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

CM Patnaik has lost credibility…BJP-BJD bonhomie in Delhi a false narrative: Odisha BJP chief Samir Mohanty

In the recent urban and rural local body elections in Odisha, the principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a severe setback, even as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) swept the polls again. In the three-tier panchayat elections held in February, the BJP won 42 Zilla Parishad seats, down from 297 it had bagged … Read more

Delimitation Commission fails people of J&K, hurts democracy

The fifth Delimitation Commissionchaired by Justice Ranjana Desai, has many distinctions, albeit dubious ones, to its credit. First, it was constituted during a statutory freeze on the increase or decrease of the parliamentary and will applicable assembly seats – this freeze be till the population Census of 2026. Second, this is the only Delimitation Commission … Read more

Aiming big for 2023 Karnataka polls, JD(S) pins hopes on hung verdict, kingmaker role

Despite facing a shrinking vote base, questions over its standing on the political spectrum, and criticism for being largely a family-run outfit, the Janata Dal (Secular), headed by ex-Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, could not be written off as a political force in Karnataka. With the 2023 Karnataka Assembly elections in sight, the JD(S) has … Read more

Bengal protests against Chidambaram: Legal battles of another kind for Congress

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram found himself the subject of protests by the party’s legal cell in Kolkata on Wednesday over a case in the Calcutta High Court where he appeared in his capacity as a lawyer. Questioning Chidambaram for defending Keventers in the sale of shares of public sector Metro Dairy to it by … Read more

From highway to HPCC office, Hoodas turn Bhan event into spectacle of their strength

Days after the Congress leadership appointed him as the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president, senior Dalit leader and ex-MLA Udai Bhan, 67, took charge of his post at the state party headquarters in Chandigarh Wednesday. The event was, however, turned into their show of strength by Leader of Opposition (LoP) and ex-chief minister Bhupinder … Read more

Behind Stalin’s Lanka aid move: state rights assertion, DMK’s diaspora image makeover

The Tamil Nadu Assembly’s move to pass a resolution Friday urging the Center to allow the state government to send humanitarian aid to the people of Sri Lanka came in the wake of the BJP-led central government not responding to its similar requests made earlier. The resolution was brought by the DMK-led government in the … Read more