Atal Behari Vajpayee, a founder of the BJP, was a rightist by ideology, but at the same time, as a parliamentarian, minister and prime minister, he never stopped interacting with others, writes D. Raja.
On September 28 last year, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination.
The United Front - a coalition of non-Congress and non-BJP political parties - had pressed hard for Joyti Basu to take the crucial chair. However, the CPI-M had argued that with the party's small strength, Basu would not be in a position to deliver as a prime minister.
The government authorised 10 central probe and snoop agencies for the purposes of interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource under.
According to a report by election watchdog ADR released on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party's total income for 2017-18 stood at Rs 1,027.339 crore followed by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) at Rs 104.847 crore.
Ever since the Sabarimala tantri family had threatened to close down the temple in case a women in the age group 10 to 50 arrives to pray at the shrine in line with a Supreme Court verdict, the minister was upset with them.