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Rabri’s resign rebuke to ministers

Patna (PTI): Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi today created a flutter when she offered to resign but the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, Laloo Prasad Yadav, dismissed the offer.

The RJD chief’s comment that “if Rabri has offered to resign, I will not divorce her” provoked a mild rebuke from the chief minister who pointed out that government, party and family were worlds apart.

“Where does the issue of divorce come' The work of government, party and family are different and it should not be mixed up,” she told him.

“I am not satisfied with the performance of our ministers... If you do not improve your performance, I will not like to continue in the chief minister’s post,” Rabri told the concluding session of the two-day RJD national council meeting here.

“A few ministers lack the will power to work for the welfare of the people. They just want to ride in the ministerial cars and enjoy other facilities.”

“We got power after a prolonged struggle. I feel sorry when I hear allegations that the state government is not doing anything on the development front,” the chief minister said. “I will prefer to quit if you do not improve your performance and speed up development work.”

Husband Laloo Prasad, however, rejected Rabri’s offer to resign and asserted she would continue to hold the post.

“Sometimes she gets fed up with the work pressure and tells me she will relinquish her post,” he said.

Later talking to reporters, Rabri clarified that she was not going to quit.

Tonsure tribute to Jaya

Chennai: Members of the ADMK’s women’s wing showed their loyalty to Jayalalithaa with 108 of them tonsuring their heads at the Venkateshwara temple in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for the “good health and welfare” of their party’s leader.

The women from Namakkal district offered prasad from the temple in Tirumala to the ADMK chief on Friday evening at her Poes Garden residence here before gathering for a group photograph with her.

Jayalalithaa, who has been helping women form self-groups in rural areas to make them economically independent, found this unusual as traditionally men shave off their heads while praying for their leader’s well being.

However, political circles say Jayalalithaa needs God’s grace in the days to come, as the Supreme Court’s verdict in the appeal against her acquittal by Madras High Court in the Tansi land deal cases is still awaited. The chief minister is also facing another bad monsoon.

ISI-trained men in police net

Hyderabad: Six terrorists allegedly trained by the ISI have been arrested here a fortnight before Ramzan, once again highlighting the security threat in the state capital, reports our special correspondent.

Police said the ISI operatives have been remanded in police custody till Monday by the first class city magistrate and the government is likely to book them under the anti-terrorism act for further interrogation.

According to the police, two of the six arrested terrorists — Izaz, alias Mamu, and Wajid, alias Chotu — were involved in the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya.

Man kills wife

Ahmedabad (PTI): A woman was allegedly burnt to death by her husband in New Naroda on Friday evening. Police said Meghshyam Parathe doused his wife Jyoti, 21, in kerosene and set her ablaze. According to a complaint filed by the victim’s father, Jyoti was being physically and mentally tortured because her husband was unhappy with the wedding that had been decided on when the couple were infants.

Bengali film fest

Lucknow: A week-long Bengali film festival, titled Bengali Film Utsav, was inaugurated here by actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, reports our correspondent. “The Bengali film industry is one of the oldest in its league of film production and has always remained a breeding ground of the finest cinema professionals in India,” Chatterjee said on the occasion.

Pak national held

Jammu (PTI): A Pakistani national, claiming to be a cowherd, was arrested after he strayed into Indian territory with four others along the International Border here. Police said while the four escaped back to Pakistan, 70-year-old Nawab Din of Sailkote was arrested on Friday night.

Rail disruption

Sonepat(PTI): Rail traffic on Sonepat-Delhi section was disrupted for several hours as agitated passengers prevented a local train from resuming its journey alleging that slumdwellers at a nearby station should be booked for pelting stones.


Malayalam film actor Mohanlal is venturing into Kannada movies. Speaking at a meet-the-press programme in Kochi, Mohanlal said he would be acting as a taxi driver in a Kannada film, which is to be shot in Dubai.

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