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Former Congress MLA Nitesh Rane, fielded by the BJP in Maharashtra, won his seat | ThePrint

Not a good election for turncoats — 60% candidates lose in Maharashtra, Haryana

Haryana voters more unforgiving to turncoats as 9 out of 14 candidates fielded by BJP lost. Maharashtra defectors had a better strike rate.
Polls officials collect EVMs and other materials at a distribution centre in Hisar on the eve of Haryana assembly elections. | Photo: PTI

Why Haryana unlikely to be cakewalk for mighty BJP facing weak INLD, Congress & infant JJP

More than 1.83 crore voters in Haryana expected to cast vote Monday. 1,169 candidates are in the fray on 90 seats.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal met BJP Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda at latter's residence in June. | @ANI | Twitter

Akalis, BJP plan tie-up for Haryana assembly elections for the first time

BJP and SAD have been allies in Punjab for 40 years, but the Akali Dal now wants to contest a dozen seats in Haryana too.
Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) with founder Dushyant Chautala (centre)

Congress-BSP, INLD-JJP talks fail, BJP gets leg up even before Haryana polls announced

The BJP juggernaut, which saw the party win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, will now have the easier task of having to contend with a splintered opposition in the state.
Haryana assembly

With no opposition leader, last assembly session to be cakewalk for Haryana’s BJP govt

This is the first time the Haryana assembly is holding a session in the absence of a leader of the opposition.
Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) with founder Dushyant Chautala (centre)

In Haryana, new parties like JJP & fresh alliances have changed equations on all 10 seats

Old powers like Congress, INLD & BJP are facing a tough challenge from the Jannayak Janata Party and its ally AAP, and the Lok Suraksha Party with the BSP.

These are India’s 34 most powerful political families

Dynastic politics is not the hallmark of just the Gandhi-Nehru family. It has now become an integral part of Indian polity, cutting across party divide and region lines.
Mayawati

BSP calls off 9-month-old alliance with INLD, cites on-going Chautala family feud

BSP has now forged ties with LSP, an outfit floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini.
A crowd outside a counting booth in Jind | PTI

BJP wins Jind bypoll — 4 takeaways from the election dubbed a semifinal

The BJP passes crucial test as Congress' national spokesperson Surjewala and the INLD face a massive setback.

On Camera

Time to expand America’s footprint in India. A new consulate will be a good start

On the heels of the US and China closing consulates in each other’s country, the symbolism alone would be particularly significant.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

India’s current account surplus rises to $19.8 billion in June quarter

The current account surplus stood at $0.6 billion in the March quarter while there was a current account deficit of $15 billion in the year-ago period.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.