PM Narendra Modi favourite for 2019 Lok Sabha elections: US experts’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a clear favourite for the 2019 general elections after the BJP’s landslide victory in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, top US experts on India have said. While one of the expert noted that the electoral results of the just concluded Assembly polls in five states show that the 2014 Lok Sabha election results were not an aberration, another noted that Modi would continue to lead India after 2019. The Assembly elections do not signal much of a change. The Uttar Pradesh election results showed that the 2014 general elections were not an “aberration”. Same is the case with Punjab, Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University said.
SC to hear Congress’ petition challenging Goa Governor’s move to appoint Manohar Parrikar as CM today
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a petition moved by the Congress challenging Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint BJP leader Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of the state. After dramatic developments, Manohar Parrikar is set to take oath as the CM this evening. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Panaji at 5 pm. Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister yesterday even as Union Minister Arun Jaitley was entrusted with the additional charge of the Defence Ministry. The petition was filed last evening was mentioned at the residence of Chief Justice J S Kehar, who agreed to give an urgent hearing on Tuesday. A special bench would be constituted as the apex court is on Holi break for a week. The petition filed by Goa CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar has sought stay on the swearing-in of Parrikar as the chief minister.
Congress MLAs to meet Goa Governor over Manohar Parrikar’s appointment as CM
Congress Legislative Party will meet in Panjim on Tuesday to chalk out strategy to counter the political situation that had arisen following Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of the state. The crucial meeting will take place at Congress House. Apart from this a delegation of all Congress MLAs led by senior party leader Digvijaya Singh will meet the Governor. Manohar Parrikar is set to take oath as the CM this evening. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Panaji at 5 pm.