Mamata Banerjee is the first female chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal -- home to more people than Germany -- where Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs to do well.
The 64-year-old is one of Modi's most vociferous critics and has been working to produce together an anti-Modi alliance.
We can tell you one thing, that we are altogether against the BJP government to save the nation," she says.
Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress party rules the West Bengal, has succeeded in keeping the BJP away so far despite the growing popularity of Modi
The former national railways' minister known as "didi", or big sister, enjoys a mass following not least because of her humble upbringing.
- Lower-caste champion -
Known as the "Dalit Queen", Mayawati, 63, has had a colourful career as the champion of lower caste Dalits. She operates considerable influence in 200-million-strong Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state and the election's biggest prize.
Her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was collapsed in the 2014 polls but she has stitched up an alliance with her sworn enemy, the Samajwadi Party.
Analysts blamed her 2014 rout on her liking for extravagance -- she once sent her private jet to pick up a pair of sandals according to leaked US cables -- and controversy over building concrete parks full of statues of herself.
But if her party performs well this time, she could once again play a pivotal role in coalition negotiations.
Indira reborn? -
The youngest scion of the famed Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra entered the family business of politics in January after years of steering clear -- and has made a splash.
And what could be a better battleground for the charismatic younger sister of PM-hopeful Rahul Gandhi than Uttar Pradesh -- the Hindu heartland where Modi has his core support base.
Priyanka, 47, has been tasked with reviving the Congress party in the state, where it was thrashed in 2014 polls -- winning just two of the 80 parliamentary seats in contrast to BJP's 71.
She seems to have taken the challenge head-on, launching her campaign in Modi's constituency of Varanasi on a motorboat that traversed the Ganges, a river revered by Hindus.
Her fans say her common touch, as well as her appearance, are reminiscent of Indira Gandhi, her grandmother who was India's first woman prime minister -- and a divisive figure assassinated in 1984.
The Indian Air Force has said that it has proof of shooting down Pakistan's F- 16 during air skirmishes on the border on 27th February following Balakot Air Strikes. The Indian Air Force rubbished the report in Foreign Policy magazine.
The IAF said Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was at the controls of the Indian aircraft, out of which he ejected in the Pakistani side of the Line of Control before the Russian-designed plane crashed after taking a hit, had indeed shot down the plane and electronic signatures indicated that it was an F-16.
US officials have counted the F-16s in the fleet of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and found none missing, contrary to New Delhi’s claim that an Indian pilot flying a MiG-21 downed one of the fighter planes in a February 27 aerial skirmish, a US publication reported on Friday, citing two senior US defence officials with direct knowledge of the matter.
1. Effects of FAME II will go beyond the vehicles that are eligible under the FAME II
2. There are considerable energy and CO2 savings associated with the two, three, and four-wheeled vehicles and buses covered by FAME II over their lifetime, as well as the potential savings associated with greater adoption levels by 2030
3. The electric buses covered under FAME II will account for 3.8 billion vehicle kilometres travelled (e-vkt) over their lifetime
4. In order to capture the potential opportunity in 2030, batteries must remain a key focal point as they will continue to be the key cost driver of EVs.
5. Vehicles eligible under FAME II scheme can cumulatively save 5.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent over their lifetime worth Rs 17.2 thousand crores.
6. EVs sold through 2030 could cumulatively save 474 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) worth INR 15 lakh crore and generate net CO2 savings of 846 million tonnes over their operational lifetime.
7. India needs the auto industry's active participation to ease electric mobility transition. The auto and battery industries could collaborate to enhance customer awareness, promote domestic manufacturing, promote new business models, conduct R&D for EVs and components, consider new business models to promote EVs
8. The government should focus on a phased manufacturing plan to promote EVs, provide fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for phased manufacturing of EVs and batteries. Different government departments can consider a bouquet of potential policies, such as congestion pricing, ZEV credits, low emission/exclusion zones, parking policies, etc. to drive adoption of EVs.
India's electric vehicle market is poised for growth with a blend of policies, such as FAME II, and the automotive industry's willingness to provide new mobility solutions to the citizens of the country. Such a transformation will create enormous economic, social and environmental benefits for the citizens of India.
With elections just around the corner, Congress's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow in Ghaziabad on Friday. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow in Ghaziabad on Friday in support of Congress candidate Dolly Sharma. She spoke about her party's minimum income guarantee scheme and asked the ruling party what they did in five years of their tenure. "Congress wants to work for you. We want to waive off farmers' loans, provide a minimum income guarantee. Chose the party that will work you. Read the Congress manifesto. Ask what is in store for me. We asked shopkeepers, farmers and the young people what they want. After that, we came up with the manifesto." She said. Priyanka Gandhi is the party in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
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