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India Politics

Rape okay, not roti? Shiv Sena chief asks detractors

Mumbai : Accusing the Congress of trying to impart a communal hue to the Maharashtra Sadan episode, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Thursday questioned "why a non-issue was being highlighted so much when other serious issues were being ignored".

In a sharp editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana' Thursday, Thackeray (who is the editor of the daily newspaper) pointed out that a Muslim school teacher raped a girl in Bangalore during the ongoing holy month of Ramadan.

Goa Congress MLA likens Modi to Indira Gandhi

Panaji : A Goa Congress legislator Thursday compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to late prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Speaking during the monsoon session of the state assembly on a BJP-sponsored motion, Congress legislator Dabolim Mauvin Godinho congratulated Modi on becoming the prime minister and also lauded the former Gujarat chief minister's work ethics, strong leadership and his ability to think "out of the box".

"He (Modi) has shown that he means business. We had seen something like this when Indira Gandhi was the prime minister," Godinho said.


Rahul Gandhi condoles death of school children

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday expressed his condolences to the families of the 19 school children who were killed when a train rammed into their school bus at an unmanned level crossing in Telangana.

"My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost children in the terrible accident in Medak," Gandhi said in a statement.

He also appealed for making road and rail safety a "priority".

"We must make rail and road safety a priority to ensure that such accidents do not take place and innocent lives are not lost," Gandhi said.


Congress asks why government is not taking up pending bills

New Delhi : Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi Thursday questioned why the government is not taking up legislative business even though so many bills are pending.

"Government is not taking up any legislative business even though so many bills are pending... What is this government doing," Chaturvedi asked, raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the Congress leader need not be worried about the issue as it is the government's responsibility.

"Why are you worried," Kurien questioned Chaturvedi.


Political parties condemn BJP leader's remark on Sania

New Delhi : Political parties Thursday condemned a Telangana BJP leader for criticising the appointment of tennis star Sania Mirza as the state's brand ambassador, saying it was "unfortunate" and "bizarre."

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury said that Mirza is a "youth icon who has brought glory to the country."

Nepal geared up for Sushma Swaraj's visit

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives here Friday for a three-day visit - the first high-level visit from the new Indian government - where the Nepal-India Joint Commission at foreign ministers' level will be meeting after 23 years.

Of the three days, two days are being allocated for the meetings of the joint commission and one day for meetings with political leaders.


Government to speak Friday on Shiv Sena MP row

New Delhi : The government Thursday told the Rajya Sabha it will inform the house Friday about facts of the incident in which a Shiv Sena MP tried to force food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan Muslim staffer who was observing Ramadan fast.

As soon as the upper house met Thursday, opposition members were on their feet seeking a clarification from government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the house.


Nitish practising politics of opportunism: Kushwaha

New Delhi : A union minister Wednesday accused former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar of opportunism, saying the JD-U and RJD tie-up for the bypolls shows he does not practise politics of principle.

In a release, Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha who heads the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), said several leaders, including Nitish Kumar, came under Samata Party to "rid Bihar of misrule" of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), headed by Lalu Prasad.


Meghalaya CM's office least functioning in state: MLA

Shillong : The Meghalaya Chief Minister's Office was one of the least functioning offices in the state due to the regular absence of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Independent legislator Saleng Sangma said Wednesday.

The legislator met Governor Krishan Kant Paul and sought his intervention on Mukul Sangma's regular absence from office amid the prevailing turmoil in the insurgency-hit Garo Hills region.

India, Nepal to revive joint panel during Sushma visit

New Delhi : India and Nepal will resurrect a bilateral joint commission after 23 years during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's three-day visit to Nepal beginning July 25.

Her trip to Nepal comes a month after she visited Bangladesh, highlighting the BJP-led government's intent of focusing on neighbours.

The focus of her visit will be presiding over the India-Nepal joint commission meeting July 26, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin at a briefing here Wednesday.