Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, on November 13, tweeted the word 'agneepath' thrice, apparently indicating the difficult path ahead for his party in its efforts to form government in Maharashtra. The party is hoping to form the government with the Indian National Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), its political rivals till recently.Raut, who on November 12, quoted poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan to reaffirm his party's resolve to succeed and not give up, on November 13 tweeted: "Agneepath, agneepath, agneepath..."(path of fire), without elaborating.'Agneepath' is a famous poem by renowned literarian Harivansh Rai Bachchan.Close It was also the title of a 1990s Hindi blockbuster featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, which depicted how the main protagonist literally traversed the path of fire in his quest for justice. related news India pledges to contribute $5 million in 2020 to UN Palestine refugee agency Maharashtra government formation: Shiv Sena doesn’t … [Read more...] about ‘Agneepath’, says Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut as his party treads tough path with Congress-NCP
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The Shiv Sena, on November 13, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was deriving "sadistic pleasure" out of the struggle of other political parties to form government in Maharashtra.Without taking names, the Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', said those talking about ethics in politics are currently the "most disruptive".President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on November 12 after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current situation despite all his efforts.Close The development came as the political stalemate continued since the declaration of Assembly poll results last month, with the Congress and NCP saying they had not yet taken any decision on Shiv Sena's proposal of forming a government and will hold further discussions. related news Supreme Court to deliver its verdict on pleas seeking Sabarimala judgment review tomorrow 'Vodafone India to head for … [Read more...] about Maharashtra government formation: BJP deriving ‘sadistic pleasure’ out of deadlock, says Shiv Sena
Abraham C MathewsEvery now and then, the devout are witness to a contest where stakes are so much higher than mere bragging rights; where both sides in the contest have laid equally strong claims to the title, and revealed their opponents’ weaknesses to an equal extent, leaving the final outcome to be decided by some arbitrary factor that just doesn’t feel representative of the contest.Such as the number of boundaries scored during the match!Close If you thought the cricket world cup final earlier this year -- so closely contested that scores were tied at the end of 50 overs, as well as a super over -- should have been jointly awarded to England and New Zealand, wait till you read the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Babri-Masjid Ram-Janmabhoomi (“Ayodhya”) case. related news VHP suggests Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath be included in proposed Ram temple trust Supreme Court upholds disqualification of Karnataka MLAs, but allows them to recontest The … [Read more...] about Ayodhya verdict: It was the assertion of beliefs that clinched the title
As the Centre has set the ball rolling for setting up a Supreme Court-mandated trust for construction of a temple at Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, right-wing organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has suggested that Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath be included in it.VHP Spokesperson Sharad Sharma on November 13 also reiterated the outfit's hope that the trust would build a grand temple as per the design prepared by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (RJN).The Nyas has been running a sprawling workshop in Ayodhya's Karsewakpuram since 1990 and artisans and craftsmen have fashioned out magnificently carved stones and pillars over these years, with the assumption that one day it will be used to build a temple for Ram Lallah.Close As per the RJN plan, the temple, once built, will be 268 ft long, 140 ft wide and 128 ft high, from the ground to the apex point (Shikhar) and a total of 212 pillars will be used, according to 79-year-old Annu … [Read more...] about VHP suggests Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath be included in proposed Ram temple trust
When Nitish Kumar abandoned the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in August last year, opinions regarding his decision were divided. Some called it a political masterstroke, others called it a mistake; most were cynical. They felt this was perhaps another one of Kumar’s U-turns in his quest to use realpolitik to maintain power, and it could go either way.Maintaining power, as it is turning out, would be difficult. Once considered to be the Opposition’s pitch for Prime Ministerial candidature, Nitish Kumar now seems to be struggling for seats in a state he has ruled for the past 13 years. Kumar had broken his alliance with the NDA before the 2014 general elections, citing differences with PM Narendra Modi.In the elections that followed, Janata Dal (United), Kumar's party, was trounced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in Bihar, reducing the party to two seats while the BJP garnered 22. This was a change from … [Read more...] about Grand Alliance, NDA or go-it-alone: Options galore, but what is Bihar CM Nitish Kumar thinking?