Archive for February, 2011

MCD rename roads,parks and traffic junctions before MCD Polls

With the municipal elections scheduled for next year, the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi has given a green signal to name and rename about 60 roads, parks and traffic junctions in the city. The opposition, however, termed it a politically motivated move meant to appease the residents of ruling party’s stronghold areas. These parks and […]

Poll schedule for Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala on March 1

The Election Commission is likely to announce on March 1 the schedule for elections in five states, setting the stage for a contest which is crucial for both Congress and Left. Sources said that Commission is considering to stagger polls in West Bengal over five phases. For Assam, a two-phase poll seems likely, while elections […]

Electoral reforms debated over the years : President

President Pratibha Patil Monday said the government has constituted a committee to fast-track the process of electoral reforms and a Group of Ministers (GoM) was considering issues related to state funding of elections. ‘I am sure that all parties across the political spectrum support the need of bringing about such reforms,’ Patil said addressing both […]

BJP to field Hema Malini for Rajya Sabha polls from Karnataka

Veteran actor Hema Malini will be the BJP candidate from Karnataka for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha by-poll in the state. The BJP”s Central Election Committee announced Malini’s candidature today. Malini, who completed one term in the Rajya Sabha in 2009, will get only the remaining one year term of Rajashekhar Murthy. The JD(S) leader died […]

Ramakant Goswami made Delhi cabinet minister

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday redistributed all key portfolios among her Cabinet colleagues, replacing one minister with her old-time loyalist, a move sources close to her said would keep her detractors on a tight leash. Social Welfare and Labour Minister Mangat Ram Singhal was shown the door and three-time legislator from Rajinder Nagar and […]

BJP sets up a election reforms committee

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari  announced the formation of a election reforms committee of the party, which will focus on issues like EVMs, criminalisation of politics and other concerns. Party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the convenor of the committee. “This committee will look into all issues regarding electoral reforms. These will be conveyed to […]

Election Commission to watch Khadia by Elections live

The Khadia assembly constituency in the walled city will turn into a laboratory for a surveillance experiment on Monday. For the first time in the state, the election commission (EC) in Delhi will be able to watch the polling process in the by-election, live on their computers. The commission and the Ahmedabad collector are doing […]

Congress Minister in soup over remarks against President of India

A Rajasthan minister has found himself in a soup over his unsavoury remarks about President Pratibha Patil he made at a meeting of Congress workers. Minister of state for panchayati raj and waqf Amin Khan had stated that Patil was rewarded with the country’s top post because she “used to cook and wash utensils” for […]

A political committee has been set up to revamp MCD

With an eye on the municipal polls slated for early 2012 and in an attempt to deflect attention from the ongoing probes and issues related to inflation, chief minister Sheila Dikshit has yet again put the “inefficiency” of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on centrestage. For the first time a political committee has been set […]