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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally at Barasat, in 24 Pargana North on 12 April. | Photo: ANI

Modi, Shah, Mamata or Rahul, no one cares about EC Covid warning & rallies continue as usual

Campaigning in Bengal is carrying on as BJP lined up 3 rallies of PM Modi Monday, while Home Minister Amit Shah addressed 2 and Mamata 4. Rahul Gandhi will begin from 14 April.
(From left) Samajwadi Party leader Ram Sagar Rawat; Srikala, wife of ‘gangster-turned-politician’ Dhananjay Singh; 2015 Miss India runner-up Diksha Singh; and former MP Seema Upadhyay | Image: ThePrint

Miss India runner-up, former MPs — UP panchayat polls grab eyeballs with bigshot candidates

Candidates for this week’s UP panchayat polls include former MPs Ram Sagar Rawat and Seema Upadhyay, and model Diksha Singh, a runner-up of 2015 Miss India pageant.

The ‘two lines’ lesson Rahul Gandhi can learn from Congress’ Assam campaign

On 2 May, the Congress party’s poll strategy in Assam may or may not pay electoral dividends but it’s a template Rahul Gandhi may like to explore.
File photo of Kuldeep Singh Sengar | Facebook

BJP pulls Sengar’s wife out of polls after criticism, but villagers say ex-MLA’s a ‘good man’

BJP had nominated rape convict Kuldeep Sengar's wife Sangeeta for the upcoming UP panchayat polls, but withdrew her name after a week.
Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma flashes the victory sign after his new party TIPRA Motha won the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council elections Saturday | Photo: ANI

Why ex-Congress leader ‘Maharaj’ Pradyot Debbarma could now hold key to 2023 Tripura polls

Pradyot Manikya’s TIPRA Motha & its ally INPT won 18 seats in tribal areas’ district council polls, while BJP won 9 and its partner IPFT drew a blank.
The Delhi Gymkhana Club | Photo: delhigymkhana.org.in

British Empire’s sun hasn’t set on Indian officers’ clubs — centre of civil-military tussle

In ‘India’s Power Elite’, Sanjaya Baru writes that BJP’s greater political prominence to military heroes has not always raised their profile within the power elite.
File photo of Vijayendra (seated) with his father Yediyurappa (standing behind him) at the religious convention | Twitter: @BYVijayendra

Yediyurappa can’t be without BJP, BJP can’t be without Yediyurappa, says son Vijayendra

B.Y. Vijayendra, the Karnataka BJP vice-president, says Yediyurappa and BJP are synonymous; CM will complete term, deliver what he promised to people.
TMC candidate Rabindra Nath Ghosh, wearing a helmet for safety, interacts with security personnel during 4th phase of West Bengal polls, in Cooch Behar | PTI

Another 71 CAPF companies sent to West Bengal amid poll-related violence

Till now, a total of 1,000 companies were earmarked for the conduct of elections in the state that has 294 assembly seats.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is welcomed by supporters at Sagardighi Railway Station in Murshidabad, in March 2021 | ANI

‘Making Muslims scapegoat for Mamata’s failure’: Owaisi hits out at Kishor ‘appeasement’ clip

Owaisi was referring to audio clips released by BJP where Prashant Kishor is purportedly heard addressing journalists during an interaction on invite-only chat app Club House.
A Green Chick Chop outlet in Gurugram has put up a notice to announce the ban on sale of raw meat on Tuesdays. Photo by Shubhangi Misra. | ThePrint

How Gurugram is divided over ‘unfair & unjust’ no-meat Tuesdays

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

On Camera

Deserted road at Marine drive as Maharashtra govt announced weekend lockdown due to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai on 10 April, 2021 | PTI

Deserted roads bring back nightmare of demand slump for Indian fuel companies

It’s an ominous sign for India, where fuel consumption still hasn’t fully recovered from last year’s national lockdown that saw oil demand fall to the lowest since 2007.

Defence

Representational image. | A file photo of a UPEIDA board meeting. | Photo: Twitter/@upeidaofficial

67 MoUs, 22 deals signed, 17 given land — UP defence corridor project racing after 2 years

Response from foreign manufacturers has been lukewarm. But three big names including Tata Technologies have lined up to invest.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.