The CM turns to his principal secretary and six journalists for advice
Ali has joined the BSP, but the Gowdas still look up to him for counsel on important decisions
These OSDs and IAS officers run CM's war room.
The Trinamool supremo has a group of close aides who guide her on matters of elections and governance
The BJP’s talisman in the Northeast practically runs his own show, says his confidante of 20 years
In Parra and Akhtar, Mehbooba has energy and wisdom by her side
More trusted than Prashant Kishor
From a multinational firm to the rough and tumble of Bihar politics and Laloo’s ideology
A low-key IAS officer whose influence over the taciturn Odisha CM is unparalleled
From curating Stalin’s youthful image to lending digital muscle, Sabareesan is an engine driving DMK
The two Manis fully shaped AIADMK’s alliances; they are the CM’s ears and hands
The Andhra CM puts his trust in his understated ministers
The TRS general secretary’s long years in politics make him KCR’s go-to man in times of crisis
The Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is flanked by two veteran wellwishers as well as a talented, young team.
Indira Gandhi had R.K. Dhawan. Rajiv had his elite cabal. But the ‘backroom boys’ of the 21st century are an evolving species.