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Sai Baba temple in Shirdi

Maharashtra opposition unites, wants Uddhav govt to reopen temples and mosques

While BJP plans to launch protest & AIMIM’s Imtiaz Jaleel has threatened to offer namaz on road, individual leaders from ruling NCP, Congress have also written to govt to open places of worship.

25 Covid-19 cases in Sangli Jayant Patil’s ‘punishment’ for criticising Modi: BJP

Maharashtra BJP spokesman Avdhut Wagh sought to link Patil's criticism of PM Modi over the nationwide lockdown to the steep number of COVID-19 cases in his constituency.

‘Shakti’ not ‘sakhti’ — Uddhav says as Maharashtra gears to make Marathi must in schools

Maha Vikas Aghadi govt is set to pass legislation today that will make teaching Marathi mandatory for all boards from 2020-21 academic year. 
Representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Chandrakant Dada Patil reappointed BJP’s Maharashtra unit chief

Mangal Prabhat Lodha was also reappointed as the party's Mumbai chief. The BJP said the appointments will be applicable with immediate effect.
Senior BJP leader Pankaja Munde holds a police baton during her rally in Parli, Maharashtra

Pankaja Munde dares BJP at Beed show of strength, slams party but says won’t quit

Without naming former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Pankaja Munde said she was ‘very pained’ at the way BJP tied up with NCP last month.
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Indians have small brains, BJP-Shiv Sena’s memory game and Kashmir’s ‘unofficial’ guests

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
BJP's Mumbai rally

Exit polls predict BJP will romp home in Haryana & Maharashtra

BJP is expected to win 66 of 90 seats in Haryana, says the ‘Poll of Exit Polls’. In Maharashtra, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is expected to bag 211 of 288 seats.
Devendra Fadnavis with Sharad Pawar

BJP has risen in Maharashtra by dismantling Sharad Pawar’s old empire piece by piece

NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s family has presided over a vast network of local elites for decades, creating a political equivalent of the gilded age.
File image of Union minister Nitin Gadkari | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

BJP clips Nitin Gadkari’s wings in Maharashtra, keeps him on fringes of poll campaign 

Of the 49 rallies Nitin Gadkari has addressed this poll season in Maharashtra, only one has been outside his home turf Vidarbha.
A protest to save Aarey prior to the Bombay High Courts order that allowed for the felling of trees

BJP candidates around Mumbai’s Aarey Colony say tree felling not a poll issue for voters

Sitting BJP MLAs and candidates say, on the campaign trail, voters have barely mentioned the cutting of trees for a Metro car shed at Aarey Colony.

On Camera

People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

Defence

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?