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3 March, 2016 4:57 AM Prashant Kishor meets Rahul Gandhi to craft party's strategy for Uttar Pradesh polls

Political strategist Prashant Kishor, who played a key role in victories of Narendra Modi-led BJP in general elections and JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar, today attended a meeting with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to craft the party's strategy for Uttar Pradesh polls.Prashant Kishor, who played a key role in victories of Narendra Modi-led 209

1 March, 2016 6:20 AM After Budget, Opposition Preps To Target Smriti Irani Again

Union Budget presented, chaos is expected to return to Parliament today with opposition parties prepped to target Education Minister Smriti Irani in both Houses over her statements on the death of Hyderabad Central University student Rohith Vemula and the JNU controversy. Alleging that she misled Parliament, two Congress leaders moved privilege motion 196

27 February, 2016 7:28 PM Strategist Prashant Kishore To Manage Congress' Uttar Pradesh Campaign

Patna: Election strategist Prashant Kishore's assignment to script a Congress campaign has been extended to the crucial Uttar Pradesh elections next year, sources say. Mr Kishore has already been engaged by the Congress for assembly elections in Punjab, also to be held in 2017. There has also been talk that he could be roped in by the main opposition 192

26 February, 2016 6:20 PM Rajya Sabha uproar: Oppn demands​ apology from Irani, Mayawati accuses her of 'doing drama'

New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani's remarks about goddess Durga in the Rajya Sabha generated much political heat in the upper house on Friday as well, with the opposition demanding an apology from her and she rejecting it. During the day, Irani and Bahujan Samanj Party supremo Mayawati indulged in a political slugfest in the Rajya 214

26 February, 2016 11:32 AM Smriti Irani and Mayawati face off again in Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI: Smriti Irani and Mayawati had a face-off yet again in Rajya Sabha, with the BSP leader on Friday saying she was not convinced by HRD minister's statement with regard to Rohith Vemula's suicide and asking whether she would implement her two-day-old statement about "chopping off" her head. The issue related to the suicide by Vemula, a Dalit 159

25 February, 2016 3:04 PM Irani raises JNU pamphlet; ruckus in House

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani’s aggression on the issue of Dalit scholar Rohith Vermula’s suicide and the arrest of JNU students on sedition charges was countered in equal measure in the Upper House on Thursday when the Opposition forced an adjournment in the midst of her reply to the debate. The adjournment followed strident 267

25 February, 2016 11:31 AM Police foil candle light vigil for Rohith Vemula in Delhi

A candlelight vigil for deceased Dalit PhD student Rohith Vemula planned at India Gate for Thursday evening was extremely short lived as the Delhi police rounded up protesters within minutes of their arrival. Students from the University of Hyderabad, where Vemula studied, was suspended from along with five other dalit students and finally committed 191

25 February, 2016 6:24 AM Smriti puts head where heart(land) is

New Delhi, Feb. 24: Smriti Irani played to the Sangh gallery in Parliament today with her "nationalism" pitch, but lurking beneath the lines appeared to be the human resource development minister's political ambition. Her choice of targets for attack - Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati - held a clue. As she defended the police action on Jawaharlal Nehru University 61

25 February, 2016 2:02 AM 'My name is Smriti Irani, I challenge you to tell my caste'

After a face-off with the BSP supremo in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday morning, Union Minister for Human Resources Development Smriti Irani, during her intervention in the Lok Sabha laced with emotions and melodrama in the afternoon, thundered, "My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to tell my caste." In her speech at the fag end of the adjournment 188

24 February, 2016 8:17 PM Budget 2016: As tempers flare in Parliament, Speaker targets lunch diplomacy

Budget 2016: With tempers rising and accusations flying in the Lok Sabha as parties from Rahul Gandhi's Congress to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) bigwigs like Smriti Irani targetted each other along with members of other parties like BSP's Mayawati, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has taken upon herself the responsibility of cooling the atmosphere by engaging 18