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Citizenship bill protest: BJP lawmakers rush to Assam to assuage concerns

Violent protests in Assam have dampened the euphoria over the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, compelling the BJP to dispatch its MPs from the state to assuage concerns on the ground. The party is pulling out all the stops to assure that the legislation – that seeks to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh – does not target minorities or change the demographics in the Northeastern states.

India vs West Indies: ‘No one plays for his place but…’: Sourav Ganguly weighs in after India clinch T20I series

India batted first, something which they are not entirely comfortable doing in T20Is. However, what followed was very refreshing – the openers in Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul took off and went after the bowlers from the word go. They absolutely dismantled the Windies bowling attack in the first 10 overs after which captain Virat Kohli took charge of proceedings and played a blinder to power India to 240 in 20 overs.

Virat Kohli smashes Kesrick Williams for six, gives animated reaction – Watch

India were asked to bat in the third T20I against West Indies in Mumbai and the hosts hit the ground running from the word go. Tossing their template of being cautious in the initial few overs, the openers launched an all-out attack on the West Indies bowlers. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul started the assault and it was given the final push by skipper Virat Kohli, who was at his rampant best.

India vs West Indies:?‘It was one of the best innings I?have ever played’- Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli hammered 70 runs in 29 balls as he helped his side to a comfortable 67-run win in the 3rd T20I against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the win, the hosts clinched the series 2-1. Kohli, who was named the man of the series for his performance, described it as one of his best innings after the match, and said that now he feels motivated for the upcoming T20I World Cup next year.

India vs West Indies: ‘Seeing you in the stands inspired me’ – KL?Rahul to ‘best friend’ Hardik Pandya – WATCH

Despite the controversial Koffee With Karan episode last year, Indian cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have managed to remain best of friends. Pandya has been away from cricket after undergoing a back surgery earlier this year. But the allrounder was seen sitting at the stands watching the match as India’s top order comprising of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli went on a rampage at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after being asked to bat first in the 3rd T20I against West Indies.

Bangladesh worried CAB-NRC will end golden chapter in Delhi-Dhaka ties

Bangladesh’s political leadership and diplomats have followed the debate in India on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill [CAB] with growing wariness over the past few months. It is unlikely that they missed public comments by Indian leaders in Parliament this week about the deportation of all illegal migrants and the “persecution” of minorities in neighbouring countries.

Analysis: As Maharashtra BJP gets ready to sit in Opposition, internal rumblings break out within the state unit

There is little doubt that former minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse from Maharashtra, sidelined for the last three years by his party leadership and frustrated with this treatment, is talking shop with both Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena. The former Leader of Opposition, considered to be from the Gopinath Munde camp is likely to quit his parent party of 40 years, if he gets a cabinet ministerial portfolio from either NCP or Sena, admit BJP insiders.