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Karnataka crisis: Can horse-trading be checked or should it be accepted as part of politics?

The Karnataka Congress called a legislature party meeting Friday to address the issue of horse trading in the state and put up a show of strength. The Congress also warned that action would be taken against absentees. This comes amid rumours of MLAs defecting to the opposition camp. The blame game between the BJP and the fragile JD(S)-Congress coalition continues, even as the BJP flew its 104 MLAs to a hotel in Gurugram. ThePrint asks: Karnataka crisis: Can horse-trading be checked or should it be accepted as part of politics? There should be zero tolerance for anybody who defects from a party Rajeev Gowda MP, Congress Speakers should do the job that they are constitutionally assigned to do – to disqualify any member who leaves the party he/she is affiliated to and on whose ticket he/she was elected. In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, we have had MLAs who left their parties and defected to the ruling party....
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Over 200 legislators, majority from Cong & BJP, haven’t declared PAN details: Report

The highest number of MLAs who have not provided PAN details are from Congress followed by BJP and CPI(M).
AAP MLAs who were disqualified by the ECI at a press conference at Arvind Kejriwal's residence | PTI Photo

7 hearings & 4 answers led Election Commission to recommend disqualification of AAP MLAs

The poll panel concluded that as parliamentary secretaries 20 AAP MLAs executed functions like ministers & the office had the potential to yield profit.

Talk Point: Should special fast track courts be set up for MPs and MLAs?

The court wants to treat politicians accused of amassing disproportionate assets as a separate category to ensure speedy disposal of their cases. Should special fast track courts be set up for MPs and MLAs, and will this clean up politics?
Amit Shah has testified that Maya Kodnani was in the assembly, not in Naroda during the 2002 Gujarat riots

How to pass the Amit Shah test: Learn from those who’ve been there, done that

State BJP leaders are taking tips from colleagues in other states to impress the party president when he comes visiting.  Pragya Kaushika

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
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Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

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After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
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If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?