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Mehbooba Mufti elected PDP chief for sixth consecutive time

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was re-elected as the president of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) here on Saturday. After the death of her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on January 7 last year, Mehbooba had become the party chief since the same month. Following her father’s death, Continue reading

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Income-tax department has issued a 30 crore notice to the Aam Aadmi party

The income-tax department has issued a ~30-crore notice to the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) for allegedly violating norms on collecting donations, including “hawala entries” worth ~2 crore.

The order for tax assessment issued on November 23 sought the party’s explanation by December 7, saying it “incorrectly disclosed hawala money as voluntary donations”. The AAP said the order was “bogus” and accused the “people who run the country” of muzzling the voice of Delhi’s ruling party. The reference was to the BJP government at the Centre, with whom the AAP has a running dispute over administrative control of Delhi.

The I-T department declared all donations to the AAP in 2014-2015 as illegal, revoking tax exemptions given to it as a party.

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Aadhaar itself can be made as an election ID card- TS Krishnamurthy

NEW DELHI: Former chief election commissioner TS Krishnamurthy on Tuesday favoured doing away with voter ID cards and said that Aadhaar can be the sole identity proof for voting.

At present, the Election Commission allows a number of documents, including passport, as identity proof in the absence of voter ID card. “Today, we are having too many cards leading to so many complications. Don’t introduce too many complications in the system. Time has come we should think of only one card, whatever be the card,” Krishnamurthy said. Continue reading

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Now I & B Ministry comes under Smriti Irani, as Venkaiah Resigned

On Tuesday, Textiles minister Smriti Irani was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting ministry after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the post following his nomination as the NDA’s vice-presidential candidate.

Rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar has also assumed the additional charge of urban development ministry, another portfolio that was held by Mr. Venkaiah Naidu. Continue reading

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New vice president to be elected on 5 August

The Election Commission has announced that the poll for India’s next vice-president will take place on August 5. Counting will also be held on the same day. The ruling BJP and the Opposition are yet to announce their nominees for the post. Hamid Ansari’s term ends on August 10

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Source: Hindustan Times 

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Parliament’s monsoon session to begin on July 17

The monsoon session of Parliament will commence from July 17, the day the President’s election is scheduled. The recommendation was made at the meeting of cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs, which met on Friday, sources said.

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source: Hindustan Times

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Opposition picks Meira Kumar for president

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties named former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their candidate for the next President of India on Thursday, setting the stage for a contest between two Dalit leaders on July 17.

Kumar, the daughter of former deputy prime minister Jagjivan Ram, is pitted against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who is the favourite to succeed President Pranab Mukherjee.

Still, Kumar’s candidature is being seen as a well-considered move that can bring pressure on leaders who broke ranks with the opposition over these polls, especially Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for backing a BJP candidate and not a Dalit woman from his state.

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BJP’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind gets more support but Oppn gears up for a fight

BJP’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind arrives at Bihar Niwas in New Delhi on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: The ruling NDA’s presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, looked headed for a comfortable victory on Tuesday with divisions widening in the opposition camp even as it braced for a contest for the July 17 polls.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad indicated on Tuesday the grand old party was not inclined to support a “hardcore BJP leader” as the presidential candidate and would continue to work on building a consensus on an opposition nominee.

The Left parties including the CPI(M) and the CPI share the Congress’ stance, but more chinks surfaced in the opposition camp. Continue reading

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FARM SCIENTIST SWAMINATHAN IS SENA’S PICK FOR PRESIDENT

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday found little support as it started consultations with opposition parties for a possible consensus on the next President even as its ally Shiv Sena proposed agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan for the country’s top job.

Opposition leaders said the government’s move was “more like a PR exercise” as it did not reveal the names of its potential candidates.

The successor of President Pranab Mukherjee will be elected on July 17 through a complex voting pattern involving parliamentarians and state legislators.

Two Union ministers, Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, met several opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, to seek their “views and suggestions”.

The BJP leaders reminded the Congress of the 2007 presidential polls when the UPA government propped up Pratibha Patil without consulting the NDA, which was then in the opposition. They also referred to media reports of “unfortunate allegations” against Patil’s husband.

Naidu and Singh also mentioned the 2002 polls, when APJ Abdul Kalam became the consensus choice of both the NDA and the Congress.

 

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Left likely to push for Gandhi grandson in presidential poll

NEW DELHI: Former diplomat Gopal Krishna Gandhi could be the potential opposition candidate for the July 17 presidential election with Left parties pushing for Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson for the country’s highest post, multiple sources told a leading newspaper on Wednesday.

The government, however, is trying to build consensus for its own candidate and two Union ministers, Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu, are expected to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday, BJP sources said. They will hold a separate meeting with CPM leader Sitaram Yechury.

India’s presidential election involves a complex voting pattern involving all parliamentarians and state legislators.

The NDA needs around 20,000 more votes to ensure victory of its candidate and reaching out to the opposition is seen as an exercise to test if there could be a consensus and ensure a greater margin of victory.

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