assembly or lower house of the parliament .

Islamabad: 

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan, also chairman of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), has on Saturday announced to nominate Arif Alvi as the party’s candidate for the office of the President of the country, Information Minister-designate Fawad Chaudhry said.

Pakistan will hold presidential elections on September 4 to elect President Mamnoon Hussain’s successor at the end of his five-year-tenure. Hussain was the nominee of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan’s President is elected by the members of the National Assembly or the lower house of Pakistan”s parliament, senate and the four provincial assemblies.

Arif Alvi, a senior politician and currently the member of the National Assembly or lower house of the parliament, is considered as the close confidant of Imran Khan.

He is a founding member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and was the Secretary-General of the party from 2006 till 2013.
 





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Candidate Dies After Exhausting Police Recruitment Exercise In Odisha


The candidate was rushed to the hospital but he died during treatment. (Representational)

Bhawanipatna: 

A man in his early twentiesdied after he fainted during a cross-country race conducted as part of exercise to recruit police constables in Odisha’s Kalahandi district today.

The candidate was taken to the Government hospital in Bhawanipatna, immediately after he fainted due to exhaustion during the 5 km race, police said.

However, his blood pressure dropped and he passed died during treatment. The man was identified as Susanta Naik of Dhanrabhata village under Lanjigarh block in Kalahand district. 

Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Kalahandi, Dr Saroj kumar Tihadi said the death might have been due to cardiac arrest.

Kalahandi Superintendent of Police, B Biswanath said the man was exhausted and fainted in the middle of the cross-country run and all steps were taken to save him.

Three other candidates had also fallen sick during the run. They were taken to the hospital where their condition is said to be stable, the CDMO said.  
 

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Rahul Gandhi says no parachute candidate will appear in chhattisgarh election 2018 | राहुल गांधी ने छत्तीसगढ़ विधानसभा चुनाव को लेकर दिया बड़ा बयान, बोले


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