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Narendra Modi | Manvender Vashist /PTI

A no-confidence motion is the best time for Narendra Modi to raise his 2019 campaign pitch

Five reasons why the opposition's calculations have gone horribly wrong with the no-confidence motion.

A looming no-confidence motion in Parliament, and opposition unity ahead of 2019

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Narendra Modi

PM confident Parliament will function smoothly, opposition says conditions apply

Former ally TDP and the CPI say the responsibility to ensure smooth running lies with the government, and they will continue to raise their issues.
BJP

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.
Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee, HD Kumaraswamy, Pinarayi Vijayan

Mahagathbandhan not quite so ‘maha’ as cracks appear between Congress and regional parties

Congress wants state-specific tie-ups but some parties want to use alliance to increase base — a scenario where 2019 could see two opposition fronts.
Chandrababu Naidu

Regional parties will oust BJP in 2019: Chandrababu Naidu throws weight behind coalition plan

Two TDP MPs said the party would rather be a ‘kingmaker’ than the king, ruling out Naidu’s projection as a potential prime ministerial candidate for the proposed alliance.
BJP National President Amit Shah addresses a press conference at BJP headquarters, in New Delhi | PTI

We want Shiv Sena to continue alliance with us: BJP chief Amit Shah

Amit Shah’s statement is significant given that the Shiv Sena has announced that it will contest 2019 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra elections independently.
Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party earned Rs 82 crore, highest among regional parties in 2016-17

TDP, AIADMK came second and third with earnings of Rs 72.92 crore and Rs 48.88 crore respectively; opposition parties received far lesser amounts, says ADR report.
Karnataka Elections

Karnataka’s Telugu speakers may turn against Modi & BJP because they ‘back-stabbed’ Andhra

Centre’s refusal to accord special status to Andhra Pradesh, which led to Chandrababu Naidu’s exit from the NDA, is a poll issue in ‘Hyderabad Karnataka’.
Manoj Sinha with Shekhar Gupta and Kumar Anshuman

SP-BSP alliance is a problem but it is nothing we can’t deal with, says BJP’s Manoj Sinha

I don’t believe any one poll can be called a setback (for the BJP). But it’s definitely not good, says union minister.

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
GoT

Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

Defence

After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?