Though the BJP leadership knows that Sena is the best bet and most suitable partner when it comes to ruling Maharashtra, the party has plan B in place, in case the Sena pulls out of the alliance. The BJP has 122 seats in the 288-seat state assembly.
The vast majority of the people of Jammu and Kashmir fear that the attack on the state’s special constitutional status is an attempt to “change the demography” of the only Muslim majority state in India.
Amit Shah made it clear that West Bengal was prime on his mind and the party will go all out in grabbing power in the state where communal clashes and political violence are on the rise
Nuclear weapons are, thus, both instruments of self-defence and tools for blackmail: they guarantee regime survival against all currently conceivable crisis. Kim, once he has nuclear weapons, is a creature all actors have an interest in ensuring remains stable.
The judgement has raised more questions than it answered. But such an ending was foretold, considering the shabby investigation from the start and the politics and conspiracy theories that hobbled it.
The Centre on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court what “may appear to be marital rape” to a wife “may not appear so to others” and marital rape should not be criminalised as it “may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands”.
While some supporters insist that there cannot be a bloodline successor to the 'seat' of the Dera, but, unconfirmed reports have started emanating from the headquarters in Sirsa that his son, Jasmeet Insaan, will be appointed as successor.
Mayawati's posture on seat-sharing, nearly two years before the Lok Sabha elections are due, is an indication of the hard task before the strategists of the Opposition to manage the egos of leaders like her.
The polls had offered AAP a chance to overturn three key electoral losses — the Punjab and Goa assembly elections and the MCD polls. The BJP, on the other hand had hoped to build on the momentum from the victory in MCD polls.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expanded his council of ministers to 50 including around 20 ministers of state, 12 from his Nepali Congress and eight from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists. The constitution puts a ceiling on 25 for the Council of Ministers.
Out of the 148 wards which went to poll on Sunday, the two main opposition parties in the state – the CPM and the Congress – did not win a single ward.
Except for a statement of its leader M K Stalin that they will move a no-confidence motion if required, the DMK is yet to make any political move to topple the government despite being a powerful opposition with 89 MLAs.
Vishal Sikka, who tried to ingrain the concept of design thinking into the traditional IT services culture at Infosys Ltd in his three-year tenure, indicated that his exit from the company was on account of the continued criticism of his functioning from within and outside the company.
The affidavit has come at time when a three-judge bench has been constituted to hear the petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court order, which had ruled in 2010 to divide the disputed land to Ram Lala, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Waqf Board.
Key to Mamata Banerjee's plans of bringing the Opposition together will be the Congress. A source close to Mamata said: "It would be politically foolish to alienate them. A good Congress performance will serve the opposition's best interest.”
As the three-year period renewed in 2014 ran out on August 5, the Nepalese government appears reluctant to renew it, ostensibly because it has to be renegotiated 'since Nepal has entered federal system' now and the district administrations which used to play a role in the projects, would cease to exist.
The JD (U), that sensed Sharad's unease since the Grand Alliance split and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA fold, has been waiting for Sharad's public diatribe against Nitish Kumar to take any action against the veteran.
As protests continued and attracted public participation, blocking supply lines to Kathmandu and beyond, then Prime Minister G P Koirala signed a deal with two senior leaders of the Madhes region--Mahanth Thakur and Upendra Mahato -- promising that Nepal would henceforth be a federal country.
The rejection of two votes have made it impossible for the BJP to elect its third candidate – Balwantsinh Rajput -- and ensured the victory of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel, whom the BJP wanted to defeat desperately.
Even if Congress strategist Ahmed Patel gets into the Rajya Sabha for a fifth term, he would have to thank NCP supremo Sharad Pawar for the vote of one of the two NCP MLAs, and lone JD(U) MLA in Gujarat assembly, from the Sharad Yadav camp, Chhotu Vasava.
Pranab Mukherjee, India’s President till Tuesday morning has been in all senses a copybook one, with a keen sense of what is right, appropriate and proper in the Constitution.
In the first case, a CBI court at Ghaziabad in 2009 had similarly given both the accused the death penalty. However, after an appeal, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Pandher for lack of evidence while upholding Koli's punishment for lack of evidence.
India took longer than anticipated to realise that it was losing its credibility and goodwill in Nepal, especially in Terai, by backing only a small section of the leaders, mostly the ones who had been rejected by the people in the last election.
The deaths and injuries of civilians in the clashes between protestors and security forces have added more martyrs to the story of the “Kashmiri cause”. Those on the streets shout for `azaadi’, but talk about `shahadat’ in the name of Islam as a goal in itself.
The BJP, which had made significant inroads in the state’s panchayats, has also increased its vote-share in significant by-elections to two assembly constituencies – Khowai and Barjala – in November last year
The lathi charge has become a flashpoint that could lead to loss of support from this community, ahead of the assembly elections later this year. Controlled mostly by North Indians, the textile traders are staunch BJP supporters.
The future of the alliance depends on how soon or late Enforcement Directorate tightens its noose around the Lalu family in alleged money laundering cases
The Hizb is not just the largest militant outfit, it is also credited with the resurgence of militancy in recent years – slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani was the outfit’s operations chief in the Valley and was instrumental in promoting militancy in Kashmir.
The Justice Karnan episode was a pointer to the glaring lacuanes in the scheme of selection and appointment of judges of the higher judiciary
International Yoga Day 2017: The Prime Minister's participation in Aishbagh Ramlila on Dussehra last year was seen as a step in that direction and now International Yoga Day offers a similar opportunity.
AAP maintains that all of these cases are "fake", "without basis" and are being done to destabilize the government.
Ram Nath Kovind has always found a way to avoid confrontation with the state government, whether it was giving his assent to Nitish Kumar’s controversial liquor law criticised by the BJP for some of its draconian provisions or the appointment of vice chancellors and pro VCs.
Kovind has always been a low profile leader and was not even among the names doing the rounds for the presidency
Britain, Friday morning’s election results show, has marched decisively towards an impasse. The results also point towards deeper strains in the country’s polity.
Beef consumption is high in six north-eastern states – Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh but its popularity differs from state to state. The Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at markets has become a nation-wide issue and its impact will be felt in the north east.
Outgoing Chief Justice Sushila Karki's parting shot was this: the Executive is plagued by corruption, and so is the 'political level'.