Confusion Reigns supreme in MP’s pre-poll arena

THOSE who have watched Madhya Pradesh politics for the past fifty years would certainly testify that such a peculiar situation did not exist ever. For, this is one condition in which old loyalties are breaking down, new loyalties are in the making, certified loyalties are asserting themselves — and all this is only adding to a great ideological confusion that actually never characterised MP politics. Until today, lines of loyalty were pretty clearly drawn. Today, those lines are only a maze of ..

Sharad Pawar faction can use ‘NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar’ name till further orders: SC

THE Supreme Court on Monday directed that Election Commission’s order of February 7 granting name of ‘Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar’ for the group led by Sharad Pawar will continue till further orders. A bench of Justices Surya Kant and K V Viswanathan sought response of Ajit Pawar-led faction on a plea of Sharad Pawar against the February 7 order of Election Commission recognising the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister-led group as the real Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The bench ..

17 seats - SP’s offer to Congress in UP

THE Congress has been offered 17 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party said on Monday and asserted that its chief Akhilesh Yadav will join the Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ in Raebareli only if the proposal is accepted. “We have given a final offer of 17 Lok Sabha seats to the Congress. Akhilesh Yadav’s participation in the Nyay Yatra in Raebareli on Tuesday will depend on their acceptance,” Rajendra Chaudhary, the Samajwadi Party’s chief spokesperson, told PTI. He, however, ..


FORMER Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday made his political move by joining the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Mumbai, just a day after parting ways with the Congress. The 65-year-old Chavan was warmly welcomed into the BJP fold at the party’s Mumbai office in the presence of key figures, including Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Regarding his new phase in his political career, Chavan, who spent nearly four decadesin Congress, said today signifies the ..

Sena man shot by BJP MLA CRITICAL

A SHIV Sena leader suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical condition after a BJP MLA fired upon him over a land dispute in Maharashtra’s Thane district, prompting the Opposition to demand Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s resignation, citing deteriorating law and order in the state. Deputy CM and State Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he has ordered a high-level probe to find out what made the MLA open fire and under what circumstances. Kalyan MLA Ganpat Gaikwad of BJP opened fire on ..

Nitish soon to expand Cabinet, Lobbying starts for Speaker’s post

A DAY after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar formed the Government in Bihar in alliance with the NDA, hectic lobbying started for the post of Assembly Speaker, and other legislators to be included in the Council of Ministers. Kumar on Monday chaired the meeting of his new cabinet to distribute portfolios. After the cabinet meeting, leaders of NDA constituents, however, remained tight-lipped about the distribution of portfolios...

Nitish Kumar back in NDA

JD(U) President Nitish Kumar on Sunday took oath as Chief Minister of Bihar for a record ninth time after a dramatic volte-face, ditching the Mahagathbandhan and the Opposition bloc I.N.D.I.A. and forming a new Government with the BJP, which he had dumped less than 18 months ago. Kumar was sworn in by Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar at Raj Bhawan in the presence of senior leaders including BJP national President J P Nadda, hours after he resigned from the post, saying “things were not working well” ..

Mamata to go ‘solo’ in W Bengal for LS polls

IN A major setback to the Opposition I.N.D.I.A. bloc, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that her party has decided to go alone in the State in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Banerjee’s comments came a day before Congress leader Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will enter West Bengal. “I had given them (Congress) a proposal (on seat-sharing), but they refused it at the outset. Our party has now decided to go alone in Bengal,” Banerjee said amid ..

Milind Deora quits Cong, joins Sena

IN A setback for Congress in Mumbai ahead of Lok Sabha polls, former Union Minister Milind Deora on Sunday quit the party “to walk the path of development” and joined the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, ending a “55 years old association” of the Deora family with the Grand Old Party. With Deora resigning just before the start of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, the Congress alleged that the timing of the announcement of his departure from the party was determined by Prime Minister Narendra ..

HISTORIC ENDORSEMENT Shinde faction is Real Shiv Sena

IN A major ruling, Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar on Wednesday held that the Eknath Shinde-led faction of the Shiv Sena was the “real political party” after the vertical split in the party and when rival groups emerged on June 21, 2022. The Speaker's much-awaited verdict came as a huge relief to Chief Minister Shinde and a major blow to the Shiv Sena-UBT, led by ex-CM Uddhav Thackeray, who had contested the claims of the breakaway group. Reading out his ruling on disqualification petitions ..

Sharmila’s Entry Into Congress

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy sent their uncle Y V Subba Reddy to dissuade Sharmila from throwing in her lot with the Congress, but in Sharmila’s case, blood proved to be thinner than water and so, it will be brother versus sister in Andhra Pradesh. ..

Make I.N.D.I.A. bloc effective bulwark against BJP

(PTI) THE Congress on Thursday asserted that it would take all necessary steps to make the I.N.D.I.A. bloc an effective bulwark and force against the BJP and its allies, while vowing to be fully prepared at the earliest to fight the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. In a resolution that was passed unanimously after a four-hour meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party also alleged that the suspension of MPs from Parliament was done to ensure that the Opposition was not present to challenge ..

Mamata and Kejriwal propose Kharge as PM face; ‘let’s win first’, says Cong chief

WEST Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday proposed Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s name as the prime ministerial candidate of Opposition bloc INDIA, MDMK leader Vaiko said after the meeting of the grouping. However, the veteran Congress leader said it is important to win first and everything else can be decided later. Significantly, while Vaiko said Kharge’s name was proposed by Banerjee and Kejriwal, other leaders, on the ..

Mah Govt accepts Shinde panel report on procedure

THE Maharashtra Government on Tuesday accepted the first report of a committee headed by retired High Court judge Sandeep Shinde, appointed to decide the procedure for granting Kunbi caste certificates to the Marathas in the Marathwada region. The process of the issuance of Kunbi certificates has begun, an official statement said. Kunbi, a community associated with agriculture, is grouped under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in Maharashtra and enjoys reservation benefits in education ..

Shinde to remain CM even if disqualified: Fadnavis

MAHARASHTRA Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will not be disqualified and in case that happens, he will be elected as an MLC and will retain his post. The Supreme Court on October 17 granted State Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar a final opportunity to give it a realistic timeframe for deciding the crosspetitions filed by rival factions of the Shiv Sena seeking disqualification of each other’s MLAs following a split in the party last year...

VBA’s Prakash Ambedkar meets Sharad Pawar

VANCHIT Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar on Saturday met Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar on the sidelines of an event here but replied in the negative when asked if it could result in his outfit joining the Opposition bloc INDIA. Both Pawar and Ambedkar were speakers at an event titled ‘Unleashing India’s Economic Potential: Dr Ambedkar’s Legacy Lives On’ at YB Chavan Centre in south Mumbai...

More than a year after stoking controversy,Nupur Sharma makes 1st public appearance

 ■ NEW DELHI,  Nupur was seen at the promotional event of Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming movie ‘The Vaccine War’  ALMOST more than a year after she made controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad, suspended..

AIADMK quits NDA alliance

ENDING its four year-old ties with the BJP, the AIADMK on Monday announced walking out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and said it would lead a separate front for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The decision to break away from the NDA was taken at a high level meeting chaired by party chief Edappadi K Palaniswami at the AIADMK headquarters here. The decision was met with cheers from the Dravidian party workers who burst crackers outside the headquarters here...

Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) joins hands with BJP in K’taka

IN A boost to the BJP in Karnataka ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Janata Dal (Secular) has decided to ally with the party following a meeting of its leader H D Kumaraswamy with Home Minister Amit Shah and party President J P Nadda. After the meeting, Nadda said on X, “I am happy that JD(S) has decided to be the part of National Democratic Alliance. We wholeheartedly welcome them in the NDA. This will further strengthen NDA and vision of Hon PM Narendra Modi Ji for ‘New India, Strong India’.” Shah ..

Mah to drop casesagainst Marathaquota protesters

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced the withdrawal of police cases filed against proMaratha reservation protesters in Jalna district, the epicentre of the latest round of stir on the issue, and urged quota activist Manoj Jarange to end his indefinite fast. He has also announced the suspension of three police officials involved in lathi-charge on quota agitators in central Maharashtra’s Jalna district in the first week of September. The Chief Minister made the announcements on Monday ..

Uddhav pays ‘courtesy’ visit to Ajit

SHIV Sena (UBT) President and former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday paid a ‘courtesy’ call on Deputy CM Ajit Pawar – their first meeting after the latter split the Nationalist Congress Party, here on Wednesday afternoon. A relaxed Thackeray walked to the chamber of Ajit Pawar, along with Aditya Thackeray and several MLAs of the Shiv Sena (UBT). They exchanged warm pleasantries and the former Boss (Thackeray) and his second-in-command (Ajit Pawar) had a brief discussion...

Ajit and others meet Sharad Pawar, urge him to keep party united

MAHARASHTRA Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of NCP and some Ministers from his camp met party President Sharad Pawar here on Sunday and requested him to keep the Nationalist Congress Party united, party leader Praful Patel said. Patel said the NCP chief listened to them quietly but didn’t give any reaction. This unscheduled meeting between Sharad Pawar and the Ajit Pawar camp was the first one after he rebelled against his uncle and joined the Shiv Sena-BJP Government on July 2...

TMC poised to sweep WB rural polls

THE ruling Trinamool Congress on Wednesday inched closer to a sweeping victory in WBengal’s violence-scarred rural polls, bagging more than half the seats and leaving its rivals trailing way behind in results declared till now by the State Election Commission. The TMC has won 34,913 Gram Panchayat seats, besides leading in 607 seats, according to the SEC as of 7.30 pm on Wednesday. In all elections are being held for 63,229 Gram Panchayat seats. The ruling party’s nearest rival BJP has won 9,722 seats ..

BJP’s fact-finding team reaches West Bengal

SENIOR BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for letting loose a reign of terror during the rural polls and wondered why the central leadership of the Congress and the Left are silent on it. A four-member BJP fact-finding team to West Bengal, led by the former Union Minister, said that the State unit’s demand for implementing Article 355 is “justifiable”...

Won’t allow anyone to snatch NCP’s symbol, name: Pawar

NATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday warned the Ajit Pawar-led faction that he would not let his party’s symbol and name fall into their hands. Pawar also objected to the Ajit Pawar faction using his photograph on their banners. “If they have gone there, why are they using my photo? I will not let our symbol and party name fall into their hands,” he said. Pawar senior was speaking at a party meeting organised here to show his strength after his nephew Ajit revolted against ..

With Ajit Pawar in Cabinet, Mah Govt highlights work done in last one year

THE Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday released a booklet highlighting important decisions taken by the Eknath Shinde-led Government in the last one year. Chief Minister Shinde, Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar unveiled the booklet highlighting works done in the past one year. This was the first weekly state Cabinet meeting after Sunday’s political developments wherein nine MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar joined the Government, which completed one ..


THE startling political developments in Maharashtra where the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has witnessed a vertical split can deeply impact the Opposition plans to build a united front to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 ..

ED raids at residence of Sanjay Raut’s aide, others in COVID centres scam

THE Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday raided 15 locations in Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged COVID centres scam against businessman Sujit Patkar, a close aide of Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut, and others, an official said. Raids were also being conducted at the residence of Suraj Chavan, a core committee member of Yuva Sena (Thackeray faction) and at the locations of some officials of Mumbai civic body and others, including IAS officer Sanjeev Jaiswal, ..

Rahul calls PM Modi a ‘specimen’ in US

   SANTA CLARA/NEW DELHI, RAHUL Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, describing him as a “specimen” who thinks he knows more than God and alleged that the idea of India is under attack, prompting ..

24 Ministers inducted into Karnataka Cabinet

THE Congress Government in Karnataka on Saturday expanded its Cabinet by inducting 24 Ministers, including just one woman, Lakshmi Hebbalkar, and veteran legislator H K Patil, thus filling all 34 ministerial positions a week after the party assumed power in the State. Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 24 Ministers. These Ministers include 23 MLAs and the Congress high command’s surprise candidate N S Boseraju, who is neither an MLA nor an MLC. “Boseraju, ..

Mamata assures support to Kejriwalin fight against Central ordinance

WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee onTuesday assured her counterpart from Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, that her party would support him in his fight against the Central ordinance to control appointments and transfer of bureaucrats in that city state. After a nearly hour-long meeting here,Banerjee told newspersons that a forthcoming vote in Rajya Sabha on a bill to convert the central ordinance on control of services in Delhi into law, will be a “semi-final before the 2024 elections.” Kejriwal who ..

Woman staff of IT firm drowns after car gets stuck in neck-deep water in B’luru

A WOMAN drowned on Sunday after a car she was travelling in with her family got stuck in neck-deep water at K R Circle underpass, just a stone’s throw from Vidhana Soudha, the seat of power in Karnataka. Fire and emergency services personnel saved five others of the family and the driver, with the help of people who had rushed to save those trapped in the flooded underpass in the heart of the city...

Siddaramaiah, D K Shivakumar meet Rahul Gandhi

KARNATAKA’S two chief ministerial aspirants Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar on Wednesday met Rahul Gandhi here separately amid hectic parleys in the Congress to decide on the candidate for the top post in the southern State. The meetings came a day after Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar held separate meetings with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge at his residence and held discussions with him over government formation...

K’taka CM-hopeful Siddaramaiah in Delhi for consultations

  NEW DELHI/BENGALURU : THE suspense over the new Karnataka Chief Minister intensified on Monday as State Congress president D K Shivakumar cancelled his visit to the national capital citing health issues after he and Siddaramaiah, both fr..

Will have to first recognise which Senafaction is the political party: Mah Speaker

MAHARASHTRA Legislative Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar on Monday said that after the Supreme Court’s May 11 verdict, he will have to first recognise in the House which faction of the Shiv Sena is the political party before going ahead with any other decision. He was speaking to reporters here after returning from London. Narwekar said, “I will have to first recognise who represents the political party in the Assembly.Then the decision on the appointment of the chief whip will be taken.The petitions ..

CLP authorises Kharge tochoose Karnataka CM

  BENGALURU/NEW DELHI :  ■ Lobbying for the top post is set to shift to Delhi with both the contenders (Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar) expected to arrive in Delhi to meet Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Kharge NEWLY-elected Cong..

Market of hatred shut, shops of love opened in Karnataka: Rahul

FORMER Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday thanked the people of Karnataka on party’s expected victory and said that “market of hate has been shut and shops of love have opened”...

Clean sweep for BJP in UP mayoral polls

 Celebrations at office of BJP after results of Urban Local body elections were declared, in Lucknow on Saturday. (PTI)  LUCKNOW : THE ruling BJP swept the mayoral elections in Uttar Pradesh winning the posts in all the 17 municipal c..

Shinde to continue asMah CM after SC ruling

EKNATH Shinde will continue to be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the Supreme Court held on Thursday it cannot reinstate the MVA coalition Government headed by Uddhav Thackeray since the Shiv Sena leader chose to resign without facing the floor test in the wake of a rebellion in his party. The unanimous verdict by a fivejudge Constitution bench came as a relief for Shinde even as it censured former Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari over his decision calling upon Thackeray to prove ..

NCP leaders deliberate on road ahead

A DAY after Sharad Pawar announced his decision to step down as the NCP President, senior party leaders held a discussion here on Wednesday on the road ahead, even as Chhagan Bhujbal said, Pawar’s daughter and Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule was ideal for a “national role”. An NCP worker from Pune wrote a letter in blood, appealing to Pawar to withdraw his..

Emotional drama after Pawar quits as NCP chief

SPRINGING a surprise, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said he is stepping down as chief of the NCP, the political outfit he founded and has helmed since 1999. Pawar made the announcement at the launch of a revised version of his Marathi autobiography ‘Lok Majhe Sangati’ (People Accompany Me), prompting protests by party workers and appeals by NCP leaders to revoke the decision. While Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil and party leader ..

Sule hints at 2 ‘political blasts’in Delhi, Mah in next 15 days

  PUNE : NATIONALIST Congress Party’s Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule has indicated that there will be two “blasts” (political), one in Delhi and another in Maharashtra, in the next 15 days. She made the comments when some r..

TMC, NCP, CPI lose national party status

THE Aam Aadmi Party was recognised as a national party while the Trinamool Congress, NCP and the CPI were stripped of the coveted status by the Election Commission on Monday. In separate orders, the Commission also revoked the state party status granted to RLD in Uttar Pradesh, BRS in Andhra Pradesh, PDA (Manipur), PMK (Puducherry), RSP (West Bengal) and MPC (Mizoram). The NCP also lost the State party status in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya. ..

Pilot opens new front against Gehlot

  JAIPUR : AHEAD of the Assembly polls in Rajasthan, former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot on Sunday opened a new front against CM Ashok Gehlot, announcing a day-long fast to seek action from his Government over alleged corruption during the BJP ru..

C R Kesavan, ex-Cong leader and C Rajagopalachari’s great grandson, joins BJP

FORMER Congress leader and great grandson of India’s last Governor General C. Rajagopalachari, on Saturday joined the BJP. In the last two days, Anil Antony, son of veteran Congress leader A K Antony, and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, also in the Congress earlier, have joined the BJP party. Kesavan had quit all the Congress posts in February this year. He was a media panelist of the Congress party in Tamil Nadu. In his resignation letter addressed to Congress President ..

Cong observers meet Himachal Governor, 3 in race for CM post

A MEETING of newly-elected Congress MLAs to discuss the appointment of the next Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister began here on Friday evening amid a show of strength by aspirants to the post, a day after the party wrested power from the BJP. Chief Minister hopefuls Pratibha Singh, Mukesh Agnihotri and Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu reached the party office for the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting along with their supporters, who raised slogans in their favour. As the party’s central observers -- ..

Gujarat polls: Cong promises 10 lakh jobs, 300 units free electricity, LPG cylinder at Rs 500

TEN lakh jobs in Government and semi-government departments, free medical treatment of up to Rs 10 lakh, LPG cylinder at Rs 500 and 300 units of free electricity every month are some of the key promises that the Congress made in its manifesto for the Gujarat elections. In the manifesto released on Saturday, the grand old party, which has been out of power in the State for more than two decades, also promised unemployment allowance of Rs 3,000 per month, Rs 2,000 pension to divyangs, widows, senior ..