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Year in Review: 10 events that changed India's political discourse in 2019

As India kisses 2019 goodbye, a peep into the most important political events in the country during the year

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah

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Army bomb experts said if the Indian Air Force (IAF) had used SPICE 2000 precision-guided bombs to strike the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26, they would have utterly demolished any regular brick-and-mortar buildings they hit. The IAF has insisted it hit its target. Read more

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The BJP has won 303 seats in the Lok Sabha, securing an absolute majority in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Read more ALSO READ: Year in Review: Top 6 landmark judgments delivered by Supreme Court in 2019

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Asserting that he is no longer the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi said in a letter that it had been an honour to serve the party whose values and ideals have served as the "lifeblood of this beautiful nation". As president of the Congress, he said he is responsible for the loss of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Read more

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Arun Jaitley, former finance minister, key troubleshooter of the Narendra Modi government and the liberal face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was cremated in the national Capital with full state honours on Sunday afternoon. His son Rohan performed the last rites at the Nigambodh Ghat. Read more

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The Narendra Modi government on Monday moved to scrap provisions under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants a special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the Union of India. Read more

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In Maharashtra, the BJP had contested 164 seats, along with some smaller parties, while ally Shiv Sena contested 124 seat of the total 288 seats. With the BJP, which was leading in 105 seats, falling way short of the halfway mark of 144, the Sena, leading on 56 seats, flexed muscles. Its chief, Uddhav Thackeray reminded the BJP of promises not fulfilled. Read more

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The results of the Assembly polls in Haryana belied expectations of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweep. Read more ALSO READ: Year in Review: Jet collapse to NBFC mess, biggest business news of 2019

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IAS officers Girish Chandra Murmu and R K Mathur have been appointed the new Lt Governors of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh respectively. Read more

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For 76-year-old B S Yediyurappa, the recent by-elections in Karnataka came as a massive boost as it helped shore up his government — the second time he has had to reach a majority in this manner.. Read more

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Jharkhand on Monday became the seventh state since the Karnataka Assembly polls in May 2018 where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has either failed to secure a majority or lost power, indicating its weakening grasp over the states even as it resoundingly won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Read more

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First Published: Dec 27 2019 | 10:09 PM IST

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