Nitish Kumar sworn in CM
The Samata Party leader, Mr. Nitish Kumar, was
today sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar by the Governor, Mr. V.
C. Pande, in a move which evoked widespread criticism. The
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress (I) and the CPI(M)
sharply attacked the Governor and threatened to launch a
Statewide agitation from tomorrow.
Gujarat 'rethink' on RSS order
The Gujarat Government is awaiting a clear
instruction from Delhi on its January 3 notification giving
permission to its employees to participate in the activities of
the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Pande's haste baffles Opposition
Enraged at the Bihar Governor, Mr. Vinod
Pande's inexplicable decision to ask Mr. Nitish Kumar to take
oath as Chief Minister, and then to give him as many as ten days
to prove his majority in the Bihar Assembly, the entire non-
National Democratic Alliance political leadership has sought the
intervention of the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, to roll back
the ``undemocratic' act.
Governor's decision 'undemocratic'
Both Houses of Parliament today witnessed
uproarious scenes over the decision of the Bihar Governor, Mr.
Vinod Pande, to invite the National Democratic Alliance leader,
Mr. Nitish Kumar, to form the new government in the State and had
to be adjourned without transacting the customary private members
business scheduled for Friday afternoons.
9 killed in bus blast
Nine passengers were killed when a bomb
exploded in a Delhi-bound private bus from Jammu near here on the
GT Road early this morning.
Badal, Kaur share platform
Ignoring the `hukamnama'(edict) of the Akal
Takht Jathedar, leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal led by
the Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, shared a common
platform with the excommunicated SGPC president, Ms. Bibi Jagir
Kaur, at the annual delegate session of the party there today.
HC directive to U.P. on 'plight of widows in Vrindavan'
A Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court
has directed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to file an
affidavit within four weeks informing the court of the ``plight
of widows in Vrindavan''.
Not Clinton, this village awaits son of the soil
This village may not have
produced an Inder Kumar Gujral as Prime Minister, nor has it
thrown up a Prakash Singh Badal - three times Chief Minister of
MPCC may be reconstituted
Mr. Prataprao Bhosale, president of the
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), today resigned
from his party post for `personal reasons'.
New Chief Secretary
The Chief Secretary of Bihar, Mr. S. N. Biswas
was tonight changed immediately after NDA leader, Mr. Nitish
Kumar was sworn-in.