Free Press Journal
  • Ujjain: Local unit discusses preparations held at Lok Shakti Bhawan

    A meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party local unit was held on Wednesday at party office ‘Lok Shakti Bhawan’. The meeting discussed preparation for the convention to be held in Bhopal on September 25 in which PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah will address the party workers in view of the forthcoming Assembly polls. More than 7500 party workers will leave for Bhopal by bus to participate in the convention. The

  • Metro 9: BJP, Shiv Sena begin the battle to take credit

    Bhayandar: The state Cabinet’s approval on Wednesday for two new metro projects in Mumbai including the Dahisar-Mira Bhayandar route (Metro Line 9) has resulted in a bitter credit claiming battle between the local BJP and Shiv Sena leaderships in the twin-city.

  • editorial, Foreigners, Draft National Register of Citizens, Assam, BJP, Amit Shah

    Foreigners to the fore again

    The moment the Draft National Register of Citizens was published, omitting over forty lakh names from the list pertaining to Assam alone, it was clear that the BJP would use it as a campaign-handle in the coming elections. The fear was not unwarranted. On Tuesday, the BJP president, Amit Shah, addressing a conclave of party workers in Jaipur, the capital of the poll-bound Rajasthan, threatened to identify all illegal migrants from Bangladesh

  • bhavdeep kang, indian politics, editorial, politics, BJP, Congress, Fuel Price Row

    Politics is the art of selling the impossible

    At the BJP National Executive in Delhi last week, the party leadership projected a picture of confidence and determination, at a time when the government is under fire for rising fuel prices and a falling rupee. The upbeat mood in the BJP, it appears, has more to do with the disarray in the Opposition than its own performance. Indeed, the BJP leadership devoted considerable time to criticising the proposed mahagathbandhan.

  • mbmc, bhayandar, unqualified fireman, bjp, judiciary, illegal recruitments

    Despite judicial restraint, MBMC opens backdoor for ‘unqualified’ firemen

    Bhayandar: In yet another classic example of how politicians throw the rule book in the wind, the BJP-ruled Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) passed a resolution in the general body, paving way for the reinstatement of 17 unqualified firefighters who were sacked in 2002. This despite judicial orders disallowing such illegal recruitments.

  • Indore: Modi, Shivraj fool farmers in Fasal Bima Yojana, says Jyotiraditya Scindia

    Congress MP and state election campaign committee head Jyotiraditya Scindia alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are fooling the farmers in the name of Fasal Bima Yojana. Addressing a public meeting under ‘Parivartan Yatra’ at Depalpur on Tuesday, Scindia said: “The government has been deducting Rs 3000 as premium for the scheme from farmers’ account but it is paying Rs 3 as compensation to them.”

  • Modi Hatao does not sell

    The national executive meeting of the BJP in the capital at the weekend underlined the gung-ho mood of the party. It seems that the leadership has decided that the coming parliamentary poll is as good as sewn up already. If the party president Amit Shah talked of not only winning the 2019 contest but ruling for the next fifty straight years, other leaders echoed him, sounding as if the BJP was invincible.

  • Rahul and Sonia Gandhi’s pleas challenging tax reassessment reveals deep rooted corruption in Congress, says BJP

    New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi’s pleas against the IT department’s decision to reopen their 2011-2012 tax assessments reveal “deep seated corruption” in the party. Rahul Gandhi needs to answer many questions, Union minister Smriti Irani said, a day after the Delhi High Court dismissed the Gandhis’ challenge to reopen their tax assessments in connection with a case related to the  National Herald newspaper. “Yesterday’s court

  • bjp, shiv sena, congress, maharashtra, bharat bandh, ashok chavan, sanjay nirupam

    BJP incompetent, Shiv Sena needs to walk out: Congress

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan and Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam thanked 21 political parties for supporting the Congress-led Bharat bandh in protest of consistent hike in fuel prices.  Chavan called the BJP Govt a failure as he said, “BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today stated that the Govt cannot bring down the fuel prices. This reflects their incompetence and further proves that the BJP government has failed miserably. They obviously

  • mumbai, bharat bandh, mns, maharashtra navnirman sena, bjp, mns vandalism

    Bharat Bandh: MNS on vandalising spree

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists vandalised a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator’s office in Malad after the Congress Party called for a nationwide bandh on Monday. Notably, this was the first time MNS participated in the bandh since its inception in 2006. The activists broke chairs and overturned benches of BJP corporator Vinod Mishra’s office in Ward no 43 in Malad. The office shutters were half open when party cadres

  • Bhopal: Price cut on petrol in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh puts pressure on Madhya Pradesh

    The pressure on the state government to slash prices of petrol and diesel has further increased with Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh cutting prices of petrol and diesel. Currently, there is 28 per cent VAT and Rs 4.50 cess on petrol in the state. There is 22 per cent VAT and 50 paise cess on diesel.  The central government has asked the state government to cut fuel prices at its own level considering

  • Bhopal: CEO to direct collectors to penalize violators

    The chief electoral officer is likely to direct the district collectors to initiate action in connection with defacement of government property. They would also be asked to ensure removal of banners, posters and hoardings, informed the CEO VL Kantharao while talking to media here on Monday.

  • Bhopal: BJP turns to woo poor, OBCs

    Agitation launched by the upper castes and other backward classes against the amendment in SC/ST Atrocities Act has raised concerns within BJP about losing its main voters. The impact of the agitation has been severe in Gwalior, Chambal and Vindhya regions. To tackle the impact of the agitation, the BJP leaders are now focusing on creating a rift in the upper castes and the OBCs.

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    Congress’ ‘bandh’ call gets lukewarm response

    Mumbai: The state-wide shutdown called by the Congress and other opposition parties against high fuel prices received a lukewarm response in the state and Mumbai. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) actively participated in the bandh, but the Shiv Sena kept a distance. There were few incidents of disruption reported on local trains, Metro line at D N Nagar and MNS workers were involved in rampant vandalism of shops.

  • amit shah, lata mangeshkar, bjp, bjp president, amit shah meets lata mangeshkar, Loksabha polls, Maharashtra, Mumbai

    Affront to voters

    Arrogance in politics is counter-productive. We don’t think Amit Shah, the go-getter president of the ruling BJP, did himself or his party any good by intoning publicly from the podium of the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi on Sunday that they are going to rule the country for the next fifty years. His exact words were: “ If we win 2019, we are going to be in power for next 50

  • 50 years to give India the Hindu soul

    Amit Shah says BJP will rule for 50 years, i.e., till 2069 from 2019. By then Amit Shah will be history as will Narendra Modi along with an entire generation. Whether Modi and Shah get to become statues on the Sabarmati will depend on whether 50 years is time enough for BJP to reverse Nehruvian socialism and transplant it with a ‘Hindu soul’. Note that 50 years is less than the 70+

  • Amit Shah is the real boss, setting poll agenda

    Uncertain electoral prospects have the BJP top leadership in a tizzy, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his close aide Amit Shah, and the desperation was manifest in his speech at the executive meet of the party in Delhi.

  • Bharat Bandh: Congress criticises PM Modi on fuel price hike, says looting people’s money for own publicity

    New Delhi: The Congress dubbed the BJP government claims on petrol as white lies. Countering the BJP, Randeep Singh Surjewala said the average crude oil price during Manmohan Singh’s tenure was $107 per barrel while it is $50 in Modi’s four years. That is 55% less, but instead of giving benefit to the people, the excise levied on petrol has increased by 210% and on diesel by 443%, to collect Rs 11

  • Ayodhya issue: ‘Supreme Court is ours’, UP minister clarifies controversial statement

    Lucknow: An Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister waded into controversy after he said the BJP was committed to building a Ram temple in Ayodhya claiming that the “Supreme Court is ours”. However, after his statement received criticism, UP Cooperative minister Mukut Bihari Verma sought to wriggle out of the controversy Monday claiming what he really meant was that the Apex court belonged to the people of the country.

  • Bharat Bandh! BJP on rising fuel prices: Solution of this problem is not in our hands

    New Delhi: The BJP Monday said the problem being faced by the people because of rising fuel prices were momentary and caused by global factors. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at the Congress and its allies, alleging that they resorted to violence during the Bharat Bandh due to lack of support from the masses.