Politics/Nation
Bengal braces for crucial last phase of polling - Hindu
Elections for the seventh and most crucial phase of the Lok Sabha election in West Bengal will be held on Sunday with the highest number of seats — nine — scheduled to go to the polls in a single day. The seventh phase will also see polling in the 50 other constituencies across the six States and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, including in Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to retain his seat.
KCR’s Federal Front odyssey halts at Stalin - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
The southern odyssey of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, with an eye on the post-poll scenario in Delhi, remained inconclusive despite a 70-minute long meeting with DMK president MK Stalin on Monday.
Didi ‘dictator’ vs Shah ‘low-life’ - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Hours after BJP president Amit Shah’s helicopter was denied permission by the West Bengal Police to land at Baruipur under Jadavpur constituency for an election rally, he attacked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “damaging all the democratic institutions and norms in the State.”
Lok Sabha elections: In hub of illegal migration, battle isbetween Mamata Banerjee and PM Modi - Times of India
The mighty Ichchamati river that divides India and Bangladesh at Taki is intrinsic to the character of the area. Every year, after Durga Puja, the immersion ceremonies bring Hindu communities from both sides together mid-stream as they send their respective Ma Durgas back to her home.
Expecting NDA to fall short, Opposition leaders begin post-result planning - Manoj CG, Indian Express
While counting of votes is still a fortnight away and 118 Lok Sabha seats are still to go to the polls, opposition parties have begun strategising for the post-verdict scenario and possibilities. And on the discussion table is a possible meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind to urge him against inviting the single-largest party for government formation in the event of a splintered verdict.
Political common sense behind Priyanka Gandhi's pullout from Varanasi - Aman Sharma, Economic Times
She sparked feverish speculation by asking whether she should contest from Varanasi, followed it up by saying she could and that she was ready if her party wanted her to, kept the pot simmering by saying her party would decide and that she would contest if her brother, the party president, asked her to — only to shatter the suspense four weeks later with her party’s revelation that she wouldn’t be contesting after all.
Why Congress and JD(S) alliance in Karnataka may not be a worry for BJP - Shuja Asrar, Times of India
In 2018 Karnataka assembly elections, the Congress, with 80 seats, forged a post-poll alliance with JD(S), with 37 seats, to form a government in the 224-member asembly. The BJP with 104 seats was the single largest party.
A battle of Kayasthas in Patna Sahib - Amarnath Tewary, Hindu
Patna Sahib is one of the few parliamentary constituencies of the total 40 in Bihar where the election will be keenly observed for different reasons. Shatrughan Sinha, who recently quit the BJP and joined the Congress, is pitted against BJP candidate and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll for the first time.
A Mulayam transition - Pioneer
One may call it opportunistic but when is politics anything but? One may have doubted the possibilities of the mahagathbandhan but this is one alliance in Uttar Pradesh (UP) that has subsumed the hostilities, rivalries and egos of its partners to wage a counter dharm yudh, that of the oppressed, the backwards and Dalits, against the ruling raj of the privileged Thakurs.
Phase 2 of polling will decide on how the opposition shapes up against BJP - Vicky Nanjappa, One India
In the 2014 elections, the BJP had won 27 out of the 95 seats. Six seats went to the NDA partners. The Congress on the other hand won only 12 of these 95 seats, while its UPA partners bagged three seats. This means that 47 of the remaining seats went to the non NDA and non UPA parties.
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