SP-Congress alliance is likely to consolidate Muslim vote in their favour. Archis Mohan reports. With the battle for Uttar Pradesh looking too close to call and a Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress pre-poll alliance a possibility, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking at bringing back the Ram Janambhoomi issue. An SP-Congress alliance is likely to consolidate the Muslim vote in their favour. However, this would also give the BJP space for working towards a counter-polarisation of a ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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Raking up the contentious Ram Temple issue barely days ahead of the first phase of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, saffron leaders have expressed serious concern over delay in its construction and vowed to launch a decisive battle for it after the elections.Deccan Herald, 4 weeks ago
'The BJP is so keen to use this opportunity to make its foray in a state where it hardly exists, says Amulya Ganguli, that it has silenced the vociferous animal rights activist in its ranks -- Maneka Gandhi.' IMAGE: The protest to lift the ban on Jallikattu and impose a ban on PETA at Kamarajar Salai, Marina beach, Chennai, January 20, 2017. Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/PTI Photo History of a somewhat dubious kind was made in Tamil Nadu when the state legislature approved of an amendment ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
In the event of a triangular contest the winning party will need about 40 per cent of the votes polled.And it is here that the votes of the numerically smaller communities will come into play. IMAGE: The inclusion of Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel, a Kurmi leader from eastern UP, in the council of ministers was seen as consolidating backward caste votes, especially in the eastern parts of the state. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo Small is big when it comes to electoral politics in ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Amit Shah's meticulous planning and Narendra Modi's charisma will turn the tide in BJP's favour, says Nazarwala. Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah has strategised patiently for the Uttar Pradesh polls. He has spent sleepless nights in meticulously planning and imaginatively implementing the plans down to the booth level. More importantly, he has put in place a sincere team which is slogging round the clock in the interiors of UP. Although initially Shah condoned admitting 'outsiders' ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Sources in the Akhilesh camp said a patch up is still possible if Mulayam withdrew his claim before the Election Commission and acknowledged Akhilesh as party chief till the assembly polls were over.Amit Agnihotri reports. The Samajwadi Party appeared to be on the verge of a split with Mulayam Singh Yadav asserting himself as party chief, saying that a recent convention where Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was named the head of the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, was illegal. After several rounds ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'The ruling provides a Constitutional template, it draws boundaries, and there is this expectation that henceforth political parties will not make crude appeals to religion for electoral gains.' Zoya Hasan -- Professor Emerita, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development -- is one of India's most distinguished political scholars. Professor Hasan, image, below, tells Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore that the Supreme Court ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Let India rise on the prowess of development, honest money and a non-religionist political discourse.''That will secure our future and also make an impact on the theologically run sham democracies in our neighbourhood,' says Tarun Vijay. The Supreme Court judgment barring politicians from using religion for electioneering must be welcomed by every citizen who loves this great nation. We have been a victim of the use of sectarian, castiest and parochial politics. Religion was used to vivisect ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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