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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.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and party president Rahul Gandhi

Dainik Bhaskar calls Congress a ‘directionless’ party as Dainik Jagran rakes up ‘hullabaloo over Hindi’

Round-up of opinion pages in Hindi and Tamil newspapers to reflect a North-South viewpoint on topical issues.

RLD to contest UP bypolls on its own after BSP-SP announce solo plans

The RLD contested the Lok Sabha elections as a part of the SP-BSP alliance and lost in all the 3 seats it contested in. The BSP and SP are now contesting the state polls separately.
BJP party supporters at a rally (Representational image)

Yogendra Yadav live: BJP not only outsmarted SP-BSP caste combine, but also Yogi’s poor image

Uttar Pradesh is causing less damage to the BJP than everyone previously thought.
Yogi Adityanath | Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Missing this election in UP was Hindu-Muslim polarisation

There’s a reason why UP’s Muslims are happy to not be part of the political discourse.

Paranoid gathbandhan watchdogs are tracking EVMs with binoculars, walkie-talkies

With the motto 'Ek bhi vote ghatne na paye, ek bhi vote batne na paye', watchdogs from the SP, BSP and RLD have been trained in EVM functioning.
PM Narendra Modi during an election rally in Coimbatore | PTI

Suhas Palshikar says Modi a ‘preacher’ who prefers only one-way communication

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
Narendra Modi

Exit polls make it clear SP-BSP alliance has failed to smash BJP: Yogendra Yadav

BJP's surge in Bengal could be bigger than what the exit polls are predicting. Odisha is telling us a similar story.
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh | T. Narayan | Bloomberg

The importance of the Muslim vote in UP, and the silver lining in the Vidyasagar episode

ThoughtShot, ThePrint’s one-stop-opinion-spot from leading newspapers’ editorial pages.
Jyotiradtiya Scindia and Priyanka Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi

Why Congress, and not SP-BSP, is prime target of Modi and Yogi in UP

BJP's 2019 hopes rest hugely on a 22% group in UP, which helped it bag 42% vote share and 71 seats in 2014. But which group is it, and what is Congress up to?

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.