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  • After the re-election of Lalu Prasad Yadav as national president on December 3 last year, the party had decided to ensure reservation for all categories in the selection of the party office-bearers and in the organisation. However, it is yet to take that decision forward.

    A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant issued notices to all petitioners, seeking their replies, and slated the matter for further hearing on January 22 along with a slew of other anti-CAA petitions, already pending before the apex court.

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of like-minded opposition parties on Monday to frame a joint action plan against the Citizenship Amendment Act and proposed National Register of Citizens, and discuss the political situation arising out of surging students protests across the country.

    A bench headed by CJI Bobde expressed surprise over the petition and said this is the first time that someone is seeking that an Act be declared as constitutional.

    Naveen Patnaik had raised a few eyebrows by supporting the Centre’s Citizenship Ammendment Bill (now an Act) in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. A few days later, he announced that his party, the Biju Janata Dal, which has supported most of the Narendra Modi government’s bills, would not support the National Register of Citizens.

    In the just-conducted assembly elections, the JMM-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) alliance triumphed over the BJP, winning 47 seats in the 81-member House. It is the second term for Hemant Soren, who had been a deputy chief minister and chief minister between 2009 and 2013.

    "Who is Prashant Kishor?," Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri asked, when a question was put to him about I-PAC being roped in by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP ahead of the Delhi polls, slated to be held early next year. "May be I should know, but I do not know him (Kishor)," Puri said on being told by reporters that he was also part of the BJP-led NDA

    After voting in five-phased Assembly polls, the people of Jharkhand will finally get to see the winner of the neck-to-neck political contest between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance.

    Jharkhand is the third BJP-ruled state after Haryana and Maharashtra that went to polls this year. In Jharkhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party is up against the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance which includes Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

    Congress is yet to finalise its four ministers in the Soren cabinet, party insiders said. While senior party leaders Alamgir Alam, Rameshwar Oraon, who is also the state Congress president, and Rajendra Prasad Singh are three confirmed names, the party is yet to finalise the fourth name, party insiders said.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has nothing to do with Indian citizens, it only deals with the foreigners.

    The undiminished popularity of Patnaik has ensured the regional party’s dominance in the state. He has similarly retained a complete hold over the party, which was founded on December 26, 1997 by some of his father’s old colleagues who have either fallen out and gone their own way or don’t matter in the scheme of things within the BJD.

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