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Lok Sabha session starts today; Focus on Speaker choice

With BJP lacking a majority in the House and Congress set to get the leader of the Opposition post, the Speaker's role has become crucial for the BJP-led NDA. In the 16th and 17th Lok Sabhas, BJP enjoyed absolute majority and there was no leader of the Opposition, which made it easier for the ruling party to get its legislative businesses passed.

24 Jun 2024 12:24 am
Consensus on speaker only if govt agrees to deputy post for Opposition

The Opposition stand comes in the wake of it planning to pull out its three representatives, earlier named by the government to assist the protem Speaker in administering oath to the newly elected members of the Lok Sabha, as a protest against the ruling side overlooking seniormost MP Kodikunnil Suresh (Congress) for the post.

24 Jun 2024 12:19 am
Third Eye: Party offices shift, yoga struggles, and RaGa's farewell

The electoral meltdown of BJD, AIADMK, and YSRCP has led to the risk of losing their party offices in Parliament House. TDP and JDU, with their BJP allies, qualify for prime office slots. Top Maharashtra politicians participated in the International Yoga Day event in Mumbai, but faced difficulties in basic postures. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sent a goodbye letter to the people of Wayanad, praising his sister Priyanka Gandhi's victory and expressing confidence in her performance as MP.

23 Jun 2024 11:51 pm
Paper leak row: Enraged BJP hits back after Shashi Tharoor takes a jibe at Uttar Pradesh

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor faced backlash from the BJP for a meme questioning 'Uttar Pradesh kise kehte hain?' amidst controversy over exam irregularities.

23 Jun 2024 9:25 pm
Rahul Gandhi pens emotional letter to people of Wayanad, says their unconditional love protected him

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has written an emotional letter to the people of Wayanad, the constituency he is giving up to represent Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha. He expressed gratitude for the unconditional love and support they have shown him during his daily abuse. Rahul has won both Wayanad and Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituencies and must vacate one seat within 14 days of the Lok Sabha results.

23 Jun 2024 7:51 pm
Exam system handed over to copying mafia: Akhilesh Yadav targets BJP

The Samajwadi Party chief said the BJP government is completely running on lies and loot. Inflation and unemployment are at their peak, law and order is in shambles. There is a terror of money lenders in the entire state, he added.

23 Jun 2024 6:27 pm
TN hooch tragedy victims were 'careless', 'exceeded their limit', says Kamal Haasan

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has condemned the 53-person hooch tragedy in Tamil Nadu, stating that the victims were careless and exceeded their limits. He emphasized the importance of occasional drinking and social drinking, but stressed that exceeding the limit in any form is bad.

23 Jun 2024 6:13 pm
Jagan govt allotted 42 acres land for YSRCP offices in 26 districts for Rs 1,000 lease: Nara Lokesh

Andhra Pradesh Information Technology and Electronics Minister Nara Lokesh has accused the former YSRCP government, led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, of allocating 42 acres of land in 26 districts for YSRCP offices at a nominal lease cost of Rs 1,000 for 33 years. Lokesh made the allegations on Sunday via a post on the social media platform X, where he also shared several pictures of the alleged YSRCP offices under construction.

23 Jun 2024 5:30 pm
BJP to uproot corrupt JMM-led alliance from power in J'khand to form next govt: Chouhan

BJP's election in-charge Shivraj Singh Chouhan aims to form the next government in Jharkhand by defeating the 'corrupt' JMM-led coalition. The party had a strong performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls in the state.

23 Jun 2024 4:41 pm
Owaisi attacks NDA govt over NEET issue, says youth deserve justice, apology from Modi

Taking a dig at the government, he said exam warrior Modi waged a war on future of the youth. First it was NEET UG (~23 lakh students), then UGC-NET (~9 lakh students). Then CSIR-NET was cancelled (~2 lakh students). NEET-PG (~2 lakh) was cancelled a night before the exam. The responsibility lies with Modi & his ministers. Our youth deserve an apology from the PM & justice from his govt, Owaisi said on X.

23 Jun 2024 4:39 pm
BJP targets INDIA bloc over Kallakurchi tragedy that claimed 56 lives, calls it 'murder'

BJP MP Sambit Patra hit out at the INDIA bloc and the Congress and alleged that they were silent on the hooch tragedy in Kallakurchi, Tamil Nadu and called it a murder of 32 Dalits. BJP MP Sambit Patra criticized the INDIA bloc and the Congress for their silence on the recent tragedy in southern India that claimed 56 lives. He alleged that they did not speak out about the hooch tragedy in Kallakurchi, Tamil Nadu, which he described as the murder of 32 Dalits.

23 Jun 2024 4:20 pm
Exit polls loss-making venture: Axis My India chief

Exit polls are a loss-making business, with the only profit for pollsters like Axis My India chief Pradeep Gupta being visibility. Gupta's company is focused on corporate clients for revenue.

23 Jun 2024 4:02 pm
India probably needs to go back to ballots: Dipankar Bhattacharya

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya suggested that India may need to return to ballot papers due to concerns regarding Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). During an interview with PTI editors, Bhattacharya expressed his worries about the alleged saffronisation of education and a stock market scam influenced by exit polls.

23 Jun 2024 3:33 pm
Four news channels off air in Andhra Pradesh post polls; YSRCP reaches out to TRAI

News channels in Andhra Pradesh were blocked following Assembly and Parliamentary elections, with YSRCP Parliamentarian alleging coercion by the state government. YSRCP member complained to TRAI about the blocking of vernacular news channels.

23 Jun 2024 3:29 pm
Mayawati reverses decision; reinstates nephew Akash Anand as political heir

BSP chief Mayawati has announced Akash Anand, as her successor. Akash Anand will take charge of the national coordinator: BSP reader Sarvar Malik

23 Jun 2024 2:33 pm
Centre needs to examine demands of AP, Bihar for special category status carefully: Rajiv Kumar

Former Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar emphasized the need for careful examination of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar's long-standing demand for special category status to prevent fiscal pressure on the Centre's resources.

23 Jun 2024 2:13 pm
Education system handed over to 'mafia' by Modi govt: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticizes the Narendra Modi government for alleged irregularities in national competitive exams, including NEET-UG, accusing the government of handing over the education system to the 'mafia' and 'corrupt'.

23 Jun 2024 12:23 pm
Keen contest on cards in bypolls to 10 Assembly seats in UP

The upcoming by-elections in Uttar Pradesh will be fiercely contested between the ruling BJP and the INDIA bloc (SP and Congress). These elections, triggered by vacated assembly seats due to Lok Sabha wins and disqualifications, are crucial despite not affecting BJPs majority. Both alliances are gearing up, with the INDIA bloc aiming to extend their recent Lok Sabha success. The outcomes will significantly impact political morale and strategies, setting the stage for intense electoral battles in

23 Jun 2024 11:23 am
Quota issue solution will be found through consensus: BJP leader Bawankule

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule has stated that the Mahayuti government is positive about finding a consensus solution to the reservation-related demands of the Marathas and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). This comes after activists Laxman Hake and Navnath Waghmare ended their hunger strike following a meeting with a government delegation. The government's stand is that the Maratha community should receive reservation without affecting the existing OBC quota, aiming to avoid confro

23 Jun 2024 9:07 am
Total incompetence...: Jairam Ramesh on NEET-PG exam postponement

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attributing frequent exam cancellations to his otal incompetence and that of his associates. The NEET-PG exam, scheduled for June 23, was postponed due to concerns over exam integrity. The Health Ministry announced the postponement to review the exam processes. Allegations of irregularities in NEET-UG exams, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), led to protests and demands for NTA's disbandment. A 7-member committe

23 Jun 2024 7:26 am
Enforcing law against paper leak mere whitewash: Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the BJP for not taking action against paper leaks and promoting corruption in the education system, referring to the enforcement of the anti-paper leak law as a 'whitewash'.

22 Jun 2024 7:07 pm
Govt, opposition face-off on protem Speaker issue ahead of first Lok Sabha session

Ahead of the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha, tensions arose between the NDA government and the INDIA bloc over the appointment of Pro-tem Speaker. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju accused the Congress of spreading falsehoods, while opposition members threatened to boycott joining the panel assisting Pro-tem Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab. President Droupadi Murmu appointed Mahtab, a seven-term BJP leader, to administer oaths and oversee the Speaker's election.

22 Jun 2024 5:06 pm
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde vows to prevent caste tensions amid quota row

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assured that the government will prevent caste tension amid Marathas and OBCs' reservations dispute. OBC activist Laxman Hake and others ended their fast after government intervention. An all-party meeting is planned in the upcoming monsoon session to address extending reservations to Maratha descendants with Kunbi caste certificates. The government is pro-farmer and denies making decisions against their interests, contrasting earlier accusations by Deput

22 Jun 2024 5:02 pm
Defer implementation of new criminal laws: Jairam Ramesh

On Dec 25 2023, the President of India had given her assent to the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023,the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, 2023. The three far-reaching Bills had been bulldozed through Parliament without proper debate and discussion, and at a time when 146 MPs had been suspended from the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Ramesh said.

22 Jun 2024 2:25 pm
Open to probe, regulations will help doing business: Axis My India chief on alleged stock market manipulation through exit polls

Facing scrutiny, Axis My India's Pradeep Gupta supports regulations for pollsters to improve business practices and credibility. Calls demands to ban exit polls 'childish' and stresses the importance of regulations.

22 Jun 2024 1:27 pm
Govt trying to do 'damage control': Congress on implementation of law to curb exam irregularities

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has defended the implementation of a law to prevent unfair means in competitive examinations, stating it is damage control. The law, which aims to curb malpractices and irregularities in competitive exams, was operationalised on June 21, 2024, following protests over alleged irregularities in medical entrance exams. The law entails provisions for a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore for offenders.

22 Jun 2024 12:42 pm
Seat-sharing talks for Maharashtra polls yet to begin in MVA; all are equal stakeholders: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut stated that seat-sharing discussions among the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls have not started yet. Raut emphasized that all parties within the MVA, including NCP (SP) and Congress, are equal stakeholders. He noted that despite the NCP (SP) having the highest strike rate in the Lok Sabha polls, the Shiv Sena (UBT) was heavily targeted by the opposition, which impacted its performance. Raut reassured that there will be

22 Jun 2024 12:06 pm
Atishi's indefinite fast over water crisis enters second day

Delhi Water Minister Atishi is fasting for two days due to the water crisis in the city. She claims Haryana is not releasing enough water for 28 lakh people, who are suffering from a shortage of 100 MGD water. Delhi relies on neighboring states for water, with Haryana providing 613 MGD.

22 Jun 2024 11:37 am
BJP holds marathon meeting to discuss strategy for Maharashtra assembly polls

The Maharashtra BJP unit met for a marathon session to plan strategy for the upcoming state assembly elections, focusing on campaign tactics and finalising plans during the five-hour meeting. With the state assembly elections expected in October, the BJP aims to recover from its decreased Lok Sabha seat count in Maharashtra. Core committee members, including Union Minister Piyush Goyal and state leaders, discussed the preliminary election blueprint during the meeting.

22 Jun 2024 11:32 am
YSRCP's central office in Tadepalli demolished; Jagan Mohan Reddy calls Naidu 'a dictator'

The YSR Congress Party's under-construction central office in Tadepalli, Guntur district, was demolished by municipal authorities on Saturday morning, despite a high court order to halt the activity. YSRCP President Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy condemned the demolition, attributing it to political vendetta by the TDP-led government. Officials claimed the construction was illegal, while Reddy vowed to fight against these actions and appealed to democratic forces to condemn the act.

22 Jun 2024 10:31 am
Cracks on Mumbai's Atal Setu: Maharashtra has become an ATM for Amit Shah and Modi, says Congress' Nana Patole

Cracks on Mumbai's Atal Setu: Maharashtra has become an ATM for Amit Shah and Modi, says Congress' Nana Patole

22 Jun 2024 9:15 am
Solution to Manipur crisis likely in 2-3 months: Biren Singh

Talking to media persons in Imphal on Friday, Singh said that violence continues in some areas due to a lack of security personnel, but the situation is improving as security forces which were taken out of the state for general election duties have come back and have been redeployed in vulnerable areas. Now, the situation will be better, he added.

22 Jun 2024 12:32 am
ECI sets ball rolling for J&K polls, orders electoral rolls' revision

The full Election Commission of India (ECI) - chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar and election commissioners Sukhbir S Sandhu and Gyanesh Kumar - is expected to visit J&K in July or early August for a ground review of electoral preparedness. The ECI has already begun moving the poll process. On Friday, the poll panel announced that it was set to conduct the second special summary revision (SSR) for updation of electoral rolls in the states of Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and UT of Jammu &

22 Jun 2024 12:31 am
Third Eye: Chasing fertile pastures, Siddas U-turn on fuel hike, and a no-show in Paris

Deputy CM DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Congress' strongest Vokkaliga face, is considering throwing his hat in the by-election ring. With Bengaluru rural seat, of which his assembly seat Kanakapura is a part, having delivered a resounding o to his brother DK Suresh in the Lok Sabha election, it will be interesting to see how the region responds to DKS walking away from it for more fertile Vokkaliga pastures.

22 Jun 2024 12:12 am
Mamata Banerjee asks PM Modi to defer rollout of 3 criminal laws

The chief minister also noted that these critical Bills were passed unilaterally without any debate on December 20. She said 146 parliamentarians were suspended on the day when the Bills were passed.

21 Jun 2024 11:49 pm
Arvind Kejriwals absence affecting policy decisions, welfare measures? All you need to know

Several important initiatives are stalled, including the appointment of a new minister to replace Raaj Kumar Anand, who resigned ahead of the Lok Sabha polls; the Mukhyamantri Mahila Samman Yojana, which provides Rs 1,000 per month to women over 18; revisions to dearness allowance in minimum wages; and policies for the maintenance and strengthening of Delhis arterial roads. Proposals for modernising Delhi, such as cloud kitchens, food trucks, Dilli Bazaar, start-ups, and industrial and economic

21 Jun 2024 9:10 pm
HC gives relief to JP Nadda, Amit Malaviya, exempts them from personal appearance in police case

Karnataka High Court grants interim relief to BJP leaders JP Nadda and Amit Malaviya in connection with FIR by Kalaburagi police during Lok Sabha polls.

21 Jun 2024 9:00 pm
ED seizes benami documents, Rs 19L cash after raids on BRS MLA, brother

Search operations led to the seizure of unaccounted cash of Rs 19 lakh along with large number of property documents in the names of unrelated persons who are suspected to be enamis of the accused persons, the Enforcement Directorate said.

21 Jun 2024 8:28 pm
Cracks found on Mumbai's Atal Setu just months after inauguration; Congress alleges corruption

Named in tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the bridge's construction quality has now been called into question by the emergence of these defects. I inspected this bridge with my colleagues to expose the corrupt practices of the government as part of the Congress party agitation. The matter is very serious and we demand that the Hon'ble High Court should take immediate notice and investigate the matter, Maharashtra Congress chief Patole said.

21 Jun 2024 7:34 pm
NEET case: Will request Bihar CM for CBI probe into links of accused with RJD, says Deputy CM Vijay Kumar Sinha

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Kumar Sinha announced plans to request Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for a CBI probe into the suspected links of prime suspect Sikander Prasad Yadvendu in the NEET paper leak with officials connected to RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. Sinha emphasized the need for a high-level investigation amid growing protests and upcoming Supreme Court hearings.

21 Jun 2024 6:27 pm
Kerala CM Vijayan criticises Centre for not appointing Congress MP K Suresh as LS pro-tem Speaker

The CM, in a statement issued by his office, also questioned what is the BJP's answer to those who suspect that Suresh was not considered for the post due to the upper caste politics followed by the Sangh Parivar. Vijayan's remarks came a day after seven-term parliamentarian and BJP leader Bhartruhari Mahtab was made the pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

21 Jun 2024 6:00 pm