The Congress heaved a sigh of relief after rebel leader Shankersinh Vaghela pledged support to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel who filed his nomination for the August 8 Rajya Sabha election.
With the Centre promising negotiations with leaders of the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) -- organisers of the recent 10-day-long economic blockade demanding a separate state for the tribals of Tripura -- CPI(M) senior leader Jitendra Choudhury has accused the BJP of using "unethical and undemocratic" means to destabilise the state.
It had to happen sooner or later. It was just a matter of the timing. The day Lalu Yadav went to the press over his son Tejashwi’s resignation from the deputy CM’s post, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar decided to call it and put in his papers.
China is in no mood to back down on the Doklam issue even though India is hoping that its superspy Ajit Doval who will be visiting Beijing on Thurdsay will be able to defuse the situation. The Chinese have turned around and blamed Doval for India’s intransigence.
A court remanded seven Kashmiri separatists, arrested a day earlier on charges of taking funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley, in NIA custody for 10 days.
With the presidential poll over, the BJP central leadership is now likely to take a call on getting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath elected to the state assembly by September to remain in office.
The Hindutva lobby has been feverishly engaged in recent times in pushing its agenda of a new interpretation of history as it apparently believes that the wrong version has been taught for too long a period by the Nehruvians because of their previously privileged position in positions of power. It was time, therefore, to undo the earlier mistakes. Few would have expected, however, that this desire for change would be articulated by the highest constitutional authority in the land.