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How opposition can summon lost MLAs with ‘black magic’ & Bihar is just what the doctor ordered

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In today’s featured cartoon, Kirtish Bhatt alludes to PM Narendra Modi’s remarks that no amount of “black magic” will save the Congress that took to the streets to protest price rise wearing black clothes earlier this month. In the illustration, a politician, while pointing to a poster (that reads “get lost MLAs back”), can be seen telling party colleagues: “Taking his (Prime Minister’s) remarks seriously, some tantrik even put his advertisement on our wall.”

R Prasad | Twitter/@rprasad66 | Economic Times

R. Prasad comments on how the Bharatiya Janata Party has lost the support of nearly all of its major allies since 2014, the most recent being Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar who walked out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to join the opposition.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter/@caricatured

Alok Nirantar too, refers to Bihar where CM Nitish Kumar told reporters Friday that while he has no prime ministerial ambitions, he is looking forward to playing a “positive role” in shoring up opposition unity in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Sajith Kumar | Twitter/@sajithkumar | The Deccan Herald

Sajith Kumar further draws on speculation that Nitish Kumar’s decision to walk out of the BJP-led NDA may have been motivated by personal ambitions ahead of 2024. Kumar, however, has denied having “any such thoughts” about him emerging as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Parliamentary elections.

EP Unny | The Indian Express

E.P. Unny presents his take on the process for election of the next Congress president, which is expected to begin in the last week of August. Sonia Gandhi has been running the party as interim president since MP Rahul Gandhi resigned from the top post in 2019, taking responsibility for the Congress’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls that year.

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