Articles by Mahesh Vijapurkar
Feb 23, 2017
BMC Election 2017: BJP and Shiv Sena might not want to admit it, but they need each otherBharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are neck and neck in the number of seats won in the BMC election. The BJP picked up a lot more seats than before, but fell short of taking control of the civic affairs, its stated ambition. It is not good news for Devendra Fadnivas, BJP, Uddhav Thackeray or Shiv Sena.
Feb 22, 2017
BMC Election 2017: Record turnout in Shiv Sena vs BJP battle raises more questions than answersThe statistic of 55.28 percent is, therefore, mindboggling because Mumbai had seen a turnout as low as 42.1 percent in 2002. So, why? What dragged the reluctant citizen to the polling booth?
Feb 20, 2017
BMC Election 2017: Patronage from corporators brings slum-dwellers to the polls in drovesWhen votes are counted on 23 February to determine who will represent which civic ward in Mumbai, the chances are more slum-dwellers will have cast their votes than those who don't live in slums
Feb 16, 2017
BMC Election 2017: BJP's demand for ban on Shiv Sena's Saamana is a regressive moveA demand has come forth, perhaps the first of its kind, from a political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, that the newspaper Saamana, owned by a Shiv Sena-promoted trust, be banned for three days during the final stages of the civic bodies’ elections in Maharashtra. This is, to say the least, a regressive move and the BJP is not entitled to any accolades even if it were in the interests of a level-playing field between the two parties.
Feb 15, 2017
DA case verdict: Is Jayalalithaa's true legacy methodical corruption or the welfare schemes?That brings us to the question, what is the legacy that Jayalalithaa leaves behind? One, of social welfare that she ensured in the state for which people are grateful, especially the lowest income strata; or two, of the methodical corruption?
Feb 14, 2017
Sasikala convicted: Who inherits Amma's political legacy as Chinnamma will cool her heels in prison?If J Jayalalithaa was still alive, she would have been convicted, and Sasikala, the self-proclaimed heir apparent, would have been one rung below the supremo in the order of conviction from the two-member bench of the Supreme Court.
Feb 10, 2017
Shiv Sena vs BJP: Uddhav Thackeray is back to threatening 'arrogant' NDA ally'Arrogance'. This a word Uddhav Thackeray has begun using to describe the attitude of the Bharatiya Janata Party with which his party, the Shiv Sena, is in government
Feb 07, 2017
BJP-Shiv Sena rift: Has Uddhav Thackeray finally decided to break the saffron alliance in state govt?According to reports, Uddhav Thackeray "may" take resignation letters from the Shiv Sena ministers in the BJP-headed government in Maharashtra.
Feb 02, 2017
Mumbai's congested railway network in urgent need of upgradation, but no solutions forthcomingThe railways own spaces around station premises in Mumbai, which could be put to commercial use, and that's where a private player could come in
Jan 31, 2017
Mumbai civic polls: Raj Thackeray knocking Uddhav’s door after Shiv Sena decides to run solo is surprisingIt is not Raj Thackeray’s style to go knocking on doors, however, he called up his cousin seven times pleading for a tie-up.