Internal dissent? Shatrughan rues Yatra timing
Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha feels the timing of the party's failed campaign to hoist the national flag in Srinagar was not appropriate and that the advice given by key ally JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar to desist, was "valid".
The former Union Minister also felt that the party should reconsider the issue of continuance of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who is facing charges of irregularities.
In an interaction with PTI journalists, Sinha said the BJP has been able corner the government on major issues of corruption like those related to 2G spectrum allocation, CWG and Adarsh Housing Society and nothing should be done to dilute that. "When you have a potent issue like JPC into the 2G spectrum scam in hand...it was not politically good time (to go for the Tiranga yatra)...it would have been better if it had not happened now," said the actor-politician while giving his "frank" views.
Asked whether he had given any advice to the party leaders not to undertake the Ekta Yatra, he referred to the "valid" suggestion given by Nitish Kumar in this regard. He said the party should continue the fight for JPC probe into corruption cases with greater zeal in a focussed manner and contended that the next two months would be crucial to determine which way things go.
Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said his "personal image" was saving him so far but his "ineffectiveness" was getting exposed. "The Prime Minister is politically trapped and there seems to be no escape route," he said.
Criticising the Prime Minister's offer to appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in 2G case, Sinha felt it was a clever tactic by Singh as he was aware the the Committee did not have powers to call even an MP, leave alone the Prime Minister.
Maintaining that the deficiencies in governance could be exposed only by a JPC and not the PAC which only deals with accounts, the BJP MP said Singh cannot choose the forum where to appear.
He said "February-March would be the deciding months" in Indian politics and "which side we are heading and who will be leading us...anything can happen", he said.
Asked whether Nitish Kumar could emerge as the 'most likely choice' of the opposition for the next Prime Ministerial candidate, Sinha did not rule it out.
Three members of a family and their driver were found dead late on Wednesday in Mumbai's Kandivali West, which the police suspect was a deliberate act by the driver who allegedly killed the three before ending his life.
Students of a prominent college in Bihar's Munger city were allegedly allowed to write exams using their mobile phone torchlight. The incident was reported from RD & DJ College, Munger on Wednesday when the power had tripped due to inclement weather and the college generator was not functioning either. Another examinee without disclosing his identity said, “The college and university here are playing a cruel joke with students.”
Bengaluru has been ranked 14 of 20 cities in the Asia Pacific region for sustainable development of commercial real estate by global consultants Knight Frank, news agency PTI said. The top five cities are Singapore, Sydney, Wellington, Perth, and Melbourne. Apart from Bengaluru, three other Indian cities - Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai - also made it to the list but were ranked in three of the bottom four places - 17, 18 and 20, respectively.
The India Meteorological Department on Thursday announced the onset of the southwest monsoon over Delhi following light spells of rainfall since early hours of the day. “The southwest monsoon has further advanced into entire Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir; some parts of Rajasthan, entire Delhi and some parts of Punjab and Haryana today, June 30, 2022,” the IMD said in a statement.
Daily Covid cases in Bengaluru city crossed the 1,000-mark Wednesday, with 1,019 cases reported in 24 hours against the 887 on Tuesday. Daily cases in Karnataka were 1,249, which includes 696 backlog cases, according to data from the health department. Two Covid-related deaths were also reported - one from Bengaluru and the other from Chikkamangaluru. There are now 5,707 active cases in Karnataka, of which Bengaluru has a staggering 5,393.