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Mamata Banerjee

Bengal stands up to ask for more

And the CPM can't understand why - while Mamata says she is ready to deliver.

BJP ties up with 6 parties in Northeast ahead of Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is targeting 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats across eight states in the northeast.
A Rafale fighter jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Hindu’s exclusive fires Rafale attack at Modi’s PMO

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Congress goes all-in for its first rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in 30 years

The Congress, which had got reduced to just 4 MLAs in Bihar 10 years ago, plans to get at least 1.5 lakh people to attend the 3 February rally.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh during 'Bharat Bandh' protest in New Delhi

How Congress & NCP evolved into an aggressive, united opposition in Maharashtra

Over four years in opposition, Congress and NCP have moved from being reluctant allies to joining hands again ahead of Lok Sabha & Maharashtra polls next year.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Democratic compulsion to unite, says Naidu after meeting Rahul Gandhi

Naidu met a host of opposition leaders such as Pawar and Farooq, trio says country’s institutions being destroyed.
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow | PTI

In Mayawati’s selfish politics, there’s no room for opposition unity

BSP supremo Mayawati has always preferred to maintain a reasonable distance from the bogey of so-called ‘opposition unity’.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar | Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Rahul Gandhi let Nitish Kumar go into the BJP’s waiting arms—and wants him to stay there

Rahul’s handling of the Bihar mahagatbandhan shows why opposition unity is so difficult.

What suits Narendra Modi and Amit Shah better— Rahul Gandhi or a faceless mahagathbandhan?

BJP president Amit Shah urged party workers in poll-bound Rajasthan to ask people if they wanted Rahul Gandhi as prime minister and Mamata Banerjee as external affairs minister, and dismissed any threat from a mahagathbandhan. ThePrint asks: What suits Narendra Modi and Amit Shah better – Rahul Gandhi or a faceless mahagathbandhan? Voters rejected Indira, Rajiv and Vajpayee even when there weren’t clear alternatives Rasheed Kidwai Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Be it a mahagathbandan or a Rahul Gandhi-led alliance, the electorate in 2019 will essentially be voting for or against the Narendra Modi regime. BJP chief Amit Shah’s attempts to frighten voters with Rahul as prime minister, Mamata Banerjee as foreign minister are futile attempts and, at best, part of a political rhetoric. In 1977, 1989 and in 2004, voters rejected mighty Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee even when no clear alternative was in sight. This may hold true for 2019...

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Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.