Maha HM Anil Deshmukh resigns; India's COVID cases continue to spike | Top news

Here are the top headlines of the day:

1. Bombay High Court directed the CBI to launch a preliminary probe into the vasooligate ongoing in Maharashtra, Home Minister of state Anil Deshmukh has tendered his resignation to the CM and the MVA has now entered into a damage control mode.

2.India salutes 22 brave jawans who were martyred in a cowardly ambush with the Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Home Minister Amit Shah has promised to avenge their martyrdom and has asserted to put an end to red terror in the country.

3. Political blame game has now begun after 22 jawans were martyred in a cowardly ambush with the Maoists. The opposition has questioned the failure of intel inputs and the CRPF chief has denied any operational failures.

4. Bengal vasooligate hits TMC just days ahead of the third phase of elections in West Bengal. TMC continues to dismiss these charges.BJP hits back and states that the cut money culture is sort of given under Didi.

5. India records the biggest single-day spike in COVID cases as more than 1lakh cases have now been reported. The spike sends an alarm. Maharashtra alone records 57,000 cases.