The President’s call assumes significance against the backdrop of a raging controversy over the role of Governor J P Rajkhowa in Arunachal Pradesh that led to various developments culminating in the imposition of central rule.
Amongst the Indian platforms that paraded in front of the high profile delegation off the east coast was INS Vikramaditya- India’s biggest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, destroyers INS Kolkata, Mysore, frigates- Shivalik, Satpura, Teg amongst others.
The Gujarat Assembly in March 2015 had passed the stringent Bill retaining controversial provisions that had twice earlier led to a previous similar Bill being rejected by the President.
President Pranab Mukherjee admitted to “have sensed Rajiv’ Gandhi’s growing unhappiness and hostility” of those around him before he was ousted from his Cabinet.
Ministers got some praise, and some criticism, at their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday.
“President is the first citizen. We respect him. We have not gone through the book. We will say anything only after studying it,” said party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala.
A party delegation led by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Mukherjee on Monday and submitted a memorandum against the Cabinet’s recommendation.
India celebrates its 67th Republic Day with President Francois Hollande as the chief guest. President Pranab Mukherjee will take salute from the Indian military contingents. We bring you the latest.
In significant remarks that come against the backdrop of the Pathankot attack, he also said terrorism is a war beyond any doctrine and is a “cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel”.
The Delhi High Court, in June 2015, had criticised the government for “sleeping over” the implementation of the Fourth Finance Commission report and setting up of a fifth panel.
The BJP, which had accused the TMC government of indulging in vote bank politics in Malda, said the violence and the government’s attempts to protect the culprits posed a threat to national security.
“In other words, they must play their assigned role while respecting the distinct authority and responsibility vested in each of the three organs of the state, that is the executive, the judiciary and the legislature.”
Besides, a law for stringent action against those involved in crimes against persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has also got the assent from Mukherjee.
He met President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari to extend the greetings to them personally.
In his greetings to the nation on new year’s eve, Mukherjee said: “May the New Year be an occasion to make a fresh beginning and renew our resolve for individual as well as collective growth.