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The centrepiece of Modi’s US visit will be his meeting with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday and an address to the US Congress on Thursday. Photo: AP
The centrepiece of Modi’s US visit will be his meeting with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday and an address to the US Congress on Thursday.
Photo: AP

Political updates: Uncertainty over Rajya Sabha polls continues in Karnataka

In other news, PM Modi begins a two-day visit to the US that is expected to see the two countries consolidate ties as well as mark a new beginning in the relationship

New Delhi: Uncertainty over Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka continued on Monday with the Election Commission (EC) yet to announce the measures it would take after a sting video telecast by news channels showed some legislators allegedly willing to exchange their votes for cash. Meanwhile, both the incumbent Congress party and the main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) want the Rajya Sabha election to continue as scheduled with the Congress saying that there is “not enough evidence" to support charges of bribery.

As former Union minister of state and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary V. Narayanasamy took charge as chief minister of Puducherry on Monday, the party suffered a fresh jolt when veteran leader and general secretary Gurudas Kamat resigned on Monday.

Uncertainty over Rajya Sabha polls continues in Karnataka

Uncertainty over the Rajya Sabha election in Karnataka continued on Monday with the Election Commission (EC) yet to announce its verdict.

A sting video telecast by news channels showed some legislators allegedly willing to exchange their votes for cash.

“The polling is on 11 June and we still have some time on our hands. We need to see all aspects before coming on a decision," a senior EC official who did not want to be identified said.

Meanwhile, both—the incumbent Congress party and the main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—wanted the Rajya Sabha election to continue as scheduled. The Congress said that there is “not enough evidence" to support charges of bribery. Read here

Gurudas Kamat resigns from the Congress party

In a fresh setback for the Congress, veteran leader and general secretary Gurudas Kamat resigned from the party on Monday. A five-time member of Lok Sabha, former Union minister and a strong organizational man, Kamat’s resignation would be the first top-level exit since the party’s defeat in the 2014 general election.

The party is yet to accept his resignation

While Kamat’s resignation would come as a big blow to the Maharashtra’s party unit, he is also the general secretary in-charge for the crucial states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, as well as a member of the Congress Working Committee—the highest decision-making body of the party. Read more

Narayanasamy sworn in as Puducherry chief minister

Former Union minister of state and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary V. Narayanasamy took charge as the chief minister of Puducherry on Monday. Protests had broken out within the party in Puducherry after Narayanasamy’s name was announced for the chief minister’s post a week ago. Former chief minister V. Vaithilingam and Puducherry Congress chief Namassivayam were also in the race for the chief minister’s post. The 69-year-old did not contest the 16 May assembly polls and will have to seek election within six months to the legislature in a bypoll. Read here

Narendra Modi’s US trip seen as a consolidation visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins a two-day visit to the US this week—his fourth in two years—that is expected to see the two countries consolidate ties as well as mark a new beginning in the relationship.

The centrepiece of Modi’s US visit will be his meeting with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday and an address to the US Congress on Thursday.

Modi will be the fifth Indian prime minister after Rajiv Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh to address the US Congress. Read more

Narendra Modi’s Switzerland visit sees gains in NSG, black money battles

Switzerland is backing India’s application for the membership of the nuclear suppliers group (NSG) that effectively oversees all trade of nuclear materials and parts, and transfer of technology, for civilian use of nuclear energy.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Monday, the country also agreed to the “expeditious" and “automatic" exchange of information of money held illegally in Swiss banks through tax fraud and tax evasion by Indian nationals. Read more

This is the most farmer-unfriendly govt in independent India: Yogendra Yadav

Back from a tour of drought-affected parts of the country, Yogendra Yadav, political scientist and co-founder of non-profit Swaraj Abhiyan, speaks on state compliance of Supreme Court orders, a booming private water market in Marathwada, and why farmer movements are weakest at a time when agrarian distress is at its peak. Here are the edited excerpts from an interview.

EC may ask govt to change law to counter corruption in elections

Against the backdrop of increasing use of money to influence voters, the Election Commission (EC) is considering asking the government to change the electoral law to allow it to cancel polls.

At present, the EC has powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to cancel or postpone elections if they have been vitiated due to the use of money to get votes. But now, the poll panel wants the government to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1951 to make use of money power a basis to cancel or countermand polls. Read here

Monsoon likely to reach Kerala In 2 Days: Weather Department

The much-awaited southwest monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast in next two days.

However, there is going to be “no significant" change in the temperatures in northwest India for the next five days, which is reeling under intense heat. “Conditions continue to remain favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala in next 48 hours," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. Read here

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