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Karnataka crisis: It’s not BJP, but infighting between Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar caused Operation Lotus

The recent rumbles in H D Kumaraswamy’s government, nicknamed Operation Lotus, have not been caused by the BJP.

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Inside track: From movie on Bal Thackeray to new book by Jay Panda

Manmohan Singh’s Rajya Sabha membership from Assam ends on June 14 and Sonia Gandhi is keen that the former PM continues to represent the party in Parliament.

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Politicians working hard to shed flab ahead of 2019 polls

Politicians are working hard to shed flab before the start of the gruelling campaign for the next elections.

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Inside Track: ‘Flying baraat’ and secret behind delayed swearing-in of Congress chief ministers

The delay in the swearing-in of the three new Congress chief ministers was not only because of the tussle over CM posts.

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Inside Track: Will Mahagathbandhan leaders accept Rahul Gandhi as anchor after Assembly elections verdict?

Buoyed by three victories, the Congress now assumes that Rahul Gandhi is the automatic favourite to lead an anti-BJP alliance in 2019.

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Inside Track: Who governs Uttar Pradesh in Adityanath’s absence?

Many wonder how Yogi Adityanath manages to govern Uttar Pradesh since he has been busy on the campaign trail addressing some 70 campaign rallies in other states in the last 60 days.

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Inside Track: Will LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi contest 2019 Lok Sobha?

Following Sushma Swaraj’s announcement that she would not contest from Vidisha in the next Lok Sabha polls, there is speculation whether the BJP Margdarshak Mandal members, LK Advani, 91, Murli Manohar Joshi, 84, Shanta Kum

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Inside Track: From Congress’ ally trouble to Swaraj’s untimely LS announcement – details you should know

Tower of babble The Congress’ social media in-charge Divya Spandana should have known better than to embarrass her party with her indiscreet tweets. First she responded to a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing

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Inside track: From Congress’ CM face in Madhya Pradesh to likely appointments by Modi government

As chairperson of the campaign committee for Madhya Pradesh and as someone who is young and friendly with Rahul Gandhi, it was assumed that Jyotiraditya Scindia would be the party’s chief ministerial choice.

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Inside Track: From speculated Gandhi family reunion to CBI war politics – all you need to know

Maneka Gandhi’s frontal and public Twitter attack on Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar over the killing of man-eater tigress Avni in Yavatmal has angered some high-ups in the BJP.

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Inside Track: From alleged Raw hand in CBI row to Rahul Gandhi’s missing party cadres – all you need to know

The midnight removal of CBI chief Alok Verma on October 23 was reportedly triggered by a meeting between R&AW chief Anil Dhasmana and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21.

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Inside Track: Why there is mess in CBI, ED

If the CBI is on the boil, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), where director Karnal Singh’s term has just ended, is simmering.

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Inside Track: From CBI’s chief replacement to Rahul Gandhi’s photo op bungle – all you need to know

The government is searching for a reliable replacement for CBI chief Alok Verma, who retires in January next year.

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Inside Track: From purported ‘Rajput Raj’ in BJP to doubts over Divya Spandana’s role in Congress – all you need to know

The propaganda that the BJP is no longer concerned about Brahmin interests has been reinforced by the lack of representation of the community in key slots in the party and government.

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Inside track by Commi Kapoor: India-Pak talks, NSA Doval, Sardar Patel statue; here’s the buzz

During former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s regime and even after he demitted office, Indo-Pakistan negotiations were conducted from the Indian side largely by NSA Doval, who kept in regular touch with his Pakistani counterpar

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Inside Track: From Opposition’s silence on Rafale to Amit Shah’s third front – all you need to know

Rasheed Kidwai’s latest book, Neta Abhineta, is filled with juicy anecdotes about the close ties between Bollywood stars and the political world.

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Inside track: From Mohan Bhagwat’s speech to Rahul Gandhi’s extended CWC; all you need to know

Political analysts are scratching their heads to decipher the implications of Mohan Bhagwat’s recent lectures. For the first time in its history, the RSS sarsanghchalak has spoken in a more liberal vein than its political w

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Inside Track: From Sitharaman’s PC to Digvijaya’s ‘Sangat mein Pangat’; all you need to know

After Narendra Modi’s Chai pe Charcha and Amarinder Singh’s Coffee with the Captain, Digvijaya Singh has launched Sangat mein Pangat (Community feast and chat).

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Inside Track: From Modi-Mohanlal meet to Ratnakar Pandey’s demise; all you need to know

The BJP high command and the PMO have been pressing the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to furnish statistics of the beneficiaries of different central and state government schemes at the state, district, block and villag

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Inside the track: From Mamata Banerjee’s pro-active role in putting anti-BJP front to Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s 1.5 lakh rakhis to women

Mamata Banerjee’s pro-active role in putting together an anti-BJP front has prompted speculation that she could be the all-India face of the alliance. Banerjee had remarked that she was small fry but likened herself to the

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Inside Track: From what Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s old friend reveals on former PM to Ahmed Patel’s position in Congress hard to match

NM Ghatate, a lawyer and close friend of Atal Bihari Vajpayee since 1957 who visited him regularly, says that two facts frequently mentioned about the BJP leader are 'incorrect'.

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End of an era: 1923-2018 – Between The Lines: Fearless Kuldip Nayar, journalism’s conscience

Kuldip Nayar wore so many hats in his eventful life that the tired old cliché, ‘a doyen of Indian journalism’, does not really fit.

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Inside Track: From ‘Spy’ Chandraswami to keeping fit with former Vice-President Hamid Ansari

Political hustler and influential guru Chandraswami, who helped bring down the Morarji Desai government and was accused of trying to tarnish VP Singh’s reputation by faking documents from a St Kitts bank, was also a ‘CIA

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RIP Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A statesman who soft spoke his mind

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s liberal admirers sometimes described him as the right man in the wrong party. His critics called him a “mukhauta”, a mask which hid his party’s harsh uncompromising Hindutva agenda.

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Inside Track: From Tamil Nadu Government not granting permission to bury M Karunanidhi at Marina beach to Sushma Swaraj creating stir in BJP Parliamentary Party meeting

Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam disagreed on the issue of granting permission to bury DMK leader M Karunanidhi at Marina beach.

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Inside Track: From Mamata Banerjee’s nephew’s birthday to Modi’s media rules

Mamata Banerjee’s parliamentary brigade had flown to Kolkata to attend the birthday party of five-year-old Azaana Banerjee, daughter of Mamata’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.

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Inside Track: From Rahul Gandhi’s hug to Congress-BSP alliance in Maharashtra, All you need to know

A section of the Congress is furious that a veteran like Kamal Nath should have publicly displayed his eagerness to tie up with Mayawati’s BSP in Madhya Pradesh.

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