Top tennis official Anil Khanna has decided not to contest the election for the Indian Olympic Association president’s post even though the December 3 deadline for the withdrawal of his nomination papers has passed.
Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, was in the fray for the president’s post along with International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra.
But in a surprise move, Khanna has written to the IOA election commission, informing his decision to withdraw and support Batra for the president’s post in its elective AGM on December 14.
Khanna’s decision to withdraw will clear the decks for Batra to be elected as the IOA president. Batra will thus become one of a few sports administrators who heads a National Olympic Committee while holding the post of president of an important international federation.
NEW DELHI : In an apparent reference to a rise in lynching incidents in the name of cow protection, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said “when mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational and uncontrollable”, the people have to be vigilant to save the basic tenets of the country.
His remarks came two days after a man was allegedly beaten to death and his vehicle set on fire in Jharkhand as he was believed to be carrying beef. Continue reading
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.
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
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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