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Indian voters are ready to go beyond caste, some politicians are not

The era of overt caste politics is over, but Congress leader Jitin Prasada still thinks it’s 1989.
A file photo of Karnataka Water Resources Minister and BJP leader Ramesh Jarikholi. | Photo: Commons

Funded Congress’ cooker distribution in 2018, will spend for BJP win now: Karnataka minister

Targetting his former party’s Belagavi Rural MLA, Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarikholi says he had funded Laxmi Hebbalkar’s 2018 assembly poll campaign.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Why opposition in Bihar is wary of postal ballot for voters above 65 years

The CPI(M) said EC’s new postal ballot move is ‘disturbing’, while the Congress said it ‘violates secrecy in voting’ and the Trinamool wrote to EC, saying it’s ‘ridiculous’.

Congress is not anti-OBC. One Rajiv Gandhi speech is used to cancel out all pro-quota steps

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s letter to PM Modi about OBC reservations in educational institutions is only the latest instance of her party’s bid for inclusion.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Modi-Shah aping divide and rule of Congress. Same fate awaits BJP

Modi and Shah are too powerful and can easily quell BJP’s internal fights. If factionalism persists in the party, it isn't despite the duo, but because of them.
File image of Congress leader Jitin Prasada | Photo: ANI

Congress’ Jitin Prasada launches Brahmin body, blames Yogi govt for ‘step-motherly treatment’

Former Union MoS Jitin Prasada says Brahmin community has been ‘systematically targeted’ under Yogi’s rule, in terms of political appointments or killings.
Jyotiraditya Scindia at the BJP headquarters, New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Now MP Congress accuses Scindia of land grab, urges CM not to give his camp revenue portfolio

Jyotiraditya Scindia had been accused of grabbing land in 2014, but days after joining BJP in March, case against him was closed for ‘lack of evidence’.
SC closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

Poll alliance only if party is given ‘due respect’, Rahul Gandhi has told Bihar Congress

In a 3-hour meeting with the Bihar Congress, Rahul Gandhi said no need to compromise or feel inferior while forming any alliance for the assembly elections.

Modi on a high after Leh visit, Congress sees downside, Madhuri & Shah Rukh salute Saroj Khan

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
File photo of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | PTI

The fundamental flaw in Priyanka Gandhi’s Uttar Pradesh strategy 

We don’t know who the Congress party’s chief ministerial candidate is. Priyanka Gandhi or Ajay Kumar Lallu?

On Camera

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (centre) with cabinet ministers Jayant Patil of the NCP (left) and Balasaheb Thorat of the Congress | Photo: ANI

It’s time Uddhav Thackeray quits his ‘rollout rollback’ theatre of absurd in Maharashtra

The cracks in Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra become visible each time Sharad Pawar visits Matoshree with some administrative advice for Thackeray.

India’s Covid-ravaged states seek more funds from Modi govt

Tax collections have fallen sharply due to the lockdown, pushing state governments to ask the Centre for funds in order to avoid racking up debt.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.