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Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Congress is the new ‘vote-cutter’ in Indian politics

Maximum harm to TMC contradicts Rahul Gandhi's claim of 'saving the idea of India'.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi with interim chief Sonia Gandhi

Not just in Bihar, Congress has ‘pulled down’ allies in these other states too

The Congress won 19 of the 70 seats it contested in the Bihar assembly elections, while ally RJD emerged as biggest player in state and Left did well too.
CM Nitish Kumar after polling his vote in the Raj Bhawan compound | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Bihar election doesn’t reflect what is happening in India or in lives of Indians

We spend hours discussing how Nitish Kumar was cut to size and whether it was a mistake to allocate 70 seats to Congress. Then we switch to IPL.
Voters standing in queue to cast their votes for Bihar assembly elections | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Times Now, India Today, ABP discuss Bihar polls thriller, Sudhir Chaudhury compares it to IPL

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM fielded 20 candidates in the Bihar assembly elections | Photo: ANI

AIMIM wins 5 seats in Bihar, but hasn’t made a big dent in Mahagathbandhan vote share

The AIMIM fielded 20 candidates in the elections to the 243-seat assembly, of which 14 were in the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region.
PM Modi and Nitish Kumar shared the dias together | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Surrender is suicide: Nitish Kumar is paying the price for joining hands with Modi

Nitish Kumar decided to align himself with Delhi Durbar to buy insurance. That’s when his downfall began.
The BJP-JD(U) joint press conference in Patna on 6 October 2020 | ANI

BJP-JDU will surely win Bihar election, but something did change in past 3 months

Considering the strengths and limitations of BJP, JDU, RJD and Congress, here’s the likely outcome of the Bihar assembly election.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Twitter | @yadavtejashwi

Tejashwi Yadav releases Grand Alliance manifesto, says JD(U)-BJP stabbed Bihar in the back

The RJD leader also took a dig at Nitish Kumar saying Donald Trump will not accord special status to Bihar.
RJD leader and Bihar's leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav | Photo: ANI

A new Tejashwi emerges ahead of Bihar polls — more mature and in control of RJD

Tejashwi Yadav has the full backing of his dad, RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Colleagues & opponents say he’s definitely done better than before in the run-up to Bihar polls.
File image of Kamal Nath | PTI

Omar Abdullah sleeps and Shivraj Chouhan discovers Kamal Nath’s third hand

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

On Camera

File image of Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma | PTI

Covid, connectivity, climate – CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has early mover advantage in Assam

From visiting Covid patients at 2:30 am to giving deadlines for Dispur flyover, Himanta Biswa Sarma has hit the ground running as CM.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

WPI inflation shoots up to all-time high of 10.49% in April

The WPI inflation was 7.39% in March 2021, and (-) 1.57% in April 2020. This is the fourth straight month of uptick seen in the WPI-based inflation.

Defence

Russia's S-400 air defence system

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.