India Politics

India Politics

All parties except NC welcome Kashmir poll announcement

Jammu/Srinagar : All mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of the regional National Conference (NC) Saturday welcomed the Election Commission's announcement to hold assembly elections on schedule.

Immediately after the announcement, NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said: "We opposed the elections at this point of time because we felt that this is not the opportune time as the people are battling the aftermath of the flood tragedy that has befallen the state.

Parties in Jharkhand gear up for assembly polls

Ranchi : Following the announcement of the dates for the Jharkhand assembly polls, political parties here are gearing up for the election.

The Election Commission Saturday announced that polls in the state will be conducted in five phases -- Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 14 and 20.

The stakes are high for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which won 12 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats earlier this year.


Telangana, Andhra war of words hots up

Hyderabad : The war of words between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over sharing river water and power intensified Saturday, a day after Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao called his counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu a "cheat".

Leaders of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh hit back at Chandrasekhar Rao and asked him to stop making baseless allegations.

Irrigation Minister D. Umamaheswar Rao said Telugu people were hanging their heads in shame over the kind of language being used by KCR, as the Telangana chief minister is popularly known.


BJP corporator shot dead in Agra

Agra : A BJP corporator was shot dead while having liquor here, police said Saturday.

Mahesh Jain, 46, was also the chief whip of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the civic body.

Mahesh Jain and Pramod Jain were drinking liquor with two other people in Idgah colony when the incident took place on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a police officer said.

Police have arrested Pramod Jain from whose revolver the bullet was fired, he said, adding that a probe is on.

An FIR was registered against Pramod Jain and two other people, the officer added.

Acche Din for NDA ministers: their wealth increase in crores in 5 months

By Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: If not for the common people, acche din (good days), as promised by Narendra Modi, has come for his cabinet ministers, whose personal wealth have grown in crores in just five months since they assumed office.

Five-phase polls in Kashmir, Jharkhand; results Dec 23

New Delhi : Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand will be held in five phases beginning Nov 25 and ending Dec 20. By-elections to three Delhi assembly seats will also be held Nov 25. Counting for all the seats would be held Dec 23, the Election Commission announced Saturday.

"The five phases will be Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 14 and Dec 20 in both states," Chief Election Commissioner of India V.S. Sampath told the media at a briefing held here.


Modi breaks ice with media, poses for selfies

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday broke the ice when he met journalists, shook hands with them and smiled for selfies.

This happened after Modi was being blamed for keeping the media at arms length.

A "Diwali Milan" or Diwali meet as called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), this was Modi's first formal outreach to the media since he became the prime minister.

Though journalists had to come an hour in advance for the much-awaited meet, none complained.

A relaxed Modi arrived around noon, wearing a light pink kurta and a pink jacket.


Delayed Mizoram budget in state assembly Nov 11

Aizawl : The delayed budget session of the Mizoram assembly will begin Nov 11 with the state finance minister expected to table the annual budget for the 2014-15 fiscal, an official said here Saturday.

"The two-week-long budget session will be from held from Nov 11 to Nov 26," an official of the state assembly said.

Finance, Planning and Programme Implementation Minister Lalsawta will present the full-fledged budget for the current fiscal (2014-2015) on the first day of the session.

Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai

Nagpur : Fuelling fresh speculation in political circles, union Minister for Shipping and Transport Nitin Gadkari called on Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat here Saturday.

Late Friday night, the Bharatiya Janata Party state president and prime contender for the post of the next Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had met Bhagwat.

Modi's success makes BJP a one-man party

By Amulya Ganguli,

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its time to select its chief minister for Maharashtra, Narendra Modi is leaving his distinctive mark on political and other fields.

In politics, the prime minister has brushed aside the earlier by-poll setbacks by his successes in Maharashtra and Haryana. Although the BJP failed to get a majority in the western state, it made a few points which the party probably wanted to make for some time.