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Mahesh Vijapurkar

Mahesh Vijapurkar likes to take a worm’s eye-view of issues – that is, from the common man’s perspective. He was a journalist with The Indian Express and then The Hindu and now potters around with human development and urban issues.

Oct 28, 2014

Accept minor role or sit in opposition: Sorry Shiv Sena, these are your only choices

The Sena should, on that account, moderate its expectations and do just two things: it either accepts a very nominal role in a post-coalition government, or stay put in the opposition #BJP #Congress #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #NCP #Politics #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 27, 2014

Don’t bow down to BJP: Shiv Sena will have more merit as oppn in Maharashtra

Shiv Sena should opt for opposition role, and when both Congress and NCP are down and out, fill opposition space and hope to become a government-in-waiting. #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Maharashtra Results #NCP #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 24, 2014

Uddhav’s change of heart: Shiv Sena has finally woken up and read the numbers

It is probable that when the tempers cooled, and Sena looked at the finer details of the scorecard that it was willing to blink #Bal Thackeray #BJP #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Modi #Narendra Modi #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 21, 2014

Needless fuss over NCP’s offer: Will the BJP repeat what it did in Delhi?

BJP doesn't have to do much except just go by NCP's statement, and if BJP had enough faith, it should go ahead and form government with the NCP. #BJP #Congress #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Narendra Modi #NCP #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 21, 2014

Speed thrills but kills: How over eager Shiv Sena played into hands of BJP

That feared rejection is where the BJP succeeded in the mind game. It did not want to even notice Sena’s anxiety. It appears to want to see Sena to cower, apprehensive about a term only in the Opposition which it had not got to lead in the decade, forget heading the government. #BJP #Congress #PoliticsDecoder #Sanjay Raut #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 20, 2014

Decoding NCP’s ‘selfless’ offer to BJP: It wants to keep the Sena out of power

The NCP's offer of 'unconditional' support should be taken with a huge pinch of salt. No political party is ever as pious as that. #BJP #Congress #HowThisWorks #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #NCP #Politics #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena

Oct 20, 2014

Maharashtra results: BJP-Shiv Sena jodi stuck again on CM question

Kaun banega mukhya mantri? The question broke the age old alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP. And it will once again determine if they will reunite. #BJP #Congress #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Maharashtra Election results #Shiv Sena

Oct 18, 2014

CM ambitions: Pankaja Munde may have slipped by making her dream public

In Pankaja Munde’s case, it could well slow down an otherwise promising career. If only she played her cards right, it could be on the ascendance. But she chose to go public with her ambitions, not an advisable trait. #BJP #Gopinath Munde #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Maharashtra CM candidate #Narendra Modi #Pankaja Munde #Politics #PoliticsDecoder

Oct 17, 2014

BJP may win in Maharashtra but Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray has come into his own

If any of the exit polls projections come true, it is Uddhav Thackeray who would stand tall as a mass leader among the several claimants to that position. #BJP #Gopinath Munde #Lok Sabha #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Narendra Modi #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Pramod Mahajan #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 15, 2014

Poll campaign cut-off is a fiction, run right into the voting hour

One reason for the bar against canvassing for votes after a specified cut-off time is to provide the voter an opportunity to contemplate all options the options about a party and a candidate without the intrusion of the ever-increasing volume of campaign noise that pester, seeking the voters’ favour. #BJP #campaign #Election Commission #Haryana Assembly Election 2014 #InMyOpinion #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Politics #Prithviraj Chavan #Representation of Peoples Act #States