Bommai interview: ‘Halal or azaan, orders issued in Cong rule. It is not ready to obey own orders… I am following rule of law’

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who met top BJP leaders in the national capital Wednesday, said he has left the decision over the timing of the much-awaited expansion of his Cabinet on the party leadership. In the course of a wide-ranging interview with The Indian Express, Bommai denied that there was an atmosphere of fear … Read more

Jignesh Mevani interview: ‘I won’t let the activist Jignesh die… Cong also wants me to be what I am… Rahul wants me to grow as a Dalit leader’

What has changed in Jignesh Mevani after the April 19 arrest by the Assam Police? I am relaxed and offended both, relaxed obviously for getting bail and offended because of the harassment and persecution I was subjected to for no reason. (I am) absolutely innocent as far as these two cases (over the tweet, and … Read more

‘Who did Cong project as CM face? There is no set way. BJP central leadership will pick a person as CM’: Rajasthan BJP chief

In an interview with The Indian Express, Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia criticizes Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s “minority appeasement”, and talks about the BJP’s prospects in next year’s Assembly elections and reports of factionalism in the state unit involving those loyal to former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raj. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has been repeatedly accusing … Read more

Articulate, Left, self-made Cong asset: BJP may deny but can’t ignore Jignesh Mevani

In 2017, when three youths emerged on the political scene of Gujarat as leaders, having led successful agitations, the BJP appeared shaken, given that Assembly elections were scheduled that year’s end. Five years later, two of the three – Hardik Patel, who led the Patidar quota agitation and is now a working president of the … Read more

Angry over 2017 ticket, ‘lack of vision’, former Gujarat Cong stalwarts jump ship

Former Congress MLA Manibhai Vaghela joined the BJP on Sunday in the presence of state president CR Patil in Vadgam in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district. With state elections due later this year, the 68-year-old leader’s shift to the BJP holds significance, especially for the electoral battle in Vadgam constituency, a Congress bastion. The development has also … Read more

Amrinder Warring’s ‘3-D mantra’ to revive Punjab Cong: discipline, dedication, dialogue

Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, 44, Friday formally took charge as the Punjab Congress president — 29th to hold the post and the youngest ever — saying “discipline, dedication and dialogue” are needed to revive and strengthen the party. Stating that the Congress is not merely a political outfit, but “it is a thought and an … Read more