Congress Party officially lends support to JD(S) to form the government

The Indian National Congress has officially lent its support to the Janata Dal (Secular) led by HD Kumaraswamy to form the next government at the center. This was revealed by Congress Party’s local leadership. “It is for them to take a decision, we have extended our support,” said a Congress party spokesperson in Bangalore. “The […]

Power of Social Media: Protesters seek justice for Kerala man killed for love

Hundreds of protestors turned out to seek justice for a 27-year-old boy allegedly killed by a team of Kerala policemen for getting romantically involved with a girl who was related to one of them. In a rare occurrence in Kerala — where protests not organized by political parties fail miserably — hundreds of people turned […]

BJP attempting to divide Dalits and Marathas – Congress

The Indian National Congress today alleged that the ruling dispensation at the centre, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, was trying to create enmity between Marathas and Dalits — two prominent communities in Maharashtra that comprise nearly half the population. Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily pointed to the ruling alliance as the source of reports […]

Trial Court vs Supreme Court – Who is right in 2G scam judgment?

The decision by a trial court in Delhi’s Patiala House complex to dismiss charges of corruption and conspiracy against former telecom minister and others in the 2G scam case has created a curious legal imbroglio as the order seems to fly counter to the Supreme Court’s verdict in the 2G scam case. The special court […]

Akhilesh Yadav supports reservation for Patels, upper castes

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has suggested extending reservation benefits not only to Patels, but to all forward communities as well. “Do a census and give everyone reservation according to their population. Nobody will be angry,” Yadav said, when asked about how to deal with the current agitation by the Gujarati community seeking greater educational […]

CBI files FIR in Chhattisgarh Sex CD Case

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed two separate cases related to the Chhattisgarh sex CD allegedly featuring the state PWD minister Rajesh Munat. This follows the takeover of investigations into the matter by the central investigation agency after allegations that the Chhattisgarh Police was incapable of conducting an impartial investigation in a case involving […]

Is Rahul Gandhi rejecting his mother’s secularism?

The rather ‘Holy’ election campaign being waged by Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat elections has led to speculation that the Indian National Congress may adopt a ‘soft Hindutva’ model under Rahul Gandhi to counter BJP’s ‘hard Hindutva’. FROM NONE TO ALL Over the last half a century or so, the party has experimented with diluting the […]

I am low-caste, but I do high work – Modi replies to Aiyer

Mani Shankar Aiyar tried to undo the damage he caused to the party’s prospects in Gujarat by calling Narendra Modi — who hails from a group classified under the Other Backward Communities — ‘neech’ (low or low-caste), but Modi sought to take advantage of the controversy by seizing on the remark. “Hindi is not my […]

COLUMN: A win for Congress in Gujarat may be just what Modi needs

By all accounts, the chances of a Congress victory is becoming stronger and stronger in Gujarat, a state that goes to the polls on Sunday. The possibility was almost unthinkable two months ago, even to Congress strategists, but the ‘Patel factor’ is likely to be the deciding factor in not only nullifying the BJP’s edge, […]

VENGARA Election Results: Left Front vote up 20%, Cong, BJP down

The results of the bypoll held in Vengara assembly constituency in Kerala have confirmed the Congress-led UDF’s worries about losing support in the southern state. The results also showed that the BJP suffered a decline in popularity in Kerala in the last 18 months or so. The election, which comes a year-and-a-half after the last […]

Liquor shops in Kerala start installing token system

Kerala’s snaking long queues in front of its liquor shops — the state’s only source of alcohol after bars were banned in 2014 — are almost as famous as the backwaters and beaches, but some relief may be on the horizon for hapless liquor buyers. As there are only about 340 liquor shops in a […]

Delhi MCD Election Results Live: End of the road for AAP & Kejriwal

BJP 181 CONGRESS 31 AAP 46 OTHERS 12 The initial trends from the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) elections indicate that the prediction of exit polls of a demise for the Aam Aadmi Party have turned out to be correct. The BJP is all set to come to power in the municipal corporation for the third […]

Malappuram bypoll election results: BJP fails to make headway

The Bharatiya Janata Party has failed to make much headway in Kerala over the last two years, going by the results of a by-poll in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency. With nearly 95% of the eight lakh votes counted, the BJP has seen its vote share decline from about 7.5% in 2014 to 7.1%. The […]

At 9.7 cr/year, Sidhu is highest-earning Punjab MLA, 40% AAP MLAs are crorepati

An analysis of the election filings of the newly elected members of Punjab Legislative Assembly revealed that Navjot Singh Sidhu, the ex-cricketer and television personality who joined the Indian National Congress just before the election, is the highest-earning member of the house. The analysis by the Association for Democratic Reform also revealed that 8 out of […]

Modi denies demonetization was a failure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today denied that the withdrawal of high-value currency notes was a failure. Speaking in the lower house of Parliament today, Modi said demonetization has created a money trail that can be used to ‘bring everyone into the mainstream’ of taxation. [iframe src=”″] “You know how it used to be in the […]

Katju says SP will defeat BJP in UP Elections; Demonetization, Akhilesh to aid

Former Supreme Court judge and a keen observer of Indian politics, Markandey Katju has predicted a win for the Samajwadi Party led by Akhilesh Yadav in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. BJP, which is seen as a strong contender by many, would be negatively impacted due to the impact of demonetization and the clean […]

Rahul Gandhi seeks Parliamentary probe into ‘leak of information’ ahead of demonetization

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi dismissed charges that the opposition was not speaking in one voice on demonetization and said the entire opposition is united in their demands. Asked whether the opposition parties wanted a roll-back, Gandhi said there were only two demands — one that Modi should speak in Parliament, and the secondly that […]