National news of the week
Hyderabad: Ending days of acrimony, Telugu Desam Party and Bharatiya Janata Party were tonight understood to have reached a broad agreement over an electoral alliance in Andhra Pradesh.
New Delhi: BJP’s bigwigs L K Advani and Rajnath Singh and Congress veterans Madhusudan Mistry and Rita Bahuguna Joshi were among the prominent candidates who entered the fray as filing of nominations for 6th and 7th phases of marathon Lok Sabha polls picked up speed.
Bijnore/New Delhi: Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah is in trouble for his “revenge” speech with two FIRs being lodged against him by authorities and the outburst also under the scrutiny of Election Commission.
New Delhi: There will be serious consequences if Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister, Union Minister P Chidambaram today said, and warned BJP that it too will pay a heavy price for letting Gujarat Chief Minister and his “coterie” “take over” the part
Guwahati/Agartala: The long-running Lok Sabha elections–the world’s biggest democratic exercise—gets underway with polling in five of the 14 constituencies in Assam and one of the two in Tripura, drawing a very high turnout of voters.
New Delhi: Pledging to end policy paralysis, corruption and “tax terrorism” and bar FDI in multi-brand retail, the BJP stuck to its core agenda of Ram Temple construction, Uniform Civil Code and abrogation of Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
New Delhi/Durgapur: After breathing fire, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal buckles under unrelenting pressure and agreed to transfer seven top officials as the Election Commission put its foot down and gave an ultimatum to it for complying with its order by tomorrow.
New Delhi: Three Israeli diplomats accused of assaulting an immigration official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here have been repatriated, Israeli Embassy said here.
Vadodara: BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi here in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission showed himself as a married man revealing that his wife’s name is Jashodaben.
New Delhi: Ahead of the polling for Lok Sabha elections here, Arvind Kejriwal visits the residences of two men who had attacked him in the last five days in two separate roadshows in the national capital and said he has “forgiven” the attackers.
Raipur: Over 100 Naxals ambushes a team of security forces in Chhattisgarh’s tribal belt of Bastar on the eve of Lok Sabha polls, killing three commandos of CRPF’s CoBRA battalion and injuring five others including two officers in twin attacks.
Jaipur/New Delhi: BJP suspends Manvendra Singh, son of expelled leader Jaswant Singh, from its primary membership and removed him from its National Executive following reports that he was campaigning against the party’s official candidate in Barmer Lok Sabha constituency of Rajasthan.
New Delhi: High voter turnout marks polling in the first major day of Lok Sabha elections covering 91 constituencies in 14 states and Union Territories as the exercise entered key battlegrounds of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where three securitymen were killed in a Naxal attack.
New Delhi: Under attack over the media blitz, Narendra Modi has said he is ready to face any probe by any government agency into Congress allegations that a whopping Rs 10,000 crore was being spent on poll publicity and offered to write to the Election Commission himself in this regard.
New Delhi: Cracking the whip on Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah and SP leader Azam Khan, the Election Commission bans them from holding public meetings, processions or roadshows in Uttar Pradesh and asks authorities to initiate criminal proceedings against them.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is “defanged” by the Congress party in his second term with Sonia Gandhi deciding on key appointments to the Cabinet and to the PMO as he seemed to “surrender” to her and to the UPA constituents, says a new book by former media advisor Sanjaya Baru.
New Delhi: Prime Minister’s Office comes down heavily on former media adviser Sanjaya Baru accusing him of “misusing” a privileged position for commercial gain in writing a book in which he says Manmohan Singh had been undermined by the Congress party.