The West Bengal chief minister blamed the Centre for threatening the opposition and hampering the country’s economy by introducing demonetisation and alleged that education was being saffronised in the country.
While Ram Nath Kovind, in his independence day address, talked about Nehru’s efforts to strike a balance between the traditional and the modern; Amit Shah, a few days earlier, had said Nehru “borrowed western ideas” and ignored India’s glorious past.
The platform for unity was called the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao’ (save our composite culture) meeting and was hosted by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who appeared to emerge as a rallying point for the Opposition.
Colleges barred from admitting students due to poor infrastructure used middlemen to gain access to top functionaries in the health ministry for getting “favourable orders”
High Court Raps Airport Authority for Allowing Amit Shah’s Party Meeting Within Goa Airport Premises
The bench was not convinced by the AAI’s defence that the meeting was spontaneous, asking how the many visible arrangements could be made quickly.
The Gorakhpur district magistrate’s report also demanded strict action against the oxygen supplier for cutting the supply of an “emergency service” while refraining to put any blame on the Adityanath-led UP gover
A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues.
In any sane democracy, the death of over 60 children in a few days would have been a career-ending event. Not here.
The National Human Rights Commission has asked the UP government to submit a report on what happened and how it is compensating families.
While the Congress focused on notching up a victory, it ignored other developments. This keeps with its failure to capitalise on the growing disillusionment with the BJP in Gujarat.
With the rules clearly stating that MLAs can show their ballots to their party’s agent and no one else, the heavy hand the BJP played to keep Ahmed Patel out of the Rajya Sabha eventually backfired.
The Congress persuaded the EC to invalidate the votes of two of its MLAs who switched sides, and also managed the backing of a rebel BJP MLA.
Going on with business as usual would not be enough to defeat the challenges posed by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the former Union minister said.
By giving up on opposition unity and aligning with the BJP, which he criticised so intensely, Nitish Kumar has destroyed his own and the country’s future.
The BJP may have inherited from the Congress the misuse of investigative agencies for political purposes but it is now taking the tradition forward.
The choice today is not between authentic and hypocritical politicians. In fact, the only choice is between harmless, risky and dangerous forms of hypocrisy and the JD(U) chief has mastered the first.
India is a Hindu Rashtra, according to the ‘syllabus’ for an exam that 9000 schools will administer, and Vivekananda spoke in Chicago as a representative of ‘Hindutva’, not Hinduism.
In a statement, the party has clarified that the sudden increase in Amit Shah’s assets is due to the properties he inherited after his mother’s death in 2013.
No explanation has been given and no editor is willing to take responsibility for having pulled the plug on the news item.
The biggest casualty in the whole fiasco has been the sanctity of the voters’ mandate.
The opposition will have to go back to the drawing board to review how it must respond to the developing political dynamics as the BJP tightens its vice-like grip.
“The party’s stand is clear…The temple should be constructed in a legal manner and there should be mutual dialogue,” said the BJP president, also addressing election reform, reservations, GST and cow protection.
His election is a key element of the party’s strategy for the 2019 election, and its aftermath.
The decision to nominate Venkaiah Naidu was taken at today’s parliamentary board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 68-year old Naidu currently holds the portfolios of Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs.
The BJP is expected to announce their vice-presidential candidate after a meeting with Prime Minister Modi and the party’s parliamentary board.
The traders have incurred a loss of over Rs 5000 crore in the last 22 days, while 15 lakh labourers have lost their jobs due to the shutdown.
However, instead of patronising multiple social clusters, which is the bedrock of TMC’s strategy, the BJP is trying to consolidate support on religious lines – its agenda elsewhere in the country too.
Goa Congress has demanded action against airport officials for allowing this breach of security regulations
The all out attacks on minorities and on opposition governments show that the BJP and the Modi government have no regard for democracy
Will Kovind as president be a champion for Dalit justice? Will he uphold the values of the constitution?
The opposition missed out on a big opportunity to show its solidarity with Dalit movements across the country by not nominating a Dalit candidate of its choice before the Modi government did.
Like Jeremy Corbyn, the party and its leader must stick by their principles no matter what the situation, only then will it eventually pay off.
The opposition will need to think harder, beyond the usual idea of fielding a “secular” candidate, to defeat the BJP’s messaging if it decides to contest.
Dalit leader Kovind is a two-time Rajya Sabha member, former BJP national spokesperson and headed the party’s Scheduled Caste Morcha between 1999 and 2002.
Shiv Sena Slams BJP Chief Amit Shah, Says Party Should Focus on Kashmir Instead of Maharashtra Polls
In an editorial in Saamana, the Shiv Sena also said Mehbooba Mufti was openly supporting “youth attacking” soldiers and blaming soldiers for the tense situation in the Valley.
“India and Pakistan will continue to play at international tournaments but neither India plays in Pakistan nor Pakistan plays in India.”
“Your chelas may be good at counting votes and notes, but I cannot bring myself to keep quiet in the face of the creeping institutionalised shoddiness in India’s political life and public space.”
While the BJP had said its three-member committee will meet the Congress on Friday to select a consensus presidential candidate, Congress insists it has not received any formal proposal yet.
Shah’s remark not only reduces Gandhi’s status by identifying him only by his caste, but is also a stunning reminder of how pervasive caste prejudices are.