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NDA just lost its 19th ally since 2014, but here’s why Modi-Shah pretend they can’t care less

The only way to look at Modi’s and Shah’s seeming indifference to departing allies has to be in the context of the BJP’s expansion plans and its willingness to shed unwanted, extra baggage.
Assam cabinet minister and North East Democratic Alliance convenor, Himanta Biswa Sarma, addressing a public rally at Suklai Serfang in Baksa district ahead of the BTC polls | Twitter | @himantabiswa

Not Shivraj or Yogi, Himanta Biswa Sarma is Modi-Shah’s sharpest political brain

BJP's impressive performance in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Council polls shows why Himanta Biswa Sarma has emerged as the election mastermind that Modi and Amit Shah need.

Teflon Modi does not have one Achilles heel, but two

In the past six years, Modi has taken a series of controversial decisions not caring for tremendous opposition. But two opponents made him blink.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya | Photo: @Tejasvi_Surya/Twitter

BJP’s search for a young face could end with fiery Tejasvi Surya

BJP desperately needs a young Yogi Adityanath for cross-state campaigning, so it doesn’t look like a party without a future, solely relying on Modi and Amit Shah.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal dilemma — allow Puja for Hindus or contain Covid. Smug BJP looks on

The threat of coronavirus is real. But so is the fact that Mamata Banerjee is caught in a lose-lose situation in West Bengal, which goes to polls next year.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

What is stopping Narendra Modi from sending a Hindu Rashtra postcard to the world

India's historical wound has been like the pizza base. Toppings and enemies keep changing over time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Modi-Shah’s BJP needs a new ‘enemy’ for Bihar election. Pakistan and Sushant won’t work

Pakistan is a Muslim state, an 'unprovoked' aggressor and an evergreen enemy — a seductive mix for the BJP. China does not quite fit the bill.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.
File photo of Aaditya Thackeray | @AUThackeray/Twitter

Sushant Rajput death is BJP’s chance to finish brand Aaditya Thackeray, after Rahul Gandhi

BJP knows that in Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, a young, amiable face is emerging in Maharashtra’s politics.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah during BJP National Executive Meeting | PTI

All parties promise ‘achhe din’. But only BJP has the 3 Ms that make it stand apart

BJP is the only party with a story today. The politics of all other parties — Congress to BSP — revolve around it.

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