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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.
Sushil Kumar Modi served as deputy CM of Bihar from 2005-13, and again from 2017-20 | Photo: ANI

End of the road for Nitish’s ‘Laxman’ in Bihar — Sushil Modi unlikely to return as deputy CM

CM-elect Nitish Kumar and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh skipped questions, but Sushil Modi himself hinted on Twitter that he will just remain a worker.
Nitish Kumar is set to be sworn-in as the chief minister of Bihar for the seventh time after the NDA won the assembly polls | Photo: ANI

Double-digit growth but high unemployment — challenge before Nitish Kumar’s new Bihar govt

Tejashwi Yadav's RJD offered 10 lakh new jobs, while Nitish’s ally BJP offered 19 lakh. Here’s how victorious NDA can set about fixing the problem.
Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM fielded 20 candidates in the Bihar assembly elections | Photo: ANI

AIMIM wins 5 seats in Bihar, but hasn’t made a big dent in Mahagathbandhan vote share

The AIMIM fielded 20 candidates in the elections to the 243-seat assembly, of which 14 were in the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region.
PM Modi at the rally in Bhagalpur Friday | ANI

Chirag, Nitish, caste, Naxals and land reform — Modi’s 5 messages to Bihar voters

PM Modi kicked-off his Bihar assembly polls campaign Friday with rallies at Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. CM Nitish Kumar was present at two.
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal announces the party's decision to quit the NDA over the farm bills issue, in Chandigarh on 26 September 2020 | @officeofssbadal | Twitter

BJP treated allies like spare tyres, has no minority support now, says SAD chief Sukhbir Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal, whose party broke away from NDA after 24 years, says BJP never consulted allies on significant decisions & just expected them to fall in line.
File photo of Punjab BJP chief Ashwini Sharma | Twitter

Harsimrat’s resignation political decision, SAD still part of NDA, says Punjab BJP chief

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had said that his party's future course of action and whether to stay in the BJP-led alliance or not will be decided in a party meeting later.
SC closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

GST an absolute failure, 2nd major attack on India’s unorganised economy, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi alleged that the NDA government has kept four different tax slabs to help big industrialists with means and contacts to change the taxes under the GST regime.
File photo of Chirag Paswan

Be realistic about your strengths — BJP’s advice to Chirag Paswan on battle with Nitish

BJP has advised LJP president and MP Chirag Paswan to tone down his attacks on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, which have rattled the NDA boat ahead of state polls.
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Opposition’s issue with VVPAT shows desperation, says BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan

Opposition party leaders met the Election Commission, demanding a verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling booths a day before counting of Lok Sabha votes.

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