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The Morning Wrap: On The Road With Akhilesh Yadav; No Curb On ATM Withdrawals From 13 March

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09/02/2017 8:12 AM IST | Updated 09/02/2017 9:16 AM IST
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Want to know how Akhilesh Yadav is campaigning to hold on to the office of the chief minister of India's most populous state? Betwa Sharma got a chance to travel with him in his chopper and observe him cover seven rallies in seven hours. Read her exclusive report here.

The Congress will desperately hope to stave off further marginalisation from Indian politics, with the latest HuffPost-CVoter exit poll predicting that it will win fewer seats than the BJP in Manipur and the contest in Uttarakhand will be neck-and-neck.

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who is contesting for the first time in the upcoming Manipur assembly elections, has decided to drop her campaign at her home constituency, Khurai. She explained her reason in an exclusive interview with HuffPost India.

Main News

Come 13 March, the day when the festival of colours, Holi, is celebrated in parts of India, and the curb on withdrawing money from the ATMs will end, says Reserve Bank of India (RBI). From 20 February, people will be able to get ₹50,000 from the ATMs, instead of the existing cap of ₹24,000 per week.

With O Panneerselvam and VK Sasikala locked in a bitter feud, much depends on the way Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the governor of Maharashtra who also holds additional charge of Tamil Nadu, decides to handle the impasse. Sources say Rao, a BJP worker, is waiting for instructions from Delhi before taking the next step.

O Pannerselvam, who resigned as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu only to take back his words, doesn't want to start a political party of his own. An AIADMK loyalist, he pledges to remain one till the end, in deference to his late supreme leader, J Jayalalithaa.

Off The Front Page

Filmstar Kamal Haasan urged his colleagues in the industry to speak up on the continuing fiasco in Tamil Nadu. Tagging actor R Madhavan on Twitter, he asked him to take a stand in the battle between Sasikala and Panneerselvam. His own position on the matter, however, wasn't clear.

The low-profile Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, has joined the election campaign for the Samajwadi Party. Her decision to make public appearances has thrilled the rank and file, who came up with slogans like "Vikas ki chhabi, Dimple Bhabhi," and "Bhaiyya ka vikas hai, Bhabhiji ka saath hai".

A student of Class XI in Ghaziabad smuggled a gun into his school and shot at a classmate to avenge an altercation they had involving his brother. The victim, who was rushed to a hospital, was injured at his waist and is said to be out of danger.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Christophe Jaffrelot analyses the Economic Survey 2017-18 in detail and paints a grim picture of what lies ahead for the Indian economy. While he doesn't deny there's some good news to be gleaned from it, he adds, "For those who read every line, the latest Economic Survey is alarming. For those who read in-between the lines, it is disturbing."

K Chandru points out in The Hindu that three important political appointments made by the Tamil Nadu government last year were all set aside by the courts. The former judge of Madras High Court goes on to show that parties in power don't hesitate in bending the rules to fit in loyalists.

An editorial in the Hindustan Times chastises West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for "selective amnesia". Her government's imposition of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Bhangar land agitators, opposing a power project, goes against its earlier pro-farmer stand in Singur and Nandigram.

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