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How Covid-19 is changing Indian politics

Modi’s ratings now depend heavily on his managing the health crisis, but as the Hindutva agenda is side-stepped, the opposition has a new opening.
Rahul Gandhi at a press conference | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Rahul Gandhi questions lockdown impact on economy, but expresses solidarity with PM Modi

In a letter to Modi, Rahul Gandhi said number of poor Indians dependent on a daily income is simply too large to unilaterally shut down all economic activity.
Wayanad MP and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi | Photo: ANI

Coronavirus has increased political distancing between Rahul Gandhi and Congress old guard

Rahul Gandhi, who first spoke about coronavirus in a 12 Feb tweet, is continuing to criticise Modi govt, while other Congress leaders are welcoming its moves.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offers prayers at a temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday. | Photo: ANI

‘Yogi not listening to PM’: Row over CM attending event to shift Ram Lalla during lockdown

Yogi Adityanath attends an event to shift Lord Ram Lalla within temple site in Ayodhya. Congress calls the move mockery of rules, UP govt says no norms violated.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar at Parliament House

Happy if Rahul returns as Congress chief else Priyanka should take over: Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar, a senior Congress leader, also says no space in the party to express views and so Congress should hold camps like it did at Pachmarhi in 1998. 
File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House | PTI

India’s leadership during COVID-19: Modi’s thali plan and Rahul Gandhi’s no plan

Leadership makes a difference in times like these. Indians undid what Modi asked them to do Sunday and the Congress is still a grand old no-show.
PM Narendra Modi at the 150th anniversary of the Kolkata Port Trust | PTI

Chidambaram, Tharoor lead Congress support for PM’s COVID-19 speech, but with a caveat

While former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has yet to react to the PM’s address, many of his party colleagues offered support to his ‘call for solidarity’.

MP govt fall a testament to low standards of political morality. Cong, BJP are both to blame

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Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath resigns as Madhya Pradesh chief minister ahead of floor test

Kamal Nath’s resignation clears the deck for return of BJP govt to Madhya Pradesh, likely to be once again headed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
File image of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath | Photo: ANI

MP floor test at 2 pm today, Congress 5 short of majority 

MP assembly strength down to 206 after Speaker accepts resignation of 16 rebel Congress MLAs. BJP has 107 MLAs, three more than simple majority mark of 104.

On Camera

Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Covid-19 exodus isn’t like Partition but 2020 has one thing in common with 1947

Covid-19 & Partition share one key element which leaders today overlooked as cavalierly as the founders of India and Pakistan did in 1947: Fear.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

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Coronavirus doesn’t stop Indian Army from carrying out its annual cyber security exercise

Army had earlier issued advisory claiming India's adversaries were launching coronavirus-themed campaigns to infect official or personal IT assets of defence personnel.  

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.