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Akhilesh skips Opposition campaign for key by-election,Tactical game in Kairana?

It appears the ruling BJP and the joint opposition are playing tactical games to corner each other in the by-election to Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh. The by-polls are being seen as important for the BJP and the opposition combine alike ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The by-elections […]

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How ego politics helped the Opposition in Karnataka

As the anointments of office settle on HD Kumaraswamy, he knows that he has become more than the chief minister of Karnataka. The timing of the Karnataka election has given him, adventitiously, this national dimension. Coming just after the one in Gujarat and just before the ones due in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the […]

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According to senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s global prestige increased under Modi govt, which he says has given people an honest administration

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is one of the senior most leaders of the government. He spoke to Kumar Uttam and Prashant Jha on the government’s record in office. Edited Excerpts: Q: What is the most significant achievement of the Modi government? First, we have given an honest and transparent government. Middlemen are out and […]

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Four years of Modi govt:PM gave ‘scam-free’ govt, says Arun Jaitley

Sunday, May 27, marks the fourth anniversary of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre. It was a challenging four-year tenure for the PM, with controversies surrounding the Rafale deal, tumultuous ties with China and Pakistan, tensions in Jammu and Kashmir, demonetisation and GST, and farmer distress among a few issues. Diplomacy has […]

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Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy wins floor test with 117 votes, BJP walks out of assembly

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy won a vote of confidence in the assembly for his three-day old Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Kumaraswamy won with 117 votes after he moved the one-line motion following the unanimous election of Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar as Speaker. BJP lawmakers however walked out of the assembly before the trust vote was […]

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Babulal Marandi has alleged that the Narendra Modi government has misused the Constitutional institutions and it is time to prepare for its defeat

  The president of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) Babulal Marandi has alleged that the Narendra Modi government has misused the Constitutional institutions and it is time to prepare for its defeat. “Ever since the Modi-led NDA government came to power, the constitutional institutions are being misused in the country,” Marandi alleged at a press conference in […]

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PM Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are attending the convocation ceremony of the Visva Bharati University in West Bengal on Friday

  This will be the first time a West Bengal chief minister is attending the varsity’s convocation since Siddhartha Shankar Ray in the 1970s. In a break from tradition, Banerjee would be on the dais; Ray was not invited to the dais at the time. University Rector and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi are also present at the […]

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HD Kumaraswamy congratulate Ramesh Kumar on his appointment as Karntaka assembly Speaker in Vidhan Soudha

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will face a floor test today which he is widely expected to win, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state. The 58-year-old, who was sworn in on Wednesday, has the support of 118 MLAs from the JD(S)-Congress-BSP coalition in the House. While the Congress has 78 MLAs, Kumaraswamy’s Janata […]

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BJP president Amit Shah will be visiting Jaipur every month in the run-up to the Rajasthan election

A team from Delhi BJP is in Jaipur to look for a house to be rented for Shah who is expected to visit sometime in June. Sources said that Shah’s aides are looking for a house in Jaipur’s C Scheme and also at JLN Marg. The ideal house would be not too far from the […]

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Modi government marking four years in power, will focus on digital media

The Prime Minister’s office is giving final touches to the plan. According to sources, the government is mulling over many taglines, the frontrunner being “Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas” (Right Intentions, Right Development).To mark four years in power, the Narendra Modi government will on Thursday begin a publicity blitz which will go on till June 3 […]

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Modi govt’s oil problem set to worsen ahead of 2019 elections with Saudi’s $80 a barrel goal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an oil problem. And it’s set to worsen with Saudi Arabia rooting for the commodity to push through the $80 barrier. Modi’s government made the most of cheap oil by substituting any fall in prices with taxes that kept retail fuel rates unchanged for consumers and boosted the federal revenue. […]

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The Congress needs to adopt this template in other states

After much drama, Karnataka finally has a new coalition government headed by Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara also took oath as his deputy on the granite steps of the majestic Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Cheering them from the dais was a constellation of Opposition leaders. Even as […]

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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has asked state government officials to make a Tripurasundari temple in Gomati district

“The temple development plan must be undertaken with a vision of developing Mata Tripura Sundari Temple as a world-class pilgrimage centre in North East India,” Deb told officials of the temple trust at a meeting on Monday. The chief minister approved the formation of two sub-committees of the trust the Temple Development Committee and Finance & […]

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After the Supreme Court struck down the law allowing occupation of government bungalows by former chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday said he has sought time from the authorities to find a rented accommodation or to build his own house. The former UP chief minister said, “The mistake I did was that I did not build a house for myself. I have asked the Supreme Court for some time to find […]

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The Congress has been demanding the appointment of a “full-time” chief minister in Goa

A buoyed Congress is planning to replicate the Karnataka model in Goa and has started back-channel talks with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a partner in the BJP-led ruling coalition, two top state Congress leaders said on condition of anonymity. The two Congress leaders, who are key functionaries, said their party is discussing the “modalities” […]

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Kumaraswamy will be administered oath of office today to be a show of opposition unity

A galaxy of opposition leaders will be present when JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy takes over as Karnataka chief minister in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Today’s function will be one of those rare occasions when regional leaders cutting across party and ideological lines will be present on one platform. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM […]

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Sushil Kumar Shinde will be replaced by Rajni Patil in HP Congress

Meanwhile, Jitendra Baghel and Biswaranjan Mohanty were appointed as secretaries of the Gujarat Congress, along with Nadeem Javed who has been named the Chairman of AICC’s minority department. The minority department was previously held by Khurshid Ahmad Saiyad. The party also appointed two new secretaries in Bihar. Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday announced several changes […]

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India’s relationship with Russia and China will have no bearing on the strategic partnership with the US, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said

Underlining that New Delhi follows a de-hyphenated foreign policy that makes its ties with one country “independent” of another. He asserted that India continues to strive to strengthen ties with the US. “Regional politics demand that we build strong bilateral relations with important powers in the region, some of them happen to be having difficulties […]

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Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar says,Decision to align with JD(S) very hard

DK Shivakumar, the Congress’ troubleshooter-in-chief in Karnataka, has endeared himself to the party even more over the past week by ensuring that the party’s MLAs stuck togetherand did not defect. In an interview, Shivakumar tells Vikram Gopalthat the party must now respect the sentiments of its workers in the Old Mysuru region and how hard it […]

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Rahul Gandhi and Kumaraswamy discuss ‘matters of mutual interest’ at Delhi meet

Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy met UPA chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday even as both parties have started bargaining behind the scenes on portfolios in the new Karnataka assembly. On Sunday, Kumaraswamy, who will take oath as Karnataka’s 25th chief minister on Wednesday, dismissed reports that […]