It is not the first time that Sharad Yadav has been overruled in the party he once headed. He has had to take back a number of decisions in the last seven years, including some when he was JD(U) president. Every time there has been a disagreement with Nitish Kumar, it is the Bihar chief minister who has had his way.
The 2017 presidential election will not be without a contest. And it will see a Dalit versus Dalit. 17 Opposition parties announced that former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will be their joint candidate against the ruling NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
Ever since the BJP named Kovind, a Dalit, for President, the Congress and CPM have been trying to come up with a Dalit candidate as a counter. Ghulam Nabi Azad conveyed Sonia Gandhi’s message that the Congress is determined to fight.
The JD(U) cannot afford to vote against Kovind, a non-Jatav Dalit. JD(U) leaders believe that a number of Dalit communities in Bihar — most of them now bracketed as Mahadalits — identify with Kovind’s community.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests, has decided to seek clarifications from Union Agriculture Minister and also ask the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) to do a comparative analysis of the nutritional values of GM and non-GM sorghum.
In its background note, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) said that for banks, preventing cyber crime is a challenge because as more transactions are going digital, the incidences of cyber crime and fraud are increasing.
Underlying the big gap in the growth rate of NPAs in public sector banks and private banks, Dinesh Trivedi from Trinamool Congress asked “what is the accountability of those bankers, who lent big money to defaulters”.
Indian Banks Association (IBA) chairman and Central Bank of India CMD Rajeev Rishi and IBA deputy chairperson and ICICI MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar were among the bankers called before the panel as witnesses.
On the issue of state funding of elections, the ministry’s representatives said the Law Commission had already given its view that state funding of elections is not possible keeping in mind the country’s financial condition.