Pre-election scene warming up
With the Lok Sabha elections drawing close, lobbying for tickets has also started intensifying.
On Tuesday, Neelam Katara, seen as a contender for the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency by a section in the Congress, met AICC general secretary in change for Delhi, Mukul Wasnik.
On Monday, Katara had met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Neelam Katara is the mother of Nitish Katara who was allegedly murdered by Vikas and Vishal Yadav, son and nephew of UP politician D.P. Yadav.
Hindustan Times had reported on February 12 that Katara was being considered for a Lok Sabha berth from Delhi in the upcoming polls. While Katara refused to elaborate on her meetings, she added that she was not averse to joining politics.
"People have been reaching out to me. They feel I can represent them. I am not going to shrug off any responsibility if the opportunity arises," she said. She said the seven-year struggle to get justice for her slain son had taught her a lot.
"If eight years back somebody told me I was going to contest an election, I would have said what nonsense? But now things are different," she said. Party insiders, however, said that it would be difficult for Katara to replace Ajay Maken, the sitting MP from New Delhi . "He had requested the party leadership to relieve him of his organisational role as AICC general secretary as he was going to contest elections. Campaign is already on full swing in his constituency," said a source.
On the other hand, those like Karol Bagh MP Krishna Tirath and Outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar, who lost their constituency in the delimitation process, were trying to stake their claim from other areas. "There is one reserved seat (North-West Parliamentary constituency) and it is clear that I will contest from there," said Tirath.
The party, however, was considering the likes of Youth Congress chief Ashok Tanwar. Delhi PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan was also said to be interested in contesting from the seat.
While Tanwar was said to have AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi's support, several Delhi politicians said he should be fielded from Haryana where he hails from. "There is a reserved seat empty in Sirsa. Tanwar should contest from his home state," said a source.
After vowing ₹3,000 crore of investment in Karnataka and opening India's largest store in Bengaluru's Nagasandra, Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has now decided to shift its purchasing office from Gurugram to Bengaluru, starting May 1, 2023, news agency PTI reported. IKEA, while speaking about its brand new store in the Karnataka capital, said it aims to source around 50 per cent of its products locally.
The Delhi government may challenge a decision by the Delhi high court to scrap the contentious doorstep delivery of ration scheme, which was aimed at providing specific food articles to the homes of Public Distribution System beneficiaries. There are around 1.7 million ration card holders in the national capital who currently go to fair price shops to get the food articles they are entitled to.
Banihal/Udhampur/Jammu Hundreds of vehicles, stranded for four days, were allowed towards Kashmir on Friday night as one way was restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after freshly building a road stretch to replace the one washed away in flash floods, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said while all blockades were removed and traffic cleared, the major problem of washing away of the road patch at Dewal bridge near Samroli on June 21 took three-and-half-days to be cleared.
As part of our 'Walled City dictionary' series that explores the names of Old Delhi places. Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. Golcha cinema, in Daryaganj, is screening the digitally coloured version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam. The single-screen hall shut down six years ago (last movie screened was Kahani 2). Golcha came up in 1954. The theatre is now a ghost of its recent past.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a five-member high-powered panel for overall coordination of G20 meetings to be held in the union territory next year. Acting upon a communique from the Union ministry of external affairs dated June 4, the principal secretary to the J&K government, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi accorded sanction for the constitution of the five-member panel.