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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››
Under PM Modi, decision making has replaced policy paralysis witnessed during UPA regime - M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express
After a decade-long scam-tainted rule, India is witnessing all-round transformation. Different sectors of the economy have become vibrant as the government set out to implement the vision and mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is time to take stock as the NDA government completes two years in office. Although burdened by the UPA’s legacy, the NDA government got down to business soon after taking over the reins of power...
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Two years of transformation - Amit Shah, Times of India
The Narendra Modi government will complete two years at the Centre this week, on May 26. Three key elements triggered NDA’s spectacular 2014 election victory – taking development and prosperity to the lowest rung of society, eradication of corruption, and ensuring transparency and ease of doing business. While people may have varied opinions on the success of the Modi government on these three parameters, it is amply clear that we are moving decisively and strongly in these areas.
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Modi@2 - R Sukumar, Mint
Narendra Modi remains a popular Prime Minister with an approval rating of 74%, and despite what a certain section of the polity and the liberal intelligentsia wants to believe about Nitish Kumar, there is no alternative—at least, none that is evident. Any critical analysis of Modi’s prime ministership thus far has to start there. Indeed, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now truly national (with a double-digit share of votes in Kerala in the south and West Bengal in the east in the latest state polls, not to forget its historic win in Assam)...
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Congress being pushed to margins - Arun Jaitley
The results of the five State Assemblies which went to poll in the last two months are on expected lines. The most important political analysis emerging from the results is a significant setback to the Congress party. It lost both the States of Kerala and Assam. In Kerala, it lost because its Government was mired in corruption scams.  In Assam, its traditional policy of encouraging illegal immigration as a source of vote bank invited a popular wrath. The strategic alliance between the BJP, AGP and the BPF highlighted this historical blunder...
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Rahul Gandhi’s strategy of tailing regional parties falls into tailspin - MJ Akbar, Times of India
As birthday gifts go, nothing could possibly please Prime Minister Narendra Modi more on the second anniversary of his government than a simple majority in Assam and a single seat in Kerala. Both are unprecedented. If Assam is a garden in sudden bloom, Kerala is a seed that could grow into a banyan. On the other side of the ledger, Rahul Gandhi’s ‘tail strategy’ has fallen into a tailspin. As ideas go, this had its merits for a party desperate...
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BJP scripts history in Assam, sets sights on north-east - Gyan Varma, Mint
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) created history in Assam on Thursday, ending the Congress’s 15-year rule with a decisive mandate that vaulted it to power in the state for the first time. The victory in Assam also means the BJP will get to play a decisive role in the politics of the tumultuous northeastern region, where it has until now been a marginal political force. BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)...
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Amma bucks 32-year trend - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
In what could be described as a historic event in the political saga of Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK, led by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was on Thursday voted back to power for the second consecutive term in the recently-concluded Assembly election, by bagging 134 out of 232 seats. Even as counting was in progress, the AIADMK established an unassailable position early on by leading in 131 seats out of the 232 constituencies which went to polls on Monday.
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No beating Didi this time? - Bhanu Joshi & Neelanjan Sircar, Hindu
When Mamata Banerjee, the charismatic leader of the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), came to power in West Bengal in 2011, she promised poriborton (change). During the 2011 election, echoing the sentiments of many others, a villager in Purba Magrahat, South 24 Parganas district, had told us, “Let me try the TMC for five years; if I don’t like what I see, I’ll switch right back to the Left Front.” At that point, the Left Front had been in power for 34 years straight, but their popularity had waned...
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End of the road for Congress? - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
Sometimes it is a curse to be spot on. Scoring a bull’s eye with the Bihar election (my forecast was 175 seats for the JDU+ and 60 seats for the NDA; the actual result was 178 seats for JDU+ and 58 for the NDA) raises expectations, but the only way to go is down. Further, the international environment is not very conducive to psephologists. Most pollsters have bitten the dust in forecasting the US presidential election. Everyone had counted Donald Trump out of the race, and he’s the presumptive Republican candidate.
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First family in serious trouble after long time - Gautam Mukherjee, Pioneer
The elevation of the brilliant and rapier-sharp Subramanian Swamy into the Rajya Sabha, represents the beginning of the end for the erstwhile touch-me-not ‘first and last’ family of the Congress. Swamy has come in with the personal backing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that of BJP party president Amit Shah, and the top brass of the RSS. Further, Subramanian Swamy, a top-notch economist, capable of taking bold steps, may also soon be offered the Finance portfolio.
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