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Express 5: ‘Love Jihad’ off BJP UP agenda for 2017 polls; BJP’s Mission Kashmir

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Jaitley at a meeting with intellectuals in Kolkata on Sunday. ( Source: PTI ) Jaitley at a meeting with intellectuals in Kolkata on Sunday. ( Source: PTI )

Saffron the new red in Bengal? 10-fold jump in TMC-BJP clashes this year

Clashes between members of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the ousted CPI(M) are routine grist for West Bengal’s political mill. But in a clear sign of shifting winds, there’s been a dramatic surge in the number of incidents in which the TMC and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are violently pitted against each other.

Houses don’t have electricity or water. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand) Houses don’t have electricity or water. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Seeking safety in numbers, riot victims re-draw map of dists, build new colonies

A year after the Muzaffarnagar-Shamli riots, with political visits dwindling after the Lok Sabha elections and no success in efforts to rehabilitate riot victims back to their home villages, there has been a slow and steady change in the maps of the two districts. Muslim riot victims have purchased land around villages with a significant Muslim population, finding security in their numbers.

When asked why the resolution was silent on 'love jihad', Bajpai, when contacted, said, "It was not on the agenda, so there is no question of having it in the resolution."  Source: PTI When asked why the resolution was silent on ‘love jihad’, Bajpai, when contacted, said, “It was not on the agenda, so there is no question of having it in the resolution.” Source: PTI

‘Love Jihad’ off BJP UP agenda for 2017 polls

The BJP has avoided including “love jihad” and “religious conversion of Hindu girls” in its political agenda for the 2017 Assembly polls drafted during the state executive meeting that concluded in Vrindavan Sunday. The issues were dropped after The Indian Express recently carried a report in this regard, sources had confirmed earlier.

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, British actor and director Richard Attenborough arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards in London. Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was 90. (Source: AP) Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was 90. (Source: AP)

Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Richard Attenborough was a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded “Gandhi” and an unflagging pillar to British cinema. But Attenborough, who died Sunday at 90, was best known as Dickie.

BJP rally in Anantnag during the Lok Sabha polls. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi) BJP rally in Anantnag during the Lok Sabha polls. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

BJP’s Mission Kashmir

Mission 44+ has a ring of the BJP’s successful general election campaign. For a party whose best performance in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir assembly has been 11 seats in 2008, and which has no seat in Kashmir or Ladakh, it marks the first time it sees itself in a position to chase that majority target.

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