Seat sharing talks with the Janata Dal (U) will figure high on the agenda during BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to Patna on Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to join Mr Shah for both breakfast and dinner during the visit. Top sources in the BJP have confirmed that while Mr Shah will be largely busy with organisational meetings, two one-on-one meetings have been scheduled with Mr. Kumar.“Adhyakshaji (BJP president Amit Shah) will be having breakfast with the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar) at the State guest house where he will be staying. After addressing organisational meetings like the social media volunteers meet, a meeting of vistaraks, core committee and Shakti Kendra meetings, he will have dinner with Nitish Kumar at the latter’s residence,” said a source. State BJP president Nityanand Rai confirmed the two meetings. “Seat sharing talks are on the anvil, and a formula that will be good for all stakeholders will be formulated,” added the source. No other details were shared as party men and allies like the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) are holding their peace.Electoral equation“We won 22 seats in 2014 on our own; some of them were seats where JD(U) used to win as part of the NDA. Therefore, the seat adjustment is not just about absolute numbers but particular seats and this will have implications for some sitting BJP MPs too,” added the source. Meanwhile, a political observer in Bihar told The Hindu, “I don’t see any electoral dividend for the BJP to take JD(U) along with it in Lok Sabha poll…for the BJP, a triangular contest will always benefit as both RJD and JD(U) would cut each other’s backward caste vote while the BJP’s vote bank will be intact in the name of PM Narendra Modi”.“Though, it will be a different ball game if JD(U) compromises with 9-10 seats with the BJP promising it a lion share in the State Assembly poll in 2020,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar.
Sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi will continue to stay in Tihar Jail as a Delhi court on Monday rejected his bail application in connection with the CWG corruption case. The Patiala House court has held that Kalmadi might be able to influence witnesses since most of them (witnesses) have worked in OC under Kalmadi. Kalmadi had been arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate. Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh dismissed Kalmadi’s bail plea along with that of Games organising panel’s Joint Director-General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad, saying that “the offences are of serious nature”. The court also said that “Prasad was close to Kalmadi” and had a key role in awarding the contract which caused huge loss to the exchequer. Kalmadi was arrested along with Prasad and three others for awarding the contract for installing the Time-Scoring-Result (TSR) system to a Swiss firm, Swiss Times Omega, at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public exchequer. – With inputs from PTI
Transfers Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Spurs chasing Andre Gomes Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:20 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Spurs chase Barca’s Andre GomesTottenham will look to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona after losing out on Ross Barkley, says The Daily Express. The midfielder has barely played for the Catalan side this season and Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to lure him to England after backing out of a deal in the summer transfer window. Vidal told to find new club by Barcelona Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal has been told to find a new club as he is now surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, claims Mundo Deportivo. The versatile ex-Sevilla man has been linked with a move back to his former employers after falling out of favour at Barca. But while the newspaper affirms he has received offers both in Spain and elsewhere, the Andalucians are not among those who have called Barcelona so far.Coutinho arrival to prompt Barca exodusPhilippe Coutinho’s arrival will prompt several players to leave Barcelona, according to Don Balon. Arda Turan, Andre Gomes and Rafinha’s days at the club seem to be numbered, while future deals for the likes of Antoine Griezmann could also be impacted by the large outlay on the Brazilian. Coutinho makes €160m Barcelona moveBarcelona have completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a total of €160 million.The Brazilian signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Catalan side with a release clause of €400m, bringing an end to a lengthy transfer saga.Read the full story on Goal! Barca to sign Yerry Mina within daysYerry Mina will be presented as a Barcelona player on Wednesday after the Catalan club agreed a €12 million fee for the defender, RAC1 reports.The 23-year-old will make the switch from Palmeiras and will be confirmed just days after Ernesto Valverde’s side secured the €160m signing of Philippe Coutinho.Inter want Deulofeu on loanInter are hoping to take Gerard Deulofeu on loan from Barcelona, Gazzetta dello Sport claim.The winger has had no luck in securing a place in Barca’s first team and was challenged by coach Ernesto Valverde to prove his worth. The former Everton player may prefer to move on from Camp Nou, however, and hope the club accep Inter’s offer to return to Italy.Coutinho’s €160m deal details leakedBarcelona will sign Philippe Coutinho for a €120 million up-front fee in January with €40m of potential bonuses included in the deal with Liverpool, according to Sport .At least €10m will be easy clauses for Coutinho to meet at Camp Nou, while the other €30m depends on the Brazilian’s performances and Barcelona’s achievements.The €160m deal would make Coutinho the third-most expensive player of all-time behind Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.Suarez to make shock return to Liverpool?Barcelona may have snapped up Philippe Coutinho, but Liverpool could use some of the funds from the Brazilian’s sale to make a move for Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon. The Reds secured €160 million from Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, and could be tempted to turn around and spend some of those funds on their former striker. Though Suarez is happy at Barca, Coutinho’s arrival along with Ousmane Dembele’s return from injury and a potential summer move for Antoine Griezmann could push the Uruguayan out of the line-up. Arnaiz threatens Premier League transferBarcelona forward Jose Arnaiz will demand a move to the Premier League if he doesn’t get more first-team opportunities, according to Diario Gol. The 22-year-old has impressed when given the chance with the first team this season, scoring three goals in three Copa del Rey games, but the rest of his appearances this term have been with Barcelona B. A host of Premier League teams, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are willing to pay Arnaiz’s £20 million release clause should he move to England.