India Politics

India Politics

Received guidance from President Mukherjee: Modi

New Delhi : The warmth and guidance he has received from President Pranab Mukherjee in the two months since he formed his government has been akin to that of a family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking extempore in Hindi at a book release event in the renovated Durbar Hall of the presidential palace, Modi congratulated President Mukherjee upon his completing two years in office and said under Mukherjee's "marg darshan" or guidance, the country has got a "new direction".


Sikhs will give befitting reply to Congress tactics: Badal

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday asserted that the Sikhs will not succumb to the "politically-motivated" tactics of the Congress to divide them by creating a separate committee to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in Haryana.

Badal told reporters in Mohali, 10 km from here, that the Shiromani Akali Dal was not in favour of 'morchas' (agitational methods) but would not allow anti-Sikh forces to weaken Sikh institutions.


Congress not entitled to leader of opposition post: AG

New Delhi : In a setback to Congress' desire to have its leader in the Lok Sabha being given the leader of opposition status, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has held the party cannot get the recognition as its numbers are less than one tenth of the total strength of parliament's lower house.

Informed sources said that Rohatgi opined that the Congress leader in the house cannot be recognised as leader of opposition as the party's strength was 44 while one tenth of the total strength of the house is 55.


Indian Parliamentarians: Hitting a new low

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

The august Parliament’s dignity and honour have recently been brought to a new, record low by its own members. The decline in it has been steady for years. The present Lok Sabha has members with a criminal record not in their tens but hundreds.

Trinamool leader accused of assaulting ECL officials gets bail

Kolkata : A court in West Bengal's Burdwan Friday granted bail to a Trinamool Congress labour leader who was arrested for allegedly threatening and assaulting officials of the Eastern Coalfields Limited.

Chunulal Mishra, a member of the Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress, was arrested Thursday, days after the Coal India subsidiary threatened to stop operations at the J.K. Nagar colliery in Burdwan district if the government failed to take action against the accused.


BJP, Shiv Sena's politics based on bullying people: Rahul

Amethi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday attacked the Shiv Sena and the BJP over the incident in Maharashtra Sadan in which a Shiv Sena MP tried to force-feed a fasting Muslim staffer, saying the two parties base their politics on "bullying people".

Talking to reporters in his Uttar Pradesh constituency, Gandhi also slammed the Narendra Modi government over price rise, saying that it has failed to check rising prices of essential commodities despite making promises.

BJP blames Mamata government for encephalitis deaths

Kolkata : With northern West Bengal gripped with encephalitis syndrome that has claimed over 100 lives so far, the BJP Friday held the Trinamool Congress government responsible for the malady acquiring epidemic proportions.

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha blamed the state health department for the malady that has lead to "a procession of deaths" and demanded the resignation of the health minister.


Sena MP's bid to force-feed fasting Muslim unfortunate: Rajnath

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said the incident of a Shiv Sena MP trying to force-feed a fasting Muslim staffer of Maharashtra Sadan was "regrettable and unfortunate".

Rajnath Singh said the Shiv Sena MPs had expressed objection to the food served at the state guest house.

'Hindu Nation' comments trigger uproar in Goa

Panaji : Controversial comments made by two ministers of the BJP-led Goa government, one wishing for a Hindu nation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and another claiming India is already one, created an uproar both in the state assembly and across social media Friday.

Dissent in JD-U, RJD over alliance

Patna : Ahead of talks between top JD-U and RJD leaders here Friday on their proposed alliance, some leaders in both the parties have publicly opposed the tie-up.

RJD legislator Raghvendra Pratap Singh said: "It is not good for the party and no discussion was held in the party over it." But after party chief Lalu Prasad's intervention he has now fallen silent.

The RJD leader in the assembly, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, said: "Anyone opposing the alliance is free to leave the party."