The defence minister clarified that not “a single procedure was violated” during the purchase and that when the Modi government came to power, “the situation was grim” and that it had “to move forward fast”.
“If you vote for us, you will be better off. If you don’t vote for us, the difficulties will become obvious to you.”
The note ban followed soon after by the new tax regime have hit the predominantly mercantile state hard, but the urban voters still cannot see themselves siding with the opposition.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani talks about the ‘Mahapadav’ gathering led by workers and trade unions across India who gathered in Delhi last week to protest against the BJP government’s economic policies.
Supreme Court lawyer and Prabajan Virodhi Manch leader Upamanyu Hazarika says the party will now have to deliver on that count.
Modi government ministers should take a leaf from the younger Doval’s playbook and stop the demonisation of Pakistan and Pakistanis.
Vinod Dua discusses how the BJP has started resembling Congress and solutions for the Delhi smog.
Party leaders in Rajasthan are joining the chorus against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film and threatening to stall its release.
Most cashless modes saw growth spike in the immediate months after demonetisation but subsided in the following months.
The ruling party’s embrace of Vallabhbhai Patel, who openly opposed the RSS’s subversive activities, indicates the lengths to which it will go to win back the support of Gujarat’s Patel community.
Thirty-two civilians, including political workers, have been killed in South Kashmir allegedly by militants this year, the police have said.
Former MP Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki is the prime accused in the 2010 murder of Amit Jethwa, whose family is still fighting for justice.
Roy had resigned from the Rajya Sabha and quit the Trinamool Congress earlier this month.
Rana Pratap had an Afghan general, while Shivaji, who is being shown as a Hindu icon, was fighting the Mughals for political and regional assertion – not Hindu consolidation.
The state’s Congress unit has written to the Prime Minister’s Office demanding a probe into “misuse of government machineries” by the Union minister of state for home.
“BJP leaders have time and again celebrated the victory of the judgement on triple talaq and the leadership have often claimed the victory to itself”.
The movement for “azadi” – which Chidambaram rightly said was more about restoring autonomy than independence – is driven by the fact that many in Jammu and Kashmir feel their political space is being constrained by New Delhi.
The Patels and the saffron party have been inseparable partners since the fall of Madhavsinh Solanki government, but the community now feels sidelined.
The BJP had mastered this technique earlier but an analysis of a large sample of Rahul Gandhi’s followers suggests the unmistakable use of bots as a tool
The terror suspect was hired on the basis of a letter of recommendation from CARE Hospital, Surat, but Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has so far not made a public issue of that.
In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Congress leader attacks Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for trying to shield the corrupt, and insists his party is on course to come to power in the two states under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.
Gujarat’s minorities may have a common enemy in the ruling party and government for now. However, the state’s recent history provides many instances of clashes between these sections of the population.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy referred to the Gujarat “genocide” and called the BJP “anti-Muslim” in his comments on Al Jazeera.
Other textile traders have also said that they are thinking about whether to continue supporting the BJP after facing huge losses due to the GST.
As political tides take a new turn every day, the BJP seems to be in an uncomfortable position in the state it has ruled for two decades.
While the party has been relentlessly campaigning for simultaneous elections to parliament and state assemblies, it has not expressed unhappiness with the decision not to align Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
Asked why he had referred to Vijay’s rarely used Christian name in his tweet, BJP leader H. Raja said the Tamil actor was a practicing Christian, which was reflected in his “hate campaign”.
In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Janata Dal (United) spokesman-turned-dissident takes on the Election Commission, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.
Thirty years after his allegations first hit the headlines, US investigator Michael Hershman is back in the news. Neither the V.P. Singh nor Vajpayee governments were able to act on them but the CBI now says it will “look into the facts” he has raised.
BJP MLAs Sanjeev Raja and Anil Parashar refused to allow Rajasthan officials to even seize the ultrasound machine at the facility.
Two ‘private citizens’ are now in the eye of a political tug-of-war for their business dealings, one the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the other the son of BJP president Amit Shah.
Instead of emphasising the Hindu origins of Muslim monuments and staking a claim over them, the new RSS strategy is to belittle their importance and denounce them so as to denigrate Muslims by suspecting their ‘Indian-ness’.
While the government says Santoshi Kumari died of malaria, her family and activists say it was because she hadn’t eaten for eight days.
The BJP MLA’s remarks came after the monument was excluded from a Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month.
West Bengal has resisted the central government’s decision to withdraw troops from Darjeeling and has declined to be a part of Modi’s project on promoting cultural diversity.
With the date of the Gujarat assembly poll yet to be announced, the model code of conduct has not kicked in.
BJP Reaction to The Wire Story on Jay Amit Shah Shows Loss of Moral High Ground, Says Yashwant Sinha
The BJP leader also described the defamation cases Jay Amit Shah is filing against The Wire as an attempt to “suppress the voice of the media.”
While state-level leaders insist otherwise, Amit Shah’s early exit from the ‘Jana Raksha Yatra’ suggests even the BJP recognises its failure.
“One of my boys too recently got a contract by paying 10% commission to the minister. There are a few other ministers too who take commissions,” Ram Prasad Sharma told the media.
Within just three years of coming to power, the BJP government has already named a large number of schemes after some of the prominent leaders of the Sangh.