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CMs rightly fear misuse of anti-terror centre - BS Raghavan, Business Line
The seven Chief Ministers who have protested against the nature and scope of functions entrusted to the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) are absolutely right in sounding the alarm. First of all, an organisation of such far-reaching impact should not come into being without its objectives and powers having been comprehensively discussed in a conference of the Chief Ministers. They have vital stakes in protecting their respective States and the country as a whole against terrorist attacks. Read Full Article››
The political juggernaut on a roll - Poornima Joshi, Business Line
What started in 2014 as a voters’ experiment with the politics of hope is now a phenomenon, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi acquiring almost a mythical image as an agent of change. As he completes three years in office, the Prime Minister and the ruling party, run with militaristic precision by his indefatigable lieutenant, BJP President Amit Shah, have emerged as the most powerful beneficiaries of the voters’ challenge to a status quo that has curtailed social mobility and promoted income inequality for decades.
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The conspiracy theory itch - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), since its inception, has used a certain set of tools to enhance its political prospects. These include roadside activism, press conferences with revelations, attacking powerful figures in other parties and finally, spreading conspiracy theories such as the one about ‘rigged EVMs’. All over the world, there is a market for conspiracies. A significant chunk of the population likes to believe the unbelievable. This happens across the spectrum of political ideologies.
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The broom no longer cleans - Priyadarshi Dutta, Pioneer
The debacle of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the recent municipal elections in Delhi, which it badly needed to win, confirms a pattern in its downslide. Coming in the aftermath of its candidate Harjeet Singh losing his deposit in the Rajouri Garden by-poll, its failure to win Punjab and discomfiture in Goa, the AAP’s future prospects appear in jeopardy. The law of averages seems to have caught up with party’s abnormal rise. Whether it will be able to reverse the trend in the 2020 Delhi Assembly election, only time can tell.
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Let's be clear: Modi wave won't abate in near future - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
A few days before the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections, Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress president and the man entrusted with the task of trying to resuscitate his party one more time, had appeared on a show hosted by ABP News TV. He arrived in the studios, brimming with confidence and upbeat about the Congress’s performance. Within minutes of his arrival, news broke about local bossman Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had stood by the Congress...
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A new work culture, finally... - Tavishi Srivastava, Pioneer
For Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to run an administration, is certainly not new. He had been heading the Gorakhnath Peeth in Gorakhpur since the last few decades. But this time, being the Chief Minister of the State with the largest number of Lok Sabha seats, the canvas is bigger — and so is the responsibility. He has been chosen by the BJP leadership to prepare the most populated State for the party’s Mission 2019 at the Centre. So, Yogi is a man in a hurry. He made his intentions clear from day one, that he meant business.
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On this day, 37 years ago, 'the world's largest party' - the BJP - was founded - Times of India
On today's date 37 years ago, the BJP - which has become "the world largest party" - was founded with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the helm as party president. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah wished their colleagues on the occasion of the formation of the BJP on April 6, 1980. Since early today, top BJP leaders have been congregating at the party's headquarters in New Delhi...
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Yogi for Sabka saath, Sabka vikas - Biswajeet Banerjee & VN Bhatta, Pioneer
BJP leader and five-time Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, a day after he was unanimously chosen by party MLAs as the legislative party leader at a meeting in Lucknow. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik at a gracious function held at the Kanshi Ram Smriti Upvan. Two Deputy Chief Ministers: Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma; 22 Cabinet Ministers...
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Is Modi 2019 a done deal? - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
Last week, BJP won big in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections. The extent of its victory was not expected by pollsters or even by BJP itself. In these two states BJP won 381 of the 473 seats, or over 80% of the total. It wasn’t all good news for BJP. The party and its ally SAD lost in Punjab. BJP also failed to reach a majority in Goa and Manipur, although it did manage to form governments in both states. However, the win in UP alone was far bigger than losses in smaller states.
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The voter's new religion - M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express
The historic mandate in Uttar Pradesh is a watershed moment in India’s electoral history. The poisonous cocktail of caste and communal politics was swept away by the Modi tsunami, with the BJP’s landslide victory stunning political pundits and media commentators alike. Coming within months of the revolutionary decision to ban high-value currency notes, which many sceptics prophesied would lead to an electoral debacle for the BJP, the stupendous victory showed that the people...
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Parrikar back at helm of Goa - Mayabhushan, Pioneer
Senior BJP leader and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn-in for the fourth time as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday, a day packed with action, both in the coastal State as well as the national Capital, where the Supreme Court of India directed that the new Government should face a floor test in the State Assembly on Thursday rendering void the Governor’s order which had given Parrikar 15 days to prove his majority. Parrikar, who resigned as Defence Minister on Monday...
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