The Supreme Court on January 3 agreed to hear BJP’s petition against the Calcutta High Court’s decision, which denied the saffron party clearance to hold rath yatras in West Bengal.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul has agreed to hear the plea and listed the matter for January 7.West Bengal BJP vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar had challenged the December 21 order of the division bench of the Calcutta HC.Close With the issue relentlessly undergoing various levels of judicial scrutiny, let’s take a look at what has happened so far: related news Not part of Maharashtra BJP core team but won't quit party: Pankaja Munde Jharkhand Assembly Election | Will waive farm loans if Oppn alliance comes to power, says Rahul Gandhi Left parties to organise joint nationwide protest against Citizenship Bill on Dec 19 Timeline of EventsDecember 6, 2018: One day ahead of the BJP’s Rath Yatra in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court denies … [Read more...] about Explainer: The fracas around BJP’s Rath Yatra in West Bengal
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In light of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill intensifying in the Northeast, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma announced on January 29 that 10 political parties, including allies of the BJP, have unanimously opposed the bill.Meanwhile, a conglomerate of 64 civil society organisations has called for a statewide 24-hour strike in Manipur on January 30.The contentious bill has the capability of ruining the prospects of the saffron party in the Northeast given the vehement opposition by regional parties, even the BJP’s allies.Close The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 so as to make illegal immigrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for Indian citizenship. related news In pics | Massive protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Northeast, other regions Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests: People defy curfew, police open fire in Assam Jharkhand … [Read more...] about Why is BJP firm on Citizenship Amendment Bill despite violent protests and risk of losing Northeast?
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be taking a leaf out of the recent marketing and promotional campaigns trending on social media.Remember the PadMan challenge? Makers of the Akshay Kumar-starrer film posted a picture of them holding a sanitary pad, and further nominated at least three actors from the Hindi film industry to take up the challenge. The campaign not only helped in promoting the film, but also helped raise awareness and alleviate taboos associated with menstruation.This strategy was actually inspired by the ice bucket challenge, which was a campaign to raise awareness on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou Gehrig's disease — and encourage donations for research.Close The ice bucket challenge involved dumping a bucket full of water and ice over a person’s head and filming the event to be posted on social media. The person then nominates other people to take up the challenge and donate towards the cause. The ice-bucket … [Read more...] about BJP ups their social media game with #ModiOnceMore and Narendra Modi merchandise
Days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls together from Uttar Pradesh, BSP satrap Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, appealed to members and workers of both parties to forget their past differences.As the leader was greeted by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15, she said, “Forget past differences and ensure the victory of all joint candidates of SP and BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift.”The parties, which have decided to contest general elections on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal, are itching to bury the hatchet in an attempt to make a formidable alliance to beat the BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the SP had managed to win a meagre five seats, the BSP won none.Close But it won’t be easy for the bitter rivals to forget and forgive, especially after witnessing a dark past in the history of Indian … [Read more...] about Forget past differences with SP, says BSP supremo Mayawati on 63rd birthday. Easier said than done?
Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy called off the six-day dharna late on the night of February 18 after a meeting was held between Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, the CM and his Council of Ministers. After the dharna ended, Kiran Bedi took to Twitter and announced that the government will be back to work from February 19 while Narayanasamy said, “partial success was achieved on various demands”.However, the chief minister said the campaign for statehood would continue "without a break".After the meeting, the chief minister also announced that “all the agitation slated for the next two days against Kiran Bedi” have been suspended.But why was the chief minister staging a dharna outside the Raj Nivas and what are his demands? Let’s take a closer look at the storm brewing in Puducherry.Close The public duel between Narayanasamy and Kiran Bedi related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 … [Read more...] about Discord in Puducherry |CM Narayanasami may have ended dharna outside LG Kiran Bedi’s house, but question of statehood looms large