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BJP leaders Prakash Javadekar (left), Smriti Irani (centre) Thawar Chand Gehlot and Narendra Singh Tomar (exrtreme right) outside PMO | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Politics in photos: Modi Cabinet 1.0 meets for one last time before formation of new govt

Members of the Cabinet met at the Prime Minister's Office in South Block to recommend President Kovind to dissolve the present Lok Sabha.
Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath and Narendra Modi in Lucknow | Ashok Dutta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

UP firmly with Modi and BJP as Akhilesh-Mayawati gathbandhan falters

Early trends show the BJP leading on 55 seats, while the SP-BSP-RLD alliance leads on just 23 seats. The BJP and its ally Apna Dal had won 73 seats last time.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh

Why Rajnath Singh emerged as No. 3 after Modi & Shah for BJP’s election campaign

As home minister, Rajnath Singh helped the BJP keep the focus on national security and nationalism while his Hindi proficiency was an asset in the heartland.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

PM Modi’s silence on Akhlaq murder in 2015 broke his global momentum

Reason why Time Magazine’s 2015 cover was a paean by Obama and its recent edition headlined Divider-in-Chief by Atish Taseer.
School children leaving for school amid heavy smog in New Delhi | Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Delhi govt’s ‘laziness’ not helping city’s pollution problem, report

A Delhi-based environment body claimed that the govt machinery has been reactive rather than pro-active, and also noted that Varanasi's situation was deteriorating.

How many times can you invoke Modi’s name in a speech? Ask Sushma Swaraj & Rajnath Singh

In his 25-minute speech at BJP manifesto launch, Singh praises Modi 18 times. Swaraj betters him with 13 mentions in 10 minutes.
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asks Pakistan to stop promoting terrorism

He also offered assistance to Pakistan if it alone is not able to stop terror activities from its soil.
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BJP announces 3 more candidates for Lok Sabha seats in Odisha

The BJP has so far announced candidates for all the Lok Sabha seats which will go to polls in the first four phases of the seven-phased elections.

Rajnath reveals Modi govt carried out another cross-border strike apart from 2016, 2019

Speaking in Mangaluru, Union minister Rajnath Singh said India had carried out three cross-border strikes but kept details of the third one a mystery.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh

People wanting proof must know that IAF pilots went on a mission & not to shower petals: Rajnath

Indian Air Force pilots have made Pakistan realise that it will have to pay a heavy price if terrorists operate from its land, he said.

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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".

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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.