CPI on Thursday condemned Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's "pernicious" proposal for a debate on the relevance of words 'socialist' and 'secular' in the preamble of the Constitution, saying this is a "well planned concerted attack" on the secular character of the nation.
Observing that secularism was in the blood of Indian people, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said the government was "committed to secularism and it didn't think of removing it" from the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.
The NDA government on Thursday came under attack from ally PMK over its willingness for a debate on whether the words "socialist and secular" should be in the Preamble to the Constitution after a demand by key ally Shiv Sena's for its removal that was dubbed as "worrying".
Shiv Sena's demand to remove the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the Preamble of the Constitution Thursday drew flak from Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi.
Nepal's Constituent Assembly Chairman on Sunday took a step towards voting on the Constitution setting aside opposition demands of consensus for framing the document, even as the Maoists-led alliance vowed fresh protests against the move, deepening the political turmoil.
Nepal's opposition lawmakers led by Maoists today intensified their protests over a new constitution leading to fresh chaos in parliament, a day after the House missed the deadline to promulgate the new statute.
Nepali lawmakers were Wednesday set to miss a self-imposed deadline for promulgation of the country`s new constitution after the various political parties failed to reach a consensus on key issues eluding a resolution.
Opposition politicians threw chairs and attacked the parliamentary speaker during a violent general strike in Nepal on Tuesday that was aimed at blocking the government from pushing through a draft of a new constitution.
Fighting broke out in Nepal`s parliament Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution.
Nepal's Maoist leader warned on Monday of "conflict" if ruling parties try to push through a constitution by a Thursday deadline without opposition agreement, and promised to press ahead with a general strike.
The United Nations on Wednesday asked Nepal's warring political parties to put aside their narrow interests and focus on writing a new constitution that is based on a broad consensus and inclusiveness.
Government Friday said it will move on implementation of the controversial Uniform Civil Code as per the spirit of the Constitution and will start at the earliest the process wider consultations for a consensus.
The chairman of Nepal's Constituent Assembly today asked political parties to make "sincere efforts" in reaching consensus on Constitution drafting and expressed confidence that a January deadline for promulgating the statuette was possible.
Amidst serious differences among political parties regarding the key issues of Nepal's new Constitution, a crucial report was on Friday submitted to the Constituent Assembly for discussions on the statute, to be promulgated by January next year.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre's step to commemorate religious events by issuing coins having pictures of deities embossed on them observing that "our Constitution does not permit this".