In his speech, Jaitley announced that the monthly salary of the President has been increased to Rs 5 lakh, and that of the Vice President and Governors to Rs 4 lakh and 3.5 lakh, respectively, in rectification of an anomaly
Presenting the Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley used the word farmer 22 times, and agriculture 15 times. Woken up by the relatively tight fight in Gujarat, largely due to the ire of farmers in the state, the party projected the Budget as pro-farmer and pro-poor.
Simultaneous polls: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have both pitched strongly for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and the state Assemblies. Commentators have noted in recent weeks that the escalating clamour for “One Nation, One Poll” has coincided with speculation about a snap Lok Sabha election.
ontroversial remarks by some BJP leaders in recent past have led to the criticism that the party is reverting to the Hindutva plank, and thereby diverted attention from the “drawbacks” of the state administration, the leadership feels, a source said
Supreme Court crisis: Attorney General KK Venugopal, had earlier today expressed doubts over whether the crisis has been completely resolved and hoped it would soon be "fully settled". Speaking to PTI, Venugopal had said: “Yes, I think it has not been settled. Let’s hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days.”
The Indian Express has learnt that the CJI is not considering the suggestion of convening a full court of all judges of the Supreme Court, and has also not notified any meeting of the collegium so far.
While the party is joining hands with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Tripura, BJP will rely on intense campaign and the 'trust' Modi enjoys among the electorate in Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Prasad maintained that the government wanted a debate because it would have given an opportunity for it to explain its position. “Also, the Congress could tell the nation why there was complete support for the Bill in the Lok Sabha and against it in the Rajya Sabha."
"What could be the advantage of our leaders speaking in Hindi at the UN? It may help them reach to the TV audience (but) not to any delegate there. It is (also) an expensive effort. What are we gaining?"
According to sources, Shah directed the state unit to launch a “multi-pronged campaign to channelise the anger of the people against the Congress government in various sectors” and asked them to be “aggressive”, and “intensify the aggression” as the election nears.
Supporters of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the CM candidate who lost from Sujanpur after shifting from Hamirpur, are not prepared to give up their claim to power. Five-term MLA Jairam Thakur, on the other hand, has emerged front-runner for the post.