The political crisis in Maharashtra hit a new day with the ruling Shiv Sena and its Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray struggling to keep their flock after rebel MLA and minister Eknath Shinde flew to Assam along with his loyalists, threatening the toppling of the Sena-NCP-Congress government.
The Maharashtra politics has plunged into a crisis after the ruling Shiv Sena's leader and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's colleague in the government, Eknath Shinde went missing with a meaty number of MLAs. Shinde, to whom Thackeray had reached out, claims to have around 30-40 MLAs with him hinting at a possible collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
After voting in phases, results of the Assembly polls held in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand are coming out today as counting of votes is currently underway.
Defying the Western appeals and outrage, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced military operations in Ukraine urging the Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms. This comes after Putin recognised the independence of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics of Ukraine. Catch all updates here
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the annual Budget on Tuesday. This budget is being presented ahead of the Assembly polls in several states including Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Counting of votes for the much-awaited Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections, which was held on Sunday, is currently underway on Tuesday. The result will decide the fate of candidates who contested in 144 wards in the city. At present, the KMC is ruled by the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC). Election has been delayed by around one and half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic even as the term of the elected members of the KMC ended in May 2020.The key contest in the polls is taking place between TMC, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Left Front.
Voting for the much-awaited Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) election began at 7 AM on Sunday. A total of 40.48 lakh electorates are eligible to vote in the KMC elections in 144 wards. At present, the KMC is ruled by the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC). Election has been delayed by around one and half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic even as the term of the elected members of the KMC ended in May 2020. The election is expected to see a direct contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling TMC. The other partcipants in the elections are the Congress and CPI (M), who also campaigned aggressively for the polls in a bid to revive their fortunes after the assembly elections debacle.
Prime Miniser Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi for two days from Monday. He will inaugurate phase one of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham, constructed at a cost of around Rs 339 crores. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham was conceptualised as a project to create an easily accessible pathway to connect Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the banks of the River Ganga. With the assembly polls round the corner, the project will be highlighted by the ruling BJP which will face the polls in early 2022.
An Indian army helicopter carrying Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawait and his family members along with other senior officials has crashed near an army training camp at the Wellington Army Centre in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor on Wednesday afternoon. According to sources in the Indian Army, 14 people, including Major General Bipin Rawat and his family members, were on board the Mi-series (Mi-17V5) chopper that crashed in Nilgiris.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repeal of three controversial farm laws that had triggered massive protests by the peasants. The new laws, which was controversially enacted amid COVID-19 pandemic, would have facilitated the farmers to sell their produce beyond the regulated wholesale market. However, farmers mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, who camped in and around Delhi for almost a year as a protest, fear they would be left at the mercy of the private players once the laws are enforced.
The counting of votes are underway in 13 states and one union territory, where byelections were held on Oct 30. Three Lok Sabha and 29 assembly constituencies went to bypolls last Saturday. The three Lok Sabha seats are Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) and the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Five assembly seats in Assam, four in West Bengal, three each in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Bihar, Karnataka, Rajasthan and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Telangana went to bypolls.
The results for the high voltage bypoll in West Bengal's Bhabanipur assembly constituency, where state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a candidate, are coming out on Sunday. The elctoral battle is a must win for Mamata Banerjee in order to remain the West Bengal Chief Minister. The bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of West Bengal Minister and TMC veteran Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay. Chattopadhyay resigned to pave the way for Banerjee to contest and get elected to the assembly after she was defeated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram.To challenge Banerjee, the BJP has fielded lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal, the Left has nominated young advocate Srijib Biswas while the Congress decided not to contest in a gesture to the ruling party in a changed political scenario. Follow all update here:
All eyes are on West Bengal's Bhabanipur assembly constituency, where elections are held Thursday, as Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Mamata Banerjee will have to win the electoral battle to remain the West Bengal Chief Minister. To challenge Banerjee, the BJP has fielded lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal, the Left has nominated young advocate Srijib Biswas while the Congress decided not to contest in a gesture to the ruling party in a changed political scenario. For all updates, follow India Blooms blog
Over 103 people were killed in the blasts near the Kabul airport on Thursday, days after Taliban overran Afghanistan and seized its capital on Aug 15. As many as 1,338 people have been injured and more people are likely to succumb to their injuries, a source in the Afghan Ministry of Health told Sputnik Friday. At least two blasts targeted Kabul airport and its outskirts. The Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombings. Thousands of people have been gathering outside the Kabul airport in recent days with western troops racing to evacuate foreigners and Afghans from the war-torn country by the Aug 31 deadline set by US President Joe Biden.
As the Taliban entered Kabul and took over control of Afghanistan, an unprecedented situation is unfolding in the war-torn nation. We bring you the developments in Afghanistan where there is a mad scramble in the airports to flee the nation amid fear, despair and panic.