In today’s edition: Hectic parleys over Cabinet berths, Kangana Ranaut allegedly slapped by CISF constable, Sunil Chhetri’s last match, and more

🗳️ Verdict 2024

Modi is expected to be sworn-in as Prime Minister for a third consecutive term on Sunday evening and hectic parleys on the composition of the incoming Union Council of Ministers is on. On Thursday, BJP leadership held a meeting with senior RSS functionaries, including Arun Kumar, who is the interface between the party and the Sangh. We take a look at what transpired in the meeting.

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has found the “biggest scam” in the history of Indian stock markets — the sudden surge of share prices after the exit polls and their plummeting on election results day. Here’s what he had to say on it and the alleged role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in this “scam”.

The INDIA bloc may have decided to wait and watch developments unfolding in the NDA camp and “take appropriate steps at the appropriate time”, but some parties in the Opposition alliance are pushing hard for exploring options to shore up the bloc numbers to checkmate the BJP. . Who are they and what is their plan? We take a look.

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Meanwhile, there’s an international war of words going on as China has objected to Taiwan congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the NDA’s election victory and the latter replying to it. Why? We decode the international relations between the countries.

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In today’s Opinion section, Sudha Pai explains how the Opposition’s INDIA bloc managed to pull-off an upset in Uttar Pradesh, often seen as a bastion of the BJP. “It was able to tap into the unhappiness on the ground and put together a cohesive, meaningful narrative. For the first time since 2014, the BJP has not been able to use polarizing communal rhetoric to triumph over dissatisfaction over social and economic issues,” she wrote.

📰 From the Front Page

Actor Kangana Ranaut, who recently won the Mandi Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket, was allegedly slapped by a woman constable of the CISF at the security area of ​​Chandigarh airport. We take a look at the chain of events that led to this.

Will a reduced mandate for the third consecutive NDA government, set to take oath in two days, curb its reform instincts? Chief Economic Advisor V Anantha Nageswaran believes that this will make some of the difficult reforms more feasible incrementally because it opens up space for dialogue.

One of Karnataka’s oldest women trekkers was among nine persons who died after their trekking expedition to Sahastra Tal in Uttarakhand was hit by a blizzard on Tuesday afternoon. We write about 71-year-old Asha Sudhakar, who passed away, and also spoke with the survivors of the blizzard.

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“The people have denied Modi government Iqbal – moral authority, prestige, legitimacy”

“The people have voted for stability and PM Modi”

In our Opinion section today, Yogendra Yadav and Abhinav Prakash offer us contrasting interpretations of the BJP’s performance in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

After investing Rs 6,850 crore on June 3 — following the exit poll results — foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were big sellers in the stock market in the next four days amid the fall and rise in stocks in the wake of the unexpected poll outcome. Foreign investors have taken out Rs 18,109 crore from the cash market (excluding IPO investments) in the month of June so far, according to exchange data.

Ever since the Women and Child Welfare Department in Delhi issued an order for all Anganwadi centers to remain shut until June 30, citing heat wave conditions, workers have to go door to door to deliver packaged dry rations. Priyambada Sharma, convenor of the Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, says the workers and helpers barely have time to catch a break: “In addition to supplying food during peak hours, this month they have been directed to take a population survey for the government. “ Read more in our ground report.

⌛ And Finally…

An overcast sky over Salt Lake Stadium reflected the sullen mood in the Indian camp as their striker Sunil Chhetri laced up his boots for one final time in the World Cup qualifier against Kuwait. Struggling to get into the game as teammates failed to fashion worthwhile chances, the country got a glimpse of the game’s future after the talisman.

Delhi Confidential: The JD(U) is yet to make an official statement on how many Cabinet berths it has demanded from the BJP in lieu of support to the Narendra Modi government, but the media frenzy around its demands appears to have got many JD(U) leaders. excited Check out today’s column for more!

In the latest episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss why the BJP lost the Faizabad seat, the challenges and advantages of passing reforms under a coalition government, and the nine people from Karnataka who passed away during a trek in Uttarkashi. Tune in!

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Ayesha Jain and Rounak Bagchi

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