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(From left) Influential Bihar politicians Jitan Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha and Mukesh Sahani | Photo: ThePrint Team

Once highly influential, these 3 Bihar leaders now find no takers ahead of polls

Jitan Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha & Mukesh Sahani are still part of RJD-Congress grand alliance, 6 months before polls. But things are looking bleak for them.
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We can’t yet say if women and Muslim voters have shifted to BJP with 2019 elections

Exit polls disagree on how women and Muslims voted in 2019 elections even as minorities still seem to favour Congress-led UPA over NDA.
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RJD & Congress yearn for Lalu Prasad as son Tejashwi ‘disappears’ from campaign trail

Tejashwi Yadav has so far skipped 4 days of campaigning, angering allies and his own partymen. The RJD leader is also under fire for failing to stamp out dissent.
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Few alliances that Congress is stitching will also be undone by mahagathbandhan cracks

While there is a complete uncertainty about the so-called mahagathbandhan led by Congress, the NDA already has the support of 39 political parties.
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Modi, alcohol & caste: Why BJP-led NDA has a clear advantage in Bihar

The mahagathbandhan leadership in Bihar reflects an absolute lack of vision and imagination.

Opposition wants to build empires and we want to empower people, says PM Modi

Modi's remarks came a day after SP and BSP announced their alliance for upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Is K. Chandrashekar Rao’s non-Congress, non-BJP front a 2019 fantasy or can it beat Modi?

Fresh from his win in Telangana, TRS chief K. Chandrashekar Rao is now on a seven-day tour to various states with an aim to build a ‘non-Congress, non-BJP’ federal front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He met BJD chief Naveen Patnaik Sunday and will call on TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Monday. ThePrint asks: Is K. Chandrashekar Rao’s non-Congress, non-BJP front a 2019 fantasy or can it beat Modi? KCR’s front won’t fall apart because it will be based on agenda of state federalism K. Keshava Rao MP, TRS A non-Congress, non-BJP front is certainly a strong possibility. We have seen several coalitions in India’s political history, but most of them have failed after a certain point. This is because there was no real agenda that was holding those coalitions together—they were hungry for power and the minute power seemed to be slipping away, they fell apart. Unlike those myopic coalitions, the one TRS is...

Kumaraswamy’s poison remark: Bad news for 2019 opposition unity or can Congress be a reliable ally?

Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy in an emotional outburst said that running the present coalition is like drinking poison. The Congress said that running a collation is a tough game, and Kumaraswamy should be prepared to handle it courageously. The Print asks- Kumaraswamy’s poison remark: Bad news for 2019 opposition unity or can Congress be a reliable ally? What you saw was a moment of weakness, after all Kumaraswamy is a human being too Dinesh Gundurao Karnataka Congress President Chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy wanted to convey something emotional at the meeting, but it came out in a different way. He wanted to talk about the pressures of work and how he is handling the coalition so that his party workers understand how hard he is working. It is important to remember that he did not even mention the Congress in his speech. There will be problems whether it is a coalition government or a...

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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.


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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.