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Anna Hazare writes to PM Narendra Modi, reminds him of unfulfilled poll promises

Social activist Anna Hazare dashed off another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reminding him of his unfulfilled poll promises and said there is “no visible difference” between his government and the previous Congress-led UPA regime. Wishing Modi for the New Year, the 78-year-old anti-graft crusader in his three-page letter took a swipe at the prime minister, saying he may have forgotten the things which he promised during the 2014

PM Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year, says Sushma Swaraj in Islamabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year to participate in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Islamabad today. Sushma, who is in Islamabad for Heart of Asia Summit, told reporters, that she will accompany PM Modi during his visit to Pakistan in 2016, Geo TV reported. Modi will be first prime minister to visit Pakistan since Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Bihar will never return to jungle raj, claims Nitish Kumar

With BJP cautioning people against possible return of ‘jungle raj’ in the wake of the JD(U) alliance with RJD, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday discounted the possibility and said it was made to deflect focus from the development plank of the combine. “Do not get frightened by such propaganda…It is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from development issues in the elections,” Kumar said at a function

Vajpayee wanted me to become Bihar CM: Ram Vilas Paswan

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted him to become the Chief Minister of Bihar. “There was meeting at Atal ji`s place. Advani ji, Yashwant Sinha ji, George Fernandes, Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kuamr were also present at the meeting. Everyone voiced their opinion. Then Atal ji said that make Ram Vilas ji the Chief Minister, the government

BJP's Shanta Kumar drops letter bomb, demands 'Lokpal' in party

As the Narendra Modi government prepares itself for the Opposition onslaught over ‘Lalitgate’ and the Vyapam scam issue, BJP veteran from Himachal Pradesh Shanta Kumar has dropped a letter bomb demanding a ‘Lokpal’ in the party to tackle the cases of corruption. According to media reports on Tuesday, the lawmaker from Kangra has shot off a letter to BJP chief Amit Shah expressing grave concerns over the recent controversies and the

370 seats needed in Lok Sabha for addressing core issues including Ram Temple: Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah today said that the government has not enough mandate to address core issues including  construction of  Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “We have not got enough mandate to address the core issues. We need 370 seats according to the Constitution to address them,” he said in New Delhi. Shah was replying to a question as to why the BJP, which alone had majority in

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley have frightened BJP workers: Arun Shourie

Arun Shourie has fired a volley of shots across Narendra Modi’s bows days before the government’s first anniversary. Shourie, who was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s blue-eyed boy as a disinvestment minister in his government, alleged that Modi’s economic policy was “directionless”, investments had not picked up and the “Make in India” concept would not take off unless labour reforms were ushered in, and debunked as “hyperbole” the claim of a projected

No alternative to Rahul Gandhi in Congress: Ramnarayan Meena

Congress party has no other alternative to Rahul Gandhi and that he is the “best one” to lead the party, senior Congress leader Ramnarayan Meena on Saturday said. “Congress party has got no other leader but Rahul Gandhi who can unite the party and bring it to the mainstream. There is no other alternative to Rahul Gandhi in Congress party. He is the next one and best one in the party,”

Centre denies snooping on Rahul Gandhi

The Centre on Monday dismissed as a “non-issue” the charges of snooping on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as members of the party, supported by other political parties, created an uproar in Parliament. The alleged snooping on Rahul Gandhi was raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha. Kharge, who spoke after question hour, said the Delhi Police

Rail Budget like a train without passengers: Nitish Kumar

Expressing disappointment with the Railway Budget presented in the Parliament on Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it was full of “lofty ideas but without any action plan.” “It’s like there is a train coach but no passenger,” said Kumar, who served as Railway minister during NDA regime of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “What has surprised me that there was no action plan in the budget, it

Bal Thackeray saved Modi when he was Gujarat CM: Uddhav Thackeray

In a scathing attack on former ally BJP, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Saturday blamed it for the alliance’s break-up while claiming it was party patriarch Bal Thackeray who saved Narendra Modi as Gujarat chief minister in the wake of the nationwide clamour for his removal post-Godhra riots. Addressing the party’s first poll rally Satuday evening, two days after the BJP broke the 35-year-old alliance, Thackeray said senior Bharatiya Janata

BJP leaders named governors in four states

Four prominent BJP leaders were on Tuesday named governors in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, with C. Vidyasagar Rao from Telangana taking charge in election-bound Maharashtra.Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh was named governor of Rajasthan, Gujarat assembly Speaker Vajubhai Radabhai Vala took charge of Karnataka while Mridula Sinha, also a leading writer, moved into Goa. Kalyan Singh succeeds Margaret Alva whose tenure ended Aug 5. Vala took the