Sumit Pande

  • Focus on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill after Markandey Katju's charges 21-07-2014 12:23 PM

    New Delhi: Justice Markandey Katju's allegations have triggered another debate on appointment of judges in the higher judiciary through the collegium system. There is already a Bill drafted by the previous UPA government to bring in changes in current system. It is called the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill. The...
  • BJP MLAs put pressure on party to form government in Delhi 16-07-2014 04:41 PM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata party MLAs are pressurising the party to form the government in Delhi, said sources on Wednesday. A section of the BJP MLAs also met party Delhi Chief Satish Upadhyay in this regard. Sources added that Jagdish Mukhi was the front-runner for the chief minister's post....
  • Modi's aide Amit Shah appointed new BJP President 09-07-2014 11:15 PM

    BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge and close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah is the new President of the party. Shah was rewarded for the party's massive victory in Uttar Pradesh and his appointment is a move that reflects the absolute stamp of Modi over party and the government....
  • PM Modi's key aide Amit Shah set to be made the BJP President today 09-07-2014 07:48 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's key aide Amit Shah is all set to be the next Bharatiya Janata Party President as his name has almost been finalised. The BJP's Parliamentary Board will meet on Wednesday to nominate him. Modi's most trusted lieutenant will now be in-charge of the organisation....
  • Senior RSS leaders Ram Madhav, Shiv Prakash join BJP 07-07-2014 07:01 PM

    New Delhi: Senior leaders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Ram Madhav and Shiv Prakash on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Both the leaders were spokespersons for the RSS. Ram Madhav announced in the evening that he has been deputed to BJP. The two RSS leaders are likely to...
  • Modi government gets into action after Met department's weak monsoon warning 14-06-2014 08:52 AM

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has gotten into action after the Meteorological department's warning that India could be looking at a weak monsoon this year. Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting with key ministers to frame a monsoon action plan. The meeting had Agriculture, Rural Development, Fertilizer, Water Resources...
  • Badaun gangrape: After Usmani, UP government removes Principal Secretary for Home 02-06-2014 08:10 PM

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government which is facing severe flak for the surging rate of crime against women and children in the state on Monday removed Principal Secretary for Home, Anil Gupta. This comes a day after the Akhilesh Yadav government removed its Chief Secretary Javed Usmani over the Badaun gangrape...
  • Political blame game over Badaun gangrape continues 02-06-2014 07:41 PM

    Political blame game over the Badaun gangrape continues. While BSP chief Mayawati demanded President's Rule; LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan who met the bereaved families today asked why the UP CM have not yet paid them a visit yet. ...
  • Modi empowers ministries, abolishes GoMs for speedy decisions 31-05-2014 05:47 PM

    New Delhi: Dismantling a legacy of UPA rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday abolished all the 30 Groups of Ministers (GOMs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) and told ministries and departments to take decisions on pending matters. Announcing the decision to scrap nine Empowered Groups of Ministers and...
  • Education row: Smriti Irani appeals to DU to reinstate suspended officials 31-05-2014 09:35 AM

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday appealed to the Delhi University to reinstate the suspended officials. The Delhi University suspended five officials for allegedly leaking documents related to the educational qualifications of Irani on Friday. Reacting to the same, she tweeted, "Since the Delhi University is...
  • Modi unveils 10-point agenda for governance 29-05-2014 11:25 PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a new 10-point agenda for his ministers. Among other things, Modi wants his colleagues to raise the confidence level of bureaucrats so that they come with more innovative ideas. All ministers have been told to chart a separate 100-day action plan. The focus would...
  • Parliament session to be held from June 4 to June 11 29-05-2014 12:13 PM

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi Cabinet met for the second time in 48 hours on Thursday and decided on Parliament session dates. The Parliament session will take place from June 4 to June 11. Briefing the media about the Cabinet meet, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the ministers...
  • Modi meets Advani, party leaders; top Cabinet posts under discussion 18-05-2014 12:58 PM

    New Delhi: Hectic parley and consultations are underway in the national capital with Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi meeting several top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take a final decision on the Cabinet formation. RSS general secretary Ram Lal and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley met party President Rajnath Singh...
  • Watch: Preparations for celebrations at BJP HQ ahead of result 16-05-2014 06:58 AM

    With just over an hour left till the numbers start coming in, let us take a look at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. ...
  • BJP discusses roles for Advani, Joshi if NDA gets majority 15-05-2014 08:19 AM

    New Delhi: It may be dismal news for the Congress but riding high on the back of exit polls findings, the Bharatiya Janata Party is in the mode of government formation. Despite a day left for the results, the BJP's top leadership is planning a grand welcome for its Prime...
  • Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh up for a tough contest in Azamgarh 12-05-2014 10:27 AM

    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh is contesting in Azamgarh other than his home turf Mainpuri in this Lok Sabha elections. ...
  • Ground report: Purvanchal, Gorakhpur sway in 'Yogi Adityanath wave' 11-05-2014 05:48 PM

    Gorakhpur: As eastern Uttar Pradesh heads to polls on Monday, Bharatiya Janata party's star campaigner Narendra Modi has stayed away from campaigning in Gorakhpur where the party's 4-time MP Yogi Adityanath is in the fray. The BJP has claimed of the presence of a strong wave for the party in...
  • Nothing wrong in Rahul visiting Amethi on poll day: Amita Singh 07-05-2014 10:33 AM

    Sultanpur Congress candidate Amita Singh has said that there was nothing wrong in Rahul Gandhi visiting Amethi on the election day. She also said that she was not upset with Priyanka Gandhi or Rahul for not campaigning for her. ...
  • Snoopgate: UPA's last ditch effort to embarrass Modi 02-05-2014 09:51 PM

    The government's decision to form a panel to investigate the 'Snoopgate' scandal involving Narendra Modi before May 16-counting day seems a desperate measure to embarrass the Gujarat CM. ...
  • Ahmed Patel fumes as Modi calls him his 'good friend' in DD interview 02-05-2014 11:38 AM

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political advisor Ahmed Patel on Friday slammed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for calling him his 'good friend' in an interview to Doordarshan. "Narendra Modi's good friend comments are ridiculous and baseless." said Patel. He added, "I have met Modi only once in...
  • Quami Ekta Dal to support Congress in Varanasi 29-04-2014 04:55 PM

    Varanasi: In a major boost to the Congress, Mukhtar Ansari's Quami Ekta Dal on Thursday announced its support to its candidate Ajay Rai for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat where he is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. After the announcement, Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari...
  • UP CM Akhilesh casts his vote, says will fight against communal forces 24-04-2014 10:07 AM

    After casting his vote, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that he and his party will fight to defeat the communal forces. He also reiterated that his government did whatever it can to prevent the Muzaffarnagar riots and it would not have an effect on the polling. ...
  • Modi calls Togadia, Giriraj Singh's statements irresponsible 22-04-2014 08:41 PM

    Bharatiay Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi distanced himself from the vicious comments made by VHP leader Praveen Togadia and party leader Giriraj Singh against Modi critics and Muslims. Modi has disapproved statements calling them 'irresponsible' and also asked leaders to refrain from making any such comment. ...
  • FIR filed against VHP leader Togadia for his anti-Muslim remarks 21-04-2014 10:25 PM

    New Delhi: An FIR has been filed against Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Praveen Togadia for his controversial remarks that Muslims must be evicted from Hindu-majority areas. Earlier in the day, an FIR was filed against BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his "Modi opponents would have to leave for Pakistan" comment,...
  • Dynasty politics in Chhattisgarh, CM Raman Singh's son to fight polls 16-04-2014 10:34 AM

    It is going to be the electoral debut for Chief Minister Raman Singh's son Abhishek Singh. Abhishek Singh is contesting from Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh. "This is my first election but there is no pressure on me," he said. ...
  • BJP targets Congress over Baru's book, says PM's stature dwarfed 13-04-2014 03:43 PM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has got fresh ammunition to target the Congress in the form a book written by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's former advisor Sanjaya Baru's 'The Accidental Prime Minister'. The Opposition continues to use the book to attack the Congress with veteran BJP leader LK Advani...
  • Gujarat model of development may not be applicable to every state: MM Joshi 13-04-2014 03:38 PM

    Kanpur: While Bharatiya Janta Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is busy pitching his state's model of development at his elections rallies, the upper echelons of the party still seem to be divided. Senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday said that the Gujarat model of development may not be...
  • LS polls: BJP releases manifesto, says will on development 07-04-2014 10:51 PM

    The Bharatiya Janata Party raleased its 2014 election manifesto on April 7, the day voting began for the 16th Lok Sabha. The manifesto says there should be a clear roadmap for dealing with national security issues. ...
  • FIR against Modi's key aide Amit Shah for his recent revenge speech 06-04-2014 06:08 PM

    New Delhi: BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi's key aide Amit Shah faced a set back on Sunday after an FIR was lodged against him by the Bijnor administration under Section 153(a) and Section 125 of the Representation of People Act over his recent revenge speech in Uttar Pradesh. Political...
  • Congress and Power-play

    Sine Qua Non |  Sumit Pande
    Of the infinite desires of man, the chief are desires for power and glory. Bertrand Russle, Power In his seminal work dissecting the ...