On Thursday, at a lunch hosted by BJP chief Amit Shah for ministers and mediapersons to mark four years of the Narendra Modi government, Gadkari, who has lost almost 10 kg, was seen discouraging others from eating a number of items on the table.
While receiving a visiting dignitary at the airport has emerged as a marker of enhanced importance, a send-off seems to have become another marker of a special gesture. Modi’s visit witnessed this new marker of warmth between Modi and Putin.
The party — an unusual gesture from the otherwise private and silent Sinha — comes amid reports that many officials of I&B Ministry, and officers of the Indian Information Services, are relieved with Irani leaving the ministry.
Concerned over mushrooming of ‘Sangh vicharaks’ (RSS ideologues) and ‘Sangh ke jaankaar’ (those familiar with the outfit) who appear on news channel debates on even issues not strictly related to RSS, the organisation plans to restrict such people from taking part in these programmes.
While officially party leaders said it was only postponed, since the party was waiting for the final tally, sources said it had more to do with the quick change in political atmosphere in Karnataka.
Union minister Uma Bharti’s remarks seem to be jinxed these days. After her earlier remark on dining with Dalits was misinterpreted, Bharti posted a series of tweets to clarify her statement.
Jawaharlal Nehru may be a more discussed figure in the political circuit but diplomats too are talking about him. Recently, Indonesian ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro tweeted a picture of Nehru.
In the Karnataka Assembly polls, it is the Lok Awaz Dal with the “blackboard” symbol. In the meanwhile, a new party, Loktantrik Janata Dal, is a work in progress.
Sumitra Mahajan has removed Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, the new president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, as her honorary adviser.
Union Science Minister Harsh Vardhan in an address to a women’s group in Delhi’s Model Town over the weekend said that he felt predictions by Nostradamus about India are perhaps coming true and that person could be Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the run-up to Mother’s Day, Maneka Gandhi has now announced another online competition — #LikeyouDoMaa — and asked people to send to the ministry stories of good habits they have learnt from their mothers.
Tripura CM Biplab Deb was in the national capital on Thursday to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
A few weeks ago, before the election campaign began in earnest, Shah accompanied Yeddyurappa and toured the latter’s stronghold through the day. But as Shah decided to have dinner at Eshwarappa’s home, Yeddyurappa had no choice but to accompany the party president.
Whenever he travels to Kolkata, Pranab Mukherjee prefers to stay in his own flat, in Dhakuria area of south Kolkata, rather than a more elaborate government accommodation befitting his stature.
Rahul Gandhi said Congress will win in all the three states. And then added that Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot (both from Rajasthan), Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath (from Madhya Pradesh) and the leadership of Chhattisgarh was present at the rally.
According to sources, Radha Mohan Singh was the only minister who had spent a night at a Dalit village to restore the faith of the community in the BJP
Prakash Javadekar’s preoccupation with BJP’s election campaign Karnataka has kept him away from Shastri Bhawan.
The word of the week for the BJP leaders is “galatta”, meaning noise. Leaders from the Hindi belt learnt the word when supporters of state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa’s son started making noise after he was denied a ticket to contest from Varuna seat.
RPI(A), which did not participate in the all-India bandh called by different SC and ST groups to protest against the government earlier this month, has now decided to call for a mass agitation next month against the court order on the legislation and rising atrocities against Dalits in the country.
Leaders of seven Opposition parties, led by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, met Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Friday.