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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 11, 2014

Maharashtra polls: Despite BJP appearing to lead others, the game is still open

There are suggestions that the BJP is not striving hard enough at the grassroots unlike the Shiv Sena. Sena publicly asserts there is no Modi wave, but is ensuring that even its vestiges are calmed. #Ajit Pawar #Bharatiya Janata Party #Congress #Congress-NCP #Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Natwar Singh #PoliticsDecoder #pre poll survey #Prime Minister #Prithviraj Chavan #Sharad Pawar

Oct 9, 2014

Why politics in rural Maharashtra remains incomplete without its sugar coops

The late Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari, devised a novel approach of setting them up under the Companies Act, with funds from urban cooperative banks, but shareholding limited mostly to sugarcane farmers. #BJP #Congress #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #NCP #party #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Raju Shetty #Shiv Sena #States #Sugar coops #Swabhimani Paksh #Vasantdada Patil

Oct 9, 2014

MNS – Shiv Sena reunion: Raj Thackeray reveals how a last minute attempt at tie-up fizzled out

A last-minute plan for MNS and Shiv Sena to work together was in the offing but for no reason Uddhav Thackeray dragged his feet, Raj Thackeray said. #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 #MNS #Raj Thackeray #Shiv Sena #State elections #TheySaidIt #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 7, 2014

Maharashtra elections: Don’t count Raj Thackeray out yet, he may still get his fair share of votes

Raj Thackeray has a blueprint and not promises. He tells voters what is, what can be, and what could be done to make life better by pumping up the economy. #BJP #Congress #HowThisWorks #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly polls #Maharashtra Navnirman Sena #NCP #Raj Thackeray #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 7, 2014

‘Tribute’ to Thackeray: Modi buys post poll insurance as others slug it out

When Modi, speaking in Tasgaon on Sunday, said he would not utter a word to criticise the Sena because of the respect he had for the late Bal Thackeray, he actually said a lot. #BJP #Congress #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #MNS #Narendra Modi #NCP #Politics #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena

Oct 4, 2014

Maharashtra polls: Dynasts play key roles in their political backyard

Maharashtra has had its several lineages, and when Marathas dominate politics, the tendencies to promote the kith and kin are not unnatural. #Ajit Pawar #BJP #Dynastic politics #Gopinath Mumde #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #NCP #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Raj Thackeray #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena #States #Uddhav Thackeray

Oct 3, 2014

Former ally NCP turns Congress’ bete noire, surpasses BJP, Sena

There is a striking difference in the manner in which the two fragments of an alliance, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, are seen by voters than the other pair, Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party. #Ajit Pawar #BJP #Congress #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #NCP #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Prithviraj Chavan #Shiv Sena #States

Oct 2, 2014

Maharashtra: Forget campaigns, all parties are still explaining their break-ups

The Assembly elections in Maharashtra will not be the same this time, as all four parties are busy explaining their break-ups, instead of talking election talk. #Assembly Elections #Assembly Elections 2014 #BJP #Congress #Elections #Maharashtra Assembly polls #Maharashtra polls #NCP #PoliticsDecoder #Shiv Sena #State Assembly Elections

Oct 1, 2014

Maharashtra polls: BJP’s imported candidates will be a pain for the loyals

Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray may have a point when he asks why, if there is indeed a Narendra Modi wave persisting after the tide of favour the party had secured in the Lok Sabha elections, was he going to go on the stump in as many as 25 locations on a blistering pace, all in about nine days from 4 October? #BJP #Gopinath Munde #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Narendra Modi #NCP #PoliticsDecoder #Pramod Mahajan #Shiv Sena #Uddhav Thackeray