General Politics

Nitish and Navin positive on federal front: Mamata

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, June 12 : Two days after urging all non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to form a federal front for next year's Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she has spoken to her Bihar and Odisha counterparts who have reacted positively to her proposal.

Banerjee who is also the Trinamool Congress chief, was speaking after meeting Janata Dal-United leader K. C. Tyagi at the state secretariat here.

Modi's elevation tipping point for Indian politics

Narendra-ModiThe controversial BJP decision to elevate hardliner Narendra Modi to run the party’s campaign in 2014 elections and ruthlessly sideline a leader such as L. K. Advani is bound to damage its image, but let us not forget that it is a decisive victory for the RSS, which forced BJP President Rajnath Singh, from behind the scenes, to go ahead with the drastic step.

Hardline groups such as RSS, Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have been waiting in the wings for decades to somehow harden the BJP’s Hindu nationalist image by encouraging leaders like Modi to lead the party campaigns and also the party.

Advani will accept BJP decision: Rajnath

Rajnath-SinghNew Delhi, June 11 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Tuesday said that L. K. Advani, who had resigned from all leadership positions, has decided to accept the parliamentary board's request to stay in the core party bodies.

"Advanji has said that any decision of the party he will accept," Rajnath Singh said quoting Advani, who quit Monday.

Advani, who had resigned Monday from the parliamentary board, election committee and national executive, was not present at the brief press conference.

Shatrughan Sinha supports L.K. Advani after boycotting Goa conclave

Shatrughan-SinhaMumbai, June 11 : Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, one of the best known Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from Bihar, has reportedly thrown his weight behind BJP patriarch L. K. Advani, who relinquished all party posts after Narendra Modi was named the lead campaigner for the 2014 general elections.

It's an open war in the BJP's ranks with prominent party members sharply divided in their loyalty towards Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, respectively.

According to an informed source, Sinha has taken extreme umbrage to Modi being projected as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

BJP hopeful of resolving Advani crisis soon

Prakash-JavadekarNew Delhi, June 11 : The BJP Tuesday said its leaders were in constant touch with L. K. Advani, who has quit all party posts, and were hopeful of resolving the crisis soon.

"All leaders are in touch with him and we are hopeful that the crisis will be resolved soon and the BJP will emerge stronger," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

Javadekar said the Congress and some others were needlessly dragging the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) into the controversy.

Text of Advani's resignation letter

l-k-advani1Dear Shri Rajnath Singhji

All my life I have found working for the Jana Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party a matter of great pride and endless satisfaction for myself.

For sometime I have been finding it difficult to reconcile either with the current functioning of the party, or the direction in which it is going. I no longer have the feeling that this is the same idealistic party created by Dr (Shyama Prasad) Mookerji, Pandit Deen Dayalji
(Upadhyay), Nanaji (Deshmukh) and (Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji whose sole concern was the country and its people.

Stage set for Rahul vs Modi contest in 2014

Rahul-ModiNew Delhi, June 10 : With Narendra Modi heading the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign panel, the stage is set for a virtual showdown between the Gujarat chief minister and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi next year.

While Modi was named the Bharatiya Janata Party's central poll campaign committee head Sunday, Gandhi was picked in November last year to head the Congress election coordination committee.

This happened two months before Gandhi was made the vice president, second only to his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Confident of convincing Advani to reverse decision: Sushma

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, June 10 : Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Monday expressed "surprise" at BJP patriarch L. K. Advani's decision to resign from all party posts but said she was confident she would be able to convince him to take back his resignation.

"I am going to his house and will talk to him and I am sure we will be able to convince him. I have spoken to him over phone and told him that I am coming to see him," she told reporters here.

"I was surprised at his decision," she said, adding that she was confident that she would convince him to take back his resignation.

Rajnath rejects Advani's resignation

Rajnath-SinghNew Delhi, June 10 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Monday refused to accept party leader L. K. Advani's resignation from organisational posts.

"I have not accepted Shri Advaniji's resignation," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

BJP sources said that the party leadership would make efforts to persuade Advani to reconsider his decision.

Advani Monday quit from all major posts in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing "most of our leaders" of being "concerned just with their personal agendas".

Party high command will sort out all issues: Chennithala

Ramesh-ChennithalaThiruvananthapuram, June 10 : Speaking for the first time about the controversy over his induction into the Kerala cabinet, state Congress unit chief Ramesh Chennithala said Monday that the party high command would come up with a solution.

"I have not gone after any post and all these years my party has given me posts at the appropriate time. Today, the matter is before them, and at the appropriate time, they will come with a solution," Chennithala said while addressing media persons here Monday.

Andhra speaker disqualifies 15 Congress, TDP rebels

N-ManoharHyderabad, June 8 : Finally acting against the rebels, Andhra Pradesh assembly speaker Saturday disqualified 15 members of the legislative assembly belonging to the ruling Congress and the main opposition TDP for violating party whips.

Speaker N. Manohar, who heard the petitions moved by the two parties during the last few weeks, announced his decision Saturday evening. Nine of those disqualified belong to the Congress while six others are members of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The speaker took the action under Rule 2(1)(b) of the Tenth Schedule of the constitution for voting against the party whip.

Karnataka chief minister felicitated in Hyderabad

SiddaramaiahHyderabad, June 8 : Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was felicitated here Saturday by the leaders of ruling Congress party.

The function was organised by Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao to honour Siddaramaiah for Congress party's win in the Karnataka assembly elections.

Thanking Rao and other leaders of backward classes for felicitating him, the Karnataka chief minister hoped that the two states would work together to march on path of development.

He pointed out that Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other southern states share same culture and tradition as they were part of one empire.

Rajnath Singh promises happy ending to BJP meet

rajnath-singhPanaji, June 8 : Amid reports of rift within the BJP especially after L. K. Advani's decision to skip the national executive meeting, party president Rajnath Singh said the conclave would end on a positive note and every one will go back "happy".

In his inaugural address to the national executive meeting here, Rajnath Singh said everyone will go home "happy, energised and enthusiastic", party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

Modi gets thumbs up as BJP goes into huddle

Narendra-ModiPanaji, June 7 : As BJP leaders slipped into their first huddle on day one of a key party conclave, a string of leaders already appear to have given Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi a thumbs up as far as the road to the Lok Sabha polls is concerned.

The man who set the ball rolling was Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who said: "Modi can catapult BJP to power. He will take us closer to government formation at the centre."

Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP national general secretary and newly appointed in-charge of the party in Bihar, used military analogy to explain the importance of Modi to the electoral fortunes of the party.

Gujarat bypoll sweep adds to Modi's clout

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, June 6 :  The BJP's emphatic victory in six bypolls in Gujarat has added to the clamour in the party for a bigger national role for Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and indications are that he would head the 2014 polls campaign committee.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said Thursday that at the party's national executive meet in Goa over the weekend Modi is likely to be installed the chief of the campaign committee as there was pressure for this from the cadres.

"A decision is likely to be taken," the leader told IANS, declining to be named.

BJP meet unlikely to make Modi 2014 campaign chief: Sinha

Yashwant-SinhaNew Delhi, June 6 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to be appointed in charge of BJP's 2014 poll campaign at its upcoming national executive meeting in Goa as it would not discuss leadership issues, party leader Yashwant Sinha said Thursday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national executive will meet in Goa June 7-9.

Venezuela, US agree to improve ties

Elias-JauaCaracas, June 6 : Venezuela and the US have agreed to find ways to improve their diplomatic relations which have been tense since August 2010, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said.

The agreement was reached Wednesday during Jaua's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of a Organization of American States (OAS) general assembly meeting held in Antigua, Guatemala, reported Xinhua.

"We trust that the meeting with John Kerry will mark the beginning of a good relation of respect between Venezuela and the United States," Jaua said in a statement released by Venezuela's official media.

'Tables turned: Sharif PM, Musharraf under arrest'

Nawaz-Sharif-Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, June 6 : The "tables have turned" in Pakistan, said a leading daily Thursday pointing out that Nawaz Sharif is again occupying the prime minister's chair while erstwhile military strongman General Pervez Musharraf is under arrest

Nawaz Sharif Wednesday became the first man to be elected prime minister in the country for a third time.

UN chief hails peacekeepers' release in Golan Heights

UN chief hails peacekeepers' release in Golan HeightsUnited Nations, May 13 :  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of four Filipino peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights last week.

They had been detained May 7 in the vicinity of Al Jamlah in the area of limitation.

Appreciating the assistance of Qatar and of others involved in securing their safe release, the secretary-general emphasised to all parties the impartiality of UN peacekeepers in a statement.

UN chief disappointed at failure to adopt arms treaty

UN chief disappointed at failure to adopt arms treatyUnited Nations, March 29 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday said that he is "deeply disappointed" at the failure of the final UN conference to adopt a treaty by consensus which would help regulate the multi-billion-dollar international arms trade.

"The secretary-general is deeply disappointed with the failure of the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty to reach an agreement on a treaty text," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.

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