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NDA government can fall anytime: Mallikarjun Kharge | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday attacked the NDA government, saying that it is a minority government and has been formed by mistake. He further said that PM Modi doesn't have a mandate and the government could fall anytime."NDA government has been formed by mistake. Modi ji doesn't have the mandate. It's a minority government.This government can fall anytime. We would like it to continue. Let it be good for the country. We should work together to strengthen the country. But our Prime Minister is habitual of not letting something go on well to continue. But we will cooperate towards strengthening the country," said Kharge.BJP in the Lok Sabha elections secured 240 seats, falling short of the majority mark of 272, and relied on its allies such as TDP, JDU, LJPRV...
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BJP’s ‘400 Paar’ Slogan Becomes Congress’s Target At Oxford — Courtesy Sachin Pilot

Former Rajasthan Deputy CM and Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who was visiting Oxford University in the UK as a guest speaker on Friday, targeted the BJP government over its '400 paar [400+ seats]' slogan. During an interaction, he targeted the BJP and the Modi government. He said that people voted against the BJP government because they were upset with its policies and had become arrogant. "On the other hand, Congress included in its manifesto issues affecting socio-economic development on a large scale... Rahul Gandhi connected with the people through the Bharat Jodo Yatras... Congress and its allies will play the role of a strong Opposition inside and outside the Parliament," Sachin Pilot said. The Congress party’s manifesto addressed issues whic...
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Kuwait Fire Tragedy: Kerala CM Stresses Action Against Those Responsible

Kuwait Fire Tragedy: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday urged for stringent precautions to prevent a recurrence of the recent fire tragedy in Kuwait and expressed confidence that the Gulf nation would take appropriate action against those responsible. Speaking at the fourth edition of the Loka Kerala Sabha, held in the capital, Vijayan lauded the Kuwaiti government's response to the incident and stressed the need for effective intervention to ascertain the cause. "If the incident was due to the failure to adhere to precautionary norms, then we hope that the Kuwaiti government will take action against those responsible," the Chief Minister stated as quoted by news agency PTI. "The initial steps taken by them indicate that they will follow up...
‘Sevaks can’t be arrogant’ remark not for Modi, but RSS cut up over Nadda saying BJP doesn’t need it
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‘Sevaks can’t be arrogant’ remark not for Modi, but RSS cut up over Nadda saying BJP doesn’t need it

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s critique of the toxic election rhetoric and his observation that a true “sevak” could not be “arrogant” was not directed at the BJP or the Narendra Modi government, sources in the organisation said.The organisation also distanced itself from RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar’s comment that the “arrogant” BJP had been stopped at 241 seats. The party won 240 seats this Lok Sabha election. At an event in Nagpur this week, Bhagwat told RSS leaders and trainees about the qualities a true “sevak” must possess. He said a “sevak” must take pride in his work, but remain “unattached”, and must be “devoid of arrogance”. Show Full Article An RSS functionary said the comments were not directed ...
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Annamalai, Tamilisai pose together for photo after she clears air on viral Amit Shah video | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BJP state president Annamalai visited former Governor and BJP candidate for South Chennai constituency, Tamilisai Soundararajan, at her residence in Saligramam on Friday. This unexpected meeting comes in the wake of rumors of an intra-party feud in the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, following a disappointing performance in the recent parliamentary elections, where the party failed to secure a single seat in the state.Following the meeting, Annamalai posted a photo on social media, acknowledging Soundararajan's political experience. "Asserting that the lotus will surely bloom in Tamil Nadu, Tamilisai Soundararajan worked hard for it, her political experience and advice continues to provide inspiration for the development of the party," Annamalai said in the post. Tamilisai Sounda...
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Sanjay Raut Praises Past RSS Chiefs, Urges Top Brass To ‘Remove Arrogant BJP Leaders From Power

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday and said that there has been a politics of arrogance prevailing in the country in the last 10 years, and the servants of the people cannot be arrogant. He further stated that the public has put an end to the politics of arrogance. While speaking to reporters, Raut praised former key leaders of the RSS and said that they have contributed to saving the democracy in the past. The Shiv Sena (UBT) leader also stated that he has faith that the RSS will remove the 'arrogant BJP' from power. This comes after RSS National Executive member Indresh Kumar, in an apparent attack on the saffron party, said the party that had become arrogant was stopped at 241 seats by Lo...
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Bypolls 2024: BJP Names Himachal, Uttarakhand, MP Candidates For July 10 Elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its list of candidates in three states for the upcoming byelections. The BJP's list features the names of candidates for the assembly bypolls to be held in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The BJP has announced the names of Hoshiar Singh Chambyal from Dehra in Himachal Pradesh, Ashish Sharma from Hamirpur, and Krishna Lal Thakur from Nalagarh. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has placed its hopes on Kamlesh Shah from the Amarwara seat. In Uttarakhand, it picked Rajendra Singh Bhandari as its candidate for the Badrinath seat, and Kartar Singh Bhadana for the Manglaur seat. The Election Commission of India (ECI) said it would hold byelections in 13 assembly constituencies in Bihar, West Bengal, Tami...
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President notifies Speaker’s poll amid suspense over NDA’s pick | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday issued a notification fixing June 26, two days after the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha is scheduled to commence, for the election of LS Speaker amid growing interest about BJP's likely choice for the office.Incumbent Om Birla won the Lok Sabha polls from Kota once again and speculation that he might be continued with has gathered force since the formation of the Modi 3.0 govt and the PM retaining his CCS picks.BJP, with 240 seats, and allies who bring in another 53 should easily win the test. The speculation that TDP, which has 16 MPs, may seek the Speaker's post as the price for extending support has worn thin after it decided not to leverage its numbers for outsize gains in ministry making. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { fun...
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‘Unwarranted Speculations’: BJP’s Tamilisai Reacts After Video Of Amit Shah ‘Reprimanding’ Her

Tamil Nadu BJP leader Tamilisai Soundararajan has put an end to all the specualtions that arose after a video in which Union Home Minister Amit Shah appeared to be talking in a serious way, while pointing fingers at her, went viral on social media. The former Telagana Governor called the speculations "unwarranted"and stressed she was just being advised by the Home Minister. The brief exchange between the two leaders was captured at the oath-taking ceremony of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. As Soundararajan greeted Amit Shah as she walks past him, the Union Minister calls her back and starts talking to her, in what seemed like a rather serious discussion. This created a buzz on the social media regarding the naure of their conversation a...
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Former Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan clarifies speculations about rift with BJP | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday shut down all speculation regarding any rift within the Tamil Nadu BJP, which were triggered after a video went viral showing Amit Shah animatedly talking to Tamilisai.Stating that they were merely discussing post-poll concerns, Tamilisai said: "On Wednesday, I met Amit Shah for the first time after the 2024 elections, he called me to ask about post-poll followup and the challenges faced.As I was elaborating, due to paucity of time with utmost concern he advised me to carry out the political and constituency work intensively, which was reassuring. This is to clarify all unwarranted speculations."Many reports were already doing rounds of an internal rift between Tamilisai and BJP state president K Annamalai followin...
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Video | Elections 2024 | Year Of YouTube Elections: Here’s The Data | Everyday Tech With Tanima

Everyday Tech With Tanima:  According to data, YouTube has been the key social media platform this election season in India. As many as 113 channels amassed almost 15 million live views. 2 Hindi news channel pages accounted for over 2 million views. Monthly views for citizen journalists went up by 89% between November and April. Both contestants and voters actively used YouTube to gather information. Listen to Tanima Biswas for more insights on how Lok Sabha elections played out on YouTube. Source link
Legal notice latest in Sangeet Som-Sanjeev Balyan tussle, Thakur-Jat split out in open in western UP
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Legal notice latest in Sangeet Som-Sanjeev Balyan tussle, Thakur-Jat split out in open in western UP

Lucknow: The fight between Sanjeev Balyan and Sangeet Som over the BJP’s electoral performance in western Uttar Pradesh is showing no signs of abating, bringing to the fore the fault lines within the UP BJP.Former MLA Sangeet Som, who belongs to the Rajput community, and Jat strongman Sanjeev Balyan have been at loggerheads even before the start of the Lok Sabha elections, with the tension ratcheting up after Balyan’s loss to Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Harendra Malik in the Muzaffarnagar parliamentary constituency. Even Yogi Adityanath’s bid to bring peace is said to have failed despite the Uttar Pradesh CM meeting both the leaders at Muzaffarnagar after an election rally and reportedly asking them to work together. Show Full Article While the BJP had w...
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Rejected by voters of Maharashtra, targeted by RSS: Is Ajit Pawar’s future tense? | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra is one of the key states which helped the opposition puncture Prime Minister Modi's claims of "abki baar, 400 paar" in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. The BJP ended up with just 9 seats, which is less than half of 23, the number of seats it had won in the state 5 years ago. Unfortunately BJP's "engineered" allies also failed to contribute to the NDA target.While the split Sena, now the actual Shiv Sena, performed reasonably well, the split NCP, now the official NCP - stares at a tense future.NCP chief and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who had rebelled against his uncle Sharad Pawar and walked out of the party with most of the MLAs and MPs, finds himself in the wilderness after a disastrous showing in Lok Sabha polls. Ajit Pawar's NCP contes...
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Video | Odisha के CM Mohan Majhi ने पहले दिन पूरा किया अपना बड़ा वादा

  ओडिशा की भाजपा(BJP) सरकार ने अपनी पहली कैबिनेट बैठक में गुरुवार सुबह पुरी स्थित श्री जगन्नाथ मंदिर के सभी चार द्वारों को फिर से खोलने के प्रस्ताव को मंजूरी दे दी और 12वीं शताब्दी के इस मंदिर की तत्काल आवश्यकता के लिए एक कोष स्थापित करने का प्रस्ताव दिया। यह बात मुख्यमंत्री मोहन चरण मांझी(Mohan Charan Majhi) ने राज्य सचिवालय लोक सेवा भवन में अपने मंत्रियों के साथ बैठक की अध्यक्षता करने के बाद कही। Source link ...
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‘Zukham pneumonia ban gaya’ — BJP leaders say Oppn’s tactics, infighting, caste factor hurt party in Rajasthan

New Delhi: The Congress’s false interpretation of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘400 paar’ campaign slogan for the Lok Sabha polls to manipulate people, and the BJP’s inability to counter the claims, impacted the party’s performance in Rajasthan, BJP leader and Rajasthan minister Jhabar Singh Kharra has said. The party saw its tally tumble down to 14 seats versus a clean sweep in both 2014 and 2019.Speaking to ThePrint, Kharra, the state’s urban development and housing minister, claimed that Congress managed to succeed in falsely linking the slogan with amendment of the Constitution and doing away with reservation.  “We were not able to dispel the confusion spread by Congress regarding the slogan, and it led to people believing that if we bagged 400 seats, we would amend the Constitution...
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Pema Khandu takes oath as chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh | India News – Times of India

On Thursday, Pema Khandu was sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh's chief minister for the third time in a row. In addition, Chowna Mein was sworn in as the deputy prime minister. In the 2024 assembly elections in the state, BJP emerged victorious by securing 46 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh assembly.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; n.push = n; n.loaded = !0; n.version = '2.0'; n.queue = []; t = b.createElement(e); ...
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Pema Khandu, Turncoat Who Switched Parties And Retained Arunachal CM’s Chair, To Take Oath A Th

Pema Khandu is set to become the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the third term in a row. He was unanimously elected as the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) Legislature Party Leader at a meeting. After being elected unanimously, Khandu accompanied by BJP leader Tarun Chugh and several legislators called Governor Lt Gen (Retd) K T Parnaik at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar and staked claim to form the government. The governor invited Khandu and his ministers for swearing in. "State BJP president Biyuram Wahge proposed the name of Khandu as the chief minister which was supported by all the 46 party’s MLAs," Chugh told reporters at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar, as quoted by PTI. Khandu, along with his new council of ministers, will take the oath and secrecy of office ...
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Mukhtar Ansari’s bro lauds Yogi, says ‘Modi magic over’ | India News – Times of India

VARANASI: SP MP Afzal Ansari, who has been blaming the UP govt for the death of his younger brother and gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari in Banda jail, on Wednesday praised Yogi Adityanath, saying the CM helped BJP win 30 seats while PM Narendra Modi’s “magic remained limited to not more than three seats in the state”, reports Rajeev Dikshit.“Had Yogi not camped in Varanasi, retaining his seat would have proved difficult for Modi,” claimed Afzal.“Modi’s magic is over now as Varanasi constituency is surrounded by Chandauli, Ghazipur and Machhlishahr LS constituencies and BJP lost all three. Gone are the days when Modi’s magic led to a cascading effect in east UP, Bihar and West Bengal because of his candidature from Varanasi,” Afzal said, adding that keeping ground realities in ...
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21 of 24 mins from TDP, 1 berth for BJP; Kalyan likely to be deputy CM | India News – Times of India

VIJAYAWADA: TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu's spectacular comeback after five years on the sidelines and some tribulation, including arrest, culminated Wednesday in his taking the oath of office as Andhra Pradesh's CM for the fourth time — the first two at the helm of the then undivided state — alongside 24 cabinet ministers.PM Modi led the BJP pantheon, including home minister Amit Shah and health minister and BJP president J P Nadda, at the swearing-in of their party's key ally at the Centre and the state.Actor and Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan, who was instrumental in forging the winning combination with TDP and BJP, joined the cabinet and is tipped to get the deputy CM's post. Naidu's son and TDP national general secretary, Nara Lokesh, was among those sworn in by governor ...
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Delhi’s tanker mafia getting support from those in power: Congress

A Delhi resident carrying cans of water on a hot summer day. | Photo Credit: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA The blame game over acute water shortage in the city continued on Wednesday, with the BJP accusing the AAP government of colluding with the tanker mafia and Water Minister Atishi levelling the same allegation against Delhi government bureaucrats. The Congress also weighed in on the issue, saying Delhi’s water mafia has been “getting support from those in power”. Senior BJP leaders met the Delhi Police Commissioner seeking a probe into the “loot” of water with the alleged connivance of the Delhi government and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). Congress’s Delhi unit chief Devender Yadav blamed the Haryana government for allegedly preventing the water released by Himachal Pradesh from reaching the Cap...
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In First Cabinet Meet, Odisha CM Majhi Orders Reopening Of All 4 Gates Of Puri Jagannath Temple

The newly elected BJP government in Odisha, in its first Cabinet meeting, has approved a proposal to re-open all four gates of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri on early Thursday morning. The cabinet also decided to set up a corpus fund for immediate requirement of the 12th-century shrine. Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi, after chairing a meeting with his ministers at the state secretariat Lok Seva Bhawan, said, "The state government decided to re-open all the four gates of the Puri Jagannath temple in early morning tomorrow in the presence of all ministers. Devotees will have access to the temple through all four gates." CM Majhi said that opening all the temple gates was one of the promises of the BJP’s election manifesto and added that the devotees wer...
Loyalists in Modi Cabinet, Yediyurappa tightens grip on Karnataka BJP, but disquiet among Lingayats
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Loyalists in Modi Cabinet, Yediyurappa tightens grip on Karnataka BJP, but disquiet among Lingayats

Bengaluru: The growing influence of four-time Karnataka chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B.S.Yediyurappa continues to be on an upward trajectory as two of his loyalists found a place in the Union cabinet. Shobha Karandlaje and surprise pick, V.Somanna, took oath Sunday as ministers of state.  Karandlaje is a trusted aide of Yediyurappa, while Somanna is considered to be part of Yediyurappa’s close circles.  But, placing loyalists has triggered some disquiet among his core-support base: Lingayats. The Lingayats are believed to be the single largest caste group in Karnataka.  Show Full Article “They have given cabinet berths to Vokkaligas and two Brahmins. And Minister of state to one Vokkaliga and one Lingayat. There is some disq...
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Did BSP dent SP-Congress LS prospects in multiple seats? Here’s what seat-wise analysis shows

Of the 37 seats won by the SP, its margin of victory over the NDA counterpart in 18 seats was lower than the total number of votes secured by the BSP candidate in the fray — excluding seats reserved for SCs since each party has to field a member from the community in these seats, leaving little room for caste permutations and combinations. In 10 of these 18, BSP fielded upper caste and OBC candidates — Brahmins in five, and a Thakur, Kayastha, Kurmi, Prajapati and Patel in the remaining five – which may have led to a division of votes within these communities. These 10 seats were Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Kheri, Dhaurahra, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur and Basti.In the remaining eight, BSP fielded Muslims. These were Sambhal, Firozabad, Etah, Badaun, Aonla, Ambedkar Nag...
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Hindutva, Himanta weighing down BJP in Northeast. Allies rue ‘burden’, 1 demands ‘special status’

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological push centred on Hindutva has run into rough weather in Northeast India, with at least three allies — National People’s Party (NPP) in Meghalaya, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland and TIPRA Motha in Tripura — identifying it as one of the major reasons behind the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) losing at least six seats in the region.It is rare for the BJP, in recent memory, to face a collective political repudiation of this kind in the region, where it has grown considerably popular over the last decade — including in Christian-majority states of Nagaland and Meghalaya — aided by the support of local parties that generally tend to ally with the national party in power at the Centre. What has made matt...
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Idea that BJP knows realpolitik & RSS workers are village bumpkins smirk-worthy — RSS’s Ratan Sharda

New Delhi: Results of the Lok Sabha elections have come as a “reality check for overconfident BJP karyakartas and many leaders,” and have revealed the “false ego” of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders that they alone understand “realpolitik”, while “RSS cousins were village bumpkin”, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Ratan Sharda has written in an article in RSS’s mouthpiece Organiser.Clearing the air on the widely-reported lack of coordination between RSS-BJP workers on the ground this election season, Sharda said that the BJP workers and local leaders did not reach out to their “ideological allies” in this election, in the article titled “Modi 3.0: Conversation for course correction”, which was published Monday. The onus of reaching out to the RSS to do more than asking people to cast th...
From Shishu Mandir teacher and sarpanch to Odisha’s 1st BJP CM — who is Mohan Charan Majhi
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From Shishu Mandir teacher and sarpanch to Odisha’s 1st BJP CM — who is Mohan Charan Majhi

New Delhi: From teaching in Saraswati Shishu Mandir, run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s education wing Vidya Bharti at the remote Raikala village in Keonjhar to being picked as the chief minister of the first BJP government in Odisha, 52-year-old Mohan Charan Majhi has come a long way.A four-term MLA from Santhal tribe, Majhi won from the Keonjhar assembly seat by a margin of 11,577 seats defeating Biju Janata Dal’s Mina Majhi. Prior to Majhi, Odisha had a tribal chief minister in Giridhar Gamang (February-December 1999). Majhi will take oath Wednesday along with his two deputies — K.V. Singh Deo and Pravati Parida — who were also selected by the Odisha BJP legislative party Tuesday. Show Full Article Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with several BJ...