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Today's Big Story
With world leaders in attendance, stage set for PM Modi's second oath ceremony today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath along with a new Union council of ministers for a second term today after clinching a massive victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
The ceremony will be attended by top opposition leaders like Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi. Several world leaders including those from BIMSTEC countries, Sri Lankan President Maithrapala Sirisena and Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli are among the 8000 guests.
Keenly watched: All eyes will be on the allocation of portfolios, including whether former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will get a ministerial berth despite his request that he be kept away from any responsibility due to health reasons.
Following the letter, the PM even met Jaitley at his residence in the national capital. It is, however, not known whether he acceded to BJP leader’s request.
About turn: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also struck controversy on Wednesday, when she pulled out from the swearing-in ceremony. Banerjee said that she was upset over the "untrue" claims of political violence in Bengal and the special invites to the families of BJP workers, who were killed during violence around election season.
The BJP, however, hit back at the CM saying that she was merely looking for excuses to not attend today’s ceremony.
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A steady revival: The Lok Sabha election not only created inroads for the BJP in West Bengal, but it also breathed a new life into the CPI(M) that has been dormant here since the Trinamool Congress (TMC) wrested control in 2011. The Left party has started rebuilding and reopening its offices "on its own" after the ruling TMC's strength deteriorated in many gram panchayats across the state. Sujith Nath reports from Kolkata.
Cong conundrum: As expected after Congress's humiliating poll debacle, chief Rahul Gandhi took responsibility and offered to resign to make way for a non-Gandhi to take over his position. On cue, the members of the party’s highest decision-making body unanimously rejected his offer and authorised him to restructure and overhaul the party organisation. And yet, with Rahul Gandhi insisting on stepping down as Congress president, there is a deep concern in the party on the way ahead. Anita Katyal calls it the "Paradox of Rahul Gandhi", explaining how Congress's biggest flaw is also its greatest strength.
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