Shiv Sena picks Hardik Patel to campaign for Gujarati aspirant

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena — in a move that caught political observers off guard — has picked Hardik Patel, the firebrand leader of Gujarat’s Patidar agitation, to campaign for its Gujarati candidate in a bid to split the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core vote bank ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Council (BMC) elections. Shiv Sena picks Hardik Patel to campaign for Gujarati aspirant Mr Patel on Tuesday addressed a rally of Biren Limbachya, Sena’s Gujarati candidate who is contesting from Goregaon. It came as a surprise in political circles toRead More

Stop budget presentation ahead of polls: Uddhav

Mumbai: Joining the opposition chorus, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to not allow presentation of the Union Budget days ahead of elections to five states, a move that will not go down well with the Centre or Maharashtra government. The Sena president asked his party MPs to meet the President and request him to postpone the Budget beyond polls. Congress, Left, Samajwadi Party and some others have already represented to the Election Commission not to allow the Centre to present theRead More

Demonetisation chaos will help us retain power: Akhilesh

Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav opines that the days of caste-based politics in the state are over and now problems with the two Ds — development and demonetisation — will work in favour of the Samajwadi Party in the upcoming assembly polls. According to him, his family feud is no more a factor and all issues have been changed post demonetisation. “That is a thing of the past now. We are working together to win the elections. Issues have changed and post demonetisation nobody remembers that (family feud). AllRead More

BJP leader Sushil Vaswani under I-T lens after money row

Bhopal: Income-tax (IT) sleuths on Tuesday conducted searches at the residence and business establishments of senior BJP leader Sushil Vaswani, whose family also runs a cooperative bank in Madhya Pradesh. Many influential people, including several senior ruling BJP leaders of MP, were said to be associated with the bank, currently headed by Mr Vaswani’s wife Kiran, IT sources told this newspaper. IT sources said the searches were being conducted in his residences and business establishments, including three hotels, a car showroom, in and around Bhopal city. The raids followed reportsRead More

Government failed to get out black money: Mulayam

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday slammed the Modi government for the Centre’s demonetisation move, saying it ended up as an “exercise in futility” because the government failed to get out black money. This is the first time that the SP president has criticised the Modi government in stronger words over the demonetisation. So far, the SP had adopted a soft approach towards the BJP on the issue. Addressing a rally in Bareilly on Wednesday, Mr Yadav said that farmers and traders were the worst hit dueRead More

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav doesn’t rule out poll pact with Congress

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Friday kept alive hopes of a grand anti-BJP alliance before Uttar Pradesh Assmebly polls with chief minister Akhilesh Yadav not ruling out a poll pact with the Congress. Mr Yadav said such a combine could win over 300 seats in the 403-member House. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had only last month ruled out any pre-poll alliance and asserted that there can only be mergers. The UP CM, however, said that such a tie-up would only be considered if the Congress was willing toRead More

People’s pain will spell BJP’s UP jolt, says Arvind Kejriwal

Meerut: The “pain” being suffered by people due to demonetisation will cost BJP Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Assembly polls, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday vowing to “expose” the ruling party in the Centre across the country. Addressing a public meeting here, he said had the “intention” of the government been welfare of the people, it would have waived farm loans instead of writing off the debt of “friendly industrialists”. Mr Kejriwal’s over half-an-hour-long speech was punctuated by repeated exhortations to the crowd to spread the “realRead More

Modi slams Congress, says only rich sleepless, ‘buying sleeping pills’

New Delhi/Ghazipur: Defending his government’s demonetisation order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted Monday that the poor in the country were supporting his move against corruption, black money and fake currency. Admitting that it was a “little harsh” and that people were facing inconvenience, Mr Modi attacked the Opposition, mainly the Congress, for misleading the people and asked if corruption and dishonesty should be allowed in the country. Scoffing at the Opposition for blaming him for the problems faced by the poor, Mr Modi said he was better aware of hardshipsRead More

Rahul Gandhi, Arun Jaitley trade salvos, fuel Orop war

New Delhi. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying over the issue of uniform pensions for retired defence personnel, prompting Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to return fire, the latest in a slugfest likely to disrupt Parliament’s upcoming session. Mr Jaitley tore into the Congress for “not having allocated even Rs 1” towards the retiral policy when it was in power. Several top Opposition leaders, including Mr Gandhi, were briefly detained during protests on Wednesday and Thursday after an ex-soldier killed himself, accusing the Centre ofRead More

Does BJP pay money to people to attend Modi’s rallies, asks Shiv Sena

Mumbai: Taking a jibe at BJP over Maharashtra Minister Rajkumar Badole’s remarks that Maratha Morchas are successful due to the money power involved, Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the ruling party should clarify if the rallies of its central leaders are conducted in the same manner. Badole, who holds Social Justice portfolio, had recently said at an event in Aurangabad, “Whoever comes up nowadays, stages protests and demands reservations. Their agitations draw crowds as they have more money.” In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Sena said, “Badole has triedRead More