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Dhaka boundary settlement

Narendra Modi bites the bullet

IN telling the BJP workers in Assam that India will go ahead with the ratification of the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put the imperatives of national interest above the regional populism of his own party. The 119th amendment bill was placed in the Rajya Sabha late last year amidst vociferous opposition from the Trinamool Congress of Bengal and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in Assam. While the national leadership of the BJP did not...

BJP, Sena back together after glitch

The BJP and the Shiv Sena are back together in Maharashtra. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP announced yesterday that the Sena will join his government and that the two parties will also fight future elections together. "I urged the Shiv Sena to join the government....We have decided to run the government together," Mr Fadnavis said, ending days of tense negotiations and feuding. He was flanked by leaders of the Shiv Sena and his party. The 44-year-old chief minister said...

BJP leader talks tough on Bangladeshi illegal immigrants

BJP leader talks tough on Bangladeshi illegal immigrants

Amid the alarming rise in jihadi activities in India, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy talked tough on Saturday, insisting that Bangladesh should be made to face the consequences if it refused to cooperate with India in stopping illegal migration, reports an Indian English daily. “I want some strong policy. I also want Bangladesh to cooperate...

Doors open for separatists: BJP spokesperson

Doors open for separatists: BJP spokesperson

BJP today appealed to the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir to join the political mainstream and approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi instead of knocking at the doors of Pakistani PM. "Instead of approaching Pakistani Prime Minister or Pakistan High Commissioner, it is better to join (political) mainstream. Come to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, the...

21 new ministers join Modi's govt

21 new ministers join Modi's govt

Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and three others were on Sunday inducted into the Union Cabinet as Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of ministers, bringing in 21 new ministers as Shiv Sena kept away from the exercise. Suresh Prabhu, a former Shiv Sainik and power minister in Vajpayee government, senior BJP...

India cabinet 'set for expansion'

India cabinet 'set for expansion'

  Indian PM Narendra Modi is set to expand his cabinet over the weekend, five months after he led his BJP party to a landslide win, media say. Forty-five MPs, including seven women, from Modi's party and their allies were sworn in as ministers in May. More than six ministers are holding more than one portfolio,...

Curb anti-nat'l forces

With the violence hit area in Birbhum made out of bounds, BJP yesterday stepped up its attack on Trinamool Congress government saying instead of stopping Opposition, it should use its energy for “curbing anti-national forces” working in West Bengal. BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who was leading a three-member party team to Makra in Birbhum district where TMC and BJP supporters clashed leading to death of 3 persons last Monday, said the state Home department has asked them not...

India bans first-class air travel for officials

India bans first-class air travel for officials

India's government has banned first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchases of cars in a series of tough austerity measures. The moves are aimed at achieving a fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the gross domestic product for this year. India's economy has slowed in recent years, growing by 4.7%...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

An emerging new social coalition?

THE Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged as the largest party in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assemblies, reconfirming its status as the main point of reference in Indian politics. Behind its latest success lie factors which will influence politics for some time. An even more assertive, masculine BJP is now likely to evolve under an absolutist leadership which isn't bound by any constraints in pursuing trademark Hindutva agendas, including a Ram temple at Ayodhya (which the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has re-invoked),...

AL-Jamaat relations historic, Khaleda tells Time of India

AL-Jamaat relations historic, Khaleda tells Time of India

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said the governing Awami League has a long history of close relations with the Jamaat-e-Islami and other extremist religious groups. “Our alliance with Jamaat is only an electoral understanding. It is by no means an ideological one,” said the former prime minister in an exclusive interview with The Times...

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