NEW DELHI: With the BJP appearing to be in a dilemma over fielding her, outgoing Lok Sabha Speaker and eight-time MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan on Friday said she would not contest the ensuing general elections and has freed her party from making its choice. Mahajan, who turns 76 on April 12, said there had been speculations whether the party will field someone who has crossed the 75-year age bar. "There were speculations and so I decided to end them and free the party to make its choice. I will not contest Lok Sabha elections," she said. Complete coverage: Lok Sabha elections 2019 The BJP has not fielded many of its veterans, including former presidents L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, in the Lok Sabha elections. Advani (91) and Joshi (85) were not renominated from their Lok Sabha seats, Gandhinagar and Kanpur, respectively. Advani has been replaced with BJP chief Amit Shah. Names of Indore Mayor and MLA Malini Gaud, another legislator Usha Thakur, BJP general secretary Kailash … [Read more...] about Sumitra Mahajan not to contest Lok Sabha polls
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By: PTI 2019-01-17T16:16:01+05:30 The Supreme Court Thursday fixed a February-end deadline for the search committee on Lokpal to recommend a panel of names for appointment of the country's first anti-graft ombudsman. The search committee is headed by former apex court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the Centre to provide the search committee requisite infrastructure and manpower to enable it to complete its work. The bench, also comprising justices L N Rao and S K Kaul, said it would hear the matter again on March 7. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the bench there were certain problems like lack of infrastructure and manpower due to which the search committee was not able to hold deliberations on the issue. The apex court had on January 4 directed the Centre to place on affidavit steps taken till date for Lokpal's appointment and expressed its displeasure over the tardy progress made in this … [Read more...] about SC Asks Search Committee On Lokpal To Recommend Names By Feb End
By: Manu Sebastian 2019-01-08 16:30:25.0 The 10% quota proposed for economically weaker sections is in addition to existing reservations in job and education. After intense debate for nearly five hours, the Lok Sabha today passed The Constitution (One hundred and twenty-fourth amendment) Bill, 2019 to provide for reservation in public employment and higher education for economically weaker sections. At a voting held at around 10 PM on the last day of the winter session, 323 out of 326 MPs present voted in support of the Bill. The announcement of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan regarding the passing of the bill was greeted by chants of "bharat mata ki jai" by most members. Economic reservation in jobs and education is proposed to be provided by inserting clause(6) in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. The proposed Article 15(6) enables State to make special provisions for advancement of any economically weaker section of citizens, including reservations in educational … [Read more...] about Breaking-Economic Reservation : Lok Sabha Clears Constitution Amendment For 10% Quota.
By: Live Law News Network 2019-01-04 10:15:31.0 The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to place on affidavit steps taken since September last year to set up a search committee for the Lokpal. The apex court asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to file the affidavit on the matter by January 17. "You have to ensure on affidavit the steps taken on the issue of setting up of a search committee for the Lokpal," a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said. When the attorney general said that since the last order of September 2018, several steps have been taken, the bench asked him "what all have you done till date. So much time is being taken". When the attorney general reiterated that several steps have been taken, the bench shot back "bring everything on record what you have done since September 2018". Though the AG offered to submit a 'note' explaining the steps, the bench insisted for an affidavit. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the … [Read more...] about Lokpal search Committee: SC directs Centre To File Affidavit On Steps Taken Since Sept 2018
RANCHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday expressed doubts over the effectiveness of offering reservation in education and jobs for an indefinite period to bring prosperity to the country. "The idea of Ambedkarji was to bring social harmony by introducing reservation for 10 years. But what we do is to extend the reservation every 10 years. There is a shortcoming," Mahajan said on the concluding day of a three-day event here. "Will reservation bring welfare to the country?" she asked. She stressed the need to follow Dr B.R. Ambedkar to bring social harmony in society and the country. "So long as we do not strengthen the spirit of patriotic feeling towards our country, overall development of the country is not possible," Mahajan said. She stressed that there should be a debate, discussion and also dissent, if required, on each and every issue, but ultimately the decision should be taken in national interest. On gender equality, she said that both are wheels of a … [Read more...] about Will reservation ensure welfare, asks LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan