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News18 Afternoon Digest: Inside the BJP's Playbook for Wresting Bengal, Here's Why 23 lakhs Covid Vaccine Doses Got Wasted in India

File photo of PM Narendra Modi.

File photo of PM Narendra Modi.

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Inside the BJP's Playbook for Wresting West Bengal; Uttarakhand CM's Wife Defends 'Ripped Jeans' Remark, Says His Word Not Presented in Full Context; Man Arrested Outside Kamala Harris' Official Residence With Rifle and Ammunition in Car; Over 23 lakhs Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted in India: Why It Happened And How It Can Be Fixed; Covid Pandemic Pushes 3.2 Cr Indians Below the Middle Class, Those Earning Less Than Rs 150 up by 7.5 Cr; Assembly Elections 2021: Rahul Gandhi in Assam Today, TMC Leaders to Meet EC in Delhi.

Inside the BJP’s Playbook for Wresting West Bengal

Billed as the most remarkable state election in recent times, the showdown in West Bengal boils down to two questions in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp: who is the David and who is the Goliath in this epic encounter, and can the party cash in on sub-regional equations and what it believes to be a sentiment in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to dislodge chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s government? READ MORE

Uttarakhand CM’s Wife Defends ‘Ripped Jeans’ Remark, Says His Word Not Presented in Full Context

Amid uproar over Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s ripped jeans remark, his wife defended his statement on Thursday, saying his words were not being presented in full context. In a statement through a video here, Rawat’s wife Rashmi Tyagi said that the entire context in which he made the comment is not being described. READ MORE

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Over 23 lakhs Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted in India: Why It Happened And How It Can Be Fixed

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Covid Pandemic Pushes 3.2 Cr Indians Below the Middle Class, Those Earning Less Than Rs 150 up by 7.5 Cr

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Assembly Elections 2021: Rahul Gandhi in Assam Today, TMC Leaders to Meet EC in Delhi

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