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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 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

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