Politics | Bangarappa quits SP, set to join Congress

Politics | Bangarappa quits SP, set to join Congress
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First Published: Thu, Feb 12 2009. 11 16 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 12 2009. 11 16 PM IST
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party MP and former Karnataka chief minister S. Bangarappa on Thursday resigned from the Lok Sabha as well as the party and announced his plans to join the Congress.
“I have resigned from my Lok Sabha seat Shimoga as well as from the Samajwadi Party. I submitted my resignation to the Speaker and he has accepted it,” Bangarappa told reporters outside Parliament House.
The former Congress leader said he has sought an appointment with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
—PTI
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RSS plans cow urine drink to rival sodas
New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a hardline Hindu organisation known for its opposition to “corrupting” Western food imports, is planning to launch a new soft drink made from cow’s urine, often seen as sacred in parts of India.
The RSS said the bovine beverage will be undergoing laboratory tests for the next two to three months but did not give a specific date for its commercial release. The flavour is not yet known, but the RSS said the liquid produced by Hinduism’s revered holy cows is being mixed with products such as aloe vera and gooseberry to fight diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Many Hindus consider cow’s urine to have medicinal properties and it is often drunk in religious festivals.
The organization, which aims to transform India’s secular society and establish the supremacy of a Hindu majority, said it had not decided on a name or a price for the drink. “Cow urine offers a cure for around 70-80 incurable diseases like diabetes. All are curable by cow urine,” Om Prakash, the head of the RSS cow protection department, told Reuters over phone.
Prakash, who is based in Hardwar, said the product will be sold nationwide but did not rule out international success. “It is useful for the whole country and the world as well. It will be done through shops and through corporates,” he said.
Reuters
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First Published: Thu, Feb 12 2009. 11 16 PM IST