Rahul Gandhi's sister may finally break her self-imposed ban on political life, reports Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt. Priyanka Vadra, who has been helping the Congress war-room in strategising its election campaign, may be taking baby steps towards a more active political role. According to sources in the Congress party in Vadodara, its candidate Madhusudan Mistry is likely to get a helping hand from Priyanka Vadra. She is likely to campaign for him, and Mistry's campaign managers claim he has ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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'The Congress is unsure of emerging as the single largest party or group on May 16. In such a scenario, they do not wish to accord a loser tag to the young Gandhi...' 'The Congress also feels Rahul's projection as a prime ministerial nominee in 2014 would come in the way of the formation of an alternative, non-BJP government...' Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt explains how the transition of power within the Congress is making the party vulnerable. On expected lines, the Congress party's Election ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
"Who will be his men?" a distinguished official close to the prime minister asked. Frankly, nobody has an idea. Hardly seven weeks are left for a regime change, but the idea of Narendra Modi on Raisina Hill looks abnormal, if not unreal. Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt captures the uncertain mood in the capital's bureaucracy ahead of the largest democratic transfer of power in the world. The air inside the Prime Minister's Office is heavy. This office has seen many transitions, but the next one ...Rediff.com, 1 day ago
'Advani's observation on Modi, an attempt to cut the BJP's prime ministerial nominee down to size, billing him a mere event manager like Vijay Raaz in Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding, speaks volumes about their differences.' 'In the coming days, the Congress and BJP may lock horns over the AgustaWestland chopper deal. In an Italian court, Guido Haschke, one of the accused middlemen who allegedly bribed the Indian side, has sought a plea bargain to reduce his jail term if convicted. On or ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
In the last 10 years, when the people looked at New Delhi, they saw two centres of power and not one decisive leader between them. There was nobody who could speak in a language people wanted to hear. Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt reveals the true reason why the UPA appears rudderless on the eve of Election 2014. Sometimes, in the heat and dust of an election campaign, we tend to drift with the wind. We buy rhetoric without pausing to think. Sometimes our political leaders think we have not just ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Narendra Modi's mother washed utensils to make a living. Madhusudan Mistry's grandmother, who brought him up, was a vegetable vendor. Mistry's trajectory from poverty to membership of the all powerful Congress Working Committee is moving. The man who has Rahul Gandhi's ear and is all set to take on Narendra Modi in Vadodara speaks to Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt in a fascinating interview. On the eve of the Lok Sabha election Priyanka Vadra's presence is being felt strongly within the Congress.Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Arun Jaitley and Janardan Dwivedi have rewritten the rules of politics in the Age of the Internet and its young and restless user base, reports Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt.. Two political leaders are using social media to spread their messages in a way that can teach a lesson or two to Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. And no, one of them is not Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Arun Jaitley, 62, and Janardan Dwivedi, 68, are showing an acute understanding of the power of the Internet and of ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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