India Politics

India Politics

Plea in Delhi HC over prosecuting Kejriwal, Bharti

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central and city governments on a plea seeking direction to grant sanction to prosecute former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and ex-minister Somnath Bharti in a criminal case.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the governments to file their responses by Nov 19 on a plea filed by Ajay Gautam, who had earlier filed a criminal complaint case against Kejriwal and Bharti in a trial court.


Race in Bihar BJP for chief minister candidate

Patna : Much ahead of the 2015 assembly polls in Bihar, several BJP leaders have staked claim to being nominated as the chief ministerial candidate.

"There are many in the BJP, who are lobbying to be named as chief ministerial candidate for the next assembly polls," a BJP leader said.

If an alliance of the JD-U, the RJD, the Congress and the Left parties comes into being, former chief minister Nitish Kumar will be its leader and face for the next assembly polls.


Assam governor approves dropping of ministers

Guwahati : Assam Governor J.B. Patnaik Wednesday approved Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's recommendation to drop Ardhendu Dey and Siddeque Ahmed from the council of ministers for "indiscipline".

The governor also approved the resignation of Himanta Biswa Sarma on the recommendation of the chief minister, said a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office here.


Accidentally missed out Moon Moon's name in award list: Mamata

Kolkata : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday veteran actors Moon Moon Sen and Arindam Seal would also be honoured with the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by her government.

The names of both stars were missing during the announcement of West Bengal's top cine award a day earlier.

Sen, a Trinamool Congress MP, will be awarded with the 'Mahanayika Samman' while Seal will get the Special Film Award (Acting).


Had no idea staffer was Muslim: Shiv Sena MP

New Delhi : Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare, who was seen in a video clip trying to put food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan staffer observing Ramadan fast, Wednesday defended his action, saying he had no idea about the man's religion.

Development bank, security highlights of Modi's BRICS participation: Sushma

New Delhi : Establishing a new development bank and security discussions were the highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's participation at the BRICS summit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday.

"The initiative for the bank, announced at the BRICS New Delhi summit in March 2012, reflects India's vision for an international development bank," she said while making a statement in the Lok Sabha about the July 14-16 summit held in Fortaleza, Brazil.


Tripura cop suspended after assault on BJP leaders

Agartala : A police sub-inspector, tasked with providing security to Tripura BJP leaders, was suspended for negligence of duty after they were allegedly assaulted by CPI-M workers, police said here Wednesday.

"The vehicle of Tripura BJP president Sudhindra Dasgupta hit four CPI-M workers at Jatrapur. Following this many other CPI-M workers rushed to the spot and protested against the incident," a police official said.

Katju allegations echo in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha was disrupted Wednesday following an uproar by AIADMK members over Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju's allegations of corruption in the judiciary. Clarifications were also sought from former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the revelations by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, showed how the government was functioning during the UPA regime.


YSR Congress to protest TDP's dilution of loan waiver

Hyderabad : The YSR Congress party has called for a three-day protest across Andhra Pradesh from Thursday over the ruling TDP diluting its poll promise to waive loans of farmers and women's self-help groups.

YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy alleged that Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu during the election campaign made promises knowing fully well that they could not be fulfilled.

He said the promises were made to come to power by deceiving people.


Modi releases Sardar Patel's biography in Braille

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday released a biography of independent India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille, an official statement said.

The biography, prepared by ophthalmologist A. Saibaba Goud, is aimed at benefiting the visually challenged.

Goud also runs the Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad, the statement added.