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Wednesday, May 19 2021


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I’m completely satisfied; the party made me a minister once. I tried to fulfill my duties as responsibly as I could. Now, when new ministers swear in, we are hopeful that they will do their responsibilities in a much better way.

That’s Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja reacting to the bombshell dropped by the newly reelected Left Democratic Front. None of the ministers from the previous government will return to the cabinet—and that includes the hugely popular Shailaja—who will be made the Party Whip instead. This is especially surprising since she was widely praised for her handling of the pandemic, and registered a record-breaking electoral victory, winning by a margin of 60,963 votes. Everyone on Twitter was very very upset. 

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Four big arrests in Bengal

The TLDR: After a nasty election and sweeping win for the ruling Trinamool party, the battle of Bengal continues—this time under the aegis of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which has arrested two Trinamool ministers and an MLA on corruption charges. In this chhota explainer on the Narada Tapes case, we look at the timing and significance of this bold action.

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