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Coomi Kapoor

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Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Curious delay in finalising CAA rules

The BJP's political opponents fear that the government wants to bring out the rules during the West Bengal election campaign to polarise the atmosphere. Another reason for dragging feet on a follow-up could be concerns over a

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on its 50th anniversary in March next year and would not want to sour the atmosphere before his trip.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Family kept away from campaign in Bihar election

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was rattled by the hostile reception on his campaign trail. Nitish made matters worse by generally keeping his distance from journalists, while both Tejashwi Yadav and Chirag Paswan went out

On Thursday, Nitish criticised those making inflammatory speeches on the CAA.

Inside Track: Why BJP-JDU changed their on-ground poll strategy in Bihar

Several BJP state leaders grumble privately that by constantly playing second fiddle to Nitish, Modi has taken the BJP nowhere.

The decision to permit Chirag Paswan to cut into JD(U) votes was not merely to clip Nitish Kumar's wings but also to target deputy CM Sushil Modi.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Dangerous liaisons in Bihar, tragic deaths in Modi Cabinet

The first hint of the BJP's ambitions to be senior party in the alliance with Nitish Kumar was at a virtual conference a fortnight back when general secretary Bhupendra Yadav observed that the BJP invariably played second fid

Nitish compelled the BJP to announce his name as the CM candidate, but he cannot force the LJP not to carry posters of the late Ram Vilas Paswan with Modi.

Inside Track: Prashant Kishor’s sway in West Bengal leaves Trinamool Congress veterans restless

The Opposition played into the ruling party's hands by creating ugly scenes in front of the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, providing the government with an excuse not to have a division on the farm reform Bills.

But the absence from India which has triggered the biggest buzz is not of a politician, but a leading Mumbai industrialist who has been in UK for a while.

Inside Track: Political debut on the cards for Raihan Rajiv Vadra?

No question hour, alternating four-hour sessions daily for the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, and MPs to be spread over seats in both the Houses and the visitors' galleries.

Entry in the premises will be allowed only on production of a COVID-19 negative report, with the test conducted not more than 72 hours before the start of the session.

Letter by 23 leaders was meant to target the coterie surrounding Rahul Gandhi, not Gandhis

This coterie is so empowered that when Sonia Gandhi recently sent the approved names as observers for the Madhya Pradesh bypolls, K C Venugopal did not clear the names for three days.

He said it is a matter of pride for India that the team has entered the finals of the Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Who’s the winner? Ashok Gehlot is looking rattled, Sachin has suffered only notionally

But surely it was up to the two veteran BJP leaders to take the call, or as a courtesy a relative could have been deputed for this historic event.

Since Gehlot retained both the home and finance ministries, he ensured that no funds were released for Pilot's portfolios and that he could not even choose his own staff, let alone ensure a posting in his constituency.

Deluxe living: Priyanka Gandhi moves to penthouse apartment that surpasses most global luxury standards

The problem for Vadra is that the complex is so exclusive, the residents will not take kindly to the obtrusive security detail for Vadra, who enjoys Z-plus security.

Vadra may have lost a prized Lutyens address in the heart of Delhi, but her new residence, which she purchased many years back, does have compensations.

Ashok Gehlot has climbed greasy political pole by cutting to size all who stood in his way, writes Coomi Kapoor

Only an opportunistic Digvijaya Singh and a few lesser known MPs have come forward to chant the familiar slogan "Rahul Lao, Congress Bachao".

Inside Track | Is Cabinet reshuffle on the cards by August?

Some believe that only middle-rank portfolios will be switched since the PM wants certain politicians replaced by domain experts and those with technical know-how.

Salve has impressed Prime Minister Modi after his legal victory on Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice.

Inside Track: Why Congress and NCP are unhappy with Uddhav Thackeray

The CM is seldom to be seen at his office or official residence, and is not available on the phone after 11 pm. He clears files only after the Chief Secretary's approval.

Inside Track: India’s belated response to Chinese build-up along the LAC

The excuse cited for a probable delay in summoning Parliament is that the 24 parliamentary standing committees must first meet and submit their reports.

Inside Track: Power equations are changing

When Mishra (PKM) took over from Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to the PM, it was assumed that he would automatically wield the most clout in Modi's secretariat.

Inside Track: Why Mamata Banerjee is wary of Prashant Kishor’s alleged BJP links

It is unclear whether Kishor will stay on in the state. Some Trinamool leaders and an advertising agency owner perceive him as a threat.

Prashant Kishor, Mamata Banerjee, TMC, Bengal election, coronavirus

Inside Track: Amid COVID-19 crisis, steps seem afoot to ensure Rahul Gandhi returns as Congress president

The impression was reinforced when Rajnath Singh, and not Shah, was appointed last month to head the 15- member high-power ministerial committee coordinating with states on ensuring movement of essential supplies during the l

Inside Track: Harsh Vardhan emerges as the right man in the right place for COVID-19 crisis

The first alarm bells of a potential health hazard were, in fact, sounded by the Markaz’s immediate Muslim neighbours, who feared for their safety.

The authorities turned a blind eye to the huge congregation at the Markaz in Nizamuddin, Delhi, last month not because of an intelligence failure but to avoid a confrontation with the powerful chief of the Tablighi Jamaat sect.

Inside Track: Even some of Modi’s bitter political critics have appreciated swift measures in COVID19 fight

Even some of Modi’s bitter political critics have appreciated the swift measures he put in place against coronavirus and the economic bailout package.

Inside Track: Scindia Story

The longstanding family feud is not about different political ideologies but over the inheritance of the vast Scindia estate.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, BJP, Vasundhara Raje, Supriya Sule, Rahul Gandhi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raj Thackeray, Meira Kumar

Inside Track | Donald Trump’s India visit and his differences between old-school bureaucrats in Washington

It seems there are differences on US-India policy between the old-school bureaucrats in Washington and the recent Trump appointees, including his own family members.

Post Delhi polls, Prashant Kishor keen to take centrestage

Kishor, who is from Bihar, wants to create a viable opposition political alliance for the Assembly polls later this year.

Prashant Kishor, delhi assembly polls, Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, MK Stalin, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Rahul Gandhi 

Central hall out? Parliament restructure plan has set alarm bells ringing

Through most of the year, Parliament’s Central Hall is a meeting place for MPs, past and present, and senior journalists to exchange notes over coffee, tea and snacks, between attending sessions in the House.

parliament, parliament centrall hall

Here are some key winners and losers at the end of 2019

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah were riding quite high in January 2019. But the general elections loomed large and the naysayers warned of the unbeatable arithmetic of a Samajwadi Party-BSP combine in Uttar Pradesh and the handic

Maharashtra, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray, Amarinder Singh, Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, Rahul Gandhi, bjp

After CAA, BJP plans to embarrass Shiv Sena further — Here’s how

The wordy skirmish arose after the Sena initially assured the Congress it would vote against CAB and then backtracked.

shiv sena, bjp

Inside track: From how Naresh Gujaral did not get postive respose to Sanjay Raut’s political journey

Thanks to the BJP’s hubris, there was no one in the party, except possibly Nitin Gadkari, who could have acted as an intermediary when the Shiv Sena was parting company.

Inside track, Naresh Gujaral, Sanjay Raut, Nitin Gadkari, L K Advani, Thackeray family, Shiv Sena, Pramod Mahajan, Jairam Ramesh, Ajit Pawar

Inside Track: From Maharashtra politics to Rakesh Asthana still in favour

Most intriguing of all was the fact that Amit Shah’s camp seemed uncharacteristically comatose and benevolent about losing the most cash-rich state in India.

Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar (Reuters image)

Is NSA Ajit Doval up or down in Modi-2 regime? Read this to know

There are even three deputy NSAs and the building entrance has got a facelift. Most importantly, the rules of business were re-framed this month so that the NSC can generate Cabinet notes and act like a full government depart

At times, when Doval issues instructions to the IB chief or other agency heads, he is informed that they have to first check with Shah. (File photo)
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