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India Politics

Amit Shah to lead BJP charge in Delhi too

By Rahul Vaishnavi,

New Delhi : Miffed with infighting and lack of coordination among state leaders that may harm the party's prospects in the upcoming Delhi assembly polls, BJP president Amit Shah has decided to take charge of the election machinery in the capital from Dec 25, a top source said.


Sonia Gandhi's health improving: Doctors

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who is admitted to a hospital here for an infection in her lower respiratory tract, is feeling better, the hospital said Sunday.

"Mrs. Gandhi is feeling better and her condition is stable. She today (Sunday) underwent breathing exercises without any problem," a doctor at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said in a statement.

Gandhi was admitted under the care of Arup Kumar Basu, senior consultant and chairman of respiratory medicine. He is leading a team of doctors who are closely monitoring the Congress chief.


Stop RSS-sponsored reconversions: CPI-M

New Delhi : The CPI-M Sunday called for an end to what it alleged was "RSS-sponsored reconversion campaign" targeted at religious minorities.

"The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) are indulging in doublespeak by talking about religious conversions," it said in a statement.

Kerala Congress chief isolated over liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram : State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran, who has blamed "external forces" for diluting Kerala's liquor policy, Sunday came under heavy attack from within the party as well as from outside of it for his remark.

State Congress vice-president M.M. Hassan told reporters in Kasargode that Sudheeran's statements on the tweaked liquor policy "breached party discipline and caused a dent on the image of the UDF government".


BJP keeps everyone guessing about Jharkhand CM

Ranchi : Exit polls are predicting a BJP government in Jharkhand, but nobody appears to know who will be the next chief minister in the event of a BJP win.

Most exit polls say the Bharatiya Janata Party will secure enough seats in the 81-member house to form a government of its own.

BJP leaders and activists are wondering who Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah will pick as the chief minister - if a BJP victory does take place.


Former DMK leader Napoleon joins BJP

Chennai : Sidelined DMK leader and former union minister D. Napoleon joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah here Sunday.

Napoleon, 51, had resigned from the DMK Saturday. He was a minister in the Congress-led UPA government.

Napolean was a known supporter of M.K. Alagiri, another former central minister and a son of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi.

Alagiri was dismissed from the DMK this year for anti-party activities. Napolean was sidelined in the party because of his closeness to Alagiri.


Congress govt in Karnataka reverses BJP introduced tough anti-calves slaughtering law; earlier more nuanced law remains in place

By Staff Reporter,

Bangaluru: At a time when newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments in Haryana and Maharashtra are trying to push harsher cow slaughtering bill, the Congress ruled Karnataka on Saturday withdrew previous BJP government’s decision that had made the cow slaughter law very stringent, amid protest and slogan-shouting by the BJP members.

Manmohan Singh: Busy as always, but not writing memoirs yet

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : He has just completed 200 days out of office, but former prime minister Manmohan Singh keeps himself perhaps as busy when in power, attending parliament for half a day daily, meeting people and attending party meetings. And he hasn't yet decided on writing his memoirs as yet.

No, he also isn't troubled by a court direction that he be quizzed on the coal blocks issue as he had anyway offered to be questioned by the CBI, say aides.


Let Rajya Sabha function, Naidu appeal to opposition

Hyderabad : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday appealed to opposition parties to allow the Rajya Sabha to function to pass important bills.

The minister alleged that by obstructing the business of the house for political reasons, the opposition was hurting national and people's interests.

Naidu said the opposition should allow the house to pass several important bills like insurance bill, coal mines nationalisation amendment bill and anti-hijacking of aircraft bill.


Hindutva diminishing India’s official ideology

By Mohammed Naseeruddin,

The Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. Hence secularism is an essential part of our “official Ideology”.

The secular or communal political parties, whoever is in power, are constitutionally bound to follow this dictum. But for the past six months, it has been noticed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent organization of ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) dictates its own agenda to diminish our ‘Official Ideology’ that relies on participative democracy and religious neutrality.