Firstpost Editor's Picks: SP-BSP tie-up, Shah Faesal on Kashmir, Gaya victim's family claims torture; today's must-read stories

SP, BSP announce tie-up, but competing interests, Mayawati's fickle nature make alliance's future bleak

To start with, both the SP and BSP are strong players in state politics, which means that there is a strong presence of both the parties on literally every seat in the state. This makes this alliance different from the Congress-JD(S) tie-up in Karnataka, where the JD(S) has a relatively patchy presence within the state. This means that summing up vote shares at a macro level becomes easy, because there is only one party which is more winnable than the other one at a particular seat. This is not the case with Uttar Pradesh, where both the alliance partners are equally strong on almost every seat.

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal on aspirations of Kashmiris, self-determination and 'sacrifices' made by Hurriyat leaders

On Saturday, Faesal said the right to self-determination is part of the Kashmir solution and there is a need to rework relations between New Delhi and Kashmir. Faesal also said Kashmiri separatists were doing a "commendable job" by facing jail and other hardships.

Gaya murder victim's family claims Bihar Police sought to obtain honour killing 'confession' through torture

The deceased girl's elder sister told mediapersons on Saturday that the police built pressure on her father and other family members to confess that the victim had returned home on the night of 31 December and was subsequently thrashed for eloping with her fiancé on 28 December.

Quota Bill: Modi government's 10% reservation for the 'poor' is regressive and a fraud against the Constitution

In other words, what the Constitution’s founding fathers had in mind were two dangers India faced: First, if there were no reservations, even if these were for some period of time, it was tough to achieve the ultimate goal of equality. And as Ambedkar said and many agreed with, if there were too many reservations which were discriminatory in nature, there was the danger of the country violating the principle of equality.

BJP attempts to keep lotus blooming in North East as Amit Shah raises NRC during party's national convention

“I assure the people of India through BJP workers that NRC is not an issue of vote banks for us. For us, it is an issue related to the nation’s security,” Shah said. Dubbing infiltration as a security threat to the nation, he said that infiltrators sneak into the country to cause blasts and kill people.

Updated Date: Jan 12, 2019 20:02:01 IST