September 17, Prime Minister Modi’s birthday, will be observed as ‘Seva Diwas’.
The Commission, in a letter dispatched on Tuesday, said that the Sharad camp’s plea was not backed by any evidence or affidavits of support from party office bearers, MPs and MLAs. Further, the application filed by Javed Raza, on behalf of the Sharad faction, was not signed by Raza.
Parliament floor management will also see a change as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has two new deputies, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Vijay Goel, in place of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and S S Ahluwalia.
Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP’s national general secretary, said in a statement that the attacks on Nirmala Sitharaman after the cabinet reshuffle show the “regressive and petty mindset of the Opposition parties, especially the Congress”.
The buzz is that Nirmala Sitharaman, elevated to Cabinet rank, could be BJP's face in Tamil Nadu, where the party is seriously trying to make inroads
Sources said that the Sharad camp —which claims to be the “real JD(U)” and brands the party led by Nitish as “sarkari JD(U)” —is planning the national executive in New Delhi on September 17, where it is likely to express faith in the leadership of Sharad.
Mehrishi said fingerprints and biometrics were being captured and this had happened with 40 per cent of the population who owned smartphones. He replied in the affirmative when he was asked if it would be 100 per cent if every Indian started using a smartphone, sources said.
When the panel met Monday, Chidambaram said that with the apex court’s ruling, the security of Aadhaar data is something in which the Home Ministry will have a role and hence the whole issue now needs to be examined again. Most members in the panel concurred.
Members of the national committee formed on Monday include Anand Sharma (Congress), Ramgopal Yadav (SP), Veer Singh (BSP), Sitaram Yechury (CPM), Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) and others
The views of parties and the EC have been sought under five heads: ‘Electoral Funding’, ‘Systems of Elections’, ‘Media/ Free Airtime’, ‘Internal Democracy in Political Parties’, and ‘Miscellaneous’.
Sharad Yadav attended a parallel event, Jan Adalat, at Patna’s Sri Krishna Memorial Hall along with some party leaders loyal to him, including the suspended Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari, suspended former minister Ramai Ram and suspended general secretary Arun Srivastava.
JDU general secretary KC Tyagi said, “When more than 90 per cent MPs, MLAs and office-bearers of the party in Bihar are with Nitish Kumar, how can one or two people rebelling against the party’s decision cause a split?”
Gandhi said, “The RSS knows that its ideology cannot win elections in India. Hence, people of the RSS are installing their people one by one in every institution. Be it the Press, the bureaucracy, the judiciary, people of RSS ideology are being put in every institution.”
The Defence Secretary, consequently, has asked for a month’s time to return to the PAC to submit Action Taken Notes (ATN) on two paragraphs of the CAG report that had highlighted alleged irregularities in the purchase of the guns.
Listing his governments’ initiatives for the empowerment of women, the Prime Minister also lauded the campaign by some Muslim women against the practice of triple talaq. Modi took a vow with people to make a New India by 2022
Yadav has spoken with BSP chief Mayawati, former Jharkhand CMs Babulal Marandi (JVM-P) and Hemant Soren (JMM) and Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon B R Amedkar.
Sources said that if Sharad attends the August 27 BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao rally in Patna, it will lead to his suspension. Earlier, the party had suspended Ali Anwar Ansari and Arun Srivastava, besides removing Sharad from the post of Leader of House in RS.
Sharad calls meeting of JD(U) leaders; war of words in party intensifies. The senior JD(U) leader, who has spoken out against Nitish’s decision to realign with BJP, did not elaborate on his next course of action, but said he had called a meeting of some JD(U) leaders from across the country later this month.
Today’s development came a day after Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the capital, and remarked that Yadav was “free to take a decision”. He made it clear that the JD(U) has already decided to align with the BJP.
While Yadav trained his guns on Nitish for the second consecutive day during his Jan Samvad in Bihar, Nitish held deliberations with PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the national capital amid broad indications that the JD(U) would join the Union council of ministers.
Derek O’Brien (Trinamool) and Union minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-A) recited rhymes in English and Hindi, while deputy chairman P J Kurien expressed confidence that under Naidu’s leadership, the House will function smoothly with justice to both sides.
The BJP has been taking credit for the elevation of Naidu as well as President Ram Nath Kovind. Modi began by citing the day’s historic value as it was on this day that freedom fighter Khudiram Bose, 18, was hanged.
Venkaiah Naidu said while the media is free and he cannot direct them, the one thing he can can convey to them from the chair in the beginning of his tenure is, “Please focus more on constructive debate.” He also recalled how once his debate on agriculture was reported in one line though he spoke for 52 minutes.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament ends Thursday and in the event of Yadav’s removal as JD(U)’s leader in the Upper House, the party will have time till Winter Session to find a replacement. JD(U) has 10 members in Rajya Sabha — MPs Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar have sided with Yadav.
Former Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav has rebelled against his party chief Nitish Kumar for leaving the grand alliance in Bihar to join hands with the BJP. Indian Express summarises the journey of India’s socialist leaders who are probably best known for going their separate ways.
Stating that the Grand Alliance was “a kind of an agreement with people” of Bihar, Yadav, Nitish’s predecessor as party president, said, “If the alliance has broken, the trust of people has also broken.
Consensus on running of the House eluded the two sides when they met in the presence of deputy chairman P J Kurien. Naqvi later said the Congress had agreed to take up legislative business first and discuss their issues later but was “now retracting from its commitment”.
On Tuesday, soon after Vasava claimed that he voted for Congress’s Ahmed Patel and slammed the BJP on live TV, JD(U) removed party general secretary Arun Srivastav for appointing an election agent on behalf of the party.
As Rajya Sabha began, slogan-shouting Congress members trooped into the well. They were supported by Sharad Yadav displaying copies of currency notes, while TMC’s Derek O’Brien displayed new Rs 500 notes to show them as differently sized.
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During the debate on a private member’s Bill providing for creation of a Central Himalayan States Development Council, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan gave a nearly hour-long reply, prompting senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to interject that the minister was expected to give an “exhaustive reply, not an exhausting reply”.
With some members saying that the country should be ready for war, Sushma Swaraj reminded them that a standing army was there for such situations.
Earlier, Anand Sharma said the prime minister likes visiting foreign countries alone and wants only his picture in the frame while the external affairs minister is not apprised of many things.
Sushma Swaraj recalled that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif along with leaders of all other neighbouring countries had been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the Narendra Modi government in May 2014.
After Nitish formed the government with the BJP in Bihar, there was speculation that Yadav had been offered a ministerial berth in the NDA government.
Members from other Opposition parties including the Trinamool Congress, CPI-M, SP and the BSP backed the Congress’ contentions and the House was adjourned twice on the issue.
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