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Category Archives: Political

Murmur in Congress against Tharoor

  A section of the Congress is said to be annoyed with Shashi Tharoor as some people have started a signature campaign that in 2019 he should be projected as the Congress’s prime ministerial candidate. While Tharoor has kept a discreet distance from the ‘Induct Tharoor’ campaign, he recently wrote…

Yogi’s father advises him to respect all religions

Anand Singh Bisht, the 84-year-old father of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, has some advice for his son. “He’ll need to take everyone along,” the retired forest ranger said. “Women in burqa have also voted for him. He needs to respect all religions, win their hearts.” Talking to TOI on…

Sidhu says he would continue his comedy show

Even as he took oath as a minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh government on Thursday, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu indicated that he would continue to be associated with his TV comedy show. However, the Congress leadership is not amused and is said to be trying to find a way…

A Cabinet reshuffle in the offing

Power corridors are abuzz with rumors of a major Cabinet reshuffle following the departure of Manohar Parrikar from the Central Cabinet. Further, if Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also sent to Lucknow as is in the air, the entire security establishment would become headless. It’s generally believed that Arun Jaitley…

UP CM may be a surprise candidate

While the names of BJP UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Union ministers Manoj Sinha, Santosh Gangwar, and state unit general secretary Swatantra Dev are still doing the rounds as probable CM, a few more have been added to the list. The appointment of a deputy CM to maintain the caste…

Congress nominates Kharge as PAC chairman

The Congress is said to have nominated its leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge for the post of Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament. He will succeed his party colleague K V Thomas who has completed three terms at the post. The Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Tuesday…

Congress’s magic alphabet

‘A’ seems to be a lucky alphabet for the Punjab Congress. The names of its top guns who powered the Congress to victory start with ‘A’ – be it CM-designate Amarinder Singh, AICC general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari, campaign committee chief Ambika Soni and candidate selection panel head Ashok Gehlot….

Rawat’s new found love

Outgoing Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat seems to have found a new avenue to spend his time. Recently, he released two books on the eve of the election result. On Tuesday, he released yet another book – Hamare Nayak. The book details the lives of prominent personalities of the state….

PM’s hint triggers wild speculation about CMs for UP and U’khand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in his victory speech about lesser-known party MLAs has made BJP leaders go on a wild speculation as to his choice for the top posts in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Talking about the party’s new MLAs, Modi said they could be “the faces one neither…

In Manipur, former Naga civil servants and their families contest on BJP tickets

Two of the three BJP candidates contesting Wednesday’s election from Manipur’s Ukhrul district have civil services background. They also belong to the family of V S Atem, former NSCN(IM) army commander and a member of its steering committee. The candidate in Ukhrul is Somtai Shaiza, son-in-law of Atem’s brother Dr….

Fear makes Mannargudi mafia vindictive

The Sasikala camp has refrained from acting against the 11 AIADMK MLAs who have been supporting Panneerselvam and so defied the party whip and did not vote for CM Edappadi Palaniswami during the confidence vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The Mannarguddi mafia fears that if the MLAs are disqualified,…

Is the fear of defeat binding them together?

The end of Uttarakhand Assembly elections is said to have narrowed the personal differences between CM Harish Rawat and state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyaya. It was reflected in both recently addressing a joint press conference in Dehradun. At the event, Upadhyaya called Rawat his “elder brother Arjun”, who had “led”…

Prabhu and Jaitley at war 

Jaitley wants to collect the annual dividends that the railways receive from the 14 central public sector units (CPSUs) under its purview. Prabhu is not amused as the saving on dividend payments to the MoF was one of the biggest arguments made in favor of scrapping the separate Rail Budget….

Dinesh Sharma emerges as default UP BJP CM candidate

  Speculations are rife about BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for UP if the party manages to win the election. Apart from Rajnath Singh, Yogi, and Keshav Prasad Maurya, Lucknow Mayor Prof Dinesh Sharma, who is nearing the end of his second term as Mayor, has also emerged as a potential…

New battle of Haldighati has patriots winning all the way

Even as NaMo goes around ridiculing Congress, socialist, leftist variety of liberals from within Parliament to the electoral battlefields (like his latest barb on RaGa’s earthquake and another one about only Manmohan Singh knows how to bathe with raincoat on), his skilled supporters have stepped up their campaign to pin…

When PM couldn’t help exclaiming “kya, kya”

It was one of the rarest cases when the Prime Minister was totally taken aback and couldn’t but keep exclaiming ” kya, kya.” It happened in the Lok Sabha. Soon after Narendra Modi had demolished Congress and its leadership, BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP MPs…

MHA to prepare a brochure on its contribution to Uttarakhand

The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked one of the junior ministers to prepare a list of initiatives and schemes launched by the MHA since May 2014 in Uttarakhand. The objective is to showcase the contribution of the Ministry to the hill state, though it was ruled by its opponent…

Story of Misa and Sansad

  Misa Bharati, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, attracted the attention of MPs when she turned up at Parliament House on Wednesday with her five-month-old son. Misa’s name has an aura of politics as Lalu named her so because when she was born during the…

UP election: Disaster for BJP may be around corner

  The law of diminishing return has come to haunt BJP President Amit Shah’s UP electoral strategy and tactics as badly as it did during the Bihar election. He seems to be happily oblivious of a cardinal fact of life – that, in love and war, nothing goes as planned….