Left Front govt changes plans to reopen Sabarimala temple

The Dharma Sastha Temple at Sabarimala will not open to the public this month as was announced earlier, Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said. The move comes as a setback to opposition parties Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, which had been trying to portray the Left Front government has ‘anti-Hindu’ for its decision […]

Open to keeping temples closed – Kerala temple board

N Vasu, president of Kerala’s largest temple board, today rejected claims by Sangh Parivar allied organizations that temple boards were reopening Hindu places of worship with an eye on money. Hindu Aikya Vedi, which shares many of its leaders with other Sangh Parivar organizations, had yesterday strongly opposed the decision to reopen temples amid the […]

FIR filed against Big Boss contestant after fans throng airport

Kerala Government has arrested two people for organizing a ‘welcome function’ at the Kochi airport for a controversial Big Boss contestant after a video of the function went viral. Kerala Government had last week asked all organizations and institutions to cancel all events in which people would gather in large numbers, as a part of […]

Delhi Police asks for video footage to identify rioters

Delhi Police Commissioner designate SN Shrivastava today asked the public and the media to provide any video footage that can help identify the rioters, and promised that those who are identified as have participated in the riots will be brought before the law. “It is our endeavor that anyone who is a culprit or has […]

AAP set to sweep Delhi with 59 seats – ABP-C-Voter survey

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is all set to sweep the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, said the first opinion poll to be conducted ahead of the next month’s elections. The poll was commissioned by ABP News and conducted by Centre for Voting Opinion & Trends in Election Research (C-Voter), and indicated hardly any loss of […]

CAA PROTESTS: Mobile internet shut down in Delhi

Mobile operators have been instructed to shut down wireless internet services in parts of the national capital to help the government control protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and National Registry of Citizens. There are also reports that the mobile voice network is also down in several parts of the city. This is perhaps the […]

Modi says violent protests ‘deeply distressing’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed as ‘deeply distressing’ the violent protests taking place against his government’s move to lend a sympathetic ear to non-Muslims when evaluating whether to deport illegal immigrants to their Islamic homelands. The Citizenship Amendment Act passed last week allows non-Muslim illegal migrants from neighboring Islamic countries to remain in the […]

EU MPs visited Kashmir to study terror impact- Govt

A group of 27 member of European Union Parliament were allowed to visit Kashmir during the lockdown as they wanted to ‘get a sense’ of the impact of terrorism on people’s lives in Kashmir, the central government informed the Lok Sabha today. At the same time, said the Home Ministry, Indian MPs were prevented from […]

Athavale says Sharad Pawar refused invite to join NDA

Union minister and Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athavale said he was aware of moves to woo Sharad Pawar Nationalist Congress Party to join with the BJP, but the patriarch had refused the invitation. His comments came in the wake of Pawar’s nephew and NCP leader Ajit Pawar breaking away from the NCP and […]

Sabarimala sent for consideration of a larger bench

The Sabarimala temple case has been referred to a larger, seven-judge bench, giving relief to pro-tradition activists. The case has been referred to a seven-judge bench on the basis of a 3:2 ruling by the judges. The case refers to a petition filed by some Delhi-based lawyers complaining that women devotees of Ayyappa are not […]

Three-way talks start between Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP on Maharashtra govt formation

Uddhav Thackeray, the head of political party Shiv Sena, confirmed today that his party has begun official talks with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party on forming a government in Maharashtra. The statement indicates that the Congress Party and the NCP have reached some kind of consensus on what to expect and demand from […]

Keeping BJP out is our No.1 priority – Prithviraj Chavan on Shiv Sena option

With only a day remaining for the BJP to inform the Raj Bhawan of its final stand on forming the government in Maharashtra, the state-leadership of the Congress Party seems to have fully come around to the idea of lending support to a government involving rival Shiv Sena. Speaking to a TV channel from a […]

Meet Haryana election candidates who earn Rs 1 lakh/day

Three candidates in the upcoming state elections in Haryana — all belonging to the ruling BJP — have declared total income of Rs 1 lakh per day or more, according to an analysis of income tax filings by Haryana Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms. Total income, in this context, includes the income of […]

No Ayyappa To Help: BJP’s vote share falls 31.5% in Pala bypoll

Five months, it seems, is a long time in politics, certainly long enough for the electorate in Kerala to forgive, if not forget, the Left Front’s decision to ‘desecrate’ the holy shrine of Sabarimala. The Left Front has emerged as the undisputed and unexpected winner in today’s results of the high-profile Pala by-election, but it […]

Politicians face backlash for supporting illegal flats in Maradu

The demolition of five illegal high-rise apartment buildings in Kochi has snowballed into a major controversy, with some of the state’s prominent politicians who openly supported the illegal buildings now coming under fire from social media and even their own colleagues. The initial response of the political community in the state was one of support […]

Not just Hindus, minorities too abandoned the Left in Kerala

While the Left Front was expected to lose Hindu votes due to the Sabarimala issue, a closer look at voting numbers from Kerala reveals that Sabarimala hit both LDF and UDF, but the UDF was able to sail through with increased support from minorities. Even as Hindu voters shifted their votes to the BJP to […]

TABLE – 10 EXIT POLL RESULTS – India Today, News18, Republic, Times Now, NewsX

Close to ten exit polls are set to announce the results of the most highly anticipated and tightly fought elections in Indian history in recent decades. Among those offering exit poll results today are India Today group, which has tied up with polling agency Axis, News18, which has signed on international agency Ipsos and NewsX. […]