Liz Mathew


Gujarat Assembly elections: 34 rallies by PM Modi, 30 by Rahul Gandhi plus his 12 temple visits
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

BJP chief Amit Shah addressed 31 rallies while travelling 6,665 km in his home state since November 21

The strongest Opposition voice in the country: Why ‘silent’ Manmohan Singh worries the BJP
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

On Monday, Singh shocked the BJP with an unusually combative response to the PM’s accusation of the Congress conspiring with Pakistan. He strongly criticised Modi for the "falsehood and canards being spread to score political points" and sought nothing less than an apology from him.

Venkaiah Naidu for automatic suspension of unruly MPs
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Naidu urged all political parties to push the women’s reservation Bill and asked them to have a code of conduct for their members.

At Mani Shankar Aiyar’s dinner: Former army chief, ex-diplomats
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

The dinner meeting was held on December 6 at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence in Delhi during the visit of Pakistan’s former foreign affairs minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri to India.

It is not caste but economic issues that dominate poll scene: Bharat Solanki
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

PCC president (not contesting) tells The Indian Express it’s BJP vs people of Gujarat, Congress backs people

BJP-ruled states to skip meet, may seek dissolution of panel
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Sources said the BJP-ruled states are unlikely to participate in the meeting because “there is a feeling that certain groups in the Committee were trying to create a block and to put the central government in a dock.”

Rajasthan BJP leaders ‘shocked’, say no law and order problem in state
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

“There is no communally charged situation in Rajasthan and my constituency has been very peaceful. We cannot blame the BJP or the Congress for it. Its an act of a perverted mind,” Hariom Singh Rathore, Rajsamand BJP MP said

Linking neech to caste, PM Narendra Modi says: Teach them a lesson on voting day
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

PM Narendra Modi said: "We have to give them (Congress) a reply via the medium of election. In a democracy, the ballot box is the best way to teach them a good lesson and the best way to give them an answer."

Universal Immunisation Programme: RSS wing writes to PM Modi against introducing HPV vaccine
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

The letter also states that the vaccine is very expensive and studies in other countries have proved that it was not cost-effective.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi makeover: Citizens take note of restraint, with outreach to all
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has this time been under a sustained attack for his temple visits across Gujarat.

What’s different about the Gujarat poll campaign?
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Unlike in the past, the campaign in the Gujarat 2017 elections has several unusual features. Here are the most significant.

Gujarat polls 2017: In Kutch, rapid industrial growth runs side by side with farmers’ distress
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Amid BJP pitch on vikas and Narmada, industry praises PM Narendra Modi for growth, farmers wait for gains to arrive.

Changes in GST firm up BJP base in Gujarat’s ceramic hub, but some cracks still visible
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Businessmen say the industry here accounts for 80 per cent of the total ceramic production in India, which is now second only to China in the sector.

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: In Patel zone, the angry farmers of Amreli
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Farmers recall PM’s promises and complain about low procurement rates, high premium on crop insurance, erratic power supply

Gujarat election: In seat of milk & butter, election discourse is still all about Narendra Modi
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The insulated truck, which collects the milk every morning and evening, is at the centre of life for villagers of Navli, where at least 350 families supply milk to the cooperative, linked to Amul. Anand votes on December 14

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: BJP brass delay release of candidate list, keep ticket hopefuls on tenterhooks
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The Congress, the main opponent of the BJP in Gujarat, has also not released its list of candidates so far. The process of candidate selection has been going on for a month in Gujarat.

Will complete all track renewal projects by end of fiscal: Piyush Goyal
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Goyal said he has given strict directions to all officials that no one, even if they receive a call from him, should give a green signal to a train stopped due to a traffic block for track renewal work.

BJP shifts gears in Tamil Nadu to block Congress’s gains
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent “courtesy” visit to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and the I-T raids on the properties of AIADMK leaders have political significance.

On 90th birthday: L K Advani with family and books
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

From the Opposition side, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kamal Nath, Karan Singh, Sharad Yadav, Jay Panda, Rajiv Shukla and Amar Singh visited and greeted the senior leader.

Demonetisation anniversary: Note ban ethical, moral decision, says Arun Jaitley
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Responding to Manmohan Singh’s criticism of demonetisation, Arun Jaitley said the move was contradictory to the “loot that happened in the second generation spectrum scam, Commonwealth Games and allocation of coal blocks”.

Paradise Papers: Very welcome, evaders can’t escape, says Hasmukh Adhia
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Hasmukh Adhia said that investigative reports such as the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers are helpful and will make people think twice before engaging in tax evasion through tax havens.

Goods and Services Tax: ‘Less items likely in top slab; single rate possible in future’
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

This came on a day when finance minister Arun Jaitley hinted at pruning the list of items in the highest GST tax bracket of 28 per cent after revenue in the new regime equalise collections previously.

Tamil Nadu: PM Modi meets DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, sparks speculation in state
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Tamil Nadu: The visit came amid speculation that the ruling AIADMK, which is facing intense factionalism, could join the NDA. “But with AIADMK losing popularity and facing internal crisis, BJP does not want to close its options in Tamil Nadu,” said a BJP leader from the state.

Don’t deny welfare benefits to those without Aadhaar: Centre
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

The Ministry of Law and Justice, along with other ministries concerned have written to all state chief secretaries to ensure that the poor are not denied benefits of central government schemes, including foodgrains distributed through the PDS, according to a cabinet minister.

‘May use anti-terror law against PFI’: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

“Such terrorist groups, taking foreign funds, are making plans to create an Islamic State in Bharat. Young sons and daughters are being radicalised for it. This is a serious national security issue."

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Prem Kumar Dhumal is back as BJP’s CM face
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Himachal Assembly elections 2017: Prem Kumar Dhumal, also a four-time MP, is credited with having expanded BJP's base in Himachal after the Shanta Kumar government was dismissed in 1992.

Prem Kumar Dhumal named BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Himachal Pradesh elections
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Amit Shah said Prem Kumar Dhumal will become chief minister after December 18, the day of the counting of votes.

As BJP looks east, south, can’t find full-timers
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

For the 1,109 constituencies in West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the party could rope in just 470 full-timers, to work dedicatedly for six months to one year.

Mann ki Baat: Soldiers from land of Gandhi, Buddha sending message of peace, says PM Modi
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Hailing Indian soldiers’ contribution for the maintenance of peace in different parts of the world, Modi said in that India is the third highest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions.

PM Narendra Modi to media: Raise debate on inner party democracy
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

PM Modi’s remarks come in the backdrop of reports that the Congress is set to declare Rahul Gandhi as its president.

Karnataka: Brand Narendra Modi, BS Yeddyurappa yatra in BJP’s poll plan
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

BJP chief Amit Shah will launch the party’s campaign by flagging off an 84-day Nava Karnataka Yatre led by Yeddyurappa on November 2.

PM Modi: Government working on stricter consumer protection law
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

A central authority to be constituted for quick remedial action, says PM Narendra Modi.

Will engage with China to avoid Doklam repeat, govt tells MPs
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The government made this clear in a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, when members raised queries on the Doklam issue.

Sangeet Som, often controversial, his remarks sometimes disowned by BJP
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Sangeet Som had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Muzaffarnagar as a Samajwadi Party candidate in 2009, and lost. He joined the BJP in December 2011.

Saroj Pandey, often mild, sometimes aggressive against minister or CPM
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Saroj Pandey, 49, has been an MP and an MLA, and served as the Mahila Morcha president as well as mayor of Durg in Chhattisgarh.

BJP may go solo for Meghalaya polls
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

“The BJP won no seats in the last Assembly election. But in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the BJP was first in six of the seven Assembly constituencies in Shillong,” said Nalin Kohli.