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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

‘Secular’ Congress’ Punjab poll campaign hinges on these 3 religious issues

The Congress has been attacking the Akalis and the Badals in particular over the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 and their control over the SGPC. 

How Modi’s 1984 riots attack on Congress could be turning point for BJP-SAD poll campaign

Congress had cornered Akalis on the 2015 sacrilege issue, but Modi’s anti-Sikh riots attack at Bathinda rally has given new life to BJP-SAD's defensive campaign.

Akali Dal wants to know status of rebel AAP MLAs in Punjab assembly

Akali Dal leader says AAP will lose numbers and will not be able to remain main opposition party if 7 AAP MLAs are disqualified by the Speaker.
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Bibi Jagir Kaur, acquitted in daughter’s death case, a Badal loyalist who became SGPC head

Through the 18 years of her trial in the case, Bibi Jagir Kaur never lost the support of Badals and Akali Dal.
File photo of JP Nadda, Ram Vilas Paswan, Harsimrat Kaur Badal talking to media

No Twitter celebrations this year as BJP allies stay silent on demonetisation

Silence of Shiv Sena, Akali Dal & LJP is in sharp contrast to unequivocal praise for demonetisation last year, which they celebrated as 'anti-black money day’.
File image of Niranjan Singh | YouTube

ED officer probing Punjab drug haul cases withdraws resignation days after quitting

ED officer Niranjan Singh had questioned Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia in connection with one of the drug haul cases.
Captain Amarinder Singh | Facebook

Congress and Akali Dal to now fight prestige battle in competitive rallies

Akali Dal is holding a ‘jabar vidroh rally’ outside Patiala Sunday, while Congress has chosen Killianwali in Muktsar for its ‘maha rally’.
File image of Niranjan Singh | YouTube

ED officer who questioned Akali leader Majithia in multi-crore drug bust case resigns

Niranjan Singh, a deputy director of the Enforcement Directorate, resigned citing "personal reasons".

There’s a cloud hanging over the Badals, and this report is the reason why

The report held Dera Sacha Sauda men responsible for the 2015 desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab. It has also put the Badals in the dock.
Captain Amarinder Singh

By disapproving of his Pakistan visit, Amarinder has thrown Sidhu to the wolves

The Punjab chief minister’s reaction will ensure that when the assembly meets Friday, the opposition will attack the minister, not him.

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Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

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An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.