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Jaswant Singh's tumultuous career was marked by revival of India-US ties, ignominy of Kandahar hijacking

After serving in the armed forces for just over 10 years, Jaswant Singh resigned from the Indian Army in 1965 and began his journey in politics.

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Parliament Monsoon Session: Centre, Oppn trade fire on PM CARES Fund; RS passes bill to punish attacks on health workers

In the Lok Sabha, Opposition MPs of the Congress, DMK, TMC, and others opposed the PM CARES Fund, alleging that it lacked transparency

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Ashok Gehlot vs Sachin Pilot: A brief history of face-offs between Congress' war horse and young buck

The seeds for the turf war in Rajasthan between Gehlot and Pilot were sown long ago.

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Madhya Pradesh politics: Congress loses power it regained after 15 yrs in 15 months; Kamal Nath blames 'power-hungry Scindia'

Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath resigned from the top post on Friday after unsuccessful attempts to persuade the 22 rebel MLAs to come back to the Congress folds.

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Madhya Pradesh crisis another reminder that India's anti-defection law is rife with problems, needs serious rethink

Critics say that the anti-defection law strips the MPs and MLAs of their independent moral compass or decision making powers as they are forced to toe the party line.

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As Amit Shah latches on to 'refugees vs infiltrators' plank to oust TMC in West Bengal, state braces for vicious poll battle

The West Bengal Assembly election is over a year away, but it promises to be a keenly-fought battle between the TMC and BJP.

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Day after Delhi poll rout, knives out in Congress as top brass 'gloats' over AAP's win; should party shut shop, asks Sharmistha Mukherjee

As Congress once again scored a naught in Delhi — which it once ruled for 15 years at a stretch — the mood at 24, Akbar Road was not of anguish or shock but of quiet resignation to the inevitability of it all. Such is the complacency within the party rank and file

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Raj Thackeray's MNS turns saffron, fuelling speculation that party seeks to reclaim Hindutva ideology from now 'secular' Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena, the party of Bal Thackeray — who was fondly called the 'Hindu Hruday Samrat' by his followers — had to reiterate its commitment to saffron, while MNS, a splinter group headed by his nephew Raj, rebranded itself to close in on the space perceivably abandoned by Sena after it joined a 'secular' alliance

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Maharashtra govt formation: From Udayanraje Bhosale to Ganesh Naik, NCP leaders who joined BJP paid a heavy price

The BJP fielded Bhosale from Satara in bypolls held in October, but he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of NCP leader Shriniwas Patil.

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Maharashtra political turnaround: BJP stuns Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP; here are seven questions raised by day's machinations

As Maharashtra waits for the outcome of the current situation, there are still some questions that need answering especially amid shifting loyalties

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Maharashtra govt formation still uncertain: Sharad Pawar says Uddhav will be CM, but Congress, NCP say nothing final, meeting to continue Saturday

Seems like it is back to square one for Maharashtra government formation. After NCP chief Sharad Pawar saying that Uddhav was the "unanimous" chief minister's choice among the newly-formed allies Congress-NCP-Sena, leaders of all the three parties have given vague and unclear statements to the press.

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Maharashtra political impasse: BJP-Sena bickering shows pitfalls of alliance politics; ideological affinity often not enough to ensure bonhomie

Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party's stormy pact seems to have settled into a period of lull as the allies scramble to reach an agreement for government formation in Maharashtra

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Maharashtra government formation updates: 'Apprised him on current scenario', tweets Devendra Fadnavis after meeting Governor Koshyari

Maharashtra government formation LATEST updates: BJP's Devendra Fadnavis, who met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday, said that he apprised him on the current scenario of the state. The meeting comes as the BJP and Shiv Sena are engaged in a tussle over the post of CM of the state, though the saffron party clarified that the meeting was just a 'courtesy call' on the occasion of Diwali.

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Manish Tewari blames Savarkar for Gandhi's murder, Manmohan Singh says party not against the man: Why Congress can't make up its mind on Hindutva leader's legacy

Congress' overtly critical views on Savarkar appear to be of recent vintage, and equally neoteric is the party's confusion over where to position itself regarding the radical Hindu leader

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Maharashtra polls: Infighting, lack of course correction in Opposition ranks may hand BJP-Shiv Sena easy win

The Congress in Maharashtra appears to be plagued by infighting and even the takeover by Sonia Gandhi as interim president does not appear to have helped matters

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Jyotiraditya Scindia 'exploring options' if denied post of MPCC chief, say reports; Kamal Nath denies rumours of rift

Amid rumours of an apparent rift in Madhya Pradesh Congress, state chief minister Kamal Nath on Friday met Sonia Gandhi and discussed names of possible successors to him as party's state unit chief

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Haryana political battle heats up ahead of Assembly polls: BJP boasts of Modi's '56-inch chest', Congress slams 'non-performing' Khattar govt

The surprise element in Haryana came from former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, whose salvos put his own party in a spot of bother, rather than the BJP.

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Sushma Swaraj and Ayodhya-Ram Janmabhoomi movement: Feisty BJP leader who wore Hindutva identity, politics on her sleeve

Unlike majority of BJP leaders, Swaraj's defence of BJP in the Liberhan report included keeping Muslims on board too. She told the Parliament that the report, a long-running inquiry commissioned by the Government of India to investigate the destruction of the disputed structure Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992 led by retired High Court Judge MS Liberhan, had the potential of starting communal riots, 'as it asked Hindus and Muslims to dump their community leaders'.

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Congress blunder in Lok Sabha over Article 370 debate: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says Kashmir 'is not' India's internal matter

At a time when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre's attempts to scrap Article 370 is an omnipresent news item, Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has done one better. Scoring a self goal during a debate in the Lok Sabha, in the presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chowdhury embarrassed the party, and majority of the parties opposing the article, by appearing to suggest that decisions taken by Centre on Jammu and Kashmir were not an internal matter.