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Former Union minister Jaswant Singh passed away Sunday after having been in a coma for six years | Photo: Pankaj Nangia | By special arrangement

Jaswant Singh — communicator, crisis manager, man of letters and a student of history

Jaswant Singh, a former Army officer, served as external affairs, defence and finance minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's governments from 1998 to 2004.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya in a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

BJP promotes youth, doesn’t keep them on wait-list, new Yuva Morcha chief Tejasvi Surya says

Tejasvi Surya thanks BJP after the party names him president of its youth wing. He also says Amit Shah has assured him of setting up an NIA branch in Bengaluru soon.
A file photo of Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. | Photo: ANI

Subramanian Swamy drags PMO into row with Amit Malviya, Tajinder Bagga questions his loyalty

In a tweet after Malviya was retained as IT head in BJP's new team, Swamy accused a PMO official of running fake tweets campaign against him.
Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (L) and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Sena MP Sanjay Raut meets BJP ex-CM Fadnavis, says ‘we are not enemies’

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said CM Uddhav Thackeray was aware of the meeting, while Maharashtra BJP asserted there was no political angle to it.
Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal (right) with her husband, Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal | File photo: ANI

BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal quits NDA over farm bills

The decision, announced by Sukhbir Badal, was taken at Akali Dal core committee meeting. Badal said govt didn't listen to the Akalis in honouring sentiments of farmers.
BJP leader Rajesh Agrawal | Twitter | @mrajeshagrawal

BJP picks treasurer after 6 years, former UP minister will hold post with Madhya Pradesh MP

Rajesh Agrawal will take over as BJP treasurer six years after Piyush Goyal, the last incumbent, was elevated to the Union Cabinet in the first Modi term.
(L-R) BJP leaders Mukul Roy, Anupam Hazra and Raju Bista | Facebook

In Mukul Roy’s elevation as BJP vice-president, a message for Trinamool turncoats

Three leaders from Bengal were Saturday picked for the BJP’s national team of office-bearers. They are Mukul Roy, Anupam Hazra and Raju Bista.
Ram Madhav, Tejasvi Surya and Mukul Roy | Twitter and PTI

Ram Madhav out & Tejasvi Surya, Mukul Roy in — Nadda’s BJP rejig with a touch of BL Santhosh

In the organisational reshuffle, J.P. Nadda dropped senior leaders like Muralidhar Rao, Anil Jain, but retained Vasundhara Raje and Raman Singh. 
File photo of BJP leader Tejasvi Surya

Tejasvi Surya named youth wing head, Anil Baluni chief spokesperson in BJP’s new team

In the latest reshuffle of the party's national office bearers, BJP's Ram Madhav, P Muralidhar Rao, Saroj Pandey and Anil Jain have been replaced with newcomers.
MP ministers Tulsi Silawat (left) and Govind Singh Rajput | Twitter and Facebook

2 Scindia loyalists could lose ministerial berth as EC delays MP bypoll date announcement

Tulsi Silawat and Govind Singh Rajput should be elected to MP assembly by 21 October as they have taken oath on 21 April. But election seems unlikely to be held by that time.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.
RBI

RBI reschedules Monetary Policy Committee meeting, new dates to be announced soon

The panel was scheduled to meet for three days beginning 29 September for RBI's bi-monthly monetary policy review. RBI did not give any reason for rescheduling the meet.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.