Bihar alliance rift: JD(U) hits out at Congress - Piyush Tripathi, Times of India
The bickering among the ruling partners in Bihar continued on Friday with JD (U) spokesperson Ajay Alok targeting Congress, saying it could not pursue secularism while being a party to corruption.
Mayawati’s desperation - Pioneer
If Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati believes that her dramatic resignation from the Rajya Sabha membership will help her to consolidate her hold on the Scheduled Caste community, then she is banking too much on one single act.
Cong's Gujarat pillar falls - Nayan Dave, Pioneer
The Congress’ trouble continues to mount. After several of its MLAs in Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra were reported to have cross-voted in favour of the NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Gujarat Assembly and former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela created a political upheaval by announcing his decision to quit the party. 
Life comes a full circle for Gujarat strongman Shankersinh Vaghela - DP Bhattacharya, Economic Times
Life comes a full circle for Shankersinh Vaghela. If it was his rebellion against BJP two decades back that had made him the centrepiece of political discussions, it is his revolt against the Congress that has hogged the limelight now.
On BJP's radar: Kerala and Bengal - Rajdeep Sardesai, Hindustan Times
When a few days ago, Delhi BJP leader Nupur Sharma tweeted pictures of the 2002 Gujarat riots and attempted to pass them off as Bengal 2017, she was only being a loyal party soldier. In the BJP’s disinformation campaign, Bengal is now, to borrow a hashtag from one of the rabble-rousing channels, a ‘Hindu hate hub’.
The colour factor in Indian politics - Amit Ahuja, Pioneer
Indians, it is said, care about skin colour. In 2014, people in the country spent ?3,695 crore ($550 million) on fairness products; cosmetic conglomerate advertisements constantly remind consumers that success in marriage and the job market are only a fairness cream away. But can fair skin enable candidates to win elections?
Both experience and stature make Venkaiah Naidu the right choice as Vice President - Pioneer
In choosing M Venkaiah Naidu as the vice presidential candidate, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has addressed many issues effectively in one stroke. The first is that of legislative experience. Given that the Vice President is also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha, he has to have a sound understanding of the House's functioning, including that of parliamentary procedures — a rapport with the Opposition benches is an add-on.
No end in sight to Bihar crisis - Amarnath Tewary, Hindu
Amid a standoff between the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal(U), partners in the grand alliance in Bihar, RJD leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Tuesday met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after a Cabinet meeting.
Before Ram Nath Kovind vs Meira Kumar, a look at biggest, closest victory margins in presidential elections - India Today
The voting for presidential election 2017 is underway and BJP pick Ram Nath Kovind is all set for a big win against Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Of the total electoral college votes of 10,98,903, former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind is almost assured of 63 per cent of them.
Rahul Gandhi in a quandary on party's leadership in States - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi appears to be continuing with his experimentation. First, he experimented with appointments of presidents of the NSUI and the Youth Congress through elections. It is another matter that only the prodigies of veteran leaders won. Soon, the process was abandoned. Now, ahead of finalising appointments in various State organisations he has resorted to surveys. Congress veterans are predictably puzzled as to how the appointment of a State president can be done on the basis of a survey?
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