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Sonia rules out alliance with Sena in Maharashtra

After the meeting, Pawar maintained suspense over the issue.

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New Delhi, Nov 4 : Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi has refused to extend support to the Shiv Sena for forming the state government in Maharashtra, sources said here on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi’s refusal to partner with the Shiv Sena comes hours after Nationalist Congress President (NCP) Sharad Pawar met her in New Delhi amid the stalemate between the Shiv Sena and the BJP over a power-sharing arrangement in Maharashtra.

After the meeting, Pawar maintained suspense over the issue.

Addressing the media after the meeting, the NCP supremo, flanked by Ajit Pawar and Praful Patel, said: “The NCP-Congress has been given a mandate to sit in the opposition. Also, we don’t have the numbers. Only those who have numbers should form the government.”

Pawar had also said that he is not in the race for the Chief Minister’s post.

While the BJP-Shiv Sena stalemate persists, the latter has reportedly claimed the support of 175 legislators in the 288-member Assembly.

In the recent Assembly elections in Maharashtra, the BJP won 105 seats while the Shiv Sena got 56. The Congress-NCP alliance returned with 98 seats in the polls, out of which 44 seats belong to the Congress while 54 belong to its ally partner.

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Rajinikanth: Tamil Nadu people to perform miracle in Assembly polls

Haasan and Rajinikanth, the two Tamil movie megastars with political ambitions, had recently said they could join hands if needed.

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Chennai, Nov 21 : Tamil actor Rajinikanth on Thursday said people of Tamil Nadu will perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Speaking to reporters here the actor said the Tamil Nadu people will 100 per cent perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Queried who will be the Chief Ministerial candidate if he and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan join hands and contest the polls, Rajinikanth said that will be decided after he floats a political party and discussions with his partymen.

Haasan and Rajinikanth, the two Tamil movie megastars with political ambitions, had recently said they could join hands if needed.

While Haasan has floated a party called the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), Rajinikanth has announced his intentions to launch a political party and contest all the 234 Assembly seats in the state as and when the polls are announced.

Speaking to reporters at the airport Haasan said, he and Rajinikanth were friends for a long time and if needed they would join hands for the welfare of Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to reporters later, Rajinikanth echoed Haasan.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka PM

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the former ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

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Colombo, Nov 21 : Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the island country’s 23rd Prime Minister in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat here on Thursday.

Rajapaksa, who served as the Sri Lankan President from 2005 to 2015, will lead the government’s caretaker cabinet until the general election, the Sunday Times reported.

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the former ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

Wickremesinghe tendered his resignation after his party’s presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa lost last Saturday’s presidential election.

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Strong earthquake shakes northern Thailand, Laos

TV footage showed cracks on the wall of a 500-year-old temple hall in Nan.

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Bangkok, Nov 21 : An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday. The Thai TV images showed collapsed roof from make-shift houses in Nan Province.

Director-General of the Thai Meteorological Department Somsak Khawsuwan said over 100 small and large tremors occurred in neighbouring Laos since 11 p.m. local time on November 20, Xinhua reported.

Somsak also said the major quake was recorded at 6.50 a.m. on Thursday.

School were ordered to shut down.

TV footage showed cracks on the wall of a 500-year-old temple hall in Nan.

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