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NEWS FROM INDIA - JUNE 2023


Central Government and BJP

  • 8th June Foreign Minister Jaishankar held a press conference to commemorate Prime Minister Modi's 9th anniversary and review the diplomatic achievements under the Modi government.

  • 8th June Foreign Minister Jaishankar conducted an outreach program in Delhi in preparation for the 2024 general elections, taking responsibility for four constituencies in Delhi (New Delhi, South Delhi, Northwest Delhi, and West Delhi), and planning various election campaigns over the next month.

  • 20th June Local media reported that the Modi administration is planning to advance the deadline for significant welfare programs for the 2024 general elections. Some of the current significant welfare policies include expanding the coverage of the National Health Protection Scheme (Ayushman Bharat) to approximately 70 million households from the current 10 million and increasing the number of beneficiaries under Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) by around 33 million people.

  • 22nd June As part of an outreach program for the 2024 general elections, the RIP Minority Department began distributing certificates to the minority community, who positively received Prime Minister Modi's initiatives. Initially, around 150 Muslims in Delhi were awarded the "Modi Mitra" certificate.

  • 28th June Local media reported that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiv Sena Thackeray faction stated their conditional support for the introduction of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) proposed by the central government.

Opposition Parties

  • 7th June On the 7th, the regional political party "Janata Dal-United (JDU)" held a press conference and announced that the opposition party leaders' meeting to discuss the strategy against BJP in the 2024 general elections will take place on June 23rd.

  • 23rd June Representatives of 15 major opposition parties gathered at Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's residence in Patna to hold a meeting regarding opposition cooperation and strategy against the BJP for the 2024 general elections. The meeting was attended by Nitish Kumar (JDU), along with representatives from Congress, Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (AITC), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin (DMK), Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal (AAP), Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren (JMM), and others.

State of Odisha

  • 2nd June A collision involving three trains occurred in Balasore, Odisha, resulting in nearly 300 deaths and over 1,100 injuries.

  • 3rd June Prime Minister Modi visited Odisha, inspecting the site of the train accident and hospitals where the victims were receiving treatment.

  • 3rd June The Ministry of Railways announced financial assistance for the victims' families. It injured, with one million rupees for the families of the deceased, 200,000 rupees for the seriously injured, and 50,000 rupees for those with minor injuries.

State of Manipur

  • 1st June After completing a four-day visit to Manipur on May 29th, Home Minister Shah held a press conference and announced measures related to the inter-tribal clashes in the state. The measures include an investigation into the causes and responsibilities of the clashes by a special committee, strengthening coordination among security authorities, providing financial assistance to the victims, and distributing essential items like food and medicine.

  • 4th June Local media reported that in the inter-tribal clashes in Manipur, a total of 789 weapons and 10,648 rounds of ammunition were recovered from rioters and armed groups who looted them from government facilities, up until that day. So far, 4,157 weapons have been stolen in the region, making the recovered items only 18% of the total.

  • 5th June In response to Home Minister Shah's appeal, multiple tribal organizations that were blockading National Highway 2 between Imphal and Dimapur lifted the blockade for a duration of seven days.

  • 6th June Local media reported that there was a gun battle between an armed group believed to be part of the Kuki tribe and the Border Security Force (BSF) in the Serow district of MN state, resulting in casualties on the BSF side. On the same day, the central government deployed about 1,000 members of the BSF to MN state.

  • 7th June The Indian Army and Assam Rifles began a weapons recovery operation, trying to retrieve weapons stolen from police facilities and the MN state government arsenal by rioters.

  • 10th June The central government announced the formation of a Peace Committee chaired by the Governor of the neighbouring state of Wikee NN, to promote peace processes between various tribes in MN state. The committee comprises 51 representatives from different tribes, with 25 from the Meitei tribe, 11 from the Kuki tribe, 10 from the Naga tribe, 3 from the Muslim community, and 2 from the Nepalese community.

  • 12th June Representatives from the Meitei and Kuki tribes declared that they would not participate in the central government's Peace Committee.

  • 14th June The official residence of Kipgen MIN, the Minister of Textiles and Commerce, was attacked and set on fire.

  • 15th June The private residence of Rangjan Singh, the Minister of External Affairs (BJP), in Imphal, was attacked by rioters, resulting in the house being burned down.

  • 18th June The Secretary-General of Hosabare RSS urged the central government and law enforcement agencies to take all necessary measures to immediately stop the ongoing violence in MAN state.

  • 18th June The Chief Minister of MN state, Viren Singh, had a telephone conversation with the Chief Minister of Tang Mizoram (MZ) state, requesting measures to ensure the safety of over 10,000 Meitei tribe members who had evacuated from MN to NZ state.

  • 23rd June MN Chief Minister Viren Singh met with Home Minister Shah in Delhi and briefed him on the security situation in the state. Singh mentioned that since June 13, there had been no reports of violence-related casualties in the state, indicating that efforts by the state and central governments had helped significantly control the situation.

  • 24th June Prime Minister Modi held a meeting to assess the situation in Manipur, attended by Home Minister Shah, Finance Minister Sitaraman, Petroleum Minister Pradhan, and other key ministers.

  • 26th June MN Chief Minister Viren Singh announced that Home Minister Shah had assured the implementation of a ceasefire with the armed Kuki group.

  • 30th June MN Chief Minister Viren Singh announced his resignation, but thousands of supporters gathered at the state chief minister's residence to persuade him to withdraw his resignation, and he eventually did.

State of Assam

  • 11th June Local media reported on the flooding situation in Assam (AS) state, stating that rivers across the state have exceeded dangerous water levels.

  • 20th June The Election Commission of India released a draft proposal for the delimitation of constituencies in Assam (AS) for the state legislative elections. The proposal includes increasing the reserved seats for Scheduled Castes (SC) from the current 8 seats to a total of 10 seats, and similarly increasing the reserved seats for Scheduled Tribes (ST) from 16 to 19 seats.

State of Sikkim

  • 19th June Sikkim (SK) state's local media reported that heavy rainfall since the onset of the monsoon on the 12th has caused landslides and flooding in various areas of the state.

Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh

  • 19th June A delegation from the Ladakh Union territory met with the Union Home Minister to demand statehood for Ladakh. On the 23rd, Home Minister Shah visited Jammu and Kashmir (JK) for a two-day visit.

State of Madhya Pradesh

  • 12th June Priyanka Gandhi, a senior Congress party leader, visited Madhya Pradesh (MP) state to kickstart her election campaign for the state assembly elections, where she announced promises of pension, free electricity, and agricultural loan waivers.

  • 27th June Prime Minister Modi visited Bhopal city in the state of Madhya Pradesh conducted the inauguration ceremony of the semi-high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, and launched various development projects. He also delivered a speech advocating the need for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to the BJP activists in the same city.

State of Karnataka

  • 15th, June The KN State Assembly decided to repeal the anti-conversion law that was passed under the previous BJP government in 2022.

State of Tamil Nadu

  • 11th June Home Minister Shah visited Tamil Nadu (TN) and participated in an election rally. During the rally, he emphasized the necessity of electing at least 25 National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Members of Parliament from TN in the 2024 general elections and expressed confidence in Prime Minister Modi's third term.

State of Rajasthan

  • 18th June Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi and the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started the election campaign for the 2024 general elections in Rajasthan (RJ) along with the Chief Minister of Punjab. They announced promises like free electricity and medical services and strongly criticized both the BJP and the Congress.

State of Chhattisgarh

  • 5th June In the Chhattisgarh (CG) state, an explosion device planted by Naxals exploded in the Bijapur district, injuring two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

  • 3rd June Home Minister Shah met with Naidu, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and the leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), triggering speculation in the local media about cooperation between BJP and TDP for the 2024 general elections.

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