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For Congress-JD(S), this election is more than just about a good Lok Sabha result

Karnataka's Congress-JD(S) coalition has been surviving on a wafer-thin majority and any setback in LS polls will give BJP a chance to topple the government.

Karnataka crisis: Can horse-trading be checked or should it be accepted as part of politics?

The Karnataka Congress called a legislature party meeting Friday to address the issue of horse trading in the state and put up a show of strength. The Congress also warned that action would be taken against absentees. This comes amid rumours of MLAs defecting to the opposition camp. The blame game between the BJP and the fragile JD(S)-Congress coalition continues, even as the BJP flew its 104 MLAs to a hotel in Gurugram. ThePrint asks: Karnataka crisis: Can horse-trading be checked or should it be accepted as part of politics? There should be zero tolerance for anybody who defects from a party Rajeev Gowda MP, Congress Speakers should do the job that they are constitutionally assigned to do – to disqualify any member who leaves the party he/she is affiliated to and on whose ticket he/she was elected. In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, we have had MLAs who left their parties and defected to the ruling party....
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BJP attacks Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy for his ‘shoot mercilessly’ remark

The Karnataka CM was recorded telling police to shoot the accused in a murder case, remarks the chief minister later dismissed as an 'emotional outburst'.
Bellary

Why winning Ballari is a matter of prestige for Congress and BJP

Once a Congress stronghold, Ballari saw Sonia Gandhi beat Sushma Swaraj before the controversial Reddy brothers delivered the seat to BJP for 14 years.   
Anitha Kumaraswamy (C) with H.D. Kumaraswamy (L) | Facebook

Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha wins Ramanagara assembly seat in bypolls

BJP state chief Yeddyurappa's son Raghavendra is ahead of former CM Bangarappa's son Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S) by 36,351 votes in the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat.  
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Kumaraswamy might be Karnataka CM, but big brother Revanna remains ‘Super CM’

A hardworking politician, it is said if Revanna recommends a file, Kumaraswamy signs it without question. He also serves as the Deve Gowda family’s astrologer.
H.D. Kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy announces Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver for Karnataka farmers

The Karnataka Chief Minister also limited the loan amount to Rs 2 lakh, as it was 'not right' to waive higher value crop loan.
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Kumaraswamy strikes conciliatory note, reaches out to Congress on budget, welfare schemes

Karnataka CM dismisses reports of rift in JD(S)-Congress coalition after Siddaramaiah videos emerge, tells ThePrint govt will complete full term.
Mamata Banerjee

Mamata, Naidu pitch for all regional parties to come together

Banerjee and Naidu emphasised the need to strengthen regional parties at Kumaraswamy's oath-taking ceremony, which saw a galaxy of opposition leaders come together.

On Camera

Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
imran khan

With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

RFID

RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?