The Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit has severed relations with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA).The announcement to this effect was made by state BJP president Tapir Gao during the state executive meeting of the party here on Thursday. NEDA Convener Himanta Biswa Sarma passed on the decision of the BJP central leaders to break alliance with PPA to Gao, who made the announcement on Thursday, a party release informed here on Friday.“The BJP will treat PPA at par with the Congress as an opponent political party,” the release added.The BJP has 47 MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly with effective strength of 59 with two independents supporting the party. The PPA has nine MLAs and the Congress has one legislator.The NEDA was formed on May 24, 2016 by BJP along with regional political parties like Naga People’s Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, People’s Party of Arunachal, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front in Northeast India.The NEDA was formed to protect the interest of the people of the region and also for uniting non-Congress parties in the Northeast.
Lawyer-turned-politician Ravi Shankar Prasad of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been elevated as the new deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha in place of S.S. Ahluwalia.His elevation is likely to liven up House proceedings as he will be pitted against Rajiv Shukla, minister of state for parliamentary affairs. However, some could see this as a family matter too. Prasad’s sister is married to Shukla.
DIED: Samar Guha, 85, freedom fighter and associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata. He was a former MP and a member of the Janata Dal (S). RANKED: Shooter Anjali Vedpathak, as World No 1 in the women’s 10 m air rifle event, by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).QUALIFIED:,DIED: Samar Guha, 85, freedom fighter and associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata. He was a former MP and a member of the Janata Dal (S).RANKED: Shooter Anjali Vedpathak, as World No 1 in the women’s 10 m air rifle event, by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).QUALIFIED: Jeev Milkha Singh, as the first Indian to play the US Open golf tournament (one of the US professional circuit’s four golf majors.) He made the cut for the money-making rounds and tied for the 62nd place.CHOSEN: For knighthood, Cambridge University professor Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, for his service to economics. Also chosen for the honour is industrialist G.K. Noon.