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 ..

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) gets ‘mashaal’; Shinde’s Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena will get symbol later

THE Election Commission of India, on Monday gave the two contesting factions of Shiv Sena different names and allocated torch (mashaal) as election symbol to the Uddhav Thackeray faction. The EC asked the Eknath Shinde faction to submit three other choices for election symbol by 10 am on Tuesday, thus rejecting its first bunch of symbols suggested. In a late evening development, the EC gave the Thackeray faction the name “Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) to the Shinde faction, the EC gave ..

CBI grills Tejashwi’s aide in land-for-jobs ‘scam’

THE CBI on Saturday questioned the private secretary of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in connection with land-for-jobs “scam” in the Railways when his father Lalu Prasad was the Minister, officials said. Sanjay Yadav was summoned to appear before the agency on Saturday, a day after the CBI chargesheeted Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi and their daughter Misa Bharti in the case, they said. Sanjay, who served as Tejashwi’s PS during his first tenure as Deputy CM in 2015 as well, was summoned earlier ..

EC bars Thackeray, Shinde camps from using Shiv Sena name, symbol for by-poll

THE Election Commission on Saturday barred the Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde from using the party name and its election symbol in the Andheri East Assembly by-poll. In an interim order over the claims by the rival factions for control of the organisation, the commission asked them to suggest by Monday three name choices for their groups, and also as many free symbols...

Azad elected chairman of Democratic Azad Party

FORMER Chief Minister of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state Ghulam Nabi Azad has been elected the chairman of his newly formed Democratic Azad Party (DAP), a party leader said on Saturday. A resolution to this effect was passed at a founder members session, which was held both in Jammu and Srinagar, the leader said, adding the decision was unanimous. ..

CBI challenges Tejashwi Yadav’s bail in Delhi court in IRCTC scam

THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday approached a special court here challenging the bail granted to Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in the alleged scam involving the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Special judge Geetanjali Goel of the Rouse Avenue Court has issued a notice on the CBI’s plea seeking Tejashwi Yadav’s response in the matter. The RJD leader and his mother Rabri Devi were granted bail in the case in 2018. In one of its contentions, ..

8 Goa Cong MLAs including former CM Kamat join BJP

EIGHT Congress MLAs in Goa, including former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, on Wednesday joined the ruling BJP, in a body blow to the Opposition party which is now left with just three MLAs in the 40-member State Assembly. The MLAs joined the BJP in presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and State BJP chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade. Asked about the breach of pledge they had taken in temple in January, Kamat said, before joining the BJP he had visited the temple again. “I went to the temple again and ..

EC takes note of fight over Shiv Sena symbol

THE Election Commission has asked the rival factions of the Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde, to submit documents by August 8 in support of their claims on the election symbol of the political outfit. Election Commission sources said the two sides have been asked to submit documents, including letters of support from the legislative and organisational wings of the party and the written statements of the rival factions. They said the requirement were made in line with the Paragraph ..

4 senior Punjab Cong leaders join BJP

IN A major setback to the Congress in Punjab, four of its leaders and former Ministers Raj Kumar Verka, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Sunder Sham Arora and Gurpreet Singh Kangar joined the BJP here on Saturday. Former Congress MLA from Barnala Kewal Dhillon and former SAD MLAs Sarup Chand Singla and Mohinder Kaur Josh also joined the BJP. Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Chandigarh on Saturday for a meeting with party leaders and inaugurating the Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana’s Panchkula...

MNS leader warns of strong reaction if Raj Thackeray is harmed

MNS LEADER Bala Nandgaonkar on Wednesday met Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil over a letter threatening Raj Thackeray and demanded action. Speaking to reporters later, Nandgaonkar said there would be repercussions across the State if the MNS chief was harmed. His office received the letter, he said, adding that it was written in Hindi with a smattering of Urdu words and referred to Thackeray’s warning that the Hanuman Chalisa would be played in front of mosques if loudspeakers were continued ..