Facing threat to life, Rahul Gandhi cancels visit to Puducherry, TN, Kerala

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi cancelled his two-day visit to Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which was to commence on Tuesday, a day after an anonymous letter threatening his life was received by the party. However, this is not the reason behind cancellation of Rahul Gandhi’s Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala visit. In a series of tweets, the Congress vice president claimed that he is suffering from high fever. “My apologies

AAP leader Somnath Bharti refutes charges of harassment by wife

Two days after the Delhi Commission for Women summoned him on charges of harassing his wife, AAP leader Somnath Bharti on Saturday said they were untrue and lacked substance. He said he will appear before the Commission wherever he had to and “when a legitimate” need arose. Bharti claimed that he had been living separately from his wife for the past five years and therefore there was “no question of

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

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

Rajya Sabha passes Mines Bill, overcoming procedural wrangles

After much controversy and procedural wrangles, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 (Mines Bill) , was passed by the Rajya Sabha Friday with all parties, barring Congress and the Left, supporting it. JD-U members walked out before the voting saying they did not want to be part of the procedure. The Bill was passed by 117 members voting in favour and 69 against it, after Mines

Jayalalithaa first CM to face disqualification

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Saturday became the third leading politician and the first sitting chief minister to face disqualification as a legislator after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case. A trial court in Bangalore Saturday convicted her in a disproportionate assets case filed by the former DMK government in 1996. Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was disqualified from his seat in the Lok Sabha and Congress

Jayalalithaa convicted in disproportionate wealth case

A special court in Bangalore, Saturday, deferred its verdict in the 18-year-old Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister ​Jayalalithaa till 3 pm. According to sources, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister told the court that the case was politically motivated, and intended to harass her. Trial court judge John Michael D’Cunha, who had directed all the accused to be present in his court on the judgement day, deferred the pronouncement of verdict.

Narendra Modi meets superstar Rajinikanth, terms it courtesy call

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi met superstar Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence here on Sunday evening. Ruling out any political motive behind this meeting, the Gujarat chief minister maintained that the meet is a courtesy call on the occasion of Tamil new year today. Modi will address a public rally here post the meeting which will be his first ever rally here after the elections

Narendra Modi 's image will hamper BJP's coalition prospects

Recent opinion polls confirm what the non-political layman has been suspecting – that neither of the two main parties will be able to secure a majority on its own in parliament. Another bit of conventional wisdom which has been borne out by the surveys is that this time, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will pull ahead of the Congress in the race to be the first party in the Lok