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Two Indian ministers were left red-faced Wednesday after their attempts to glorify Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on Twitter backfired spectacularly. Critics have accused Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of running a relentless propaganda campaign on social media to increase its base of supporters.

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 India's government unveiled on Friday a raft of budget sweeteners for farmers, the middle class and also cows, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to shore up support with elections looming. Thousands of farmers hit by low produce prices, crippling debt and volatile weather have killed themselves in recent years, which along with rising joblessness has hit Modi's popularity.

Beyond the organizational changes in the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls lies a strong core of inner circle of advisers who work as shadows of Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra. These are young professionals who have been picked up for covering all the aspects of backroom management aiming to match the formidable Narendra Modi-Amit Shah team that is widely regarded as an election-winning machine despite the setbacks in recent assembly polls in the key Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has always been considered the natural heir to the Congress party’s legacy. But now the 47-year-old mother of two has been brought in the forefront. Her appointment as the secretary of eastern Uttar Pradesh has raised speculations about her role in the party and her ability to change the fortunes of the Congress party in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of an Indian town on Monday to pay their last respects to the 111-year-old head of a Hindu religious sect known as "the walking god" to his followers.