India Politics

India Politics

Do the Owaisi brothers have a pan India potential?

By Saeed Naqvi,

The two successes of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) of Hyderabad in assembly elections in Maharashtra may not affect government formation in Mumbai but reverberations will be felt in the nation's politics for a long time.

Fadnavis takes charge of Maharashtra - BJP's first CM

By Quaid Najmi,

Mumbai : Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in Friday as chief minister of Maharashtra's first BJP government along with nine ministers, cheered by some 30,000 supporters at the Wankhede stadium and watched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, VIPs and celebrities.

Governor C.V. Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Fadnavis, 44, and the ministers, including two women, at a glittering ceremony, 12 days after Maharashtra threw up a hung assembly with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finishing on top.


Sena to attend Fadnavis' swearing-in, after all

Mumbai : In a last-minute development, the Shiv Sena has called off its planned boycott of chief minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis' gala swearing-in ceremony here, a party official said here Friday afternoon.

Accordingly, the top Sena leadership, including party president Uddhav Thackeray, senior leaders, legislators and parliamentarians are expected to attend the oath-taking ceremony at Wankhede Stadium Friday.

The development followed a telephonic talk between Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray a short while ago, said Sena MP Vinayak Raut.


SP announces Rajya Sabha list, door shut on Amar Singh

Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party (SP) Friday announced the names of six party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for next month.

The party's central parliamentary board at a meeting in the national capital cleared the names of Ram Gopal Yadav, Javed Ali, Chandra Pal Singh Yadav, Neeraj Shekhar, Ravi Prakash Verma and Tanzeem Fatima.

While Neeraj Shekhar is the son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, Fatima is the wife of state urban development minister Mohd Azam Khan and Ram Gopal Yadav is the cousin of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

'It is a good beginning to remember Sardar Patel'

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : The enthusiasm was palpable among the tens of hundreds who marched and sometimes ran along the broad boulevard of Rajpath Friday for the Run for Unity and most agreed that it was a good beginning to remember Sardar Patel and foster national unity.

There was Lal Baba, a sadhu in saffron who had come all the way from Vrindavan. Waving the Indian tricolour, the 70-year-old stood out in his bright hued attire as the rest of the crowed marched forward, with many in jogging track suits.


President pays homage to Sardar Patel

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of his 139th birth anniversary.

Mukherjee paid floral tributes to Patel at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On the occasion, the president also flagged off the 'Run for Unity' from the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The run saw participation by around 2,000 residents and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President's Bodyguard, the Army Guard, ITBP and the Delhi Police.

Patel was born Oct 31, 1875.


Modi the star at unity run

New Delhi : Mobile cameras were held aloft and the crowd surged forward with chants of "Modi, Modi" as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi climbed down the dais to flag off the Run for Unity here Friday to mark the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The security personnel, who till then were strictly preventing the people from moving forward, were unable to prevent the surge of the crowd from getting closer to the prime minister as he walked down for some length of Rajpath.


Strategy to prevent cyber crime on anvil: Rajnath Singh

Hyderabad : Voicing concern over rising cyber crime, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said a prevention strategy will be evolved soon.

He asked the home ministry to prepare an effective strategy as cyber crime unlike conventional crimes has global ramifications and magnified the challenges faced by the police.

He was speaking at the passing out parade of 66 Regular Recruits of the Indian Police Service at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here Friday.


Modi receives some of Sardar Patel's personal belongings

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday received some items like cups and saucers belonging to independent India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an official statement said.

Modi, on the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Friday "received some of Sardar's personal belongings from Sheila Ghatate of Manjiri Trust, Delhi", a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

The items, which include plates, cups and saucers used by Patel, had been willed to Ghatate by Bipin Dahyabhai Patel, his grandson, and his wife Lui.


When death ruled the streets of Delhi

(30 years after Indira Gandhi's assassination)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

New Delhi : It was an accidental meeting with a Military Police officer that led us to the house of death in Delhi in 1984.

We had witnessed on the evening of Oct 31 the first bout of anti-Sikh violence that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination. We were near the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in south Delhi where the prime minister was declared dead after being shot by two Sikh bodyguards.