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Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (file) | ANI

What the elevation of an unrelenting Mamata critic in Bengal Congress means for 2021 polls

Adhir Chowdhury has been Bengal Congress chief before but his elevation now is significant as it comes ahead of 2021 polls and is further proof of Gandhis' confidence in him. 
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (file) | ANI

Bittu and Gogoi appointments in Lok Sabha not a snub to letter writers, Adhir Chowdhury says

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tells ThePrint senior leaders such as Manish Tewari & Shashi Tharoor had ‘preoccupations’.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Akin to curbing Parliament role’ — panel heads on being told not to pick sub-judice issues

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla told Parliamentary panel heads not to discuss sub-judice matters, but chairpersons say it will make the role of the panels ‘irrelevant’.
BJP president J.P. Nadda | Photo: ANI

Bengal BJP MPs say Mamata govt held no meetings of DISHA, Nadda tells them to ‘gherao’ DMs

BJP MPs have complained to party chief JP Nadda that no DISHA meetings were held since 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Ruling TMC says BJP is trying to defame the Bengal govt.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

BJP MPs oppose audit of PM CARES Fund at a parliamentary committee meeting

At the Public Accounts Committee meeting, most members, including 12 from BJP, also opposed panel chairman & Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury’s suggestion to discuss Covid.
Narendra Modi and Jawaharlal Nehru | YouTube

Modi is not Nehru, sacrifice of soldiers won’t go in vain: BJP’s message on Galwan deaths

BJP senior leaders have criticised Congress for asking why PM Modi was silent. But the party will also look for political consensus for any response to the border clash.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (file) | ANI

Rahul and Priyanka have mass appeal but Congress won’t vanish without them: Adhir Chowdhury

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, also said that Rahul and Priyanka alone cannot be held responsible for the Congress’ woes.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
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.