AIADMK in a soup over RS nominations as BJP tries to retain its ground

There is a rift in the AIADMK as most of the Lok Sabha candidates who lost the election want a seat to the Upper House, which puts pressure on the party

Now RLD announces it will go solo in UP Assembly bypolls

Lucknow: A day after the SP and the BSP decided to contest alone all 11 seats in the upcoming Assembly bypolls, their third alliance partner in the recent Lok Sabha elections - RLD - on Wednesday (June 5) announced it too will go solo. Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the 'gathbandhan' remains intact. "The Rash...

BJP may field Jaishankar as Rajya Sabha candidate from Gujarat

New Delhi: The BJP is likely to field External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar as its nominee for Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and Ram Vilas Paswan as NDA's candidate from Bihar, sources said on Tuesday (June 4). Three seats in Rajya Sabha belonging to the BJP got vacant after party chief Amit Shah, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani got electe...

Mahagathbandhan goes soft on Nitish Kumar, says ‘not allergic’ to anyone

Patna: With the BJP-JD(U) ties under apparent strain, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has extended an olive branch to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying non-BJP parties including the JD(U) should join forces against the BJP and that his party is "not allergic" to anyone. Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a constituent of th...

Mahagathbandhan heads for a crash as Mayawati hints at end of ties with SP

The Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh is on the brink of a divorce. Addressing her ten Members of Parliament (MPs) in New Delhi today (Monday), a visibly upset BSP Supremo Mayawati told them that from now, the BSP would go solo in Uttar Pradesh and there would be no truck with the SP. Mayawati seems to be quite upset with...

RGV’s fresh salvo: Hand over the TDP to ‘Junior NTR’

Hyderabad: When he is not making a controversial movie, he is making controversial statements. Always provocative. Always in-the-face, curt and brutal. Even before the dust kicked off by his controversial biopic on NTR — the legendary Telugu actor and founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) — could settle down, the maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma has stirr...

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Modi 2.0: Have southern states been given a raw deal?

Chennai: As the new Narendra Modi dispensation began its second innings in Delhi, a perception took shape in southern India that the region, particularly Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, has been given a raw deal in ministerial berth allocations. Karnataka has been given three Union ministerial berths in addition to Finance portfolio for Nirmala Sitharaman...

In Modi 2.0, 51 ministers are crorepatis, 22 face criminal cases: ADR

New Delhi: Of the 56 ministers who took oath on May 30 (Thursday) and are part of either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, 51 are crorepatis and 22 have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). It said eight ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between 10th...

Jal Shakti stares at depleting groundwater, lack of infrastructure

Chennai: A day after taking an oath as the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi formed a new ministry for water — Jal Shakti. Experts welcomed this move since water was being dealt by multiple departments and ministers, and integrating it under one roof may speed up processes. But, the challenges now seem bigger: Groundwater depletion, lack of proper i...

The changed Uttar Pradesh representation in Modi 2.0

Uttar Pradesh assumes importance in the Cabinet formation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to several reasons. Not only the prime minister himself represents the Varanasi constituency, but the state also has the largest representation in the lower house — 80 seats. Further, Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh is due in 2022, the reason why the s...

Sadananda Gowda’s appointment is but a safety net for BJP in K’taka

Chennai: Among the four vokkaliga caste BJP parliamentarians from Karnataka, Sadananda Gowda is the most experienced and non-controversial figure.

Piyush Goyal retains railways, likely to focus on safety, non-fare revenue

New Delhi: Piyush Goyal, re-assigned the charge of the crucial railway ministry, is likely to focus on safety, generation of non-fare revenue, track renewal, modernisation and increase in the production of state-of-the-art coaches in his second stint at the helm of the national transporter, official sources said on Friday. Goyal, having achieved the lowest...

Gadkari’s hurdles: Pushing new road laying, toll collection and safety

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari will be the minister of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) enterprises under the Modi 2.0 government. One of such key ministries is the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Over the past five years, this portfolio became synonymous with Nitin Gadkari who has been instrumental in carrying o...

Modi 2.0: No cakewalk for Jaishankar as foreign minister

Chennai: The choice of retired foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as External Affairs Minister clearly shows the importance given to foreign policy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A career diplomat with over 40 years of inside knowledge in international affairs will be sorely needed to take on some of the challenges that India faces in its neighb...

Amit Shah gets Home, Rajnath to be new Def Min, Jaishankar to be EAM

New Delhi: The much anticipated portfolios of the 58 ministers sworn in including Narendra Modi on May 30 have been announced. Rajnath Singh gets defence, Nirmala Seetharaman gets finance, Amit Shah has been given home, and S Jaishankar is cabinet minister for external affairs. Amit Shah will be the new Home minister, Rajnath Singh the new ...