India Politics

India Politics

Pulling the strings the RSS way

By Hamid Ali Khan,

Three events in the recent past are enough to suggest that the process of saffronisation of democratic institutions has begun.

Some two months ago, slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were chanted by BJP workers present in strength in the Raj Bhawan at Jaipur during the oath-taking ceremony as Rajasthan governor by Kalyan Singh, an ex-chief minister of UP and the ‘hero’ of the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.

Finally Haryana ministers get portfolios

Chandigarh : Nearly three days after swearing-in, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Tuesday night allotted portfolios to the newly-inducted ministers.

Khattar has kept the departments of home, power, town and country planning and information and public relations with himself. All other departments not assigned to any minister will also be with him.


Strengthen Congress' connect with people, urges Rahul

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday laid stress on strengthening the party's connect with people in the wake of reverses in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

Speaking at a party meeting here, Gandhi also called for efforts to weed out any bogus membership and making the party's internal systems "open, fair and transparent".

Party sources said Gandhi told the meeting that the party's structure should be such that it attracts people and should be seen by them as fair and transparent.


Discussions on BJP membership drive in Kolkata Oct 31

Kolkata : Ahead of its nationwide membership drive beginning Nov 1, BJP in-charges of 11 states and some top leaders will meet here Oct 31 to finalise the party's strategy, a senior leader said Tuesday.

"Among the national level leaders who will attend the deliberations are general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal and general secretary J.P. Nadda. Leaders of Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam and northeastern states will be present," said West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party president Rahul Sinha.


Congress welcomes SC directive on foreign account holders

New Delhi:The Congress Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court directive to the government to furnish names of all Indian foreign account holders given by the German, French and Swiss authorities, and said the "devious attempts" of the Narendra Modi government aimed at "hoodwinking" has been rejected.

The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the central government to furnish, in a sealed cover by Wednesday, the names of all Indian foreign account holders.

Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said the court had come down heavily on the Modi government.

Unclear whether SC will make public foreign accounts list

By Biswajit Choudhury,

New Delhi:Even as the entire list of black money account holders is due to be submitted Wednesday it is unclear if the Supreme Court will make it public.

The court Tuesday directed the government to reveal the account holders' names by Wednesday, saying government doesn't need to do anything other than pass on the information for the apex court to pass orders for further probe. There is a Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into black money stashed away in foreign accounts.

BJP demands CBI probe into Birbhum violence

Kolkata: Demanding a CBI probe into the Birbhum district violence, the BJP Tuesday claimed that minorities in West Bengal were coming into its fold by leaving the ruling Trinamool Congress which was "fomenting violence" to stop the desertions.

A day after three people were killed in political clashes at Makra village of Birbhum district, Bharatiya Janata Party state unit chief Rahul Sinha alleged that police had remained "inactive" following a directive from the seat of power "Nabanna".

'Outsider' role in Trilokpuri violence being probed

By Alok Singh,

New Delhi: Police probe into communal clashes in Trilokpuri area of East Delhi has pointed to the role of outsiders.

Police officials said that they have arrested 44 persons so far and many of them are from outside Trilokpuri. A senior official said that they were still in the process of identifying and getting details about the persons arrested.

"Of those identified, six persons belong to Delhi 6 (an area that includes Chandani Chowk)," the officer, who did not wish to be named, told IANS.

Fadnavis to take oath Oct 31

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Chief Minister-elect Devendra Fadnavis at a public function here Oct 31, an official said Tuesday.

Shortly after Fadnavis was elected the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party Legislature Party, he called on the governor at Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the next government in the state.

Rao presented a letter of appointment to Fadnavis and asked him to prove his majority in the 288-member legislative assembly within 15 days after assuming the post.


Modi is dynamic, says Sania

Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza Tuesday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "an extremely dynamic personality".

Asked how she felt when Modi congratulated her after her WTA year-end championship, Sania said it was great.

"He (Modi) is an extremely dynamic personality. He is a great leader. I have met him twice. He tweeted to me a few times which is very exciting," she said here on her return from Singapore.