Tuesday, Dec 26, 2023

RSS affiliate on one side, lines sharpen between tribals, ‘converted’ section in Jharkhand

December 26, 2023 15:08 IST

Growing pressure that 'converted' tribals be stripped of benefits of ST status, as Janjaatiya Suraksha Manch convenor argues that Adivasis are essentially Hindus


From the Urdu Press: ‘INDIA needs to put up a common front’, ‘Siddaramaiah must walk the talk over hijab’

December 26, 2023 14:42 IST

INDIA partners need to remain alert to any bids that could cleave their unity, says Siasat, talking about proposal to name Mallikarjun Kharge as the alliance's PM candidate

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Mamata faces blowback over 4% DA hike as govt staff, Oppn flag 36% gap

December 26, 2023 10:53 IST

Demanding parity with central staff’s DA, Bengal govt employees’ joint body is set to intensify its stir, even as Oppn has dismissed Mamata’s move as 'crumbs' ahead of LS polls

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit the flood-ravaged district of Thoothukudi in south Tamil Nadu on Tuesday to review the situation with the district collector.

Today in Politics: Amit Shah, JP Nadda in Kolkata to review BJP’s Bengal strategy; Nirmala Sitharaman to visit flood-hit TN district

December 26, 2023 10:46 IST

Plus, PM Narendra Modi will participate in an event in Delhi marking “Veer Baal Diwas”.

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As Mayawati keeps Opposition at a distance, push from within BSP to join INDIA alliance

December 26, 2023 10:28 IST

A section of BSP says if the party has to arrest its electoral slide, it has to expand beyond its Jatav base and that cannot happen if it does not join hands with other Opposition parties.

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Discontent flares over rejigged Karnataka BJP as Yatnal cites KGF to target Yediyurappa’s ‘KJP-2’

December 26, 2023 08:24 IST

Yediyurappa’s opponents are upset over his son Vijayendra’s move to pack the new state unit with his loyalists, with Yatnal calling it 'KJP-2’ in a reference to the former's erstwhile splinter outfit Karnataka Janata Paksha

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Kejriwal and vipassana: When the twain meet

December 26, 2023 09:17 IST

From its first poll win, in 2013 Assembly elections, the AAP convenor has frequently attended vipassana sessions, often during times of political upheaval and after hectic election campaigns.


Congress takes small steps, but will they be enough to escape the long winter?

December 26, 2023 13:17 IST

The recent reshuffle of the AICC Secretariat was a non-event, but there has been some plain speaking and a recalibration of expectations

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Thrust on OBCs, fewer Scindia men in Madhya Pradesh’s new council of ministers

December 26, 2023 09:42 IST

Senior leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya, Prahlad Patel included; of the 5 MPs who won recent Assembly polls, only 1 left out

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Elections nearing, BJD pushes ‘regional pride’ narrative to project ‘party of Odisha’ image

December 25, 2023 20:44 IST

The Naveen Patnaik government is all set to organise an international Odia language conference in the state in February, the latest step in its drive to promote the language.

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Decode politics: What prompted BJP Gujarat govt to tweak 63-yr-old prohibition law

December 25, 2023 19:46 IST

Opposition slams move to lift prohibition in GIFT City area, but govt recognises need for it as Gujarat courts a global image; BJP leaders say may be "trial run" for possible decisions in the future

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Mimicry row: Kalyan Banerjee is old-time Mamata lieutenant, voice of TMC old guard

December 26, 2023 05:19 IST

The 66-yr-old MP is as known for his controversial remarks as for representing his party in important legal proceedings such as Rizwanur Rehman, Nandigram and Singur cases

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‘Sabke Ram’ pitch to ‘Akshat’ campaign, Sangh Parivar steps up for Ayodhya Temple as BJP gets LS theme song

December 26, 2023 01:39 IST

BJP camp feels the Ram Temple opening along with abrogation of Article 370 would tie in with other pledges the party has fulfilled as part of ‘Modi’s guarantees’.

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The election war chest: How INDIA bloc and NDA compare on financesPremium Story

December 26, 2023 08:39 IST

Between 2018-19 and 2021-22, the BJP, which accounts for almost all of the NDA’s financial strength, has outstripped the Congress-led Opposition coalition

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: How former PM straddled an ideological divide to bring BJP to powerPremium Story

December 25, 2023 19:46 IST

Vajpayee, whose birth anniversary is on Monday, spoke an inclusive language without being overtly secular and led the BJP during its post-Babri period of political isolation.

A Christmas card with PM Narendra Modi's greetings delivered to Muthuplackal Joseph and his son Siju by BJP leaders Aji Kumar and Arun Thomas in Kannur. (Express Photo)

In Kerala, BJP rings in Christmas with personal visits to Christian families

December 25, 2023 19:46 IST

In Kerala, the BJP is looking to cash in on the growing chasm between the Congress and Christian population.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee addressing the nation on 19.5.1996 for the first time after assuming office. Express archive photo

Today in Politics: BJP to commemorate Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, MP Cabinet expansion

December 25, 2023 19:46 IST

Plus, after last week’s controversy over the suspension of Opposition MPs from Parliament, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar has invited Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge to his official residence for a discussion.

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As Centre steps in to suspend WFI, deciphering what forced BJP’s handPremium Story

December 25, 2023 12:24 IST

At a time when the ruling party had the Opposition cornered over the Dhankhar mimicry episode, the row triggered by the election of Brij Bhushan Singh’s aide as WFI president is likely to have threatened the party’s Jat outreach.

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As Priyanka departs, UP Congress not surprised: ‘She never returned (after 2022 loss)’

December 25, 2023 10:13 IST

She has been replaced by Avinash Pande who is known for his organisational skills. Party leaders say, “We need a leader like him now.”

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Amid struggles, seat-sharing divides MVA as Uddhav Sena, state Congress spar

December 25, 2023 08:15 IST

While Shiv Sena (UBT) claims it will contest 23 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Congress eyeing 25-26 tickets

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor and TDP general secretary Chandrababu Naidu. (File)

Decode Politics: Why Prashant Kishor met Chandrababu Naidu

December 24, 2023 23:37 IST

While I-PAC, the company Kishor co-founded and was previously associated with, is advising Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, a company run by two former associates of the poll strategist is working with the TDP.

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As Maratha quota pot simmers, why Maharashtra BJP is treading cautiously on caste census question

December 25, 2023 02:06 IST

Even as RSS clarifies its position on caste census after a functionary criticised it, BJP instructs its leaders not to make “contradictory remarks” on the issue.

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Decode Politics: Why ‘Modi guarantees’ will be BJP’s key poll pitch in 2024

December 24, 2023 16:24 IST

At the meeting of the BJP’s national office-bearers that concluded on Saturday, the thrust was on making Modi guarantees central to the party’s welfare narrative for the campaign.

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Today in Politics: After Congress reshuffle, a question arises: Who will become Rajasthan LoP?

December 24, 2023 16:35 IST

Plus, the removal of Jadavpur University’s officiating vice-chancellor Buddhadeb Sau from his post on disciplinary grounds, a day before the university’s convocation ceremony on Sunday, could set the stage for a new round of confrontation between Bose and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).

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Congress rejigs leadership team: Priyanka relieved of UP charge, Sachin Pilot gets key responsibility

December 24, 2023 16:36 IST

With Ashok Gehlot included in a national alliance committee earlier this week and now Pilot given a role outside the state, Congress could be looking at a new face for Rajasthan’s Leader of the Opposition.