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BJP leaders have tried to turn the findings of the Bihar caste survey to their advantage, pointing out that these were not contrary to the party’s electoral policies
While delimitation cannot be conducted till 2026, there is no word on when the census will be carried out
Amid reports of friction in the state unit and several state leaders pointing out concerns that the younger voters prefer a new face, Sharma refuted that there is a clamour for change in leadership, as ground reports suggest a “fatigue” factor associated with the incumbent CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan
On Monday, the AIADMK left the BJP-led NDA, accusing the saffron party's Tamil Nadu leadership of ‘disrespecting’ AIADMK's leaders.
The party plans to field Union ministers and lawmakers in upcoming polls in MP, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, following a successful template in MP.
Madhya Pradesh Polls: Among the central ministers who have been given tickets are union Minister for agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar.
The JD(S) has agreed to join the ruling NDA for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in a political pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri sparked controversy by directing religious slurs and hate speech towards BSP MP Danish Ali during a parliamentary session
Ramesh Bidhuri’s offensive remarks were expunged by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Om Birla, who also issued a stern warning to the BJP MP
PM also said that the fruitful discussion on the women’s reservation bill in both Houses will create a “new self-confidence” in the people of the country
The bill will now require President Droupadi Murmu’s signature and at least 50% of the states to approve the amendment to the Constitution
While addressing the Rajya Sabha, Union minister of science and technology Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that Chandrayaan-3 has been a major leap in the country’s space programme
The words “socialist” and “secular” were added in 1976 by the 42nd constitutional amendment to the Preamble of the Constitution
Kharge reflected on the historic importance of Parliament and the Central Hall, and said there was a need to protect democracy, liberty and integrity
As they crossed the corridor that separates the new Parliament from the old, MPs took a step into history
Union finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman criticised leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge for making “sweeping, generalised” comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged members of the Rajya Sabha to pass the women’s reservation bill, which proposes 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Modi said the bill has been pending for decades and is a means to empower women. He credited the maturity of lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha for not letting party positions create an impediment. Despite not having the numbers on its side, the Union government has managed to pass contentious bills in the Upper House in the past nine years. Modi also spoke about the need to meet the aspirations of young Indians and achieve targets in a timebound way.
The Union Cabinet on Monday evening approved a Constitution amendment bill to provide reservation for women in the national and state legislatures, officials familiar with the matter said, paving the way for the introduction of the landmark legislation in the ongoing special session of Parliament
Some BJP functionaries claimed that the new women's reservation bill won’t be identical to 2010 bill.
The Opposition questioned the purpose of the session and said though initially it was stated there would be a 5-day session, it is not mentioned in the agenda.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's mahila morcha is drafting a road map for the 2024 general elections to convert women's support for Prime Minister Modi into votes for the party. The party will focus on women voters in poll-bound states, sensitising them about welfare schemes and launching programs for their empowerment.
The resolution said that party noted with “pride the impeccable leadership and unwavering commitment showcased by PM Modi at the summit”
While the government has been tight-lipped about the details of the session, the Opposition has questioned the timing of the session and complained about not having been taken on board
The crux of the campaign will be the government’s thrust on social welfare and comparison between the Congress and BJP governments
The upcoming five-day special session of Parliament in India is likely to be partly held in the new Parliament building, which was inaugurated in May.
Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding discussions on nine issues in the special Parl session.
Parliamentary affairs minister Prahlad Joshi said that the special session of Parliament that has been scheduled for September 18-22 is not in contravention of rules and regulations and accused Sonia Gandhi of creating a controversy on the issue.
A party leader said that efforts are being made to keep the factions together
The Indian government has announced a committee to study the feasibility of simultaneous elections across the country.
The eight-member committee headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind is mandated to study the feasibility of ‘One Nation, Election’ proposal pitched as an electoral reform by Prime Minister Narendra Modi