Pradeep Kaushal


Day after Gujarat polls, Winter session likely from December 15
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

The winter session is usually convened in November, a couple of weeks after Diwali, and the third or fourth week of the month has been an established convention.

Winter Session: When polls cast shadow on House
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The winter session in 2011 was scheduled to be held from November 22 to December 21. However, it ended on December 29.

Gujarat elections: Will contest seven seats in alliance with Congress, claims Chhotu Vasava
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

“We will contest seven of (Gujarat’s) 182 constituencies,” Vasava said on Saturday. “We are keen on fighting one more seat, but let us see if the Congress agrees to part with it.”

One JD(U) faction waits for an offer from Congress, another prefers not to wait for BJP
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The rival Nitish Kumar faction of the JD(U), meanwhile, is set to announce its candidates for half-a-dozen constituencies soon without even exploring the possibility of an alliance with the BJP.

Maharashtra Cabinet reshuffle: As minister, Narayan Rane set to stir up state politics – even if by default
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The BJP, which generally avoids returning fire after occasional Sena attacks, may use Rane to counter its troublesome ally in the medium term.

Disqualification from Rajya Sabha: Sharad Yadav gets 10 days to appear before Venkaiah Naidu, offer defence
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Sources said Yadav may take a lawyer along to buttress his arguments at the final hearing. Naidu had earlier directed Yadav to appear before him in person on October 30 with regard to the petition filed by Singh seeking his disqualification on account of defection.

Rajasthan ordinance: Vasundhara Raje’s ‘reasons’ similar to those of Rajiv Gandhi’s 1988 Defamation Bill
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, brought in by the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan, carries echoes of the draconian Defamation Bill which then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi tried to enact and was forced to abandon in 1988.

Plea on disqualification as RS MP: Naidu asks Sharad to present his case on Oct 30
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

The summons have been sent under terms of sub-rule (7) of Rule 7 of the Members of Rajya Sabha (Disqualification on Ground of election) Rules, 1985, read with the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, it was informed.

JD(U) leader questions EC, party distances itself
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

While one tweet questioned the state of economy vis-à-vis the government’s record on tackling hunger, the other raised a question mark over the impartiality of the Election Commission over the Gujarat poll dates.

Venkaiah Naidu may disqualify Sharad Yadav from Rajya Sabha soon
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The Rajya Sabha secretariat had served Yadav and Anwar notices last month to respond to Singh’s allegations against them. It had also forwarded copies of the petition to them for reference.

House panel to look into China-India relations
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The move comes days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi explain the resumed road-construction by the Chinese near the Doklam plateau

Parliamentary Standing Committees: Anand Sharma makes way for Bhupendra Yadav as law panel head
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member, has over the years emerged as a BJP favourite for handling parliamentary committees charged with sorting out sensitive matters in which the party has high stake.

When the Speaker can judge if MLAs gave up their party membership ‘voluntarily’
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Constitutional rules for conduct of MLAs outside the assembly came into play in Tamil Nadu

Chhotubhai Amarsinh Vasava elected acting President of JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav faction
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

As the rebel group starts taking shape in the capital, Yadav has also been made convenor of a 16-member Opposition committee that is holding conventions on the theme of ‘Save Composite Culture [Sanjha Virasat Bachao]’ throughout the country.

On Rajya Sabha membership, Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar get Venkaiah Naidu’s notice
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

The JD(U) has 10 members in the Upper House. While seven of them have sided with Nitish, three have broken off. Yadav and Anwar are operating under the banner of a new forum, Sanjha Virasat.

Rajya Sabha chairman serves JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar notice on party petition seeking their disqualification
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has given JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar one week to explain their position with regard to the party petition seeking their disqualification.

Question of Yadav’s disqualification after recast of Rajya Sabha panels
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The follow-up action on the Janata Dal (United) petition seeking disqualification of Sharad Yadav from the Rajya Sabha may get under way only after a reconstitution of standing committees in the House.

JD(U) petitions Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu for Sharad Yadav’s disqualification
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The petition stated that Yadav had participated in a rally organised by the RJD in Patna on August 27, defying a party directive conveyed to him by JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi in writing ahead of the rally.

Another reshuffle may be held for NDA allies
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

According to sources, the JD(U) was hoping for at least two berths in the Union Council of Ministers — a Cabinet Minister, and a Minister of State.

Nitish camp to petition VP Venkaiah Naidu to disqualify Sharad Yadav as Rajya Sabha MP
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

The JD(U) under Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also decided to separately contest in the Election Commission (EC) the Sharad faction’s claim over the party’s name, flag and symbol.

Sharad Yadav group moves EC, wants to be recognised as ‘real JDU’
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

In the letter, Tyagi stated that the RJD is organising the rally against the JD(U), as also to cover up allegations of corruption faced by Lalu and his family members.

Despite risk of losing RS seat, Sharad to attend Lalu rally
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

JD(U) secretary general K C Tyagi, when asked about the likely response of party president Nitish Kumar if Yadav participates in the rally, pointed at Nitish’s remarks at the party’s national executive meeting last week.

Plan to find a permanent solution to Northeast floods: Kiren Rijiju
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Rijiju said Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for finding a permanent solution, and experts will help draw the plan. He rejected the charge that the government had failed to respond to the yearly floods in time and had given little financial assistance to affected states.

What has Rahul Gandhi to hide about foreign trips, asks Rajnath Singh
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

After Oppn brings up stone-pelting, Rajnath lists violations of security protocol by Rahul. He said that during the last two years, Rahul had undertaken 121 planned and unplanned domestic journeys. He had violated security protocol by not using a bulletproof car on 100 occasions.

Yashwant Sinha-led team likely to visit Kashmir this month
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Habibullah, who recently visited Srinagar and Anantnag with his family, said he found the atmosphere “very positive” to find a solution to the Kashmir issue.

Meenakshi Lekhi calls Kerala ‘God’s forsaken country’, killings ‘Taliban style’
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Lekhi said the place where Rohith Vemula hailed from had witnessed 50 incidents of attacks on women, some of them Dalit.

IT raids on Karnataka minister spark political storm in Delhi
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

An angry Congress paralysed proceedings in Rajya Sabha and walked out of Lok Sabha. Ghulam Nabi Azad Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, sought to know why were the searches being carried out now “and not a month later or before”.

Lok Sabha passes amendments to companies act, govt says will aid ease of business
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

During the discussion, Congress and Trinamool Congress members took on the government over demonetisation and sought to know why it was “hiding” the number of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes that had been deposited in banks post the radical step.

Not averse to risks, Nitish Kumar checks in at another roundabout
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The political roads of Nitish and Lalu Prasad, both of whom emerged from the JP movement, have often met at the same crossing. They have played both friends and bitter rivals. Thanks to his alliance with the BJP, Nitish had a dream run, first at the Centre for six years and then in Bihar, from 2005.

Nation not built by govt alone but by each citizen: President Kovind
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

In his first address inside the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind said, “We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deendayal Upadhyaya ji (the Jana Sangh leader)”.

President in the Constituition: First citizen, Armed Forces supreme commander is not mere rubberstamp
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Technically, Parliament comprises the President, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The President nominates 12 members to Rajya Sabha from amongst people having a special knowledge or practical experience in the fields of literature, science, art, cinema and social service.

PM Narendra Modi didn’t mention MSP in promise to farmers: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Agriculture Minister said the government had appointed a committee in 2015 and implemented its promise last year. The government, he maintained, was striving to pay double the cost of input for agricultural produce

JD(U) slams Congress in-charge for calling Nitish Kumar ‘opportunist’
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

“We suggest that he (Deo) has a look at the state of presence of the Congress on the map of India and ponder over the measures needed for reclaiming the space lost by it,” JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

Speaker sends YSR Congress plea to privileges committee
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

However, Somnath Chatterjee, who presided over the Lok Sabha between 2004 and 2009, took cognizance of complaints against members’ anti-party activities outside the House too.

GST rollout: Festive mood at Parliament as leaders gather to usher in India’s biggest ever tax reform
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

GST rollout: As MPs walked in smiling and waving, a lone Congress MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu sat on a dharna in front of the Gandhi statue outside demanding immediate review and reversal of GST proposals on handloom and powerloom raw materials and products.

What will happen if a Presidential election is held
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

On the face of it, a full week is left for filing nomination papers, but in reality, it is not so.