India Politics

India Politics

CBI probe politically motivated, says BJD

Bhubaneswar : The BJD Sunday said the CBI's probe into the multi-thousand-crore-rupee chit fund scam was politically motivated. The accusations came a day after a close aide of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was interrogated.

Saroj Sahu, the coordinator of the chief minister's programmes and political secretary of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), was quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday for his alleged involvement in the scam in Odisha.


Trinamool retaliates to Jaitley's charges, calls NSA RSS sympathiser

Kolkata : With Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not taking any action against her party leaders involved in ponzi schemes, the Trinamool Congress Sunday hit back seeking to know the source of BJP's massive funds spent during the elections.

In a statement, Trinamool Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O'Brien dubbed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval a "known RSS sympathizer" and reiterated the Oct 2 Burdwan blast was a "devious BJP master game plan".

Jaitley slams Mamata over Saradha, Burdwan blast; Trinamool hits back

New Delhi/Kolkata : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday attacked at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her reactions to arrest of her Trinamool Congress's leaders in the Saradha chit fund scam and on her statements in the Burdwan blast case. The Trinamool hit back, seeking to know the source of BJP's massive funds spent during the elections.

West Bengal's ruling party also dubbed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval a "known RSS sympathizer" and reiterated the Oct 2 Burdwan blast was a "devious BJP master game plan".

Campaigning for first phase polling in Jharkhand ends

Ranchi : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi addressed two election rallies in Jharkhand Sunday, the last day of campaigning for the first phase of polls in the state.

Besides Sonia Gandhi, her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi also addressed two rallies Saturday.

Polling will be held in the state in five phases. In the first phase Nov 25, voting will be held for 13 of the 81 seats.


Haryana ministers assure toll fee exemption in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : Haryana cabinet minister Rao Narbir Singh and Minister of State Vikram Thekedar Sunday assured the local populace here of exemption from toll charges for their vehicles passing through Kherki Daula on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

Narbir Singh said: "We will ensure that people from villages near Kherki Daula gate should be exempted from toll charges. We will speak to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar regarding this issue."

Thekedar and BJP MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas echoed his sentiments.

Local residents met the ministers at a function here.


BJP responsible for spread of Maoism in Jharkhand: Sonia Gandhi

Ranchi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the spread of the Maoist problem in Jharkhand.

"Due to wrong policies of the BJP government in Jharkhand, the Maoist menace spread from two-three districts to the entire state," Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in Gumla district ahead of the state assembly polls.

"The BJP's rule also is responsible for the misery of the state. The BJP has ruled the state for a long period of time," she said.

Besides, Gandhi appealed to the Maoists to shun violence.


Bengal governor to oversee Bihar too

New Delhi : West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will oversee Bihar too, it was announced Sunday.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said President Pranab Mukherjee had told Tripathi to discharge the functions of the Bihar governor until a new governor is named to succeed incumbent D.Y. Patil, whose tenure ends Nov 26.


Confident government ready to face winter session

By Prashant Sood,

New Delhi : Fresh from its assembly polls successes, a confident BJP-led government is expected to push for the passage of key economic bills, including on the insurance sector, in the winter session of parliament beginning Monday.

But the depleted opposition has vowed to expose the "double speak" of the Bhratiya Janata Party and oppose the dilution of legislation passed by the previous Congress-led government.


Rajnath, Parrikar speak differently on Chinese troops

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

New Delhi : Repeated incursion by the Chinese troops into Indian territory have elicited divergent, at times almost contradictory, opinions from key cabinet ministers.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, addressing a rally in Leh in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, said the breach of the border did not augur well for cordial relations between the Asian giants.

"China has illegally occupied Aksai Chin and incursion by Chinese troops do not augur well in maintaining cordial relations with our neighbour," he said.


CPI-M says can't depend on Trinamool to fight BJP

Kolkata : The CPI-M Sunday said it cannot depend upon the Trinamool Congress to fight against the BJP despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashing out at the BJP for arresting Trinamool's leader.

Taking a jibe at Banerjee's comments Saturday that Trinamool's Rajya Sabha member Srinjoy Bose's arrest was the price her party paid for her attempts to build a secular front, CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury said more Trinamool leaders would be jailed once the Saradha scam unfolds in its entirety.