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Modi govt wants to destroy Nehru-Gandhi legacy: Journalist Kumar Ketkar
Making a frontal attack on RSS and BJP here on Saturday, senior journalist Kumar Ketkar said that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is trying to erase the legacy of country’s freedom movement with a motive to impose the RSS agenda...   More...
Tall Claims Fall
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have mastered the art of making Himalayan claims of their achievements and expanding their “56-inch chest” while boasting about the “successful” plans and policies launched by the party as and when they get an opportunity.   More...
Cong, BJP, Left corner TMC over sting operation; demand probe
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress on Tuesday found itself in a tight corner in the Lok Sabha over a sting operation, with Government insisting that “truth has to prevail” and favouring a probe into the alleged bribery charges against some of its MPs.   More...
Students’ protests: Rahul Gandhi makes shrill attack on Modi govt
New Delhi: In the second such protest in less than a week, thousands of students from various universities across the country on Tuesday took to the streets in the national capital demanding justice for Dalit scholar Rohith ...   More...
President Pranab Mukherjee hails elevation of India-UAE ties
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday expressed “great satisfaction” at the elevation of the relationship between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a comprehensive strategic partnership.   More...
ISIS letter threatens to target PM Modi, Manohar Parrikar
Panaji: An anonymous letter purportedly signed by ISIS has threatened to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.   More...
Modi’s change of mind
The sudden paradigm shift in Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen these days reminds us the old lilting Hindi song of Lata Mangeshkar “Badle badle mere sarkar nazar aate hain” in the Bollywood flick “Chaudvin ka Chand”.   More...
BJP, RSS playing politics on Ram temple issue: Nitish
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of playing politics on the Ram temple issue.   More...
Developed nations responsible for climate change, says PM Modi
New Delhi: Describing climate change as a major global challenge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday warned developed nations that it would be "morally wrong" if they shift the burden of reducing emissions on developing countries like India...   More...
Every action has equal reaction, says Nitish Kumar on BJP debacle
Patna: As the voice of dissent got shriller within BJP after its drubbing in the Bihar assembly elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said it was natural that the reaction would be strong as the saffron outfit had made....   More...
Highest ever turnout in Bihar; Close fight but Nitish has the edge
New Delhi: The bitterly contested Bihar assembly elections ended Thursday with a record turnout of 57 per cent over five phases and exit polls predicted a photo-finish Sunday but one projected a sweep by the BJP-led NDA.   More...
Shiv Sena threatens to pull out, calls BJP arrogant
Thane: BJP-Shiv Sena ties on Friday hit a new low with Uddhav Thackeray threatening to pull out of NDA if BJP "continues with its arrogance" even as one of his party ministers in Maharashtra government offered to quit, but it was dismissed as "drama" by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.   More...
Kerala House beef row: Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta arrested
New Delhi: Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta was arrested by police on Wednesday evening on an apprehension of causing a breach of peace and tranquility, two days after his complaint about beef being served at Kerala House here sparked a row.   More...
Modi sys, he will never allow quota on religious lines
Buxar: Facing allegation that the Centre was out to scrap the reservation at the RSS’ behest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tried to turn the tables on the grand alliance, accusing the RJD, JD (U) and Congress of conspiring to deprive...   More...
Perception about intolerance limited to Lutyen’s Zone, says Amit Shah
New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday dismissed protests over growing intolerance in the country as a “perception” limited to “Lutyen’s Zone”, the area in the heart of the seat of power in the national capital.   More...
Burning of Dalit kids: VK Singh draws flak for ‘dog’ remark
Ghaziabad: Union Minister VK Singh on Thursday kicked up a huge political row when he tried to shield the government from blame in the Faridabad Dalit burning incident, saying the 'government cannot be held responsible if somebody stones a dog'.   More...
Indira Gandhi foresees Priyanka as her political legatee
New Delhi: Indira Gandhi had a premonition about her death just days before she was assassinated and confided to her close associate ML Fotedar that she saw the possibility of Priyanka Gandhi emerging as her political legatee over time...   More...
Shiv Sena reminds Modi of post-Godhra, Ahmedabad riots
Mumbai: Amid the widening chasm with BJP, Shiv Sena on Wednesday termed as 'unfortunate' Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments on cancellation of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai, reminding him of post-Godhra Gujarat riots...   More...
JD (U) minister quits over ‘bribe video’ a day before voting in Bihar
New Delhi: A day before voting in the first-phase of elections in Bihar, state cabinet minister and JD (U) leader Awadhesh Kushwaha tendered his resignation after a video emerged showing him taking money in a sting operation. Kushwaha was the urban ...   More...
This fight is a matter of Bihar’s Swaabhimaan, says Nitish Kumar
Patna: Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been repeating untruths for “bumper publicity” while campaigning in the state, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday used data and documents to state his case.   More...
Nitish Kumar urges voters not to let outsiders lead them
Begusarai: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday seemed to be opening a new avenue in his verbal battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appealing to voters at Begusarai district to not let outsiders lead them.   More...
BJP MP Adityanath’s outfit offers guns to Hindus in Dadri
Dadri: An outfit floated by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath today offered all possible help “including guns” to the Hindus of Bishada village, as it alleged that they were being hounded following the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq.   More...
Congress says it’s ‘ashamed’ of PM’s behaviour on foreign soil
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his barbs at the party in the US, saying it was ‘ashamed’ of his behaviour on foreign soil.   More...
BJP MP alleges tickets sold to criminals in Bihar, party rubbishes charge
Patna: In potentially damaging remarks for BJP ahead of the high-stakes Bihar polls, its MP RK Singh on Saturday alleged party tickets were sold to criminals, a charge dismissed as ‘baseless’ by the party but termed ‘exceptionally grave’ by rivals.   More...
Activists, groups in US launch campaign against Narendra Modi
New York: A group of activists, organisations and some members of the Patel community have launched a campaign in the US against India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in New York on Thursday.   More...
RSS is BJP’s Supreme Court, says Nitish Kumar
Patna: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for review of reservation policy faced more flak with poll-bound Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today dubbing it “dangerous” and used it to attack BJP alleging that the party’s ideological mentor...   More...
BJP MLA Vishnu Wagh compares Sanatan Sanstha with SIMI, seeks its ban
Panaji: A BJP MLA on Tuesday sought a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, whose member was arrested in connection with the murder of Left leader Govind Pansare, for “creating terror” like Students and Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).   More...
No reconsideration of quota policy, says BJP
New Delhi: In an apparent effort at damage control, the BJP on Monday distanced itself from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported remark over reconsideration of quotas, even as the RSS clarified that its chief had not called for an end to quotas in education and jobs.   More...
Modi and his friends want to usurp land, says Rahul Gandhi at Bihar rally
Ramnagar (Bihar): Kicking off the Congress campaign in poll-bound Bihar, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday raked up the “suit boot ki sarkar” jibe to target the Modi government, warning people that they would lose their land and livelihood if NDA came to power.   More...
Allowing Indians to fight Islamic State will result in sectarian conflict, says govt
New Delhi: Allowing Indians to take part in the conflict in Iraq or Syria would “directly result in sectarian conflict” in the country and amount to promoting terrorism, the government has said while defending its refusal to allow members of a religious ...   More...
BJP plays Yadav card to fragment Grand Alliance votes in Bihar polls
Patna: Though the allies of the BJP are unhappy with the unilateral announcement of the first list of 43 candidates, the party made it clear that Yadav and Dalits are its prime focus. This poses serious questions for Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar.   More...
After Delhi defeat, Modi wants Bihar ‘by hook or by crook’: Nitish Kumar
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become ‘furious’ after losing the Delhi Assembly polls and wants to win in Bihar “by hook or by crook”, but he will not succeed.   More...
Nepal lawmakers declare country secular, reject proposal for Hindu nation
Kathmandu: Nepal lawmakers declared that the country should remain secular as the Constituent Assembly resumed voting on articles of the draft Constitution clause by clause.   More...
Sonia fires repartee, rakes up Sushma, Chouhan issues
Rae Bareli: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s barbs at her, questioning why he is silent on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as well as Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh ...   More...
Shatrughan Sinha dares BJP to take action against him
New Delhi: Virtually challenging his party, the BJP, to take action against him, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha took it to Twitter and quoted Newton’s Third Law of Motion to warn the ruling party.   More...
Pak’s covert use of terrorism forces US to curtail aid, withhold Sharif’s invite
WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s bottom-feeding on American aid is about to end unless it terminates its policy of covertly using terrorism to further its frontiers, the Obama administration has conveyed to Islamabad, amid indications that the US is also making...   More...
Modi-hater rights activist is now a target of BJP government
MUMBAI: One of India’s best-known human rights activists, Teesta Setalvad, was brewing her morning tea on July 14 when she got a telephone call from her security guard. “CBI is at the gate, ma’am,” the guard said.....   More...
India, UAE united in fight against terrorism, says Modi in Dubai
Dubai: India and the UAE on Monday came down heavily on countries sponsoring terrorism against other states in what is seen as an oblique reference to Pakistan.   More...
‘Why did Sushma Swaraj keep MEA in the dark about intervention in Lalit Modi visa case?’
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday questioned Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj as to why did she keep her ministry in the dark about her intervention in visa application by Lalit Modi...   More...
Belligerent govt, unrelenting Opp ensure washout of Parliament session
NEW DELHI: A belligerent government and an unrelenting Opposition in the Rajya Sabha ensured that the first day of the last week of Monsoon Session of Parliament was a washout.   More...
BJP launches retaliatory attacks on Congress’ Digvijay Singh
BHOPAL: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday launched a retaliatory attack on All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh for hatching conspiracy to defame chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam.   More...
Land Bill: Govt ran off after ‘threatening and shouting’, says Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Taking a swipe at government over its U-turn on land bill, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it "ran off" after "threatening" and shouting" in the face of resistance by Congress and vowed that the party will similarly keep up pressure for resignations   More...
Narendra Modi ‘most unsuccessful’ Prime Minister, says AAP
Lucknow: Terming Narendra Modi as the “most unsuccessful” prime minister, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday charged him with failing to secure the country’s borders during his first year in office.   More...
IB warns of possible human bomb attack during Modi’s Bihar visit
Patna: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bihar visit, the intelligence agencies have warned of a possible ‘human bomb attack’ on the lines of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, a top police officer said.   More...
Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modi’s silence on Vyapam scandal
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Vyapam scam. “More than 40 people have died in the Vyapam scam. One of your friends has also died.   More...
Sonia blasts Tharoor for leaking views against party tactics
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday pulled up former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor over the leak of his views against party’s stalling tactics in Parliament in the media.   More...
Rajiv Gandhi’s killers deserve no mercy, Centre tells SC
New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday asserted in the Supreme Court that the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi did not deserve any mercy as the assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving foreign nationals.   More...
All-party meet ends in deadlock over Lalit, Vyapam controversies
New Delhi: An all-party meeting called in Delhi on the eve of the Monsoon Session on Monday ended in a deadlock over controversies related to Lalit Modi and Vyapam scam.   More...
BJP meet decides ‘no resignation of ministers’, sets tone for stormy Monsoon session
New Delhi: Setting the tone for the upcoming Monsoon session, BJP on Sunday decided against being defensive over the controversies related to Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan and would brazen it out in Parliament ...   More...
Himachal High Court stays SIC order in Priyanka land issue
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday stayed the State Information Commission (SIC) order directing Deputy Commissioner Shimla to disclose information about Priyanka Vadra land at Chharabra, 13 km from Shimla, within 10 days .   More...
Fresh controversy: Lalit Modi offers board position to Sushma’s husband
New Delhi: Former IPL chief Lalit Modi kicks up a fresh controversy involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, as he had offered the husband of Swaraj a position on the board of one of his family-run firms.   More...
Cong rubbishes Lalit’s claim, says it’s ‘Chhota Modi’ helping ‘Bada Modi’
New Delhi: Congress on Friday hit back after Lalit Modi said he had "run into" Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra in a London restaurant, saying it was a case of ‘Chhota Modi’ helping ‘Bada Modi’ (Narendra Modi) with lies.   More...
Narendra Modi first Indian PM to visit Israel
New Delhi:Narendra Modi will be travelling to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish country with which bilateral defence cooperation is on an upswing.   More...
IIT row: Smriti, Rahul Gandhi engage in Twitter war
New Delhi: The battlelines were drawn already during the Lok Sabha elections, but Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has taken her fight against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi a level further on Friday.   More...
Rahul enjoys ‘tasty fish’ lunch at Kerala fisherman’s house
Chavakkad (Kerala): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday enjoyed a 'tasty fish' lunch served by a fisherman's family at a hamlet near here and said he would visit the beach again to taste Kerala's delicious tapioca and spicy fish curry.   More...
End mindless killing in favour of peace, Modi asks Naxals
Dantewada (Chhattisgarh): Making the first prime ministerial visit in three decades to this Maoist hotbed, Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the ultras to shed the gun and put an end to mindless deaths in favour of peace.   More...
Sonia mounts blistering attack on Modi, accuses him of serving select few
NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday mounted a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of running a government “of some people, by one person for a select few” and said he has not ...   More...
Govt does a U-turn on Dawood Ibrahim’s location
NEW DELHI: After the government was left red-faced for its contradictory reply in Parliament on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, Union minister of state for Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the underworld don lives in Pakistan...   More...
Racial remarks against Sonia; Cong for Giriraj’s dismissal from ministry
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday demanded Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s dismissal from the ministry for his intemperate and distasteful remarks against Sonia Gandhi, and rejected the minister’s defence that he had spoken “off the record”.   More...
Atal Bihari Vajpayee conferred with Bharat Ratna
NEW DELHI: Veteran Parliamentarian and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, founder member of BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, was on Friday conferred with Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee   More...
Cut supply to VIPs too, if city faces water shortage: Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: As the city stares at water crisis in the peak summer months, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has issued direction to cut supply to even VIPs, if shortage of water occurs in Delhi, barring the Prime Minister, the President and the diplomatic missions.   More...
Supreme Court strikes down Section 66A of IT Act
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Section 66A of Information Technology Act as unconstitutional and struck it down. This section had been widely misused by police in various states to arrest innocent persons for posting ....   More...
Oppn women MLAs to file complaint against UDF MLAs
Thiruvananthapuram: Five women legislators belonging to the Opposition LDF have decided to file a complaint with the police against some of the UDF MLAs for alleged sexual harassment during the bedlam which rocked the Kerala Assembly on budget day.   More...
Mamata orders CBI probe into Ranaghat nun gang rape
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced to ‘entrust the investigation’ in the gang rape of a 71-year-old nun in West Bengal’s Nadia district to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).   More...
Subramanian Swamy courts controversy, says ‘A mosque is not a religious place’
Guwahati: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has stoked a controversy with his reported remark that mosques and churches are mere buildings and can be demolished following which an FIR was lodged against him and the Assam government on Sunday ...   More...
Kerala Assembly ruckus: Loss estimated at Rs 5 lakh
Thiruvananthapuram: The loss from damage to property inside the Kerala Assembly was estimated at Rs 5 lakh on Saturday, a day after the House witnessed unprecedented mayhem during the budget presentation by Finance Minister KM Mani.   More...
Rajya Sabha passes controversial insurance bill
New Delhi: Parliament on Thursday night approved the NDA government’s first major economic reform measure as the long-pending bill providing for raising foreign investment cap to 49 per cent in insurance was passed by Rajya Sabha after main opposition...   More...
PDP admits Masarat Alam’s release done in haste, says BJP
JAMMU: The BJP on Wednesday said its coalition partner in the Jammu & Kashmir government, PDP, with which its relationship had strained over the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam, had acknowledged that the decision ...   More...
Lok Sabha passes Land Bill, brushes Opposition protests aside
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday finally passed the Land Acquisition Bill, which is under attack from farmer and civil society activists, brushing aside protests by the Opposition.   More...
Congress to vote against Land Bill if govt does not drop changes
NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha is set to witness a confrontation over Land Acquisition Bill on Tuesday when it is taken up for voting with Opposition bent on opposing it even as the government again offered to make changes in the legislation in the ‘larger interest’ of the farming community.   More...
Sanction given to Aranmula airport will not be withdrawn: Chandy
NEW DELHI: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said that his government would not withdraw the sanction given to the Aranmula airport project in Kerala.   More...
Mufti Sayeed credits Pakistan, militants for peaceful polls in J&K
JAMMU: Soon after taking oath, J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday stoked a controversy saying Hurriyat, militant outfits and “people from across the border”, an oblique reference to Pakistan, allowed conducive atmosphere for assembly polls...   More...
Modi denounces communalism, says it has ruined country for political reasons
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday broke his silence in Parliament to denounce communalism and to assert that his government stood for prospering of all religions while he offered to make changes if necessary in the Land Bill in farmers’ interest.   More...
Nitish Kumar will seek Modi’s cooperation for development of Bihar
PATNA: Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for congratulating him on becoming Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time, Nitish Kumar on Sunday said notwithstanding political rivalry he would meet the PM and would seek...   More...
Bihar’s reins again in Nitish Kumar’s hand; to take oath on Sunday
PATNA: Nitish Kumar will get back the reins of Bihar on Sunday, capping a fortnight-long political drama which ended in an anti-climax with rebel JD(U) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi resigning as chief minister shortly before the floor test on Friday sensing imminent defeat.   More...
Swine flu claims 703 lives; PM directs states for proper treatment
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday has asked health officials to ensure necessary treatment and adequate medicines for swine flu patients while affected states have been offered central assistance...   More...
JD(U) suspends seven ministers siding Manjhi
PATNA: Janata Dal(U) in Bihar on Tuesday suspended seven ministers owing allegiance to chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, from its fold, ahead of the February 20 trial of strength for him on the floor of the assembly.   More...
Give foolproof security to religious minorities: Rajnath Singh
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday underlined the need for women, religious minorities and people belonging to the north-eastern region of India living in Delhi to be provided with foolproof security.   More...
Modi takes a dig at AAP over reduced power bills
NEW DELHI: In an apparent dig at AAP over its poll pledge to reduce power bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wondered how such promises could be made by political parties in states which are dependent on electricity supply from outside.   More...
Assam violence: Rajnath orders NIA probe into Bodo attack, death toll rises to 78
GUWAHATI: A day after militants belonging to the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) targeted Adivasis in what seemed like synchronised attacks in five different places in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts...   More...
Digvijay Singh asks Naxals to shun violence and join Congress
PANAJI: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday asked Naxals to leave the path of violence and join his party.   More...
Over Delhi rape: Cong slams govt, reminds Narendra Modi his women safety slogan
NEW DELHI: Latching on to the alleged rape of an executive by a cab driver, Congress on Monday attacked Narendra Modi government over “rise” in such incidents in the national capital and reminded the BJP of its Lok Sabha poll slogan of women safety.   More...
Boundaries with Pakistan cannot be redrawn, J&K is integral part of India: Jaitley
SRINAGR: Pakistan must understand that boundaries with India cannot be redrawn as Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of this country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.   More...
Congress projects Narendra Modi government a ‘U-turn Sarkar’
NEW DELHI: Dubbing the Narendra Modi dispensation as a “U-turn Sarkar”, Congress on Monday released a booklet projecting it as a “farce” in the name of government while accusing it of “umpteen somersaults” on a range of promises...   More...
Shah accuses Mamata of blocking NIA probe to save TMC leaders
KOLKATA: Accusing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of putting hurdles in the NIA probe into the Burdwan blast, BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said this was being done to save the TMC leaders allegedly involved in the incident.   More...
SAARC summit: Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif shake hands, but no talks
KATHMANDU: After the cold vibes on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shared some warmth on Thursday, as they shook hands and shared a laugh at the end of the 18th SAARC summit here.   More...
SAARC Summit: Pak blocks 3 major projects by India; Modi, Sharif avoid meeting
KATHMANDU: Pakistan on Wednesday played spoilsport by blocking three major SAARC connectivity projects initiated by India, even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conspicuously avoided meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif ...   More...
Modi praises opposition, hopes Winter Session will be result-oriented
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he hoped that the Winter Session of Parliament would be fruitful and result-oriented.   More...
Barack Obama will be India’s Republic Day chief guest
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at the Republic Day 2015, an invitation which is accepted by the American leader. “This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over.   More...
SBI defends $1 billion loan, Congress accuses PM of promoting Adani group
NEW DELHI: Amid controversy over sanctioning a $1 billion loan to Adani Group, SBI on Thursday said it has only signed a preliminary MoU and will disburse the money only after proper due diligence.   More...
Best time to be in India, Modi tells Australian industry leaders
MELBOURNE: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wooed Australian industry leaders telling them “this is the best time to be in India” and promised them an investor-friendly and conducive environment for doing business in India.   More...
We want to create India you’re dreaming of: Narendra Modi
SYDNEY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday assured a visa-on-arrival facility for Australian tourists and announced a two-month deadline for the long-pending merger of OCI and PIO status to woo the Indian diaspora ...   More...
Narendra Modi gets G-20 endorsement to bring black money back, tax avoidance
BRISBANE: Driven by a strong domestic political agenda of getting black money back home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday managed to get the Group of 20 include a certain clause in the final Leaders’ Communiqué ...   More...
Botched sterilisation: Rahul accuses Chhattisgarh govt of cover-up, meets families
BILASPUR: Attacking the BJP government in Chhattisgarh over botched sterilisation surgery deaths, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused it of trying to cover-up the case instead of accepting responsibility after he met the affected families here.   More...
Rahul trashes Modi’s Swachh Bharat Campaign, says he spreads poison of communalism
NEW DELHI: The Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spreading the ‘poison’ of communalism and asked party men to fight those out to demolish Jawaharlal Nehru’s “liberal India”, intensifying the battle over his legacy.   More...
Maharashtra Governor injured in ruckus: Speaker suspends five Congress MLAs
MUMBAI: Five Congress MLAs were on Wednesday suspended for creating ruckus in Maharashtra Assembly which led to the injury of Governor C Vidyasagar Rao...   More...
Maharashtra: BJP welcomes support from any party, except Congress
NEW DELI: As its government braces for a trust vote in Maharashtra on Wednesday, BJP on Tuesday said it welcomes support of all parties except Congress for development of the state.   More...
Pleasant surprise: Former separatist leader Sajjad Lone meets Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Former separatist and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the two are believed to have discussed the possibility of his working with BJP after the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.   More...
Article 370 is part of Constitution’s basic structure, nobody can touch it: Jethmalani
SRINAGAR: Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani said Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was part of the Constitution’s basic structure which “nobody can touch” and claimed BJP was now ‘quiet’ on it as he had explained ...   More...
Goa deputy CM threatens to quit if he is not made Chief Minister
MAPUSA: Goa’s deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza has raised the banner of revolt staking his claim to the post of state's chief minister, which will fall vacant after Manohar Parrikar resigns on Saturday to take up his new assignment at the Centre.   More...
Narendra Modi offers Manohar Parrikar defence portfolio
PANAJI: Breaking his silence over reports about his possible appointment as Defence Minister, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said BJP chief Amit Shah had asked him to take up an assignment at the Centre, if offered...   More...
BJP, Shiv Sena cold war continues; Fadnavis says no Sena minister before trust vote
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena representatives will not be inducted into Maharashtra’s BJP-led government before it wins the trust vote, Chief Minister Devedndra Fadnavis said on Wednesday, in comments that have not gone down well with Sena...   More...
Delhi goes for fresh election, BJP to bank on Modi factor
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet, at a special meeting on Tuesday, a day after all the parties favoured fresh elections in Delhi, has decided to ratify Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s recommendation for dissolution of the assembly.   More...
Believe in me, I will bring back black money, says Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promised to get back every penny of the black money stashed in foreign banks, days after his government was accused of making a U-turn on the issue.   More...
Kerala senior minister demanded money to open bars: Bar owner
KOCHI: In a stunning revelation, Biju Ramesh, a bar owner and leader of the Bar Hotel Owners’ Association on Friday said that one of the senior ministers in the state cabinet who is a leader of one of the constituent parties of the UDF...   More...
Rahul Gandhi should take full charge of the Congress, says Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday said it is high time that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi took full charge of the party.   More...
Shiv Sena will boycott BJP chief minister’s oath-taking ceremony in Maharashtra
NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena on Thursday decided to boycott Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis’ oath-taking ceremony after BJP hinted Sena’s inclusion in the Maharashtra government will be unlikely.   More...
Devendra Fadnavis will be Maharashtra’s first BJP chief minister
MUMBAI: Devendra Fadnavis will head Maharashtra’s first BJP government after its newly elected legislators set aside their differences to pick the 44-year-old as their house leader.   More...
Maharashtra BJP MLAs to elect Legislative Party leader today
NEW DELHI: Newly-elected BJP MLAs of Maharashtra will meet in Mumbai on Tuesday to choose their Legislature Party leader, moving ahead with the process of forming government even as the prospect of a tie-up with estranged ally...   More...
Congress resents against write-up on Jawaharlal Nehru in RSS journal
KOCHI: The Congress in Kerala has expressed strong resentment against an article carried by RSS journal ‘Kesari’ allegedly running down India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.   More...
Sonia, Rahul Gandhi should ‘speak more’, says Chidambaram
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should “speak more” and put in action a timetable that would enable the party to play the role of “true opposition” at a time ....   More...
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena ready to support BJP-led coalition
MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena may support a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra, a top Sena leader said here on Thursday.   More...
Maharashtra: Big jolt to Fadnavis as 39 MLAs back Gadkari as chief minister
NAGPUR: The divide in Maharashtra BJP came out in the open with 39 of the forty Vidarbha MLAs requesting Nitin Gadkari to take over as Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, giving a big jolt to the process of anointing Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister.   More...
Maharashtra: With unconditional backing of NCP BJP keeps Shiv Sena in suspense
NEW DELHI: BJP appears to have decided to keep Shiv Sena in suspense while going ahead with government-formation with the unconditional backing of NCP as Devendra Fadnavis emerged the front-runner in Maharashtra and Manohar Lal ...   More...
BJP yet to decide on Maharashtra, Haryana chief ministers: Rajnath
NEW DELHI: BJP has not yet taken any decision on chief ministers of Maharashtra and Haryana, senior BJP leader and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.   More...
Anna Hazare writes Modi over block money, threatens stir
MUMBAI: Criticising the government for telling the Supreme Court that all information on black money stashed abroad can’t be disclosed, activist Anna Hazare wrote on Saturday to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and threatened to launch.. ..   More...
Prime Minister Modi asks army to be ready to deal with invisible threats
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said full scale wars may become rare and military strength will remain an instrument of deterrence. Addressing the annual combined commanders conference, his first such interaction...   More...
Shashi Tharoor welcomes Digvijay Singh for his confidence in him
NEW DELHI: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday backed Shashi Tharoor, who was eased out as party spokesman for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he still enjoys a high-level of confidence among the partymen.   More...
Modi declares Rs 1,000 crore interim relief for cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh
VISAKHAPATNAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh to take up immediate relief work in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone ‘Hudhud’.   More...
Congress removes Shashi Tharoor as party spokes person
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday removed Shashi Tharoor as party spokesperson for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, capping a controversial nine-month tenure of the Kerala MP as the party’s media points-man.   More...
Digvijay Singh warns BJP of ever-growing ‘Modism’, compares it to ‘Hitlerism’
YAVATMAL: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Sunday warned BJP of ever-growing ‘Modism’ which he termed as a personality cult that can best be equated with ‘Hitlerism’ and accused the BJP and its ideological mentor RSS of running a communal agenda.   More...
Modi launches ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’, asks MPs to adopt three villages
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ promising to bring a demand driven model for village development and expressed confidence that the scheme with its ‘constructive politics’...   More...
Centre assures help to deal with cyclone ‘Hudhud’ in Orissa, Andhra, Telangana
NEW DELHI: With cyclone ‘Hudhud’ fast approaching Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke to the chief ministers of the three states on the steps being taken to deal with the situation.   More...
Sonia accuses BJP of claiming credit of work done by UPA
KOLHAPUR: Taking on the BJP for issuing false promises to citizens, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday blamed the BJP-led government for claiming credit of the work done by the previous UPA government after failing ...   More...
Narendra Modi has done nothing to stop Pak shelling: Rahul Gandhi
MUMBAI: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done nothing to stop continued shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir despite ‘many provocations’.   More...
Detractors haven’t understood my remarks: Tharoor
NEW DELHI: Dismissing speculation that he was trying to get close to the BJP as ‘ridiculous’, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said those demanding that he be punished for allegedly praising Narendra Modi have neither understood his remarks...   More...
Modi attacks Sharad Pawar, keeps silence on Shiv Sena
KOLHAPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a sharp attack on NCP chief Sharad Pawar but remained silent on Shiv Sena as a ‘tribute’ to its late supremo, Bal Thackeray in an apparent indication of a possible...   More...
Audit on performance: Modi, Sonia attack each other during election rallies
KARNAL: Kick-starting BJP’s election campaign in Congress-ruled Haryana and Maharashtra states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, saying those seeking audit of his performance ...   More...
No politics, only Swachh Bharat, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the “Swachh Bharat” campaign in Delhi. Aimed at making India clean by 2019, and symbolically kicked off on Gandhi Jayanti, Modi urged all citizens to be a part of the ...   More...
Maharashtra Assembly polls: BJP hints at emergence of ‘new arithmetic’
NEW DELHI: The October 15 Assembly polls in Maharashtra would see ‘a new arithmetic’ emerging, BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Wednesday. “These elections are going to be different… a new arithmetic ...   More...
Terrorism in India is exported, not home-grown, says Narendra Modi
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that terrorism in India is “exported” and is not “home-grown”, asserting it has “no borders.” The Prime Minister said this even as he rejected any distinction between good and bad terrorism...   More...
India will lead 21st century world, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
NEW YORK: Addressing a rapturous crowd of NRIs here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi affirmed on Sunday that India will move ahead at a rapid pace and lead the 21st century world.   More...
Prime Minister Modi hits out at Pakistan at UN, but ready for bilateral dialogue
UNITED NATIONS: Rebuffing Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Saturday that he was prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with it “without the shadow of terrorism”...   More...
Modi describes America a natural global partner
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday on a five-day visit to the United States, holding out an assurance that India is “open and friendly” for business and innovations.   More...
BJP-Sena, Cong-NCP decide to part ways in Maharashtra
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra elections are heading for a multi-cornered contest as the two traditional coalitions — the ShivSena and the BJP and the Congress and the NCP — decided to part ways on Thursday after failing...   More...
NCP alliance difficult if conditions are impossible, says Prithviraj Chavan
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said the alliance with NCP for next month’s Assembly elections would be difficult to sew up if “impossible” conditions were laid down.   More...
Maharashtra Assembly polls: Congress prepares list of candidates
NEW DELHI: Congress is said to have prepared the list of most of its candidates for Maharashtra Assembly polls which could be out tomorrow amid expectations that the seat sharing arrangement with its 15-year old NCP would be clinched soon.   More...
Alliance on death bed; Sena refuses BJP’s fresh offer of 130 seats
MUMBAI: As BJP on Monday sent a “very liberal proposal” to Shiv Sena seeking to contest 130 of Maharashtra’s 288 Assembly seats, its saffron ally appeared in no mood to oblige, raising further the possibility of disintegration of the 25-year-old alliance.   More...
India can rise again, match with China; I have a clear roadmap, says Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India has a chance to rise again as a global economic power and suggested that it could match with China and he has a “clear roadmap” to channelise entrepreneurial capabilities of country’s 1.25 billion people.   More...
PPP will take back entire Kashmir from India, says Bilawal Bhutto
ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of Pakistan has said that his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India. Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Saturday.   More...
Indian Muslims will not dance to tunes of Al Qaeda, will live and die for India: Modi
NEW DELHI: Indian Muslims will not dance to the tunes of terror outfit Al Qaeda, they will live and die for India, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “My understanding is that they are doing injustice towards the Muslims of our country.   More...
Kerala government increases 20% tax on liquor, 8% on cigarettes
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Faced with a grim fund crunch arising from its new liquor policy, Kerala government on Wednesday steeply increased taxes on liquor, cigarettes, water charges and fees for various services to mop up over Rs 1,500 crore.   More...
Detractors will take time to understand his work, says Narendra Modi
AHMEDABAD: Amidst critical review of his government’s 100-day performance and reverses in by-polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at his detractors saying they will take time to understand his work and his style of functioning.   More...
Union government ponders to shut down some loss-making state firms
NEW DELHI: The Union Government is all set to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions. According to sources, officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals on it....   More...
Manmohan reacts to ex-CAG Vinod Rai’s criticism; says ‘I did my duty’
NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is under fire from the former CAG Vinod Rai over the 2G spectrum scam and Coalgate, on Sunday said he has done his ‘duty’ and refused to respond to charges levelled against him.   More...
Maharashtra election: Manmohan Singh will be Cong’s star campaigner
MUMBAI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be among the star campaigners for the party for next month’s assembly elections in Maharashtra.   More...
Murder accused Italian marine allowed to go home for four months for treatment
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted Italian marine Massimilano Latorre to go back home to Italy for his treatment for four months.   More...
Congress expresses ‘sense of satisfaction’ over charge sheet against Amit Shah
NEW DELHI: Congress on Wednesday expressed a “sense of satisfaction” over the charge sheet against BJP President Amit Shah for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct by making an “objectionable” speech during campaigning...   More...
Israel offers to share expertise in Ganga river cleaning project
NEW DELHI: Israel has expressed interest in sharing its expertise on water purification and waste water treatment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project for cleaning river Ganga.   More...
No full stops in diplomacy, says Sushma on Modi-Sharif meet
NEW DELHI: India on Monday held out the possibility of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif in New York this month, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying there are no...   More...
PM Modi offers Rs 1000-crore aid to flood-battered Jammu & Kashmir
SRINAGAR: The flood fury unleashed more death and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming the lives of nearly 150 people so far and leaving many marooned, even as relief efforts were intensified on Sunday, with the Prime Minister ...   More...
Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes stock of flood situation in J&K areas
SRINAGAR: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here and took stock of the flood situation but could not conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas due to inclement weather.   More...
India, Australia ink civil nuclear agreement
NEW DELHI: India and Australia on Friday inked a significant civil nuclear agreement which will allow Canberra to supply uranium to the energy-starved country even as the two countries discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of security and trade.   More...
Modi playing drums in Japan, people batting problems here: Rahul Gandhi
AMETHI: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was playing the drums in Japan while people in the country were battling power cuts, price rise and lack of roads and water supply.   More...
Kerala’s liquor policy not negotiable, says chief minister Chandy
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Despite simmering discontent in various quarters, including many of his colleagues, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said there will be no change in the state’s liquor policy.   More...
India guarantees democracy, safety, security and justice: Modi to Japanese investors
TOKYO: Making a strong pitch for bringing Japanese investments into India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said there was no “red tape” but only “red carpet” for investors as the government has eased a lot of regulations.   More...
Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi over price rise, communal tension
RAE BARELI: Sonia Gandhi on Monday led the Congress attack against Narendra Modi government and flagged the issue of price rise as her party slammed both the Prime Minister and BJP for “rise in communal tension” as NDA completes 100 days in power.   More...
Amit Shah to discuss strategy to strengthen BJP in the internal conflict-hit Kerala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) consistently failing to make electoral breakthrough in Kerala, its chief Amit Shah on Sunday started his maiden visit to the southern state to discuss with leaders and grassroots...   More...
India eases norms to blacklist weapons firms facing corruption charges
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that in view of India’s security preparedness, the norms relating to blacklisting weapon manufacturing firms facing corruption charges have been eased partially.   More...
Pak wants to make a ‘spectacle’ by meeting separatists; India disappointed: Modi
NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence on cancellation of talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India was ‘disappointed’ as Pakistan wanted to make a ‘spectacle’ by meeting separatist leaders but said efforts would continue....   More...
PIL filed in Delhi HC seeking appointment of LoP in Lok Sabha
NEW DELHI: A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Speaker to appoint Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha, contending that “no illegality can be perpetuated on the ground of precedents ...   More...
Rajnath-Jaitley rift out in the open with Singh offers to quit politics if allegation proved
NEW DELHI: The rift between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance-Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in the NDA Cabinet has come out in the open on Wednesday with Singh pledging to ‘quit politics and stay at home’ if any allegation...   More...
Vajpayee, Advani, Joshi dropped from BJP’s Parliamentary Board
NEW DELHI: The generational shift in BJP was complete on Tuesday with its founders Atal Behari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi being dropped from the Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body...   More...
BJP gets jolt in assembly by-polls, Nitish-Lalu alliance clicks in Bihar
NEW DELHI: Three months after its spectacular showing in Lok Sabha polls, the BJP on Monday received a jolt in assembly by-elections suffering a 4-6 defeat at the hands of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in Bihar and yielding two ...   More...
UPA pressured me to drop names from CWG, Coalgate reports: Former CAG
NEW DELHI: In a fresh embarrassment to the erstwhile UPA regime, particularly to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai has claimed that coalition functionaries had deputed politicians....   More...
LoP post: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says SC made no observations against her
INDORE: A day after the Supreme Court decided to interpret the provision of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Saturday her denying LoP’s post to Congress was based on rules and tradition...   More...
Jaitley’s ‘small rape’ remark draws wide criticism, victim’s parents flay him
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was on Friday at the centre of a row over his “small rape incident” remark with attack being mounted on him from various quarters even as he said he had not referred to any particular ...   More...
Congress, BJP spar over heckling of chief ministers at Modi’s programmes
NEW DELHI: The Congress and the BJP sparred over heckling faced by chief ministers at official functions addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress termed the heckling ‘orchestrated’ while the Bharatiya Janata Party ...   More...
Rahul wants ‘tsunami of women members’ in Congress
NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi called for a “tsunami of women members in the Congress” and said his party will field women candidates in the upcoming assembly elections wherever possible.   More...
Modi vows to take tough measures to get the country rid of corruption
KAITHAL (Haryana): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government will take tough measures to eliminate corruption, which is “more dangerous than cancer,” from the country.   More...
India calls off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan
NEW DELHI: India on Monday called off the foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan scheduled for August 25 after the latter’s high commissioner Abdul Basit held talks with separatist Kashmiri leaders here.   More...
Kerala left out of new team of BJP president Amit Shah
NEW DELHI: After drawing a blank with no representation in the Narendra Modi cabinet, it was the same story for Kerala when no one from the state found a place in the new team of BJP president Amit Shah.   More...
Narendra Modi urges people to build a new and clean India
NEW DELHI: In his maiden Independence Day address as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi urged people to work for a new and clean India by shedding the ‘poison’ of communalism and making the country the world’s manufacturing hub.   More...
RS passes judicial appointment, Constitution amendment bills
NEW DELHI: Twenty-one years after the collegium system of selecting judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts was ushered in, Indian Parliament here on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to set up a National Judicial...   More...
Lok Sabha clears judicial appointments bill scrapping collegium system
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed by voice vote the Bill to set up a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), to replace the collegium system of selecting judges to the Supreme Court and high courts...   More...
Congress flays Modi government upon denial of deputy speaker post
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday criticised the Modi government after it was denied the post of Lok Sabha deputy speaker, calling it a “continuing assault” on parliamentary culture.   More...
Lalu, Nitish come together after 20 years, ask Maya, Mulayam to join hands
PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday came together at an election rally for the first time in two decades, with the former asking Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav to join hands in Uttar Pradesh to take on the BJP.   More...
Family members disapprove Bharat Ratna to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
KOLKATA: Amidst speculation that the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna may be conferred on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his grandnephew on Sunday claimed that a majority of his family members did not approve of the idea.   More...
Congress culture needs to be replaced with that of BJP, says Amit Shah
NEW DELHI: Wanting the country to be ‘Congress-free’, new BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday said Congress culture needs to be replaced by that of his party whose foremost priority is to win the upcoming assembly elections   More...
Priyanka dismisses reports of her joining active politics as baseless rumours
NEW DELHI: Seeking to scotch the intense speculation about her taking up a significant post in the Congress party, Priyanka Gandhi on Friday dismissed it as ‘conjecture’ and ‘baseless rumours’.   More...
Rahul leads opposition uproar in LS demanding debate on communal tension
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, who has been accused of being inactive in Parliament, was in the forefront, as the Congress along with other opposition parties created uproar in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, demanding urgent discussion...   More...
Narendra Modi faces early resistance in insurance reform push
NEW DELHI: Plans by the government to allow more foreign investment in India’s still-small insurance sector have hit snags in Parliament, testing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign promise to push through reforms to revive the economy.   More...
Modi’s commitment and candour win Nepal, Maoists’ hearts
KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoists, once passionately anti-India, on Monday joined the Himalayan country’s chorus hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the visit widely tipped to take bilateral relations to new heights.   More...
Modi announces $1 billion credit, HIT formula for Nepal’s development
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced USD 1 billion (NRs 10,000 crore) as concessional line of credit to Nepal and proposed a ‘HIT' formula for the development of the land-locked country ...   More...
Visit will help strengthen relations with Nepal, says Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he hoped to have fruitful discussions with Nepal’s leaders to help strengthen relations between the two nations.   More...
India to sign WTO deal in September, if parallel demand accepted
NEW DELHI: India is willing to sign a global trade deal, if other World Trade Organisation members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.   More...
Sonia Gandhi says she will write own book to reveal truth
NEW DELHI: With former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh creating a row with his comments about Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President on Thursday said that she will come out with her own book, which will reveal the ‘truth’.   More...
Rahul told Sonia not to accept PM post: Natwar Singh
NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi declined to become Prime Minister in 2004 because of strong opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi who was afraid she would be killed like his father and grandmother if she accepted the post...   More...
US support Modi vision ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ ahead of Kerry’s visit
NEW DELHI: Seeking to seize transformative moment in ties with India, US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive on Wednesday for talks on key issues with the new leadership in the national capital.   More...
Congress demands probe into ‘bugging’ at Gadkari’s residence
NEW DELHI: The controversy over the alleged bugging at the residence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari refused to die down with Congress on Monday demanding a probe and government virtually rejecting it.   More...
Speaker should choose LoP even if no clear applicable rule: Somnath Chatterjee
NEW DELHI: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the current speaker of the lower house Sumitra Mahajan should designate a member of the Lower House of Parliament as Leader of the Opposition even...   More...
Attempts to build Rahul, destroy Manmohan finished UPA-II, says Sanjaya Baru
NEW DELHI: Former media advisor to the PMO Sanjaya Baru said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi could have spelled doom for the UPA-II government by her attempts to ‘engineer’ a transition of leadership from then prime minister...   More...
BJP, Sena base their politics on bullying people, says Rahul Gandhi
AMETHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi 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.”   More...
Modi will develop India into a Hindu state: Goa minister
PANAJI: Days after his minister brother triggered a controversy by demanding a ban on wearing bikinis on Goa’s beaches, Cooperation Minister Deepak Dhavalikar on Thursday appeared to have waded into another...   More...
Shiv Sena MPs caught force-feeding fasting Muslim employee
NEW DELHI: A Shiv Sena MP was caught on a video footage apparently force-feeding a fasting Muslim employee in the New Maharashtra Sadan here sparking outrage and a huge uproar in Parliament on Wednesday amid demands...   More...
Collegium rejected HC judge’s appointment, but UPA government pushed it: Prasad
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court collegium was initially hesitant to recommend extension of a Madras High Court judge who was under corruption cloud but did so later after a nudge from the UPA government...   More...
Challenge for Rahul Gandhi as Congress battles revolts, desertions
MUMBAI: Revolt erupted in Congress’s backyard in Maharashtra and Assam when two senior ministers quit the party governments on Monday opposing their chief ministers.   More...
Congress, National Conference end alliance ahead of Kashmir polls
SRINAGAR: The ruling National Conference and its ally the Congress will fight the coming elections in Jammu and Kashmir on their own, ending a long alliance, it was announced on Sunday.   More...
PM Relief Fund to be Gujarat model in selection of beneficiaries
NEW DELHI: Major changes are in the offing in the way the PM’s National Relief Fund is managed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday directed that the Gujarat model should be emulated in selection of beneficiaries...   More...
UP HC issues notice to Modi on petition challenging his election from Varanasi
ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a petition challenging his election from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.   More...
Karnataka minister spends Rs 1.16 crore for treatment, govt to foot the bill
BANGALORE: Karnataka government has decided to reimburse the medical bill to the tune of Rs 1.16 crore incurred on Housing Minister Ambareesh for his treatment, triggering a controversy over spending tax payers’ money.   More...
Now Sena takes Modi government to task on Vaidik-Hafiz issue
MUMBAI: Mounting pressure on the Modi government to act against journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik for meeting 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the Centre cannot just shrug off its responsibility in the matter.   More...
Cornered govt condemns Vaidik-Hafiz meet, seeks report from high commission
NEW DELHI: Facing opposition heat, a cornered government on Tuesday denounced yoga guru Ramdev aide Ved Pratap Vaidik’s meeting with Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.   More...
Five BJP veterans named governors of UP, Chh’garh, WB, Gujarat, Nagaland
NEW DELHI: Five BJP veterans were on Monday named governors of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland, which follows the resignations of the governors of four of the states after the Narendra ...   More...
Modi government goes slow on ‘big bang’ budget reform
NEW DELHI: The maiden budget from India’s new right-wing government has promised a return to high growth - but disappointed some who hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi might use his thumping mandate to unleash radical change.   More...
K’taka legislature panel for ban on mobile phones in schools, colleges to curb rape
BANGALORE: In a recommendation stoking controversy, a committee of the Karnataka Legislature has proposed a ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges as a step to curb incidents like rape.   More...
Narendra Modi feels heat from credit agencies, markets on budget
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to perform on the economy after a budget packed with ambitious targets met mild skepticism from investors and credit-rating agencies and failed to dispel the latent risk of a downgrade.   More...
Raising FDI in defence sector will harm national security: Antony
NEW DELHI: Attacking the NDA government for raising the FDI limit to 49 per cent in the defence sector, former Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said that previous governments had overcome the “pressure tactics”..   More...
Amit Shah rewarded for UP win, appointed BJP president replacing Rajnath
NEW DELHI: Till early last year, when he was given charge of the party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah was seen as the close, but controversial, aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Wednesday, Shah, having delivered ...   More...
Congress firm on Leader of Opposition post, Speaker yet to reveal her mind
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday again asserted its right to lead the opposition in the Lok Sabha, saying it is ‘entitled’ for it, even as the government and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan evaded the issue.   More...
Narendra Modi’s popularity led to BJP victory in LS polls, says Rajnath
NEW DELHI: Giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “good governance” in BJP-ruled states for the party’s electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections, party president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the kind of faith people reposed ...   More...
Digvijay Singh to stage seven-day hunger strike in Guna
BHOPAL: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday said he would stage a seven-day hunger strike in Guna district headquarters from July 7, protesting against the state government for not providing relief...   More...
PM Modi inaugurates Katra-Udhampur rail link, vows to walk Vajpayee’s path
KATRA (J&K): Making his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Katra-Udhampur rail link and pledged to realise the dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to restore ...   More...
Chouhan orders probe into recruitments made during Congress regime
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said that during Congress regime recruitments were made arbitrarily throwing to winds all rules and procedures. The BJP government has corrected the recruitment ...   More...
Tharoor, AIIMS forensic doctor could be questioned: Delhi Police
NEW DELHI: With a senior AIIMS forensic doctor reportedly alleging that he was unsuccessfully pressurised to manipulate the autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police on Wednesday said if required it will examine...   More...
Modi eyes first overhaul in decades old labour laws to create jobs
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set in motion the first major revamp in decades of India’s archaic labour laws, part of a plan to revive the flagging economy, boost manufacturing and create millions of jobs.   More...
All information about black money will be made public: Rajnath Singh
LUCKNOW: The Centre will put in public domain all information it gets about black money stashed in foreign banks, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.   More...
Advani hails ‘honest soul-searching’ by Antony on Congress secularism
SURAJKUND: BJP on Sunday welcomed the public admission by senior Congress leader AK Antony that his party’s secularism was slanted in favour of minorities and said that it now stands vindicated regarding its position on the issue.   More...
‘Modi mantra’ to BJP MPs: Use social media, spread good governance message
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is organising an orientation programme for the party’s newly elected MPs. The meeting, which is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh ...   More...
Slight erosion in faith in Congress’ commitment to secularism, says Antony
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress leader AK Antony on Friday said people’s faith in the party’s commitment to secularism appeared to have “eroded slightly” and it was vital to regain the confidence of the masses to move forward.   More...
Delhi court summons Sonia Gandhi, Rahul over National Herald case
NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi were on Thursday summoned as accused by a local court for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of the now-defunct daily National Herald.   More...
Government preparing compact plan to rejuvenate Ganga, other rivers: Uma Bharti
NEW DELHI: The Government is in the process of preparing a compact plan to rejuvenate river Ganga and the same parameters will be implemented to clean-up other rivers in the country, said Union Water Resources Minister, Uma Bharti...   More...
After diesel, government mulls LPG, kerosene price hike
NEW DELHI: After diesel, the government is considering raising cooking gas (LPG) and kerosene rates in small doses of Rs 5 per cylinder and Rs 0.50-1 a litre every month to wipe out Rs 80,000 crore subsidy on the two fuels.   More...
Railway minister Gowda blames UPA government for rail fare hike
NEW DELHI: Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said the former Congress-led government was to blame for the hike in railway fares, and questioned the opposition criticism of the government now.   More...
Gujarat Snoopgate: Congress hits out at BJP govt’s proposed move to scrap probe
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday took a swipe at the NDA government over its proposed move to give a quiet burial to the UPA dispensation’s controversial move to order a probe into the Gujarat Snoopgate affair...   More...
Advani deserves Indian President post, says Nitin Gadkari
NEW DELHI: Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has said party patriarch LK Advani deserves to be the President of India, a post commensurate with his stature.   More...
Modi government’s push for Hindi in social media rakes up controversy
NEW DELHI: Two Home Ministry circulars seeking to promote official language Hindi in the social media has raked up a controversy with DMK accusing the Centre of imposing the language on non-Hindi speaking sections.   More...
Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt resigns
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt on Wednesday night resigned from his post, two days after Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi submitted his papers following a directive from the NDA government to demit office.   More...
BL Joshi quits as BJP government wants UPA-appointed governors to go
NEW DELHI: In a clear indication that the BJP government wants governors appointed by the UPA to step down, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said had he been in their place he would have stepped down immediately.   More...
NDA government calls upon seven governors to quit, one refuses
NEW DELHI: The NDA government has started prompting seven Congress-appointed governors to quit in what can escalate political tensions.   More...
PM Modi, Bhutanese King Wangchuk discuss unique bilateral relationship
THIMPHU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, in a meeting that lasted an hour on Sunday, discussed about the “unique and special” bilateral relationship shared by Bhutan and India.   More...
Prime Minister Modi warns of tough measures on economic front
PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned of “tough decisions” over the next couple of years to improve the country’s financial health, which he said may not go down well with some sections, and attacked the way the previous UPA ...   More...
Will lead from the front for Congress’ revival: Sonia Gandhi
RAE BARELI: Asking party workers not to be disheartened by the Lok Sabha debacle, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday said she would lead from the front for the party’s revival.   More...
Respect and protect women; don’t politicise rape: Modi to law makers
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India should respect and protect its women, breaking his silence on a crime wave that included the rape and hanging of two young girls two weeks ago.   More...
Government will take everyone along in decision-making, says NarendraModi
NEW DELHI: Despite their depleted numbers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended an olive branch to the opposition, saying he would take them along in decision-making and would work for development of all sections, including Muslims.   More...
Narendra Modi scraps four Cabinet committees, reconstitutes some
NEW DELHI: After restructuring different ministries and departments in keeping with the BJP-led government’s motto of “minimum government, maximum governance”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday decided to discontinue ...   More...
Indian government makes economic revival ‘paramount’ goal
NEW DELHI: India’s new government pledged on Monday to make the revival of the flagging economy its “paramount” target as it laid out its legislative agenda following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide election victory.   More...
Focus on skill, scale, speed to compete with China, says Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: India needs to focus on skill, scale and speed to compete with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, drawing a link between the colours in the national flag to the revolutions the country needed for its future growth.   More...
BJP fanning communal hatred through pocket organisations: Sanjay Nirupam
NEW DELHI: Drawing a parallel between the murder of a techie in Pune and Muzaffarnagar riots, a Congress leader from Maharashtra on Saturday accused BJP of “fanning communal hatred” in the state through its “pocket organisations”...   More...
Stop touching my feet, be regular in Parliament; Modi tells party MPs
NEW DELHI: Sounding a word of caution to ruling BJP MPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked them to remain connected to the ground and not let any complacency eclipse the party’s performance which catapulted it to power.   More...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Barak Obama in September
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has earlier been denied US visa as the chief minister of Gujarat, is now expected to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington in September. According to reports, the Prime Minister has ...   More...
First day of 16th Lok Sabha proceedings got off to a sombre start
NEW DELHI: The 16th Lok Sabha assembled for the first time on Wednesday, presenting a new-look House in complete contrast to the last. With its numbers having swollen to 280, against 114 in 2009, an upbeat BJP occupied the treasury benches.   More...
Modi government faces battle with states to fix power crisis
NEW DELHI: Areas of India’s most populous state plunged into darkness for 12 hours a day last week, as temperatures in Delhi hit their highest in 16 years, with the disruptions underlining the tough challenge a new government faces in keeping the lights on.   More...
Congress cannot paper over cracks developed in party
NEW DELHI: Despite Sonia Gandhi’s advice to Congressmen to avoid ‘public acrimony’, rumbling of discontent about the party’s miserable performance in the recent elections have continued.   More...
Narendra Modi asks BJP general secretaries to prepare for Assembly elections
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met BJP general secretaries and discussed measures to strengthen the party ahead of assembly elections in some key states.   More...
Congress targets MoS Inderjit, cites graft allegations from UPA-I
NEW DELHI: After Smriti Irani, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on Friday came under attack from his former party Congress that claimed BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had sought action against Singh for alleged corruption...   More...
RSS-BJP Hindutva agenda raising its ugly face: Yechury
NEW DELHI: CPM on Thursday said the ‘initial signals’ coming out after the Narendra Modi government took over have confirmed apprehensions of ‘sharpening of communal polarisation’ and implementation of further liberalised economic ...   More...
Amit Shah, Nadda, Mathur in race for BJP chief post
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday met senior RSS leaders here to discuss the choice of the new BJP president and then met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, informed sources said.   More...
Modi, Sharif discuss terror and agree to stay in touch
NEW DELHI: In his first bilateral meeting with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a pragmatic note, underlining India’s concerns on terrorism, and asked Islamabad to “abide by its commitments”...   More...
Narendra Modi takes oath as India’s 15th Prime Minister
NEW DELHI: Armed with a decisive mandate, Narendra Modi took oath as the 15th Prime Minister of India on Monday evening. In keeping with his “minimum government, maximum governance” mantra, Modi opted for a lean team of 45 ministers...   More...
Narendra Modi visits Rajghat; pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Ahead of being sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Monday visited Rajghat and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi. Modi spent around 10 minutes at Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.   More...
Sonia re-elected as CPP chairperson, asks Congressmen to shun public bickering
NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi was on Saturday re-elected as chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party. She asked partymen not to bicker in public amid a fierce blame game in the party over its worst electoral defeat which has seen Team Rahul Gandhi ...   More...
Call for ‘natural leader’ Priyanka Gandhi grows stronger in Congress
NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of debacle in Lok Sabha polls, voices for bringing Priyanka Gandhi to the forefront in politics grew stronger within the Congress party with at least two leaders on Friday saying she is a ‘big fighter’ ...   More...
Congress leaders call for ‘ruthless introspection’ after crushing defeat
NEW DELHI: Congress should do “ruthless introspection” and only those having experience of field work should be given leadership roles, party leaders on Thursday said in a veiled attack on ‘Team Rahul’ in the wake of its crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.   More...
Anandiben Patel will be new Gujarat chief minister
GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel was on Wednesday elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party, who will succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of the state.   More...
Modi appointed Prime Minister of India, swearing-in on May 26
NEW DELHI: Marking the arrival of a new era in Indian politics, Narendra Modi was on Tuesday appointed Prime Minister, who said the elections have kindled a ‘new hope and aspiration’ among the common man for whom he dedicated his government.   More...
Poll debacle: Sonia, Rahul offer to resign; Congress rejects it
NEW DELHI: Shattered by the party’s worst debacle in the elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday offered to resign accepting responsibility but the party unanimously rejected their offer.   More...
Modi faces first challenge – filling his cabinet
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, all set to be the country’s next prime minister, was huddled in discussions with close aides and advisers on Sunday, finalising the names of people to join his cabinet and grappling with the crucial decision of who will be his finance minister.   More...
Modi undertakes victory laps in Delhi, Varanasi; taunts Congress on defeat
NEW DELHI: A day after he led the BJP to an unprecedented triumph in the parliamentary polls, Narendra Modi, set to be India’s next prime minister, on Saturday undertook victory laps in Delhi and Varanasi, the second Lok Sabha seat he has won...   More...
Sonia, Rahul shoulder responsibility for worst drubbing of Cong
NEW DELHI: : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday shouldered responsibility for the party’s worst ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha election.   More...
BJP holds parleys ahead of vote counting, not averse to support from any party
NEW DELHI: BJP top brass on Wednesday went into a huddle to discuss the possibility of the party forming the government at the Centre and changes in the organisation ahead of counting of votes on May 16.   More...
Jaitley showers praise on Manmohan, says ‘PM goes out with dignity and grace’
NEW DELHI: They may have crossed swords on several occasions over a variety of issues, but senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday praised Manmohan Singh, saying the Prime Minister’s personal integrity was always above board.   More...
Exit poll: Modi factor works for BJP in North India, Congress faces rout
NEW DELHI: As the five-week Lok Sabha polls concluded on Monday, exit polls by TV channels suggested that the BJP-led NDA would rout the Congress and come to power when results are announced at the end of the week.   More...
Election Commission raids BJP’s Varanasi office, backs off soon
VARANASI: Amid high drama on eve of polls, UP police and Election Commission officials on Sunday raided BJP office here and seized campaign material, drawing vociferous protest from the party, but within hours ‘closed’ the case.   More...
I would have sent Narendra Modi to jail had I been in Delhi: Mamata Banerjee
BEHAMPORE (WB): Mamata Banerjee on Friday attacked the Congress alleging it was ‘cocooned in fear’ and did not have the guts to act against the BJP and said had she been in Delhi she would have sent Narendra Modi to jail.   More...
Varanasi showdown: BJP launches all-out attack on EC over Narendra Modi rally
VARANSI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday launched an all-out attack on the Election Commission of India over refusal of permission for holding a rally to Narendra Modi who questioned its neutrality while protests ...   More...
Modi denied permission for Varanasi rally, BJP threatens showdown
VARANASI: A major controversy erupted on Wednesday with the BJP threatening a showdown against the Election Commission after Narendra Modi was denied permission for holding a rally in a crowded area here on Thursday.   More...
Rahul tears into Modi, accuses him of being double-faced
SONBHADRA: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi accusing him of being double-faced, saying on the one hand, he talks about UP’s development and on the other...   More...
Narendra Modi invokes Ram in Ayodhya, calls for change in Amethi
AYODHYA: With portraits of Lord Ram and a Ram temple providing the backdrop, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi repeatedly invoked the Hindu deity while addressing his first poll rally in Ayodhya on Monday.   More...
Modi accuses Election Commission of partial, dares it to act against him
ASANSOL (WB): Complaining of booth capturing in West Bengal, Bihar and western Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that the Election Commission was not acting impartially and dared it to take action against him.   More...
Modi, Advani, Sushma, Jaitley to campaign in Amethi for Smriti Irani
NEW DELHI: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will campaign in Amethi on May 5 for party candidate Smriti Irani, who is challenging Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in his family bastion.   More...
Send Narendra Modi to Pakistan, says Lalu Yadav
PATNA: Latching on to a Pakistan Minister’s “destabilisation” remark against Narendra Modi, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate should be sent to Pakistan and then only any question of destabilisation will arise.   More...
FIR lodged against Narendra Modi for violating model code
AHMEDABAD: An FIR was lodged against Narendra Modi by the Gujarat police on Wednesday, following an order of the Election Commission, which held that Modi violated the model code.   More...
Priyanka dubs Narendra Modi ‘childish’; BJP leaders retort
AMETHI(UP): In a no-holds barred attack on Narendra Modi, a combative Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday dubbed as ‘childish’ his ‘namuna’ (specimen) and other barbs against Rahul Gandhi and the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate too raised his pitch...   More...
Congress releases photos of Narendra Modi with ‘hawala operator’
NEW DELHI: A day after the BJP released a booklet and a video targeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, the Congress on Monday released photographs of Narendra Modi with a Surat-based diamond businessman...   More...
Panicked by Priyanka’s campaign BJP brings out Robert Vadra video: Congress
NEW DELHI: The Congress party on Sunday dismissed BJP’s allegations of corruption against party president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra saying it was an “act of desperation” by the opposition party which was “panicked” by Priyanka ...   More...
Sonia says, those levelling allegations are neck-deep in corruption
AMETHI: Countering Narendra Modi’s attack on graft issue, Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said those levelling allegations against Congress were “neck-deep” in corruption and challenged BJP to tell what action its governments in states...   More...
Azam slams EC’s relief to Amit Shah, threatens to move Supreme Court
RAMPUR: Hitting out at Election Commission for lifting the ban on BJP leader Amit Shah, UP Minister Azam Khan on Friday said he would move the Supreme Court against the poll panel’s order barring him from campaigning in the state.   More...
Many BJP leaders not in favour of Modi becoming PM, claims Mulayam Singh
ETAWAH: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday claimed that several BJP leaders have ‘contacted’ him to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Minister.   More...
Modi rules out apology for 2002 riots, says to hang him if he committed crime
AHMEDABAD: Ruling out any apology for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he should be “hanged” in public if there is even a grain of truth in the allegations against him.   More...
Rajnath Singh meets top Shia clerics in Lucknow to garner support
LUCKNOW: In an apparent attempt to garner support of Muslims ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the BJP president and party nominee from Lucknow seat Rajnath Singh met prominent clerics of the community here.   More...
Sonia Gandhi asks people to choose path of progress, says Country is at crossroads
PAOTA: Stating that the country was at a crossroads, Sonia Gandhi on Monday asked the people to choose the path of progress and shun the one propagated by BJP where only caste and religious identity will matter.   More...
142 candidates in election fray in 10 LS constituencies of Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: A total of 142 candidates are in the fray for 10 Parliamentary constituencies in second phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 17 in Madhya Pradesh. Of this, maximum 28 candidates are in the election fray in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat and minimum 6 in Rajgarh.   More...
PM candidates are unconstitutional; I won’t step back if MPs ask me to be PM, says Rahul
NEW DELHI: In his second televised interview, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he would not back down from becoming Prime Minister if his MPs asked him to do so. He said this was the constitutional way of choosing the Indian Prime Minister....   More...
Congress complains on Modi’s marital status issue, seeks action for ‘hiding facts’
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday moved the Election Commission over the issue of the marital status of Narendra Modi by seeking action by the poll body against the BJP leader for “hiding” facts in election affidavits filed by him in the past.   More...
Narendra Modi slams Mamata Banerjee, says she is playing vote bank politics
SILIGURI: Taking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee head on, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday accused her of playing votebank politics and said no real ‘parivartan’ (change) has taken place in the state during TMC rule.   More...
Huge turnout in Lok Sabha polls in northeast India
IMPHAL: The voting in the four states marked the second phase of the country's 10-phase poll that will see 814 million Indians exercise their franchise to elect 543 members to the Lok Sabha.   More...
Congress fields local MLA Ajay Rai from Varanasi to take on Modi, Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: Ending days of speculation, the Congress on Tuesday fielded local MLA Ajay Rai to take on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP’s chief Arvind Kejriwal from Varanasi.   More...
BJP talking of minority welfare is like Dracula heading blood bank: Congress
NEW DELHI: In comments that could fuel a political controversy, Congress on Monday drew the imagery of blood-sucking vampire Dracula to run down BJP’s manifesto’s promises for minorities.   More...
Uma Bharti not to contest from Rae Bareli against Sonia; says can’t leave Jhansi
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Friday set at rest speculation that Uma Bharti could be fielded against Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli after the firebrand leader asserted that she cannot leave her Jhansi from where she has already been nominated.   More...
Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model of development
NEW DELHI: Criticising the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for advocating the Gujarat model of development, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday dismissed it, saying the same formula could not be applied to all states in the country.   More...
Karunanidhi ready to forgive Congress and support it after polls
CHENNAI: The strained relations between the DMK and the Congress took a new twist on Wednesday, with DMK chief M Karunanidhi asserting that he would forgive and support Congress, if the latter sought to form a secular government after the elections.   More...
Kejriwal will contest election against Modi in Varanasi
VARANASI: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi, taking on BJP’s Narendra Modi whom he accused of being an ‘agent’ of industrial houses along with Rahul Gandhi.   More...
Congress maintains suspense over its Varanasi candidate against Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday maintained suspense over its possible candidate in Varanasi to take on BJP’s prime ministerial Narendra Modi as it came out with a fresh list of 16 nominees for Lok Sabha polls.   More...
Jaswant Singh files nomination from Barmer as independent candidate
NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, visibly stung by his party’s stand on not giving him a ticket of his choice, filed his nomination from Barmer in Rajasthan as an independent candidate. He will contest elections against BJP’s official candidate Colonel Sonaram.   More...
BJP denies ticket to Jaswant Singh from Barmer, likely to file nomination as independent
JAIPUR: After LK Advani’s, a rebellion is brewing among BJP workers in Barmer, too. It is a seat that Advani loyalist Jaswant Singh wants to contest one last time but the recent induction of Col Sonaram, a former Congress legislator from the region...   More...
Modi meets Advani; BJP says ‘no differences’ over tickets
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday continued with its efforts to placate LK Advani, who is sulking over the party’s decision to field him from Gandhinagar despite his wish to contest from Bhopal, with senior leaders, including Narendra Modi, meeting him.   More...
Uncomfortable in Modi land, Advani wants to contest election from Bhopal
NEW DELHI: Amid the unease in his ties with Narendra Modi, BJP veteran LK Advani has expressed desire to contest from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, shifting from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, which he has represented five times in the Lok Sabha.   More...
Seemandhra: Mass exodus of leaders leaves Congress high and dry
HYDERABAD: The Congress, which ruled Andhra Pradesh till last month, has now turned into an empty house in Seemandhra following the mass exodus of MPs, former ministers, MLAs and other leaders mostly into the TDP, protesting the bifurcation of the state.   More...
Change of candidates for Lok Sabha polls triggers caste controversy in Chhattisgarh Congress
RAIPUR: The Congress party has been rocked by a ‘caste conflict’ in Chhattisgarh ahead of forthcoming Lok Sabha elections with senior leaders going public against each other after the party replaced its candidate for Raipur seat twice within a span of one week.   More...
BJP angry over Rahul Gandhi raking up 2002 Gujarat riots issue
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Sunday reacted angrily to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Narendra Modi’s alleged role in 2002 riots, accusing him of raising the “old bogey” as he has no answers to the “failures” of the Congress-led UPA government.   More...
KCR rules out electoral alliance with Congress
HYDERABAD: Dashing the last hope of the Congress high command, Telangana Rashtra Samiti President K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday categorically ruled out even an electoral alliance with the party for the forthcoming polls to Lok Sabha and state Assembly.   More...
Kumar Vishwas, AAP workers attacked in Amethi
LUCKNOW: AAP leader Kumar Vishwas was attacked in Amethi on Friday evening. The attack took place at Sindurva village in Jagdishpur block under Kamrauli police station where he had gone to campaign for Lok Sabha election.   More...
BJP’s third list out, Ram Kripal to contest from Patliputra against Lalu’s daughter
NEW DELHI: BJP here on Thursday announced its third list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections. BJP announced its third list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections.   More...
CBI chief wants to drop crucial charges against Lalu, director prosecution opposes
NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief and the agency’s director prosecution (DP) have locked horns over dropping some crucial fodder scam charges against RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.   More...
Bhagwat cautions RSS cadres against crossing limits for BJP
NEW DELHI: In a strong message to RSS cadres, its chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has said the organisation should not cross its limits while working for the BJP, and it should stay away from any personality-driven campaign.   More...
Samajwadi Party won’t field candidates against Sonia, Rahul Gandhi
LUCKNOW: The Samajwadi Party(SP) on Monday indicated that it may not field candidates against Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.   More...
Vajpayee wanted Modi to resign over Gujarat riots, but party said no: Naidu
NEW DELHI: Dismissing reports that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was overshadowing the party, senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu cited the example of how former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee wanted Modi to resign as Gujarat Chief Minister after the 2002 riots...   More...
Cong first LS list: Sonia, Rahul, Kaif, Nilekani, Ravi Kishen among 194 candidates
NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, IT expert Nandan Nilekani and cricketer Mohd Kaif are among 194 candidates as Congress on Saturday released the first list of its nominees for Lok Sabha polls that contains several new and young faces.   More...
Cong’s Digvijay calls for tit for tat campaign against BJP on social media
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday asked party’s youth brigade to launch a strong, fearless and “tit for tat” campaign against Narendra Modi on social media while describing him as ‘coward’ and the ‘biggest liar’.   More...
I am more qualified for PM post than those ‘roaming’ around: Nitish
BETTIAH: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday made his Prime Ministerial ambitions known, saying he is more qualified and experienced than those ‘roaming around’ for the top job.   More...
Rahul launches veiled attack on BJP, says it wants to vest power in one person
AURANGABAD: In a veiled attack on Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the BJP wants to vest power in the hands of “one person”, and asserted that his party would drive out BJP like it forced out Britishers from India.   More...
ECI announces 9-phase Lok Sabha polls from April 7, counting on May 16
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced a nine-phase election to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim from April 7 to May 12. With polling to be stretched over...   More...
Paswan calls him vikas purush as Modi sells ‘National Development Alliance’
MUZAFFARPUR: With new BJP allies Ramvilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha by his side, Narendra Modi sought support for the “National Development Alliance” in Muzaffarpur on Monday. He reminded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ...   More...
Cabinet rejects Rahul Gandhi’s ordinance agenda, clears Jat reservation
NEW DELHI: In what can be termed as a major setback to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Union Cabinet on Sunday rejected the ordinance route for anti-graft bills pushed by the Gandhi scion, while clearing an ordinance to...   More...
Rahul Gandhi woos rickshawpullers, promises better livelihood
VARANASI: “I was thinking of working as a rickshaw puller for a day to understand your problems,” Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said as he sought to reach out to rickshaw pullers and autorickshaw drivers as part of his pre-manifesto exercise ...   More...
Rahul Gandhi pushed anti-corruption bills to create a 'framework' to fight graft
NEW DELHI: Government on Friday appeared to have shed its enthusiasm and was having second thoughts on bringing ordinances on anti-corruption and some populist measures, including those being pushed by Rahul Gandhi.   More...
Rahul Gandhi beats Narendra Modi on Google! Read how
NEW DELHI: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi might be the undisputed most searched political leader online, surpassing his presumed rivals Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal, but Congress vice president was a clear winner...   More...
Insurgency issue can be resolved through discussions: Rahul Gandhi
GUWAHATI: The insurgency problem in Manipur like in Assam could be resolved through discussions, devolution of power and love, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.   More...
Willing to say sorry for any mistake, give us a chance: BJP tells Muslims
NEW DELHI: Making an all-out attempt to woo Muslim voters, BJP president Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the party is willing to apologise for any “mistake”, as he urged the minority community to give them a chance “at least once”.   More...
Rahul slams Modi on migrant issue, says BJP playing divisive politics
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Monday charged the BJP with playing divisive politics by dividing people as “insiders and outsiders” and asserted that in contrast no Indian is an outsider for the Congress.   More...
Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi; highlights Congress work in Uttarakhand
NEW DELHI: Launching a scathing attack on the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said every section of society — from dalits, tribals and women to small businessmen — have created Gujarat.   More...
Keep politicians out of sports, says Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday threw his weight behind keeping politicians out of sports bodies in the country and said sportspersons themselves should be at the helm of affairs.   More...
Narendra Modi warns China against ‘expansionist’ plans
NEW DELHI: Raising a sensitive foreign policy issue, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday warned China against repeatedly staking claim over Arunachal Pradesh and asked it to give up its “expansionist attitude”.   More...
Telangana becomes 29th state of Iandia, as Rajya Sabha passes bill
NEW DELHI: Telangana became 29th state of the Union with Parliament tonight approving a historic bill to carve it out of Andhra Pradesh amid vociferous protests by members from Seemandhra region as also from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena.   More...
Downhearted Rahul deplores Jayalalithaa’s decision to free Rajiv’s killers
NEW DELHI: Hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said her government has decided to release all seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he was sad over the TN government’s decision.   More...
Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC spares convicts death, state may remit sentence
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted to life imprisonment the death penalty for three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, after dismissing the government’s appeal that the 11-year delay in deciding their mercy petitions did not entitle them to pardon.   More...
Telangana bill: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy may quit
HYDERABAD: With the bill for formation of separate Telangana state set to come up for debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is preparing to resign. The chief minister will submit his resignation once ...   More...
Rahul Gandhi woos women voters, promises empowerment
TUMKUR (KARNATAKA): In a veiled attack on BJP and RSS, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the opposition does not respect women and their ‘ideological sangathan’ has no place for them.   More...
Fight for unity and work towards a prosperous India: Sonia Gandhi
KOLLAM: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday kicked off her party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, slamming the BJP for showing no interest in fighting against corruption...   More...
Rahul backs ‘One-Rank-One-Pension’ demand of ex-servicemen
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Friday backed the long-pending demand of “One-Rank, One-Pension” for ex- servicemen assuring them that he will make all efforts to ensure it is met at the earliest.   More...
US free to interact with Modi, must apply standards consistent with its policy on human rights: Khurshid
NEW DELHI: Ahead of US envoy Nancy Powell’s meeting with Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday hoped America would apply with regard to the Gujarat Chief Minister the standards...   More...
Narendra Modi must be selling blood and riots, not tea: Lalu Prasad
PATNA: With Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi set to connect with people through a discussion over a cup of tea, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Wednesday expressed doubt over the former...   More...
AAP govt in crisis, independent MLA Rambir Shokeen withdraws support
NEW DELHI: The AAP government in Delhi was on Monday left teetering after an independent MLA Rambir Shokeen withdrew his support to Arvind Kejriwal.   More...
BJD govt misused money meant for mid-day meal, funds go to fill ‘others’ bellies: Rahul
NEW DELHI: Addressing a rally at Salepur in Odisha’s Cuttack district on Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the BJD government had failed to implement welfare schemes and that the money allotted to the State by the Centre...   More...
Ready to accept PM post if Congress wins LS polls, says Rahul Gandhi
RANCHI: Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he was ready to accept the post of Prime Minister if the Congress MPs elect him in the event of the party and its allies getting a majority in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.   More...
Modi rips into Cong at Guwahati rally, blames it for Assam’s acute poverty
NEW DELHI: Addressing a rally in Assam, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reiterated his resolve to choose the path of development with brotherhood and unity. He accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of inaction for the past 23 years...   More...
Narendra Modi chooses not to cross swords with Mamata Banerjee
KOLKATA: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday was critical of the West Bengal government, but did not seek to cross swords with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee...   More...
Making personal attacks on opposition is wrong, Rahul tells party spokespersons
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Thursday disapproved of personal attacks on opposition leaders, indicating that the Congress leadership was not happy with Mani Shankar Aiyar’s recent ‘chaiwala’ jibe at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.   More...
Claiming ‘proof’ in 2G scam, AAP targets Karunanidhi with fresh charges
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday claimed it had additional “evidence” which exposes the alleged roles of DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, his daughter Kanimozhi ...   More...
Eyeing a major post-poll role in Delhi, Jayalalithaa ties up with CPI (M)
CHENNAI: With the Lok Sabha elections set to be held soon, the AIADMK formalised its expected tie-up with the Left parties — a partnership that would offer numbers to the comrades in a state where they are insignificant, while providing a national platform...   More...
Modi woos jats in Meerut but stays away from Muzaffarnagar riots
MEERUT: Narendra Modi on Sunday made a powerful foray into west UP politics, when during his Meerut rally he invoked the likes of Chaudhary Charan Singh and Swami Dayanand Saraswati.   More...
All options open for alliances except with communal parties: Congress
NEW DELHI: Dismissing suggestions that UPA was shrinking, Congress on Monday said all options are open for it to align with any party except the communal ones.   More...
BJP sowing seeds of poison in its hunger for power: Sonia Gandhi
GULBARGA: Attacking BJP and its PM candidate Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accused them of indulging in divisive politics by “sowing seeds of poison” (zeher ki kheti) and instigating violence.   More...
‘Assembly’s rejection of AP Reorganisation Bill will not impact Telangana formation’
HYDERABAD: Asserting that Parliament has the sovereign power over formation of new states, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday said rejection of AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013 by the State Legislature would not impact formation of separate Telangana.   More...
Man disrupts programme attended by PM and Sonia
NEW DELHI: A man tried to disrupt a high-profile government event attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday by complaining loudly that schemes meant for minorities were not being implemented on ground.   More...
Modi govt abetted and pushed 2002 riots further, we didn’t in ’84: Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Targetting the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused his government in Gujarat of “abetting and pushing the riots” of 2002.   More...
Rahul Gandhi says some Congressmen probably involved in 1984 riots
NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday admitted some Congress members were probably involved in the 1984 riots, in which innocent people had died.   More...
Congress Telangana leaders furious with Chief Minister over AP Bill move
HYDERABAD: Taking exception to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy issuing a notice to the Assembly Speaker seeking to move a motion in the House for returning the draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 to the Centre...   More...
Family feud spills over in DMK, Karunanidhi suspends Alagiri
NEW DELHI: DMK president M Karunanidhi suspended his elder son and former union minister MK Alagiri from the party’s primary membership on Friday, intervening dramatically in the tussle between Alagiri and his younger brother M K Stalin currently being played out in the streets of south Tamil Nadu.   More...
Midnight raid: Somnath Bharti says he was ‘not aware of procedures’
NEW DELHI: Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti, who has recently found himself in controversies, on Saturday said his intentions were good but he was projected in ‘wrong way’ and had he been ‘aware’ of procedures, he could have avoided the wrangles.   More...
Modi, Mulayam target each other in battleground rallies in Uttar Pradesh
GORAKHPUR: The BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi hits out at Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their home turf on Thursday, saying the father and son were following him...   More...
Congress names Chidambaram, Khurshid and Tharoor as spokespersons
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday expanded its panel of spokespersons in an effort to put across its viewpoint in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election. Union ministers P Chidambaram and Salman Khurshid were named “senior spokespersons” ...   More...
Rahul Gandhi hits back at Kumar Vishwas, says Congress' habit is to deliver
AMETHI: With AAP leader Kumar Vishwas throwing an open challenge to him, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the Congress does not talk but act and in an affectionate gesture invited an old woman to be seated beside him in his car during his visit.   More...
Rahul could have handled it better: Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi could have handled the lawmakers’ ordinance issue better in September last year when he had made a surprise appearance at a press meet to denounce it as ‘complete nonsense’, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said today.   More...
Modi lashes out at Congress for no prime ministerial candidate
NEW DELHI: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Congress for not naming a prime ministerial candidate, and said the country’s oldest party was falling apart.   More...
Rahul unleashes a blistering attack on Narendra Modi at AICC meet
NEW DELHI: Battered by a resounding defeat in four states just weeks ago, the Congress on Friday signalled it was reverting to its 2003 Shimla political plank of secularism versus communalism seeking the support of all “like-minded political...   More...
Hitting back at Sonia and Rahul, Rajnath says it is Congress that divides on religious lines
NEW DELHI: Hitting back at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for calling BJP communal, party chief Rajnath Singh on Saturday accused the Congress of practising politics by dividing people along religious lines.   More...
Congress unleashes its fiercest attack on AAP, calls it a party with ‘Jurassic’ ideas
NEW DELHI: In the fiercest attack yet by outside supporter Congress on AAP, senior party leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday dubbed it as ‘anarchist’ with ‘Jurassic’ ideas out to destroy the system and also with some of the ‘worst...   More...
Rahul will not be Congress’s prime ministerial candidate after Sonia’s ‘no’
NEW DELHI: The Congress has decided not to project party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate on Thursday. Instead, the party has decided to make Gandhi its campaign committee chief for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.   More...
Rahul will not be Congress’s prime ministerial candidate after Sonia’s ‘no’
NEW DELHI: The Congress has decided not to project party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate on Thursday. Instead, the party has decided to make Gandhi its campaign committee chief for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.   More...
Salman says each state needs a CM as loved as BJP’s PM candidate Modi
NEW DELHI: Addressing mediapersons after the luncheon meet, Salman said each state in the country needs a chief minister as loved as Narendra Modi. Addressing mediapersons after the luncheon meet, Salman said each state in the country   More...
Kejriwal rules out contesting Lok Sabha elections as AAP prepares for 2014
NEW DELHI: Even as Aam Aadmi party on Saturday expressed its plan to contest 2014 General Elections, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he would not contest the Lok Sabha polls.   More...
Congress hopes Rahul Gandhi becomes prime minister after Manmohan
NEW DELHI: The Congress party on Friday hoped Rahul Gandhi would become the prime minister after the general elections this year, amid growing speculation that the party would soon declare him its prime ministerial candidate.   More...
Cong claims 50 lakh duplicate voters on electoral roll, asks EC to correct
NEW DELHI: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Congress has alleged that there are over 50 lakh duplicate voters on electoral rolls in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and asked the Election Commission to weed them out.   More...
Delhi government orders CAG audit of private power companies
NEW DELHI: Rejecting the contention of private power distributors, the Delhi government on Wednesday ordered a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit of their finances, fulfilling yet another election promise of the Aam Aadmi Party.   More...
Narendra Modi talks development, keeps silent on court verdict
RANCHI: In his first public rally after getting a clean chit in the 2002 Gujarat riots conspiracy case from an Ahmedabad court, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday vowed to convert the 2014 Lok Sabha elections...   More...
Rahul disapproves Maharashtra govt decision rejecting Adarsh scam report
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, who has of late been talking about corruption, on Friday disapproved the decision of the Congress government in Maharashtra to reject a judicial commission’s report on Adarsh scam and said it should be reconsidered.   More...
Big challenge lies ahead, but determined to fight: Sonia Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accepted that a big challenge lies ahead for them but said the party was all determined to fight and win in the coming times. Gandhi said that all the party members would be coming...   More...
Court rejects Zakia’s plea against SIT clean chit to Modi on Gujarat riots
NEWDELHI: In a major relief for Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, a metropolitan court on Thursday rejected the protest petition filed by Zakia Jafri , wife of late Congress MP Ehsan Jafri,...   More...
Delhi to get Kejriwal-led AAP government on Saturday
NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal, who tapped into public anger to take the AAP to the corridors of power, will take oath on Saturday as Delhi’s seventh chief minister, with his party promising to “completely overhaul” the system.   More...
BJP will launch ‘Modi for Prime Minister’ campaign soon
NEW DELHI: Upbeat over the party’s recent success in assembly polls in three states, the BJP on Tuesday said it would soon launch a “Modi for PM” campaign, aiming to win the required majority of 272 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general elections.   More...
Nobody should feel insecure in secular India, says Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Sunday stressed on the need to instill a sense of security and fearlessness among all sections of society at a manifesto meeting of Congress where the Muzaffarnagar communal riots and the subsequent exodus ...   More...
Mumbai rally: Those immersed in corruption are giving ‘sermons’ against it, says Modi
MUMBAI: : BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Congress, saying those immersed in corruption are now giving ‘sermons’ against it.   More...
Chief Minister Chouhan’s wife may contest from Vidisha seat
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan may vacate his Vidisha assembly seat to make way for his wife Sadhna Singh. In the recently held assembly elections, Chouhan contested from two seats - Budhni and Vidisha.   More...
Welfare and growth complementary: Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday plunged into the debate on growth vs welfare, saying that both must go hand in hand since it is “investments in people that create tomorrow’s markets.”   More...
Arvind Kejriwal seeks people’s mandate on taking Cong support to form govt
NEW DELHI: Stating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) faces a “moral dilemma”, Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the party would decide on government formation after ascertaining the opinion of the people of Delhi.   More...
Rahul Gandhi likely to be projected as Congress’ PM candidate
NEW DELHI: The Congress has ‘consensus’ over the leadership of Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate, a party spokesperson on Monday said amid speculation that he may be anointed as the party nominee at the AICC meeting...   More...
Anna-Kejriwal ties reach a new low, Bedi says Kejriwal using Lokpal for gains
RALEGAN SIDDHI: Ties between Anna Hazare and his former protege Arvind Kejriwal reached a new low on Sunday with Hazare associate Kiran Bedi accusing the Aam Aadmi Party chief of trying to keep the issue of the Lokpal alive...   More...
Rahul bats for Lokpal, commits party to fighting corruption
NEW DELHI: : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday batted strongly for the Lokpal bill, saying it was a “serious weapon to fight corruption” and sought the help of all political parties in passing it at the earliest.   More...
BJP asks AAP to form govt in Delhi as Congress offers unconditional support
NEW DELHI: BJP on Friday asked Aam Admi Party, the second largest party in Delhi assembly with 28 seats, to form a government while assuring it of constructive cooperation in fulfilling its promises such as slashing tariff by 50 per cent ...   More...
Delhi Lt Governor invites AAP for talks after BJP rules out formation of govt
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party has finally made it clear that it would not form government in Delhi as it is short of majority. An annoucement in this regard was made on Thursday by BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate, Harsh Vardhan.   More...
After Satyavrat, now Kalpana targets Digvijay Singh for Congress debacle in MP
BHOPAL: AICC general secretary and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijay Singh has become the Congress’ most targeted punching bag after the party’s third electoral debacle in the state.   More...
Madhya Pradesh Congress leader blames ‘conspirator’ Digvijay Singh
BHOPAL: In more trouble for the Congress, senior state party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Tuesday described AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh as a “big conspirator” and blamed him for the party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Arun Jaitley dares AAP to form govt in Delhi with Congress support
NEW DELHI: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday dared Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to form a government with Congress support and fulfil ‘unrealistic promises’ instead of avoiding power where it will be like a ‘fish out of water.’   More...
Sonia and Rahul concede defeat, say they will transform Congress party
NEW DELHI: Stunned by the verdict against the Congress, which also reflected the mood in the country against the UPA government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi...   More...
Polls verdicts: Cong tense, BJP reaches out, UPA’s NCP voices fear
NEW DELHI: With exit polls predicting the Congress’s rout in the Assembly polls, and amid huge interest regarding how the Aam Aadmi Party performs on Sunday, there was anxiety and nervousness in the ruling camp at the Centre.   More...
Cong can’t underestimate its opponents, but is confident, says Manmohan Singh
NEW DELHI: In the wake of the exit polls predicting a victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Assembly elections in four states, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hit out at the opposition saying he could not “underestimate” its ...   More...
Omar Abdullah challenges Narendra Modi for a debate on Article 370 anytime
JAMMU: Omar was addressing a public rally organised to mark the 108th birth anniversary of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in Srinagar. He said Narendra Modi lacked basic knowledge about the Shia community...   More...
Delhi castes over 66 per cent votes, India watches eagerly
NEW DELHI: Delhi, which witnessed a triangular contest for the first time, voted enthusiastically in a crucial assembly election watched eagerly nationwide ahead of the 2014 national polls.   More...
Delhiites vote today, all eyes will be on Aam Aadmi Party
NEW DELHI: All eyes will be on the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party as Delhiites vote on Wednesday in the assembly elections in which BJP is seeking to stop Congress from clinching a record fourth win.   More...
Narendra Modi’s remarks on Article 370 in J&K triggers debate
AHMEDABAD: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s remarks on Article 370 of the Constitution triggered a debate on Monday with the Congress and parties in Jammu and Kashmir rejecting any review of the provision...   More...
Record 75 per cent polling in Rajasthan
JAIPUR: Amid sporadic violence, nearly 75 per cent voters on Sunday exercised their franchise in Rajasthan Assembly polls to decide the fate of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his bete noire BJP’s Vasundhara Raje among others.   More...
IT firms manipulate social media for poll campaign: Cobrapost
NEW DELHI: Investigative website Cobrapost on Friday alleged that IT companies are misusing social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to artificially boost politicians popularity and malign their rivals...   More...
Sachar panel illegal, only to help Muslims: Gujarat govt tells Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: Terming UPA’s pre-matriculation minority scholarship scheme as “arbitrary and discriminatory,” the Gujarat government has told the Supreme Court that the Rajinder Sachar Committee was unconstitutional, and that its “target was to help Muslims only.”   More...
Goa police closing in on Tarun Tejpal; BJP, Congress slug it out
PANAJI: Closing in on Tarun Tejpal, who failed to get any immediate relief on his anticipatory bail petition in the Delhi high court, the Goa Police on Wednesday summoned him to appear before it by 3 pm on Thursday in the probe into the sexual assault allegation against him.   More...
MP polls: Congress will win 110-120 seats, BJP around 90, says Digvijay Singh
BHOPAL: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday expressed confidence that his party would win 110 to 120 seats, while the ruling BJP would manage to win only 85-90 seats in the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections held on Monday.   More...
Under attack, Narendra Modi forms panel to probe into snooping row
AHMEDABAD: Under attack over alleged snooping on a woman by Gujarat police, the Narendra Modi government on Monday appointed a two-member commission of inquiry headed by a retired woman judge of the Ahmedabad high court.   More...
Bitter campaign to end in ballots today, BJP in MP banks on Chouhan’s popularity
BHOPAL: Following a no-holds-barred campaign characterised by personal attacks, Madhya Pradesh’s 4.64 crore voters will cast their ballot on Monday to decide whether the BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan will retain his position with a third consecutive shot at power.   More...
BJP is a party of ‘poisonous people’, says Sonia Gandhi
KOTA: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Sunday attacked BJP saying it is a party of ‘poisonous people’, which spreads nothing but rumours.   More...
MP polls: Narendra Modi slams UPA govt for promoting meat export
BHOPAL: A day before campaigning draws to a close in Madhya Pradesh, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress-led UPA government of promoting ‘pink revolution’ by subsidising slaughterhouses.   More...
Election Commission pulls up Modi over ‘khooni panja’ remark
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the “tone, tenor and content” of BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi’s “Khooni Panja” remark, and said it was aimed at the Congress...   More...
BJP should remember 2002 pogrom before using terms like ‘Khooni Panja’: Cong
PANJIM: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has warned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to remember Gujarat 2002 before using sobriquets like “Khooni Panja”.   More...
Over 10 million cast vote as polls end in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: : More than 10 million votes were cast on Tuesday in the second and final phase of elections for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly, in a peaceful atmosphere that was marred only by the death of one man in a trooper’s gun fire.   More...
Congress seeks SC probe into Modi govt’s role in snooping row
NEW DELHI: Stepping up its attack against Narendra Modi, the Congress on Sunday said he had lost the ‘moral right’ to be the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and demanded an inquiry headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court...   More...
MP CM Shivraj Chouhan sends Rs 10 cr defamation notice to Sonia over Congress ad
NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sent a Rs 10 crore defamation notice to Congress president Sonia Gandhi over a party advertisement targeting Chouhan and his family, reports said.   More...
UPA’s policies have given good results, record growth, says Manmohan Singh
AIZAWL: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that the UPA government’s policies and programmes for rapid and inclusive growth are showing good results and the country has seen a record average economic growth in the last nine years.   More...
BJP leaders day-dreaming, busy pulling each other down: Sonia Gandhi
KHARGONE: Attacking Narendra Modi and BJP for ‘greed of power’, Sonia Gandhi on Friday said its leaders are day-dreaming of winning and busy pulling each other down but they should realise that India is ‘not just any other country’...   More...
Modi steps up attack on Cong, Sonia; says ‘If Madam is ill, let the child take over’
BEMETRA: Stepping up his attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Thursday, “Agar Madam beemar hai to bachhe ko kaam do (If Madam is ill, hand over the work to her child).”   More...
EC sends notice to Modi for ‘khooni panja’, slaps Rahul on the wrist
NRE DELHI: Even as it issued notice to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for referring to Congress’s poll symbol as ‘khooni panja’ (bloodied hand), the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the ‘tone...   More...
Lack of development forcing people in Chhattisgarh into Naxalism: Sonia
BHILAI (CHHATTISGARH): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said lack of development in Chhattisgarh has forced some people to adopt the wrong path of Naxalism. She also targeted the Raman Singh-led BJP government...   More...
BJP slams Cong foreign policy as Chidambaram meets Taliban cleric in Goa
NEW DELHI: The BJP on Monday slammed UPA government over its foreign policy, saying India had no say in the ongoing negotiations on Afghanistan and pointing at the case of a Pakistani official who was allowed to hold talks with Kashmiri separatists...   More...
Congress knocks EC door with Narendra Modi’s ‘khooni panja’
NEW DELHI: Days after BJP complained to the EC against Rahul Gandhi’s controversial ‘ISI’ remarks, Congress has approached the poll watchdog seeking stern action against Narendra Modi for his ‘khooni panja’ barb against the party.   More...
PM blasts Chhattisgarh government over Darbha attack due to political differences
RAIPUR: In a direct assault on the Raman Singh government over the Maoist attack in Darbha in which several senior Congress leaders were killed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that the state government did not provide...   More...
Raman Singh govt failed to check Naxal violence, says Sonia Gandhi
RAIPUR: Playing the emotional card, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday sought to remind people of the sacrifices made by her party’s leaders who were killed in the Maoist attack in May, and accused Chief Minister Raman Singh ...   More...
Rahul reaches out to panchayat members in J&K, sarpanch disrupts speech
JAMMU: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reached out to panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir, asserting that the UPA government was serious about empowering the local bodies, as it understood the vitality...   More...
India, China armies end 5-year hiatus; begin 10-day anti-terror exercise
CHENGDU (CHINA): Ending a five-year hiatus, India and China on Tuesday began a joint anti-terrorism military exercise in southwestern Sichuan province less than a fortnight after the two countries inked a comprehensive pact to avert   More...
Unfazed by criticism, Congress makes strong pitch for banning opinion polls
NEW DELHI: Terming opinion polls as a ‘racket’, ‘farce’ and ‘manipulated’ exercise, the Congress on Monday made a strong pitch to ban them.   More...
Congress changes stand, demands election commission to stop opinion polls
NEW DELHI: With opinion polls projecting a poor show for the Congress in states headed to Assembly polls, the party has changed its view and written to the Election Commission supporting its proposal to “restrict publication and dissemination ...   More...
BJP parades ashes of Patna blast victims, Modi hands cheques to kin
PATNA: His party’s performance in Bihar key to his prime ministerial run, Narendra Modi on Saturday said he could sense a “public movement” and “resentment” building in the state, similar to what he had “watched in films”.   More...
Jairam Ramesh blasts Narendra Modi for claiming Patel legacy
KANNUR: In a shrill attack on BJP and Narendra Modi, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said it was an ‘insult’ to Sardar Patel that people “who had been brought up in ideologies that inspired assassination of Mahatma Gandhi”...   More...
EC directives: Candidate will open separate bank account for poll expenses
BHOPAL: Candidates for Madhya Pradesh assembly elections will have to open a separate account in bank or post office to maintain details of election expenses and facilitate monitoring. Candidates can open this account untill a day before filing nomination papers.   More...
14 parties share stage to fight communalism, fascist mindset and terrorism
NEW DELHI: A clutch of regional parties from across the country, most with a history of being fiercely anti-Congress, came together on Wednesday saying they wanted to fight communalism, with their target being the BJP and its prime ministerial...   More...
Manmohan, Modi share stage in Gujarat, battle over Sardar Patel
AHMEDABAD: The prime minister and the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate were on Tuesday locked in an ideological battle over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with Narendra Modi wishing the ‘Iron Man’ had been India’s first prime minister...   More...
BJP likely to retain power in MP, Chhattisgarh, says Survey report
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to retain power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states, a latest pre-poll survey report says.   More...
Sushma Swaraj better PM candidate for BJP than Modi, says Digvijay Singh
NEW DELHI: Making a strong attack against Narendra Modi, whom he termed a ‘megalomaniac psychopath liar’, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday stoked a fresh controversy saying why can BJP not field...   More...
Angry voters erect barriers to stop leaders from campaign in Madhya Pradesh
GWALIOR: Angry over unfulfilled promises, the electorate in various constituencies of Chambal division in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh have set up barriers barring politicians from campaigning in their area.   More...
Modi questions Rahul’s sympathy for communion riots’ victims
JHANSI: In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, since being named the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday tore into the recent claims and comments by the Congress vice-president - questioning his...   More...
Breakthrough pacts on border, rivers after PM meets top China leaders
BEIJING: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday identified peace and tranquillity on the border as the “strategic benchmark”, and not letting relationships with other countries become a source of concern to each other as the “strategic reassurance”...   More...
Jailed in fodder scam, RJD chief Lalu Yadav disqualified from Lok Sabha
NEW DELHI: Jailed RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was disqualified from Lok Sabha. The RJD supremo along with JD(U) leader Jagdish Sharma was disqualified from Lok Sabha after being convicted in fodder scam case.   More...
Convicted Congress MP Rasheed Masood loses his seat
NEW DELHI: Convicted Congress leader Rasheed Masood on Monday became the first MP to lose his seat after the Supreme Court struck down a provision that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground...   More...
India rejects Sharif’s proposal for US intervention on Kashmir, BJP backs govt
NEW DELHI: India on Sunday rejected outright Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif’s proposal for US intervention in resolving Kashmir issue, asserting Kashmir is an integral part of this country and that it will be a ‘waste of time’ for anybody...   More...
People born with a silver spoon cannot understand what poverty means: Modi
KANPUR: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a huge rally at Buddha Park in Kanpur. The rally had assumed much importance as it was Modi’s first rally in ...   More...
Rahul seeks better treatment for Ratangarh temple stampede victims
BHOPAL: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was stunned after a victim of the October 13 Ratangarh temple stampede in Datia narrated her ordeal and alleged how police threw her into the river during the stampede.   More...
Rahul showers praises on PM Manmohan Singh, calls him his ‘political guru’
NEW DELHI: Days after his public criticism of the government over ordinance on convicted lawmakers, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sought to mollify Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he is ‘my guru’ and ‘a man with good intent’.   More...
Rahul promises ‘young govt’ in 2014, says UP riots were politically motivated
ALIGARH: The Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday said Uttar Pradesh was falling behind because its people were being manipulated by politicians on the basis of religion. He said at a rally in Aligarh that he had been told by victims...   More...
Mayawati doesn’t allow any dalit leader to rise: Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Mayawati of not allowing any Scheduled Caste leader to rise in Uttar Pradesh, as he said the Dalit community needs ‘escape velocity’ of Jupiter to underline that they needed to make...   More...
Madhya Pradesh Congress may release first list of candidates by Dussehra
BHOPAL: The Congress is likely to declare its first list of candidates for Madhya Pradesh assembly elections by Dussehra. According to party sources, a list of 66 candidates, mostly sitting MLAs, had been sent to the screening ...   More...
It will be a Cong-RSS fight in next parliament elections: Jairam Ramesh
PATNA: Congress will fight against RSS and not BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections as the Sangh is now in control of the saffron party, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday.   More...
Digvijay’s brother Laxman Singh ready to take on Chouhan in poll battle
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Laxman Singh, who is brother of party stalwart Digvijay Singh, is ready to take on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the poll arena.   More...
Assembly poll in five states announced, NOTA option introduced
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India on Friday announced assembly polls in five states between November 11 and December 4, setting the ball rolling for what promises to be the semi-final between Congress and BJP ...   More...
Lalu Prasad gets 5-year jail term in fodder scam case, loses Lok Sabha seat
RANCHI: A special court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday sentenced RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad to five years rigorous imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case, thus disqualifying...   More...
Rahul stamps his authority on government, forces withdrawal of ordinance
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi has stamped his authority over the Congress as also the government with the Union Cabinet being forced to withdraw the controversial Ordinance on convicted lawmakers. The short meeting of the Cabinet...   More...
Manmohan asks secular forces to join hands to combat Modi ‘onslaught’
Cautioning the nation against the ‘onslaught’ of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday asked all secular forces to come together against him and expressed the hope that people would vote against BJP...   More...
Whole party stands behind PM: Sonia Gandhi tells BJP
NEW DELHI: Three days after Rahul Gandhi’s blunt attack against the Ordinance on convicted lawmakers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday declared that the ‘whole party’ stands behind Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.   More...
After Rahul’s outburst, Sonia praises Manmohan’s leadership
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In an apparent attempt at assuaging his feelings in the wake of Rahul Gandhi’s denunciation of the government, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi Sunday praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...   More...
Nitish Kumar backs Rahul Gandhi, appeals PM for ordinance withdrawal
PATNA: Strongly backing Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s opinion on the controversial ordinance on disqualification of convicted lawmakers, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister ...   More...
President calls Union ministers for consultation on ordinance issue
NEW DELHI: With major political parties questioning the controversial ordinance on negating the Supreme Court verdict on lawmakers, President Pranab Mukherjee has called Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Law...   More...
Feeling of warmth missing as Modi shares stage with Advani at Bhopal rally
BHOPAL: In an apparent show of unity, LK Advani and Narendra Modi on Wednesday appeared on a public platform along with a pantheon of BJP for the first time after the declaration of party’s prime ministerial candidate...   More...
Bhopal to witness world’s largest political gathering today
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh BJP has registered a 50 per cent increase in the audience strength at the party’s ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ after its prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi confirmed his presence ...   More...
Advani, Nitish meeting kicks up political storm in Bihar
PATNA: The exchange of greetings between BJP veteran LK Advani and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the National Integration Council meeting in Delhi on Monday, the first since the parting of ways of the NDA allies, has kicked up...   More...
Muzaffarnagar riots: BJP demands President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh
NEW DELHI: BJP on Sunday demanded President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh and a probe by a Supreme Court-appointed judge into the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar.   More...
Madhya Pradesh Congress accuses BJP of appeasing Muslims
BHOPAL: Congress leader Ajay Singh on Friday took a dig at BJP over its ‘new-found’ love for Muslims, saying it was the same party, which had charged Congress with appeasing the community.   More...
Congress working on ‘aggressive and effective’ media strategy under Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: The aim of devising an aggressive and effective media strategy for the party ahead of Lok Sabha polls dominated the five-day special Congress workshop, which concluded in the national capital on Thursday.   More...
Digvijay Singh dubs Modi ‘most communal’, accuses him of misleading people
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday accused Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi of giving misleading statements and dubbed him ‘most communal”.   More...
Congress works for the poor but doesn’t make tall claims, says Rahul Gandhi
BARAN (RAJASTHAN): In an apparent attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the opposition leaders only make tall claims and work for the rich while his party ...   More...
Advani praises Modi, but names Chouhan and Raman too
KORBA: Three days after he skipped the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting, at which Narendra Modi was declared the party’s prime ministerial candidate, senior party leader LK Advani on Monday praised ...   More...
Rahul not boastful, offensive like Modi: Jairam Ramesh
JAIPUR: As Congress tries to counter the Narendra Modi factor, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is neither boastful, nor ‘aggressive or offensive’ like the Gujarat Chief Minister.   More...
As BJP betrays Advani for Modi, Congress says ‘learn from us’
NEW DELHI: Congress showed no sympathy for a sulking LK Advani after Narendra Modi was elevated as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, despite his opposition and said “Modi is the symptom of disease of communalism brought ...   More...
BJP announces Narendra Modi as PM candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday evening formally announced Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections.   More...
BJP sets to name Modi as prime minister candidate, ignores Advani’s stand
NEW DELHI: BJP president Rajnath Singh is learnt to be keen to announce Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate on Friday, even as hectic parleys continued within the parivar to get...   More...
Madhya Pradesh’s real feudalists are presently sitting in state cabinet: Jyotiraditya
BHOPAL: Union minister of state for energy Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday hit back at the ruling-BJP in Madhya Pradesh for calling him feudalistic. On his first visit to the state Congress office here, after being appointed election campaign...   More...
Narendra Modi takes a jibe at Congress over corruption
JAIPUR: Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the country should be rid of Congress rule to make it corruption free and devised a political alphabet to take a jibe at the ruling party over a spate of graft cases.   More...
Modi as PM candidate: RSS, BJP almost reach consensus
NEW DELHI: RSS and BJP on Monday appeared to have reached a consensus on projecting Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate and a meeting of BJP’s highest decision-making body Parliamentary Board is expected   More...
BJP, RSS meet defers discussion on Narendra Modi as PM candidate
NEW DELHI: Leaders of the BJP and Sangh outfits RSS and VHP held a key meeting on Sunday but the issue of taking a decision on declaring Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate did not come up for discussions amid indications a final...   More...
Cong in MP to give tickets for assembly polls to 7 defeated candidates
BHOPAL: The Congress in Madhya Pradesh will give tickets for the forthcoming assembly polls to seven party candidates, who were defeated in the 2008 assembly elections by less than a thousand votes by their BJP rivals.   More...
Rahul Gandhi is an ideal choice for PM post, says Manmohan Singh
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he will be ‘very happy’ to work under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Singh also maintained that Rahul, the Congress Vice President, will be an ‘ideal choice’ for the prime ministership ...   More...
RSS chief dines with Advani, Sushma to build consensus over Modi
NEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has apparently been engaged in ‘dinner diplomacy’ to build a consensus in the BJP over the timing of naming Narendra Modi as the party’s 2014 prime ministerial candidate even as the Gujarat chief minister ...   More...
Gujarat riots a blot on Modi’s career: Manohar Parrikar
PANAJI: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has again caused flutters in the party with remarks that the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat were a ‘blot’ on Narendra Modi’s career though he was not personally part of it.   More...
BJP stokes coal fire, wants Prime Minister to depose before CBI
NEW DELHI: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured parliament that “the government has nothing to hide” in the wake of the missing coal files, the BJP on Wednesday pressed for his voluntary deposition before the CBI.   More...
Govt has nothing to hide on missing coal files, says PM; BJP rejects statement
NEW DELHI: Facing all-round attack, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said all efforts are being made to locate the untraceable files related to coal block allocations and CBI will be asked to investigate if these efforts do not fructify.   More...
Moily rules out proposal for night curfew at petrol pumps
NEW DELHI: Slammed over a proposal to shut petrol pumps at night to taper fuel demand, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday beat a hasty retreat, saying there is no move to limit petrol and diesel sales at retail outlets.   More...
Gujarat riots unfortunate, unfair to blame Narendra Modi for it: Rajnath
NEW DELHI: Describing the 2002 Gujarat riots as ‘unfortunate’, BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said it was unfair to blame Narendra Modi for the incidents even as he reached out to the Muslims, assuring that his party was ready   More...
Congress leaders blame BJP government in MP for prevailing corruption
THANDLA: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday hit out at the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and blamed it for prevailing corruption in the state.   More...
Asaram accuses Sonia, Rahul of ‘framing’ him in sexual assault controversy
BHOPAL: Beleaguered self-styled godman Asaram Bapu on Thursday sought to drag Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul into the sexual assault controversy surrounding him, alleging it was at their instance that he has been framed.   More...
BJP wants death for other rapists, but seeks pardon for fake godmen: Digvijaya Singh
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday launched another attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing it of double standards on the issue of crime against women.   More...
Chidambaram appeals for political consensus over actions to lift economy
NEW DELHI: Facing all-round attack, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday appealed for political consensus on a set of common actions and programmes, to lift the economy from its difficulties.   More...
Lok Sabha passes landmark Food Security Bill, Congress calls it historic
NEW DELHI: After much delay and uncertainty, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the landmark Food Security Bill, seeking to provide cheap foodgrains to 82 crore people in the country, ushering in the biggest programme in the world to fight hunger.   More...
Congress accuses SP, BJP of matchfixing, enacting political drama in Ayodhya
LUCKNOW: Opposing the VHP yatra, Congress on Sunday targeted the Samajwadi Party and BJP, claiming it was a purely political exercise and that both parties were ‘enacting a drama’ under an ‘understanding’ between them. “Matchfixing in Ayodhya?...   More...
Modi blasts ‘mute’ prime minister, says both UPA and rupee have lost value
RAJKOT: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday continued his tirade against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the falling rupee, saying both he and the domestic currency have turned ‘mute’.   More...
Missing Coalgate files resurface after constant opposition hammering
NEW DELHI: After being traceless for months, the missing Coalgate files have suddenly started resurfacing in the last two days under constant opposition hammering. On Friday, coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal claimed in the Rajya Sabha that only seven files...   More...
Cabinet clears proposals to allow people in jail to contest polls
NEW DELHI: Seeking to negate two Supreme Court verdicts, the Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod to proposals that will allow people in jail to contest polls and convicted MPs and MLAs to retain their membership till pendency of appeal...   More...
Maharashtra clears long-pending anti-superstition law
MUMBAI: A day after anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to promulgate an ordinance to enact a long-pending bill to eradicate black magic, blind faith and superstitious beliefs.   More...
BJP corners PM on missing coal block files, wants his reply in Parliament
NEW DELHI: The issue of missing files relating to Coal-gate paralysed proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday with BJP demanding an immediate response from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even as the government said it would leave no stone unturned in tracing the documents.   More...
Cong acts against ‘indiscipline’: Expels defiant Sadhu Yadav for indefinite period
PATNA: Congress on Monday expelled RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s estranged brother-in-law and Bihar Congress leader Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav, who had met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and said the BJP strongman has better qualities to become Prime Minister than Rahul Gandhi.   More...
Narendra Modi emphasises on tapping young voters
NEW DELHI: To make “Mission 272+” for Lok Sabha polls a success, BJP’s top leadership on Sunday asked its state units to strengthen the organisation from the booth-level, and reach out to prospective voters from all segments and age-groups.   More...
BJP demands from Azad to eat his casteist words against Modi
NEW DELHI: BJP on Saturday accused Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad of making casteist remarks against Narendra Modi by referring to the backward community to which the Gujarat chief minister belongs and demanded an apology from him as well as Congress.   More...
Congress calls Narendra Modi a proverbial frog
NEW DELHI: A day after he lashed out at the Prime Minister, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poll panel chief Narendra Modi was on Friday at the receiving end with Congress leaders dubbing him a “national embarrassment” and a proverbial frog just out of the well, groping for a right place.   More...
Left flays Modi’s ‘street-corner meeting’ like Independence Day speech
NEW DELHI: The CPI on Thursday criticised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Independence Day, saying he should have avoided a speech meant for “street-corner meeting”.   More...
Modi is an arrogant man full of himself: Congress
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday ridiculed Narendra Modi’s attempt to draw a parallel between his speech at a Gujarat college tomorrow and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Independence Day address from Red Fort, calling him “an arrogant man full of himself”.   More...
Solar scam: Oommen Chandy says Govt open for any probe
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Facing the ‘solar heat’, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said the government was ready for any probe after the ongoing SIT investigation was over, even as thousands of LDF workers laid siege of the secretariat...   More...
Congress rules out discussion on Vadra issue in Parliament, dares BJP to move court
NEW DELHI: Unfazed by the aggressive stance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Robert Vadra land deals controversy, the Congress on Tuesday ruled out discussion on the issue in Parliament and dared Yashwant Sinha to move court after he sought a probe by Special Investigating Team (SIT) into the matter.   More...
Digvijay Singh accuses Modi of double speak on corruption
PANAJI: A day after Justice RA Mehta declined to assume office as Gujarat Lokayukta, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh Saturday attacked Chief Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of double speak on corruption.   More...
Gurgaon land deal: BJP seeks probe into forgery allegations against Vadra
NEW DELHI: With IAS officer Ashok Khemka making fresh allegations in Robert Vadra land deals in Gurgaon, the BJP on Saturday demanded an explanation from the Congress and demanded a thorough probe into charges of ‘falsification’ of documents.   More...
Modi’s anointment as BJP’s PM candidate may be delayed
NEW DELHI: The BJP may further delay the announcement of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate until the assembly elections to Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are over.   More...
Congress leader courts controversy over Rahul Gandhi’s marriage
MUMBAI: AICC secretary Shyoraj Jivan Valmiki courted a controversy on Wednesday by saying Rahul Gandhi had vowed not to marry to prevent ‘dynastic rule’ but apologized soon for the gaffe.   More...
UP cops arrest dalit writer for Facebook post criticizing UP govt on Durga Nagpal issue
LUCKNOW: A Dalit thinker and writer, Kanwal Bharti was arrested on Tuesday by the police in Rampur district for an alleged provocative post on Facebook criticizing Uttar Pradesh government and senior minister Azam Khan on the issue of suspension of IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal.   More...
NGT bans sand mining across India; UP, Centre spat over Durga Nagpal
NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned mining or removal of sand from river beds across the country without an environmental clearance amid the uproar over suspension of an IAS officer who had cracked down on sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh.   More...
Telangana, Food Bill, Uttarakhand floods on BJP’s agenda for Monsoon Session
NEW DELHI: The BJP will raise issues like the Telangana statehood, Food Security Bill, fall in value of rupee and the Uttarakhand floods during the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning on Monday.   More...
Political storm over Durga Shakti: Sonia writes to PM, SP hits back at Congress
NEW DELHI: The suspension of a woman IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh, who took on the powerful sand mafia, kicked up a political storm on Saturday with Sonia Gandhi coming out in her support, saying she should not be penalized for standing up against ‘vested interests’...   More...
Telangana fallout: Seven Cong MPs from Andhra region resign
NEW DELHI: Upset over the ruling Congress and UPA’s decision to create Telangana state, seven Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh on Friday quit Parliament, with indications that some more were likely to resign soon.   More...
Will welcome TRS’ merger with Congress, says Digvijay
BHOPAL: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday said he would welcome merger of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with his party now that a decision on Telangana has been taken.   More...
Telangana becomes 29th state of India, Congress agrees to bifurcate Andhra
NEW DELHI: After years of protests and struggle, the proposal for a separate statehood for Telangana and the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh got the approval of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coordination committee and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday.   More...
CWC may give a go-ahead to Telangana statehood, despite strife
NEW DELHI: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest policy-making body of the party, tomorrow may give a go-ahead to the creation of Telangana state, a decision that could trigger protests from within the party...   More...
Creation of Telangana: Hyderabad likely to be a Union Territory
HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is likely to be a Union Territory for five years and will act as joint capital of the two states to be created out of the bifurcation of the present Andhra Pradesh.   More...
Anger in India should be brought down: Rahul Gandhi
AMETHI: Citing the example of Punjab where peace was restored after a long period of militancy, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said there was a ‘lot of anger’ in India which should be brought down and the country should move forward by taking all sections along.   More...
Modi visa row: More MPs deny signing letter, Cong distances itself
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday distanced itself from the controversy over MPs writing to US President Barack Obama on the issue of visa to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, saying nothing was discussed in the party.   More...
Rahul Gandhi threatens Congressmen over ‘defiance, truth’
NEW DELHI: In a signal that out-of-turn remarks will not be tolerated, Rahul Gandhi on Monday warned that those who go beyond the party line will face action.   More...
Gujarat riots gave birth to Indian Mujahideen: Congress
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday blamed Gujarat riots for creation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, a remark slammed as “reprehensible” by BJP which accused it of playing the communal card for vote bank politics.   More...
BJP sees possibility of early polls as Cong losing day-by-day
HYDERABAD: Keeping the possibility of early general elections in mind, BJP has drawn up an aggressive campaign strategy with special focus on southern states, and “development and good governance” as its agenda, senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu said here on Saturday.   More...
BJP sounds 2014 election bugle, sets up 20 campaign sub committees
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced an 11-member campaign committee headed by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 20 campaign panels dealing with tasks such as manifesto drafting, vision document, new voters and media management.   More...
Advani’s ‘rebellion’ forces Modi to appease ‘guru’
NEW DELHI: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a one-on-one meeting with senior BJP leader LK Advani, with whom he is not on the best of terms since the party patriarch opposed his elevation as poll campaign head.   More...
Mayawati axes MP who praised Narendra Modi’s 'puppy' remarks
NEW DELHI: Days after he defended Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘puppy’ remarks, the BSP on Wednesday expelled its Hamirpur MP Vijay Bahadur Singh for making statements which went against the ‘philosophy and principles’ of the party.   More...
‘Rs 5’ true market value of Narendra Modi, says Cong
NEW DELHI: Congress on Tuesday took a dig at the BJP for its move to charge Rs 5 per ticket for attending Narendra Modi’s public meeting in Hyderabad, saying it shows the “true value” of the Gujarat chief minister.   More...
Congress hiding behind ‘burqa of secularism’, says Narendra Modi
PUNE: Getting into election mode after his elevation in BJP, Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the downturn in economy, falling rupee and corruption while accusing Congress of hiding behind the veil of secularism to cover its failures.   More...
Congress attacks Modi's 'burqa of secularism' remark
NEW DELHI: Just days after he triggered an outrage with his analogy of a puppy being run over in the context of the 2002 communal riots, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has once again come under attack from the Congress over his ‘veil (burqa) of secularism’ comment.   More...
BSP leader’ support to Modi’s puppy remark irks party bosses
LUCKNOW: Under attack from the opposition for his puppy remark related to the 2002 communal riots, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi got support from an unexpected quarter here on Saturday.   More...
Modi’s ‘puppy’ creates uproar, invites criticism from political parties
NEW DELHI: A political uproar erupted on Friday over certain comments by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 2002 riots, with many parties like Samajwadi Party, CPI(M), CPI and JD(U) saying he had compared Muslims to a ‘puppy’...   More...
No NCTC till all states are on board: Shinde
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) cannot come into being unless all state governments are on board. Shinde was addressing the monthly press conference here on Wednesday.   More...
SC bans people behind bars from contesting elections
NEW DELHI: A person, who is in jail or in police custody, cannot contest election to legislative bodies, the Supreme Court has held, bringing to an end an era of under-trial politicians fighting polls from behind bars.   More...
Chandy rules out resignation; LDF calls Kerala hartal today
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As opposition LDF mounted pressure over the solar panel scam which has brought his office under a cloud, an unshaken Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Tuesday firmly rejected the demand for his resignation...   More...
BJP trying to communalise politics: Digvijay
NEW DELHI: Accusing the BJP of attempting to communalise politics in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Sunday asked non-BJP ruled states, including Bihar led by chief minister Nitish Kumar, to be careful.   More...
Cong accuses Chouhan govt of Rs 13 cr magazine scam
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress on Monday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of a children’s magazine scam.   More...
Cong, JMM reach agreement on govt formation in Jharkhand
NEW DELHI: The Congress party on Friday inked an agreement with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to form a coalition government in Jharkhand and contest next Lok Sabha election in alliance with the tribal party...   More...
Modi warns Nitish: Betrayers will be taught a lesson
PATNA: In an hour-long tele-conference with party workers on Saturday, being seen as the start of his 2014 campaign in Bihar, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi made a veiled attack on his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, saying he would be “taught a lesson” ...   More...
Anti-Mulayam remark: Furious Beni threatens to quit
NEW DELHI: A day after being reprimanded, Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Thursday said he felt ‘humiliated’ and threatened to quit the Congress if he was stopped from ‘fighting’ against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.   More...
No one can form govt at Centre minus SP: Mulayam
LUCKNOW: Those who consider Samajwadi Party as a regional power in national politics are ‘ignorant’, party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Wednesday and claimed that the next government at the Centre will not be possible without SP’s support.   More...
Fake encounters carried out to raise Narendra Modi’s profile: Digvijay Singh
BANGALORE: The Gujarat government had carried out fake encounters only to raise Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s profile so that he become a ‘hero’ in the eyes of people who believe acts of terror are done by Muslims, Congress leader Digvijay Singh alleged today.   More...
Chidambaram terms Modi a divisive figure, BJP says he’s got ‘Modi-phobia’
NEW DELHI: The much-touted Gujarat model of development is ‘flawed’ and “a bit of an exaggeration”, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday, affirming that this design, much flaunted by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, would not work for the whole country.   More...
EC slaps notice on Gopinath Munde for LS poll spending
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday slapped a notice on BJP leader Gopinath Munde seeking for his statement that he had spent Rs 8 crore in the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign, which is way above the prescribed limit of Rs.25 lakh.   More...
Advani says BJP always opposed special status to J&K
NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slamming him on the issue of revocation of special status to the state, senior BJP leader LK Advani Friday advised him not to use words like “cheating and deceiving”...   More...
MPs almost come to blows over Uttarakhand flood-relief work
DEHRADUN: In a brazen show of competitive politics, Andhra Pradesh MPs belonging to Congress and Telugu Desam were today locked in a scuffle in public view at the Jolly Grant airport here over ferrying pilgrims...   More...
Rahul did not flout any norm during Uttarakhand visit: Cong
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi did not flout any norm or transgress any rule during his Uttarakhand visit, Congress said on Tuesday after the party vice-president had an overnight halt in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.   More...
Rahul did not flout any norm during Uttarakhand visit: Cong
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi did not flout any norm or transgress any rule during his Uttarakhand visit, Congress said on Tuesday after the party vice-president had an overnight halt in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.   More...
Rahul Gandhi to visit rain-hit Uttarakhand, but ‘not as VIP’
NEW DELHI: Downplaying questions over the belated visit of Rahul Gandhi to Uttarakhand, after rain wreaked havoc in the state that is ruled by the party, Congress on Monday said it was not necessary that all leaders visit the calamity-hit state together and hamper relief and rescue work.   More...
Modi milking Uttarakhand flood tragedy for political gains: Congress
NEW DELHI: As politics played out over Uttarakhand floods, Congress on Sunday targeted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying he wants to become a ‘Rambo’, dismissing reports that he had helped in evacuation of 15,000 stranded people from Uttarakhand in two days.   More...
BJP must ally with other parties to defeat Congress: Advani
NEW DELHI: Days after BJP sacrificed its alliance with JD(U) by elevating Narendra Modi, its senior leader LK Advani on Friday invoked Jansangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukerjee to emphasize that his party would need to join hands with other parties to defeat Congress.   More...
Chouhan gives medical aid to Cong leader who burned his effigy
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday sanctioned Rs 50,000 to a female Congress leader who accidentally set herself on fire, while setting fire to Chouhan’s effigy during a protest, official sources said.   More...
Nitish government wins trust vote, attacks Modi’s development model
PATNA: After dumping ally BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday comfortably won a vote of confidence in his government in the Bihar Assembly amid signals of a new political alignment as Congress backed the motion.   More...
US and Taliban to talk for Afghan peace in Doha
WASHINGTON: The United States will meet the Taliban in Doha for talks aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where the United States has battled the insurgents for 12 years, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.   More...
Manmohan roots for Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate, trashes Narendra Modi talk
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday indicated readiness to make way for Congress scion Rahul Gandhi if the UPA wins the Lok Sabha elections next year, clearly putting him in line also to head the alliance.   More...
JD(U) dumps BJP, removes its ministers in Bihar
PATNA: Denting the NDA ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections, JD(U) on Sunday dumped the BJP in Bihar in protest against the elevation of Narendra Modi, bringing to an end a 17-year-old alliance that had held firm through thick and thin in national politics.   More...
Bihar will have to pay price if JD(U) breaks alliance, says Arun Jaitley
LONDON: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Friday sent out a stark message to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar over a possible JD(U) split with the NDA, saying the state might have to pay a price if the alliance ends.   More...
JD(U) is secular and like-minded party, says Congress
NEW DELHI: Seeking to fish in troubled waters, the Congress on Saturday extended an olive branch to JD(U) describing it as a “secular and like-minded party” on the eve of a possible decision by Nitish Kumar’s party to snap ties with the BJP-led NDA.   More...
Modi India’s first authentic fascist, poses challenge for Cong: Jairam Ramesh
NEW DELHI: Dubbing Narendra Modi as India’s ‘first authentic fascist’, Union minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday conceded that the BJP leader poses a ‘challenge’ for the Congress party in the coming elections.   More...
JD (U) set to snap 17-year-old ties with BJP
NEW DELHI: The political drama after the elevation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as BJP poll campaign chief has threatened to impact Bihar, with the state’s ruling JD(U) expected to snap its 17-year-old alliance with that party.   More...
Advani relents after RSS intervention
NEW DELHI: A day after he quit key leadership posts and hit out at his colleagues, veteran leader LK Advani on Tuesday made a dramatic U-turn after the RSS intervened to end the BJP’s worst ever crisis that could have harmed its political prospects ahead of the 2014 polls.   More...
BJP in deep crisis after patriarch LK Advani’s resignation
NEW DELHI: A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was elevated to head the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election campaign for 2014 - much to the anger of party patriarch LK Advani - the veteran leader put in his papers on Monday from all posts in the party hierarchy.   More...
Anointing Modi as campaign chief: BJP in dilemma, says ‘wait till tomorrow’
PANAJI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in a dilemma on Saturday over anointing Narendra Modi as campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in the absence of its patriarch LK Advani and other senior leaders...   More...
Defiant opposition forces UPA government to go soft on NCTC
NEW DELHI: The UPA government is learnt to have decided not to go ahead with the proposed NCTC after facing strong opposition from non-Congress chief ministers.   More...
Modi meets Rajnath, Advani after bypoll sweep; Nitish loses in Bihar
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi, riding a sweeping victory in the Gujarat by-elections, on Wednesday met the BJP national president, Rajnath Singh, amid indications that he may be made the head of the party’s campaign committee...   More...
Rajnath, Shivraj downplay Advani’s remarks, say Modi is No.1
HYDERABAD: Two days after LK Advani appeared to have preferred Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Narendra Modi in the race for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, party president Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Gujarat chief minister was the ‘most popular leader’...   More...
Chhattisgarh Congress MLAs will resign ‘en masse’ from assembly
RAIPUR: The opposition Congress legislators have offered to resign en masse from the legislative assembly to force dissolution of the house in the wake of the naxalite attack in which several senior Congress leaders were killed in Bastar on May 25.   More...
Chouhan better than Modi, ‘humble like Vajpayee’, says Advani
GWALIOR: In what could be a blow to Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial aspirations, BJP patriarch LK Advani on Saturday reminded his party workers that the achievements of the Gujarat chief minister — described as ‘the most popular leader’ by his camp — were not exactly incomparable.   More...
Manmohan Singh elected to Rajya Sabha for 5th term
GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was elected to Rajya Sabha for the fifth consecutive term today as Congress won both the seats to the Upper House from Assam. Singh got 49 first preference votes...   More...
Manmohan says Govt-Opp animosity is his biggest regret
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday singled out the ‘animosity’ between his government and an ‘obstructionist’ opposition which has stalled ‘essential business’ in Parliament as his biggest regret so far in his long stint as PM.   More...
Spot-fixing: Pawar for home ministry probe into all IPL-6 matches
NEW DELHI: Former BCCI president Sharad Pawar on Wednesday demanded a home ministry inquiry into all the 75 matches of the scandal-hit IPL-6, saying not doing so will give an impression that the Cricket Board is not serious about dealing with corruption in the sport.   More...
Raman Singh admits security lapses led to Naxal attack on Cong leaders
RAIPUR: Ruling out the role of the Army in fighting Naxal violence in the state, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Monday admitted ‘security lapses’ that led to the killing of key Congress leaders on Saturday last.   More...
Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh: Political leaders resolve to fight extremism together
RAIPUR: A shocked India on Sunday condemned the attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh that left nearly 30 people dead, including the party’s state chief and the founder of ‘Salwa Judum’, and asserted that such attacks will not intimidate the country...   More...
BJP reposes faith in Dave to score a hat-trick in MP elections
BHOPAL: With an aim to score a hat-trick in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections slated later this year, the ruling BJP has reposed faith in senior party leader Anil Madhav Dave.   More...
IPL spot-fixing: India to bring new law to deal with ‘dishonest practices’
NEW DELHI: In the wake of shocking allegations of spot-fixing in IPL that has also embroiled BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, a new standalone law to deal with “dishonest practices” in all kinds of sports will be enacted soon.   More...
Cong president Sonia Gandhi is soft, but I am not, says Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: With assembly election just months away, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked party leaders in Delhi to work unitedly to ensure a fourth successive victory for the party in the polls...   More...
UPA paints a rosy picture of its performance during last nine years
NEW DELHI: Seeking to dispel the perception of gloom amid scams and controversies, the UPA on Wednesday painted a rosy picture of its government’s performance during the last nine years.   More...
India, China will deepen bilateral economic ties
New Delhi: India and China Monday decided to deepen their economic ties, cooperate on civil nuclear energy programme and enhance military interactions besides working together at various international forums.   More...
Rahul slams opposition for ‘stalling’ Food Bill
Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the opposition parties for stalling the Food Security Bill in Parliament, and asserted the UPA government was determined to enact the legislation for the benefit of people.   More...
India, China hold talks on crucial bilateral issues
New Delhi: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Sunday began talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on all crucial bilateral issues within hours of his arrival here when he affirmed that his visit will ‘inject new vigour’ into bilateral ties and strengthen mutual trust.   More...
Digvijay Singh bats against giving autonomy to CBI
GUNA: AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday expressed doubt as to whether giving autonomy to CBI would serve the purpose.   More...
Remarks on CBI: BJP flays Digvijay, calls Shinde a former ‘thanedaar’
BHOPAL: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesman, Shahnawaz Hussain, took on AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh for his recent comment on CBI autonomy at the rank of inspectors and DSPs.   More...
Beijing, New Delhi must shake hands, says Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
BEIJING: Ahead of his visit to New Delhi, China’s new Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday said India and China “must shake hands” to make Asia an “engine of the world economy”.   More...
Digvijay Singh takes a dig at judiciary for calling CBI a caged parrot
NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday took a dig at the judiciary for its observations on CBI, triggering immediate reaction from BJP, which advised him to ‘learn and understand’ why there were a ‘series of scams’ in the UPA...   More...
Nawaz Sharif set for 3rd term as Pak Prime Minister
ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif was poised for a record third term as Pakistan’s Prime Minister with his PML-N party Sunday taking an unassailable lead in parliamentary elections, which was welcomed by India with whom he pledged to restart the peace process.   More...
Coalition expected in Pakistan, unstable government likely
ISLAMABAD: The parties of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan appeared to be well ahead of their rivals in Pakistan’s election, according to a partial count of votes cast on Saturday.   More...
Governor invites Siddaramaiah to form govt following election as CLP leader
BANGALORE: Siddaramaiah was Friday appointed Karnataka Chief Minister and invited by Governor HR Bhardwaj to form the next government following his election as the Congress Legislature Party leader.   More...
Siddaramaiah ahead of Kharge in Karnataka CM race
BANGALORE: While the leader of opposition in the outgoing Karnataka Assembly, Siddaramaiah and Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge emerged as the front-runners for the post of chief minister, the former is considered to have an edge over the latter...   More...
Cong wins Karnataka, BJP faces rout, JD(S) comes second
BANGALORE: The Congress on Wednesday prepared to take power in Karnataka with an absolute majority, leaving the ruling BJP far behind with less than 40 seats in the 225-member assembly.   More...
Sonia reaches out to Sushma to win support for Food Bill passage
NEW DELHI: The Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, on Tuesday reached out to the BJP leader in Parliament and walked with one hand on her shoulder, ostensibly to win support for the passage of crucial Bills.   More...
Coalgate: CBI director compounds attorney general’s woes
NEW DELHI: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Monday compounded the woes of Attorney General GE Vahanvati by claiming in his affidavit to the Supreme Court that the top law officer not only ‘glanced’ through the draft status report but also suggested changes in them.   More...
UPA rules out Pawan Kumar Bansal, Ashwani Kumar’s resignation
NEW DELHI: The UPA on Sunday decided not to oblige the opposition by asking for the resignation of railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, whose nephew was arrested in a bribery case, as also law minister Ashwani Kumar, who is in the eye of a storm over coalgate controversy.   More...
Rly bribery case: Pawan Bansal’s stay in Cabinet hangs in balance
NEW DELHI: Railway minister PK Bansal’s continuance in the Union Cabinet hung in balance tonight as Congress and the government received a fresh battering in the wake of the arrest of his nephew on the charge of accepting bribe to fix plum position in the Railway Board.   More...
Pak prosecutor handling 26/11, Benazir assassination cases shot dead
ISLAMABAD: A senior prosecutor handling the 26/11 Mumbai attack case and Benazir Bhutto assassination case was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in the Pakistani capital on Friday, police said.   More...
Varun bats against Modi, says Rajnath ideal candidate for PM post
NEW DELHI: Varun Gandhi on Wednesday gave a new twist to the Prime Ministerial candidate race in BJP, comparing party president Rajnath Singh to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and saying he has the ability to bring together people of different religions and castes.   More...
ASG Harin Rawal resigns over CBI report on coal scam
NEW DELHI: The coalgate scam today claimed its first victim as Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal resigned from the post in the wake of the controversy over his statement in the Supreme Court that the CBI probe report was not shared with anyone.   More...
Internal bickering will frustrate Modi’s bid for PM post: Sibal
PUNE: Taking potshots at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Union minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday said that internal bickering within the BJP would frustrate Modi’s bid for prime ministership.   More...
Ashwani Kumar’s fate hangs in balance, crucial hearing in coal scam today
NEW DELHI: Law Minister Ashwani Kumar’s fate hung in balance as the Supreme Court takes on record Tuesday CBI affidavit on its status report on the coal blocks allocation scam that was shared with the minister and senior officials of PMO and Coal ministry.   More...
Manmohan defends Ashwani Kumar, says no question of minister resigning
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Mamohan Singh came out firmly in defence of his law minister on Saturday, saying there was ‘no question’ of the minister resigning in the wake of revelations that he had vetted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) status report on the coal blocks allocation...   More...
Good for Congress if decisions taken at state level, says Rahul Gandhi
BHOPAL: Asserting that the practice of leaving decisions to the ‘high command’ needs to be done away with, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that it would be good for the party if they were taken at state level.   More...
Coalgate status report shared with law minister, PMO: CBI director
NEW DELHI: Dropping a political bombshell, CBI director Ranjit Sinha on Friday said the Supreme Court that the agency’s status report on coal allocation scam was ‘shared’ with law minister Ashwani Kumar and senior officials of PMO and coal ministry ‘as desired by them’.   More...
Neglect of Congress workers should end: Rahul Gandhi
DHAR (MADHYA PRADESH): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said factionalism was one of the main problems plaguing the party and assured that voice of ordinary workers would be heard at the time of ticket distribution.   More...
BJP disrupts both houses over JPC report on coal blocks scam
NEW DELHI: Demanding resignations of both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and law minister Ashwani Kumar over the government’s alleged interference in the CBI’s status report on the coal blocks controversy, the BJP continued to disrupt both houses of parliament on Tuesday.   More...
Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar has links with Navy war room accused: AAP
NEW DELHI: Demanding his ouster in the wake of rape of a five-year-old girl, Aam Aadmi Party on Monday alleged Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has links with Navy war room case accused Abhishek Verma, a charge vehemently denied by the police chief who said he is ‘initiating’ legal action.   More...
NDA to rake up JPC draft report on 2G scam in Parliament
NEW DELHI: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday gave notice of raking up in Parliament the JPC draft report on 2G scam exonerating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram while appealing for its rejection in toto.   More...
2G: JPC gives clean chit to Manmohan, Chidambaram
NEW DELHI: The JPC on Thursday has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 2G spectrum allocation, saying he was ‘misled’ by the then Telecom minister A Raja whose assurances stood ‘belied’.   More...
BJP Government wasting money on false campaign: Congress
BHOPAL: Leader of the opposition in Madhya Pradesh assembly, Ajay Singh, slammed chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for ‘wasting’ public money on ‘disinformation’ campaign about development in the BJP-ruled state, where polls are due by the year-end.   More...
After Nitish, now Sean asks BJP to clear its stand on PM candidate
MUMBAI: After Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, now the Shiva Sean on Wednesday asked the BJP leadership to clear its stand on the issue of its prime ministerial candidate and demanded that a meeting of the NDA be convened soon.   More...
MP Congress supports state employees’ strike, terms demands genuine
BHOPAL: The Congress here on Tuesday alleged that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government which spent thousands of crores of rupees in organising panchayats and investors’ meets was negligent toward the welfare of its employees.   More...
Now, BJP sings ‘Advani for Prime Minister’ chorus
NEW DELHI: A fresh chorus of “LK Advani for Prime Minister” has begun in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) even as a tussle is on between the party and the JD (U) over Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s name being declared the NDA candidate for the post.   More...
BJP hits back at JD (U) attack on Modi, asks it to focus on removing UPA
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday hit back at key ally JD(U) for targeting Narendra Modi, rejecting all “unfounded inferences” against the Gujarat chief minister, and said it should refrain from diluting NDA’s focus on removing the UPA government.   More...
JD (U) opposes Narendra Modi as PM, rules out alliance with Congress
NEW DELHI: NDA constituent JD (U) on Saturday made clear its opposition to Narendra Modi’s projection as prime ministerial candidate but ruled out the possibility of aligning with ‘enemy’ Congress at the cost of ‘friend’ BJP.   More...
MP Congress demands unconditional apology from Jha for editorial in BJP mouthpiece
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday demanded an unconditional apology from the editor of the BJP mouthpiece ‘Kamal Sandesh’, Prabhat Jha, who is also a Rajya Sabha member and BJP national vice-president, for an editorial published in the magazine recently.   More...
Trinamool leader sees ‘invisible’ Congress hand behind heckling of Mamata
KOLKATTA: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee on Thursday hinted at an ‘invisible’ Congress hand behind the heckling of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and manhandling of finance minister Amit Mitra in Delhi on April 9.   More...
Christians demand action against BJP mouthpiece for ‘defamatory article’
BHOPAL: The Christian community on Tuesday filed a complaint with the police against the Bharatiya Janata Party mouthpiece Charaiveti for publishing an alleged defamatory article against the church.   More...
Modi woos woman power, takes a dig at Rahul and woman governor
NEW DELHI: After corporates and youth, it was the turn of woman power that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought to woo in his bid to reach out to audiences nationwide...   More...
Congress compares Narendra Modi with Yamraj
NEW DELHI: Raking up the 2002 post-Godhra riots issue, the Congress on Friday appeared to compare Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi with ‘Yamraj’, the lord of death in Hindu mythology.   More...
Centre’s attitude irresponsible towards Right to Education Act: Archana Chitnis
BHOPAL: Due to the irresponsible attitude of the Union Government, targets fixed under Right to Information Act could not be achieved at the given time frame, says School Education Minister Archana Chitnis.   More...
Tomar tells BJP MLAs to inform voters about govt policies
BHOPAL: The state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar at a meeting of the legislative party members held here on Wednesday categorically told the MLAs to be present in their respective constituencies and observe BJP foundation day on April 6 as Vikas Diwas.   More...
Chouhan’s chances of playing a bigger role at Centre get dim
BHOPAL: In his Twitter post on Sunday chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chose to be reticent: “I congratulate Rajnathji for selecting a balanced and dynamic team. This shall lead BJP to victory in the next parliamentary elections.”   More...
Beni Prasad’s tirade against Mulayam continues; says he cheated minorities
LUCKNOW: Showing no signs of relenting in his tirade against ruling Samajwad Party in Uttar Pradesh, Union minister Beni Prasad Verma on Saturday accused the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of cheating minorities and had a tacit understanding with the BJP.   More...
Madhya Pradesh Congress appoints district in-charges
BHOPAL: For better co-ordination in the run-up to assembly elections 2013, the Madhya Pradesh Congress has created new posts of district in-charges in all the district offices. Earlier, the highest authority in the district office was the district Congress president.   More...
Congress tells Mulayam to decide on which side he is
NEW DELHI: Congress on Thursday hit back at the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for accusing it of being “cheat and clever” as it reminded him that he had shared the dais with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when the UPA’s report was released last year.   More...
‘Only’ Rahul Gandhi will become prime minister, asserts Congress
NEW DELHI: Amid a renewed debate over the prime ministerial candidate, the Congress party on Tuesday reiterated that ‘only’ Rahul Gandhi will become the prime minister and take the country forward.   More...
Shiv Sena opposes move to pardon Sanjay Dutt
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena on Monday opposed the move to pardon Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt stating that it would send a wrong message to the society.   More...
Relief to hail-hit: CM seeks Rs 500 crore special package from Union Govt
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has demanded a Rs 500 crore special package from the Union Government for relief to calamity-affected farmers in the state.   More...
Gang-rape of Swiss tourist: Cong outcry forces Speaker to adjourn House
BHOPAL: Opposition Congress demanding resignation of home minister Uma Shankar Gupta on the issue of alleged gang-rape of a Swiss woman tourist in the Datia forests, on Monday created a ruckus in the state assembly...   More...
Madhya Pradesh lawmakers appreciate women in ‘veils’
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh lawmakers during the Zero Hour conversation on Friday morning praised women who remain behind veils (Ghunghat).   More...
Congress accuses state police of phone tapping
BHOPAL: Days after the BJP in New Delhi alleged phone-tapping of its leaders by Union home ministry, the Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday morning raised the same accusation against the ruling BJP government.   More...
Rahul Gandhi meets slain DSP Haq’s kin, assures justice to them
DEORIA (UP): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the family of slain DSP Zia-ul-Haq at his village here and assured that they will get justice - his widow Parveen Azad was unwell and not in a position to speak.   More...
Cong walks out over Shivpuri abduction and violence
BHOPAL: A ruckus was created in the assembly on the issue of abduction and alleged murder of 12-year-old Utsav Goel in Shivpuri earlier this week.   More...
Manmohan hits out at BJP’s ‘choicest abuses’
NEW DELHI: A combative Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at the BJP in the Lok Sabha for trying to belittle UPA government’s achievements saying the party will fail at the elections next year like it did in 2004 and 2009.   More...
BJP hits back: Manmohan ‘daydreaming’ about retaining power
NEW DELHI: Hitting back, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday rubbished as “daydream” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s hopes of retaining power in 2014 and said he is free to live under this “misconception”.   More...
State govt protecting land mafia, alleges BJP MLA
BHOPAL: BJP MLA from Satna district Shankarlal Tiwari on Monday accused the state government of protecting land mafia in the state. According to him barring works of land mafia and the stock markets no other works were in progress in the state.   More...
Chauhan tells Madhya Pradesh’s growth story at BJP national meet
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan might not have been branded as the ‘most popular leader’ by BJP during the party’s national executive meet, he did not let the opportunity go to tell the growth story of Madhya Pradesh which was intended to send the message to the country about his leadership in the past eight years.   More...
Modi asks party cadres to present alternative to UPA government
NEW DELHI: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who is being projected by some in the BJP as its prime ministerial face for 2014 elections, on Sunday asked his party cadres to work hard to present an alternative to the UPA government.   More...
Modi ‘most populr’ chief minister, says BJP chief Rajnath Singh
NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi on Saturday won singular praise from BJP national president Rajnath Singh for being the “most popular” chief minister having registered “never before” three consecutive electoral wins for the party in Gujarat.   More...
Congress stages walkout from MP House for teachers’ cause
BHOPAL: Opposition Congress party on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Madhya Pradesh Assembly here after they charged the state government of being “insensitive” towards agitating contractual teachers, who are demanding wages on a par with the permanent staff.   More...
State exchequer bears the brunt of Chauhan’s largesse
BHOPAL: Even a Santa Claus will envy the way Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is distributing gifts for everyone and his uncle in the state. Of course, it is the state exchequer which is bearing the brunt of his largesse.   More...
Cong president or vice-president natural choice for prime minister post: Shashi Tharoor
BHOPAL: Union minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said if the Congress is voted to power, its president or the vice-president would be the natural choice for the prime minister’s post.   More...
State budget: CM claims pro-development, opposition says pro-rich
BHOPAL: While chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said it was a pro-development budget presented in the state assembly on Friday, leader of the opposition Ajay Singh termed it as half-hearted attempt and CITU pro-rich.   More...
Attack Congress, it’s right time, Chauhan tells BJP MLAs
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, addressing the BJP legislature party meeting on Tuesday night, exhorted the party MLAs to attack the Congress left, right and centre to corner it in 2013 assembly elections, as it was the right time.   More...
Forest guard alleges BJP men attempt to rape his wife
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria, at a press conference called at the PCC office on Wednesday, presented before the media a uniformed forest guard from the scheduled tribe community who claimed that BJP men attempted to rape his wife.   More...
Antony, Digvijaya have potential to become prime minister: Govindacharya
BHOPAL: Ex-BJP think-tank Govindacharya has said senior Congress leaders AK Antony and Digvijaya Singh have the ‘potential’ to become prime minister of India, but not Narendra Modi or the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi.   More...
Gruesome murder: Angry protests; Youth Congress burns home minister’s effigy
BHOPAL: Home minister Umashankar Gupta\'s official residence in 45-bungalows has witnessed angry protests on Tuesday over the gruesome murder of an eight-year-old girl. The mutilated body of the girl was found lying on the open ground adjacent to the home minister\'s bungalow on Monday.   More...
Congress delegation not allowed to meet hostel girls
BHOPAL: The Sehore district administration did not allow a delegation of the Madhya Pradesh Congress which had gone to Sehore on Wednesday to meet the six mentally challenged girls of Children with Special Needs (CWSN) hostel, who were allegedly sent to the boys’ hostel as punishment.   More...
Don’t follow state policies blindly, Kejriwal to youths
BHOPAL: “Yuva Panchyat is aimed at attracting youths but they should not blindly support,” said AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, while interacting with media here on Wednesday.   More...
Gupta demands direct train from Bhopal to Mumbai
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh home minister Umashankar Gupta, in a letter written to Union railway minister Pawan Bansal on Tuesday urged him to start a direct train from Bhopal to Mumbai.   More...
NSUI activists retaliate, attack RSS office in Indore
BHOPAL: In a retaliatory act, the Congress students’ wing activists pelt the RSS headquarters in Indore with stones in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, a day after the RSS workers vandalised houses of Congress leaders - Ravi Verma and Pintu Joshi.   More...
RSS chief courts controversy again, says marriage is a ‘social contract’
BHOPAL: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat courted controversy yet again on women and rapes. Bhagwat’s second controversial statement comes within days of his saying that rapes occurred in ‘India’ and not ‘Bharat’.   More...
Hang rapists, they do not deserve mercy: Ajay Singh
BHOPAL: Leader of the opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh, on Friday said rapists do not deserve mercy, they should be hanged.   More...
Bad NHs: MP government should put its own house in order first, says Ajay Singh
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government should first put its own house in order, before complaining about the bad shape of the national highways, says leader of the opposition in the state Assembly, Ajay Singh.   More...
Congress stage walkout against imposing illegal power charges on farmers
BHOPAL: The Congress MLAs on Friday staged a walkout from the House against imposing illegal charges on the farmers for not installing capacitors.   More...
Cong stages walkout on forcible acquisition of tribal’s land in Dindori
BHOPAL: The Congress on Thursday created a ruckus during question hour in the Assembly over the issue of forceful acquisition of tribal’s land in Dindori and also for not rehabilitating the affected people.   More...
Bhuria likens Shivraj to Shakuni and Kansa ‘Mamas’
BHOPAL: The Congress leaders showed unity at a function held to open a party office at Guna, as Digvijay Singh welcomed Jyotiraditya Scindia and shared podium with him.   More...
BJP puts off organisational polls till state party chief’s election
BHOPAL: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit has put off its organizational elections till the election of its state president. Out of the total 55 organisational districts, the party has so far conducted elections in 43 only.   More...
State Govt denied Rs 19,450 crore to employees, pensioners: Digviyay
BHOPAL: Former chief minister and AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday said he was not against employees as was alleged by the BJP.   More...
Katni land issue may kick up dust in House winter session
BHOPAL: Land acquisition in Katni for Welspun power plant will be the main issue in the winter session of the assembly.   More...
Land issues: Govt for discussion on Wellspun, but to tone down Gammon
BHOPAL: While the state government is trying to avoid discussion on the Gammon India land issue, terming it as a matter under judicial deliberation, it wants discussion on the land issue related to Wellspun Power Plant to be held in the assembly.   More...
Chauhan will celebrate his 7 years in office by laying stone for Kshipra project
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will celebrate the completion of his 7 years in office on November 29 by performing ‘Bhumipujan’ for developmental projects.   More...
People of Budhni angry over Chauhan’s deputies
BHOPAL: Resentment is brewing among the residents of Budhni, the constituency of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, as their beloved leader has no time to spare for their welfare.   More...
Chauhan seeks 1.86-lakh more houses from Centre for poor families
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan On Wednesday called on Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh at New Delhi and urged him to provide housing facility to 1.86 lakh more families under Indira Awaas Yojana.   More...
Overhead tank collapse: BJP says ‘it is unfortunate’, Cong holds govt responsible
BHOPAL: Terming the collapse of a three-lakh gallon water capacity overhead tank in Sai Baba Nagar slums that killed eight people and injured 29 an unfortunate incident, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and ministers on Monday assured the people of taking action against the guilty persons.   More...
Ajay accuses Chauhan of creating Singur-like situation in Katni
BHOPAL: Leader of the opposition Ajay Singh on Sunday alleged that the chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s obstinacy was creating Singur-like situation in Dongaria and Bujbuja villages in Katni district.   More...
Politics is ‘Zero’ in Madhya Pradesh, says Sharad Yadav
BHOPAL: In Madhya Pradesh, politics is ‘zero’, says Janata Dal (U) national president Sharad Yadav. He exhorted the JD-U workers to fight against injustice and not for winning elections.   More...
Bareli firing: Use of AK-47 rifle on farmers may place govt in a tight spot
BHOPAL: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Madhya Pradesh government may be in trouble following the mention in the state human rights commission’s report that AK-47 rifles were used for firing on the agitating farmers in Bareli of Raisen district in May last.   More...
Now, political parties in MP getting ready for Gujarat poll
BHOPAL: After Diwali, the main political parties in Madhya Pradesh are reportedly getting ready for the next big event – the Gujarat assembly elections.   More...
Cong castigates Chauhan’s creepy-crawlies about English
BHOPAL: The Leader of Opposition in state assembly, Ajay Singh, in a personal salvo fired at chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for speaking against the use and importance of the English language said, “Chauhan should validate his love for Hindi by pulling his sons out of English medium schools and get them enrolled in Hindi medium educational institutions instead.   More...
Decision on MPCC panel extension will be taken at Delhi meet
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) coordination committee will take up various issues, including extension of the committee and party’s strategy for election battle, at its meeting to be held in Delhi on Saturday.   More...
Jha’s support to Gadkari annoys Suresh Soni
BHOPAL: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Prabhat Jha’s support to the party’s national president Nitin Gadkari has reportedly annoyed his patron and RSS senior leader Suresh Soni.   More...
Vivekananda cannot be compared with anyone, Gadkari was wrong: RSS
BHOPAL: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday termed the BJP national president, Nitin Gadkari’s statement, comparing Swami Vivekananda with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, as ‘wrong.’   More...
Delhi rally for FDI increases Bhuria’s stature
BHOPAL: The Congress top leaders have tried to send out a message to the party leaders in Madhya Pradesh by projecting MPCC president Kantilal Bhuria, in the rally organised in Delhi in support of FDI in multi-brand retail, on Sunday.   More...
Jha attacks Kejriwal, says he is a foreign-funded blackmailer
BHOPAL: The state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prabhat Jha, making a scathing attack on social worker Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday, said, “He is a blackmailer.”   More...
MP Cong will array 50,000 workers at Delhi rally
BHOPAL: About 50,000 Congress workers from Madhya Pradesh will participate in the rally organised by the Congress at Ramleela ground in Delhi on Nov 4.   More...
Diggy dresses down BJP govts for taxes levied on petroleum products
BHOPAL: The rise in the prices of crude oil in the international market had forced the Union government to hike the prices of petroleum products, but the BJP-ruled states, adding woes of the people, have levied VAT and other taxes on it, said AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh.   More...
Land issue: Yashodhara defies party line, supports her nephew
BHOPAL: Showing total disagreement on the charges levelled by the BJP state president, Prabhat Jha, against Jyotiraditya Scindia on the possession of land, the MP from Gwalior, Yashodhara Raje Scindia on Saturday came out in support of her nephew.   More...
Cracks in Cong widen with Digvijay aides launch SMS drive
BHOPAL: Cracks in the State Congress have widened with the SMS campaign launched by the supporters of former chief minister Digvijay Singh to give command of Madhya Pradesh to him.   More...
State will give Rs 30,000 insurance cover to parents of Ladli Laxmis
BHOPAL: The state government will provide insurance cover of Rs 30,000 to the parents of girls who have benefited under the Ladli Laxmi Yojana in the state, announced chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan here on Tuesday.   More...
RSS communal agenda on top of govt priority: Ajay Singh
BHOPAL: The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Ajay Singh on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was giving priority to the RSS communal agenda.   More...
Ratlam incident: CM seeks unbiased decision from Union minister
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, in a letter to the Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh said, the state government was committed to abide by the law.   More...
National Commission for SC serves notice on Ratlam collector
BHOPAL: The dispute between Ratlam collector Rajiv Dubey and MPs Kantilal Bhuria, Premchand ‘Guddu’ and Meenakshi Natrajan has now reached the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.   More...
State Congress will make 30 lakh new members: Bhuria
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) will make 30 lakh new members in the state as part of its country-wide campaign launched on Wednesday, said the state president of the party, Kantilal Bhuria.   More...
PCC coordination panel will decide fate of Bhuria
BHOPAL: The move against the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief, Kantilal Bhuria, got an impetus on Tuesday after some Congress leaders led by Mahesh Joshi met the state in-charge and AICC general secretary Hariprasad, secretary Tarachand Bhagora and others.   More...
Rahul Gandhi assures anti-Bhuria MLAs to look into their demands
BHOPAL: The AICC general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, on Monday lent an ear to the five Congress MLAs, who called on him in Delhi demanding removal of the party’s state chief, Kantilal Bhuria.   More...
Strategic move: Six MLAs will meet Rahul Gandhi to dethrone Bhuria
Bhopal: A section in the Congress, demanding change in the state leadership of the party, has launched a strategic campaign against the present party president Kantilal Bhuria.   More...
Ratlam incident: CM’s action boomerangs on state govt, CS forced to change order
BHOPAL: The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s order for a high-level probe into the Ratlam imbroglio involving three Congress MPs has boomeranged on the government, forcing the chief secretary to change the order.   More...
MPs-collector conflict: Union govt mulls action against collector Dube
BHOPAL: The verbal confrontation between three Congress MPs and Ratlam collector Rajiv Dube has taken a new turn with the Central government finding the MPs’ complaint against the collector as ‘serious’ and mulling action against him.   More...
Tribals living on government land will get pattas, says Chauhan
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday said pattas of land on which the poor were residing would be given to them in Madhya Pradesh. He urged the Union government to implement a Land Reforms Act.   More...
Scindia seeks state govt favour for allotment of land for school
BHOPAL: Politicians often make a big show of their differences with their political rivals, and, when it comes to their personal interests, they never give a second thought before seeking favours from the governments of other parties.   More...
Gherao of CM house: Cong plans a big show today
BHOPAL: The state Congress intends to put up a show of strength on Thursday with the gherao of the chief minister’s residence. The event was earlier planned for September 20 but was put-off at the request of the CM.   More...
Bhuria calls Chauhan ‘Bhagoda’, says Cong will go ahead with its plan
BHOPAL: Calling chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan a ‘Bhagoda’, state president of the Congress, Kantilal Bhuria said Chauhan was afraid to face the people therefore he went on foreign tour.   More...
Jha’s son sends letter to Ajay, accuses him of playing cheap politics
BHOPAL: Tushmul Jha, son of the BJP state president, Prabhat Jha, has sent all documents related to purchase of land in Singrauli to the leader of opposition Ajay Singh   More...
Bring proper crowd for Oct 4 agitation or face action, Cong leaders told
BHOPAL: AICC general secretary and in-charge of Madhya Pradesh affairs of the Congress, BK Hariprasad on Wednesday said the district presidents who would fail to arrange for proper crowd for the proposed October 4 agitation would be demoted to the post of acting presidents.   More...
Pension scam: Parulekar creates ruckus in CM’s office
BHOPAL: The firebrand Congress MLA, Kalpana Parulekar, on Tuesday, created a ruckus outside the chief minister’s chamber at the secretariat over the pension scam issue.   More...
Handful of regional parties and leaders are controlling govt in country: Joshi
BHOPAL: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday said, “Whether it is Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi or Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, they are only regional leaders”.   More...
BJP is against FDI in retail, says MM Joshi
BHOPAL: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was against the FDI in retail, as it would not help the people and the Indian economy under any circumstances.   More...
After arrest Vaiko calls MP govt a ‘cheat’; says no one has sympathy for Tamilians
BHOPAL: The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary, Vaiko on Friday termed Madhya Pradesh government a cheat as he was not allowed to hold a demonstration at Sanchi against the visit of Sri Lankan president.   More...
State administration stops Vaiko at Pandurna; MDMK chief sits on Dharna
BHOPAL: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko, who was driving to Bhopal to protest the visit of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, was not allowed to move beyond Pandurna, near MP-Maharashtra border.   More...
No entry to Vaiko; MP govt seals all bordering districts with M’rashtra
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government is all set to check the entry of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (MDMK) general secretary Vai Gopalswamy, popularly known as Vaiko, in the state.   More...
Chauhan to decide who will be next state BJP chief
BHOPAL: Following the approval from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) executive body, it has been decided that the election for the new state president of the party will be held by November end.   More...
Chauhan inducts Anup Mishra as medical education minister
BHOPAL: The Shivraj Singh Chauhan government in Madhya Pradesh, in the second cabinet expansion, on Friday, made Anup Mishra cabinet minister.   More...
Free hand to police to drive goons away from cities: CM
BHOPAL: “We have given free hand to the police to drive away the goons from the cities”, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday.   More...
Pay attention to roads, Cong MLAs tell Joshi
BHOPAL: The Congress MLAs here on Tuesday requested the Union minister for road transport and highways, CP Joshi, to pay attention to national highways which were in a poor state.   More...
Congress meet turns mazy, fails to make any road map for future
BHOPAL: The three-day meeting of the Congress concluded without framing of any roadmap or strategy to attack the state government.   More...
Take stick to teach a lesson to BJP; Bhuria tells party men
BHOPAL: AICC general secretary BK Hariprasad said even a dog of Congress will not emulate the working style of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.   More...
Hariprasad warns Cong office-bearers to work or quit
BHOPAL: AICC general secretary and state in charge BK Hariprasad warned the party office-bearers on Thursday to either focus on party work or make way for others.   More...
State Cong's reins will remain in Bhuria’s hands
BHOPAL: In sharp contrast to speculations, the Congress high command has given a hint to the state Congress leaders that there will be no acting president of the state Congress.   More...
Youth Congress protests murder of NSUI activist
BHOPAL: Youth Congress activists on Tuesday took out a rally from Khatlapura temple in Jehangirabad area to lodge protest the murder of NSUI activist Rahul Joshi in Betul district.   More...
Madhya Pradesh is moving towards ‘Ramrajya’, says Lalkrishna Advani
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has taken a novel step by launching ‘Teerthdarshan Yojana’ and it seems that the state is moving towards ‘Ramrajya’, said former deputy prime minister Lalkrishna Advani.   More...
RSS attacks BJP Indore office over transfer of ASP
BHOPAL: Transfer of an additional superintendent of police kicked up a row between two MLAs of the ruling party, resulted into an attack on the BJP office in Indore by some RSS workers on Tuesday night.   More...
Coalgate: Ajay Singh asks CM to what made him write letter to PM
BHOPAL: Leader of the opposition in MP Assembly, Ajay Singh, has asked chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to give explanation as to what made him write a letter for additional allotment of coal in favour of Reliance.   More...
Swamy needs mental treatment, says Ajay Singh
BHOPAL: “A man named as Subramanian Swamy seems to have lost his mental balance, so he should be sent for treatment,” said leader of opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh here on Sunday.   More...
Former SP MLA files petition against top party leaders
BHOPAL: Challenging the party whip issued during 2008 Rajya Sabha elections former MLA of Samajwadi Party (SP) Kishore Samrite on Friday filed a petition against six party leaders.   More...
Youth Congress stage ‘hulla-bol’ for sacking of tainted ministers
BHOPAL: Bhopal Lok Sabha Youth Congress unit, on Wednesday, staged a ‘Hulla Bol’ demanding sacking of ministers in the state government facing Lokayukta probe.   More...
Man goes missing from Kisan meet; BJP MLA responsible, says Ajay
BHOPAL: Congress Legislative Party leader Ajay Singh on Tuesday accused a BJP MLA of bringing a mentally deranged man to Atal Kisan Mahapanchayat held in the state capital on July 15. He is missing since then.   More...
BJP, Cong gearing-up to counter each other with ‘Yatras’
BHOPAL: Considering assembly elections in 2013, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will launch Jandarshan Yatra in September, while leader of the opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh is gearing up to re-start the Janchetna Yatra of the Congress.   More...
BJP meet on good governance will focus on Chauhan, Modi
BHOPAL: The meeting called by the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on Saturday over good governance in BJP-ruled states, will mainly focus on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and who among the two is better.   More...
Unruly behaviour in House: Cong corporators given more time to reply to notices
BHOPAL: The deadline for submission of reply by the Congress corporators Abdul Shafiq Khan and Sudhir Gupta to the notices of divisional commissioner Pravin Garg has been extended.   More...
BJP chief Jha terms Anna, team as opportunists
BHOPAL: Social worker Anna Hazare’s declaration to form a political party has made the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) uncomfortable.   More...
Ajay Singh accuses Gupta of insulting, demoralising police
BHOPAL: Leader of the opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh has accused home minister Umashankar Gupta of insulting and demoralising the police.   More...
Chauhan seeks Rs 525 cr relief package from PM
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan called on the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Saturday and apprised him of the devastating flood-like situation in Madhya Pradesh.   More...
Mahajan-Vijayvargiya clash: CM seeks Mahajan’s clarification
BHOPAL: As the dispute between Member of Parliament Sumitra Mahajan and Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya reached Delhi and the state capital, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, at the behest of BJP organisational general secretary Ramlal, on Friday called Mahajan and sought her clarification on the issue.   More...
Chauhan returns with ‘renewed energy’ from Giriraj Yatra
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Monday arrived in the city after a three-day religious trip to Mathura and performing Vrindavan and Govardhan Parikrama.   More...
Ajay Singh slams govt, promises vehicle to state ST panel chief
BHOPAL: Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Ajay Singh has strongly criticised the government for overlooking the interest of tribal people and adopting discriminatory approach towards the chairman of Madhya Pradesh ST Commission Ramlal Rautel by not providing him official vehicle.   More...
Beset by personal affairs, Cong leaders fail to launch drive against govt
BHOPAL: The assembly elections 2013 in Madhya Pradesh is fast approaching but the opposition Congress party getting weaker. Its leaders are busy in solving their own personal affairs, making the state government relaxed.   More...
Shivraj offers open-heart welcome to industrialists
BHOPAL: Offering an open heart welcome to industrialists to Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday said in New Delhi, “We have come with our full team.   More...
MLAs’ membership issue: Pachauri plays spoilsports with Bhuria’s intentions
BHOPAL: The issue of restoration of membership of Congress MLAs Chaudhary Rakesh Singh and Kalpana Parulekar has kicked up dust in the state Congress.   More...
EC yet to approve restoration of MLAs’ membership
BHOPAL: The Election Commission of India (EC) is in a fix over the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha revoking the termination of membership of two Congress MLAs Chaudhary Rakesh Singh and Kalpana Parulekar   More...
CM correlating graft with growth, says Ajay Singh
BHOPAL: Congress Legislative Party leader Ajay Singh criticised chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for correlating corruption with development. He said the statement by the chief minister that there is corruption in the state was his own confession.   More...
Restoration of MLAs’ membership: EC has not been taken into confidence
BHOPAL: The Election Commission of India has disproved the news published in newspapers claiming the Commission has given its consent for restoration of membership of the two terminated Congress MLAs.   More...
Put a stop to factionalism, Rahul warns State Congress leaders
BHOPAL: Discontented with the goings on in the party’s state set-up, the Congress central leadership on Wednesday warned the state leadership to put a stop to factionalism and work unitedly.   More...
Restoration of Cong MLAs’ membership: Madhya Pradesh Assembly will script a new tradition on July 27
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh will script a new tradition, first time in the legislative history of the country, by holding a one day session of the Assembly on July 27 to restore the membership of the two Congress MLAs. This session has been convened with a single-point agenda to restore the membership of MLAs Chaudhary Rakesh Singh and Kalpana Parulekar.   More...
Restoration of membership: Special session of Assembly on July 31
BHOPAL: To reconsider the restoration of the membership of terminated Congress MLAs Rakesh Singh and Kalpana Parulekar a special session of the State Assembly may be called on July 31. The membership of both the members was terminated during the last session of Assembly for allegedly showing disrespect to the Speaker’s chair.   More...
Terminated Cong MLAs seek apology from Speaker
BHOPAL: The Congress party, after its violent agitation on Friday over termination of membership of its two MLAs and mass resignation of its MLAs, initiated to compromise on Saturday.   More...
Cong launches war against ‘corrupt, undemocratic’ government
BHOPAL: The Congress on Friday launched its battle against the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh and will continue it against the ‘corrupt’ government in all villages and cities of the state.   More...
Government changes stance, busy in pacifying Congress
BHOPAL: The BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government, looking to the aggressive attitude taken by the Congress in the wake of termination of the membership of its MLAs Rakesh Singh and Kalpana Parulekar, has changed its stance and exploring to find a way out.   More...
Mounting Speaker’s chair costs Kalpana, Rakesh Assembly membership
BHOPAL: The act of climbing atop the Assembly Speaker’s seat by the Congress MLAs, proved dear to two Congress MLAs, as Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani on Wednesday announced termination of their membership.   More...
Black day in history of Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Opp holds Speaker hostage
BHOPAL: July 17, 2012 will be written in the history of Madhya Pradesh Assembly as a ‘Black Day’ when the traditions of the House were thrown to the winds.   More...
Monsoon session begins with commotion over IT raids, House adjourned
BHOPAL: State Assembly on Monday witnessed intense commotion on the first day of its Monsoon session with the opposition Congress demanding debate on both corruption and Income Tax (IT) raids on businessmen Dilip Suryavanshi and Sudhir Sharma.   More...
BJP will launch nationwide agitation against hike in fertiliser price
BHOPAL: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president, Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said his party would raise its voice in Parliament and launch a nationwide campaign against hike in price of fertilisers.   More...
BJP eyes on 2013 elections by playing Kisan Card
BHOPAL: As part of its effort to regain power in the state for a third time in a row in 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to play the ‘Kisan Card’. The campaign will be launched at the proposed Atal Kisan Mahapanchayat at Jamboree Grounds on Sunday.   More...
Chaos, factionalism mar Congress dharna against state government
BHOPAL: Indiscipline and chaos marred the dharna staged by the Congress at Lily Talkies square on Friday. The dharna was staged against the government.   More...
Pranab rubbishes opposition charges, says ‘I don’t believe in mud-slinging’
BHOPAL: Answering to a question by media regarding charges levelled by opposition leaders, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee said “I don’t believe in mud-slinging”.   More...
Ajay Singh asks party MLAs to be aggressive against thick-skinned ministers
BHOPAL: The Congress Legislative Party leader, Ajay Singh, has exhorted the party MLAs to strike with full force against corruption and ill-governance of the state government. The CLP will raise the issues in the monsoon session of Assembly.   More...
Cong in a fix after urban bodies shocking results
BHOPAL: The Congress party in the state is in a state of fix after the elections of urban bodies and its shocking results. Although the elections held in 49 urban bodies in 15 scheduled areas were not that important, but they became crucial as they were held in the penultimate year of the state Assembly elections.   More...
BJP continues its victory march, grabs 15 of 22 civic bodies in round two
Bhopal: Continuing its victory march in scheduled tribe-dominated districts, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grabbed 15 out of 22 urban civic bodies in the second round of elections on Tuesday.   More...
BJP demolishes Cong bastions, annexes 20 of 27 civic bodies
BHOPAL: The BJP has demolished the bastions of its arch-rival the Congress in the first phase of urban bodies’ elections in the scheduled areas of the state.   More...
CM in aggressive mood, threatens to reply to Cong in kind
BHOPAL: Adopting an aggressive stand Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the Congress is playing the politics of character assassination and their evil designs will be given a befitting reply.   More...
BJP chief for DNA test of Kashmir interlocutors’ nationality
BHOPAL: Bharatiya Janata Party state president Prabhat Jha on Saturday demanded DNA test of the Government of India’s interlocutors on Kashmir to find their nationality status.   More...
Jha fumes at IT raids, defends Suryawanshi, Sharma
BHOPAL: Finally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spoke on the issue of Income Tax raids on builder Dilip Suryawanshi and a party office-bearer-turned mining magnet Sudhir Sharma, after more than a fortnight.   More...
Chauhan to pursue industrialists in Mumbai, Pune
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, after being freed from campaigning for urban body elections, is now going to Mumbai and Pune to seek the favour of industrialists.   More...
Raids on Suryavanshi, Sudhir Sharma will echo in Assembly
BHOPAL: Though the chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, may keep silence on the income tax raids on Dilip Suryavanshi and Sudhir Sharma -- the two businessmen linked to the BJP -- but the issue will be raised vehemently in the coming Monsoon session of state assembly.   More...
MP tops in rapes for 5th consecutive year, alleges Cong
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has maintained its top position in number of rape cases for the fifth consecutive year and is number one in cases of eve-teasing.   More...
Crorepati PA: Chief minister Chauhan serious, seeks info
BHOPAL: The issue of Harish Singh, personal assistant to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, owning wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, has kicked up a row in the state politics.   More...
Ajay Singh wants Chauhan to quit
BHOPAL: The Congress Legislative Party leader Ajay Singh has said that although chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had kept mum over the findings of Income tax raids and relations of the corrupt persons with BJP ministers, the truth has been spilled out by the documents recovered in the raids.   More...
Shivraj Singh’s image at stake in tribal areas
BHOPAL : The urban bodies elections in 49 municipalities in 15 districts of the state are not that important but being tribal areas, Chauhan is making an all out effort to ensure his party’s victories.   More...
Leaders use IT raids on state businessmen as tool to settle scores
BHOPAL: The Income Tax department (IT) raids on businessmen in the state have not only given a chance for the Congress to grill the government but an opportunity also to some BJP leaders to settle their old scores.   More...
I have no relation with Sudhir Sharma, says Bhuria
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria on Thursday categorically denided that he had any relation with Sudhir Sharma.   More...
Surjeet Singh released from Pak jail but reaches boarder in handcuffs
WAGAH: Though he was officially released from jail on Thursday morning but when the Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh alighted from the prison van at the Wagah border on the Pakistan side, he was handcuffed and the iron chain was attached to the belt of a Pakistani police officer.   More...
Oil companies cut petrol prices by Rs 2.46 per litre
NEW DELHI: Giving a sigh of relief to the inflation-battered common man, the oil companies on Thursday reduced the price of petrol by Rs 2.46 per litre, the second reduction this month.   More...
Prez office condemns media reports on disposing of mercy petitions
New Delhi: Refuting the reports that the President had acted in haste and had not applied her mind in disposing of mercy petitions of those sentenced to death, the President Pratibha Patil’s office on Monday said “all the pleas were settled on the advice of Home Minister P Chidambaram.”   More...
Facing corruption charges Virbhadra Singh resigns from Union Cabinet
NEW DELHI: Union minister Virbhadra Singh has resigned from the Union Cabinet, a day after a court in Shimla framed corruption charges against him.   More...
Delhi is most competitive city in India, says EIU report
MUMBAI: Delhi is the most competitive city in India for its demonstrated ability to attract capital, business, talent and tourists, says a new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report.   More...
No ‘magic solutions’ to curb black money menace: PM
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said black money is a problem, but no ‘magic solutions’ were available to deal with the menace.   More...
Pranab Mukherjee will resign as FM on June 26
KOLKATA: Pranab Mukherjee will resign as Finance Minister on June 26 ahead of filing nomination papers for the Presidential election.   More...
Rupee registers biggest fall of 85 paise in a day
MUMBAI: Recording this year's biggest fall of 85 paise in a day, the rupee on Friday fell to an all-time low of 57.37 against US dollar that was on intense demand, particularly from oil importers   More...
NDA’s prime ministerial nominee should have secular credentials: Nitish
PATNA: ‘Golden words are not repeated’, said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar here on Tuesday evening when mediapersons asked him of his advocacy of a secular person as NDA’s prime ministerial candate in the next general elections.   More...
Pranab ‘excellent candidate’ for presidential post: Maneka
NEW DELHI: BJP leader Maneka Gandhi on Monday met the UPA’s presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee and described him as an ‘excellent candidate’ for the post and made a strong pitch for a consensus on him.   More...
Govt ready to take back sacked pilots
MUMBAI: The aviation minister Ajit Singh on Monday reiterated his readiness to take back the sacked pilots provided they called off their agitation unconditionally and returned to work.   More...
Monsoon picks up in almost half of India
NEW DELHI: Monsoon has covered almost half of the country, showing signs of a pick-up after falling short in the first 15 days of the season, weather officials on Monday said.   More...
NDA a divided house over presidential election
NEW DELHI: After the UPA chose Pranab Mukherjee for the president’s post, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was divided on Sunday over the elections of the president. But former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma refused to withdraw from the race despite appeals from his leader Sharad Pawar.   More...
3 MP tourists killed, 6 injured in Himachal Pradesh
MANALI: Three tourists from Madhya Pradesh were killed and six injured when the vehicle carrying them fell into a deep gorge near Mari, 12km from Rohtang Pass on Saturday.   More...
BSP readying to be counted as a major force in MP
Refusing to buy the BSP leader’s claim about its growing popularity, a BJP leader said the BSP has no presence in the MP.   More...