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In 2014, PM Narendra Modi allocated $3bn for cleaning Ganga. Cut to 2017, and the plan is badly behind schedule, with contaminated stretches of river-water.

With 2019 elections looming large, who could Modi trust to achieve in two years what hasn't been done in three? None other than the ever-dependable transport minister, Nitin Gadkari.

So, why has Gadkari been Modi's star performer? Let's analyze.

In controversial comments, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said his government will leave only two options for criminals- jails or "hell" through police encounters.

Speaking at Ghaziabad's Ramleela Ground ahead of civic polls, he said, "We'll make life very difficult for criminals."

Ironically, it came on the same day when hundreds of Bajrang Dal members vandalized a police station in nearby Meerut and assaulted personnel.

All is not well for the BJP in Gujarat. The release of its first list of candidates with 70 names has triggered protests, with senior leaders expressing their dissatisfaction.

Hundreds of supporters of BJP state vice-president IK Jadeja marched to the Gujarat party headquarters after the leader's name went missing from the candidates' list.

Meanwhile, a sitting legislator sent in his resignation.