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  • Sanjay Raut appointed leader of Shiv Sena MPs of both Houses of Parliament   

    Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has been appointed as the head of party MPs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, party sources said Tuesday. The Sena has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in the Rajya Sabha. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has written to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, notifying her about Raut’s appointment, a party source told PTI. Currently, Anandrao Adsul is Sena’s party group leader in the

  • Ambedkar’s BBM, Owaisi’s AIMIM to tie up for ‘19 polls

    Mumbai : The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) will forge an alliance for the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly polls in 2019, party leaders announced Saturday.


    New Delhi : BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who briefed the press on the national executive deliberations, said BJP President Amit Shah spoke in the concluding session just before PM Modi, pointed out that the party has already mapped 9 crore party workers. This corpus of party workers alone will guarantee 30 crore votes as each has three-four members in his family.

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    Law department favours prosecution of Shiv Sena MP: Maharashtra govt to Bombay High Court on illegal shrines issue

    Mumbai: Maharashtra’s law and justice department has recommended prosecution of Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire for allegedly obstructing demolition of an illegal temple in 2015, the state government informed the Bombay High Court on Friday. Khaire, a Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad, had allegedly abused a tehsildar and prevented a demolition squad from razing the illegal shrine in Walunj on October 29, 2015, as per a plea filed by a social activist

  • TRS for an early poll

    The Election Commission has ruled out simultaneous elections to the State assemblies and the Lok Sabha. Speaking with the media the other day, Chief Election Commissioner, O P Rawat, said without a legal framework, simultaneous polls cannot be held. Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah have often talked of ‘one nation, one election’, without an enabling constitutional amendment, this cannot be done. In other words, the

  • Meghalaya CM Conrad K. Sangma quits Lok Sabha

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Tuesday resigned from the Lok Sabha after being elected to the Meghalaya Assembly on August 27. He will take oath as a member of the Assembly on Wednesday. Sangma, who won the by-election from South Tura, said he had submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

  • Banker, scamster and hidden hand make merry

    There is a sense of disquiet among India’s policy-watchers. Such anxieties were confirmed when they saw the data presented before the Lok Sabha on 3 August 2018 (see chart).  The government pointed out that in 2017-18 alone, there were 5,897 instances of bank-fraud that had come to light and were being investigated. Together, they involve a sum of Rs 32,048.65 crore. As can be seen, the number of instances of frauds and

  • 70% parties prefer ballot paper: Cong

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the demand has been made to the EC since there are doubts on the credibility of EVMs and asked the EC to reintroduce ballot papers from the next election

  • PM Narendra Modi on Triple Talaq Bill: Will ensure that Muslim women get justice

    New Delhi: PM Modi on Sunday assured justice to Muslim women through Triple Talaq Bill. While addressing the nation in the 47th edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, the PM said, “The Triple Talaq bill was passed in Lok Sabha, but could not be passed in Rajya Sabha. But, I would like to assure Muslim women that the entire nation is there with them and we will ensure that they

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    Gurudas Kamat Obituary: Congress will be hard-pressed to find Kamat alternative

    Mumbai: The sudden demise of Gurudas Kamat, former union minister and senior party leader, will be a massive blow to the Congress, especially when the party needs candidates with winnability in order to regain Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai. The party suffered a virtual rout in the 2014 general election. Kamat’s stronghold was the Mumbai North East constituency, which he had won four times. Later, he represented Mumbai North East in 2009

  • Centre may opt for legislative route for construction of Ram temple: UP Dy CM

    Lucknow :   Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday said he was hopeful that if the need arose and there was no way out, the Centre could opt for the legislative route in Parliament for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, when it has adequate numbers in both Houses.

  • Former Lok Sabha MP Chennupati Vidya dies of heart attack

    Amaravati: Former member of Lok Sabha, Chennupati Vidya died of heart attack here in the wee hours today due to age-related ailments. She is survived by a son and three daughters, family sources said.

  • We open the doors to new possibilities: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    The poet-Prime Minister, an awarded parliamentarian, is renowned for his sparkling oratory, often laced with humour. He made many powerful and historic speeches; here are extracts from five of the most memorable ones.

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    A Marxist abandoned by his party

    For long, the voice of Opposition, Somnath Chatterjee, was the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one who defied his party and refused to quit the post over the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, leading to his expulsion from the CPI-M. From championing the cause of the downtrodden as one of India’s finest parliamentarians and barristers, and settling effortlessly into the role of wooing investors to industry-dry West Bengal, Chatterjee

  • When MPs behave well

    When they are good, they are very, very good. Well, that is actually true of our MPs who, it seems, behaved so well in the just-concluded monsoon session that this turned out to be the most productive  since 2000. Given the wash-out of entire sessions in the last two decades, the frequent adjournments and walk-outs, the slogan-shouting in the well of the House, the raucous display of placards, etc, the orderly conduct

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    Monsoon session: Modi emerges stronger

    After defeating the united Opposition sponsored ‘no confidence motion’ on the floor of the Lok Sabha with more than comfortable margin, now the Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA managed to win the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha and proved that its sway continues in both Houses of the Parliament. This has come as a much-needed confidence in the BJP camp with the big 2019 election just eight months away. Prime

  • Demand for JPC probe in Rafale scam rocks Parl

    New Delhi : The Congress created pandemonium in both Houses of the Parliament on the last day of the monsoon session on Friday, demanding a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the alleged irregularities in the purchase of French Rafale fighter aircraft.

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    Slash price of packaged water, cap it at Rs 20, demands INLD MP Dushyant Chautala

    New Delhi: An INLD member today demanded slashing of the price of packaged water, saying such water was being sold at places at rates as high as Rs 180. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Dushyant Chautala (INLD) asked the government to cap the price of packaged water at Rs 20.

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    Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today

    New Delhi: The much-debated Triple Talaq Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Friday a day after Union Cabinet approved an amendment to the bill. On Thursday, the Cabinet proposed three changes in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2017-first, only the victim, a blood relation or relation by marriage are allowed to lodge FIR in the case, second, the case can be dropped if husband and wife agree