Today In Pics: November 18,2013

Today In Pics: November 18,2013


The Narendra Modi factor will hardly help BJP's fortunes in Delhi,believes Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal who said that "even God can't save" the saffron party as it seeks to wrest power here. "BJP ko Delhi mein Bhagwan bhi nahi bacha sakte,toh Modi kya bachapayenge (God can't save BJP in Delhi,what could Modi do)?" Kejriwal said during a press interaction here. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


And,as the political atmosphere hots up in Delhi ahead of the December 4 Assembly elections,Kejriwal responded to comments by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that he had no experience of governance saying that neither did she have any prior experience of running a state before coming to power. But the AAP leader noted that Congress acknowledges he was a "honhar" (capable) candidate. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


"Congress has acknowledged that our intentions are clear and that I am 'honhar' (talented). "Dikshit has said I am 'honhar' and,during one of their programmes,Congress MP Dipender Hooda accepted that our intentions were clear," Kejriwal said. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


Dikshit had yesterday said at a rally in the city that although Kejriwal was "honhar",he "lacked experience" of governance. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


The Uttar Pradesh government claimed that the ongoing employees' strike in the state was "unsuccessful",attracting prompt reactions from the workers' associations rejecting the claim. (IE photo: Vishal Srivastav)


In a statement here,a government spokesman claimed that reports of the strike creating an impact on essential services and loss of revenue was false. He said paramedical staff in several districts,including Varanasi,have decided not to participate in the strike. (IE photo: Vishal Srivastav)


The spokesman claimed emergency services like hospitals,the offices of municipal corporation and Nagar Palika,and public buses were operating smoothly. He said the government was considering the demand of the employees and asked them not to get misled and play their role in the state's development. (IE photo: Vishal Srivastav)


As Rahul Gandhi continues to be the star campaigner for Congress,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said he was not reluctant to take up the post of Prime Minister if the party decides so after coming to power in the Lok Sabha polls next year. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


Dikshit,eyeing an unprecedented fourth victory in the assembly polls said the Congress Vice-President was working "very hard" to strengthen the party and that she would like him to occupy the top post if Congress comes out victorious in the general election. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


"Rahul Gandhi is working very hard and the party is behind him. And if the party wins,the party will choose. He is not reluctant,he is travelling almost every day or every second day. He is running around the country," Dikshit told PTI in an interview. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


Heaping praise on Rahul,75-year-old Dikshit said he was working tirelessly for the party and insisted that Congress does not have a tradition of announcing Prime Ministerial candidate beforehand. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)