Akali Dal

Navjot Kaur Sidhu threatens to go on hunger strike

The stalemate between Sidhus and Badals has once again strained BJP and Akali Dal ties. Politician turned comedian Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Chief Parliamentary Secretary (MLA) wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu has threatened to observe hunger strike if Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal did not release Rs 10 crore grant for development in her constituency (Amritsar). Navjot Kaur Sidhu has said that she is determined to resort to a strike if

PM on his tour should go to Punjab to see plight of farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the government is not pro-farmers and laborers in the country. “It’s our government, your government but not a government for farmers and labourers,” Rahul said amid uproar in the House. “PM Modi while on his tour should visit Punjab to see the plight of farmers,” he added. Responding to his jibe, Union Minister and Akali Dal

Congress reaches out to SAD on Land Acquisition Bill

Congress on Saturday made overtures to Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP’s ruling partner in Punjab, in its fight against NDA’s land bill saying it should “open its eyes” and keep the politics aside in the interest of farmers. Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters here today that several political parties including SP, BSP, CPI(M), CPI, TMC, NCP, DMK, JD(U) and NDA constituent Shiv Sena were

Congress adopting new strategy for Delhi polls?

With its back to the wall, Congress has decided to declare names of candidates for all 70 assembly seats in Delhi even before the election dates are announced to give them more time to prepare for the elections which are likely to be held in February. After releasing its first list of candidates for 24 assembly seats of the 70-member Assembly today, the party will begin marathon meetings of its screening

Apprised President of how BJP was indulging in horse trading: Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and his team met President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday over possibilities of forming the government in Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party also “apprised the President on how the BJP was trying to cobble up a majority through horse trading.” At the same time AAP demanded immediate dissolution of the Delhi Assembly in the memorandum that it submitted to Pranab Mukherjee. Kejriwal told reporters after the

Is Arvind Kejriwal planning a return in Delhi?

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung amid demand by a section of AAP MLAs to explore the possibility of formation of government again by the party. Kejriwal was accompanied by senior party leader Manish Sisodia in the nearly half-an-hour meeting with Jung. The AAP leader did not speak to the media after the meeting. Sources said the issue of formation of a government

LS polls: Ambika Soni in Congress' fifth list

The Amritsar Lok Sabha seat will witness a clash of stalwarts with Congress on Friday announcing Amarinder Singh as its candidate to take on senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who is fighting his maiden electoral battle. A surprise announcement was about party general secretary Ambika Soni, who will take on Akali Dal leader Premsingh Chandumajra in the Anandpur Sahib seat. However, suspense remains over the Ludhiana seat held by Information

AAP spurns Congress offer of support

Aam Admi Party (AAP), the second largest group in Delhi assembly with 28 seats, tonight spurned Congress’ offer of unconditional support to form a government as the city state stared at the prospect of President’s Rule. Congress sent a letter to Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung offering unconditional support to AAP to form the government stating the party would not like to put the burden on people of fresh election

Anger in India must be cooled: Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said there was a “lot of anger” in India which must be checked. “India is a thought…youths make it, you make it. We have to include everyone and move forward,” the Congress leader said as he inaugurated a new training centre for para-military forces in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Gandhi invoked the example of a man who once supported the separatist demand for Khalistan and later