Anand Mishra


First-past-post: House panel asks parties if poll system should change
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

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 holding parallel JD(U) meet, Nitish decides to join NDA at the Centre
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

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.

Nitish Kumar versus Sharad Yadav: Parallel JDU meetings in Patna today
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

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?”

Rahul Gandhi alleges RSS is getting into judiciary, media, Army; BJP says unworthy of reply
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

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.”

CAG offers Bofors files for review: MoD to House panel
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

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.

PM Narendra Modi reaches out to Valley: Gaali, goli not the answer, embrace Kashmiris
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

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

Rahul Gandhi speaks with Sharad Yadav, to attend Aug 17 Opposition meet
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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.

21 JD(U) leaders close to Sharad suspended
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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.

Removal as JD(U) leader in RS is love, blessing of Nitish Kumar: Sharad Yadav
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

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.

JD(U) rift deepens, party removes Sharad Yadav as Rajya Sabha leader
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

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.

Sharad free to take his decision: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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.

Welcomed in his favourite style, Venkaiah Naidu is ‘Now All India’s Dearest Umpire’
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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.

From ordinary roots to top posts… shows the maturity of Indian democracy: PM Modi
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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, Vice-President, Rajya Sabha Chairman: ‘Now an all-party man, above party politics’
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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.

JD(U) leaders hint at action against Sharad Yadav for ‘anti-party’ stand
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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.

Janata divided family: Splitting headache that won’t go
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

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.

Sharad Yadav heads for Bihar, JD(U) looks headed for split
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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.

Beyond the debate: Din over notes, stalking holds up banking bill
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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”.  

Gujarat Rajya Sabha Election: Nitish Kumar ‘loses’ prestige battle, sacks party leader
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

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.

Opposition says, two kinds of Rs 500, Rs 2,000 notes; govt calls it frivolous
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

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.

Five Questions: B Mahtab on regulation of landing channel for linear broadcast
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

B Mahtab of BJD sought regulation of landing channel for linear broadcast. He tells Indian Express about why he raised the issue in Lok Sabha.

Lighter Moments In Upper House: ‘Exhaustive’ reply turns ‘exhausting’, minister cuts it short
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

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”.

Sushma Swaraj: Doklam not only issue, solution will emerge through dialogue
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

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.

Opposition says PM Modi not using her abilities, Sushma Swaraj says don’t spark fire
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

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.

Nawaz Sharif’s praise for Burhan Wani soured relations with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

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.

I don’t react to statements… 2019 still far away: Sharad Yadav
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

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.

Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over EC notification on NOTA, Opposition says provision amounts to ‘rigging’
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

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.

Sharad Yadav to meet Opposition, says Bihar situation unpleasant
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Sources also said that the 20 state units of the JD(U), other than Bihar, will be writing a letter to Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav, expressing their dismay at the party joining hands with the BJP.

Literary Notes: For scoring points in House, members turn to poetry, repartee
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Data shows 106 poems and 26 couplets were recited in the Lok Sabha alone till April 12 this year

Couldn’t submit note on Bofors paras as files not with us: Defence
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Citing unavailability of files relating to the paragraphs, the ministry earlier approached PAC with a suggestion that those paras be deleted from the records.

Nitish Kumar decision to embrace BJP: ‘Deeply pained’ Sharad Yadav meeting Opposition leaders, likely to speak out soon
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Nitish had resigned as chief minister on July 26, and taken oath with the BJP as ally the following morning. He won a trust vote in the Bihar assembly on July 29.

The Patna powershift: Rahul probably wanted UPA-II’s fate for Grand Alliance, says KC Tyagi
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Right now, we are not part of NDA. The JDU-BJP participation is now limited to Bihar. Whether we join hands at the central level and whether it is an arrangement on the line of NDA I is something to be decided by Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi, said KC Tyagi.

Sharad Yadav meets Rahul Gandhi, speaks to Arun Jaitley
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

“Nitish Kumarji has said he quit the Grand Alliance because he listened to his voice of conscience. My conscience does not allow me to support the decision to form a government with support from the BJP,” Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari told.

Bihar political crisis: Sangh-mukt, Modi wave a blower: Nitish Kumar history
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

In contrast, over the last four years, after snapping the 17-year-old ties between JD(U) and BJP, Nitish has often targeted the BJP and RSS, even calling for a “Sangh-Mukt Bharat” (RSS-free India) and “Sharab-Mukt Samaj” (liquor-free society).

In Rajya Sabha, government, Opposition trade charges on farmer distress
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Digvijaya Singh said the MP farmers had faced bullets on the centenary of the Champaran agitation, in which Mahatma Gandhi had raised his voice against British exploitation

Nitish to face House heat over Tejashwi
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

BJP sharpens knives to target govt in Assembly, JDU says no compromise on stand against corruption