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  • Maharashtra bypolls: After success of united Opposition in UP, Shiv Sena likely to get drawn into anti-BJP formulation

    MUMBAI: The BJP may draw cold comfort from its victory in Palghar, where a divided opposition worked to its advantage. But it will now be nagged by a bigger worry: the possibility of the Shiv Sena getting drawn into the anti-BJP formulation, which has been spurred by the recent success of the ‘rainbow’ coalition in UP.

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    Kairana bypolls: Entire Opposition united against BJP, PM Modi’s Indira moment comes to reality

    Kairana: For the entire Opposition, in general, and Ajit Singh, in particular, the Kairana win is a watershed moment – or what a media source dubbed as PM Modi’s Indira moment. Mrs Gandhi had experienced a similar gang-up of opposition parties after the Emergency. The constituency’s 1.5 lakh Jats had switched their affections to the BJP in the last general elections after the sharp polarisation following the communal violence

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    Union minister Nitin Gadkari takes on EC, says appalled by reason given by poll body that EVMs failed due to heat

    Mumbai: It is not often that a cabinet minister takes on the Election Commission at a time it is being targeted by the Opposition, too, over faulty EVMs. Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said he was “appalled” by the reason given by the commission that EVMs and VVPAT machines had failed because of the excessive heat and dust in the region.

  • Karnataka: A hazy picture yet

    The Opposition show of bonhomie in Bengaluru at last week’s oath-taking ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy as Karnataka Chief Minister was impressive, warming the cockles of the hearts of all  those arrayed against the Modi Government. After all, the gathering of so many leaders on one stage was a rare sight. In fact, the post-poll coalition between the JD(S) and the Congress, which made the Kumaraswamy government possible, was in itself proof

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    Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll: Can Opposition recreate Gorakhpur magic?

    Kairana: The BJP is facing a tough fight in Lok Sabha by-poll in Kairana, where the Opposition is trying to recreate the magic of Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The seat has 16 lakh voters — nearly a third of them Muslim; also stake are a chunk of Jat voters, who have traditionally voted for Ajit Singh’s RLD but had drifted to the BJP in 2014.

  • Opposition leaders come together on single platform for Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony

    Bengaluru: Cynics may dismiss it as just a photo op but the coming together of Opposition leaders on a single platform is a loaded political message to the BJP, that there is now more to the polity than just a Modi narrative. Neither HDK, nor his father H D Deve Gowda, were the stars of the swearing in ceremony in Bengaluru. Rather, under the arc lights was the large anti-BJP

  • The hopes of third front have brightened

    It is becoming increasingly clear that Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi’s plan to forge a united front of opposition parties is running into rough weather. Sonia has had a one-point agenda—to foist her son Rahul as the Opposition challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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    Impeachment Motion: Mass hysteria over CJI and future of judiciary

    The BJP has thanked Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for rejecting the Opposition bid to impeach Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, forgetting that the Vice President is above partisan loyalties to the BJP – of which he once formed a part. After all, Naidu was part of Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Before that, he was a loyal cabinet minister of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Whether his decision was legally

  • Impeachment motion against CJI: The Congress party has egg on its face

    Just when the fortunes of the Opposition seemed to be looking up with the BJP tending to go on the back foot, the Congress has set the cat among the pigeons. Rank myopia and poor judgement have led Congress president Rahul Gandhi to rake up the issue of impeaching the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, on grounds that are patently petty and ill-thought-out.

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    Supreme Court Crisis: Ill-advised, myopic impeachment

    The Congress-led motion signed by 71 members of Parliament from seven political parties to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on grounds which included sensitive cases being assigned by him to preferred benches of the Supreme Court, is a condemnable act by an opposition that has lost its way. It is a mischievous attempt to divide the country’s judiciary which is arguably the strongest pillar of Indian democracy. Indeed, it is

  • Good idea, bad timing

    These are tense times. Trust between the Opposition and the ruling party has vanished completely. Both suspect each other’s motives. The absence of engagement, formal and informal, has led them to fear the worst from each other. In such a dire climate, a give and take on a matter of huge importance, requiring close cooperation and coordination at the political and government levels, is unthinkable. In this context, the suggestion of the

  • BJP Fast: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani observes fast in Gandhinagar

    In a tit-for-tat fast, PM Narendra Modi, BJP MPs and other party workers to observe a fast on Thursday to ‘expose’ the Opposition for disrupting Parliament during the budget session. This comes after Congress President Rahul Gandhi staged a protest by observing a day-long fast at Rajghat. The protest was against caste-based violence, communalism, and non-functioning of Parliament, for which the Congress blames the ruling BJP.

  • Parliament washout: Fasting for what?

    It is rather odd that the Prime Minister and his ministerial colleagues should be sitting on a day-long fast to expose the hypocrisy of the Opposition in blaming the ruling party for the washout of the post-recess session of Parliament. All parties were responsible for the wasted session, including the ruling BJP. Having said that, we fail to understand what, if any, purpose will be served by Modi and members of his

  • Parliament logjam: Budget session ends with lessons on how to duck no-trust vote

    New Delhi: A no-confidence motion, the biggest parliamentary weapon in the Opposition’s armoury to vote out a government, became a casualty in the Indian Parliament that ended its budget session on Friday with hardly any substantial business undertaken in the second half due to daily ruckus.

  • No work, no pay for NDA MPs

    The MPs belonging to the ruling NDA have decided to forgo salaries and perquisites for the period the Parliament failed to transact any business. Their decision is commendable. Whether or not it would inspire members of the Opposition to do likewise, is hard to tell, though, in all fairness, they too should forgo the financial entitlements which become due when the House is in session and is actually working. For instance, each

  • Leaders of opposition parties hold a joint protest in Parliament

    New Delhi: Leaders of opposition parties on Thursday held a joint protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over a slew of issues. They protested against issues like bank scam issue, farmer crisis, no-confidence motion, SC/ST Protection Act and disinvestment of Air India among other issues.

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    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid protests

    New Delhi: Opposition protests today forced the adjournment of proceedings in Rajya Sabha for the day without transaction of any business as members trooped into the Well and shouted slogans, drowning every other voice.