By Mahesh Vijapurkar Abdul Rehman Antulay was not a popular political leader with a wide base but he was a remarkable man. Brought in as a chief minister in 1980 by Indira Gandhi to cut to size the Maratha lobby which had gone against her within ... Mumbai Mirror, 2 weeks ago
The question we must ask is how do politicians get that wealth disclosed in the affidavits, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. For the past decade, after a Public Interest Litigation, the Election Commission requires a mandatory filing of affidavits by all candidates disclosing criminal, financial and educational background prior to the polls by filing an affidavit along with the nomination papers. This has helped bring out the profile of the candidates on crucial issues but it has not been enough. Here ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
It is some consolation that the BJP top brass which had kept the Sena on the ice has now said that it would be happy to have the former partner in the government. What it did not say openly is that it would be on the BJP’s terms, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. If only Uddhav Thackeray and his party mouth piece Saamna had minded their words, avoided such metaphors as aulads of Afzal Khan, Dilli ki billi, and a reference to Narendra Modi’s baap, the Shiv Sena, despite being a rival in the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The NCP has seen the largest flow from its ranks to the other parties, more towards the BJP before the elections, even up to the last minute. The Sena and BJP together could, in power, become even bigger magnets. Disillusionment with the NCP leadership has been growing, which may have forced its hand, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. The Nationalist Congress Party’s offer of outside support to Bharatiya Janata Party will now have all conspiracy theorists to say that this was a foretold ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The vituperative campaign against the BJP by the Shiv Sena does not make for an easy post-poll tie-up should either of the two be forced to come together to cobble the numbers. Either must get a clear 145 seats to avoid a forced remarriage to the same political spouse. Any one going with Congress or the NCP only means the platter serves up a goulash, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. A day after the public campaign for Maharashtra assembly polls ended -- the traditional surreptitious money, liquor, gifts ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
When political parties opt for alliances, it is to win an election, and if post-poll, to come to power by cobbling together the numbers to secure a majority. This has been a striking feature of Indian politics, throwing up such screens as ‘coalition dharma’ to hide all ills, including corruption, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. The break-up of two alliances, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena on one hand, and Congress-Nationalist Congress Party on the other, and additions of smaller ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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