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Delhi, Aligarh CAA violence linked; PFI, Bhim Army key suspects: Intelligence

POPULAR Front of India (PFI), linked with several Islamic extremists outfits, and Bhim Army an Ambedkarite organisation active in north India, have emerged one of the key suspects behind the recent CAA violence in western Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. A series of incidents related to arson and firing in Delhi’s northeast district in the past two days, has also been linked with simultaneous violent protests in Aligarh, a report of UP State Intelligence has revealed on basis of Call Detail Records (CDRs) ..

Ahead of Budget Session, Thackeray meets Dy CM, Sharad Pawar

AHEAD of the Budget Session of Maharashtra Assembly, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a closed door meeting with NCP President Sharad Pawar and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar at his official residence here on Sunday...

NDA to win Bihar polls under Nitish’s leadership: Nadda

THE National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar will definitely win the Bihar polls, said Bharatiya Janata Party President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Saturday during his meeting with the party workers in Patna. “The NDA Government has changed the face of Bihar in the past 5 years and the election to be held in November will also be fought under Nitish Kumar’s leadership,” Nadda said in his speech to motivate the party workers for the Bihar elections that are scheduled ..

SC interlocuters hold discussions with Shaheen Bagh protesters

THE Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors met Shaheen Bagh protestors on Thursday in their second visit to the site where people have been on a sit-in since the last two months against the amended citizenship act. Advocates Sanjay Hedge and Sadhana Ramachandran, the interlocutors, were not willing to start the discussion in the presence of media...

Govt committed to carry on Shivaji Maharaj’s legacy: CM

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday expressed his Government’s resolve to carry forward the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Thackeray visited the Shivneri Fort in Junnar tehsil of Pune district in the morning to pay tributes to Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary, and announced Rs 23 crore assistance for the development of the fort. He also said that cases filed against protesters during the Maratha quota agitation in 2018 will be withdrawn...

Should I quit: Manmohan asked me after Rahul’s ordinance episode, says Montek

AFTER the Rahul Gandhi ordinance-trashing episode of 2013, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Montek Singh Ahluwalia whether he thought he should resign, the former deputy chairman of the now-defunct Planning Commission says. Ahluwalia says he told Singh, who was then on a visit to the US, that he did not think a resignation on this issue was appropriate. In a major embarrassment to his own Government, Rahul had denounced the controversial ordinance brought by the UPA dispensation to negate ..

Kejriwal shares stage with 50 ‘aam aadmi’ from Delhi

WHEN Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal took oath in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan along with his six ministers on Sunday, sharing the stage with them were 50 common people, who were designated as “Delhi ke Nirmata” by the party. The first of its kind initiative, Delhi ke Nirmata (Builders of Delhi) includes a list of safai karamcharis, students, teachers, doctors and bus marshals,. Of the list of the special guests, 24 were from the field of Education, health, NGOs, social welfare and transport. ..

Kejriwal back as Delhi CM for third time

ARVIND Kejriwal on Sunday took oath as Delhi’s Chief Minister for the third time. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Kejriwal and his six-member Cabinet. “Not my victory. It’s the victory of every Delhi citizen. It has been our endeavour over the past five years to see how we can make a positive change in the lives of every Delhi resident,” said Kejriwal after the swearing-in. Kejriwal said that it’s time to put the bitterness of elections behind and look forward...

50 ‘special guests’ to share stage with Kejriwal during swearing-in

BIG banners bearing messages like ‘Dhanyawad Dilli’ along with Arvind Kejriwal’s image were put up in and around the historic Ramlila Maidan for the swearing-in of the AAP supremo as Chief Minister of Delhi for the third successive time at an event on Sunday which is “open to public” but won’t see the usual gathering of political heavyweights...

BJP leaders shouldn’t have uttered controversial remarks, says Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said statements like ‘goli maro’ and ‘Indo-Pak match’ should not have been made by BJP leaders while campaigning for the Delhi Assembly elections and that such remarks may have cost the party dearly. He, however, said the BJP does not fight elections just for victory or defeat but believes in expanding its ideology through polls. “Such statements should not have been made. Our party has distanced itself from such remarks,” he told at a Times Now programme. ..

Kejriwal to take oath on 16th

ARVIND Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi Chief Minister on February 16 at Ramlila Maidan in a grand ceremony that will be open to public, senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday. Addressing reporters, Sisodia said that all Cabinet Ministers will also take oath along with Kejriwal at the event. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 10 am on Sunday, Sisodia said and urged people to turn out in large numbers for the ceremony...

BJP in Mah launches ‘Deendayal’ thali for Rs 30

IN A bid to counter the ruling Shiv Sena’s politics of subsidised food, the Opposition BJP in Maharashtra on Tuesday launched its own cheap lunch plate on the occasion of the death anniversary of Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya. Priced at Rs 30, the “Deendayal Thali” will have more items than the Rs 10 “Shiv Bhojan Thali”, which was launched by the Sena-led State Government on January 26 to cater to the poor. The “Deendayal” lunch plate includes three chapatis, a bowl of rice, two vegetables, ..

Arvind Kejriwal: ‘Aam aadmi’ scripts extraordinary win to return as Delhi CM

ARVIND Kejriwal, engineer, civil servant and Delhi’s man with a development agenda, is the David who slayed the mighty Goliath for the second time in five years. The Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is poised to win 63 of Delhi’s 70 seats, leaving the BJP with seven and decimating the Congress, overcoming the BJP’s divisive campaign. Nine years ago, Kejriwal slipped into the political frame behind Anna Hazare during the Lokpal movement in 2011 before quickly enlarging his canvas, first as a satyagrah ..

Landslide win for Kejriwal-led AAP

ARVIND Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to a stupendous victory yet again in the Delhi Assembly polls, dealing a body blow to the main rival BJP and completely decimating the Congress in a keenly-watched battle in the midst of anti-CAA protests. The 51-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician almost replicated the AAP’s fairy-tale victory of 2015 by riding on his Government’s development agenda, and in the process emerged as a key leader in the national political landscape. As the AAP cruised to victory, ..

Raj Thackeray extends support to CAA, NRC in huge rally

EXTENDING his support to the new citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday warned of giving a “befitting reply” to rallies being held against the CAA and the NRC. In the afternoon, the MNS took out a huge march from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan in South Mumbai demanding eviction of illegal Pakistani and Bangladeshi infiltrators from the country. The morcha was culminated at Azad Maidan. Addressing the gathering of thousands of MNS activists ..

Exit polls predict big win for AAP

EXIT polls for the Delhi Assembly election on Saturday predicted a big victory for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party with some indicating that it can even repeat its 2015 landslide when it had bagged 67 seats in the 70-member House. The India Today-Axis poll forecast 59-68 seats for the AAP and 2-11 for the BJP, while the ABP-CVoter put the Delhi’s ruling party’s tally at anywhere between 49 and 63 and that of its main rival between five to 19...

Campaigning for Delhi elections ends

MARKED by the BJP aggressively pushing the anti-CAA protests in Shaheen Bagh as a poll issue, the AAP hardselling development and the Congress conspicuous by its near absence, the bitter, often divisive campaign for the Delhi elections ended on Thursday. In their final electioneering push, the three key parties made last ditch efforts to seek votes and slugged it out over issues ranging from the amended citizenship law, appeasement politics and unemployment...

Deshbhakti curriculum, Jan Lokpal, Statehood in AAP manifesto

THE Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday released its manifesto for the February 8 Assembly elections here with 28-points programme. The manifesto said the AAP Government will come out with a ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum and also speaks about long pending demands of Delhi Jan Lokpal and Delhi Swaraj Bill along with the full Statehood. Doorstep ration delivery, language status to Bhojpuri, appointment of safai karamcharis have also found place in AAP’s election manifesto...

Delhi needs Govt that will not resort to appeasement but supports CAA: Modi

ATTACKING the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Delhi needs a Government that will not resort to appeasement but supports the CAA, abolition of Article 370 and issues of national security. Addressing an election rally in Dwarka three days before the February 8 assembly elections, the Prime Minister said the national capital also needs a Government that will give direction and not resort to blame games...

Shaheen Bagh shooter AAP member: Police

KAPIL Baisala who opened fired at the Shaheen Bagh protest site last week is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party, police said on Tuesday, prompting the BJP to accuse Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “playing” with the security of the country. Baisala and his father joined the AAP in early 2019, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said...

Door-to-door campaigning by Shah, Nadda in Delhi

THE Bhartiya Janata Party has launched a power packed campaign in Delhi with top leadership hitting the campaign trail on Sunday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J P Nadda will launch a door-to-door campaign in the national capital apart from addressing several rallies. While Shah will interact with people in Delhi Cantt area, Nadda will be in Chirag Delhi to woo voters. Nadda will also address rallies in Sangam Vihar and Ambedkar Nagar...

Cong releases manifesto for Delhi polls

THE Congress on Sunday promised to implement unemployment allowance of Rs 5,000-7,500 per month, cashback schemes for water and power consumers and challenge the contentious CAA in the Supreme Court if voted to power in Delhi. The manifesto presented by Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra also committed to spend 25 per cent budget each year on fighting pollution and improving transport facilities. The party has promised to provide free electricity up to 300 units per month...

AAP ‘sponsoring’ Shaheen Bagh protest: BJP to EC

THE BJP on Thursday accused the AAP of “sponsoring” anti-CAA protests, including the one at Shaheen Bagh here and running a “proxy campaign” through them, as it urged the Election Commission to include expenses incurred on these demonstrations in the expenditure of AAP candidates. A BJP delegation, which included Union ministers Harsh Vardhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, submitted a memorandum to the EC, seeking appointment of an independent election expenditure observer to enquire into the matter to ..

All-party meet held ahead of Budget session

THE Opposition on Thursday raised the issue of anti-CAA protests at an all-party meeting and accused the Government of “arrogance” in not reaching out to protesters, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted his dispensation is open to discuss all matters in Parliament’s Budget session beginning from Friday. Modi also called for a “greater focus” on economic issues in the session and how India can gain in the prevailing global situation, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters ..

JD(U) expels Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma

THE JD(U) on Wednesday expelled its Vice President Prashant Kishor and General Secretary Pavan Varma from the party, saying, their conduct in recent past has made it clear that they don’t want to abide by the party’s discipline. Both leaders have been critical of the party President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his support to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Population Register (NPR)...

Saina Nehwal, sister join BJP

FORMER world number one badminton player Saina Nehwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday, hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “inspiration” with his “hard work” for the country. Her elder sister Chandranshu Nehwal too joined the party along with her. Joining the party at a ceremony at its headquarters here, Nehwal (29) said that the BJP has been doing “a lot of good”, and she would work to do her bit as its member...

Go wherever you want, Nitish tells party men questioning JDU’s stance on CAA Act

“THEY should go wherever they want,” Bihar Chief Minister and JDU supremo Nitish Kumar said on Thursday when asked of Prashant Kishor and Pavan Verma’s repeated questions about the party’s stand’s on the newly enacted Citizenship Act. “It is their personal decision. They should go wherever they want. We don’t have an objection. Don’t look at JDU in the context of statements by some people...

Mumbai to remain open 24x7 from January 27: Aaditya Thackeray

THE Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday approved its ‘Mumbai 24 hours’ policy allowing malls, multiplexes and shops to remain open round-the-clock in the city from January 27. Noting that London’s ‘night economy’ was five billion pounds, State Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray told reporters here after the Cabinet meeting that the Government’s decision could help generate more revenue and jobs, in addition to the existing five lakh people working in the service sector...

BJP will scale newer heights during Nadda’s presidency: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated J P Nadda on his election as the BJP President and said that he was sure that the party will scale newer heights during his presidency. Modi, who felicitated Nadda at the BJP headquarter here, also praised Amit Shah for his contribution, describing him as an “outstanding karyakarta (worker)” “I do not think words can do justice to the rich contribution of Amit Shah Ji as BJP President. During his presidency, BJP got opportunities to serve in several ..

Nadda takes over as BJP President

JAGAT Prakash Nadda was elected unopposed as the BJP’s national President on Monday, taking over the reins from Amit Shah whose tenure of five-and-a-half years saw the party turning into a formidable election-winning machinery despite occasional setbacks. The 59-year-old leader from Himachal Pradesh is seen as an affable and low-key politician who enjoys the trust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS -- the BJP’s ideological mentor...

Two AAP MLAs quit after being denied ticket One of them joins Cong

IN A setback to the AAP, two of its MLAs quit the party after they were denied ticket for the February 8 Delhi Assembly election with one of them joining the Congress on Saturday. An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said the resignations of Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri and Hari Nagar MLA Jagdeep Singh was “unfortunate but expected”...

Senior journalist, former BJP MP Ashwini Chopra passes away

SENIOR journalist and former BJP MP Ashwini Chopra passed away at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Saturday after a prolonged illness. He was 63. Chopra was suffering from ‘terminal cancer’ and had been admitted to the Medanta Hospital about three weeks ago. He passed away on Saturday afternoon, sources said. The media baron-turned journalist was elected as an MP from Karnal, Haryana, in 2014. He was the editor of ‘Punjab Kesari’, Delhi. Popularly known as ‘Minna’, he was a promising cricketer in ..

Uddhav Thackeray launches first girder of India’s longest sea-bridge

MARKING a significant milestone, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday launched the first girder for the country’s longest sea-bridge, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), officials said here. Thackeray, along with top officials of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and others launched the girder at the Mumbai-end of MTHL in Sewri...

TMC, BSP, SP, DMK skip Oppn meeting on CAA

THE meeting, convened by the Congress against the controvercial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saw chinks in the Opposition ranks with leaders of about 20 political parties attending it but six major parties --Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Shiv Sena -- choosing to stay away. Stating that the “spirit of resistance has awoken”, Opposition parties on Monday called for repealing the Citizenship Amendment Act and “immediate ..

Touching a cow drives away negativity, claims Mah Minister

DAYS after she faced flak for stating that newly-sworn in ministers in the Maharashtra Government had not yet started making money, State Minister and Congress MLA Yashomati Thakur has said that touching a cow “drives away negativity”. On Sunday, the Women and Child Development Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Government defended her remarks, saying touching any animal, including cows, feels one with compassion...

Oppn’s falsehood on CAA created anarchy in country: Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday alleged that the “falsehood” spread by the Opposition on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) has created anarchy in the country. He also asserted that the new law is meant to give citizenship to people and not to take it away. Shah urged the BJP workers to launch a door-to-door campaign to make people understand the provisions of the new legislation...

Mah ratifies Bill to extend SC/ST quota

MAHARASHTRA Legislature on Wednesday unanimously ratified the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, which proposes to extend quota to SC/STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years. A special one-day session of the legislature was held to ratify the Constitution Amendment Bill, passed by Parliament on December 11...

BJP wins maximum number of seats in six Zilla Parishads

THE results of elections to six Zilla Parishads (ZPs) were declared on Wednesday. As per the results announced by State Election Commission (SEC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the maximum number of seats. Of total 332 ZP seats in six districts, BJP won 103. The elections to six ZPs namely Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Dhule, Palghar, and Nandurbar were held on Tuesday. On Wednesday, counting of votes was done and the results were declared. As per the data provided by SEC, of a total 332 seats in these ..

Fadnavis, Raj Thackeray meet; spark speculation

A SURPRISE meeting between Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray and Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday fuelled speculation of a new political front emerging in Maharashtra. While a MNS spokesperson confirmed the meeting, he declined to elaborate on the deliberations between the two leaders, once at loggerheads. Fadnavis met Raj Thackeray - the estranged cousin of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray - at a venue in south-central Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon for ..

Shun politics of hate on campuses: Naidu

DAYS after the Jawaharlal Nehru University was rocked by violence, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said educational campuses must not become safe havens for the politics of hate and violence to thrive. He also said academic endeavours and co-curricular initiatives must attain primacy in universities and not factionalism and divisive tendencies...

NCP gets most of ‘plum’ Ministries in Maharashtra

MAHARASHTRA Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar has got the finance and planning department while party colleague Anil Deshmukh is the State’s new Home Minister, a senior official said on Sunday. Besides, first-time Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray, who is the son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has been given charge of the environment, tourism and protocol departments, he said. Senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat has got the Revenue Ministry while his party colleague and ..

Four pro-CAA Cong leaders quit, three of them join BJP in Goa

FOUR Goa Congress leaders resigned from the party on Thursday to protest against its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act and three of them later joined the BJP. Former Panaji Congress block committee president Prasad Amonkar, former block committee secretary Dinesh Kubal, former youth leader Shivraj Tarkar and North Goa minority cell chief Javed Sheikh quit the party in the morning, saying they were in favour of the amended citizenship law. Amonkar, Kubal and Tarkar later joined the BJP, ahead ..

Kerala Assembly passes resolution to scrap CAA

THE Kerala Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), making the Left-ruled state the first to oppose legislatively the controversial law that has triggered nationwide protests. The Centre, meanwhile, is likely to make the entire process of granting citizenship under the CAA online to bypass the opposition by some states, officials said in Delhi. The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) is mulling the option of doing away with the present procedure ..

Uddhav Thackeray inducts Aaditya, 35 others; Ajit Pawar sworn in as Dy CM

OVER a month after coming to power in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday expanded his Cabinet by inducting 36 ministers, including his son Aaditya and some Gen-next leaders from political families, while NCP’s Ajit Pawar made a comeback as Deputy CM. Describing his Council of Ministers as the “best team” of experienced leaders who know the “pulse of people”, the CM told reporters that portfolios would be allocated in a “day or two”. Earlier in the day, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ..

Hemant Soren takes oath as Chief Minister of Jharkhand

JMM leader Hemant Soren took oath as Jharkhand Chief Minister for a second time on Sunday at a grand ceremony attended by a galaxy of Opposition leaders and regional satraps, in a show of unity that could be a harbinger of a broad-based anti-BJP alliance amid the uproar over the new citizenship law. Attired in white kurta-pyjama ensemble and a Nehru jacket, the 44-year-old tribal leader was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of the State by Governor Droupadi Murmu...

Nearly 67 pc of imported toys are dangerous for kids: QCI survey

NEARLY 67 per cent of imported toys have failed the testing survey of the Quality Council of India (QCI). According to the survey report, 66.90 per cent of imported toys failed the test, and only 33.10 per cent passed all the tests. The testing was conducted by the QCI on toys available in the markets of Delhi and NCR. As many as 121 different varieties were procured and submitted to NABL accredited laboratories to carry out all the tests on these toys as per the Indian standards. ..

Strengthening family system need of the hour: Venkaiah

VICE-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday stressed on the need for promoting family system and its values right from the school days and teach children the need to respect their elders. ..

Tukde tukde gang, urban Naxals behind CAA, NRC protests: Prasad

UNION Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday vowed tough action against “sponsored” protests in view of the Citizenship Amendment Act and proposed nationwide NRC, which he claimed were being supported by the “tukde tukde gang” and “urban Naxals”. ..

Counting of votes for J’khand Assembly elections today

THE counting of votes for 81 Jharkhand Assembly seats, which went to polls in five phases from November 30 to December 20, will take place on Monday. The counting will start at 8 AM in all the 24 district Headquarters. The maximum rounds of counting will take place at Chatra with 28 rounds and lowest round at two seats -- Chandankyari and Torpa. The Election Commission has made arrangements for counting at all the districts Headquarters. The first result is expected around 1 PM on Monday. ..

UP Govt begins process to identify, attach properties of vandals

AS A first step towards making protesters pay for causing damage to public properties during agitations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Uttar Pradesh Government has begun the process of identifying the vandals, with the Lucknow district administration forming a four-member panel to assess the damage. Blaming ‘outsiders’ for the violence during protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the UP Government on Sunday said six people from West Bengal associated with Islamic outfits PFI ..

Unity in diversity is India’s speciality: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to assuage concerns of Muslims over the amended Citizenship Act and the NRC, saying both have nothing to do with Indian citizens and slammed his rivals for “inciting” people and trying to divide the country in their bid to target him. Modi began his address at the BJP rally at Ramlila Maidan with the slogan ‘Unity in diversity is India’s speciality’. ..

BJP posts Manmohan’s 2003 speech video to target Cong over CAA

FACING flak from Opposition parties over the new Citizenship Law, the BJP on Thursday posted a video clip of Congress leader Manmohan Singh’s 2003 speech in the Rajya Sabha in which he had advocated a “most liberal” approach to grant citizenship to minorities from neighbouring countries like Bangladesh. In the video, the former Prime Minister is heard saying, “After the partition of our country, minorities in countries like Bangladesh have faced persecution. And it is our moral obligation that if ..

Cong should see 1947 proposal before opposing CAA: Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday reminded the Congress to see the 1947 proposal of the party Executive committee before criticising the Modi Government over the issue. In a tweet in Hindi, Shah said the statements of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should also be seen by the Congress along with those made by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel. “Before the Congress Party opposes to the CAA and spreads rumors and unrest across the country, it should listen and read the ..

Citizenship law, NRC can be enforced in W Bengal only over my dead body: Didi

DARING the Centre to dismiss her Government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee vowed on Monday to not implement the citizenship law and the proposed NRC, which she said can only be enforced in West Bengal over her dead body. Banerjee, who led a mega rally in the heart of the city, alleged that a few people were paid by the BJP to perpetrate violence in the State, even as she blamed some powers from outside West Bengal “acting as friends” of the Muslim community for vandalism and arson...

56.58% polling in 4th phase of J’khand polls

AN estimated 56.58 per cent of over 47 lakh electorate cast their votes as polling in the fourth phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections to 15 seats ended peacefully on Monday, Election Commission (EC) officials said. The final polling percentage is likely to increase, they said. Polling, which began at 7 am, went on peacefully in the constituencies spread over Giridih, Deoghar, Dhanbad and Bokaro districts, they said. Voting ended at 3 pm in Jamua, Bagodar, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi seats while the ..

Mah CM rejigs some portfolios of NCP’s Patil and Bhujbal

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday rearranged some portfolios which were allotted to NCP Ministers Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday. On December 12, Patil was allocated Finance and Planning, Housing, Public Health, Co-operation, Food & Civil Supplies, Labour and Minority Welfare ministries. Bhujbal was entrusted with Irrigation, Rural Development, Social Justice, Excise, Skill Development, Food and Drug Administration portfolios...

Cong, Owaisi challenge Citizenship Amendment Act in Supreme Court

Congress leader T N Prathapan and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday moved the Supreme Court against the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act that was given the final assent by President Ram Nath Kovind earlier this week. Other than Owaisi, Assam Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia, lawmakers from Assam Abdul Khaleque and Rupjyoti Kurmi have also knocked on the doors of the apex court challenging the legality of the Act...

BJP MP’s PSO kills self on first day of posting

ON THE first day of his posting, the Personal Security Officer of a BJP MP allegedly shot himself with his service pistol on Thursday, police said. Head Constable Unish Kumar (46), a resident of Narela, was posted with the Delhi Police’s security unit and had joined as the PSO of BJP MP Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh on Thursday morning. He has been serving with the Delhi Police since 1993. Kumar, was posted in the security unit’s Visiting VVIP Protectee Cell...

Mah portfolios: Sena gets Home, NCP Finance, Congress Revenue

PORTFOLIOS in the Mahavikas Aghadi Government in Maharashtra were allotted on Thursday, two weeks after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn-in as Chief Minister, with his party, Shiv Sena, getting the important Home Ministry. Thackeray, alongwith six ministers -- two each from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress -- took oath of office on November 28...

62 pc voting in third phase of J’khand polls

JHARKHAND recorded around 62 per cent voting for 17 seats which went to the polls in the third phase of Assembly elections on Thursday. According to Election Commission data, the State recorded 61.93 per cent polling in the third phase. The highest polling was recorded in Silli at 76.98 per cent, while the lowest was in Ranchi at 49.1 per cent. The voting began at 7 am and ended at 3 pm on 12 seats and on five seats -- Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkatha -- polling ended at 5 pm...

BJP wins 12 of 15 seats in by-polls, Yediyurappa Govt retains majority

THE ruling BJP swept the by-elections winning 12 of the total 15 seats, helping the four-month-old B S Yediyurappa Government to retain majority in the Assembly. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao quit their posts after the party posted a poor show, winning only two seats, as against the 12 it had held of the 15 which went to the by-polls on December 5. Both tendered their resignations to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, “citing unsatisfactory ..

BJP accuses Chidambaram of violating bail condition

THE BJP on Thursday accused Congress leader P Chidambaram of violating bail conditions by claiming to have a very clear record as a Minister, saying the case against him is essentially about corruption he was allegedly involved in as the Finance Minister. Union Minister Prakash Javdekar told reporters that the claim of Chidambaram, who was released on bail on Wednesday after spending 106 days in jail, amounted to “self- certification”...

Will come back, says Fadnavis after Thackeray’s jibe in Assembly

THE Maharashtra Assembly on Sunday witnessed verbal swordplay between Chief Minister Thackeray and his predecessor Devendra Fadnavis as the former taunted that he was in the House though he never said “Me punha yein” (I will come back), an election slogan of the BJP leader who retorted that he will return as CM and they only have to wait for some time. “I will not hesitate to admit that we have been good friends for a long time. Had you listened to us, I would have been sitting at home watching today’s ..

Mah Assembly session started without ‘Vande Mataram’: Fadnavis

FORMER Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday attended the special assembly session of the state and pointed out that it violated the rules of the House as it began without ‘Vande Mataram’...

NCP to get Dy CM post, Speaker to be from Cong: Ajit Pawar

MUMBAINATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said on Friday that as per the agreement between constituents of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi, his party is supposed to get the post of Deputy Chief Minister, while the Speaker would be from the Congress.   Pawar’s statement followed reports that the Congress is now demanding Deputy Chief Minister’s post, and is ready to give up the Speaker’s post to the NCP. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn-in as Maharashtr..

Uddhav formally takes charge as Mah CM

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray formally took charge of his office here on Friday afternoon.He took charge shortly after 2 pm, entering the sixth floor office of the Chief Minister, outside which a plate bearing the name ‘Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’ was put up.  When he reached Mantralaya, he paid floral tributes to the portrait of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the building.On way to Mantralaya from the Thackeray family residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra, he ..

Hallmarks of Cong-NCP-Sena MLAs make it to Mah Cabinet

LONG stints in electoral politics and past experience in handling key Government departments are the hallmarks of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena legislators who took oath as ministers along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the Shivaji Park here on Thursday evening. CHHAGAN BHUJBAL: Bhujbal (72) is a veteran figure in Maharashtra politics, who has the rare distinction of being associated with all the three major non-BJP parties in the State. A senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, ..

6 ex-Mah CMs attend Uddhav’s swearing-in

SHIV Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony as Maharashtra Chief Minister saw six of his predecessors from the State gracing the event held at the Shivaji Park here on Thursday evening. NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, Congress leaders Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan and BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis are the six former CMs who headed the State at different times and were present at the mega event...

Uddhav Thackeray is Mah’s 18th CM

As a finale to a chain of dramatic political events in the past one month, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray took oath of office and secrecy as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, swearing by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, his parents and Constitution. After he completed the oath administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the newly sworn-in Chief Minister knelt before the countless thousands of people at the historic Shivteerth (Shivaji Park), which the people welcomed with thunderous ..

TMC bags all 3 seats in WB by-polls

IN A major boost for the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the party on Thursday bagged all the three Assembly seats where by-polls were held on November 25 by trouncing the BJP. The TMC won the Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur by-polls. The BJP emerged in the second position in all the three seats. Tapan Deb Sinha of TMC won the Kaliaganj seat in a close contest, defeating his nearest BJP rival Kamal Chandra Sarkar by 2,418 votes, EC officials said. Kaliaganj is an Assembly segment ..