India Politics

India Politics

Book Kerala excise minister for graft, demands Left

Thiruvananthapuram : The Left opposition in Kerala on Thursday demanded that a case be registered against Excise Minister K. Babu following a new revelation by whistleblower bar owner Biju Ramesh that a sum of Rs.10 crore was paid to him as bribe to reduce the annual licence fee for bars in the state.

It was in October 2014 that Ramesh first revealed that Rs.1 crore was paid to Finance Minister K.M. Mani. The state government then ordered a quick verification by the vigilance department and it was followed by a case registered against Mani.


AIMIM emerges second largest party in Aurangabad civic polls

Aurangabad/Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) The Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) emerged as the second largest party in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation elections and is poised to become the main opposition party, in the results declared here on Thursday.

AIMIM secured 26 seats in the 113-member civic body, pushing behind the Congress, which secured 11 seats, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with two seats, while other smaller parties and independents bagged 23 seats.

Maulana Azad-Najma photo-morphing case posted for August 26

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Thursday posted for August 26 a plea over alleged morphing of a photo of India's first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and union Minister Najma Heptulla.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher posted the matter for August 26 after advocate appearing for the government told the court that the additional solicitor general was not present in the court and sought adjournment.

Congress, Trinamool demand judicial probe into farmer's suicide

New Delhi : The Congress and the Trinamool Congress on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into the suicide of a farmer in the capital during an Aam Aadmi Party rally.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge hoped that the government will institute a judicial probe into the incident.

"An inquiry by police will be one-sided," Kharge said.

He urged the government to spell out relief steps for farmers in terms of loan waiver, compensation and minimum support price.

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy also demanded a judicial inquiry.


Will request CM a job for my elder son: Keshri's father

Kolkata : Late former Under-19 Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri's father said on Thursday he would request West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for a job for his elder son Deepak.

"If I meet her (Banerjee), I would request her for a job for my elder son Deepak. Financially we are not sound enough right now, a job for Deepak would do us a world of good," Raj Kumar Keshri told IANS.

Deepak and his father run a tea-stall in Bansdroni, an eminent locality in Southern part of the city, and Raj Kumar hopes the state government will financially aid their family.


Can't abandon farmers, need collective response to crisis: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sought a collective response from political leaders to the agrarian crisis caused by unseasonal rains and resolved not to "abandon" the farmers.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Modi said: "It should be our determination to find a solution to this problem. The issue has been there for long... we will have to think together where we went wrong and what were the deficiencies in the system that resulted in the crisis."


Farmer's suicide: Report submitted to home ministry

New Delhi : Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Thursday said that a report on a farmer's suicide at an AAP rally here on Wednesday had been submitted to the home ministry.

"We have submitted a report on the incident to the home ministry," Bassi told the media.

He added that an FIR had been registered on Wednesday.

Gajendra Singh, who hailed from Rajasthan, hanged himself from a tree in central Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.

He was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.


Farmer's suicide being probed: Rajnath

New Delhi : Investigation into the suicide of a farmer from Rajasthan at an AAP rally has been handed over to the crime branch and the Delhi Police has been asked to give a report in the matter in a time-bound manner, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

"I condole the death of the farmer on behalf of the entire government," Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha after a short discussion on the issue.


AAP to pay Rs.10 lakh to farmer's family

New Delhi : Delhi's ruling AAP announced on Thursday a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the family of a Rajasthan farmer who killed himself at a party rally here a day earlier.

Making the announcement, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said that his party activists tried but failed to save Gajendra Singh after he hanged himself from a tree at the site.

He added that Delhi Police were very much to blame for the death on Wednesday because they failed to intervene despite repeated appeals from AAP leaders.


PM meets top ministers over farmer suicide

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met senior ministers over the suicide by a farmer in the national capital at a rally of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

According to sources, Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the prime minister on the incident.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari were also present at the meeting.