Uttar Pradesh: Irani hits back at Congress for notice
Union Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday hit back at the Congress for the legal notice issued to her for allegations she had made against the Congress and the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust on her last Amethi visit in August. She asked whether the Congress or party vice president Rahul Gandhi had the courage to put her behind bars. Irani, who lost to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, said that “some persons get disturbed” by her visits to Amethi and asserted that she would not be cowed down by any legal notices.

West Bengal: EC in BJP hands, says party leader
Actor-turned Bharatiya Janata Party politician Jay Banerjee on Sunday sparked controversy by saying that the Election Commission of India was under the his party's control and the next assembly election would be conducted under army surveillance.  Addressing a party meet at Mayureswar, Banerjee added that the opposition Trinamool Congress had defeated the BJP in the last Lok Sabha election by using “unfair means”.

Gujarat: Net ban lifted in Gandhinagar, Vadodara
A mobile internet ban imposed on Saturday after the Gujarat police detained Patel community leader Hardik Patel was lifted on Sunday in Gandhinagar and Vadodara as the situation in the state stayed peaceful. Patel's arrest for defying prohibitory orders had sparked sporadic incidents of violence. Net services were curbed in the hope of curtailing the spread of rumours.

Uttar Pradesh: Mulayam tells party to serve people, not make money
With assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in mind, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday bluntly told party leaders to serve the people instead of concentrating on making money. He also took district magistrates to task for cases of illegal mining across the state, where assembly polls are due in early 2017. "Those in politics, instead of serving the people, are doing business. It has crossed limits," he said.

Odisha: Nine kabaddi players dead in road accident
The toll in an accident in Odisha's Sundergarh district rose to nine on Sunday, after a mini-truck carrying kabaddi players and their supporters overturned and fell off a bridge near Lahunipara on Saturday evening. The state government has announced a Rs one lakh ex-gratia payment for the family of each victim and said it would bear medical expenses of the injured.