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In photos: Amit Shah tells UP to choose between dynasty and development as he backs Smriti Irani

Saturday saw BJP president Amit Shah carry out a roadshow for Smriti Irani, the party's candidate to take on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

In photos, Modi woos traders by announcing collateral-free loan & other schemes

PM Modi at the convention also announced that if re-elected, he would form a National Traders' Welfare Board.

In photos: UP’s Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar go to polls in first phase voting

ThePrint brings images from Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar constituencies.

In photos: BJP launches Lok Sabha elections manifesto, promises a ‘New India’ by 2022

In its manifesto, the ruling BJP has promised to take India to new heights by focusing on national security, lowering taxes, and reducing poverty in the next five years.

Haryana BJP eyes repeat of Lok Sabha feat, to deploy 3 lakh panna-pramukhs for state polls

In the Lok Sabha elections, 2 lakh panna-pramukhs were involved by the BJP to micro-manage the electorate.
A worker carries Bharatiya Janata Party flags for distribution ahead of an election campaign (representational image) | PTI

BJP got 93% of the Rs 985 crore corporates donated to national parties in 2016-18

According to a survey by ADR, six national parties together received more money in 2016-17 & 2017-18 than the previous four years combined.
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AAP’s Raghav Chadha challenges South Delhi election result in Delhi High Court

Raghav Chadha seeks setting aside of BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri's election win for 'concealing FIR', wants himself declared the winner.

Opposition parties should respect Modi’s mandate, not blame EVMs

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.
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The Left is dead, but India deserves a new Left that dares to think afresh

It would be tragic if the Left were to disappear. For all its failures, it played a critical role in maintaining India’s democratic character.
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New Modi govt could see ministries merging to push ‘minimum govt, maximum governance’ goal

Modi govt is expected to merge key infrastructure ministries such as highways, shipping, railways and aviation or health and pharmaceuticals.

Amartya Sen draws lessons from 2019 elections & C Rangarajan says next govt must boost growth

Judging a victory Amartya Sen | Nobel laureate in economics, professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University The Indian Express Amartya Sen raises several concerns over the 2019 Lok Sabha elections verdict. He says since BJP cornered 37 per cent of the vote, there should have been more and stronger alliances among opposition parties. Also, the coalitions that emerged ought to have had an “agreed vision” rather than being just anti-BJP. He regrets the absence of discussion on the “ideological difference” between BJP’s perspective – based on its “Hindu identity”— and the integrated vision of a “common identity of Indians”, regardless of religion. On the BJP, Sen says the party and PM Modi have “excellent grounds” to be happy with their victory, but they ought to be disappointed by media criticism worldwide of the "ways and means of securing BJP’s victory". He is concerned by the lack of a "level-playing field" for...
Rahul Gandhi at a press conference | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

No end to Rahul resignation saga, old Congress traits crop up as workers hold hunger strike

Congress workers go on hunger strike, protest outside Rahul Gandhi's Delhi residence as state units plan to pass resolutions urging him to stay on.

BJP’s Haryana sweep leaves legacy of the 3 formidable Lals in tatters

For decades Haryana politics was dominated by ex-CMs Bansi Lal, Devi Lal and Bhajan Lal but their descendants were all routed in the Lok Sabha polls.
File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi. | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Yogendra Yadav: Respecting people’s mandate doesn’t mean worshipping those who win elections

It is easy to see the Congress’ failures, but it would be foolish to blame only the Congress.
PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Modi and Amit Shah should worry: No party winning such a huge mandate has retained it

BJP should remember what happened to Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi after massive victories in 1971 and 1984.
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Shashi Tharoor: Obituaries for Congress premature. Here are 9 ways to correct its course

Congress is rightly accused of having lost touch with the grassroots in many states. It must focus more on local government elections.

Rahul’s Left-leaning aides helped Modi brand Congress ‘deshdrohi’, blogs party media head

Congress' national media coordinator Rachit Seth, who has deleted his blog post, had listed reasons why BJP was able to successfully brand Congress “anti-national”.
Narendra Modi outside Parliament House

Borrowing costs fall after Modi’s win, revive bond sales

Potential for reforms after Modi’s comprehensive win is likely to improve flow of foreign capital to corporates & that's good news for credit markets.

MP Speaker gets Assembly guards for his home after govt downsizes his security

The Madhya Pradesh government had reduced security cover for Speaker N. P. Prajapati during the model code of conduct.

How social media memes became a political weapon to woo first-time voters

Ahead of the 2019 elections, memes helped create a ‘Pappu’ image for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, while lionising Narendra Modi as a ‘powerful leader’.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters

Why Amit Shah kept Narendra Modi company on his Gujarat, Varanasi visits

PM-elect Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah left Delhi for two days Sunday, together visiting both their constituencies in UP & Gujarat.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat | PIB

Don’t politicise Indian armed forces. Just look at what it did to our police

Deployment of armed forces in Jammu & Kashmir over the past three decades is the single biggest factor in politicisation of armed forces.
File photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Modi’s return spells end of the road for Sharad Pawar, the PM candidate forever

The BJP’s overwhelming majority and the NCP’s rout in the Lok Sabha election has completely shattered Sharad Pawar’s national ambitions.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Modi must take hard decisions to change India’s image as a soft state

Modi must advance national security through fundamental reforms, just as his tax and regulatory overhaul is set to boost economic growth.
Tejashwi Yadav

Poll rout leads to rumblings within RJD, questions raised over Tejashwi’s leadership

The RJD had its worst-ever showing in a Lok Sabha election, failing to win a single seat of the 19 it contested in Bihar.
PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Prasoon Joshi calls out the “mean-spiritedness” & “negativity” of those who criticised Modi

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
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A new ‘angelic’ Narendra Modi as ‘fringe’ takes charge under his government

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Mainpuri: Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, his son and party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati during their joint election campaign rally in Mainpuri, Friday,

Parties like SP-BSP & RJD are not the future of social justice politics in India, people are

As long as there is discrimination based on caste and class, the politics of social justice will remain relevant in India.
Rahul Gandhi hugs Narendra Modi in Parliament | YouTube screengrab

How Rahul Gandhi could have defeated Narendra Modi

Modi is not invincible. A smarter Rahul Gandhi could have defeated him.
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It’s down to 86-yr-old Deve Gowda to revive JD(S) as family politics, poll rout threaten party

Former PM Deve Gowda will have to step up to resurrect JD(S), which has seen a shift of its voter base, while having to deal with his family's ambitions.
PM Narendra Modi

In the next five years, Modi will need to fulfil promises without blaming Congress

The argument that Modi is carrying the burden of 70 years will neither impress the unemployed youth nor the aspirational middle classes.
File photo | Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former president Sonia Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, in New Delhi | PTI

Congress’ death-wish could leave 12 crore Indians in limbo

Congress isn’t giving up & wants Rahul Gandhi to restructure it. Problem is, he already has.
Pragya Singh Thakur

Politicians accused of terror, corruption, murder ride massive majorities into Lok Sabha

Apart from BJP’s Pragya Thakur, Congress & DMK’s corruption-accused candidates as well as a UP don’s brother have been voted into Parliament this time.
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Thrown out of WhatsApp group, AAP leader Alka Lamba plans to quit party by 2020

Lamba was removed from the official AAP WhatsApp group after she sought accountability from AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on defeat in Lok Sabha polls.