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File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi (C), Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia (L) with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath (R) | PTI

Congress nears power in Madhya Pradesh, but not quite there yet

Waiting in the wings for 15 years to unseat the BJP, Congress presently seems to be falling just short of making this election all about itself. Gwalior/Mandsaur: The 28-November election in Madhya Pradesh is tailor-made for the Congress. An unmissable 15-year anti-incumbency sentiment against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, massive farmer anger, unrest in the business community over Centre's policies like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, and general voter fatigue — factors that should have been enough for any opposition to latch on to and create a decisive wave in its favour. Yet, even though "badlaav (change)" is a favoured term among voters here, something is holding the Congress back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTD9JbN_OR0 The party, which has been waiting in the wings for over a decade and a half to unseat the BJP, at least at this point, seems to be falling just short of making this election all...

Cracks appear in BJP’s backbone: We need change, chant MP’s business community

There is a sense of disappointment within Madhya Pradesh's business community about the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. But Modi needn't worry.

BJP committed to building Ram temple in Ayodhya, says Amit Shah

BJP president exudes confidence of his party forming next govt at the Centre in 2019, with a majority higher than that of the present one.
PM Modi with BJP president Amit Shah (R) and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | PTI

BJP & Congress don’t want to field Muslims in Madhya Pradesh. Muslims say they understand 

Muslims in Madhya Pradesh, under BJP rule for 15 years now, seem to have resigned to the fact that the shift in Congress posturing is a political compulsion.
Ashok Gehlot with Sachin Pilot and Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Real reason why Rahul Gandhi doesn’t want to declare CM candidates for state elections

The CM face is the critical X-factor in winning elections. Why doesn’t Rahul Gandhi get it?
BJP supporters at a rally | PTI

4 reasons why Lutyens’ media could be off the mark on state elections

Data shows the Indian voters’ habitual anti-incumbency sentiment has tempered
Latest News on Madhya Pradesh | theprint.in

Ahead of polls, Madhya Pradesh govt releases criminals in jail for petty crimes

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed officials to withdraw cases against criminals from weaker sections, who are lodged in jails.

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?