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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Liz Mathew


Have been in journalism covering national politics for 23 years. Have covered six consecutive Lok Sabha elections and assembly polls in almost all the states. Currently writes on ruling BJP. Always loves to understand what’s cooking in the national politics (And ventures into the act only in kitchen at home).

Not in Ayodhya, Advani says Rath Yatra was his pivotal duty
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

LK Advani said, “Sometimes significant dreams in one’s life take a long time to fruition, but when they are finally realised, the wait becomes very worthwhile. One such dream, close to my heart is now getting fulfilled."

Explained: The Ayodhya Ram temple journey, from November 9, 1989 to August 5, 2020
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

If the VHP’s shilanyas in 1989 marked the beginning of the fall of the Congress, the Ram Mandir Bhumi Poojan ceremony stamps the emergence of the new politics brought in by the BJP. 

Explained: The intertwined journeys of Narendra Modi and the temple in Ayodhya
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

On August 5, the Prime Minister will announce the triumphant culmination of the campaign that L K Advani’s Ram Rath Yatra unleashed nearly 30 years ago, when he lays the foundation stone of the Temple in Ayodhya.

Under pressure of ‘TMC violence’, Bengal BJP looks at Centre for President’s Rule
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

BJP workers getting killed regularly, says Vijayvargiya; TMC dismisses 'illogical' demand.

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra interview: ‘A trust motion is the decision of the CM in present circumstances’
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Denying allegations of partisanship by the ruling Congress, Mishra said that he had gone entirely by the rules.

Governor blinks, says yes to Gehlot proposal for House from August 14
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal told The Indian Express the government had chosen August 14 as the new date as it will be 21 days if counted from July 23. “Our first proposal was sent to the Governor on July 23,” Dhariwal said.

Woman accuses ABVP president of harassment over parking slot in Chennai
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

The incident reportedly followed a disagreement over parking slots at the housing society. The woman, who does not want to be identified, demanded payment for his use of a parking slot owned by her.

Ram Nath Kovind completes 3 years as President: First citizen fights Covid battle alongside people
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

President Ram Nath Kovind has also instructed the staff to cut down expenses at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and asked them staff to make optimal usage of the resources.

At Red Fort this Independence Day, no schoolchildren, police in PPE, list of invitees down to 250
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

In the afternoon, during the At Home function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the focus will be on India's “Corona Warriors”, with invitations likely to be extended to medical professionals and key figures in the health sector.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: ‘Don’t think Gehlot, Pilot will bury the hatchet…it’s a show scripted by Gehlot’
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

The government is in a minority because of an internal fight in the Congress between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot – a fight that has been there since this government was elected, says Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Audio tapes: MHA seeks report as BJP calls for CBI probe into ‘phone tapping’
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

The Congress government in the state, that is fighting a revolt by 19 MLAs, had accused the BJP of being behind the conspiracy.

‘Our morality is clear’: BJP seeks CBI probe into Congress’ ‘phone tapping’ allegations
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Asked whether Sanjay Jain, whose voice was allegedly heard in the purported audio clips, is a member of the BJP, Patra said there was no need to respond to “manufactured clips and fiction.”

Vasundhara Raje not in Rajasthan frame, BJP seen as keen to have fresh faces in state
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

The developments have seen Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, whose appointment as state party chief Raje had opposed in the past, as the face and voice of Rajasthan BJP.

House panel to explore modernisation of legislation used to fight pandemic
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

The panel asked the government to furnish details about the number of shelters set up for migrants and the number of people accommodated, it was learnt.

In a fix after Sachin Pilot’s no to joining BJP, saffron party says game ‘not concluded yet’
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Party leaders maintained that the BJP, as the main Opposition in Rajasthan, will take “every action to see that the Gehlot government fails to prove (its) majority” in the Assembly.

BJP attacks Gehlot, says Pilot welcome to join party
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

“Any leader who has the mandate of the people is welcome to join the BJP. If one is in agreement with our ideology, we will welcome him,” Union Minister and BJP leader from Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, said.

Congress infighting in Rajasthan: BJP watches keenly, wants Sachin Pilot to make first move
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

In the 200-member Assembly, the Congress has 107 MLAs and it is supported by two members each from Bharatiya Tribal Party and CPM, one MLA from RLD, and 12 Independents.

PM Modi lauds efforts of Centre, state, civic agencies to contain Covid in Delhi
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Union minister Prakash Javadekar, a senior BJP leader from Maharashtra, has requested Home Minister Amit Shah to review Maharashtra's coronavirus situation.

At PAC meet, Adhir proposes discussion on Covid, its impact; BJP members object
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

BJP's Jayant Sinha is learnt to have said there are many reports --- 125 of them --- pending before PAC and it should expedite the process of going “in-depth” into them.

Nadda set to have new team with fresh faces; most new BJP dist chiefs below 50
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

With the BJP almost concluding the formation of new state teams, almost every unit has district presidents below 50 years.

Protocol for Parliamentary panel meetings: 6-foot distance, only 2 witnesses at a time
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

According to the protocol, members should be seated at a distance of 6 feet and only two witnesses from ministries will be allowed to appear at a time before the panel.

Amid Covid, LAC standoff, PM meets, briefs President
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

“Although there were regular meetings between the executive leadership, no such meeting took place due to social distancing protocols in the wake of Covid-19 in the last three months,” the official said

Public expects us to deliver, PM Modi reminds BJP workers
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

Addressing party workers from across the country on a virtual platform, PM Modi lauded the party leaders and the workers for the welfare works they have done during the lockdown, but reminded them that everyone of them is in the public life to serve.

Rajya Sabha plan for Monsoon Session: 127 MPs in the chamber, others to join virtually
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

With a consensus emerging on holding hybrid sessions — physical and virtual platforms — the members would be allowed to be seated inside the chamber as well as the galleries while others would join on web platform from either Central Hall or Balayogi Auditorium.

Priyanka Gandhi asked to vacate government bungalow by August 1
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

In a notice to Priyanka Gandhi, the Urban Affairs Ministry said the allotment of the bungalow stood cancelled after her SPG cover was withdrawn by the government in November 2019.