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  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
  • US President Donald Trump lands in Ahmedabad, received at the airport by Prime Minister Modi
  • US President Donald Trump to land in India today
Continuing violence in Delhi takes the sheen off the visit by US President Donald Trump
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Bypoll Results: Creases Deepen For Modi-Shah

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-06-01 14:54:40

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The bypoll results have been a huge setback for the NDA, more specifically for the BJP. It has just managed to retain the Palghar LS seat in Maharashtra in a one-to-one fight with ally-turned-foe Shiv Sena. The bad news is that vote share is also falling. The other bad news is that since allies like JD(U) in Bihar are also losing seats, they are blaming the BJP for the reversals. Is anti-incumbency setting in? Is the Modi magic waning? Has the opposition found the right index of unity to beat the BJP?

The loss in Kairana in UP was particularly devastating for the party since it was twice in quick succession that the opposition used a formula to put it across the BJP. It seems Amit Shah has no answer to the coming together of regional forces such as SP, BSP and RLD. The matter was made more difficult because the Jats deserted the party due to the party’s indifference to distressed sugarcane farmers. Muslims plus Dalits plus Jats dealt a body blow to the BJP that even consolidation of Hindu votes could not counter and overcome.

In the rest of the country, the Congress won in some places while regional forces such as JMM in Jharkhand, NCP in Maharashtra and RJD in Bihar turned the table on BJP. The writing seems to be on the wall. What the BJP is doing, like revival of the economy as manifested in rising GDP numbers and DBT, may be topics of hot discussion in acadamia. But the common man is not concerned with all this. He sees hatred and intolerance, distressed farmers and jobless youth and his anger reflects in bypoll results. The BJP has a herculean task ahead of it if it wishes to retain power in 2019. It seems that contrary to the party’s views, this time Modi and his jumlas might not be enough to breast the tape.