The Malegaon blasts, which left over 30 people dead and several others injured, gave the BJP yet another opportunity to hammer its point that the UPA government’s track-record on the internal security front was dismal, reports.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s decision to stay away from a function organised by the Sewa Dal in New Delhi to mark the conclusion of centenary celebrations of the rendition of national song, Vande Mataram, gave the BJP another weapon to beat its principal political opponent.
Like the last two meetings of the BJP’s national executive held outside the capital, a looming crisis is also threatening to overshadow the Dehradun conclave.
Taking cognisance of the widespread criticism of the finance ministry’s decision to introduce a complex, multi-page tax returns form to replace the single-page Saral, a committee of secretaries has criticised the new format and suggested some major changes.
The pro-Arjun Singh lobby within the Veerappa Moily oversight committee has gone all out to resist any move to bring the issue onto the panel’s agenda.
Parliament is, barring a last-minute hitch, all set to revoke the expulsion of the 11 MPs who were trapped in the ‘cash-for-questions’ sting operation over eight months ago.
With the monsoon session of Parliament commencing here on Monday, the BJP has decided to adopt an aggressive mode in an attempt to corner the ruling combine.
The Union Cabinet in its meeting on Thursday is likely to okay the proposal to set up the Sixth Pay Commission.
The Centre’s decision to pump in generous amount of funds for the development of a select group of districts has, ironically enough, raised fears of the widening of regional disparities across the country.
Finance minister P Chidambaram’s proposal to force the states to pay a uniform minimum wage of Rs 60 for the NREGA beneficiaries was on Wednesday turned down by a ministerial group.
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