New Delhi: Congress legislature party leader V. Narayanasamy will be sworn-in as Puducherry chief minister today. Along with Narayanasamy, five other Congress legislators will also be administered the oath of office by Lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi today. Meanwhile trouble continues to brew in Haryana with the Jat quota agitators restarting their protest from Sunday. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPc have already been imposed in seven sensitive districts of Haryana, banning the gathering of five or more persons. The state is not taking any chance this time and both the police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to guard the Western Yamuna Canal in Sonipat district.
Today also marks 50 years of the rupee being devalued dramatically in response to the first significant balance of payments crisis faced by independent India.
V. Narayanasamy-led Congress ministry to be sworn on Monday
Congress legislature party leader V. Narayanasamy will be sworn-in as Puducherry chief minister on Monday. The 69-year-old Narayanasamy, who had served as minister of state (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the second United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government after serving as MoS Parliamentary Affairs in UPA-I, did not contest the 16 May assembly polls and will now have to seek election to the legislature in a bypoll. Read more
Jat stir: 48 companies of paramilitary forces deployed
As Jat leaders on Sunday began a fresh quota agitation in Haryana, security arrangements in the state have been tightened with the deployment of 4,800 paramilitary personnel. The administration is on high alert as protesters had disrupted water supply to the national capital by damaging the carrier-lined channel (CLC) of the Munak Canal during the earlier Jat agitation in February. Read more
BSP takes its campaign abroad for the first time to woo NRIs
In a first, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the predominantly Dalit party that is led by former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, is reaching out to non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Europe and North America to try and expand its reach, ahead of the Punjab assembly elections due next year. The influence of NRIs in the Punjab assembly elections can be gauged from the fact that parties like the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and SAD all have tried to woo this community in the past. Read more
Gentrification of the BJP
The popularity of the BJP extending to those not intersecting with its core ideology is something more recent. It has actually happened in two phases. The first was when Atal Bihari Vajpayee led the NDA government in 1999-2004 and the second since 2014, when Narendra Modi led the alliance to an audacious win in the 16th general election (the BJP winning 282 seats on its own). But the phase under Modi is turning out to be very different. All of a sudden, the BJP is not just in the running for national power, it is as much a challenger at the state level (its debut in Assam at the expense of the Congress served a reminder), writes Anil Padmanabhan, executive editor of Mint.
6 June 1966: A date to remember in the rupee’s history
Fifty years ago, on 6 June 1966, the rupee was devalued dramatically in response to the first significant balance of payments crisis faced by independent India. Here’s a piece that revisits the day and tells us how far India has come since then. Read here
Need to get banks in best of health: Arun Jaitley
Ahead of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s bi-monthly monetary policy review, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said India’s economy has become “stronger" and the government is trying to bridge the gaps, wherever there are any, to keep up the growth momentum. Read more