Politics

Sena moves SC against Governor’s decision, declined urgent hearing

THE Shiv Sena on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s decision of not granting it three days to submit the letter of support for Government formation in the State but failed to get an urgent hearing in the matter. The petition is likely to come up before the apex court on Wednesday morning. The lawyer representing the Shiv Sena told PTI that the apex court registry has informed that it is “not possible to constitute a bench today”...

Clarity on all issues must before supporting Sena: Congress, NCP

THE Congress and NCP said on Tuesday evening that they had yet not taken any decision about supporting the Shiv Sena to form Government in Maharashtra but will hold further discussions. At a joint press conference with Congress leaders, NCP President Sharad Pawar said the two parties will discuss and evolve a consensus on what should be the policies and programmes if the Shiv Sena was to be supported...

Sena out in numbers mess up, NCP invited now

Maharashtra’s political scenario got the messiest Monday evening as Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari refused to give Shiv Sena any extension of time beyond 7.30 pm as the belligerent party failed to notch up numbers when Congress and Nationalist Congress Party refused to give formal letters of support to its bid to form the Government. As the next option, the Governor, then, offered the third largest party in Maharashtra Legislature -- the Nationalist Congress Party -- to convey its willingness to form ..

Temple trust must ensure unity among people: Dr Joshi

WELCOMING the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the trust that will be responsible for the construction of a Ram temple would have to be considerate about keeping people united...

SC’s order is salute to sacrifice of lakhs of workers: Togadia

FORMER VHP president Praveen Togadia on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, saying the apex court’s order giving Ram Lala’s birth land for Ram Temple is a salute to the sacrifice of lakhs of workers. The Supreme Court on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque...

Shiv Sena MLAs authorise Uddhav to take ‘final decision’

THE Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a “final decision” on Government formation in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Thackeray said, he did not intend to end the alliance with the BJP but only wanted implementation of what was agreed upon before the polls. He said, BJP should approach him only if it is ready to give Sena CM’s post. Thackeray chaired a meeting of all party MLAs at his residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra, where the legislators also reiterated that ..

Don’t link RSS chief to Govt formation: Gadkari

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should not be linked to the Government formation moves in Maharashtra. He also said that a decision will soon be taken on Government formation in the State, and since the BJP won more number of seats than the Sena, the Chief Minister will be from his party. Speaking to reporters here, the Lok Sabha member from Nagpur also ruled out his return to his home State to assume the top job...

BJP discusses ‘legal aspects’ of delay in Govt formation with Governor

SENIOR leaders of Maharashtra BJP on Thursday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to discuss “legal aspects” of the delay in formation of a Government in the State after the October 21 elections. Those who met Koshyari included Minister and State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and Ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar and Girish Mahajan...

Ahmed Patel, Gadkari meet raises eyebrows

SENIOR Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday met BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, triggering speculation in view of the stalemate in Government formation in Maharashtra. However, Patel, Congress Treasurer, insisted that politics was not discussed at all during his meeting with Gadkari, who hails from Maharashtra. He said that he went to meet Gadkari on the issue of farmers. He also released a letter written to Gadkari regarding MSME sector of Gujarat, raising concern about the increasing ..

Sena Ministers attend Mah Cabinet meet

SHIV Sena Ministers on Wednesday attended a Cabinet meeting over the agrarian crisis in the State, chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here at Sahyadri State Guest House. Six Shiv Sena ministers including Eknath Shinde and Ramdas Kadam were present. Fadnavis had visited areas affected by unseasonal rain to take a stock of the situation. Rains have caused havoc in several parts of Maharashtra, laying waste to standing Kharif crop on around 70 lakh hectares. The meeting, attended ..

Next CM will be from Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

AMID the deadlock over Government formation in Maharashtra, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday reiterated that the State’s next Chief Minister will be from his party. He said the politics of Maharashtra was changing and his party would win in its fight for justice. “The decision on Maharashtra will be taken in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister will be from the Shiv Sena,” Raut told reporters here. Amid reports of the Shiv Sena making friendly overtures to the NCP, Raut said Sharad Pawar ..

BJP has responsibility to form Govt: Pawar after meeting Sonia

THE responsibility of forming the Government in Maharashtra is with the BJP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday after meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi here. Amidst reports that Uddhav Thackeray’s party was in touch with the NCP, Pawar said that the Shiv Sena has not sought any support from his party to form the Government, but asserted that he can’t say “what will happen” in the future...

Shinde Shiv Sena’s new House leader; Aaditya proposes name

THE newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday elected Eknath Shinde as the leader of the party’s legislative wing. Sunil Prabhu was elected as the chief whip of the party in the Maharashtra legislature. Shinde, MLA from neighbouring Thane, was the leader of house in the previous term as well, besides being a Cabinet Minister in the BJP-Sena government. First-time MLA and Thackeray family scion Aaditya tabled the motion to elect Shinde as the leader of House...

Fadnavis elected leader; Mahayuti to form Govt

DEVENDRA Fadnavis was on Wednesday elected as the leader of BJP legislative party. Amid the ongoing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over power sharing in State, Fadnavis asserted that the alliance partners will form Government soon, after Shiv Sena softened its stand. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the meeting as the central observer of the party...

Sena not promised CM’s post for 2.5 yrs: Fadnavis

DEVENDRA Fadnavis onTuesday said the Shiv Sena was not promised the CM’s post for two-anda-half years when the alliance was formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Amid the ongoing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over sharing of power in the next State Government, Fadnavis asserted he will be the Chief Minister for next five years. He also expressed displeasure over the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ frequently targeting the BJP, saying its role was to “derail” the talks...

Haryana Cabinet expansion after Assembly’s spl session

THE Haryana Cabinet will be expanded after the Assembly’s special session from November 4 and a committee comprising leaders of both the BJP and the JJP set up to formulate a common minimum programme for the coalition, Chief Minister M L Khattar said on Tuesday. Khattar, who is in the national capital along with Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, held his first Cabinet meeting at the Haryana Bhawan here...

Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM today

MANOHAR Lal Khattar is all set to head a new Government in Haryana with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala as his deputy after the Governor on Saturday invited him to lead the coalition which also has the support of seven Independents. Khattar, Dushyant and some Ministers will be sworn-in at 2:15 pm at the Haryana Raj Bhavan on Sunday. The day saw fast-paced developments with 65-year-old Khattar unanimously elected leader of the BJP’s legislative party in Haryana..

BJP-led alliance will provide stable Govt, says Fadnavis

WHILE the ally Shiv Sena is demanding equal share in power, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday stressed that the BJP was the single largest party, and said the “BJPled alliance” will provide a stable Government. The process of Government formation will start after Diwali, Fadnavis said, addressing party workers at a Diwali gathering here...

Shiv Sena plays hardball; seeks written promise from BJP over power sharing

THE Shiv Sena on Saturday demanded a written assurance from ally BJP that it will implement the formula for equal sharing of power in Maharashtra, while Opposition Congress said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party should explore “alternative arrangement”. Newly-elected MLAs of the Sena, who met party chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence here, demanded that his son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya be made Chief Minister..

Top Congress leaders discuss issues

THE Congress’ top brass on Friday met under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi to deliberate on issues related to the interests of India’s farmers, shopkeepers and the industry which the party claimed were being “bartered away and sold openly” by the BJP Government. A 17-member group of leaders, set up by Sonia Gandhi which includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi besides other top leaders, met at her 10 Janpath residence to hold discussions on key issues facing the country. The ..

BJP to stake claim to form Govt in Haryana, forges alliance with JJP

THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form a new Government in Haryana after clinching an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which won 10 seats in the 90-member Assembly, by giving it the post of Deputy Chief Minister. BJP President Amit Shah announced at a press conference, held with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala, that the Chief Minister will be from his party and the Deputy Chief Minister from the regional party. Incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to be elected ..

Ajit Pawar wins by highest margin; Sena’s Lande by lowest gap

FORMER Maharashtra deputy Chief Ministerand NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Thursday won from the Baramati Assembly constituency by defeating his nearest rival byover 1.65 lakhvotes - thehighest victory margin recorded by a candidate in this election. On the other hand, Shiv Sena candidate Dilip Bhausaheb Lande won from the Chandivali constituency in north Mumbai by just 409 votes - the lowest victory margin posted by a nominee in the elections held on October 21. Ajit Pawar won the seat in Pune district ..

BJP-Sena combine set to retain power in Mah

MAHARASHTRA on Thursday looked set to have a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance Government for another five years, even as results of the Assembly polls threw up what a former CM called an “interesting possibility” of the Sena, NCP and Congress aligning to upset the BJP’s applecart. As per the final results on Thursday, the BJP won 105 seats in the 288- member Assembly. The Shiv Sena won 56, the NCP 54, while the Congress won 44. In the 2014 polls, the BJP had won 122 seats, the Sena 63, the Congress 42 and the ..

BJP wins 17, Cong 11 Assembly by-polls seats

FIVE months after its landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP onThursday won 17 Assembly seats in the bypolls held in 51 Assembly constituencies across 18 States. The Congress bagged 11 seats in byelections held on October 21. In Uttar Pradesh, where by-elections were held for 11 Assembly seats, the BJP won 7, its ally Apna Dal got 1, and the Samajwadi Party won 3 seats. The ruling BJP won the Gangoh, Iglas, Lucknow Cantt, ..

Haryana gets hung Assemblybb BJP needs six more to form Government

HARYANA on Thursday ended up with a hung Assembly with the ruling BJP emerging as the largest party with 40 seats, but still six short of the halfway mark needed to form the next Government. The Congress won 31 seats, the Jannayak Janta Party 10, the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party one each. The Aam Aadmi Party, which contested 46 seats, was decimated.The split verdict triggered hectic political activity. Eight Independent candidates registered victory in the elections and they are ..

Aaditya becomes first Thackeray to enter Maharashtra legislature

SHIV Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who made history by becoming the first member of his family to take poll plunge, has marked his arrival in Maharashtra politics with a bang and is likely to play a key role in the next State Government and help expand his party. The 29-year-old next-gen Thackeray, whom his party wants to be the Deputy Chief Minister in the BJP-SenaallianceGovernment,wonwitha thumping majority from Mumbai’s Worli constituency...

65% turnout in Haryana polls

HARYANA recorded a turnout of 65 per cent for 90 constituencies in the Assembly elections by 6 pm on Monday, the Election Commission said. The polling that began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm was largely peaceful, barring a violent incident in Nuh, officials said. According to the Election Commission in Delhi, 65 per cent of the registered voters exercised their franchise by 6 pm, when polling closed. However, people who entered the polling booths before the closing time, would be allowed to cast their ..

Exit Polls predict big win for BJP in Mah, Haryana

THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set to retain power with a bigger mandate in Maharashtra, where it is in alliance with the Shiv Sena, and Haryana, as Exit Polls forecast a facile victory for the party in the two States and rout for its rivals led by the Congress. Exit Polls, broadcast soon after the polling ended, varied widely in their projection of seats for the rival alliances but an emphatic victory with more than two-third seats for the BJP-led NDA in Maharashtra and Haryana was their ..

Pawar’s rally in rain a hit on social media

STUNNING videos and images of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar addressing a rally here in pouring rain on Friday evening have gone viral on social media and accolades poured on him on Saturday. The rally had barely started late on Friday when heavy rain started battering the venue, taking the organisers and the attendees by surprise, and some even contemplated cancelling the crucial public meeting...

3 from Surat among 5 held for Kamlesh Tiwari murder

FIVE people have been detained including three in Gujarat’s Surat in connection with the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, the President of a little-known Hindu outfit, with police saying on Saturday that the suspects were ‘radicalised’ and appeared to have targeted him for his inflammatory remarks made in 2015. “So far, there is no terror angle associated with this incident,” Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police DGP O P Singh said at a press conference here..

Campaigning ends for Mah, Haryana Assembly polls

THE campaigning ended for Assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra on Saturday with political leaders making all-out efforts to woo voters through rallies and road shows. On the last day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally at Rewari and Sirsa in Haryana. Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah held rallies in Maharashtra...

World can see new-found confidence of New India: PM

THE entire world can see the new-found confidence of New India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. Addressing BJP’s campaign rallies for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections at Pune, Satara and Parli, Modi also said that despite a lot of talk in the last 70 years, it was only his Government which dared abrogate Article 370. “The entire world can see the new-found confidence of New India. Everyone can feel the change. They are discussing Howdy Modi (event in the US),” Modi said ..

Third phase of ‘Didi ke Bolo’ begins in WB

THE Trinamool Congress leadership on Wednesday launched the third phase of ‘Didi ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi) initiative to reach out to the masses. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is addressed as ‘Didi’ or elder sister by TMC workers. Block presidents of the party were seen visiting pre- identified villages or urban habitations as per the list provided by the TMC and held informal meeting with party members there, TMC sources said...

ED summons Praful Patel in money laundering case linked to Iqbal Mirchi

THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel in connection with its money laundering probe linked to alleged illegal assets of late Iqbal Mirchi, an aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, officials said on Tuesday. They said Patel, a former Union Minister in the UPA regime, has been asked to depose in Mumbai on October 18...

BJP promises 5 cr jobs in 5 yrs, houses for all by 2022 for Mah

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released its manifesto for the upcoming Maharashtra polls, promising a USD 1 trillion economy for the State with the creation of five crore jobs in next five years and houses for all by 2022. BJP working president J P Nadda released the manifesto, or the ‘Sankalpapatra’, here along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, State party president Chandrakant Patil and Mumbai unit head Mangal Prabhat Lodha...

Rahul’s poll speeches will increase vote share of BJP-Sena: CM

  MUMBAI :   TAKING a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the speeches made by the former will eventually help the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance win more votes in Assembly elections. Speaking at a rally at Pusad in Yavatmal district, the Chief Minister said Gandhi joined the campaign “unwillingly” in view of Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s remarks. Khurshid had said the Congress had failed to carry out a detailed ..

If you want to tackle terror in Pak, we’ll send our Armymen there: Rajnath to Imran

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday gave a piece of advice to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan saying that India is ready to assist Pakistan if the neighbouring country is serious enough to combat terror on its soil. He also said that India will send its Armed Forces to Pakistan in this regard if the need arises. “I would like to make a suggestion to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. If you are serious enough to fight against terror, we are ready to assist you...

Mah farmer suicides are Pawar’s sins, says CM

IN THE run-up to the October 21 Assembly elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday blamed NCP supremo and former Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and his policies for farmer suicides in the state. Speaking at a rally in Akot tehsil in Akola district in Vidarbha region, Fadnavis termed the issue as Pawar’s “sin”...

Sena promises meal at Rs 10 in manifesto

THE Shiv Sena, which is contesting 124 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly election as part of its alliance with the BJP, on Saturday released its manifesto, which promises to provide full meal at Rs 10 and make farmers debt-free, among other things. However, despite Sena’s Opposition to the felling of trees in Aarey Colony in Mumbai for a Metro car shed last week, the manifesto does not make any mention of this issue. The manifesto was released by party President Uddhav Thackeray and his son and Yuva ..

Detention of all political leaders in Jammu ends

DETENTION of all political leaders in Jammu has been ended but their counterparts in Kashmir continue to be under house arrest. The leaders from political parties like National Conference (NC), Congress and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) have been freed in Jammu. They were put under preventive detention since August 5 when the Centre revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370. NC leaders Devender Rana and SS Salathia, Congress’ Raman Bhalla and Panthers ..

BJP’s first list of 125 Mah candidates out

THE BJP on Tuesday announced the first list of 125 candidates for Assembly polls in Maharashtra election, which are scheduled to be held on October 21. Out of the 125 seats, 52 sitting MLAs have been given tickets again while 12 sitting MLAs were denied the tickets by the party. BJP’s first list has 125 names while the remaining names will be announced in a day or two. Shiv Sena has also released a list of 124 seats. ..

BJP, Sena finalise alliance for Assembly elections

THE BJP and Shiv Sena have finalised the seat-sharing deal for the Maharashtra Assembly elections 2019, senior State Bharatiya Janata Party Minister Chandrakant Patil said here on Monday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will announce the quantum of seat sharing, Patil told reporters...

Cong releases 1st list of 51 candidates for Mah polls

THE Congress on Sunday released its first list of 51 candidates for the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly elections, fielding former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan from the Bhokar constituency and State party chief Vijay alias Balasaheb Thorat from Sangamner. The party has fielded 23 sitting MLAs, out of the 42 seats it had won in the 2014 Assembly polls. Ashok Chavan’s wife, Amita Sharma-Chavan, is sitting MLA from Bhokar...

Cong CEC clears names of 100 Mah candidates

THE Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress on Thursday met for a second time to select candidates for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly polls and is learnt to have finalised nominees in about 100 constituencies so far. The CEC, at its meeting a few days ago, had given clearance to about 65 candidates while on Thursday, consensus was reached on over 30 names, sources said. After the CEC meeting, MPCC president Balasaheb Thorat said that the names for 45 seats sent by the screening committee ..

Pawar to make himself available to ED tomorrow

NATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said that he will visit the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office here on Friday and make himself available to the agency for their investigation in the money laundering case, in which he has been named. “I will go to Enforcement Directorate on September 27 at 2 pm and make myself available to the agency for whatever investigation that want to conduct,” said Pawar while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday...

Mamata raises Assam NRC issue at meeting with Shah

WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday told Union Home Minister Amit Shah that genuine Indians belonging to Bengali, Bihari, Gorkha and Assamese communities were excluded from the NRC in Assam and sought his intervention to ameliorate their miseries. This was conveyed by Banerjee to Shah in her first meeting with the Home Minister, who assumed the office about three months ago. “I have come to meet the Home Minister to discuss about the NRC in Assam and told him that many genuine Indians ..

Mamata meets Modi, raises issue of renaming West Bengal

WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday but the NRC process did not figure during their discussion which was mostly on developmental issues. She also raised the issue of the State’s renaming and invited Modi to Bengal...

Jolt to Maya as all six Raj BSP MLAs defect to Cong

IN A setback to Mayawati, all six BSP MLAs in Rajasthan have defected to the ruling Congress, a move dubbed by the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as a “betrayal.” The development comes ahead of civic body polls and bypolls for two Assembly seats in Rajasthan and has increased the tally of the Congress in the 200-member Assembly ..

Indrani calls PC’s arrest as ‘good news’

 MUMBAI : FORMER Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s arrest in the INX Media corruption and money laundering case is “good news”, Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora killing case, said on Thursday. Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on August 21 for alleged corruption in Rs 305 crore clearance given to the INX Media group when he was the Finance Minister.  The group, once promoted by Indrani Mukerjea and her husband Peter Mukerjea, both in jail in ..

I-T attaches Rs 150 cr worth ‘benami’ hotel of Cong leader Bishnoi

  NEW DELHI :   A Rs 150 crore worth hotel in a prime business space of Gurgaon has been attached by the Income-Tax department, considering it as a “benami” asset of Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi and his brother. They said the department’s Delhi-based anti-benami unit has issued an order for attachment of the hotel property under Section 24(3) of the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988. The hotel, as per the order accessed by PTI, is ..

Arun Jaitley: The first satyagrahi against Emergency

  NEW DELHI : ON JUNE 26, 1975, the morning after the Emergency was proclaimed, Arun Jaitley gathered a group of people and burnt an effigy of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, making him, in his own words, the ‘first satyagrahi’ against the Emergency. He was later arrested under preventive detention and was in custody for a period of 19 months from 1975 to 1977. “When the Emergency was proclaimed at midnight on 25 June 1975, they came to arrest me. I managed to escape ..

Govt ready to release Omar, Mehbooba on ‘certain conditions’

 By Zaffar Iqbal  SRINAGAR :  THE Government has opened up channels of communication with former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were arrested ahead of the scrapping of Article 370 earlier this month. Highly placed official sources said a team comprising members of different Central agencies met with two leaders in Srinagar to allow their release on ‘certain conditions’.  The Government wants to release the mainstream ..

How is Kashmir internal issue?-Cong shocker

 NEW DELHI: CONGRESS leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday stoked a controversy as he sought to know from the Government whether Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter or a bilateral issue, saying the United Nations was monitoring the situation there since 1948. Chowdhury’s remarks drew sharp reactions from the Treasury benches, with Home Minister Amit Shah asking whether this was the official stand of the Congress.  “I have a doubt because you say it is ..

Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba, Cong react angrily to Govt’s decision on J&K

  NEW DELHI:  FORMER Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Monday reacted angrily to the Centre scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution providing special status to the State and bifurcating it, saying the “disastrous” move may lead to “catastrophic consequences”. Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Ram Madhav and several other BJP leaders, however, welcomed the Union government’s decision calling it a “bold ..

Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul received money from chopper scam, ED to court

 NEW DELHI: RATUL Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, received money generated from the VVIP chopper deal scam, the Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court on Monday. ED made the allegations during the hearing of anticipatory bail application filed by Puri before special judge Arvind Kumar, who extended his interim protection from arrest by a day after the arguments on the application remained inconclusive.  Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Power Projects Pvt Ltd, ..

‘No one can give stable govt in present circumstances’

BENGALURUKARNATAKA caretaker Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that no one can give a stable Government in the State in the present political scene after the fall of his Ministry two days ago. Kumaraswamy said the resignations by the rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition had pushed the State towards by-elections.“Whether you focus on the developmental activities or the by-elections at 20 to 25 places, an atmosphere created by theBJP? We cannot assume that the Government will ..

Ahead of Mah polls, Mumbai NCP chief Ahir joins Sena

MUMBAIIN A jolt to the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections, its Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir joined the ruling Shiv Sena on Thursday. Elections are due in the State in September-October. Soon after joining the Sena, Ahir announced that he would contest the election from Byculla in South Mumbai. Sachin Ahir   The NCP said that Ahir deserted the party because he was not confident of winning election on his own, and his exit will ..

Awaiting instructions from Centre for forming Govt, says Yeddyurappa

 BENGALURU: KARNATAKA BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that he was awaiting instructions from his party central leadership on staking claim to form an alternative Government in the State. The 14-month old Congress-JD(S) coalition Government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday night after losing vote of confidence in the Assembly in a climax to three-week long intense power struggle. “I’m awaiting instructions from Delhi.  I can call legislature ..

K’taka Assembly adjourned till today without voting on confidence motion

 Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy speaks during the Assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Monday. (PTI)   BENGALURU:  IN AN unending battle of nerves, the Karnataka Assembly was adjourned till Tuesday without voting on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy even after three days of debate, amid ruckus by Congress and JD(S), which insisted voting can await the Supreme Court ruling. As the House debated the motion with frequent scenes of ..

Fate of Kumaraswamy Govt likely to be decided today

 BENGALURU: THE fate of the fragile H D Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS coalition Government in Karnataka is likely to be decided on the floor of the Assembly on Monday after it defied on July 19 the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove majority after the Ministry was wracked by a raft of resignations by rebel MLAs. Amid reports that the Government was still trying to prolong the discussion on the confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister on Thursday, hoping for some kind ..

Punjab CM accepts Sidhu’s resignation

 CHANDIGARH: DAYS after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the State Cabinet, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday accepted his ‘one-line’ resignation. Within hours of the resignation letter being forwarded to him by Amarinder Singh, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore conveyed his acceptance of the same, an official spokesperson said. For the time being, the power portfolio will remain with the Chief Minister, the spokesperson said. Amarinder Singh was indisposed since ..

‘Efforts on to develop drought and flood tolerant seeds’

ENVIRONMENT Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said in the Rajya Sabha that there is variable impact of climate change on crop production and efforts are being made to develop drought and flood tolerant seed varieties...

Farmers’ suicides have declined in last five years: Rajnath in LS

   NEW DELHI: FARMERS’ suicides have declined in the last five years, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, blaming successive Congress Governments for the present plight of farmers in the country. Singh said this in the Lok Sabha while responding to allegations of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who blamed the Centre for the “terrible plight” of farmers. “As far as farmers’ condition is concerned, it did not happen in only four-five years.  People ..

Government will survive, ready to face no-confidence motion: K’taka Cabinet

  BENGALURU: AS the Government in Karnataka faces an existential crisis with the resignation of 16 legislators of the ruling coalition, the State Cabinet that met on Thursday resolved to face the situation “bravely” and “withstand” it unitedly. Expressing confidence that the Government would survive, the Cabinet that met under the leadership of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said it was ready to face a no-confidence motion, if moved by the Opposition BJP.  “..

U’khand BJP MLA dances with guns in hands, party issues show cause notice

 DEHRADUN: SUSPENDED Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Uttarkhand Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion landed in trouble once again on Wednesday as a video showing him dancing with guns in his hands during a get-together went viral prompting an embarrassed party to issue a show cause notice to him. In the video, the Khanpur MLA is purportedly seen dancing to a popular Bollywood number with two revolvers in his hands and a carbine hanging from his shoulder.  He is seen sipping his drink ..

WB Cong chief resigns; takes responsibility for Lok Sabha poll debacle

 KOLKATA: WEST Bengal Congress President Somen Mitra submitted a letter of resignation from the post taking responsibility for the party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha election, according to a press statement released on Tuesday. However, Gaurav Gogoi, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of party affairs in the State, refused to accept Mitra’s resignation and requested him to continue in the post, party sources said. The Congress won two of the 42 Lok Sabha seats ..

‘Gen Next Cong chief’ demand grows

 By Asim Kamal: NEW DELHI Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia could be front-runners for the top job in Cong   THE view that a young leader should succeed Rahul Gandhi as Congress President is fast gaining traction with the party’s youth cadre batting for a Gen Next chief over the old guard. The young brigade’s preference for youth over experience got a boost when Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday asserted that a young person ..

Senior Congress leader, several party activists join BJP in J&K

 JAMMU:  SENIOR Congress leader Mohammad Iqbal Malik, along with a dozen of party activists, joined the BJP on Monday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ has infused a sense of security among the minorities. Malik, hailing from Darhal constituency in Rajouri, resigned from the basic membership of the Congress on Saturday after remaining affiliated with the party for over a decade. He unsuccessfully contested State elections twice ..

BJP’s Jaishankar, Jugal Thakor win RS polls

Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala of Congress cast their votes to BJP candidates instead of Congress nominees and resigned as MLAs immediately after casting their ballots GANDHINAGAREXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and another BJP candidate, Jugal Thakor, were elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat on Friday in by-elections, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani declared here.  (L-R) Rajya Sabha candidate Jugalji Thakor, State BJP President Jitu Vaghani and Union Foreign Minister S Jaishankar ..

Mayawati appoints brother, nephew to key party posts

 (left) Anand Kumar (right) Akash Anand  LUCKNOW: BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday appointed her brother Anand Kumar as the party’s national Vice President and her nephew Akash Anand as its national coordinator, a senior leader said. She also appointed BSP leader Ramji Gautam as the party’s national coordinator. The decision was taken at a meeting here which was attended by top functionaries of the party. Amroha MP Danish Ali has been made the leader ..