Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has asked the Congress, Chief Election Commissioner, the Union of India and Maharashtra Government to file their response on a petition challenging allotment of 'hand' symbol to the party on the ground that it was very similar to the logo of State police.
A day after Central Empowered Committee (CEC) informed the Supreme Court about illegal production of iron ore and manganese in Odisha, the state government today said it would go by the direction of the Apex Court even as opposition Congress and BJP today reiterated its demand of a CBI probe into mining activities.
A Supreme Court appointed committee inquiring into the illegal mining in Odisha, has recommended recovering 70 percent of the notional value of the iron ore and manganese produced by leases in violation of the law.
Congress on Monday approached Election Commission (EC) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it accused him of "misusing state machinery" and "abusing authority" over the broadcast of his 'Mann ki Baat' address on All India Radio ahead of Assembly polls later this month.
As the future of the 25-year-old BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra remains uncertain, the state BJP leaders on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah to take decision on contesting Assembly elections alone in the state.
Congress's alliance with NCP in Maharashtra appears headed for trouble as the Sharad Pawar- led party is yet to give a "positive response" to the former's proposal for seat-sharing for the upcoming Assembly polls.
Congress on Saturday deliberated on selection of candidates for 174 seats in Maharashtra, which it had contested in the last assembly polls, with no seat arrangement still decided with Sharad Pawar's NCP for the October 15 vote.
With Shiv Sena and BJP still at loggerheads over seat sharing, Congress is expected to fast track tomorrow selection of candidates for Maharashtra where it is fighting the Assembly election in alliance with NCP.
Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Tuesday said clubbing Jharkhand assembly polls with Haryana, Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir is a difficult task following monsoon and festivals in the state and everything would be taken into account before announcing the election schedule.
A day after reaching Barbil in Odisha`s mineral rich Keonjhar district, a four- member team of SC-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) today inspected some iron ore mines to look into allegations of illegal operations.
Under attack over handling high-profile Varanasi constituency, the Election Commission today rejected any differences at the top as sought to be suggested by EC H S Brahma and dismissed the BJP charge that it was timid and weak in taking decisions.