The abolition of emergency rule, used since Assad`s Baath Party seized power in 1963 to justify arbitrary arrests and a ban on all opposition, is symbolic since other laws still give entrenched security forces wide powers.
The campaign ended on a peaceful but somewhat acrimonious
note with CM VS Achuthanandan calling Rahul Gandhi an `Amul baby` in
retaliation to the Congress youth leader taking a potshot at
him over his age.
Y S Vivekananda Reddy, who is
likely to contest an Assembly by-poll, today resigned as
Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister following end of his term
as MLC but may continue in the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.
A Panchkula court on Thursday
reserved till tomorrow its order on the anticipatory bail
plea of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in connection with two
fresh FIRs while notices were issued by the High Court on a
PIL for a "thorough" probe in the Ruchika molestation case.