India Politics

India Politics

No proposal to cut short parliament session: Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said there was no proposal to cut short the ongoing parliament session, and added the government has enough business.

He said the government would bring important bills in the coming days and these include the Insurance Bill and the Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Bill.


Nepal visit highly productive: Sushma

Kathmandu : Wrapping up her three-day trip, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Sunday said the her Nepal visit was "highly productive".

She made the comment at the Tribhuvan International Airport before taking off for India. The minister earlier offered prayers at the Pashupatinath temple here.

It was the first high-level contact between the two countries after the formation of the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi two months ago.


Congress in crisis: Leadership challenged

By Prashant Sood & Sreeparna Chakrabarty,

New Delhi : It has not been an easy time for the Congress since it went down to its lowest tally in the Lok Sabha elections two months back. While the party is witnessing internecine battles in many states, it is also facing competition from some regional parties to hog the opposition space in the Lok Sabha.


Solanki sworn-in as Haryana governor

Chandigarh : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kaptan Singh Solanki was Sunday sworn-in as the governor of Haryana.

He was administered the oath of office by acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Ashutosh Mohunta at Haryana Raj Bhavan here.

Solanki, 75, a BJP Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh and former college professor, succeeded Jagannath Pahadia whose five- year term ended Saturday.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other ministers were present at the swearing-in ceremony.


'Akhilesh playing politics of vendetta against BJP'

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : He is possibly the only one from the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh to have the ears of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Accredited with the groundwork for the party's unprecedented success in the Lok Sabha elections where it won 71 of the state's 80 seats, Laxmikant Bajpayi is an angry old man. He now charges the state's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) with engaging in the politics of vendetta against BJP workers.

Let not competitive politics get constitutional sanctity

By Parmod Kumar,

Sikh politics is on the boil in Punjab and Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is insisting that Haryana roll back the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 2014, creating a separate body to manage the gurdwaras in the state.

PM meets infrastructure departments secretaries

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday met secretaries of key infrastructure ministries like power and road and highways to review individual sectors' development targets that need to be achieved by the current fiscal end.

Among the other ministries present were shipping, civil aviation, oil and gas and telecom.

Infrastructure development through public private partnership (PPP) mode is among the top of agenda for the new government, to attract investment and generate employment.


PIL seeks leader of opposition status for Congress in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : The Supreme Court was moved Saturday seeking that Congress leader in Lok Sabha be conferred the status of the leader of opposition as it is the largest party in the opposition as provided under the 1977 law on salary and allowances of leaders of opposition in parliament.


Preneet Kaur to contest Amarinder's seat

Chandigarh : Former minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur will contest the by-election to the Patiala assembly constituency to be held next month as the Congress candidate, the party announced Saturday.

The seat was vacated by her husband and former chief minister Amarinder Singh recently after he got elected to the Lok Sabha from the Amritsar parliamentary constituency in May this year.


Mulayam nephew to contest LS by-poll from Mainpuri

Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party Saturday named Mulayam Singh Yadav's nephew Tejas Singh Yadav as its candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha bypolls in Mainpuri, the constituency vacated by his uncle and party chief.

Tejas, the son of Mulayam Singh's brother, has been active in the area for some time now.

There was speculation that the party would instead opt for Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav to contest from the high profile constituency.