Liz Mathew


BJP makes it clear: Not in favour of Gorkhaland
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The BJP has been in a fix over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state — a demand which was revived recently after the West Bengal government announced that Bengali would be a compulsory subject in all schools till Class X.

Need to make Muslims feel Govt cares: BJP minority cell
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

His remarks came on the day when a village in Ballabhgarh, home to 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death after being called a beef-eater while returning from Eid shopping in Delhi on June 22, wore black bands to protest the killing.

Presidential polls: The Dalit push
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

The BJP’s decision to pick Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate is the latest in a series of moves aimed at consolidating SC votes in its favour — from sharing meals with Dalits to adopting Ambedkar’s legacy.

Presidential Polls: BJP brass by his side, Ram Nath Kovind files papers, reaches out to Opposition
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

BJP leaders were thrilled as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (of TRS) and his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswami (AIADMK) also reached Parliament House. Neither party belongs to NDA but both have announced support to Kovind.

Presidential election: Nitish Kumar will not be present when Ram Nath Kovind files nomination
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Presidential election: The NDA has 48% — including 40% for the BJP alone — while 14% comes from AIADMK (5%), BJD (3%), TRS (2%), JD(U) (a little under 2%) besides YRSCP and INLD (2% together). The Congress holds just under 15% and is likely to go up to about 34% with support from its allies.

Act like a CM, not TMC leader: BJP MP to Mamata Banerjee
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

He also asked the state government to announce compensation for families of GJM activists killed during the protests.

Amit Shah underlines Ram Nath Kovind’s poor, Dalit background
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

With this move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, who took the final decision, have also reached out to the large Dalit vote base for which there are many claimants.

Ram Nath Kovind had opposed SC status for Dalit Christians, Muslims
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

He argued that Christians and Muslims had been getting reservations in government jobs under the backward class categories, so the demand to put them under the SC category was just to make them eligible for contesting elections in reserved seats.

Want politician as President: SP to BJP
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Top BJP leaders likely to meet this week to choose candidate.

Presidential election: BJP has nomination papers ready, name column blank
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

“We have almost 3 lakh votes more than the required number in the presidential electoral college,” said a senior leader referring to the additional support the BJP has managed to get from parties outside the NDA.

Farmer unrest: Will hike MSP, seed cost should be cut, says Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, Singh said the government may also declare a substantive hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) for oil seeds and pulses.

How NDA, UPA select before they elect President
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

In 2002 as in 2017, NDA reached out to Opposition before announcing name; UPA consulted NDA in 2007 after finalising name, kept even Left out in 2012

Gorkhaland demand uphill task for national parties, Left to Right
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The GJM, spearheading the agitation against what it calls imposition of Bengali on people in the Hills, is now mobilising support for a separate Gorkhaland.

BJP reaches out to Opposition over next President, NDA choice by June 23
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Presidential election: Venkaiah, Rajnath may speak to Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury tomorrow

BJP sets up 3-Minister Presidential poll panel with Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The BJP said the committee, comprising Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, will “try to evolve a consensus”.

Unrest may spread; Modi, Chouhan govts failed to understand farmers, says RSS-backed farmers’ body leader
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Leader of RSS-backed farmers’ body says ‘situation out of control’, BJP MP says ‘demands are just’

Yogi Adityanath’s ministers in Delhi to discuss airports, pilgrim circuits
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Among the proposals the state government is pushing are revival of Jewar airport project, realigning the Buddhist circuit roads, a Ganga circuit connecting Hindu pilgrim centres and time-bound programmes to improve social indicators

Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: State intel failed to anticipate gravity, says BJP MP
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

According to a senior leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have already spoken to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

BJP’s N-E chiefs caution: Cattle order can harm our prospects in region
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

“Such bans will create a feeling that BJP is against the culture of the North-East. BJP being a national party cannot impose such decisions.," said Lhoungu

BJP’s North-East chiefs caution: ‘Cattle order can harm party prospects’
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The warning came on a day when a second BJP leader in Meghalaya quit the party over the central government’s notification.

Project party as NDA to widen support base: Amit Shah to Kerala BJP
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

During his three-day visit to the state, Shah repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction over the way the BJP functioned in the state and the approach of the leadership on issues

Puja items, rudraksh, sacred thread kept in zero tax GST list
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

While the rate for agarbattis are fixed at 12 per cent, lobhan, misri and batasha are kept under 5 per cent tax rate. Earlier misri, batasha and bura were under 18 per cent tax net.

BJP eyes riding into South with train linking Ayodhya to Rameswaram
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

This will be the first direct train service from Ayodhya to any state in South India.

Highway construction: Zero tolerance towards corruption, CBI will have to work without pressure, says Trivendra Singh Rawat
Fri, May 26, 2017

After Rawat took over, an FIR was lodged by the Udham Singh Nagar district administration against NHAI officials.

BJP to woo youths to MODI fest with quiz, brain teasers
Thu, May 25, 2017

Sources said the MODI fest will be a three-day affair in order to attract the youth and create awareness about the programmes initiated by the Modi government.

Army officer major Gogoi, who tied youth to jeep gets award; Paresh Rawal says do this to Arundhati Roy
Tue, May 23, 2017

The award, a senior officer said, was given “for sustained efforts on counter-insurgency”.

Eager to woo Dalits, BJP looks at Bhim Army’s success keenly
Tue, May 23, 2017

Bhim Army claims the police are picking out Dalits and are oblivious to alleged atrocities by people from upper castes.

Bhim Army’s efforts to woo Dalits put on test, BJP alleges its rivals were behind Dalit rally
Tue, May 23, 2017

BJP leaders feel that the Bhim Army is trying to take up the space seen as being ceded by a weakening BSP.

Three years on, BJP is at its peak — looking down at a few faultlines
Mon, May 22, 2017

More than tangible achievements in terms of improved governance, jobs creation or solutions to the intensifying agrarian crisis, what stands out now is the "feel good factor" created by BJP and its leaders

First election in Gujarat without Modi at helm: Eye on polls, BJP set to launch drive to re-energise cadres
Wed, May 17, 2017

The BJP, which has 121 members in the 182-member Assembly, has launched a Mission 150 slogan.

BJP redraws its Kerala strategy
Tue, May 16, 2017

Shah is expected to visit Kerala for three days from June 2 as a part of his nation-wide BJP expansion programme

Tapping 5 states in south is key to BJP’s expansion blueprint
Fri, May 12, 2017

The BJP’s reasoning is that as the Congress is unlikely to emerge strong anytime soon, the BJP could become the alternative, by default, if not by design.

After court blow to Lalu, reunion is Nitish’s call: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Wed, May 10, 2017

Prasad on Tuesday said it is “shocking” to see JD(U), which once fought against “Lalu’s corruption”, defending the RJD leader.

Mission Tripura on mind, Amit Shah to visit state
Sat, May 06, 2017

Shah is expected to reach Agartala in the morning and is scheduled to hold a series of meetings with different party organisations

Muscular (J&K) policy to continue until violence ends: Top BJP leader
Fri, May 05, 2017

The BJP leader claimed that J-K Governor N N Vohra, who met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had not advised the Central government to initiate a dialogue process.

Karnataka faction feud: Yeddyurappa set to be BJP’s CM pick
Tue, May 02, 2017

According to sources, both PM Narendra Modi and Shah have “no ambiguity” that Yeddyurappa is the leader of the Karnataka BJP.