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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M K Stalin during the formal launch of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), a campaign in Tamil Nadu from the Kanyakumari parliamentary constituency, at Nagercoil, in Kanyakumari.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M K Stalin and other party leaders join hands during the formal launch of 'United Progressive Alliance (UPA)', a campaign in Tamil Nadu from the Kanyakumari parliamentary constituency, at Nagercoil, in Kanyakumari district.

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Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha (R) raises hands with Congress party's Ahmed Patel after joining the grand alliance during a press conference at AICC in New Delhi.

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Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha speaks after joining the grand alliance during a press conference at AICC in New Delhi.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and other party leaders attend a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and other party leaders attend a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during a meeting of opposition parties to discuss a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in New Delhi.

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Leaders leaving after attending the dinner hosted by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the Opposition parties at her residence 10, Janpath in New Delhi.

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RJD's Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti leave after attend the dinner hosted by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the Opposition parties at her residence 10, Janpath in New Delhi.

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NCP leader Sharad Pawar along with Tariq Anwar leave after attend the dinner hosted by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the Opposition parties at her residence 10, Janpath in New Delhi.

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Opposition's joint vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders files his nomination paper in Parliament in New Delhi.

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Opposition's joint vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi with Congress president Sonia Gandhi files his nomination paper in Parliament in New Delhi.

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The joint opposition candidate for the post of vice president Gopalkrishna Gandhi at parliament before file nomination, at Parliament in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with presidential candidate Meira Kumar and vice-presidential candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi after the UPA meeting in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders arrives for a UPA meeting to welcome their presidential and vice-presidential candidates, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with presidential candidate Meira Kumar and vice-presidential candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi after the UPA meeting in New Delhi.

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UPA leaders arrive for a meeting to welcome their presidential and vice-presidential candidates, in New Delhi.

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UPAs presidential candidate Meira Kumar meets with BSP supremo Mayawati at her residence, in Lucknow.

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UPAs presidential candidate Meira Kumar meets with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at the party office, in Lucknow.

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UPA Presidential candidate Meira Kumar addressing a press conference at Congress party office, in Lucknow. Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Pramod Tiwari are also seen.

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UPA's presidential candidate Meira Kumar being welcomed by Congress party workers on her arrival at PCC headquarters, in Bhopal.

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Opposition Vice President Candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi meeting with DMK President M Karunanidhi at his residence, in Chennai.

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West Bengal Pradesh Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury felicitates UPA's Presidential Candidate Meira Kumar at West Bengal Legislative Assembly in Kolkata, during her campaign for upcoming Presidential Poll.

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UPA President candidate Meira Kumar being welcomed by DMK working president MK Stalin and his sister Kanimozhi MP during her visit for the campaigning of President Election, in Chennai.

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Joga Ram’s Family, Kali Beri Camp, Jodhpur In 2005, when the UPA government reduced the mandatory stay in India to be eligible for citizenship from seven to five years, Joga Ram, 80, and six members of his family were among those in the camp who failed to get citizenship. They fell short by 21 days. Now, they have been living in Jodhpur for over 15 years, and it is 10 years since they applied for citizenship. “I don’t know how much longer I will have to wait,” he says woefully. “We have to spend every day in fear of the police, without any freedom to move from here.” Joga Ram carries an old deed for land in a Jaisalmer village and bearing the name of his grandfather. “We have land and family here. After spending all we had to get a visa, we are being treated as enemies,” he says. He recalls that for many years, his relatives would cross the border frequently, in search of work or to meet relatives. “Once fences were raised, crossing became difficult and we were alienated from relatives in India. We were made Pakistanis by the government there, but we were never fully accepted. But now that we are here, in India, we don’t have any ID papers. So we can’t even buy a SIM card to talk to relatives in this country.”

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President Pranab Mukherjee with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP leader Tariq Anwar, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge at an Iftaar Party hosted by him at Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and TMC MP Derek O'Brien at her Iftar Party in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, TMC MP Derek O'Brien and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at her Iftar Party in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi leads a march of party leaders from the AICC headquarters to the residence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi to express solidarity with him. Singh has been summoned as accused by a court in a coal scam case.

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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greets top Congress leaders after they marched from the AICC headquarters to his residence to express their solidarity with him, in New Delhi. Singh has been summoned as accused by a court in a coal scam case.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi leads a march of party leaders from the AICC headquarters to the residence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi to express solidarity with him. Singh has been summoned as accused by a court in a coal scam case.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi leads a march of party leaders from the AICC headquarters to the residence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi to express solidarity with him. Singh has been summoned as accused by a court in a coal scam case.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi leads a march of party leaders from the AICC headquarters to the residence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi to express solidarity with him. Singh has been summoned as accused by a court in a coal scam case.

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Five CVs man UPA’s Sri Prakash Jaiswal

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor during a banquet hosted in the honour of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Former Union minister P Chidambaram at a press conference in Mumbai

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Coalition compulsion Had he stood by his beliefs, the fate of UPA-II would have been different

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party vice President Rahul Gandhi leaves after a lunch for UPA lawmakers hosted by her at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi.

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Narendra Modi meets Manmohan Singh at his residence after being sworn in as the new PM of India.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after taking her oath as a Lok Sabha member during the second day of the first session of 16th Lok Sabha, in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi takes oath as a Lok Sabha member as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on during the second day of the first session of 16th Lok Sabha, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi before a CWC meeting at party headquarters in New Delhi.

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Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi with other leaders at the CWC meeting at party headquarters in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan to submit his resignation in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made his farewell televised address to the nation, a day after the Congress was routed in the Lok Sabha polls.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi presents a memento to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the farewell dinner hosted by her at her residence 10 Janpath in New Delhi.

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Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia after a cabinet meeting at PM's office in New Delhi.

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Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee presents a bouquet to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who bid farewell to the staff at the PMO in New Delhi.

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Quiet Worker Sonia Gandhi felicitates Manmohan Singh after UPA-I won the trust vote in 2008

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with party candidate C.P Joshi during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan.

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Ten-Year Gap Manmohan Singh’s inability to visit Nagaland “even once in 10 years” has prompted three-time state CM, Neiphieu Rio, leader of the Naga People’s Front, to jump into the fray for the state’s lone Lok Sabha seat. Rio is bitter over the perceived snub by the outgoing PM. Accusing the UPA regime of not implementing the special package for the state (announced by the NDA government) and diverting funds meant for developing highways, the CM has declared that his presence in Delhi and in Parliament is necessary to further the state’s interests. He, of course, plans to support the NDA.

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In The Line Of Breather His latest political road trip took Rahul Gandhi to Karnataka—a whirligig of meetings, waves to the crowd, collection of shawls.... Refreshingly, much of the att­ention this time was hogged by Ramya, actr­ess and MP, who speaks her mind here at a rally in Tumkur.

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The Ruling Classes It’s well-known that nowadays Rahul Gandhi choreographs UPA-II’s policy moves, whether it be the decision to increase the annual LPG cylinders cap or the announcement of the seventh Pay Commission for state employees. Another feather added to the topi last week was the two additional attempts in UPSC exams for general candidates (up from the current four), and the increased upper age limit (now 32). This came about after student hopefuls, despondent after weeks of acrimonious protests and meetings with several politicians, met Rahul Gandhi in a last-ditch effort. Interestingly enough, some of the students there were sent by the director of a coaching centre in Delhi who’s himself a strong BJP supporter. Apparently, he felt their only hope of getting things done in the UPA is to “get a thappa” from RaGa!

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi leaves after a meeting at 7RCR in New Delhi.

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Health Minister Ghualm Nabi Azad during Bharat Ratna Award - 2014 ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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The Chairperson, National Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi addressing at the inauguration of the Samarth - 2014 Celebrating Diversity, in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi comes out to hand over a 'chadar' for famous Dargah Kaliyar Sharif situated at Kaliyar village of Haridwar, at her residence in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi holding a 'chadar' before sending it for famous Dargah Kaliyar Sharif situated at Kaliyar village of Haridwar, at her residence in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch at the closing ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi.

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I&B Minister Manish Tewari (3rd R) with other officials launching India Calendar 2014 in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture on "From Prison to Teen Murti : the making of a Prime Minister, by Prof. Judith M. Brown" in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves during an election campaign rally at Rewa Madhya Pradesh.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah shake hands before a meeting at her residence in New Delhi.

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Disconcerted UPA allies Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah

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Making sense Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken

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Rahul and Sonia at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Aug 2013, Delhi

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds a press conference on his special aircraft, where he has refused to resign over Rahul Gandhi's remarks on the Ordinance.

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Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi at Press Club, in New Delhi. In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Rahul Gandhi denounced the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as "complete nonsense" and said what "our government has done is wrong".

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Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi at Press Club, in New Delhi. In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Rahul Gandhi denounced the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as "complete nonsense" and said what "our government has done is wrong".

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Manish Tiwari Minister for I&B with Shri Jawhar Sircar Chief Executive Officer Prasar Bharati at the opening session of the first meeting of the Expert Committee on Prasar Bharati, in New Delhi

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The blessed one Nilekani with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with the Prince Karim Aga Khan during a meeting at her residence in New Delhi.

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An activist of CPI-M rides a rickshaw with a placard during a protest against UPA government in Hyderabad. The protest was against hike in fuel prices.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, the recipient of 'Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development' at the award function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during a function to present Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in New Delhi.

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Food Minister KV Thomas speaks during the discussion on National Food Security Bill 2013 in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the inauguration of the National Media Centre in New Delhi.

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Food for thought Union I&B minister Manish Tewari

Jitender Gupta

On The Telangana Express Senior YSR Congress leader Mysoora Reddy has a theory about why UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi took the decision to grant Telangana. “It’s because she knows that Rahul Gandhi can’t win from Amethi next time. She wants her son to contest from Medak LS seat,” says Mysoora. In 1980, Indira Gandhi won from this seat on an INC party ticket. Mys­oora alleges that Sonia’s plans to bifurcate And­hra Pradesh rests wholly on this plan; to get Rahul elected from Medak. Incidentally, the parliamentary seat of Medak falls in Telangana and is currently represented by TRS MP and former dashing actress Vijaya­shanti who recently defe­cted to the Congress and even had a one-to-one with Mrs G. So the heir apparent could get the berth though Vija­y­a­­shanti is, in the context of the region, an eye-catching MP. The prospect of Rahul in Medak is compelling altho­ugh it may be as real as fair­y­tales about frogs and princes.

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Union minister of state for Personnel V. Narayanasamy

State talk The CWC meeting on Telangana at Sonia Gandhi’s residence, 10 Janpath, on July 30

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy leaves PM's residence after the UPA meeting on Telangana in New Delhi.

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Sonia Gandhi waits for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the Congress Working Committee meeting over the creation of Telangana in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi during a meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi to discuss the Telangana issue.

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Students of Osmania University celebrate after UPA endorsed the creation of Telangana in Hyderabad.

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Power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Gassed up P. Chidambaram and Veerappa Moily outside the finance ministry

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National Security Guard officials explaining about the bomb which were used in the Mahabodhi temple to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at Bodhgaya.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrives at Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and senior Congress leader Ambika Soni talking to media after visiting the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde visiting the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

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