Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Photo: PTI
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Photo: PTI

Weekly wrap: Akhilesh Yadav says no rift in Samajwadi Party

Akhilesh Yadav appealed to his party members to support Shivpal Yadav, PM Narendra Modi celebrated his birthday on Saturday with tribals and differently abled persons in Gujarat

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Akhilesh Yadav says no rift in Samajwadi Party, will support Shivpal Yadav

The Yadav family crisis in Samajwadi Party (SP) seems to have been mitigated as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday appealed to his supports and party members to support the party’s state president, Shivpal Yadav, after he was appointed as the party’s state parliamentary board chief. Read more

Narendra Modi reaches out to tribals, differently abled on birthday

As birthday wishes from across the country and overseas kept pouring in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his birthday on Saturday with tribals and differently abled persons in his home state of Gujarat where state elections are scheduled to be held next year.

In the tribal district of Dahod, Modi announced several water supply and lift irrigation projects worth about 4,800 crore under the Gujarat government’s Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna. He urged the farmers and tribals to adopt new and modern farm practices to augment their income and produce. Read more

Delhi University shop can sell photocopies of textbooks, rules high court

In a victory for students, the Delhi high court on Friday dismissed a plea by a group of international publishers seeking to restrain a shop in Delhi University (DU) from selling photocopies of textbooks and course material.

“The plea is dismissed," said Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, as he pronounced the verdict. Now, students will be able to buy photocopies of textbooks and course material for university exams. Read more

SIT to investigate youth’s ‘murder’ by cow vigilantes

City police in Ahmedabad made a U-turn on Saturday as it handed over probe into the death of a Muslim-youth who was thrashed for ferrying cow progeny by alleged cow vigilantes to the crime branch. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by DCP (crime branch) Deepan Bhadran will probe the death. Read more

Cauvery dispute: Supreme Court asks Karnataka, Tamil Nadu to check violence

The Supreme Court on Monday asked Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to maintain law and order and control protests against the court’s interim rulings on the Cauvery water sharing dispute. “We sincerely hope wisdom shall prevail over Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. We expect both the states to maintain peace and dignity of law," a bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit observed. Read more

Setback for PDP as MP Tariq Hameed Karra quits

Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hameed Karra resigned from the party and the Lok Sabha on Thursday, dealing a setback to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti as she battles to contain unrest in the Kashmir valley. Read more

Yadav family feud could hurt Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh elections

The political feud developing in Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family could potentially deal a setback to the ruling party ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year. It could work to the advantage of either of its two rivals, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The election is emerging as a tight three-cornered contest, with opinion polls forecasting a hung assembly. If the rift within team SP is not resolved, it could give its rivals the decisive advantage. Read more

Shahabuddin returns to haunt Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Even before the coalition government in Bihar completes a year in office, it is facing fissures from within—for the moment entirely on account of Mohammed Shahabuddin, a former MP with a string of convictions to his name.

His claim to fame is that he is a close associate of former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad. But he is in the news for dubious reasons. Read more

Cauvery river: The long-winding legal dispute

The Cauvery river water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has taken more twists and turns than most inter-state issues, with the Supreme Court’s latest order, asking Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu, provoking violent protests in Karnataka.

We take a look and examine whether the Cauvery can ever flow in legal peace. Read more

Mamata Banerjee returns land to Singur farmers

Ten years ago, Mamata Banerjee left Singur kicking and screaming, hauled away by policewomen in the middle of the night. 25 September 2006 marked the beginning of a campaign that eventually led Banerjee rise to the chief minister’s post in West Bengal.

The movement came a full circle on Wednesday, when Banerjee handed back land to 9,117 farmers in Singur. Read more

On first day of ‘Badbu Gujarat ki’, Dalits send 1,100 postcards

At least 1,100 postcards with a small message and tagline ‘Badbu Gujarat Ki’ (the stink of Gujarat) have been sent to state tourism’s brand ambassador and Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan by Dalits as part of a campaign to highlight “atrocities" against them in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read more

Why is Dalit politics on the boil?

From the agitation in Gujarat after gau rakshaks (literally, cow protectors) attacked Dalits to countrywide protests after the suicide of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University, Dalit politics is on the boil. The fact that India’s biggest state Uttar Pradesh goes to polls next year has increased stakes for all political parties. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which primarily relies on Dalit votes, is a major force in the state. Read more

BJP and RSS renew ties

At a low-key meeting in Udaipur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the largest constituent of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and its ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), renewed their commitment to working closely together.

The meeting, which spanned three days, ended on Saturday. It took place around the halfway mark of the NDA government’s tenure. Read more

Congress says Zakir Naik’s donation was returned in July

Finding itself in the midst of a controversy over an alleged donation of 50 lakh to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust from controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO, the Congress party sought to defend itself on Saturday and said the money was returned in July this year. Read more

Mayawati looks beyond Uttar Pradesh

BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday unveiled plans to expand the party’s reach in north India beyond Dalits to other castes and communities, saying it will contest assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana to be held in three years.

Mayawati was addressing a rally at Saharanpur ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections expected in early 2017. Read more

Deve Gowda rides Cauvery row to spring back into limelight

For a man who analysts say has always been at the right place at the right time, the Cauvery water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu could well come as a godsend.

Former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda is trying to reinvent himself ahead of the 2018 assembly elections in Karnataka by rallying support on the Cauvery plank, say political analysts. Read more

The steady rise of Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena

For a party that secured less than a fifth of the votes polled in the last assembly election and grudgingly became the junior partner in a coalition it once used to lead, the Shiv Sena is at least not missing something: Confidence.

Leaders of Shiv Sena, which has functioned more like an opposition party since the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) led government came to power, claim the party will emerge the single largest in Maharashtra if snap assembly polls are held today. Read more

Arkamoy Datta Majumdar and Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata , Nidheesh MK from Bengaluru, Viswanath Pilla from Hyderabad, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai, Dharani Thangavelu from Chennai, and Maulik Pathak from Ahmedabad contributed to this story