Senior BJP leaders on Tuesday advised the party’s Delhi unit to refrain from “leaking information to the media” which can harm the party. They also asked the unit to put a united front to face challenges. On the final day of the two-day executive committee meeting of the BJP’s Delhi unit, senior party leaders such as Piyush Goyal spoke to leaders and briefed them on several issues.
Union Home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi chaired a meeting on Tuesday to review the security arrangement for Amarnath Yatra, during which the threats of stone-pelting mobs and militants were discussed. The annual pilgrimage will start from June 29 and will continue till August 7. More than 27,000 security personnel will be deployed along the route, said the home ministry.
A day after BJP president Amit Shah spoke of the BJP coming to power in Telangana in 2019, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Tuesday called a meeting of the parliamentary party and legislature party on May 27. TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who will chair the meeting at TRS headquarters in Hyderabad, has asked all party MPs and MLAs to attend without fail.
While the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) sought written orders from the National Green Tribunal, the latter pulled up the Centre for delaying holding a meeting with all states and union territories to frame a national cattle policy. The green tribunal had last week asked the Centre to frame a policy to prevent the “rapid decline” in population of indigenous breeds of cattle across the country.
The Harda district administration on Tuesday externed former BJP minister Kamal Patel’s son Sudip, who is allegedly involved in at least 14 criminal cases, from the boundaries of five districts for a year. The former revenue minister alleged that the externment was the administration’s response to his campaign against illegal sand mining in the Narmada, launched two weeks ago. The former minister was camping in Bhopal for the last three days and met BJP president Nandkumar Chouhan.
With their wells running dry and the local municipality not supplying water, more than 200 women in western Odisha’s colliery town of Belpahar in Jharsuguda district on Tuesday stormed the office of the local municipal chairman and threw bangles at him. Chanting “municipality haaye haaye” and “choodi pindha” (wear bangles), the women from ward no 2 of Belpahara sat on a dharna inside Parsuram Sahu’s office and demanded water. “If you can’t supply (water), start wearing bangles. You are unfit to be chairperson,” a protester said. In Belpahar, the mercury has risen to 45 degrees Celsius since last fortnight.
Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel on Tuesday met JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav ahead of a likely Opposition meeting chaired by the Congress chief on finding a common Opposition nominee for President.
The first exercise by the Congress to select the head of its student wing, NSUI, through an open application process has run into rough weather. Sources said complaints regarding shortlisting of names for the post have reached Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has called some NSUI office-bearers for a meeting to resolve the issue.
The Trump administration has come to the conclusion that easing of heightened India-Pakistan tension, including talks to renew official dialogue, will “probably hinge” in 2017 on a “sharp and sustained reduction” of cross-border terrorism and “progress in the Pathankot investigation”.
A Delhi government report has found that less than half of the required medicines are available in some hospitals in the capital. With the Delhi government’s promise of giving free medicines being one of its most touted schemes, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed the Chief Secretary to ensure availability of these medicines, “for which the Delhi government has made all financial provisions”, at the earliest. Kejriwal had conducted surprise checks on government hospitals to ensure availability of medicines and functional equipment.