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Mayawati, Mamata skip CAA meet: Can Congress-led opposition give protests political shape?

BSP, TMC, AAP, DMK and Shiv Sena skipped the Congress-led opposition meet Monday for a joint strategy against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens.
Modi waving at the audience

This is what changed for voters from 2014 to 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Nothing

Issues on voters’ minds, and belief in Modi's abilities, have not changed significantly between 2014 and 2019 elections.
Opposition leaders share the stage in Karnataka | @INCIndia

No opposition common minimum programme, only broad agreement now: Derek O’Brien

Efforts at a common minimum programme, discussed at a meeting in Sharad Pawar's house, seems to be losing steam since the 14 February Pulwama attack.

State polls renew Congress efforts at mahagatbandhan or Mayawati absence a reality check?

A day before assembly election results in five states are announced, a grand opposition meeting, called by TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu, is being attended by top political leaders in Delhi. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is usually absent at such meets, is likely to attend this one while BSP supremo Mayawati is reportedly giving it a miss. ThePrint asks: State polls renew Congress efforts at mahagatbandhan or Mayawati absence a reality check? Congress’ success can alienate Mayawati & push her towards BJP-NDA stable Rasheed Kidwai Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation The outcome of 11 December state polls will have a tremendous bearing on Chandrababu-Congress’ attempts to build a state-wise mahagathbandhan against Narendra Modi-led NDA for May 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A good showing in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, in addition to Rajasthan, will provide the Congress a pole position within the mahagathbandhan. In such a scenario, Mayawati-led BSP will be forced to play a second...

7 reasons why Modi has an upper hand in Modi-versus-all

There’s the arithmetic of opposition unity, and then there’s the chemistry of Narendra Modi.

Talk Point: How does Nitish Kumar joining NDA affect the formation of a national opposition alliance?

Ahead of a grand Patna rally, does Nitish Kumar's absence mean there's already a very big crack in the opposition front that plans to take on the BJP in 2019?

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.