Politics / The Economic Times
The opposition Congress skipped the consultation programme on Monday alleging allocation of little time. Over 55 organisations and 10 national- and state-recognised political parties met the Election Commission team in Guwahati. The commission has again invited Congress to join the consultation.
Floor leaders of about 18 Opposition parties met on Monday evening over dinner and decided to explore how their unity demonstrated inside Parliament can be taken to the masses through joint agitation against the Modi government by highlighting 'dangers to democracy'.
While the BJP has been winning all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat since 2014, the party won a record 156 seats in the 182-seat assembly in 2022 despite being in power for more than two decades, Covid-19 and economic distress.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kavitha, said that issues concerning place of interrogation etc need to be addressed. Sibal argued that whether Kavitha needs to be interrogated at home or in Delhi, the court is seized of the matter and has issued notice in similar petitions filed by Nalini Chidambaram and Abhishek Banerjee.
BJP's Bengal unit president, Suvendhu Adhikari, has accused the AITC of corruption and dubbed it a private limited company. Adhikari challenged the two-day dharna called by the state chief minister and alleged that he state, in the last 10 years, has taken thousands of crores of rupees from the Central government with regard to the matter of fake job cards under MGNREGA.
Calling the President, Golden Lady, Banerjee said, The Constitutional Head of the country is here. I urge you to protect the Constitutional and the Constitutional rights of the poor, and save the country from disaster. While speaking at the civic reception of the President, Banerjee also stressed on the need to preserve the unity and diversity of the country.
My name is not Savarkar, my name is Gandhi and Gandhi does not offer an apology to anyone, Rahul Gandhi had said on Saturday responding to a query on repeated calls by the Bharatiya Janata Party seeking his apology over various issues.
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for holding the urban local body polls in Uttar Pradesh as it allowed the State Election Commission to issue a notification in this regard in two days with an OBC quota in terms of a report of the Uttar Pradesh Backward Classes Commission.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said a conspiracy is being hatched to stop his government's free electricity scheme, but he will not let it succeed at any cost. Speaking to reporters after addressing the Delhi Assembly, he claimed that round-the-clock free electricity to the people of Delhi makes the BJP uncomfortable.
Tripura Pradesh Congress President Birajit Sinha said Rahul Gandhi's voice was suppressed by the BJP government and he was not allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha unethically before being disqualified. The people of this country would not accept the murder of the democracy in India.
Madam President, you are the constitutional head of this country. I would request you to protect the Constitution and the constitutional rights of the poor people of this country. We would request you to save it from a disaster, Banerjee said at the civic reception.
Gandhi lost his parliament seat on Friday, a day after a Surat court convicted him and sentenced him to two years in jail for a defamatory comment he made during an election campaign rally in 2019.
Accusing the TMC of misrule, he said the state's loan outstanding was Rs 2 lakh crore when it came to power in 2011 and it has now risen to Rs 6 lakh crore while the number of registered educated unemployed has doubled from nearly 1 crore. The number of migrant labourers has risen by nine times to over 45 lakh, he added.
A conspiracy is being hatched at a high level to stop free electricity being provided by the Kejriwal government. Files are not being shown to the chief minister and the power minister... It shows that something is amiss, Atishi claimed.
The opposition parties which participated in the meeting include DMK, Samajwadi Party, JD(U), Bharat Rashtra Samithi, CPI(M), RJD, Nationalist Congress Party, CPI, IUML, MDMK, Kerala Congress, TMC, RSP, AAP, J-K NC and Shiv Sena (Uddhav faction).
Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi not to insult Hindutva ideologue and freedom fighter Vinayak Savarkar. On Sunday, Thackeray held a rally at Malegaon in Nashik where he said there would be 'cracks' in the opposition alliance if Gandhi continues to 'demean' Savarkar.
AICC general secretary RS Surjewala, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar and Opposition leader Siddaramaiah targeted the Basavaraj Bommai regime, at a media-conference, for its latest quota policy. Never had a state government in 75 years since Indias independence, changed its quota classification three times in three months. This showed the purpose was to deceive different communities, they said.
Several BJP leaders, including party chief J P Nadda, have accused Gandhi of insulting Other Backward Classes (OBCs) through his remark. Addressing a gathering at the daylong Sankalp Satyagraha of the Congress at the Rajghat, Gehlot said Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an experiment in Gujarat polls in 2017 by saying that a Congress leader abused him about his caste.
The Congress leaders, addressed the 'deeksha' and condemned Rahul Gandhi's disqualification as an MP following his conviction by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his Modi surname remark.
He alleged that the BJP wants to gag him as it is afraid that he will raise the Adani issue in Parliament again. These decisions being made because they were rattled by the Bharat Jodo Yatra, he said in an apparent reference to Gandhi's disqualification from Lok Sabha.
The BJP government has not left any sign of the Constitution in the country, all the steps it takes are illegal and undemocratic, he charged. Mir said after February 7 when Gandhi lifted the veil over Prime Minister Narendra Modi-(Gautam) Adani relation, the BJP government allegedly rushed to process of conviction and the subsequent disqualification.
She said the time had come to raise a voice against an arrogant government as barring Rahul Gandhi from contesting elections does not bode well for the country and its democracy. The Congress leader alleged that Rahul Gandhi was disqualified for questioning the prime minister on industrialist Gautam Adani and people will give a befitting reply to those behind the action.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has encouraged citizens to donate their organs, citing relaxed regulations intended to boost uptake. The minimum age threshold and domicile rules have both been removed. The government hopes that the move will persuade more people to take up organ donation, which they argue plays a significant role in modern medical science.
Congress party members, including leader Mallikarjun Kharge and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, have taken part in a protest at Rajghat in Delhi, supporting Rahul Gandhi after his disqualification from Lok Sabha. Despite their request to hold the satyagraha being denied by the Delhi Police due to prohibitory orders, large crowds gathered outside the venue. The Congress has also announced plans for a day-long satyagraha through India in front of Mahatma Gandhi statues to protest against
The Election Commission of India will visit Assam twice to hear from stakeholders on the ongoing delimitation exercise. The Commission will first interact with stakeholders on March 27 and then again after publishing the draft proposal in newspapers. The Commission has also extended the deadline for receiving suggestions or inputs until April 5, 2023, via email.
The case was lodged at Railway Court in Sonepur and transferred here upon the establishment of MP/MLA court. Altogether 27 persons were named as accused and charge-sheet was filed against 23 of them. All of them were acquitted as no evidence was found against them, lawyer Ashok Kumar told reporters.
A complaint had been filed against Owaisi following his remarks on the Supreme Court's 2019 judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. After the apex court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute in 2019, Owaisi had reportedly said that the Supreme Court is supreme ut not infallible.