India Politics

India Politics

Will continue to write, paint to fund Trinamool's campaign: Mamata

Kolkata : Notwithstanding the opposition's strident attack on the sales proceeds of her paintings during the Lok Sabha poll campaign, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said she would pen books and take to the canvas yet again to fund her party's election expenses in the coming years.

"I openly tell people 'don't give money for running my government'. I don't take money from people. If election comes I will again write and draw," Banerjee said at a rally here.


JD-U, RJD leaders favour alliance to defeat BJP

Patna : Top leaders of Bihar's ruling JD-U and the RJD Monday strongly favoured an alliance between them in a bid to defeat "communal forces" in the state.

A day after the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) said it will contest the by-elections to 10 assembly seats in Bihar with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), former chief minister Nitish Kumar said all secular parties need to come together.

In this category, he also included the Congress, the Left and others.

"A strong alliance among these parties is necessary today," Nitish Kumar told the media at the assembly.


NC, Congress blame each other as they part ways

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar, July 21 (IANS) It needed the rout of the Lok Sabha polls for the National Conference and the Congress to realize they will fare better fighting the Jammu and Kashmir elections separately.

AAP members get bail

New Delhi : A Delhi court Monday granted bail to AAP leader Dilip Pandey and two party members arrested on charges of promoting enmity between different communities.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sheetal Chaudhary granted the bail to Pandey, Ram Kumar Jha and Javed Khan.

The three were arrested for the pasting of posters in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi urging the Muslims to lay siege to the houses of three Muslim Congress legislators for "shaking hands with the RSS and the BJP".


We should condemn violence everywhere in the world: Sushma

New Delhi : Hitting out at the government's criticism over its stance on the Gaza conflict, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday said the emphasis of parliament and the government should be to condemn violence the world over and to support the Egypt-backed ceasefire proposal on Gaza.

A feisty Sushma Swaraj also clarified that there is no change in the Narendra Modi government's foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine and it believed in good relations with both.


Nagaland governor takes additional charge of Tripura

Agartala : Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya Monday took additional charge as the governor of Tripura.

Acharya was sworn-in as the state's 15th governor by Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of various political parties and army and police officials were present during the ceremony.

Not a rebellion against Rahul: Congress on Assam minister

New Delhi : The Congress Monday said the resignation of Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was not a rebellion against party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

"It is not a rebellion against Rahul. The issue is that some people would not be happy with the chief minister (Tarun Gogoi). But majority are with the chief minister," Congress leader Kamal Nath told media persons outside the Parliament House.

Assam's rebel minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Monday resigned from the state cabinet, saying it was not possible "mentally, physically and politically" to work under Gogoi.


Four opposition legislators in Bengal join Trinamool

Kolkata : Giving a jolt to the opposition parties in West Bengal, three Congress legislators and one of the CPI-M Monday joined the ruling Trinamool Congress in presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The four legislators crossed over to the Trinamool at a mega rally organised by the party to commemorate the death of 13 youths in police firing on this day in 1993.

The Congress legislators are Asit Kumar Mal (representing Hasan in Birbhum district), Mohammad Ghulam Rabbani (Goalpokhor in North Dinajpur district) and Umapada Bauri (Para in Purulia district).


Some people acting as agents of communal elements: Mamata flays media

Kolkata : In an apparent attack on a section of the media, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday accused "some people" of acting as "agents" of "communal elements" and "maligning" her party after the BJP came to power at the Centre.

"These days some people are acting as agents of a communal party. When the Congress was in power, then they acted as their agent. And when CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) was in power in the state, some people used to beat the drums of (then chief minister) Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee."

'BJP's LS seats in Bengal will become zero in next polls'

Kolkata : Attacking the BJP for hiking fuel prices and railway fares, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said the two seats the party won in the state in the recent Lok Sabha polls will be reduced to zero in the next general elections.

"The BJP had one seat. They have gained one more seat. But the way they are campaigning and behaving, it seems as if they have achieved a lot. They now have two seats. It will never become three and will come down to zero in the next general elections," Banerjee said at a massive rally here to commemorate Martyrs' Day Monday.