Political updates: Modi tells BJP MPs, MLAs to come clean on their transactions
In other news, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s demonetisation stir prepares the ground for 2019 parliamentary polls
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Narendra Modi tells BJP MPs, MLAs to come clean on transactions
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday directed all Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarians and legislative assembly members to submit their bank transaction details from 8 November to 31 December to party president Amit Shah on 1 January 2017. Read more.
Mamata’s demonetisation stir prepares the ground for 2019
Addressing a large rally opposing demonetisation on Monday, Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief, made a strong claim: “Today, I am taking a pledge, whether I die or live, I will remove PM Modi from Indian politics.” Read more.
Women enter Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai after legal battle
Dozens of women entered the inner sanctum of a historic mosque in India on Tuesday after winning a bitter legal battle for a ban on female worshippers to be lifted. The Haji Ali Dargah trust agreed last month to lift the ban on women entering the landmark mausoleum off the coast of Mumbai after a group of women campaigners launched a legal case. Read more.
Income tax law amendments passed by Lok Sabha without debate amid ruckus
The taxation laws (second amendment) bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday without debate amid sloganeering by opposition parties, which demanded the government first discuss fallout of the scrapping of high-value notes. While moving the bill, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said the new legislation attempts to plug loopholes in existing laws to ensure tax evaders cannot legalize their black money. Read more.
Four, not six, terrorists were involved in Pathankot attack, clarifies MHA
Nearly a year after the Pathankot attack, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) was left red-faced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, when it changed a previous statement to say that four and not six terrorists had attacked the air force station. While home minister Rajnath Singh had said in March that there were six terrorists involved in the 2-6 January attack, minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir clarified on Tuesday that there were only “four men.” Read more.
BJP sweeps Gujarat civic polls, wins 107 out of 123 seats
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday swept local body polls in Gujarat, a day after a convincing win in neighbouring Maharashtra. The party won 107 out of total 123 seats which went to polls. The party had a clean sweep in elections held in two municipalities and one taluka panchayat. Besides, it won with a huge majority in by-elections held in 11 municipalities, seven district panchayats and 15 taluka panchayat seats. Read more.
Sonia Gandhi admitted to Delhi hospital
Congress president Sonia Gandhi was on Tuesday admitted to a hospital in New Delhi following a viral infection. Sources said that 69-year-old Gandhi was down with viral fever and doctors advised her to be under medical supervision. She will also undergo some tests at Sir Gangaram hospital, they said. Read more.
Demonetisation will help BJP in UP too: Fadnavis
After the success of his party in municipal council polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed confidence Tuesday that the Central government’s demonetisation move had people’s support, which would help the BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections too, the Indian Express reported. The BJP successfully made inroads in the Congress-NCP bastions in first phase of the civic body polls, results of which were declared Monday. Read more.
Pinarayi Vijayan aims to revive People’s Plan Campaign in Kerala
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has formally launched four ambitious projects—building multi-storey complexes for housing the homeless, giving a face-lift to public hospitals, strengthening agriculture, and managing natural resources such as water and forests. The projects, launched by a Left Front government that is barely five months old, could earn significant social capital for the chief minister and hold implications for the future of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which leads the government, analysts say. Read more.
PMO to notify CMs’ panel on making India less-cash economy
Seeking to neutralise political turmoil over demonetisation within and outside Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is likely to shortly notify a committee of chief ministers to suggest ways to make India a less-cash economy. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has already spoken to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to head the chief ministers’ panel, for which Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik are also being co-opted. Read more.
Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata and Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai contributed to this wrap.