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The Morning Wrap: BJP Gets Into Election Mode For 2019; CRPF Personnel Comes Back To Life

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05/04/2017 8:37 AM IST | Updated 05/04/2017 9:25 AM IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is often described as always being in election mode, is set to launch a massive outreach programme for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. While the electorate may know what they say about the early bird, hopefully other parties will also take note.

The BJP will come a cropper in West Bengal if it decides to play meat politics in the state and prohibit the consumption of fish, a staple in Bengali homes, writes Sandip Roy. If the party really wants to be a big fish in the electoral pond, it should steer clear of such fishy politics.

Zahida Khan in Bhopal has alleged that the owner of an apartment in a Hindu-majority residential complex on Hoshangabad road refused to sell her the house, a conversation she has on tape, because of her religion. She has decided to approach authorities claiming discrimination.

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Apart from his administration assuming a pro-active role in the negotiations, President Donald J Trump may personally mediate between India and Pakistan to defuse the escalating tension between the nations, said Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations.

No arrests have been made so far in the case involving alleged gau rakshaks, self-appointed protectors of the cow, beating up five men in Alwar, Rajasthan. The incident was widely reported on social media and, so far, one person has died from the injuries.

The BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh decided to waive off crop loans of up to ₹1 lakh of small and marginal farmers in the state, a relief the party promised before the February-March assembly elections. The former chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, wasn't too impressed by this move by the new dispensation.

Off The Front Page

A suspected chemical attack in rebel-held northwestern Syria killed dozens of civilians, including children, and left many seriously ill. The attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun saw at least 100 dead, while hundreds suffered from respiratory problems, vomiting, fainting and foaming at the mouth.

In an interview with The Indian Express, Union health minister JP Nadda discusses the finer points of the recently cleared National Health Policy and Mental Healthcare Bill. He explains the reasons for making mental healthcare a right and what the government must do to help those afflicted with such problems.

CRPF commandant Chetan Kumar Cheetah, who slipped into a coma two months ago after being shot at nine times during a gun battle with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, has made a miraculously comeback, much to the surprise of the doctors treating him at the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Ramachandra Guha condemns the attacks on students from African nations in Noida, adding that the strong and justified rebuke from the African Heads of Mission should act as a wake-up call for all Indians.

In the light of the recent controversy over the fear of Hindi chauvinism coming back to haunt the southern states, Vidya Subramaniam points out in the Hindustan Times that uniformity of language was never a pre-requisite for the unity of India.

An editorial in Mint praises the Narendra Modi government for successfully implementing major economic reforms, such as the Good and Services Tax, which were pending with the previous regimes and outlines a blueprint for the future of economic policy in the country.

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