India Politics

India Politics

NCP sounds poll bugle, attacks BJP

Kolhapur : The NCP Tuesday launched its poll campaign here for the ensuing Maharashtra assembly elections by attacking the BJP with several speakers saying that "the Modi wave" has disappeared.

Home Minister R.R. Patil of the Nationalist Congress Party mounted a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), calling it "not a well-cultured but an opportunistic party" and demanded to know "which holy water" they used before admitting corrupt leaders to its fold.


Samajwadi Party workers celebrate bypolls win

Mainpuri/Agra : Samajwadi Party workers in Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri and Saifai Tuesday celebrated the victory of party candidates in assembly byelections.

The party made a stunning comeback in Uttar Pradesh as it won eight of the 11 assembly seats that went for byelections.

Party workers burst fire-crackers, distributed sweets, and danced on the streets.

In Mulayam Singh Yadav's village Saifai, villagers distributed sweets and danced to greet Tej Pratap Singh, who won from the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat.


Bypoll results a good signal: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress party Tuesday said the results of assembly bypolls in various states were a good signal for it and showed that people were rejecting BJP policies.

Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said the party had done well in Rajasthan and Gujarat though it did not perform as per expectations in Uttar Pradesh.

"The results, we feel, are good indications for the Congress and other parties that have won. These are bad for the BJP and its policies have, in a way, been rejected by the people," he said.


Modi tells Abbott his visit touched heart of every Indian

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and told him that his recent visit to India touched the heart of every Indian.

A PMO statement said Abbott thanked Modi for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him during his visit to India earlier this month.

He also conveyed his sympathy and solidarity over the floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

The statement said the two prime ministers agreed to actively follow up the decisions reached at their meeting.


Vrindavan widows should stay in respective states: Hema Malini

Mathura : Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha member from Mathura-Vrindavan, cine star Hema Malini has questioned the presence of widows from Bihar and West Bengal in Vrindavan.

After finding poor living conditions in a shelter home in Vrindavan which she visited Monday evening, Hema Malini had said that she would talk to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue.

Around 2,000 widows live in half-a-dozen ashrams and shelter homes in Vrindavan. Three of these shelters are managed by Sulabh International.


After win, party a viable alternative in Bengal: BJP

Kolkata : The BJP Tuesday asserted it has come up as an alternative in West Bengal and exuded confidence of doing well in the 2016 state polls after winning the Basirhat South assembly by-election.

BJP's Samik Bhattacharya scraped past Trinamool Congress and former Indian football captain Dipendu Biswas by 1,586 votes to enter the assembly, thereby emulating Badal Bhattacharya who had won the Ashoknagar seat in 1999 -- also in a by-election -- to become the party's first MLA in the state.


K.K. Paul takes oath as acting Mizoram governor

Aizawl : Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul Tuesday took additional charge as the governor of Mizoram.

Paul was sworn-in as the state's 14th governor by Justice Lanusungkum Jamir of the Gauhati High Court in a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, his cabinet members, leaders from various political parties, civil, paramilitary and police officials were present during the ceremony.

UP bypolls: Lotus wilts, bicycle whizzes past opponents

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : The lotus wilted and the bicycle sped past its political opponents in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh Tuesday as results of bypolls to the state assembly gave a thumbs down to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and handed an emphatic victory to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

With 8-3 victory in its favour in the bypolls to the assembly and the lone Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat also won by its candidate Tej Pratap Singh, the Samajwadi Party couldn't have asked for more.

Delhi HC dismisses plea against post-poll alliances

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the constitutional validity of post-poll alliances entered into by political parties.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw dismissed the plea that also wanted party manifestos to be declared "legally binding documents".

Rejecting the plea, the bench said it could not make manifestos legally binding.


Modi arrives in Ahmedabad, says his government has generated trust

Ahmedabad : Narendra Modi, on his first visit after becoming prime minister, arrived here Tuesday, a day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day sojourn to India, and said his government had generated a new atmosphere of trust.

Modi flew in to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport here on a two-day official visit to his home state Gujarat.

This is the first home visit of Modi after becoming prime minister. Modi became prime minister in May this year after he led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a stunning victory in the general elections.