Politics/Nation
How opposition squandered support of regional parties in Rajya Sabha elections - Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times
Opposition parties failed to get their act together to win the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman’s election in a a highly anticipated face-off with the ruling NDA on Thursday, and in the process squandered an opportunity to win a few additional votes in favour of their common candidate.
Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman election: With help from Nitish Kumar, it is BJP which gets its mahagathbandhan right - Manoj CG, Indian Express
The much-anticipated election for the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha turned out to be an easy victory for the ruling NDA which showcased its new partner JD(U) and tapped its leader Nitish Kumar’s formidable goodwill across the political divide.
In Mangaldoi, where Assam Movement began, some Bengali Muslims still wait to be counted as citizens - Arunabh Saikia, Scroll
For Salimuddin, July 30 was meant to be the day he would finally be free from a stigma that has lasted almost four decades. He was only a teenager in 1979, when the Assam Agitation broke out in the state. The six-year-long anti-foreigner movement was primarily directed against alleged illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
Sena-BJP ties: Doubt looms after no-confidence motion - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
If the Shiv Sena’s abstaining from voting on the no-confidence motion is any indication, it is likely that the party is distancing itself from the BJP. Even after the BJP’s victory on the motion, the Shiv Sena was all praise for Rahul Gandhi, and this too can be seen as a sign of the widening gap between both parties.
Wild elements can upset BJP apple cart in 2019 - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
There are many privileges of being in Parliament. The one I cherish the most is the special access that allows me to gauge the thinking of the political class. Convivial conversations with MPs, cutting across the party divide, is invaluable in sensing the mood.
Do or die? Mayawati works with whip in hand to revive her flagging political fortunes - Ajoy Bose, Scroll
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati took several severe and pointed organisational measures in July to tighten discipline within the party. This comes as excitement mounts among her flock on the growing political prospects of the Dalit leader in the 2019 parliamentary polls.
Modi's 2019 master stroke behind the no-confidence motion - Pranab Dhal Samanta, Economic Times
The hug and shrug debate aside, the no-confidence motion had a specific political logic to it – reposition the BJP as a better alternative to the Congress for regional parties. How? The decision to let the Speaker admit the motion was itself a concession to the ‘regional spirit’ because the motion was being piloted by the Telugu Desam and other Andhra-based parties.
Congress is 'Open to Backing Mamata Banerjee or Mayawati as PM in 2019' - Wire
Days after announcing that party president Rahul Gandhi will be its prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election, Congress sources told journalists on Tuesday that they will support any candidate who isn’t backed by the Sangh parivar or the Bharatiya Janata Party. They were responding to a journalist’s question about whether the party will back Mamata Banerjee or Mayawati as prime minister next year.
Congress inching towards Mahagathbandhan in UP? - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
Sources say the SP, BSP, Congress, and RLD have almost arrived at the seat-sharing agreement. This is a conventional formula, which ensures seats for the winning candidate and for those who are on the second position. According to this formula, the Congress might get eight seats.
Mamata rallies cadre, sets all 42-seat target for TMC in Bengal - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Giving a call for “BJP hatao, desh bachao”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her State “would show the way and the Trinamool Congress-propelled Federal Front would play the catalyst” to the inevitable change of 2019 when the Narendra Modi Government will be thrown out of power “heralding a new India, free from hatred, lynching, and Talibani style violence”.
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