Former Maharashtra chief minister and senior Congress leader Narayan Rane has resigned from the grand old party. Rane is expected to launch his own political outfit despite rumours hinting at a possibility of him joining the BJP. On Monday, Rane had blasted the Congress for the injustice it had done to him and his supporters. Rane was expelled by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray after he voiced his displeasure over Uddhav Thackeray gaining prominence in the party.
During his own Facebook page launch, Raj Thackeray said, They (BJP) utilised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for Gujarat campaign. I know what they (BJP) are going to do next before the next general elections. Shinzo Abe stayed in Ahmedabad and attended various programmes during the laying down of foundation stone of the bullet train project. On the other hand, there have been talks about the government working on bringing back underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to India.
Deliberations of the BJP national executive have so far been a closed-door affair. The speech comes at a time when the Modi government is facing criticism for the economic slowdown. The BJP national executive is set to pass an economic resolution. Usually, the BJP national executive, chaired by the party president, is attended by its 120-odd national executive members and an equal number of special invitees. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents like Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan need to be convinced.
The details of the assets of Sirsa-headquartered Dera Sacha Sauda are being compiled by Haryana authorities, the state's Advocate General said here today. All details pertaining to assets, including the bank accounts and properties of the Dera, will be collected and submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 27, Haryana Advocate General B R Mahajan said. The concerned departments are compiling the details about assets including bank accounts, movable and immovable properties of the Dera.
The Congress on Thursday said that the Centre should make public whatever evidences it has about any links of some of the Rohingyas with the ISIS and take action as per Indian law against those found having any such connection. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala made the statement after home minister Rajnath Singh said Rohingya are illegal immigrants and not refugees who have applied for asylum in India.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hit back at the Calcutta High Court over its ruling on Durga idol immersion, stating that anyone can 'slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do. ' The Calcutta High Court today revoked Mamata Banerjee's order on Durga idol immersion and instructed the police to make separate routes for both Durga idol immersion and Muharram processions.
Several shops remained open in Darjeeling today even as the situation in the hills remained tensed as the indefinite shutdown called by the GJM for a separate state of Gorkhaland entered its 99th day. The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) yesterday urged the Centre to initiate a dialogue with all the stakeholders so that normalcy is restored in the Darjeeling hills. Several shops and markets in the hills remained open braving threats and intimidation by the GJM activists.
Terming demonetisation as the scam of the century, the Congress on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go down in India 's history alongside Muhammed bin Tughlaq for the gross misadventure and demanded that he quit office. Rahul Gandhi had demanded an investigation through Joint Parliamentary Committee in the demonestisation scam, layers of which have now been unveiled by the RBI annual report.
The NCP on Thursday announced it will fight the Nanded civic polls solo, even as it asserted it will beat the Congress in the upcoming elections. The Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council added meetings between both parties were held for the Nanded municipal corporation polls but the Congress did not seem willing to ally with the NCP. Ashok Chavan does not seem to be wanting to ally with the NCP. We will thus fight the polls solo and show the Congress our strength.
In the backdrop of the Rohingya issue, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi today alleged that the NDA government was looking at the topic of foreigners seeking to stay in India through the prism of religion. Owaisi was responding to a query on the Centre's stance that the Rohingya people staying in the country are not refugees but illegal immigrants. Now, why is this issue being looked through religious prism wherein this government is practicing that.
In an apparent bid to pacify the agitating Patidar community ahead of the Assembly polls, the Gujarat government has invited leaders from the community for talks to bring an amicable solution to the ongoing quota stir. Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel today said the state government as well as BJP leaders will hold talks with Patel quota agitators and other community leaders on September 26 with an aim to end the quota agitation.
The Modi government may introduce in Parliament the Women's Reservation Bill, which seeks to reserve one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women. A senior BJP leader said top echelons of the government and the party have been brainstorming over the bill, which had polarised the political class whenever various governments introduced it earlier. Asked if the government will bring the bill in its original form or incorporate some changes, he said the matter is still being debated.
While CM Siddaramaiah accused the Centre of tapping phones, the BJP blamed the ruling Congress of using state machinery to snoop on its leaders. With the 2018 Assembly Elections months away, the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP in Karnataka are accusing each other of tapping phones of top leaders. Hitting out at the BJP-led Union government, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, It is not the state government, but the Centre that is tapping phones.
Strongly countering allegations of appeasing the minority community, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said such comments against her are deeply insulting. I believe in the religion of humanity that talks about the harmony among all the religions, Banerjee said while inaugurating a Durga Puja in south Kolkata. Banerjee said she observes the rituals of all the communities with equal enthusiasm but nobody raises the question of appeasement when it comes to a non-Muslim festival.
New Delhi, Sep 21 () The government will set up an academy next year on cooperative studies in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mentor and RSS leader Laxman Madhav Rao Inamdar in Gurugram, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said. The announcement was made at an event organised to celebrate birth centenary of Inamdar, one of the founding fathers of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Haryana and Rajasthan police teams today carried out a joint search operation to trace Honeypreet Insan but the close confidante of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh remained elusive. The search operation went on for about three hours, an official said. There was a tip-off that on August 28 and 29, Honeypreet stayed at a house in Gurusar Modia village, the officer said.
The main accused in the murder of a prime witness in the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram was beaten up with slippers by the deceased's wife on the premises of a court where he was produced today. Kartik Haldar, who is alleged to have murdered Akhil Gupta (35) in the district on January 11, 2015, was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of Gujarat from Raipur in March last year.
The state festival, marked by nine-day events and a massive procession in Mysuru on the 10th day, has traditionally been inaugurated by a person of eminence every year. Siddaramaiah has carried forward this tradition by inviting the eminent poet to inaugurate the event. Siddaramaiah also used the Dasara to address the state through radio in a personalised speech very similar in style to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat.
Income Tax sleuths today conducted raids on the premises of some friends and relatives of former Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji here. Policemen have been deployed at the places where raids are being carried out, they said. Balaji is among the 18 AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran who were disqualified by the Assembly Speaker recently. The Chennai Central Crime branch police is investigating the complaints from the duped job aspirants.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today resigned from his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, the constituency he had consecutively been representing for five terms since 1998. UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya also resigned from his Phoolpur (Allahabad) parliamentary seat. Under parliamentary rules, a person can retain the membership of single house either Parliament or a state legislature at a time. Yogi holds the distinction of being of the youngest parliamentarians when he had entered the Lok Sabha.