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Jyotiradtiya Scindia and Priyanka Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi

Why Congress, and not SP-BSP, is prime target of Modi and Yogi in UP

BJP's 2019 hopes rest hugely on a 22% group in UP, which helped it bag 42% vote share and 71 seats in 2014. But which group is it, and what is Congress up to?
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,

Mayawati & Mulayam share stage for the first time in 24 years

SP's Mulayam Singh and BSP's Mayawati had a fall out after their ruling coalition in UP crashed in 1995.
Supreme Court of India

Mayawati challenges EC ban on campaigning, Supreme Court shoots it down

The Supreme Court said it was satisfied with the Election Commission's action against politicians' alleged hate speeches.

EC bars Adityanath, Mayawati from campaigning for a few days for making communal remarks

BSP chief Mayawati was issued notice for her speech in Deoband while UP CM Adityanath was pulled up for his 'Bajrang Bali' remarks in Meerut.
PM Narendra Modi bows in front of B.R. Ambedkar's portrait on Ambedkar Jayanti in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

You can be a Hindu nationalist and an Ambedkarite both

It would be a disservice to the legacy of BR Ambedkar if the present generation of Communists is allowed to monopolise Ambedkarism.
Gen-next leaders

Few alliances that Congress is stitching will also be undone by mahagathbandhan cracks

While there is a complete uncertainty about the so-called mahagathbandhan led by Congress, the NDA already has the support of 39 political parties.
File photo of Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav is a winner even before the 2019 elections have begun

By pulling off the unlikely SP-BSP alliance, Akhilesh Yadav has shown he has greater gumption to take on Modi than the Congress.
BSP chief Mayawati | PTI Photo/Nand Kumar

Mayawati chides Congress for creating confusion, says SP-BSP-RLD can defeat BJP on its own

BSP chief Mayawati said the Congress can contest all Lok Sabha seats in the UP if it wanted instead of creating confusion by leaving some.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a hospital in Meerut | PTI

Priyanka Gandhi met Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad but the message was for Mayawati

Dalits’ new age icon Chandrashekhar Azad can disturb UP’s political equations in polls. With Priyanka Gandhi’s visit, he may already have.
Elephant statues at Ambedkar Memorial Park

Mayawati has to reimburse money spent on elephant statues, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court bench has a tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent to the state exchequer.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.