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SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal addresses a workers rally at Ludhiana Saturday | By special arrangement

Akalis could look at BSP for alliance, and BJP at a new SAD, as curtains fall on old ties

SAD-BJP break-up could see a tectonic shift in Punjab’s electoral ecosystem with Akalis expecting to gain enormously from the move and BJP set to lose ground.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC defers hearing on plea against merger of 6 Rajasthan MLAs from BSP with Congress

The petition by a BJP MLA said the MLAs have been wrongly allowed by the Rajasthan assembly speaker to merge with the Congress. The hearing has been deferred to 24 August.
Manu statue in front of the Rajasthan High Court | Facebook/@RajasthanHC

Rajasthan High Court issues notice to Speaker over 6 BSP MLAs merger with Congress

BJP MLA Madan Dilawar and BSP national secretary Satish Mishra filed an appeal against the order that refused to stay the functioning of the BSP MLAs as Congress legislators.
(From left to right) Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. | Photo: ThePrint

Why Congress, SP and BSP plan to maintain ‘silence’ on Ram Mandir event

The leaderships of these parties have instructed their UP leaders to refrain from staging any kind of protest, or raising the issue of social distancing.
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow | PTI

The Brahmin-Thakur ‘war’ in UP can end well for Mayawati. BSP’s 2007 playbook can be handy

The dominance of Thakurs in Uttar Pradesh’s power corridors was already absolute. Yogi’s silence on ‘Brahmin oppression’ has added insult to injury.
Manu statue in front of the Rajasthan High Court | Facebook/@RajasthanHC

New plea in Rajasthan HC challenges speaker’s decision on BSP MLAs joining Congress

BJP MLA Madan Dilawar Tuesday filed a fresh plea in the Rajasthan High Court after it dismissed his earlier petition as 'having become infructuous' post the speaker's order.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot at his residence Monday with MLAs who are supporting him (representational image) | Photo: Rohit Jain Paras | ThePrint

Was the 6 BSP MLAs’ merger with Congress in Rajasthan legal? The law is not settled

Rajasthan HC dismissed BJP MLA Madan Dilawar’s plea against Speaker CP Joshi’s ‘inaction’, but now that merger has been accepted, Dilawar plans to challenge it.
File photo of Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha building

BSP issues whip to 6 MLAs to vote against Congress in case of Rajasthan assembly floor test

The party general secretary Satish Chandra Misra said if the BSP MLAs voted against the party whip, they were liable for disqualification from the assembly.
Congress MLAs Giriraj Singh Malinga (R) and Rajinder Gudha in Jaipur Monday | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Sachin Pilot offered me Rs 35 crore to join BJP, says Congress MLA

Congress MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga, who represents the Bari constituency, says he informed Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot about Pilot’s 'offer'.
File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati | Nand Kumar/PTI

Mayawati terms Kejriwal’s move to reserve Delhi hospitals for its residents ‘unfortunate’

The BSP leader said people from all over the country come to Delhi for work and demanded the Centre to intervene in the matter.

On Camera

Time to expand America’s footprint in India. A new consulate will be a good start

On the heels of the US and China closing consulates in each other’s country, the symbolism alone would be particularly significant.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

India’s current account surplus rises to $19.8 billion in June quarter

The current account surplus stood at $0.6 billion in the March quarter while there was a current account deficit of $15 billion in the year-ago period.

Defence

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

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
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.