BJP trying to create armed cadre base through ‘Agnipath’ scheme: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the BJP-led central government over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, alleging that the saffron camp was trying to create its own “armed” cadre base through the new defence recruitment programme. Terming the scheme as an insult to the armed forces, Banerjee also wondered whether the BJP plans to … Read more

Azam Khan’s close aide is Samajwadi Party candidate for bypolls to Rampur Lok Sabha seat

Senior SP leader Muhammad Azam Khan‘s close aide Asim Raja will be the party’s candidate for the byelections to the Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Khan announced his name here at his party office Darr-ul-Awam, which means the house of common people. The senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader had vacated the seat after his election to … Read more

After Ram temple in Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura appear to be waking up: Yogi

After the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the temple town of Kashi appears to be waking up, as are Mathura, Vrindavan, Vindhyavasini Dham and Naimish Dham, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday. There has been no communal riot in the state, he told the BJP‘s one-day state executive meeting in Lucknow and … Read more

Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar joins BJP in presence of party chief J P Nadda

Former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar joined BJP on Thursday, days after he quit the grand old party. Jakhar had quit the Congress last week after lashing out at former Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Twitter, saying that he was “not an asset” as portrayed by the party leadership. A former Lok Sabha … Read more

Construction equipment sales set for double digit growth

Sales of construction equipment — a barometer of economic activity — is expected to increase in healthy double digits in the ongoing financial year on the back of increased government spending on infrastructure projects, especially in rural areas. The industry estimates sales of construction equipment (domestic sales and exports) to grow 15-20% in fiscal 2023, … Read more

Term limits, new departments: Key decisions by Congress during 3-day Chintan Shivir

(This story originally appeared in on May 15, 2022) NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday adopted the ‘Udaipur Nav Sankalp Declaration’, a roadmap for wide-ranging reforms in the party organisation to make it battle-ready for the next round of assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Sunday was the last day of the three-day Chintan Shivir being … Read more

Congress 3-day conclave to focus on time-bound party revamp, clear stance on key issues

The three-day brainstorming conclave of the Congress will focus on time-bound party restructuring for strengthening the organisation and making it battle-ready for the 2024 Lok Sabha election. Top Congress leaders will come out with solutions and clear the party’s stance on key issues including polarisation, Centre-state ties, forming of alliances and attempts at bringing in … Read more

PM Modi now template for what it means, takes to be national leader: Amit Shah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the template for what it means and takes to be a “national leader”, Home Minister Amit Shah has said, asserting that the label was earlier handed out to even politicians of no proven merit and only capable of winning election from one or two safe Lok Sabha seats. While … Read more

BJP identifies 73,000 ‘weak’ booths in run-up to 2024 polls

With an eye on 2024 general elections, the BJP has identified 73,000 polling booths where it is weak and has constituted a committee to strengthen the party’s position on them, sources said on Monday. The majority of these booths are in southern and eastern states, the sources said, adding that the party is also contemplating … Read more

Prashant Kishor wants to join Congress, briefs top brass on strategy for 2024

With the Congress reeling from a string of defeats, poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Saturday gave a detailed presentation to its top brass at Sonia Gandhi‘s residence on the way forward for 2024 general elections, while expressing readiness to join the party. AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said a decision on Kishor’s suggestions, including … Read more