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File image of Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa | Photo: PTI

CM Yediyurappa threatens to resign after Lingayat seer pushes him on cabinet expansion

Vachananda Swami said the Panchamasali Lingayats would withdraw support from Karnataka CM Yediyurappa if an MLA from the sect wasn’t made a minister.
BS Yediyurappa

CM Yediyurappa will complete his term, BJP says amid fears it could lose Lingayat support

BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao says there has been no attempt to sideline Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa.
File image of Kumaraswamy | @HDKumaraswamy.official Facebook page

Kumaraswamy has a new headache: North Karnataka

Two dozen outfits have come together to announce a bandh in north Karnataka on 2 August to demand bifurcation from 'privileged south'.
Senior Congress leaders including Veerappa Moily and DK Shivakumar have refuted claims of trouble in coalition | theprint.in

Congress sends envoy to Karnataka as Siddaramaiah videos cast shadow on JD(S) tie-up

In one of the videos, the former CM is heard suggesting the coalition government, sworn in last month, may not last beyond 2019.
Lingayat and Veerashaivas

Lingayats, Veerashaivas join hands to lobby for berths in Karnataka cabinet

Sources confirmed that a meeting is scheduled for 17 June in Bengaluru where senior Lingayat and Veerashaiva leaders are expected to iron out their differences.
HD Kumaraswamy arrives to offer prayers at a temple near Chikmagalur | PTI

Karnataka’s political situation remains fluid over the Lingayat question

Historically, Lingayats have secured at least 7-8 cabinet berths in Karnataka, and H.D. Kumaraswamy too will follow the same formula.
Religious leaders attend the Forum of Lingayat Mathadhipathies at Basava Samithi, Bengaluru | Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

As campaign ends, nobody knows which way the wind will blow on the Lingayat decision

Both the Congress and the BJP can feel the churn that this decision has caused in society and have hence steered clear of openly bringing it up in the election campaign.
Rahul Gandhi

An old & bitter struggle between these two castes can kill Congress’ chances in Karnataka

The JD (S) can only hope to increase its share through its alliances with 'others', while the BJP would be content with chipping into the vote share of the two main players in the Old Mysuru region.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi | Facebook page

Siddaramaiah is saying to BJP: Stay away from my pie, else I’ll upset your apple cart

To believe the BJP will lose the support of Lingayats en masse because of a single decision is a reductionist understanding of how parties and caste groups are aligned in India.
File photo of Amit Shah and B.S. Yeddyurappa in Udupi

Amit Shah rushes to Karnataka to try save BJP vote from Lingayat card of Congress

Shah to meet important pontiffs from Lingayat mutts, including the 111-year-old Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga.

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File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

MPC appointments delay is unusual, but vacancies at the top of RBI & banks almost a norm

In the last few years, delay in appointments has resulted in several posts in regulatory bodies and public sector banks lying vacant for months.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
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.