AIADMK decides not to withdraw support to BJP-led coalition but charges BJP with not allowing AIADMK ministers to function freely; Vajpayee accuses opposition of indulging in a disinformation campaign.
The second phase of parliament’s budget session expected to be stormy with opposition to grill government; Congress says it will not bail out government on the Finance Bill or any other major issue.
AIADMK boycotts Parliament’s post-recess session, BJP says it is hopeful of resolving the crisis; Newly floated Loktantrik Morcha reiterates the call for all secular forces to topple Vajpayee government; Tamil Manila Congress offers unconditional support to Congress if it forms an alternative government; Tamil Manila Congress offers unconditional support to Congress if it forms an alternative government.
AIADMK to continue support to BJP-led government; party MPs to attend Parliament but presence to be issue-based; Prime Minister describes as wrong the Delhi government’s move to denotify churches as places of worship.
Center finalises bailout plan for Jammu & Kashmir releases Rs 250 crore for the state to fight militancy; Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi, in a letter published in the DMK’s official paper, says that the country is in for many political changes in the coming four or five weeks.
Vajpayee says Women’s Reservation Bill will be tabled even if no consensus is reached; Government rejects Akali Dal’s demand to keep Udham Singh Nagar out of Uttaranchal hill state
AIADMK says Jayalalitha has no immediate plans to meet Vajpayee; Akali and BJP leaders from Punjab meet Vajpayee on Uttaranchal; While the government faces Uttaranchal hurdles, AIADMK cautions that there will be consensus on Delhi Statehood Bill only if similar status is granted to Pondicherry; Opposition walks out of RS protesting against the ‘unhelpful attitude’ of the government in mitigating the problems of farmers.
Jayalalitha continues her tirade against Tamil Nadu government; All-India postal employees going on indefinite strike.
No change in reservation policy for Scheduled Castes and Tribes, says Vajpayee; Postal services affected all over the country as 6 lakh employees strike work.