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  • BJP ends era as old guards turn new 'mentors'

    A couple of years ago, BJP veteran LK Advani is understood to have told a party leader that the party appeared to be moving in a direction where the older generation would be made guides and philosophers. He did not use the word 'marg darshak (mentor)', but the senior leader had apparently sensed...

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 6:30am
  • Mission unaccomplished: MP who complained wants blocks for CIL

    BJP MP Hansraj Gangaram Ahir is a happy man. Eight years ago he sensed foul play in the manner in which coal blocks were being allocated to private companies, and from then on, he refused to give up his battle to get 142 allocations cancelled. But despite the Supreme Court on Monday ruling the...

    Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 7:15am
  • BJP's Amit Shah embarks on 'Mission Kashmir'; targets 44 seats

    With BJP formulating a multi-pronged strategy for poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir, the saffron party has identified around 30-40 individuals mostly affiliated to other parties to capture clout in the Muslim-dominated Valley. Sources said among these politicians were sitting MLAs and former MLAs from...

    Monday, 25 August 2014 - 6:45am
  • BJP MPs to stay out of Monsanto tour

    After global seed giant Monsanto offered to sponsor a group of Indian parliamentarians to the US for a study tour and a visit to its headquarters, the BJP has asked its MPs not to accept any invitation for foreign tours without taking permission from the party. The matter fell on the radar of the...

    Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 6:45am
  • Venkaiah Naidu tried in vain to persuade Maharashtra CM to attend Narendra Modi programme

    Hours before prime minister Narendra Modi's foundation stone laying programme for the Nagpur Metro, Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu called up Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to persuade him not to skip the function since the project was a joint venture of the state and Centre.

    Friday, 22 August 2014 - 7:00am
  • It's official: No LoP post for Congress

    Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has finally conveyed to the Congress that it would not have a leader of opposition in Lok Sabha. In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, according to sources, she has cited three reasons — past precedents, the 10% rule and legal opinion. In 1980 or 1984 (...

    Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 6:00am
  • BJP executes Narendra Modi's idea; initiates Article 370 debate

    The government may have fallen silent on Article 370, which grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, but the BJP has started a debate ahead of assembly polls in the state on what this article has achieved. After the Modi government came to power, remarks by minister of state in PMO Jitender...

    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 5:55am
  • Varun Gandhi finds no place in Amit Shah's durbar; Shah includes four party leaders from Maharashtra

    BJP president Amit Shah unveiled his team, over 60% of which is under 50, but kept out 34-year-old Varun Gandhi who was party general secretary. The BJP's new team of office-bearers has 11 vice-presidents, including former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh, former chief minister BS...

    Sunday, 17 August 2014 - 5:00am
  • Mumbai Mps asked 80 questions in Lok Sabha

    In 1988, a six-year-old girl sat in the visitor's gallery of Rajya Sabha and watched in awe as her father asked questions to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. That girl, Poonam Mahajan, made several more trips to parliament, but never did she think that she would be a parliamentarian some day...

    Saturday, 16 August 2014 - 6:50am
  • Narendra Modi, Amit Shah want booth-level focus for assembly polls

    The rapport between Narendra Modi and Amit Shah — both of whom began their political career as BJP foot soldiers — was as visible as the synergy between the Union government and party. It was Shah, ratified as party chief at the BJP national council meet here on Saturday, who set down the rules of...

    Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 6:50am