Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to call on senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley at his residence on Wednesday night in a bid to make him reconsider his decision to not be a part of the next Union Cabinet. Jaitley, who was the finance minister, said he would like to focus on his deteriorating health.
United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday.
May 29, 2019 11:00 pm (IST)
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress party will attend the oath-taking ceremony for sure.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: Congress party will attend the oath taking ceremony for sure. Elections were a matter between 2 ideologies, 2 parties but the oath ceremony is of a Prime Minister. PM is of the entire country. We expect him to treat all people of the country equally. pic.twitter.com/yXjLuG56Mm
The Trinamool Congress leadership today shrugged off party MLAs joining the BJP, saying it "doesn't matter" if some "opportunist" legislators switch loyalties. "It doesn't matter if one or two opportunist MLAs switchover to the BJP. Some are opportunists and some are being forced to join by using threat and intimidation," senior TMC leader Tapas Roy said. Roy's comment came after TMC MLA Monirul Islam joined the BJP earlier on Wednesday, the third legislator to desert the ruling party in West Bengal after the reverses in the Lok Sabha polls.
One of the reasons why political parties see more value in movie stars as poll candidates is because this reduces investment in groundwork at the constituency level, says a film critic.
May 29, 2019 10:09 pm (IST)
A multi-layered security arrangement will be in place in the city on Thursday, with the deployment of around 10,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces on account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony which will be attended by foreign dignitaries and chief ministers and governors of several states among others. Quick Response Teams will be deployed at several crucial spots. Snipers will also be deployed atop several important buildings as Modi will visit Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi and National War Memorial on Thursday to pay homage, a senior police official said.
May 29, 2019 9:34 pm (IST)
Dissonance within the opposition "mahagathbandhan" in Bihar, smarting under the drubbing in the general election, came to the fore today as the Congress skipped a meeting of the alliance partners convened at the residence of former chief minister Rabri Devi, whose RJD leads the five-party grouping in the state. The meeting took place shortly after over a dozen RJD MLAs, including Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Chandrika Roy, skipped the legislature party meeting, apparently unhappy over their poll defeat from Darbhanga and Saran respectively. Sources in the "mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) said the RJD MLAs were dissatisfied with the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son and political heir of party chief Lalu Prasad.
For the last nine years, most of the CPI (M) offices were captured, vandalised and set afire allegedly by the Trinamool Congress workers after Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011.
May 29, 2019 8:53 pm (IST)
PM Modi Calls on Arun Jaitley | Prime Minister Modi arrives at the residence of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley. It is likely that Modi will request Jaitley to reconsider his decision of not joining the new cabinet. The former finance minister is reportedly suffering from ill health and had also not attended BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting on May 25.
May 29, 2019 8:46 pm (IST)
Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters after the Congress Legislative Party meeting in the state that members have passed a resolution that Rahul Gandhi should continue as party president. "Some are absent from CLP. They have taken permission. CLP has never had 100 per cent attendance. We are all together," he said. Rao added that the party is also likely to hold a senior leaders/ministers' meeting tomorrow to take opinions from all and decide about cabinet expansion, reshuffle. Further, Congress leader Siddaramaiah also said "Rahul Gandhi must continue as president. He need not take moral responsibility alone. we all take responsibility".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met BJP president Amit Shah today, and both the leaders are understood to have discussed Kumar's party JD(U)'s representation in the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be sworn in for a second term on Thursday. JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi said his party will be represented in the government but declined to comment on the details of its likely representation. JD(U) leaders are of the view that the party may get two berths, one with Cabinet rank and another with the minister of state profile.
May 29, 2019 7:56 pm (IST)
Prime Minister Modi is likely to drive down to senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s residence around 8.30 PM. The PM is likely to request Jaitley to reconsider his decision and remain in Government.
May 29, 2019 7:46 pm (IST)
Cong Parliamentary Party Meeting on June 1 | The Congress Parliamentary Party meeting is scheduled to be held on June 1 at the Parliament. Elected MPs are expected to elect the Leader of Lok Sabha from its camp at the meeting. Besides, this meeting also assumes significance amid growing tensions in the party with leaders across the country quitting their positions. The June 1 meeting may also give direction to the discourse of leadership in the grand old party after party president Rahul Gandhi expressed that he would like to quit from his post.
May 29, 2019 7:30 pm (IST)
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel told news agency ANI that he wont be able to attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony tomorrow.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel: I want to congratulate PM Modi. Due to prior commitments, I will not be able to go for his oath ceremony tomorrow. I have sought time from PMO to meet him later. pic.twitter.com/UuzPl1jg0R
NOTAM on flight restrictions tomorrow at Delhi Airport for the Prime Minister Modi's swearing-in ceremony. No scheduled passenger flights will be affected by the flight restriction tomorrow. However, from 4 pm to 11 pm, no chartered flight, unscheduled flights will be allowed to take-off or land at Delhi airport.
May 29, 2019 7:08 pm (IST)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi congratulated Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on taking oath for the fifth term in a row.
Congratulations to Naveen Patnaikji on being sworn in as CM of Odisha for a record 5th term. This is indeed an incredible achievement.
My best wishes to him and to the people of Odisha.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi tomorrow at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This news comes after, UPA Sonia Gandhi confirmed her attendance to the ceremony a while back.
May 29, 2019 6:43 pm (IST)
Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, KC Venugopal, DK Suresh and other leaders have arrived in Bengaluru for a Congress legislative party meeting to review the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
May 29, 2019 6:35 pm (IST)
Visuals of Andhra CM-elect YS Jaganmoohan Reddy offering prayers at Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada today.
Andhra Pradesh: YSRCP chief and CM designate YS Jagan Mohan Reddy offered prayers at Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada today. He will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/3nZxAGrgcj
Mamata Banerjee had earlier announced that she will not attend Modi's swearing-in on Thursday, alleging the BJP was using the ceremony
May 29, 2019 6:13 pm (IST)
Cong-JDS Govt Will Fall On its Own: Yeddy | BJP state party chief B S Yeddyurappa today said that they will wait for the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka to collapse on its own due to its infighting. "We don't have any feeling that we have to go for elections. It is certain that they (Congress and JDS) will go home fighting each other. We will wait. We are 105 (MLAs), we are ready to wait," Yeddyurappa said. "Let them (Congress-JDS) work efficiently or resign and go home. Instead of that by creating an atmosphere of confusion and loot they are indulging in, they cannot be forgiven," he added.
May 29, 2019 6:00 pm (IST)
Sonia Gandhi to Attend Modi's Swearing-in | UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow at the Rashtrapati Bhawan Forecourt. A record number of close to 6,500 guests will attend Prime Minister Modi's swearing-in tomorrow. In 2014, the guest list stood at approximately 5000. This is only the fourth time a prime minister is taking an oath in the Forecourt. The ceremony is traditionally held at the Durbar Hall.
May 29, 2019 5:52 pm (IST)
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma today said that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should take the responsibility of the Congress debacle in the Lok Sabha election in the state and should resign. "Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should tender his resignation over the defeat in the Lok Sabha election. He could not make his son (Vaibhav) win (from Jodhpur) and he should take the responsibility," Sharma told reporters here. He added that Gehlot had no "moral authority" to remain on the post.
May 29, 2019 5:42 pm (IST)
Amid speculation that his party could be part of Opposition's alliance for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met NCP president Sharad Pawar earlier this week, PTI reported. The meeting, which took place at Pawar's residence in Mumbai on Monday evening, lasted about 45 minutes. Opposition leaders, however, said the issue of taking the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) along did not come up during the talks.
May 29, 2019 5:31 pm (IST)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today held a meeting with the newly elected MPs of the party at his official residence in Lucknow. "Rising above candidate and party considerations, people this time came forward aggressively to elect the PM and this was seen all through the electioneering. It is because of this that the BJP won 303 seats on its own across the country; 64 of these are from Uttar Pradesh alone," Yogi said addressing a meeting attended by state in-charge J P Nadda and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Jayant Patil asserted that NCP lawmakers have full faith in party president Sharad Pawar's leadership and none of them will switch over to the BJP.
May 29, 2019 5:08 pm (IST)
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit after meeting Rahul Gandhi at his residence says "I have given him the message that he should not resign. We want him to continue on his post, otherwise it will cause us pain. We have conveyed that to him".
May 29, 2019 4:56 pm (IST)
The Rajasthan Congress passed a resolution today after its meeting to discuss party president Rahul Gandhi's decision to not continue as chief and the party's performance in the state. In its resolution, the state unit said that it would like Rahul to lead the party in its ideological battle against the BJP. However, the state unit also recommends that Rahul initiate a restructuring process at every level of the party.
May 29, 2019 4:50 pm (IST)
RJD leader and deputy chief minister of the RJD, Tejashwi Yadav told reporters in Patna, Bihar that the Congress party has invited him for a meeting in Delhi to discuss election results. "We are in touch with Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and others. We will participate in the meeting there," he said.
May 29, 2019 4:45 pm (IST)
Visuals of Congress leaders and supporters sitting outside the residence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Image: PTI)
Owing to deteriorating health, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday formally requested not to be given any responsibility in the upcoming cabinet due to be sworn in tomorrow. “I would in future for some time like to keep away from any responsibility. This will enable me to concentrate on my health and treatment,” read Jaitley’s letter.
Meanwhile, the families of over 50 BJP workers killed in political violence in West Bengal have been invited for Modi's oath-taking ceremony as "special invitees".
In a push on the foreign front, PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are all set for an informal summit in October as India proposes a reply to the Wuhan summit, sources familiar with the development said. The first informal summit between the two leaders took place in Wuhan in China’s Hubei in April 2018. The two leaders then spent two days at a lakeside guest house in Wuhan and held discussions for almost 10 hours.
Sources said continuing the informal interaction between the leaders was decided at Wuhan itself. Earlier, November was being targeted for the meeting but it was later decided that September/October would be better.
Sources had earlier said that much would depend on who the next Prime Minister would be and with Modi’s thumping return to power, the informal summit would continue as both leaders share a personal rapport.
The PM’s then statement had said: “You invited us for the first summit and today that dream has come true and I am happy that this informal summit will develop in to a regular practice and I would be delighted to get an opportunity to host such an informative summit in 2019 on the soil of India."