Defer 35A hearing, remove Tushar Mehta: consensus at all-party meeting

Defer 35A hearing, remove Tushar Mehta: consensus at all-party meeting

Srinagar: Barring the PDP, which declined the invitation, and the BJP, which was not invited, all political parties that participated in the meeting convened at Dr Farooq Abdullah’s residence on Wednesday unanimously called for deferment of the Supreme Court hearing on Article 35A, till an elected government was in place in Jammu & Kashmir. The […]

The quandary deepens: PDP, too, announces poll boycott

The quandary deepens: PDP, too, announces poll boycott

Srinagar: Taking its cue from its political rival, the National Conference, and upsetting the plans of the Governor’s administration, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Mondayannounced it will boycott the upcoming panchayat and municipal elections in the state. After holding a meeting at Fairview to get feedback from party legislators, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said […]

‘Consensus’ evolves at PDP meeting to stay away from polls

‘Consensus’ evolves at PDP meeting to stay away from polls

Srinagar: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is likely to follow in the footsteps of its political bête noire, the National Conference (NC), which announced it will boycott the upcoming panchayat and municipal elections in the state. In a top-brass PDP huddle at the official residence of Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar, a consensus evolved that the […]

Rebels spurn PDP rejig as ‘old wine in new bottle’

Rebels spurn PDP rejig as ‘old wine in new bottle’

Srinagar: The PDP’s rejig of its organisational hierarchy after an open revolt broke out nearly two months ago has made little impact on the dissenting legislators, who have accused party chief Mehbooba Mufti of incompetence and promoting nepotism. On Sunday, the PDP removed Mufti family aides and relatives, including Mehbooba’s maternal uncle Sartaj Madni, from […]

Rules bent for hiring employees under MNREGA

Rules bent for hiring employees under MNREGA

Srinagar: The J&K government has started scrutinising appointments made under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA or MNREGA). The rural development department has already directed that employees hired in contravention of rules be dismissed. About 2,400 employees on consolidated salaries were hired for the Government of India’s flagship scheme in Jammu & […]

A politician in Raj Bhavan raises hopes of a ‘political initiative’ in J&K

A politician in Raj Bhavan raises hopes of a ‘political initiative’ in J&K

Srinagar: The appointment of a career politician as J&K Governor, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address in which he spoke of a more liberal approach towards Kashmir, has generated cautious hope among political circles in Jammu and Kashmir. Mainstream political parties are latching on to Modi’s invocation of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s formula […]

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