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Maratha MLA Patil takes over NCP reins in Maharashtra ahead of election year

The party is facing a credibility crisis in the wake of corruption allegations against senior leaders Chhagan Bhujbal, Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare.
Jayant Patil

Maharashtra NCP eyes image makeover ahead of 2019, to pick new state president on Sunday

Maratha leaders Jayant Patil, who is close to party chief Sharad Pawar, and Shashikant Shinde are frontrunners for the post.
Sharad Pawar with Congress President Rahul Gandhi at a dinner hosted by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi

Congress and NCP work out seat-sharing for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Two months after the parties announced they would be rekindling their alliance, sources say the formula has been worked out and all details sorted.
Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee to woo opposition leaders during her Delhi trip

TMC sources said Mamata also plans to reach out to regional parties such as the TDP, a former BJP ally, and the BJD for a united oppn in 2019
Sharad Pawar

In run-up to 2019, Sharad Pawar wants to be the conductor for opposition harmony

For someone once touted as a PM candidate, this might be the last roll of the dice for 77-year-old Pawar in terms of being politically important in New Delhi.
Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar to Sonia Gandhi: Does India deserve to be ruled by unhealthy politicians?

Asking whether our politicians are fit to do their jobs would be considered blasphemy.
Sunil Tatkare

After Congress-NCP truce, Maharashtra could see stronger opposition in budget session

The estranged allies have decided to work out their differences in a bid to combat the BJP, and the first test will be on the floor of the state legislature.

Sharad Pawar criticises Modi for personal attack on Gandhi family, praises Rahul

Congress is the only alternative to BJP, Pawar says during a first-of-its kind public interview with MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
Sharad Pawar, NCP Chief

In a first, blunt Raj Thackeray to interview the cautious Sharad Pawar at Pune event

The event is being held to mark Sharad Pawar’s 50 years in electoral politics, Raj could coerce him to open his political cards.
Sharad Pawar at 'Save Constitution' rally

Sharad Pawar’s final play to fulfil his dream of becoming the nation’s PM

The tug of war for the mentorship of opposition unity has begun between the two ailing leaders: Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.