A day after Prithviraj Chavan tabled the white paper on irrigation projects before the cabinet, petitioners who have filed PILs claiming corruption and irregularity in the projects accused the government of not addressing issues such as corruption charges, the politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus and deliberately defective designs. Dharmendra Jore and Pradip Kumar Maitra report.
“Bengalis have Bengal, Biharis have Bihar but Gorkhas have no state,” said Bimal Gurung, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is running an agitation in Darjeeling and surrounding districts in north Bengal for a separate state for the Gorkhas.
The state legislature had to be adjourned on Wednesday afternoon following arguments over the government’s decision to not table the Ram Pradhan committee report.
The Opposition has challenged the state government to prove that it had not leaked copies of the Ram Pradhan Committee report that were used widely by the media to highlight lapses in handling the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, report Dharmendra Jore & Pradip Kumar Maitra.
Apart from the controversial Ram Pradhan Committee report on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the winter session of the state legislature, which starts here on Tuesday, is expected to be stormy, fuelled by other issues like farm suicides, compensation for victims of Cyclone Phyan, and continued Naxalite violence in eastern Vidarbha, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra & Dharmendra Jore.
Last-ditch efforts by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to coax rebels out of the electoral fray have failed, reports Dharmendra Jore, Satyajit Joshi & Pradip Kumar Maitra.
BSP President Mayawati promised to end Mumbai’s woes if her party was voted to power at the Centre. Dharmendra Jore & Pradip Kumar Maitra report.
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi held two well-attended rallies in Vidarbha on Tuesday, emphasizing the Congress’s concern for the common man and severely criticising the former NDA regime.
The man who built India’s first expressway between Mumbai-Pune is in trouble over his links with scam-hit Satyam Computers. Pradip Kumar Maitra and Dharmendra Jore report.