India Politics

India Politics

Sidhu at the centre of Akali Dal-BJP shadow boxing

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : In the last couple of months, the "time-tested" ruling alliance of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is feeling the strain, forcing senior leaders from both sides to step in and claim that all is well. Both sides have indulged in shadow-boxing in recent weeks with the centrepiece being cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.


Owaisi urges expat Muslims to strive for equal rights in India

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Grabbing an opportunity to reach out to the expatriates from the community, All India Majlis-e-Itehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi has urged them to fight for equal rights and political empowerment in India.

Anoop Mishra to be new Lok Sabha secretary general

New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer Anoop Mishra has been appointed as the new secretary-general of the Lok Sabha.

Mishra, a 1978 batch officer, will have the rank and status of the cabinet secretary. His appointment would take effect from Dec 1, an official release said here.

An accomplished civil servant, Mishra has held several important positions at both the central and in the Uttar Pradesh government.


Congress challenges constitutional validity of Fadnavis government

Mumbai : The Congress' Maharashtra unit Wednesday moved Bombay High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government and seeking its dismissal.

Former minister M. Naseem Khan filed a writ petition before the court questioning the constitutional validity of the nearly month-old government and terming it as "illegal".

Justice V.M. Kanade has posted the matter for hearing Friday (Nov 28), he said.


Article 370 should be permanent feature of constitution: NC manifesto

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir's National Conference Wednesday said article 370 should become a permanent feature of the Indian constitution and the party would fight to safeguard this provision giving special status to the state.

Releasing the NC manifesto here Wednesday, party general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said: "Article 370 should be made a permanent provision of the Indian constitution.

BJP targets Trinamool in Lok Sabha over Saradha scam

New Delhi : The BJP Wednesday used the debate on black money in the Lok Sabha to target the Trinamool Congress over the Saradha scam and alleged that money was also sent to Bangladesh.

Bharatiya Janata Party member Anurag Thakur targeted the Trinamool for its "black umbrella" protest against the government in the Lok Sabha Tuesday on the issue of black money.

Thakur said an arrested Trinamool leader had said "the cream (in Saradha scam) was eaten by big leaders".


Khushboo joins Congress

New Delhi : Actor Khushboo Sundar Wednesday officially joined the Congress, nearly six months after quitting the DMK.

"I finally feel I am home," she told reporters after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Following her victory in the legal battle over her controversial remarks on pre-marital sex, the south Indian actress began her political career with the DMK in 2010 when it was in power in Tamil Nadu.

However, she quit the DMK in June, saying her "hard work for the DMK had been a one-way path".


AAP promises 2 lakh toilets for women

New Delhi : Two lakh public toilets for women, 100 courts to fast-track rape cases, Wi-Fi connected CCTV cameras are some of the poll promises made by the AAP Wednesday in the second round of its 'Delhi Dialogue' programme which focused on women.

Addressing a gathering of over 500 women at Talkatora Garden in the heart of the capital, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal also promised that women would be allowed pass a resolution to close down liquor vends in their areas.

Besides, the former chief minister said that "every DTC bus would have a marshal to stop eve teasing".

Former AAP leader appointed Delhi BJP spokesperson

New Delhi : AAP founder member Ashwini Upadhyay, who joined the BJP Tuesday has been appointed the spokesperson of the party's state unit, an official said Wednesday.

"Ashwini Upadhyay has been appointed as the party spokesperson," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) media convenor Praveen Shankar Kapoor said.

Upadhyay had joined the BJP along with three other AAP leaders, just days after AAP legislator M.S. Dhir, who was denied a ticket by the party for the upcoming Delhi assembly poll, joined the BJP.


New political party launched ahead of Delhi polls

New Delhi : Claiming to be the "backbone" of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement in Delhi that caught the imagination of the entire country, a new political party that promises to end "hate politics" was launched here Wednesday ahead of the Delhi assembly polls.

The Naya Daur party is the only option for Delhi to free itself from hate politics as it is a party of professionals with coherent, well thought out policies on all sectors, the new party said in a statement.