Politics/Nation
Why Mayawati pulled the plug on SP-BSP alliance - Lalmani Verma, Indian Express
A few days after announcing to contest upcoming Assembly by-elections in Uttar Pradesh separately from Samajwadi Party (SP), the BSP on Monday formally announced a break-up with its Lok Sabha poll ally. In a series of tweets, Mayawati said that BSP will contest all future elections alone in the interest of the party and the party’s movement.
The Left crisis in India - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Friedrich Engels had said that one of the principal outcomes of the proletarian revolution would be the withering away of the State. In India, post-2019, the State has emerged stronger than ever before and it is the communist parties which are actually withering away. While much of the focus after the recent Lok Sabha election has been on the disastrous performance of the Congress, the real big story is the declining fortunes of the two communist parties in India.
In absence of chief Lalu Prasad: RJD to take stock in July first week - Sanjay Singh, Economic Times
The national executive of the Rashtriya Janata Dal is likely to meet in Patna in the first week of July to review its poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Bihar and the challenges it faces to retain its traditional support base in the state.
Rahul Gandhi disappears again leaving Congress shell-shocked - Coomi Kapoor, Financial Express
Rahul Gandhi has reportedly gone abroad and is not planning to return till June 19 when the swearing in of the new MPs is complete. While party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala states emphatically that Rahul will continue as president, the buzz in the party is that Gandhi is serious about his resignation.
In NDA bloc, JD(U) sets terms of engagement - Vinod Sharma, Hindustan Times
In a coalition where the lead party has an overwhelming majority, junior stakeholders are loath to subsuming their entity to the bigger partner. Of all the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents, the Janata Dal (United) has made its point early on, and rightly so.
Mamata Banerjee signs on Prashant Kishor who helped Jagan Reddy's big win - Sreenivasan Jain, NDTV
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is still smarting after losing ground to the BJP in last month's national election, today met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor, whose latest success is Project Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh.
Will Shah walk the talk on Article 370? - Deepak K Upreti, Pioneer
BJP strongman Amit Shah, who had promised that his Government would scrap Article 370, is new Union Home Minister in place of Rajnath Singh. Rajnath has been moved to Defence while Nirmala Sitharaman has been entrusted with an equally high-profile Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
Lalu in the wilderness - Navin Upadhyay, Pioneer
When Lalu Prasad, then a rustic Yadav chieftain and a well-established cheer leader of the JP movement, was crowned as Chief Minister of Bihar in 1990, among his backers were both Left and Right — communists and the BJP — who found a common enemy in the Congress. Thirty years later,  Lalu is in prison on corruption charges while his party is in the doghouse.
How Congress let down its young pilots - Kushan Mitra, Pioneer
Even before the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) landslide victory in the recently-concluded elections, there was a healthy disrespect for family dynasts in the Congress among the young BJP-leaning ideologue. If you mentioned the irony of the fact that several of the BJP’s own cadre of youth leaders are second or third generation politicians, they would argue that they had worked in their constituencies and elsewhere.
Rahul Gandhi's Resignation as Party Chief May Lead to Another Power Tussle in Congress - Rasheed Kidwai, News18
If Rahul Gandhi indeed relinquishes office of the Congress president and remains as a Member of Parliament, the grand old party may see a tussle of another kind — between the parliamentary wing of the party and the organisation, i.e. the All India Congress Committee (AICC).
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