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National Events in May 1997

1st May

Six more inducted in Union Cabinet including Mr. P. Chidambaram and Mr. S. Jaipal Reddy.

3rd May

Mr. Vijay Pradhan, additional senior counsel for Srikrishna Commission, probing 1992-93 riots in Mumbai, resigns. He is not allowed to cross-examine Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Joshi.

5th May

Election Commission serves show-cause notice on Congress(I) for non-compliance with directive to complete organisational elections by May 31.

6th May

A Delhi court orders framing of charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption against former Prime Minister, Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao, and 19 others in Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MPs bribery case.

Twelve persons killed and eight seriously injured in two blasts in east Delhi.

7th May

Seventeen CRPF jawans and a Home Guard killed and six severely injured in an ambush by insurgents at Chelagang-Khumling in South Tripura.

Three persons killed and two injured as police open fire to quell violence by a 10,000-strong mob at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu.

8th May

Ms. Sonia Gandhi enrols as primary member of Congress(I).

Election Commission gives Congress(I) time till July 15 for holding organisational elections.

Sivakasi and neighbouring areas ``sealed'' off by armed youth, protesting against police firing.

9th May

An accused in the fodder scam, Hareesh Khandelwal, commits suicide by jumping before train at Dhanbad in Bihar.

At least 71 persons killed and nine injured when a truck carrying a marriage party plunges into gorge near Gasota in Hamerpur district of Himachal Pradesh.

Suspected insurgents shoot dead A.C. Kumar, DIG of Village Volunteer Force and Special Security Bureau under Union Home Ministry, in Lamphal area, Imphal.

In continuing violence in southern Tamil Nadu, a TMC councillor is attacked and houses of policemen are ransacked. Attempts are made to derail a train and set fire to temple precincts.

10th May

CBI seeks sanction of Bihar Governor, Dr. A.R. Kidwai, for prosecuting Chief Minister, Mr. Laloo Yadav, his two Cabinet colleagues, the Union Minister, Mr. Chandradeo Prasad Verma, and former C.M., Dr. Jagannath Mishra, in fodder scam case.

Kamarajar district, which has seen unabated violence for a week over formation of Veeran Sundaralingam Transport Corporation, limps back to normality.

12th May

Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan agree to set up joint working groups on a range of issues to be identified by Foreign Secretaries.

Banned Maoist Communist Centre guns down 13 persons in two separate incidents in Bihar.

13th May

CBI seeks sanction of the Centre to prosecute a number of former public servants in Rs. 64-crore Bofors payoffs case.

15th May

CBI seeks Presidential sanction to prosecute Union Minister of State for Rural Areas and Employment, Mr. Chandradeo Prasad Verma, in fodder scam case.

The All-Party Hurriyat Conference leader, Mr. Yaseen Malik, released from Tihar jail.

A Delhi court discharges former Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, in the Jain hawala case.

16th May

Police fire buckshots at two places in Madurai as mobs go on rampage in protest against damage to the Ambedkar statue at Valliyoor.

The Tamil Nadu Government's offer to bifurcate the operation of Veeran Sundaralingam Transport Corporation services to end caste clashes is rejected by community leaders.

Discussion on contentious women's reservation Bill is put off in Lok Sabha following opposition from large section of ruling UF's constituents.

17th May

Janata Dal president, Mr. Laloo Yadav drops Rural Development Minister, Mr. Rammai Ram, from party National Council.

Two workers belonging to Mamsapuram near Srivilliputtur ``burnt alive'' at neighbouring Edayankulam by its residents who took them hostage.

19th May

Former Minister, Mr. S. Thirunavukkarasu, expelled from AIADMK for ``anti-party'' activities.

Patna High Court disapproves of CBI decision to seek sanction of authorities to file chargesheets against Chief Minister and 55 others in fodder scam case.

21st May

Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar, Mr. Devashish Gupta, removed from office by the State Government following Election Commission directive.

In a departure from rigid non-proliferation policy towards sub- continent, Clinton administration drops demand seeking to roll back nuclear and missile capabilities of India.

22nd May

At least 40 persons are killed and over 300 injured in earthquake which hit Jabalpur city.

23rd May

Bihar's Revenue Minister, Mr. Inder Singh Namdhari, resigns from the Cabinet without giving reason.

The former Union Minister, Dr. Jagannath Mishra decides to boycott the election process of the Congress(I) in Bihar.

Clinton administration formally imposes export curbs on Bharat Electronics Ltd., Bangalore, suspecting it of contributing to country's missile development.

Delhi High Court quashes orders placed by Department of Telecommunications with private companies for supply of equipment during Mr. Sukh Ram's tenure as Communications Minister.

Mr. Rajesh Pilot, CWC member, announces that he will contest for party president.

AIADMK expels from the party all seven Rajya Sabha members who supported Mr. Thirunavukkarasu.

The body of controversial former chief of Tarn Taran district police, Ajit Singh Sandhu, is recovered from rail track near Bhakharpur, about 30 km from Chandigarh.

25th May

Seven Pakistani infiltrators are killed in encounter with BSF in Ranbir Singh Pora.

In a bid to break the deadlock on naming transport corporation after caste leaders in southern districts, Tamil Nadu Government agrees to create a new bus corporation named after Pulithevan.

26th May

India and Peru sign six framework agreements covering cooperation in technical, tourism and agricultural sectors.

27th May

Mr. Ajit Kumar, Secretary (Coordination) in Cabinet Secretariat, will be new Defence Secretary.

Madras High Court orders release on bail of Ms. Sasikala Natarajan and Mr. V. Bhaskaran, her nephew, both accused of FERA violation.

28th May

Special Judge, Mr. V.B. Gupta, discharges Mr. Arjun Singh, Mr. N. D. Tiwari, Mr. Madhavrao Scindia and Mr. R. K. Dhawan, former Union Ministers, in the Jain hawala case.

29th May

Pakistani army fires rockets on Indian defence installations, forward posts and BSF pickets in Mondhar sector of Poonch.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, visits clash-hit southern districts and announces Rs. 10 lakhs for providing relief to victims in addition to Rs. 25 lakhs already disbursed.

30th May

Bihar Chief Minister, Mr. Laloo Yadav serves show-cause notice on returning officer for Janata Dal organisational elections, Mr. Samanta Ray, for defying his directive to hold election in Patna.

31st May

Delhi High Court restrains Janata Dal presidential candidate and Bihar Chief Minister, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, from interfering in poll process.

BJP bags two Assembly seats and East Delhi Lok Sabha seat and Congress(I) wrests Molakalamaru seat in Karnataka in May 29 byelections.

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