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Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election: Has BJP upset its oldest ally SAD or is it appeasing JD(U)?

The election for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman is set to take place Thursday, and there is palpable tension in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The BJP has decided to back the candidature of JD(U)'s Harivansh Singh over SAD's Naresh Gujral, whose name was also in contention. The Akali Dal leaders are scheduled to have a meeting Tuesday to discuss the matter. ThePrint asks- Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election: Has BJP upset its oldest ally SAD or is it appeasing JD(U)? Akali Dal leadership is perfectly in sync with BJP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Rajya Sabha MP, BJP There is not an iota of doubt that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is going to win hands down in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman elections. The entire NDA, all the parties included, is on board with us. Even the Akali leadership is perfectly in sync with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). These are just rumours about allies being upset....
Sukhbir Singh Badal

Akali Dal sounds poll bugle in Haryana, announces rally on 19 August

For the first time, party will go solo in Haryana after INLD snapped ties with SAD over Sutlej-Yamuna Link issue.
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Sikh girl in Kashmir stabbed for ‘refusal to convert to Islam’, alleges father

The issue is likely to acquire political colour with Akali leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa expected to visit Srinagar Friday to meet the victim.
Abhay Singh Chautala

It’s ally hunting season in Haryana as Chautalas break up with Badals

The leaders of the two parties have personally shared a family-like bond for decades, but parted ways politically in March 2016 over the SYL issue.

Forget Congress-mukt Bharat, is BJP planning an ally-mukt party for 2019?

The BJP is ambitious and wants to expand while the allies are suspicious of it.
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After poor bypoll show, BJP rushes to placate ally Akali Dal

After sustained demand from Sikh groups, the BJP government launches the Special Financial Assistance for Sewa Bhoj Yojana.
Rs 25.84 crore donations for Shiv Sena

Among regional parties, Shiv Sena is the king of donations

According to Election Commission data, the Sena received Rs 25.84 crore in donations in 2016-17, while the Aam Aadmi Party received Rs 24.99 crore.
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Amarinder faces his first big test by fire over ‘erasing’ Punjab history from textbooks

Opposition parties say the Congress govt has erased the state’s history from school education, threaten to launch state-wide protests; govt says Akalis doing cheap politics.
Bikram Singh Majithia addressing a press conference in Chandigarh

Behind the ‘meek surrender’: Months-long negotiations between Kejriwal & Majithia

It was Kejriwal’s team which is believed to have first approached Majithia and the SAD leadership in an attempt to bury the hatchet.

Arvind Kejriwal retracts allegations against Punjab SAD leader Majithia

In 2016, Kejriwal said he would ‘drag’ Majithia to jail for his alleged role in Punjab drug racket, prompting the latter to file defamation suit against him.

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.


Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.