NEW DELHI: The head's of India's two main centre right parties, the IPF & the BJP , are to attend the funeral of Former British Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher. Both these parties have collectively governed India since 1977. The BJP broke its two decade old alliance with IPF in 2007 and has now become India's principal opposition party. Both the BJP and the IPF have very good relationship with Britain's Conservative Party. In 2007 Baroness Thacther said the break up of of the IPF and BJP is one of the worst incident to impact the global centre right movement. The coming togethar of the BJP and the IPF for the funeral is being closely watched in Delhi's politial ciricles. The move is significant as the IPF's main coalition partner, the centre left Congress party, is not sending any represenative to the funeral. However publicly the IPF has said that visit of its chief to London has no political significance.
INDIA PM TO ADDRESS PARTY LEADERS OVER 2004 ELECTIONS
NEW DELHI: India's Prime Minster Mr Ahmed has called for special session of his party's senate , the highest desicion making body within the party, to discuss a crucial observation made by the party's internal justice panel earlier this week. The panel reported that the manner in which Mr Ahmed had secured the party's Prime Minsterial nomination in 2004 has not matched the 'highest standards of fairness and transperancy'. Party observers say that the Prime Minster may restrict his reaction to the observation by calling for greater reforms the way the party elects its top officials. Mr Ahmed is scheduled to quit all party posts in a few months from now.
NO BACKROOM DEAL OVER PM'S 2012 CONCLAVE SPEECH : GUHA
CALCUTTA: The Indian Government's Chief of Staff Mr Guha ruled out any behind the scenes deal over the Prime Minster's address to the party conclave in 2012. The address is of high significance as over there the Prime Minster had announced his intention of quitting all party posts by 2014. Of late a former IPF functionary sparked a controversy by claiming Prime Minster Ahmed was 'forced' to announce his resignation in return for 'limited' support from top party leaders. The former functionary back his argument by providing evidence that very fact Mr Ahmed did not endorse any of the party presidential nominees in 2012 as sign of a 'potential deal'. It might be true that the Prime Minster's
HOW IJAZ AHMED GOT A SECOND TERM AS IPF CHAIRMAN
NEW DELHI: IPF historians claim that Mr Ahmed's securing a second term as party Chairman is one of the most fascinating cases of political manuevering in recent years. A new book written by party's former secreatery for adminstration reveals for the first time behind the scene events between the crucial months of November 2008 and February 2009. By October 2008 its appears that Prime Minster Ijaz Ahmed nearly gave up hope of securing the party's nomination a second time. Unlike in 2004 the stalwarts who backed him, Former Prime Minster Raghuvir Sinha and Former IPF President Vasanth Sathe , were no longer around. His controversial move to join the UPA almost caused a vertical split within party ranks. At that time elections were believed to be a year away and there were already rumors that his bete noitre JP Yadav could stage a come back. In meeting with senior IPF leaders somewhere in October 2008 , Mr Ahmed said seeked counsel if could be relected with a comfortable margin. But the situation dramatically altered after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. With the federal government declaring that terrorists have declared war on India, Prime Minster Ijaz Ahmed's rating soared in span of a week. The government went on a offensive miitary campaign in the Middle East and announced a slew of adminstrative and legal reforms to stregnthen India's security. The master stroke came when Prime Minster Ijaz Ahmed took personal responsibility of the attacks...