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Category Archives: Political

Parrikar secures own goal

  Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar might have secured an own goal by asserting that constitutional authorities can become more corrupt than politicians when vested with absolute power. The barb was seen aimed at the Election Commission days after he recommended an audit of Rs 16.86 crore bills submitted by…

Presidential election: Opposition puts Sonia in line of fire 

The opposition knows that whoever it may field as its presidential candidate, they can’t but lose. To avoid this embarrassment, it has floated a new idea that it may not oppose NDA’s nominee if he happens to be current President Pranab Mukherjee. Media reports indicate that the Congress-led opposition wants…

Reshuffle in Cong; Venugopal replaces Diggy as K’taka party in-charge

  Ahead of Assembly elections in Gujarat and Karnataka initiating changes in the Congress, AICC President Sonia Gandhi, on 29th April, removed senior leader Digvijay Singh as party’s general secretary in-charge of poll- bound Karnataka and replaced him with Rahul-loyalist K C Venugopal; a Lok Sabha MP from Alappuzha in…

Bhupendra Yadav as BJP’s crisis manager

General Secretary Bhupender Yadav has emerged as BJP’s crisis manager. Whether it be states or Parliament, his persuasive abilities have earned him the respect of his party and parliamentary colleagues. He is also most sought after MP for heading crucial Parliamentary select committees. In the past, he has headed the…

New head appointed for BJP’s media cell

Anil Baluni, Sanjay Mayukh

BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni is appointed as the head of the party’s media department. BJP spokesperson in Bihar Sanjay Mayukh would be sub-head of the cell. Baluni (45), who has been active with BJP in Uttarakhand since 1993, replaces Shrikant Sharma, who is now the Energy Minister in UP. He…

Nitish’s games

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s able assistants like KC Tyagi and Sharad Yadav feel sidelined these days. On Tuesday, as part of his tactics to keep his arch rival Lalu Prasad on toes all the time, the Bihar CM hosted a dinner party for his old BJP friends. This boosted the…

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….

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