The December 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts has been extended by the government ahead of tomorrow's hearing of the matter in the Supreme Court. The new date to link the Unique Identification number and the PAN to accounts more than six months old is March 31, 2018.

 Rahul Gandhi has promised a "zabardast" verdict when votes are counted next Monday in the Gujarat assembly elections. At a press conference in Ahmedabad that stood in for a cancelled roadshow, Mr Gandhi wrapped up an intense three-month-long campaign with a point-by-point rebuttal of the BJP's many allegations against him including the rival party's attacks over his frequent visits to temples.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he was "deeply pained and anguished" by the "falsehood and canards" being spread to score political points in a lost cause by "none less than Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

 The licence of an upscale Delhi hospital that found itself in the middle of a huge backlash after it incorrectly declared a newborn dead was suspended today. Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh cannot take new patients for now, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. "The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable," he said.

If elections are about perception, then the BJP won Gujarat even before Rahul Gandhi launched his extensive campaign in the state. In the last few months, much has been made about his aggressive campaigning in the state. About the Patidars and Hardik Patel's electoral speeches. About GST and the impact it has on the traders in Surat and in the business community.

 Two opposition chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal have tweeted support for senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has said he will "not budge" from a police ground where he was detained yesterday, till the demands of farmers of the region are not met. Mr Sinha has accused the Maharashtra government of his party, the BJP, of apathy towards farmers of the Vidarbha region.

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