Latest News Today – Rahul Gandhi Leads Opposition Meet To Crank Up Heat On


New Delhi:

Fourteen opposition parties, led by the Congress, met in Delhi today to chalk out a strategy to take on the government over the Pegasus phone-hacking scandal, which has triggered massive protests in, and forced repeated adjournments of, the monsoon session of parliament.

Rahul Gandhi – whose name is on the list of alleged surveillance targets – was part of the meeting, as were leaders from the Shiv Sena, the CPI and CPM, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the AAP and DMK.

The NCP, the Samajwadi Party, the National Conference and the Muslim League also took part, as did the Revolutionary Socialist Party, Kerala Congress, and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.

The meeting was chaired by the Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and took place in his chambers.

Sources told news agency PTI Mr Gandhi said the government was trying to defame the opposition by accusing them of not allowing parliament to function. Mr Gandhi, sources added, stressed that the opposition only wanted to raise issues that affect people and will continue to do so.

A joint press conference was expected at 12.30 pm, but this has been postponed.

Mr Gandhi attended a similar meeting – of opposition leaders from the Lok Sabha – Tuesday evening.

Today’s meet comes after Prime Minister Modi slammed the Congress for “not letting parliament run”.

The Prime Minister accused the opposition party of deliberately spurning attempts at resolving an impasse that has seen Parliament conduct almost no work in this session. The Lok Sabha was adjourned a staggering nine times yesterday, amid continuous protests by opposition MPs.

Today’s meeting comes after seven opposition parties wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, asking him to direct the centre to discuss Pegasus and farmers’ protests in parliament.

The letter was signed by Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party, the Akali Dal, the National Conference, and the CPI and CPIM, as well as Sharad Pawar’s NCP.

“We, members of parliament (MPs) of various political parties, are writing to you to seek an appointment to apprise you of two disturbing developments, including the complete stonewalling of demands of the peasantry to repeal the three agricultural laws as well as use of Israeli spyware Pegasus to tape telephones of politicians, journalists and activists,” the letter read.

The Congress was not a signatory to that letter.

The Congress has, however, insisted the centre is to blame for the non-functioning of parliament, as it is not agreeing to opposition parties’ “united” demand for a discussion on the Pegasus issue.

Demands for the Pegasus row to be discussed in parliament have also come from Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the Prime Minister in Delhi yesterday and, among other issues, pitched for a Supreme Court-led inquiry into the allegations.

Ms Banerjee, whose nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee is also among the potential targets, has already announced a judicial panel to investigate the Pegasus row.

The centre has refused to order a probe into the Pegasus allegations, insisting surveillance of the alleged kind is impossible given existing checks and balances within the country’s legal framework.

With input from PTI

Disclaimer: The NSO group which sells Pegasus to governments and government agencies only, says it is not connected to the leaked database of phone numbers. The Indian government has said there is “no substance” in these reports.





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Latest News Today – PM Modi, Sharad Pawar Meet For Nearly 50 Minutes


PM Modi and Sharad Pawar met in Delhi.

New Delhi:

Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s residence. The meeting last 50 minutes, sources said.

“Rajya Sabha MP Shri Sharad Pawar met PM Narendra Modi,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, along with a photo of the two leaders meeting.

The meeting comes two days ahead of the monsoon session of parliament and amid reports of strains in the Shiv Sena-led alliance in Maharashtra, of which Mr Pawar’s party is a party of.

Earlier this week, the veteran politician denied that he is a candidate for post of the President — speculation triggered by election analyst Prashant Kishor’s meeting with the Gandhis.

“It is wrong to say that I am a candidate for the Presidential election,” Mr Pawar told reporters on Wednesday.

Mr Pawar, 80, who had taken the initiative to stitch up an opposition wall ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, also said no decision has been taken about the 2024 elections. “The political situation keeps changing,” he added.

The Rajya Sabha member had also commented on the formation of a new ‘Ministry of Cooperation’ a day before the mega reshuffle of PM Modi’s cabinet. He said that laws on the cooperation sector have been framed in the Maharashtra assembly and said that the centre has no right to interfere with legislation drafted by the state.

Mr Pawar was part of a meeting held by newly-appointed leader of Rajya Sabha and Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, ahead of  the parliament session. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma too attended that meeting. An all-party meeting will be held on tomorrow.



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Latest News Today – BS Yediyurappa’s Chartered Flight To Meet PM Amid


BS Yediyurappa is visiting Delhi with his son Vijayendra. (File)

Bengaluru/New Delhi:

A trip to Delhi today by Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, coinciding with the two-year anniversary of his fourth term, has revived speculation that it will involve discussions on a change of leadership in the state – an issue that has increasingly dogged the 78-year-old for months.

Mr Yediyurappa boarded a special flight with his son Vijayendra landed in Delhi at around 3:30 pm. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at around 6:45 pm. Before that, he attended a virtual meeting led by the PM with Chief Ministers of southern states to discuss the COVID-19 situation.

The visit comes amid growing notes of discord in the Karnataka BJP with several leaders openly challenging the Chief Minister and facing little admonishment from the top leadership. Mr Yediyurappa’s last trip to Delhi was in January when he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda.

“I want to reiterate that there is no infighting in the BJP and the Chief Minister has gone to Delhi for an official visit,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Recently, the BJP’s state in-charge, Arun Singh, had visited the state and met the ruling party’s MLAs. He had reiterated that the Chief Minister had the backing of the party leadership and said that Mr Yediyurappa and his government had been doing good work.

But the speculation, fanned by public rumblings against the Chief Minister by BJP MLAs and alleged interference by his son Vijayendra, is not dying down.

Defying warnings of disciplinary action by the leadership, disgruntled BJP leaders like Vijayapura City MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, Tourism Minister CP Yogeshwar and legislative council member AH Vishwanath have mounted scathing attacks on Mr Yediyurappa, embarrassing the party and his government.

Swatting away the buzz surrounding the Delhi visit, Revenue Minister R Ashok said, “Normal process. Nothing is there. There is no leadership change in Karnataka. Yediyurappa will continue. He is visiting Delhi to meet the Prime Minister, Home Minister and party president and other central ministers especially Irrigation Minister. The Cauvery river issue is the major issue. That is why he is visiting Delhi.”

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been in conflict over a planned irrigation project by Karnataka in the Cauvery river at Mekedatu.

Though Mr Ashok denied any plans of a cabinet reshuffle in the near future – and said the Chief Minister himself had said so – sources in the BJP claimed that such discussions were not off the table during this visit.

Besides the Prime Minister, Mr Yediyurappa is likely to meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah tomorrow.

Commenting on the dissent against him last month, Mr Yediyurappa had said, “There is no political crisis at all…what is happening is just because one or two people (legislators) are saying something in the media, it is creating misunderstanding…these one or two people speaking against me is not new, they have been doing it since the beginning and it is getting highlighted.”

But he had also said that he will continue as Chief Minister only as long as the BJP central leadership has confidence in him. “The day they tell me to quit, I will. Then, I will involve myself in working for the welfare of the state.”



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Latest News Today – Google Meet to Enforce 60-Minute Time Limit on Group


Google Meet will now enforce a 60-minute limit on group video calls for free users. The video calling service, when it was made available to all users last year instead of just Enterprise or Education customers, had no time limit on calls for any number of participants. Google had said that it would introduce a 60-minute limit to group video calls, but the deadline was extended multiple times owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The time limit, however, is still only for calls with three or more participants and one-on-one video calls remain free of this restriction.

Google Workspace users will now have to upgrade to a paid account to host unlimited group video calls with three or more participants. Google Meet has updated its guidelines that mention that free Gmail users can now host a group call with three or more participants for only 60 minutes at a stretch. The updated guidelines are also mentioned on the Google Meet Help website. “At 55 minutes, everyone gets a notification that the call is about to end. To extend the call, the host can upgrade their Google account. Otherwise, the call will end at 60 minutes,” the guidelines say. The new guidelines for Google Meet were first reported by 9to5Google.

As mentioned, the change in guidelines for Google Meet doesn’t affect users on one-on-one calls but only users on group calls. And although creating a new Google Meet link is an easy task, it just adds another step to prolong the conversation.

When Google Meet became available for all users in April 2020, Google announced that it will limit meeting times to 60 minutes from September 2020. However, Google then extended the deadline for unlimited free calls to March and finally the latest deadline was announced to be June 30.

The Google Meet Help website also mentions an upgrade for users if they wish to participate in unlimited group calls. The upgrade, Google Workspace Individual tier, has just been announced for $9.99 (roughly Rs. 745) per month in the US. If the meeting hosts upgrade to this plan, the calls can run for more than the defined 60-minute duration.


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Latest News Today – Gandhis, Prashant Kishor Meet On Project Sidhu: 10


Rahul Gandhi, Prashant Kishor had last collaborated in the Congress’s failed campaign for 2017 UP polls

New Delhi:
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor is meeting with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi, reportedly on the party’s infighting in Punjab ahead of polls next year.

Here are the top 10 points in this big story:

  1. Prashant Kishor, who has held a series of political meetings in the past few weeks, was seen arriving at Rahul Gandhi’s home for the meeting.

  2. Sources said the Congress leader’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had cancelled a meeting on Uttar Pradesh to meet with Mr Kishor.

  3. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of efforts to broker peace between the Congress’s top two in Punjab ahead of polls next year – Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his chief in-house critic Navjot Singh Sidhu. Both the Gandhis have met with Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu separately in recent weeks.

  4. In 2017, Mr Kishor was instrumental in bringing Mr Sidhu to the Congress, just before the Punjab polls. Mr Sidhu, who quit as a BJP Rajya Sabha member, was believed to be vacillating between the Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

  5. But not long after the Congress won Punjab, powered by Mr Kishor’s strategy, Amarinder Singh and Mr Sidhu fell out. Two years later, the cricketer-turned-politician quit the Punjab cabinet, feeling sidelined.

  6. Mr Sidhu met with Priyanka Gandhi for four hours and tweeted a photo with her. Priyanka Gandhi reportedly facilitated his meeting with her brother, who had earlier told reporters he had no meeting with the sulking Punjab leader.

  7. Days later, Amarinder Singh met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi and later told reporters: “I don’t know anything about Sidhu saab. Whatever is the decision, whatever the Congress president wants, we will follow it.”

  8. But Mr Singh has reportedly been resistant to ideas that involve a massive upgrade for Mr Sidhu in the Punjab government and party. After the last meeting, Congress sources had talked about a formula in which Amarinder Singh would stay Chief Minister and the Punjab Congress would be revamped to accommodate Mr Sidhu.

  9. Mr Kishor had also met with Amarinder Singh last week. Credited with many election victories across the political spectrum, the strategist also crafted Amarinder Singh’s 2017 Punjab campaign.

  10. Rahul Gandhi had last collaborated with Prashant Kishor in the Congress’s failed campaign for the Uttar Pradesh election in 2017. The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance flopped and the BJP came to power.



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Latest News Today – Rs 23,123 Crore Covid Fund Announced After First Meet Of


PM Modi’s government has faced sharp criticism for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Delhi:

A new emergency response package worth Rs 23,123 crore to tackle the coronavirus pandemic was announced by the central government on Thursday, following the first meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s revamped cabinet on Thursday.

The announcement outlined the priority for PM Modi who appointed new ministers for health, IT and oil as part of a reshuffle a day ago in a bid to reinvigorate his government amid fierce criticism of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and other quarters.

The package will help set up paediatrics departments in 736 districts, 20,000 new ICU beds and acquire buffer stocks of medicines, new health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.

Out of the 23,000 crore, around Rs 15,000 crore will be spent by the centre and Rs 8,000 crore will be allocated to states, he said, adding the plans will be implemented in the next nine months.

Mr Mandaviya was appointed on Wednesday just hours after Harsh Vardhan, who was the face of the government’s efforts to fight COVID-19, was asked to step down along with his deputy.

Official sources said Mr Vardhan had to pay the political price for the government’s struggles to cope with a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections.

PM Modi’s government has faced sharp criticism for the chaotic rollout of a nationwide immunisation campaign that experts say had worsened the impact of the second wave, killing hundreds of thousands.

The official count of deaths after a surge in COVID-19 infections in April and May passed 4 lakh last week. Experts believe the actual number may be much higher and there are fears of a third wave soon. Millions remain unvaccinated.

Several members of the ruling BJP and a few from allies were sworn in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to replace 12 ministers that were fired in the first cabinet reshuffle since PM Modi was re-elected in 2019 on a promise to transform India into a political and economic power.

Opposition leader P Chidambaram said the removal of the health minister and his deputy was an acknowledgement that the Modi government had failed in managing the pandemic but the buck should stop with PM Modi.

“There is a lesson for ministers in these resignations. If things go right the credit will go to the PM, if things go wrong the minister will be the fall guy,” he said.

PM Modi retained his core team at the foreign, finance, home and defence departments even though the economy is in a deep recession and there are widespread concerns that a surge in COVID-19 infections will stall economic recovery.

The reshuffle also came after the defeat of the BJP in April elections in key West Bengal and ahead of another major test of PM Modi’s popularity in state elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand in February and March next year, which may prove to be a bellwether for his party in 2024 national elections.

Earlier in the evening, PM Modi held a virtual meeting of the new cabinet that now includes 30 ministers while the council includes 77 in all.



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Latest News Today – Meet The New Cabinet – Who’s Got What


Mansukh Mandaviya with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the oath-taking ceremony.

New Delhi:

A number of key portfolios – including health, law, information and technology and railways – have gone to new ministers and junior ministers who were elevated in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers that underwent a reboot today. The total strength of the Council of Ministers is now 78, including the Prime Minister.

The current reshuffle has boosted the number of cabinet ministers from 21 to 30 and the number of junior ministers from 23 to 45. There are fewer junior ministers with Independent charge – the figure has dropped from nine to two.

As the country braces for a third wave of Covid following a debilitating second surge, Mansukh Mandaviya has been given the challenge of leading the containment efforts as the head of the crucial health ministry. His junior minister will be Dr Bharati Pawar. In addition, he would retain the Ministry of Chemical Fertilizers.

Newcomer Ashwani Vashnaw, the Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha, has been given charge of the Railways and IT ministry. An MBA from Wharton School, Pennysylvania University and MTech from IIT Kanpur, he has held leadership roles across major global companies such as General Electric and Siemens.

The crucial Law and Justice ministry has gone to Kiren Rijiju, a law graduate who earlier handled the Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ayush ministry and was also the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

Jyotiraditya Scindia — one of the BJP’s high-profile acquisitions from the Congress — has been given charge of the Civil aviation ministry at a time the sector is struggling under the Covid onslaught. The ministry was once handled by his father Madhavrao Scindia, who died in a plane crash in 2001.

Ramchandra Prasad Singh of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United, which joined the PM Modi’s government for the first time, has been made part of the cabinet with the steel portfolio.

Anurag Singh Thakur, who earlier handled the ministries of finance and corporate affairs, has been given charge of crucial Information and Broadcasting ministry. Additionally, he will handle Youth Affairs and Sports

Sarbananda Sonowal, the former Chief Minister of Assam who handled the Sports and Youth Affairs ministry in the first NDA government, has been given charge of the Ports, Shipping and Waterways portfolio. He will also handle the Ayush ministry.

The Education Ministry, vacated earlier today by Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, has gone to Dharmendra Pradhan.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has got the charge of the newly-created Ministry of Cooperation.  

Meenakshi Lekhi, once the BJP face in the media,  will be the Minister of State in External Affairs and the Culture Ministry.

Parshottam Rupala will handle the Dairies and Fisheries portfolios.

Hardeep Singh Puri will be the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Pashupati Paras, who leads the splinter group of Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, has been given the Food Processing portfolio.

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Labour and Employment ministries have gone to Bhupender Yadav.

G Kishan Reddy will handle the Culture, tourism and Development of the North Eastern Region portfolios.

Forty-four ministers took oath today as part of the first reshuffle in the second stint of the government led by PM Modi. Fifteen of them became part of the Union Cabinet. It was preceded by exits of 12 ministers including high-profile names like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr Harshvardhan and Prakash Javadekar, who were seen to be among the core team of the Prime Minister.

The resignations sent out the message that the government’s focus was on performance and drew derision from the Congress, which said it was an admission of the government’s failure on multiple fronts.

Among the 28 Ministers of State, seven are from Uttar Pradesh where the BJP is seeking a second term in the assembly elections due next year.

“I congratulate all the colleagues who have taken oath today and wish them the very best for their ministerial tenure. We will continue working to fulfil aspirations of the people and build a strong and prosperous India,” PM Modi had tweeted after the oath ceremony this evening.



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Latest News Today – Ministers-To-Be Meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Cabinet Expansion: The Union Cabinet, which can have 81 members, currently has 52 ministers.

New Delhi:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet reshuffle, the first in his second term, will be announced at 6 pm. At least 14 new ministers are likely to join the government and at least three ministers of state are expected to be promoted.

Here are 10 developments in this big story:

  1. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Bhupendra Yadav, and Meenakshi Lekhi are set to join the government. They were among 17 people who visited PM Modi’s residence ahead of the revamp.

  2. Ministers of State  Anurag Thakur, Purshottam Rupala and GK Reddy, who also met with PM Modi, are likely to be promoted.

  3. More allies will join the government in this round – RCP Singh (Janata Dal United), Pashupati Paras (Lok Janshakti Party) and Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal), to name some.

  4. The new cabinet will be the “youngest-ever” in India’s history, top government sources say. The shake-up is also expected to bring in a greater share of ministries for OBCs (Other Backward Class).

  5. There will be more women ministers and special representation will be given to those who have administrative experience, say the sources.

  6. Government sources also say the revamped cabinet will include “PhDs, MBAs, post-graduates and professionals”, to bring up the average education level.

  7. The reboot will also focus on regions within states, with an eye on polls in five states next year and the 2024 national election.

  8. A new “Ministry of Cooperation” has been created to “strengthen the cooperative movement in the country”, according to the government.

  9. Ahead of the cabinet changes, Union Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot was elevated as Governor and several Governors were shifted yesterday.

  10. The Union Cabinet, which can have 81 members, currently has 52 ministers. This means 29 ministers can be added.  
     



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Latest News Today – Captain Takes Chopper To Delhi To Meet Sonia Gandhi Amid


Amarinder Singh takes a chopper to meet Sonia Gandhi.

New Delhi:

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh took a chopper to Delhi this morning to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi amid infighting within the party’s state unit, ahead of the assembly elections due next year.

His meeting with the Congress chief comes just days after Navjot Singh Sidhu, his biggest rival and critic, met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi.

Last week, Captain Amarinder Singh had met with a three-member panel appointed by Sonia Gandhi to recommend a solution to the Punjab feud. He, however, left Delhi without any meeting with the Gandhis.

Amid the Congress’s attempts to bring the Chief Minister on board with a formula that would require Mr Sidhu to be accommodated in a top post in Punjab, today’s meeting could be key, sources have suggested.

In his tweets this morning, Mr Sidhu yet again raised the issue of Punjab’s power crisis even before the Chief Minister reached Delhi. Faulty power purchase agreements (PPAs) “have cost people of Punjab thousands of crores”, he stressed.

“Punjab has paid Rs 3,200 crore just as coal-washing charges due to faulty replies to pre-bid queries before signing PPAs. Private Plants keep finding loopholes to file litigation that has cost Punjab Rs 25,000 crore already,” one of his tweets read.

Attacking the Akali Dal, and calling for a new law, he insisted: “Badal-signed PPAs are looting Punjab and legal options against them are limited due to their protection from honourable courts. Only way forward is “New Legislation in Punjab Vidhan Sabha” with retro-effect capping power purchase prices to make the anti-people agreements redundant. (sic)”

Electricity supply has emerged as a huge political issue in Punjab ahead of polls. 

The Chief Minister last week assured the power purchase agreements signed during the earlier Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP regime are under review and the government will soon announce its legal strategy to counter the agreements.

With elections just months away, the state government is also dealing with protests by opposition parties. On Monday, water cannons were used against BJP youth workers protesting outside the Chief Minister’s house over the issue of drug abuse.

Last week, hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party workers led by Punjab AAP chief Bhagwant Mann – protesting at Amarinder Singh’s Mohali residence – faced water cannons.





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Latest News Today – Amid Cabinet Expansion Buzz, PM’s Meet With Ministers


PM Modi held a meeting with top ministers last month too. (File photo)

New Delhi:

Amid cabinet expansion buzz, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with top ministers and BJP chief JP Nadda, which was scheduled for 5 PM, has been cancelled, sources have said. 

A discussion on performance of ministers and proposals on future schemes was believed to be the agenda of the meeting. 

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other Union Ministers – Dharmendra Pradhan, Pralhad Joshi, Piyush Goyal and Narendra Singh Tomar – were expected to attend the meeting.

PM Modi held a meeting with top ministers on June 20 to review the functioning of the government in the last two years.

The Union Cabinet, which can have 81 members, currently has 53 ministers. This means 28 ministers can be added.

As PM Modi expands his cabinet for the first time in his second term, he is likely to factor in polls in five states next year and the 2024 national election.

Amid reshuffle buzz, spotlight is on several leaders – Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Pashupati Paras, who led the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) coup in Bihar against ex-Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan.

Mr Scindia, 50, last year left the Congress, his party of 20 years, and joined the BJP. His exit led to the fall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh.

Mr Sonowal made way for Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam Chief Minister after the BJP won a second term.

It’s not yet clear if Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United, will finally join the Union Cabinet. The Bihar Chief Minister, in 2019, had refused the BJP’s offer of one ministry. 



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