Advani today skipped a crucial meeting of RSS and BJP leaders in Delhi post his public fall-out over elevation of Narendra Modi as head of party campaign committee and participated in a homage meeting to condole the murder of party's Tamil Nadu BJP General secretary V Ramesh on 19 July
"Now that a decision is being taken on the break up of Andhra Pradesh, I think that creating new states must be looked at afresh. I don't think we should go on this path," Karat said.
"It is a shocking comment. Is Bharat Ratna bestowed on someone as a favour? How can this be taken back?" Chatterjee told reporters in reply to a question here.
"Rather surprisingly, he has been made a prosecution witness by CBI," said Satya Pal Jain, former BJP MP and the chairman of the party's national committee on legal and Election Commission issues.
At the BJP Scheduled Caste Front National Executive here, he said the political situation prevailing in the country today were never more favourable for BJP in the past.
Delivering the inaugural address at the National Executive Meeting of the Scheduled Caste Front, Advani said, "RSS never accepted caste and believed that all sections of society are equal.
Union Ministers M M Pallam Raju, K S Rao, Chiranjeevi and D Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and MPs Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy met Singh in a delegation and favoured maintaining a united Andhra Pradesh.
"What is the Gujarat model? I would like to know. Its a Gujarat medal or Gujarat model? Give yourself a medal and call it a Gujarat model," Sibal told industrialists.
Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said the comments by Mitra that Sen should be asked to return his Bharat Ratna award were condemnable as the Nobel laureate has the right to express his views as a citizen of India.
"We do not agree with the criteria fixed for poverty... poverty should not be decided in terms of calories and money to purchase food but on the basis of the right to live respectfully," Nitish Kumar said.
Claiming that there are too many contenders for the job in the Congress Party — Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and other unnamed dark horses, Singh said Congress leaders and workers are confused as to who would be the next prime minister if their party returns to power.
Modi charged the Manmohan Singh government is to be blamed for the middle class losing confidence in the stock market, lack of impetus to the manufacturing sector, Rupee woes, low savings, price rise and the huge current account deficit.
With their addition, the number of members of the committee, set up in November 2012, has gone up to eight.
The court asked the counsel of Lalu, CBI and JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan, on whose plea the High Court is monitoring the scam, to evolve a consensus on the name of the judge and posted the case for hearing on 6 August.
State Election Commission sources said that 25 percent polling was recorded till noon in Murshidabad, Birbhum, Malda and Nadia districts.
"Let me address the issue of UPA government's performance. Our political critics focus on the experience of one bad year. This makes for good television but it is a very distorted picture," he said
"I sometimes feel like laughing at our friends. On one side their vision document is outsourced to people who don't speak any language other than English. Is this medievalism or hypocrisy," Manish Tewari said.
Is the Modi camp going for broke by mixing governance with Hindutva? The jury is out