India Politics

India Politics

Rajya Sabha prorogued

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha was on Saturday prorogued by President Pranab Mukherjee, an official statement said, giving government the scope for repromulgating an ordinance amending the land acquisition act.


Medha Patkar quits AAP

Mumbai : Senior leader and anti-Narmada Dam activist Medha Patkar on Saturday said that she has quit the AAP following dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan's expulsion from the party's national executive in Delhi.

Announcing her decision at a hurriedly convened press conference, Patkar expressed pain over the development and said: "Whatever happened in AAP meeting is inappropriate and I condemn it."

Patkar said the violence and other happenings show disrespect to the party's senior leaders and did not augur well and so she has decided to quit.


Congress demands CBI probe into chit fund groups in Tripura

Agartala : The Congress on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the activities of all illegal non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and chit fund organisations in Tripura.

The Congress alleged that the ruling CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) leaders and members were involved in the activities of chit fund groups, an accusation which was strongly refuted by the Left party.

The party made the demand after its leaders met Tripura Governor P.B. Acharya on Saturday.

Jammu & Kashmir government reveals vision about education

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said on Saturday that the coalition government is determined about course correction in education and the creation of a knowledge-based society in the state.

"Knowledge-wise, J&K has historically been the source of knowledge and enlightenment in South Asia. The first Buddhist conference was held in Kashmir in the 4th century, this place was known as Sharda Peeth (seat of knowledge)," Akhtar said.

Yadav says meeting violent, AAP disagrees

New Delhi : AAP members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said a scuffle broke out during the National Council meeting here, a charge rubbished by the party, which maintained it was "peaceful".

Founding members Yadav and Bhushan were sacked from the National Executive following which the two said AAP members behaved like hooligans and beat up people who tried to oppose the resolution to oust them.

Many who were not members were brought in for the meeting, said Yadav.


President condoles the death of ex-Mizoram chief minister Brig. Sailo

New Delhi : President Paranab Mukherjee on Saturday condoled the death of former Mizoram chief minister Brig. T. Sailo, saying that it was an irreparable loss for the state.

In a condolence message to his wife Thansiami Sailo, Mukherjee said: "I am sad to learn about the passing away of your husband Brig. T. Sailo."

"I pray to the almighty to give you and other members of your family the strength to bear this irreparable loss," he added.

AAP's National Executive hijacked by Kejriwal camp: Yadav

New Delh : Founding AAP members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, after being sacked from its National Executive on Saturday, accused party convenor Arvind Kejriwal and his camp of unethical practices and thrashing members who supported them.

At a press conference here, the two said the National Council meeting earlier in the day which passed a resolution on their ouster from the National Executive was staged and charged that their point of view was not even heard.

"As soon as we reached there, I was greeted with 'Murdabad' slogans," Yadav said.


Congress favours aged leaders for Rajya Sabha from Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram :The Congress has chosen to support candidates who are over 70 years for the Rajya Sabha elections from Kerala, a move which as left younger party workers unhappy, whereas the CPI-M has supported young blood.

For next month's polls to the upper house, the Congress has persisted with older leaders as Vayalar Ravi. The CPI-M has gone in for youth and has chosen 44 year-old former Students Federation of India (SFI) president K.K. Ragesh.


247 members supported ousting Yadav, Bhushan: AAP

New Delhi : As many as 247 members voted in favour of the resolution to remove dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra yadav and two others from AAP's national executive, the party said on Saturday.

Party's national secretary Pankaj Gupta said eight members opposed it, while two gave a written dissent.

He added that 54 members abstained from voting, and many of them had walked out before the voting took place.

More than 300 people had attended the meeting.

Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh also denied allegations of roughing up Yadav's supporters.


Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi sacked

New Delhi : Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi was sacked on Saturday, officials said.

President Pranab Mukherjee directed that "Qureshi shall cease to hold the office of the governor of Mizoram".