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Saturday, March 06, 2021

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).

PM Modi to Bengal BJP leaders: Ensure no name-calling during campaign
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

A senior party leader that they were asked not to indulge in name-calling or negativity to counter the diatribe against the party and its leaders from the ruling TMC.

ED case could be turning point in polls, says Isaac
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

The ED has registered a case against top executives of the KIIFB, the state government’s flagship entity for mobilising funds for infrastructure projects, in connection with alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Panel recommendation accepted; LSTV, RSTV merged into Sansad TV
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

The panel, which consulted some members of Parliament, had suggested that Parliament should have only one channel, which could be called Sansad TV.

Explained: How India came to have live telecast of Parliament proceedings
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

Lok Sabha TV is the older of the two — it started operating on July 24, 2006. The channel’s vision, according to its website, is to reach the "live proceedings of the Parliament House…to every household”.

Atmanirbhar campaign is a national spirit, citizens should recognise collective responsibility to water: PM Modi
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

The Prime Minister also touched on a number of different issues, including water conservation, the nation’s battle against coronavirus, employment generation and the upcoming examinations.

For BJP, all eyes on Bengal and Assam, gains in south a bonus
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

So far, the BJP has succeeded in claiming an edge in the perception war by getting a number of popular TMC leaders, including MLAs, to defect. But party leaders admitted that the “battle is not yet won

TMC playing dirty vendetta politics to counter BJP surge, says Vijayvargiya
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

“The Mamata Banerjee government is playing dirty vendetta politics. Rakesh Singh is a popular and efficient leader with a trade union background and support of thousands of workers in Kolkata. So, cases are being framed against him,” Vijavargiya told The Indian Express in a brief interview.

The BJP’s gameplan in Puducherry: Five key points to note
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Puducherry political crisis: What does the BJP stand to gain in a Union Territory where it is yet to establish deep roots, and has only three nominated MLAs in the Assembly?

In Bengal BJP chief’s Durga remarks, Trinamool finds strategy to push ‘outsider’ tag
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Speaking to The Indian Express, Dilip Ghosh slammed the Trinamool for using “Durga for political purposes”.

BJP to woo backward castes in Tamil Nadu to counter ‘outsider’ tag
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

Conscious of the "limitations" it has in Tamil Nadu's politics, BJP is focusing on "expansion, consolidation and penetration" as much as possible, said sources.

BJP top brass in huddle over farm protest fallout in 40 LS seats in Jat belt
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Party chief J P Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah met MPs, MLAs and district leaders against the backdrop of a string of mahapanchayats by protesting farm leaders in the sugar belt.

Doomsday Man, says things demeaning India: Nirmala targets Rahul
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

Targeting the Gandhi family without taking names, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “Hum Do, Hamare Do is this: We are two people taking care of the party and there are two other people… the daughter and the ‘damad’. We, the BJP government, don't do that.”

Don’t scratch J&K wounds… statehood at an apt time: Shah
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

“I have said it before and reiterate now: this Bill has nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Upayukta samay par Jammu-Kashmir ko statehood diya jayega (Jammu and Kashmir will be granted statehood at an appropriate time),” Amit Shah said.

Speaker flags LS productivity in session that saw deepening divides
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

The Budget debate was scheduled to be for 10 hours, but it went on for 14 hours 40 minutes and 117 MPs spoke. Women’s participation in these Budget (debates) was unprecedented,” the Speaker told reporters on Saturday.

5 questions: Hanuman Beniwal about RLP’s plans on the farm stir in Rajasthan
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

RLP’s Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal talks to The Indian Express about his party’s plans on the farm stir in Rajasthan.

MPs object to SC-appointed panel’s ad seeking public views on farm legislation
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, N K Premachandran pointed out that the advertisement mentioned that the suggestions will be submitted to the Supreme Court to “protect the interest of Indian farmers”.

‘Hum do, hamare do’: Rahul Gandhi attacks govt over farm laws, says ‘4 people’ running the country
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Gandhi’s speech — on the farm laws during the budget discussion — infuriated treasury benches, who created an uproar, asking the Speaker to stop him.

BJP doesn’t believe in political untouchability, it values consensus: PM Modi
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

“Political untouchability is not our culture, the country also has rejected it. But it is true that we do not promote dynasty politics, but honour the workers,” PM Modi said.

V K Singh’s LAC remarks: Cong seeks Govt’s statement
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Pointing out that India’s official stand is that it has not transgressed anyone's borders, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the government should be careful that no one makes such a statement to weaken the country.

Govt respects farmers’ voice, their protests pure, bid to pollute: PM
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

As Congress members interrupted his speech, the Prime Minister said it was a “well-designed attempt” to ensure that farmers don’t get to know the 'truth' about the laws.

Oppn raises farm protests in LS; Farooq says bid to ‘buy’ DDC members in J&K
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Abdullah said there have been attempts in Jammu and Kashmir to “buy” the members after the elections. “There has to be a law to prevent such actions,” he said.

Bengal polls shadow looms over debate as Lok Sabha logjam ends
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also accused the BJP of a conspiracy behind the January 26 violence at the Red Fort to sabotage the farmers’ movement and alleged that the Central government has declared a war against Muslims and the farmers.

Rajnath appeal gives ‘honourable exit’ for divided Oppn to resume LS debate
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

The Opposition has disrupted the proceedings since Tuesday demanding a separate time slot for discussing the farmers' issue.

29 MPs give notice for 204 amendments to pressure govt
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

A number of Opposition members have expressed regret for the President not mentioning any solution to the ongoing farmers’ protests against the three farm Bills passed by Parliament in the monsoon session.

‘Lack of coordination, lack of leadership, maturity among Oppn’: V Muraleedharan
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

It just shows the lack of coordination, lack of leadership and maturity among the Opposition in Lok Sabha. Once you agree to a decision, you have to stand by it and go by it. It looks some outside forces have worked behind it.