Express 5: Differences crop up over Devyani's plea bargain offer and BJP readies RSS for LS polls

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1. DIFFERING PLANS: Even as India stepped up pressure on the United States by ordering the closure of some facilities at its embassy in Delhi in connection with the alleged visa fraud case against its New York-based diplomat Devyani Khobragade, differences have cropped up between the IFS officer and the Ministry of External Affairs over the plea bargain offer from US Attorney Preet Bharara.

Pranab Dhal Samanta tells how Devyani wants freedom to return to US but MEA has other plans for plea deal

2. MISLEADING APPROACH On October 13, one month after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in western Uttar Pradesh began, two imams from Haryana's Mewat district Hafeez Rashidi and Shahid visited the home of Liaquat Ali in Kulehri village near Charthwal Kasbah in Muzaffarnagar.

'Lashkar' imams spent night at my home after riots, says UP headmaster by Aniruddha Ghosal

3. GEARING UP FOR POLL BATTLE: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders have been appointed as coordinators and paalaks (caretakers), in-charge of campaigning and other election-related activities, for BJP candidates in over 40 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. The decision was reportedly taken by BJP general secretary and UP in-charge Amit Shah at a party meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday. Lalmani Verma gives details in In UP, Amit Shah picks RSS men as poll coordinators

4. C. Raja Mohan explains in DEGREES OF IRRESPONSIBILITY that the Aam Aadmi Party's controversial foray into Kashmir affairs and the BJP's continuing attacks on the UPA government's foreign policy last week do not bode well for India's national security at a critical moment in domestic politics and great uncertainty in the international environment.

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