Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's view that three men convicted of gang-raping two women in Mumbai were "poor fellows" who did not deserve the death sentence has sparked outrage. "Boys are boys, they make mistakes," the Uttar Pradesh politician said yesterday. Today he also attempted damage control with an explanation that sounded half-hearted.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today created a huge controversy with his comments questioning the death sentence handed out to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week. "Should rape cases be punished with hanging? They are boys, they make mistakes," he said today while campaigning for the national election.
11 parties of non-Congress, non-BJP front met in Delhi today. Addressing a press conference, Prakash Karat, General Secretary of CPM, said that the third front would not allow the Congress and BJP to come to power. Among those who attended the meeting were leaders of the Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, AIADMK, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, Janata Dal (Secular), besides the four Left parties.
Lok Sabha today was a rare vision of goodwill and camaraderie as opposed to the bitter clashes as it met for the last time before the general elections, due by May.
The Rajya Sabha passed the historic and controversial bill that makes Telangana India's 29th state amid vociferous protests by members from Seemandhra region as also from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena. The suspense over the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 came to an end with BJP backing the government on it despite raising several concerns. Apparently responding to demands from Seemandhra MPs as well as from BJP for "justice" to the region, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a six-point special package for Seemandhra.
The Tamil Nadu government has decided to release seven people convicted in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's cabinet met this morning and decided to free the convicts a day after the Supreme Court left it to the state to grant them remission. The convicts have been in jail for 23 years.
In an unprecedented move, live telecast of Parliament proceedings was stopped as the Lok Sabha passed the controversial bill that seeks to create a Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh. Here are reactions from several politicians on the passage of the bill.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday presented the interim budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 to cover expenditure until the government's term ends in May.
Arvind Kejriwal today resigned as Delhi's Chief Minister after his anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill was stalled in Delhi legislature.
Chaos reigned in both houses of the Parliament as MPs tore papers, threw mics and destroyed a computer. One MP even produced a knife and one sprayed pepper spray on other members of the House. Some MPs affected by the pepper spray were rushed to a hospital. The Telangana Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha despite protests.
Gurunath Meiyappan, whose father-in-law N. Srinivasan heads cricket's most powerful body in India, has been indicted for illegal betting in last year's Indian Premier League.
According to reports by Caravan Magazine, Aseemanand, a key accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case, has claimed that the Malegaon, Ajmer and Samjhauta Express attacks were sanctioned by the RSS top brass, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat. No prominent RSS leader has been named in the chargesheet of the Natoinal Investigating Ageny so far. The RSS has contested the report asking how could Aseemanand be interviewed when he is in jail.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament today that an official investigation has shown Britain did advise India on planning the controversial Operation Bluestar against Sikh separatists at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.
A gigantic all-day brain-storming session of the Congress is being held in Delhi today on the national election, due by May. Below are some notable quotes from party leaders during the meet.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will lead his party's campaign for the general election, but will not be the party's prime ministerial candidate, the Congress said today.