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When Rahul Gandhi didn’t return Akhilesh Yadav’s phone calls, UP politics changed

A cold war between Congress and SP has been brewing for some time.
Representational image of voters queuing up to cast their votes | PTI

UP: Voting for Kairana, Noorpur bypolls begins

Kairana parliamentary constituency, which has five assembly segments, is witnessing a united opposition taking on the BJP.
Amit Shah

Inside a Whatsapp group of BJP workers, here’s who they blamed for UP bypoll losses

Drawing an analogy from the Mahabharat, one message said on the one hand was Abhimanyu (Yogi) all by himself, and on the other the entire army of the Kauravas. On a Whatsapp group named ‘Mananiya Yogi Ji CM UP’, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and supporters in Uttar Pradesh were abuzz with competing theories to explain the loss in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. But first, here’s the group icon: Here is a list of reasons: 1. Blame Amit Shah: Some posts place the blame squarely on BJP chief Amit Shah. They say the BJP didn’t listen to Yogi (by giving the ticket to someone who’s not from the Gorakhnath peeth). In its eagerness to snub him, the party forgot it did not have its own standing in Gorakhpur. The BJP exists there only because of the influence of the Gorakhnath peeth. Shah was mistaken to believe, one message said, that the seat was won...

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.