Violent protests in Assam have dampened the euphoria over the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, compelling the BJP to dispatch its MPs from the state to assuage concerns on the ground. The party is pulling out all the stops to assure that the legislation – that seeks to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh – does not target minorities or change the demographics in the Northeastern states.
The Shiv Sena not voting in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is a welcome development and the Congress is happy about it, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.
BJP leader Pankaja Munde said on Wednesday that the decision to deny tickets to some leaders in Maharashtra was taken at the state level, and Devendra Fadnavis should take responsibility for the party’s election performance.
A little over six months after returning to power at the Centre with an unprecedented majority, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government has been able to fulfil three longstanding promises that were part of its election manifestos over the years and anchored in the ideological foundations of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its mentor.
Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill granting citizenship to religious minorities from three Muslim-majority countries in India’s neighbourhood, as the government rushed troops to the North-east to contain protesters who went on a rampage against the controversial legislation that opposition parties called divisive and unconstitutional.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is weighing options to remove city mayor Junaid Azim Mattu and his deputy Sheikh Imran from their posts by planning to bring no confidence motion against both of them in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
New DelhiThe Tihar prison administration has received at least 15 letters from citizens who have volunteered to hang the four convicts of the December 16 Delhi gang rape case.
BJP leader Pankaja Munde spoke out at a much-watched event to commemorate her father Gopinath Munde’s birth anniversary on Thursday to outline her future in the party and beyond. “I will not leave the party,” she told her supporters who had gathered at Beed, 380 km from capital Mumbai. “But if the party wanted her out,” she continued, “it can take the decision.”
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Schools and colleges were closed, offices were shut and vehicles remained largely off roads in Tripura on Thursday amid a 24-hour shutdown call given by the Congress, officials said.
Analysis: As Maharashtra BJP gets ready to sit in Opposition, internal rumblings break out within the state unit
There is little doubt that former minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse from Maharashtra, sidelined for the last three years by his party leadership and frustrated with this treatment, is talking shop with both Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena. The former Leader of Opposition, considered to be from the Gopinath Munde camp is likely to quit his parent party of 40 years, if he gets a cabinet ministerial portfolio from either NCP or Sena, admit BJP insiders.
Britons and qualifying citizens of India and Commonwealth countries resident in the United Kingdom began voting at 7 am GMT (12.30 pm India time) in elections that will determine the fate and future of Brexit whose current deadline is January 31.
The discontent of the Congress forced the Shiv Sena to change its stance on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Tuesday, a day after voting in its favour.
New DelhiThe Congress on Wednesday questioned the final report of the Nanavati Commission on the 2002 Godhra train-burning incident and the ensuing Gujarat riots, which was tabled in the state assembly on Wednesday by minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja.
The families of Amritsar train tragedy continued their protest on Bhandari bridge in the holy city for the third day demanding government jobs for the kin of victims.
The state government is considered formulating a policy for the direct dismissal of teachers accused of molesting their students after conducting a preliminary probe by invoking Article 311 of the constitution, education minister Suresh Bhardwaj said on Wednesday.
New Delhi: A childcare room and charging station for electric vehicles will now be mandatory in all new buildings. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Wednesday approved a proposal to modify the Unified Building By-laws for Delhi (UBBL 2016).
As the voices of dissent continue to rise in ruling JD (U) over the party’s support to Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), party’s state president and Rajya Sabha MP Bashistha Narain Singh has advised leaders to exercise restraint while airing their views. “Our is a democratic set up. I will ask all leaders to keep their views on party forum and not toe a line which is different from the party’s official stand,” Singh said on Wednesday.