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  • Centre sanctions Rs 15000cr for Covid19 emergency response, part of it immediately and the rest over a period of four years in mission mode
  • RBI says Covid-19 has "drastically altered" the growth outlook in India
  • Third coronavirus death in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai
  • Odisha becomes the first state to extend the lockdown until April 30. Schools and colleges in the state to remain closed until June 17th
  • The Supreme Court orders all coronavirus testing, including by private labs, to be done for free, says will look into the matter of reimbursement for private players at a later date
  • Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar proposes an Indo-Pak ODI series to raise funds for fighting coronavirus
  • Maharashtra government says many Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the Markaz and returned have gone into hiding
  • West Bengal government identifies hotspots in Kolkata and the rest of the state, inclined to extend the lockdown in those places only
  • Prime Minister Modi holds a video conference with floor leaders of opposition parties, hints at extending the lockdown
  • UP seals hotspots and makes masks mandatory
  • Masks made compulsory in Mumbai, violators will be arrested
  • ICMR says an infected person can infect 406 people in 30 days without social distancing and lockdown
  • Stock markets make a smart recovery. Sensex up by record 2476 points on global cues
  • Schools, colleges and shopping malls likely to remain closed for a further period of one month, says empowered group of ministers
  • PM Modi tells BJP workers that India is in for a long battle against the coronavirus and there is no scope to feel tired or defeated
Total Covid-19 cases rise to 5734 on Thursday and the death toll stands at 166, says the health ministry in its daily briefing
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Karnataka Headed For Mid-Term Polls

By Sunil Garodia

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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 Congress-JD(U) alliance is Karnataka is in trouble again. This time the patriarch H D Deve Gowda has spoken about the inevitability of mid-term polls in the state. He has also started the process of meeting local leaders in a bid to strengthen the party. These are clear signals that Deve Gowda thinks the alliance will not last more than a couple of months.

This alliance was doomed from the beginning. The Congress, despite getting bigger numbers and despite objections from state leaders, ceded the post of chief minister to the JD(U) just to keep the BJP away from power. It was clear that leaders like Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao would not take the situation lying down.

Of late, Siddaramaiah has started to arm-twist chief minister Kumaraswamy into accepting many of his demands, reducing him to a caretaker chief minister. In the past, Kumaraswamy had, more than once, let his guard down in public (even crying on camera once) and had spoken about the stress under which he was running the government. After the rout in the Lok Sabha elections, the glue of winning has also evaporated, leaving the alliance vulnerable. Attacks and counter-attacks have come from both sides for the dismal performance.

In such a scenario, the father-son duo of Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy know that the Congress might pull the plug any moment. The Congress has already dissolved its state unit and is in the process of revamping it. Siddaramaiah said today that the alliance must be dissolved as the Congress party is not benefitting from it. This has put the issue in the high command domain. Rahul Gandhi will not be able to ignore the wishes of his regional satraps for long and one can see fresh polls in the state sooner than later.