Lok Janshakti Party MP Pashupati Kumar Paras, who has orchestrated a coup to dethrone his nephew Chirag Paswan as party chief, has said that gamblers, who lose the battle, generally go to court, not the winners. His response came to a request for comment on Chirag Paswan's move to fight a legal battle in court to take control of the party.
The BJPs Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh has announced that he does not need to give certificates every time about how well the state government led by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is functioning in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and other important issues.
Following a furore, the Mumbai Police and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation have launched independent investigations into alleged fraud in a posh Kandivali housing complex where a private vaccination drive was undertaken two weeks ago.
Speculation that some BJP MLAs and leaders in Tripura may follow the example of BJP national vice president Mukul Roy who returned to the Trinamool Congress, three senior central leaders have arrived in the state and are holding hectic meetings with state leaders.
With IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slamming Twitter once again, ironically in a series of tweets, leading experts to debate whether the micro-blogging platform has actually lost its "legal shield" in the country from prosecution over posts. To give more muscle to the Minister’s charges the UP police filed an FIR against Twitter and others after a video of an elderly man alleging assault in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad went viral on social media. The police booked Twitter, several Congress leaders and journalists (all Muslims) in connection with tweets on the case. The complainant in the case is sub-inspector at the Loni Border police station, Naresh Singh.
The Delhi High Court has held that the fundamental right to protest is not outlawed and cannot be termed as a "terrorist act" within the meaning of the stringent anti-terror law UAPA. The Court observed that the frivolous use of serious penal provisions of the stringent anti-terror law UAPA against people will only trivialise it, as it granted bail to JNU students and Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal and Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha in a case of "larger conspiracy" related to Delhi riots last year.
Chirag Paswan, isolated in his party by a coup led by his uncle, was removed as Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president in an "emergency meeting" of rebel MPs who are now calling the shots. Soon after the announcement, he retaliated by "expelling" uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras and four other MPs who have revolted against him, making it a fight between two factions of the LJP. Chirag Paswan's supporters blackened posters at the LJP office in Delhi, which doubles up as Pashupati Paras's home, and tried to take over the building. Chirag Paswan was removed as national president of LJP on the principle of "One Man, One Post. The rebels intend to strip him of every position of power he has held since he took over from his father and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan. According to the Paras group, Suraj Bhan will function as working president until a new president is elected and by the end of this week, Pashupati Kumar Paras' takeover of his brother's party will be complete. Chirag Paswan will find it tougher than his uncle, given that five of the six LJP Lok Sabha MPs have revolted and he is the sixth.
BSP-turned-Congress MLA Sandeep Yadav using the term 'traitor' to describe the Sachin Pilot faction in Rajasthan has not gone down well with the former Deputy CM's camp, which has countered the claims by saying that "these are the people who changed three parties in three years and now they are the ones calling others traitors".
While the BJP's central leadership is upbeat over former Union Minister Jitin Prasada ditching the Congress to join it, party leaders in Uttar Pradesh believe that his inclusion will not benefit the party too much in next year's Assembly polls.
The Supreme Court has closed all criminal proceedings pending in India against two Italian marines, accused of killing of two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012, after payment of Rs 10 crore compensation by Italy.