Fair And Square

The main headlines on DD’s prime-time newscasts in Hindi and English during the first nine days of July.
Fair And Square

July 1
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.

July 2
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.

July 3
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.

July 4
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.

July 5
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.

July 6
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

July 7
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.

July 8
Jayalalitha continues her tirade against Tamil Nadu government; All-India postal employees going on indefinite strike.

July 9
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.


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