Cheat Sheet

  • Teams EPS And OPS Work On Merger, Likely Meeting With PM Modi: 10 Facts
    After months of one step forward and several back, the competing factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK have agreed in principle to merge, with leaders talking of a union by August 15. The leaders of the two wings, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam ("OPS") and his successor, E Palaniswami ("EPS"), are expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, which would signal their best efforts yet to bury their differences, some of which rest on who will head the Tamil Nadu government. Sources in the Panneerselvam camp, however, were skeptical of the two factions coming to an understanding.
  • Sea Of Saffron In Mumbai, 900,000 Marathas Protest: 10 Facts
    More than 800,000 protesters who are Marathas disrupted Mumbai traffic and strained its railway network on Wednesday as they pressed their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs and colleges for students. The Marathas are a politically powerful group because they constitute 33 percent of Maharashtra's population. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that his government supports affirmative action policies for the dominant caste. But he offered no schedule for implementing new policies to benefit Marathas.
  • 10-Point Guide To Ahmed Patel's Close Shave In Gujarat
    Congress leader Ahmed Patel snatched a late night victory in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections after the Election Commission rejected the votes of two Congress rebel legislators. Mr Patel won by the skin of his teeth. He needed 44 votes to win and he got 44, returning to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat for a fifth term in a bitterly fought election that became a massive prestige battle between the Congress and the BJP. The other two seats have been won easily by BJP chief Amit Shah, who makes his debut in Parliament, and union Minister Smriti Irani.
  • Ahmed Patel Snatches Win In Gujarat Rajya Sabha Nail-Biter: 10 Points
    Congress leader Ahmed Patel is returning to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat for a fifth term, winning the third seat today in a bitterly fought election that became a massive prestige battle between the Congress and the BJP. The other two seats have been won easily by BJP chief Amit Shah, who makes his debut in Parliament, and union minister Smriti Irani. For the Congress, snatching the Ahmed Patel win from a BJP determined to prevent it is the biggest boost it has had in a long time.
  • In Chandigarh Stalking, Chase By BJP Leader's Son On CCTV, Say Cops: 10 Facts
    CCTV footage of a white SUV racing behind Chandigarh DJ Varnika Kundu's black car confirms her account of being chased on the streets of Chandigarh and terrorized allegedly by the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son. Police sources say the chase is recorded on CCTV cameras on the route and the footage establishes active pursuit. 23-year-old Vikas Barala and his friend are accused by Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a Haryana bureaucrat, of stalking and trying to kidnap her. The police have rejected speculation that it is under pressure to engineer a cover-up for the BJP, which rules Haryana. A senior woman officer is likely to be given charge of the investigation.

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