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No former prime ministers to be present in Parliament in upcoming Budget Session

As Manmohan Singh's nearly 30-year-long tenure as a Rajya Sabha member ended on Friday and HD Deve Gowda lost from Tumkur seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, no former prime minister..
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West Bengal doctors' strike: Mamata Banerjee knows autocratic regimes fall where the mind is without fear

Rulers with a dictatorial streak such as Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, remain perennially scared of dissenting voices and popular uprising.
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MHA seeks urgent report from West Bengal govt on doctors' strike; Centre sends second advisory on political violence in state

The Centre has also sought a report from the Mamata Banerjee government on steps taken to contain political violence and nab culprits in wake of a spate of 'political' murders and attacks on BJP..
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Who's in charge of Congress? For the first time, questions on whether Gandhis will continue to lead party arise

The solution to save the Congress lies in de-commercialising the party and making it a true political entity. The mammothness of such a task is possibly beyond the skills of Rahul and Priyanka.
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Kolkata doctors' strike: Mukul Roy-led BJP delegation seeks governor's intervention, accuses TMC of unleashing 'reign of terror'

The BJP demanded the resignation of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee from her Home and Health portfolios and sought the intervention of Governor KN Tripathi to resolve the crisis
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Resolution of Manipur financial crisis unlikely soon as internal power tussle puts Biren Singh at risk of losing CM post

The power tussle in Manipur has taken a turn for the worse, with Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday taking over key departments.
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Delhi Congress leaders demand replacement of AICC chief PC Chako over heavy losses in Lok Sabha elections

A section of leaders in Delhi Congress have demanded replacement of AICC in-charge PC Chacko in the wake of Lok Sabha poll debacle
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'Collective leadership' for Congress? Rahul's inability to lead, rising regional satraps poses serious challenges for party chief

After the latest crisis, Rahul's ability to transform his leadership into a diktat-issuing authority, as his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi once personified, is in doubt. The..
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Congress clears air over Rahul Gandhi's presidency, says he will continue to lead the party

Indian National Congress on Thursday reiterated that its President Rahul Gandhi will continue to lead the party.
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West Bengal violence: BJP worker shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Basirhat, party blames TMC for crime

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, named Saraswati Das, was allegedly shot dead by miscreants in Basirhat in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district. The BJP has claimed that Das, a housewife, was..
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Prashant Kanojia is a straight-shooter who questions people in power, say colleagues; journo's wife claims tweet was meant to be funny

Kanojia's advocate is said to have advised him to return to Delhi immediately and not to speak to the media in Lucknow. "Prashant raises questions on the government and I think this is not being..
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Salman Khurshid downplays Centre's minority outreach programme; calls move 'politically motivated'

Former Union Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday termed the Centre's minority outreach programme as "politically motivated"
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Narendra Modi govt's effort to eradicate 'backwardness' among Muslims a move to counter community's aversion to BJP

Although the BJP establishment has relied heavily on anti-Muslim discourse to nurture its version of nationalism, the party has been able to create effective channels with Muslim communities at least..
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Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA split Opposition votes in Lok Sabha election, but vote share gives party hope ahead of Maharashtra Assembly polls

Even though the Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA failed to win any seats in the Lok Sabha polls, vote share shows party may hope to open its account in the Maharashtra Assembly election
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Doctors' strike in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee alleges 'some political parties' provoking agitation, says govt is giving full co-operation

Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that some political parties were "provoking" the doctors on strike by spreading misinformation on social media
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INLD reorganises national body, retains jailed Om Prakash Chautala as party chief; Ashok Arora to be senior vice-president

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) reorganised its national body, retaining jailed Om Prakash Chautala, former chief minister as the party president
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Telangana Congress to consult experts to discuss impact of defections; challenges MLAs who switched camp to seek fresh mandate

Days after 12 of its MLAs jumped ship, Congress in Telangana will organise a round-table with constitutional experts to discuss the impact of defections
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Bengal violence: Mamata Banerjee alleges governor called meeting of political parties at the behest of BJP

Banerjee said the governor had also called her to take part in the meeting, but she declined as law and order was a state subject and "not the governor's".
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Bengal violence: NCSC to visit Sandeshkhali tomorrow, to interact with families of those killed in post-poll clashes

The NCSC will, on Friday, meet the family members of those killed in the post-poll violence in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
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Doctors' strike in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee claims BJP, CPM behind agitation, gives ultimatum to medicos to resume work by 2 pm

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had given an ultimatum to the agitating junior doctors across the state to resume work by 2 pm and warned of action if the order was not followed.
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Delhi BJP claims AAP govt connived with discoms to levy additional charges on electricity, demands rollback of tariffs

The Delhi BJP demanded that the AAP government roll back surcharge on electricity in the city, accusing the Kejriwal government of conniving with discoms.
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Pinarayi Vijayan admits 119 booked for 'objectionable' social media posts in Kerala since 2017

Kerala government has admitted that 119 cases were slapped for posting objectionable comments on social media against CM Pinarayi Vijayan in the last three years.
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Understanding politics of violence in West Bengal: Shaped by fault lines in social structures, politicians play zero-sum game to maintain dominance

Social scientists have called West Bengal's model of rural society post-1977 as 'party-society', which signifies a blurring of the line between the society and the party.
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In thinly-veiled jibe at Adityanath, Congress says not much difference between jungle rule, Uttar Pradesh law and order

Congress hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the killing of the state Bar Council president, saying there was not much difference between 'jungle rule' and law and order in the BJP-ruled..
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Pragya Singh Thakur joins BJP workers in protest in Bhopal against power cuts, water shortage in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur joined BJP workers in a protest against power cuts in Madhya Pradesh, carrying placards that read 'Janata mombatti mai, sarkar masti mai'.
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Amit Shah to chair meeting of BJP national office-bearers, state presidents at party headquarters today

BJP president Amit Shah will preside over a meeting happening at national headquarters, of party's national office bearers and state presidents in New Delhi.
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BJP's parliamentary committee to meet on Sunday, a day before Budget Session begins

The BJP's Parliamentary Party Executive Committee will meet for the first time after its reconstitution at the Parliament on Sunday.
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Narendra Modi has an opportunity to rid India of vote bank politics, gap trust deficit with BJP by going big on educational upliftment of Muslims

The biggest task for Narendra Modi is to prevent 'otherization' of Muslims, end their isolation and make them equal partners in the progress of the nation.
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Prashant Kishor has largely faltered without 'wave' on his side, faces uphill task as Mamata's poll strategist in Bengal

If Mamata Banerjee manages to retain power in West Bengal in the 2021 Assembly polls, Prashant Kishor would surely hog the limelight again claiming to be the differentiator who stopped the Modi-Shah..
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West Bengal governor calls for all-party meet on Thursday after post-poll violence, TMC says it didn't get invitation

West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi has sent a letter to all major political parties urging them to attend an all-party meet at 4 pm on Thursday at Raj Bhavan.
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Ex-Congress MLAs in Telangana who joined TRS slam their former party, say they 'are not sheep or buffaloes to be purchased'

The twelve Congress MLAs in Telangana who recently joined the ruling TRS hit back at the Opposition party's state leadership for its attack on them.
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Post-poll violence continues in West Bengal as mutilated body of BJP worker found in Malda; state unit blames TMC 'goons'

The mutilated body of Anil Singh, a BJP worker was found in Malda, West Bengal, within the English Bazar police station limits.
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West Bengal violence: Lathicharge, teargas shells and water canons used on BJP protestors as they rally against political murders in state

The rally was organised in protest against the alleged killing of two BJP workers at Bashirhat on Saturday and the death of many other workers in clashes over the last few weeks in reported post-poll..
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Regional outfits are weaker today, but multiplicity will live

Political entrepreneurs would continue to populate the competitive landscape by forming new parties
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Won and dusted, but Jagan has miles to go

Reddy has a great opportunity to come good on his most crucial promise-emerging as a better leader than his father YSR Reddy. It's a tough task, but long-term thinking and flexibility will be the..
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If Didi goes, will Bengal's Hindus forgive & forget?

With the BJP winning 18 Lok Sabha seats, Muslims in the state would have few options if Mamata falters in the 2021 Assembly elections and the saffron party wins
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Not Hitting the Right Chord

The intellectual poverty of the Right has ushered in a situation where national life is now organised around the binaries of Hindu and Muslim, secular and religious
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Saffron-wary Nitish digs in for the battle of 2020

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar wants to pre-empt any attempt by his alliance partner BJP, fresh from its Lok Sabha triumph, to execute a plan for a JD(U)-mukt Bihar
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Social media was not a key player in influencing Lok Sabha poll outcome; BJP would have won despite online campaign, reveals CSDS report

It also states that given that voters with high exposure account for only a tenth of the electorate - while those with no exposure make up 64 percent - the study highlights that the BJP would have won..
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BJP would do well not to underestimate Mamata Banerjee's strengths while chalking up Bengal blueprint

The BJP should not make the mistake of assuming that the Lok Sabha poll is a precursor for an equally impressive performance in 2021 Assembly polls.
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Ahead of Parliament session, Congress leaders to discuss strategy, Rahul Gandhi's unwillingness to continue as party president

A core group of Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, will meet on Wednesday to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Parliament session, sources said
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Per capita availability of water has fallen, need to ensure clean drinking water for every household by 2024, says Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is committed to providing clean drinking water to every household by the year 2024.
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Congress holds protests against 'illegal' merger of party MLAs with TRS, 'forced' hospitalisation of party leader in Hyderabad

Stepping up its attack on the Telangana Rashtra Samithi over the "illegal" merger of 12 Congress MLAs in Telangana with that party, the opposition Congress staged protests Tuesday in..
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Mamata Banerjee unveils Vidyasagar bust weeks after Kolkata college vandalism, slams BJP over poll-related violence

The new bust was unveiled by Mamata Banerjee at a programme held near Hare School and then transported in an open jeep to Vidyasagar College, where it was installed at the same place where the..
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Speculations on Rahul Gandhi losing bungalow premature; decision to be taken only after Lok Sabha Speaker is selected

Any decision regarding the accommodation of Rahul Gandhi, or any other MP for that matter, will only be made after the Speaker of the Lok Sabha is selected.
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BJP leader Mukul Roy claims Mamata Banerjee's speeches fuelled clashes in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali, blames her for police inaction

BJP leader Mukul Roy Tuesday blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence in Sandeshkhali that claimed three lives, saying her speeches "fuelled" the attacks on..
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Meenakshi Lekhi protests outside Delhi Jal Board's office over 'water woes'; authority alleges BJP is 'politicising' issue

Meenakshi Lekhi protested outside the Delhi Jal Board's (DJB) R K Puram office against "water woes" being faced by the people of her constituency.
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JD(U) distances itself from BJP, YSRCP gets closer, but Modi-Jagan geniality will depend on special status for Andhra Pradesh

From Modi's point of view, Jagan offers a redeeming aspect in the light of the cooling off of the alliance with JD(U). The 46-year-old YSRCP leader comes across as an exact anti-thesis of West Bengal..
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Sudhir Mungantiwar says next Maharashtra CM will also be from BJP; party leader confident NDA will cross 220 seats in Assembly polls

'There is no discontent in the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance over this. We will even cross 220 Assembly seats,' Sudhir Mungantiwar said.
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Virender Kumar to be pro tem Speaker in 17th Lok Sabha: Temporary Lok Sabha moderator's main role is to administer oath to new MPs

BJP MP Dr Virender Kumar was appointed as the pro tem or interim Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
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