October 1, 2000 |
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee added six members to his Cabinet on Saturday, including one of India's most popular female politicians, just before two other ministers resigned to protest a hike in oil prices. Mamata Banerjee, the federal minister for railways, announced her resignation in the eastern city of Calcutta along with her Trinamul Congress party colleague Ajit Kumar Panja, the junior foreign affairs minister, United News of India reported.
February 24, 1999 |
Hard-line Muslim cleric Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Tuesday withdrew his threats against British author Salman Rushdie, who plans to visit his native India later this year. Bukhari threatened last month that Muslims would harass Rushdie throughout his visit. In a speech about Rushdie to thousands of followers during Friday prayers last month, Bukhari said: "The punishment for blasphemy is death." India was the first to ban Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses"--the novel called blasphemous by Muslim leaders.
April 26, 1999 |
India appeared likely to call new elections after Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi gave up Sunday on trying to form a new government. Ousted Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee met with President Kocheril Raman Narayanan, but it did not appear that the ceremonial chief of state had given Vajpayee the nod to try again at forming a government. If so, that would force India to call its third election in as many years.
April 15, 1999 |
India's president Wednesday asked Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to prove his parliamentary majority in a vote of confidence after a key ally withdrew from the ruling coalition. "The president has advised the prime minister to seek a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha [lower house]," a statement from President Kocheril Raman Narayanan's office said after opposition parties urged to Narayanan to act.
March 27, 2002 |
Lawmakers in India approved an anti-terrorism bill Tuesday after a day of heated debate in a highly unusual joint session of Parliament, only the third since the country's independence. The government said the legislation is crucial after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and a Dec. 13 attack on the Indian Parliament. "We cannot score a decisive victory against terrorism unless a special law of this kind is enacted," Home Affairs Minister Lal Krishna Advani said as he presented the bill.
April 18, 1999 |
India's Hindu nationalist government resigned Saturday after losing a confidence vote by a single ballot, a margin that signaled continued political turmoil as Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi prepared to try to form the next government. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee gave his resignation to President Kocheril Raman Narayanan but agreed to stay on as caretaker until a new government is formed. "I accept the house verdict with all humility," Vajpayee said.