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Four held in Kerala for honey trapping NRI bizman        Minor girl sexually assaulted for over 2 yrs in Kerala, two        De Kock leads SA to nine-wicket win, Kohli’s move backfires        Over three-fourths of J&K population supported Art 370 abrogation: Rajnath Singh        PM Modi meets Kashmiri Pandits in Houston, assures them of New Kashmir        Miley Cyrus, Kaitlynn Carter split after month of dating        Sean Bean thinks Richard Madden would be perfect as next Bond        Had to get my game together for 'Turram Khan': Nushrat Bharucha        Andy Murray says 'naive' to think he will return to top        Try best not to let criticism get to me: Shraddha Kapoor        Ker HC strikes down college hostel rule prohibiting mobile use        Govt accepts resignation of Madras HC Chief Justice V K Tahilramani        Babri Masjid demolition case: Special CBI court issues summons to Kalyan Singh        We are committed to meet India's energy security needs: Saudi Arabia        Experience more relevant than what you learnt 35-40 years ago: Das on his history background        Petrol price jumps Rs 1.59/ltr, diesel Rs 1.31/ltr after Saudi attacks        Typhoon heads to northeast Japan after some damage in south        US likely to escalate trade war with China if no deal is agreed soon: Trump's advisor        EU's Juncker says not too late for Brexit deal        Apna Time Aayega, says team `Gully Boy'        
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Mamata seeks SC-like collegium to appoint election commissioners
 
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded on Friday the setting up of a collegium on the lines of the Supreme Court to appoint election commissioners, asserting that the three nominated members of the poll panel should not be given the mandate to hold elections. The Trinamool Congress chief hit out at the Election Commission for what she alleged was its partisan approach during the Lok Sabha polls. "In the Supreme Court, there is a collegium to decide (on the appointment of judges). In the Election Commission, too, there should be a collegium to decide on the appointment of elections commissioners," Banerjee said.

"Three nominated members can''t have the mandate to conduct the polls." The TMC had hit out at the commission several times during the general election, accusing it of being under the influence of the Centre. The chief minister appealed to the Opposition to together demand the constitution of a fact-finding committee to unravel the alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs). "There are numerous evidences of EVM programming and election malpractices. We think there should be a fact-finding committee to unravel the tampering of EVMs, hawala transactions," she said. "Other Opposition parties should also demand it. I will speak to the Congress regarding this demand," Banerjee said after a party meeting here.

Justifying her decision to not attend a Niti Aayog meeting, Banerjee said it was "simply useless" to attend the meet as she claimed that the agenda of the meeting was being set by the Centre without consulting the states. "They only set the agenda without consulting us. And the agenda they set are completely unimportant in terms of state-related matters. We are also not allowed to speak," she said. Commenting on reports about the Bharatiya Janata Party planning to conduct a delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, Banerjee wondered how the Centre could plan to conduct such an exercise without a consultation with all the stakeholders.

"Who has given the BJP the right to change the demography? How can they conduct a delimitation exercise without proper consultation with all the stakeholders, such as National Conference leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, and PDP leader Mehoboba Mufti?" she asked. Banerjee said the Centre should consult with everyone. On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was given a detailed presentation on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where the BJP has been pushing for carrying out a delimitation exercise for getting more seats for Jammu region in the assembly. On Friday, Banerjee also held a meeting of the party''s Hooghly district unit, where it suffered a setback as it lost the Hooghly Lok Sabha seat to the BJP and just managed to scrape through in Arambagh by a margin of 1,000 votes.

In several assembly seats of the district, the BJP has taken a lead over TMC in the general election. The BJP had staged a stupendous performance in the state, bagging 18 out of the 42 seats, only four less than the TMC.


Over three-fourths of J&K population supported Art 370 abrogation: Rajnath Singh
Govt accepts resignation of Madras HC Chief Justice V K Tahilramani
Babri Masjid demolition case: Special CBI court issues summons to Kalyan Singh
Chinmayanand arrested, says sorry for behaviour
We have to hug each Kashmiri, create new paradise: Modi
Azad, Ahmed Patel meet Chidambaram in Tihar jail
DRDO, Air Force successfully test-fire ''Astra'' missile
NGOs receiving substantial financing from govt come under RTI Act, says SC
PM to visit Narmada dam on b'day to mark highest water level feat
Bribery case: CBI inspector surrenders before ACB
Centre should release funds for MP flood relief: Scindia
21 Indians killed in 2,050 ceasefire violations by Pak this year: MEA
Dearth of quality people in north India: Labour minister on unemployment
Will implement NRC in Haryana, says Khattar
One nation-one language will never be a reality: Jairam Ramesh
My govt committed to the welfare of peasants & also to promote industry: Mamata
Amend Constitution to ensure use of Indian languages in SC, high courts: Paswan
Pakistani troops shell security posts, villages along LoC in JK's Poonch
No 'preraks', only coordinators for Congress: Sonia
Fresh restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Miley Cyrus, Kaitlynn Carter split after month of dating
 Los Angeles: Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter have gone their separate ways a little over a month aft  
Sean Bean thinks Richard Madden would be perfect as next Bond
Had to get my game together for 'Turram Khan': Nushrat Bharucha
Try best not to let criticism get to me: Shraddha Kapoor
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Typhoon heads to northeast Japan after some damage in south
 Tokyo: A powerful typhoon was heading northeast to Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday after las
US likely to escalate trade war with China if no deal is agreed soon: Trump's advisor
EU's Juncker says not too late for Brexit deal
Netanyahu''s rival Gantz says he should be PM in unity government
KERALA NEWS
Four held in Kerala for honey trapping NRI bizman
 Kochi: Four people including a woman were arrested for allegedly honey trapping a Gulf-based NRI bus
Minor girl sexually assaulted for over 2 yrs in Kerala, two
Ker HC strikes down college hostel rule prohibiting mobile use
Government to rebuild Palarivattom flyover
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