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Amit Shah's, BJP's Style of Politics Dangerous for Country: AAP
New Delhi, July 28: AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Thursday termed BJP President Amit Shah and his BJP's style of politics dangerous for the country.Responding to queries on the developments in Bihar where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal-United again joined hands, the senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said that Amit Shah's and BJP's dictatorial style of politics is increasing and this is dangerous."Nitish Kumar is not a Chief Minister, but he has become Modi and Amit Shah's watchman," he said."Is Nitish Kumar this naive? Where was his conscience when he joined hands with (RJD supremo) Lalu (Prasad)..." Singh said when asked about Nitish Kumar's reasoning on abandoning the ongoing alliance with Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress to join hands with the BJd me that there is no question of accepting the present stand of Nitish Kumar," Veerendra Kumar said.(IANS)




Nitish An Opportunist, Cheated the People of Bihar: Lalu Prasad
Ranchi, July 27: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday called former ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a "big opportunist" for dumping the Grand Alliance and reiterated that the JD-U chief was facing a murder charge and should resign.Addressing the media after Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister at the head of a JD-U-BJP government, Lalu Prasad accused Nitish Kumar of "conspiring" with the BJP to get graft cases filed against his family by central investigation agencies.Lalu Prasad also said that he was planning to approach the Supreme Court to appeal against the Governor's decision not to invite the RJD."Nitish Kumar has cheated the people of Bihar. I charge that he (Nitish Kumar) colluded with the BJP to file CBI cases against me and my family," Lalu Prasad told reporters here after appearing before a CBI court in a fodder scam case.He said that BJP leader Sushil Modi, who was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister, was asked to run a campaign to da...




Kerala JD-U Rebels Against Nitish for Aligning With BJP
New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, July 27: The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) unit in Kerala on Thursday opposed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for tying up with the BJP and announced it was severing ties with him.The chief of the party's Kerala unit, M.P. Veerendra Kumar, a Rajya Sabha member, told reporters in Delhi that he was even ready to quit the Upper House to pursue his fight against "fascist forces"."Whatever the price, we're ready to pay," he said."We are not accepting the JD-U joining the NDA and our relations with Nitish Kumar have ended. It's shocking that Nitish Kumar has joined the NDA. We all thought that he will fight the fascist tendencies but he has now become a part of it."Veerendra Kumar said he expected JD-U senior leader Sharad Yadav and its MLAs in Bihar not to accept Nitish Kumar's decision. "I call upon Sharad Yadav and JD-U MLAs to say that we won't accept it."He said he would go back to Kerala after the Vice Presidential elec...




While Nitish joins BJP-led NDA, his party leader Sharad Yadav corners Modi govt.
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 27: It seems all is not well within the Janata Dal United after party chief Nitish Kumar ditched grand secular alliance last midnight and resumed relationship with old partner BJP, and two hours back he took oath as CM with BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi as Deputy CM.   Around the time, Nitish was preparing for oath in Patna this morning, senior leader of JD-U and its former chief Sharad Yadav was in Delhi and criticizing the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over failure of his Fasal Bima Yojana scheme.   "Fasal Bima Yojana is big failure as farmers are not aware about insurers but premium deducted from their loans, benefit goes to only insurers," tweeted Yadav Thursday morning.   He continued: "Amongst others Fasal Bima Yojana is another unsuccessful scheme of d Govt through which only private insurance companies being benefitted."   Fasal Bima Yojana is big failure as farmers are ...




JD-U Cracking: MP Voices Dissent Against Nitish's Decision
Patna, July 27: A voice of dissent against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to join hands with the BJP surfaced on Thursday with senior JD-U leader and party's Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari expressing his opposition."My conscience does not allow me support this step of his (of Nitish Kumar joining hands with the BJP)," Ansari, a leading Muslim face of the Janata Dal-United, said."It is wrong to split from the Grand Alliance and join hands with a communal party like the BJP to form the government in Bihar," Ansari said.He told IANS over telephone that mandate was given to the Grand Alliance of the JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress to rule for five years.He said the people's verdict was for BJP to be in opposition. "Manndate of people should be respected."Ansari's stand has strengthened speculations that a section of leaders in Nitish Kumar's party were unhappy with his decision to form government with the support of the BJP.In 2013, it w...




Rahul Slams Nitish for Aligning With BJP
New Delhi, July 27: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for ditching the Grand Alliance and joining hands with the BJP for "personal gains"."We were aware of what was going on from last three-four months. This is the problem with Indian politics. For the sake of power and personal gains, they compromise with anything," Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.His remarks came soon after Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister of Bihar for the sixth time.He added there were no rules and credibility in Indian politics.(IANS)




Nitish Quits as Bihar Chief Minister
The RJD earlier on Wednesday ruled out the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav even as it made it clear that it won't rock the alliance boat with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar.IndiaTomorrow.net,Patna, July 26: In an unprecedented development in Bihar politics, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has just resigned after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out the resignation of his son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav earlier on the day. He resigned after meeting Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Nitish Kumar said that he had quit in the interest of the state after failing to resolve a crisis plaguing the ruling Grand Alliance."I have resigned for the sake of Bihar," the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader told the media after meeting Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who accepted his resignation.He made it clear that it was becoming difficult to continue to head the coalition of his party, the RJD -- whose Deputy Chief Minister Tejas...




Shiv Sena Leader Arrested for Mumbai Building Crash
Mumbai, July 26: Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap was arrested here on Wednesday and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with Tuesday's building crash which claimed 17 lives, an official said on Wednesday.Shitap, who was detained on Tuesday night, was formally arrested early on Wednesday and slapped with various charges under the Indian Penal Code.According to police and BMC, Shitap was the owner of a nursing home on the ground floor of the four-storey dilapidated private building, Sai Darshan in Ghatkopar, which had 15 flats.Preliminary investigation reveal that Shitap was allegedly carrying out illegal repairs and renovation of the nursing home to convert it into a guest house.He reportedly demolished a supporting main pillar of the building which could have weakened the old structure and led to its sudden collapse on Tuesday morning.The building residents and neighbours said they had repeatedly warned Shitap against making any structural changes but he ...




CPI-M not to field Yechury for Rajya Sabha again
New Delhi, July 26: The CPI-M's Central Committee on Tuesday decided that party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will not be fielded again as a Rajya Sabha candidate from West Bengal, observing that the party could not take support from the Congress."Sitaram Yechury will not be fielded as Rajya Sabha candidate. In fact, we can't field anybody else because we don't have the numbers and we don't want the support from the Congress as it is against our party line," said a party Politburo member on the condition of anonymity.Even though the Communist Party of India-Marxist's West Bengal unit wanted to send Yechury for the third term to the Rajya Sabha, the Kerala unit was opposed to it.Moreover, according to the party's norm, its leaders cannot have more than two terms in the Rajya Sabha.Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also in favour of Yechury coming back to the upper house with her party's support.The Left Front has 32 MLAs, including 26 of the CPI-M, in the West Bengal ass...




RJD taunts Anna Hazare for going silent after BJP came to power in Centre
IndiaTomorrow.net, Patna, July 26: Rashtriya Janata Dal, key ally of the ruling combine in Bihar, has taunted country's eminent anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare for not speaking much since the BJP came to power in the centre and Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014.   RJD of Lalu Prasad Yadav has tweeted a photo of sleeping Hazare with a caption in Hindi, "कांग्रेस की सरकार आई तो जगा देना !!" (Wake me up when Congress comes to power).   The party has also made a tweet in Hindi along with the photo, "अभी आप दो साल और सोएँ।" (You continue sleeping for two year more), hinting that Hazare, who created a nationwide movement for Lokpal months ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, has bee...




Madras HC Makes Vande Mataram Mandatory in Schools, Offices
Chennai, July 25: The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered singing of the national song Vande Mataram in all educational institutions at least once in a week.The court ordered that the song should be sung preferably on Monday or Friday.The order was passed on a writ petition filed by one K. Veeramani seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Teacher's Recruitment Board (TRB) to award him one mark to the question on the language in which the national song was written.In the eligibility test for teachers, held in 2013, he had answered that the national song was written in Bengali while the answer key stated it as Sanskrit.According to the petitioner, he was not recruited for the teacher post as the cut off mark was 90 and he had scored 89 owing to the wrong key answer.The Advocate General clarified to the court that the original language of Vande Mataram was Sanskrit, but it was written in Bengali script.The court also ordered that the National Song be sung in all government offices and inst...




Kovind Sworn in as 14th President, Pledges to Uphold Constitution
New Delhi, July 25: New President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday promised to uphold the values of justice, independence and equality shortly after he was sworn in as 14th President of India, pledging to protect and uphold the Constitution.Addressing members of Parliament and various dignitaries, including Chief Ministers and diplomatic corps, Kovind said unity in diversity is the strength of India with various religions, culture and traditions forming the basis."We are different but we are one and united. These are the traditional values and there is no contradiction or alternative opinion about it," the new President said in a speech in Hindi delivered just after Chief Justice of India J. S. Khehar administered the oath of office to him in a brief but glittering ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament."We need to sculpt a high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community and an egalitarian society as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay,"...




Soul of India Resides in Pluralism, Need to Eschew Violence: President Mukherjee
Mukherjee said Mahatma Gandhi saw India as an inclusive nation where every section lived in equality and moved forward unitedly in ever-widening thought and action New Delhi, July 24: Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance and the country must free its public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal.In his farewell address broadcast to the nation, he said creation of an inclusive society has to an article of faith. He called for resurrecting the power of non-violence.Mukherjee, who had entered parliament first in 1969, said for the past 50 years of his public life, his passion has been the service of people of India."I want to share with you some truths that I have internalised in this period. The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance. India is not just a geographical entity. It carries a history of ideas, philosophy, intellect, industrial genius, craft, innovation and exper...




Use Ordinances Sparingly, Discuss Laws, Says Mukherjee In Farewell Speech
New Delhi, July 24: Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday gave a message to both government and opposition telling them ordinance route should be used only in compelling circumstances, disruption harms the opposition too and passing bills without discussion was a breach of the people's trust.Addressing a farewell function held in the Central Hall of parliament by the members of both houses, Mukherjee described himself as "humble servant" of people who had sought to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution in both word and spirit.A nostalgic Mukherjee, who will demit office on Tuesday, recalled that he was only 34 years old when he first entered parliament in 1969 as a Rajya Sabha MP and went on to complete 37 years as a parliamentarian - where he "understood the real value of debate, discussion and dissent" - before being elected to the highest constitutional post.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the farewell address by the lower house's membe...




Ex-ISRO Chief U.R. Rao Passes Away
Bengaluru, July 24: Renowned Indian space scientist U.R. Rao passed away here in the early hours of Monday, said a space agency official. He was 85."Rao passed away at his residence around 3 a.m., after prolonged illness and due to age-related health issues," the official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS.Rao, who was the chairman of the state-run ISRO for a decade from 1984 to 1994, leaves behind his widow, a son and a daughter."Rao was in a private hospital till recently for treatment as he had a heart ailment and was recovering at home. Our (ISRO) doctors were attending to him," said the official.ISRO Chairman A.S. Krishna Kumar, senior space scientists and many officials of the space agency rushed to Rao's house to mourn his death and console his bereaved family."Saddened by the demise of renowned scientist, Professor U.R. Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten," tweeted Prime Minist...




Modi Govt. Wants to Distort Constitution, Implement RSS Agenda: Rahul
Bengaluru, July 22: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday warned the ruling NDA government against distorting the Constitution and implementing the agenda of the RSS."The aim of the union government is to distort the Constitution, which was drafted by B.R. Ambedkar, and implement the RSS agenda. We should go by what Ambedkar had exhorted us to do - educate, organise and agitate," he said at an international conference here.Inaugurating an international conference on "Quest for Equity: Reclaiming Social Justice, Re-visiting Ambedkar", Gandhi said truth and power were not the same."Truth and power are not the same thing. Truth is what stands up to power," he told the gathering at the opening ceremony of the three-day conference organised by the state government.Citing a few influential leaders and change makers the world over, Gandhi said iconic personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar and and American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr ...




Time Has Come to Reclaim Idea of Social Justice Through Vision of Ambedkar: Karnataka CM
Bengaluru, July 22: Calling for a narrative based on cultural and civilisational ethos of tolerance and compassion, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said the legacy of pluralism and secularism was at stake."What is at stake is the legacy of pluralism and secularism, as citizens are no longer equal before the law and some are more equal than others in many parts of the country," he said at an international conference here.Noting that the idea of India as a plural society was at a crossroads, he warned that its civilisational values and culture were facing a critical test due to the onslaught of divisive and exclusivist ideas."Time has come to reclaim the idea of social justice through the thought and vision of B.R. Ambedkar, one of the founding fathers of our Constitution," said Siddaramaiah at the opening of the three-day International Conference on 'Quest for Equity: Reclaiming Social Justice, Re-visiting Ambedkar'.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandh...




With Massive Crowd in Front, Mamata Calls for BJP's Ouster in 2019 Elections
Kolkata, July 21: In a blistering attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused it of indulging in massive corruption in many states, and claimed the central agencies were completely silent on the saffron party's scams.She also threatened to slap defamation cases worth thousands of crores if the probe into the Saradha and Narada cases by the CBI and other central agencies did not proceed in a genuine way."In Rajasthan, there is a scam spanning thousands of crores of rupees, but where is the CBI? Are they sleeping? In Karnataka, what is the magnitude of the scams indulged in by the Reddy brothers, who are BJP's friends?""In Madhya Pradesh, there is the Vyapam scam, in which several people have already been killed. Where is the CBI? The Gujarat Petroleum scam runs into Rs 20,000 crore. Where are the government agencies, like CBI, Enforcement Directorate or the Income Tax authorities?" Banerjee said at a massive public rally organised ...




Trinamool to Launch 'BJP Quit India' Movement: Mamata
Kolkata, July 21: The Trinamool Congress is set to launch a three-week-long movement with the slogan "BJP Quit India", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here on Friday.The movement will start on August 9 and last till August 30."We will launch the movement in every Lok Sabha and assembly constituency, block, city and village. I urge all my ministers, MPs, MLAs and block leaders to take part in the programme," Banerjee said at a Trinamool Congress Martyrs Day rally.The TMC chief said she would be present at the launch and close of the programme.It was on August 9, 1942 that the Congress launched the Quit India Movement against the British.The Trinamool holds the Martyrs' Day rally annually on July 21 in memory of 13 youths who were killed in police firing on this day in 1993. BJP Will Disappear from Bengal, Says Kabir Suman Leading Bengali singer-composer Kabir Suman on Friday termed the BJP as "ignorant" and claimed that the pa...




We Don't Support Gau Rakshak Violence, Centre Tells SC
New Delhi, July 21: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it does not support the violence unleashed by vigilante groups in the name of cow protection.Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told a bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar: "We don't support the violence in the name of Gau Raksha." But the central government sought to wash off its hands in the matter and shifted the burden on the states, telling the court that law and order was a state subject. A number of states have been made respondents in the matter but have not filed their response. So the court adjourned the matter, giving them four weeks to do so. The apex court was hearing a plea by Pune-based activist Tehseen S. Poonawala seeking action against self-appointed Gau Rakshaks resorting to violence and killing people in the name of cow protection.(IANS)




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