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In today’s featured cartoon, Alok Nirantar alludes to the split in the Shiv Sena caused by the Eknath Shinde-led revolt — allegedly engineered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s camp — which led to the rebel faction tying up with the BJP and forming a new government in Maharashtra. Hearing pleas from the Thackeray camp Wednesday, the Supreme Court directed the state assembly Speaker to maintain status quo on disqualification notices issued to MLAs supporting Thackeray till 1 August, the next date of hearing.
Manjul takes a jibe at former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar — known for his public criticism of the Mamata Banerjee government in the state — who is now the National Democratic Alliance’s vice presidential nominee.
Satish Acharya has a take on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council’s decision to levy 5 per cent GST on pre-packaged and labelled food items, including curd. In the illustration, he refers to the dahi handi (pot of curd) — a tradition during Janmashtami (birth of Lord Krishna) in which individuals contest in teams, making human pyramids to smash an earthen pot of curd.
Sajith Kumar takes a dig at the media as he refers to the Indian rupee’s fall against the US dollar.