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Shivamogga turns battleground to test legacy of three Karnataka CMs

The sons of former CMs B.S. Yeddyurappa, J.H. Patel and S. Bangarappa are up against each other in the Shivamogga Lok Sabha bypoll on 3 November.
Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy visits Manjunatha Swamy temple

Kumaraswamy’s religious dash ahead of trust vote: 11 temples, 4 mutts, a church & a mosque

Besides the customary trip to Vokkaliga mutts, chief minister Kumaraswamy also visited mutts belonging to the Lingayats, the other major community in Karnataka.
Gen-next leaders

Why the idea of a national ‘mahagathbandhan’ may be just wishful thinking

Several unanswered questions remain as the Congress-JD(S) coalition government takes oath, including whether the grand old party is ready to play second fiddle at the national stage.

Plugged-In: 10 protesters die in police fire, Karnataka gets a new CM, and fuel prices to be cut

Front Page 10 people killed during a protest against a copper smelter unit in Tamil Nadu. Thousands of people turned out in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, as “a massive rally (was) taken out demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper, a Vedanta group copper smelter unit", The Hindu reports. The agitation turned violent with some protesters allegedly throwing stones at police personnel and setting vehicles on fire. H.D. Kumaraswamy will be sworn in as Karnataka CM today, with senior Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in attendance. Dalit leader and state Congress president G. Parameshwara will be sworn in as deputy CM, The Indian Express reports. Fuel prices are likely to be slashed by Rs 2-4 in the next few days. BJP president Amit Shah said petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan will meet oil companies Wednesday to come up with a plan to deal with the spiking oil prices, The Times of India reports. Two more people died of...

Plugged-In: JD(S), Congress thrash out Karnataka pact & 7 cops killed by Maoists

Front Page The aftermath of the Karnataka elections continues to unfold. The CM candidate of the JD(S)-Congress coalition, H.D. Kumaraswamy, says he will prove his majority within 24 hours of taking oath Wednesday. Congress heavyweight D.K. Shivakumar, who was most vocal against the alliance, told The Indian Express in an interview that “both parties would work together to keep the BJP at bay", and that he “swallowed some bitterness” to unite with the JD(S). Behind the scenes, the two parties have started hard bargaining on portfolios and power distribution, Hindustan Times reports. Kumaraswamy is to visit New Delhi Monday to hold consultations with the Congress high command, The Hindu adds. Not only that, Karnataka may have not one, but two deputy chief ministers in a bid to strike a balance between the two parties, NDTV reports. Seven policemen were killed as Maoists allegedly targeted their vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED)...
JD(S) Leader H. D. Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru

Kumaraswamy to meet Sonia & Rahul tomorrow, says will prove majority by Thursday

After B.S.Yeddyurappa stepped down, Kumaraswamy has been invited to form the government.
Latest news on Karnataka Assembly elections 2018

Dear opinion pollsters: In Karnataka, there was an utter disregard for basic standards

Political science departments can contribute a lot by introducing graduate level courses on research methods. This will help understand the findings of a poll. Dear Friends (if I may call you so), I am one of you. I share your nervousness about forecasting an election, almost go sleepless the night before the counting day, and jump in joy when we manage to correctly predict an election outcome, and through a heartbreak when the gap between prediction and the final outcome is unbelievably large. After our continued failure in predicting electoral outcomes (except in elections in which the direction of results was clear before the voting day), the forecasts about Karnataka results have deeply troubled me. While many of us went gaga over how close our predictions were to actual results, the truth is that there was an utter disregard for some basic standards that we should uphold. Let me say this upfront: This...
Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Siddaramaiah lost the election for Congress, but was ‘most-discussed’ on Twitter

Twitter recorded over 2.3 million tweets related to Karnataka election between 25 April to 11 May. Siddaramaiah emerges as the most discussed candidate.
The Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Governor Vala, who holds all the cards, was a Modi confidant in Gujarat

Congress and the JD(S) have met Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala and staked claim to form the government.
Reddy Brothers

Despite return of Reddy brothers, BJP finds little fortune in Ballari’s political mines

BJP gave tickets to 7 Reddy family members and friends, but only 3 won – brothers Karunakara and Somashekara Reddy, and B. Sriramulu from Molkalmuru.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
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.