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BNP expels 2 US-based leaders for faking statement

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BNP expels 2 US-based leaders for faking statement

BNP has identified and expelled two of its US-based leaders for faking a statement of US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and six Congressmen condemning the confinement of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The two leaders have been identified as Zahid Sardar and Mojibor Rahman, both special advisers to the party and based in the...

No phone call to Khaleda

India's Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah yesterday outright denied having any conversation with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. State-run BSS news agency from New Delhi reported that Amit Shah rubbished the claim made by Khaleda's Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan that he had called the BNP Chairperson and inquired about her health. Talking to BSS over the phone, Amit said he never talked to her. The BNP, however, continued to claim that Amit and Khaleda had telephone conversation. Private television channels Ekattor TV...

No phone call to Khaleda

India's Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah has denied having any phone conversation with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. According to Bangladesh's official news agency BSS, Amit Shah rejected BNP's claim that he had called Khaleda and inquired about her health on Wednesday night. The BJP chief told BSS over the phone that he never talked to Khaleda, the agency reported from New Delhi yesterday. The BNP, however, stuck to its claim. Party chairperson's Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan in a fresh statement...

BNP still sticks to BJP call claim

BNP still sticks to BJP call claim

Reiterating that the information about conversations between the BNP chairperson and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president is cent percent correct, BNP on Saturday evening alleged that a propaganda was been carried out over it only to divert people’s attention to a different direction. “In the wake of some media’s continued efforts to prove...

BNP trying to do politics with BJP chief’s phone call: Quader

BNP trying to do politics with BJP chief’s phone call: Quader

BNP is lobbying to get sympathy from foreign countries as the party has largely been isolated from the people due to its violent politics, said ruling Awami League policymaker Obaidul Quader today. Referring to Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah’s Wednesday phone call to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, he said the BJP chief could...

HINDUTVA TRUMPS 'DEVELOPMENT'
PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

BJP's real agenda

SOME commentators have deplored the award of Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, on Hindu Mahasabha founder Madan Mohan Malaviya. But many have welcomed its award to the Sangh Parivar's first Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. They include even Amartya Sen, also a Bharat Ratna and Nobel Laureate, who called Vajpayee a “great statesman”. The first group is emphatically right—not so much because Malaviya was honoured 69 years after he died, but because the Mahasabha has for a century propagated...

Bangalore blast kills Indian woman

Bangalore blast kills Indian woman

A home-made bomb exploded outside a restaurant in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, killing a woman who was passing by and injuring five others. The blast on Sunday night took place in a busy area and the police have described it as a "terrorist attack". Bangalore has been on alert since earlier this month...

STRAIGHT LINE

The conversion controversy

A series of reported religious re-conversion by outfits linked to India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's description of India as a “Hindu Rashtra” (Hindu State) has led to heated debates resulting in disruption of parliamentary proceeding. Protests by the political opposition erupted in parliament against a campaign by Hindu hardliners to bring Muslims and Christians back to the Hindu fold. Conversion is a sensitive issue with Hindu groups saying that many poor Hindus over the...

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),...

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

Riding on the popularity wave of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today appeared set to emerge as the single largest party in the key western state of Maharashtra. The BJP was also on course to capture power in northern state of Haryana unseating Congress in both the states as...

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