India Politics

India Politics

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."


Modi to address Nepal parliament, pray at Pashupatinath

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Nepal's parliament Aug 4 during his two-day visit, becoming the first foreign leader to do so after democracy was restored in 1990.

Modi's address will come at a time when Nepal is marching towards drafting a new constitution that the country has been struggling to get for seven years, a ruling party leader told IANS.

A meeting of the ruling Nepali Congress here Thursday discussed Modi's Aug 4-5 trip.


Wait not long to get black money back: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi government was moving fast on bringing back the ill-gotten money stashed away by Indians in tax havens abroad.

"I can assure that you don't have to wait for long to see that we have brought back the black money," the finance minister said in the Lok Sabha during his reply to the debate on the national budget, which was later passed by a voice vote.