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‘A test Rahul Gandhi failed’ — Congress drubbing in Kerala, Bengal will hurt party chief push

Rahul Gandhi's leadership has been questioned by many in Congress in the past year. The election debacle will further intensify resistance to him taking on the post of party president. 
Representational image of BJP workers and supporters | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint File photo

BJP wins Belgaum, Basavakalyan seats, Congress retains Maski in Karnataka bypolls

BJP's Mangala Suresh Angadi won the Belgaum Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 3,986 votes over Congress's Satish Jarkiholi. The two other bypolls were for assembly seats.
Rahul Gandhi joined the Congress' West Bengal election campaign only on 14 April, after four phases of polling, and then suspended his rallies due to Covid surge | Photo: ANI

Behind Congress’ Bengal debacle — rifts, confused messaging & abandonment by Delhi leaders

Congress is leading on one seat, after having won 44 of 92 in 2016 polls. Things are worse than Bengal leaders expected, but they say the party had it coming.

BJP takes lead in Assam — aided by infrastructure push and move away from ethnic identity

If the BJP wins in Assam, how it tackles the CM question between Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma remains to be seen.

‘Spoke like a statesman’: Dissenting Congress leaders praise Rahul Gandhi’s ‘vision’ on Covid 

Leaders of the G-23 like Sibal and Moily, who last year questioned the leadership vacuum in Congress, said they’re now impressed with how Rahul Gandhi has acted in Covid crisis.
Screenshots from the controversial Storia advertisement. | Photo: Youtube

Mumbai Congress protests against city-based beverage maker for ad mocking Sonia & Rahul Gandhi

In statement, Mumbai Congress said it ‘vandalised’ the premises of Storia Foods & Beverages for the ad, which the party alleges, has 'defamatory' images of Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi.
Domkol in Murshidabad district | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

Murshidabad is rare Bengal pocket where CPM-Congress alliance is still a force to reckon with

Murshidabad district, which votes today, has a 70% Muslim populace. CPI(M) and Congress still continue to dominate the area and pose serious threat to Trinamool.
West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury with party president Rahul Gandhi | Facebook

Adhir tough on Mamata, Rahul soft — how the Congress cornered itself in Bengal

Ever since it severed ties with the TMC, the Congress has found itself in a dilemma in Bengal. With no tall state leaders now, that nervousness is showing.
A person being vaccinated against Covid in Jaipur | Rohit Jain Paras | ThePrint

Centre ‘hijacking’ stocks, can’t vaccinate 18-45 group from 1 May, 4 Congress-ruled states say

State ministers said they are prepared for the next phase of vaccination drive from May 1, but the manufacturers have expressed inability to provide them vaccine shots.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his party colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu | Twitter | @RT_MediaAdvPbCM

Sidhu now takes direct jibe at CM on desecration probe quashing, says AG made ‘scapegoat’

Sidhu has been indirectly lobbing potshots at CM, who also holds home portfolio, since the investigation was quashed by HC, accusing his govt of not defending case strongly.

On Camera

Western press critical of Modi, so why is G-7 inviting him to UK summit?

Despite Modi’s hubris in declaring victory on the virus, the world recognises that the prime minister remains the tallest leader on the national landscape.
IDBI Bnak

Cabinet approves strategic disinvestment, transfer of management control in IDBI Bank

According to the statement, the extent of respective shareholding to be divested by govt & LIC will be decided at the time of structuring of transaction in consultation with RBI.

Defence

Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

Delhi govt reduces Base Hospital’s oxygen allocation, Army says no need to panic

Due to shortage, less than 1 MT oxygen could be allocated to Base Hospital in Delhi Monday. Army has requested MoD for additional allocation & is also making arrangements on its own.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.