Political wrap: GST fate uncertain as council starts talks today

In other news, China supports Pakistan after Narendra Modi’s ‘mothership of terrorism remark’ at the Brics summit in Goa

File photo: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley (centre) with minister of state for finance Santosh Gangwar (Left) and revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia addressing the media after 2nd meeting of GST Council in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
File photo: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley (centre) with minister of state for finance Santosh Gangwar (Left) and revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia addressing the media after 2nd meeting of GST Council in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

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Cauvery dispute: SC to hear Karnataka’s SLP over 2007 verdict today

The Supreme Court on Tuesday is likely to hear the special leave petition (SLP) filed by Karnataka over the 5 February 2007 verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT)—a case, if upheld, has the potential to dry up Bengaluru’s drinking water supplies, regulate agricultural activities and flare up tensions between the two states. Read More

China backs Pakistan after Modi’s ‘mothership of terrorism’ remark

China on Monday defended its “all-weather ally” Pakistan a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the country as the “mother ship of terrorism”, stating that Beijing was against linking any country or religion with terrorism. When asked to comment on Modi’s characterization of Pakistan at the Brics or Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa Summit in Goa, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan’s “great sacrifices” in fighting terrorism. Read More

Akhilesh Yadav to be SP’s CM candidate

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will be the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) face for the top job in assembly elections due in less than six months, the party announced on Monday.

“The media is creating confusion but there is no confusion in the party. Akhilesh will be our CM candidate and we will win under him,” said Kiranmoy Nanda, SP vice-president in Lucknow. Read More

GST fate in balance as council begins deliberations

The fate of India’s most ambitious tax reform, the goods and services tax (GST), hangs in balance. Over the next three days, deliberations of the GST Council, most of which are expected to be contentious, will determine whether the country can stick to the 1 April deadline for the roll-out of the tax. Read More

Desperate Congress to play quota card in elections

Keeping with its populist rhetoric, the Congress party is promising reservations for communities as its key electoral offering in the states heading to polls in the next two years, including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Analysts believe this to be a desperate gamble, especially given that playing the populist card in the recent past has not worked for the party—though, to be sure, it was the key to its back-to-back victories in the 14th and 15th general elections. Read More

Amid Maratha unrest, Maharashtra goes for rural, local elections

The Maharashtra election commission on Monday announced the schedule for elections to 25 zilla parishads (district councils) and 212 municipal councils across the state. Polls will be held in four phases from 27 November to 8 January, Maharashtra election commissioner J.S. Saharia said. Read More

Why violence is the main political narrative of Kannur

A spate of political murders, including two last week, has put the spotlight back on north Kerala’s Kannur district. The casualties belong to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, which is ruling the state under chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

In a phone interview with Mint, P.K. Yasser Arafath, faculty at Delhi University’s history department, explained the complexities of deep-rooted political violence in Kannur. Read More

TMC brass headed to former Cong turf to reap poll benefits

With Rs.Operation Defection’ nearly complete, top Trinamool leaders will converge in Behrampore on Tuesday in the first Rs.booth-level conference’—an attempt to translate the political gains into poll gains. Read More

Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai and Maulik Pathak from Ahmedabad also contributed to the wrap

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