articles by Amitabh Tiwari

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Priyanka Gandhi joins active politics: Congress has thrown its hat in UP, made contest tougher for SP-BSP and BJP

Congress has appointed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as party's general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East).

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Congress strategy of cementing state-level alliances could dent Rahul Gandhi's chances of becoming prime minister

The Congress also faces the risk of conceding that it is no longer a pan-India party and has lost significant base to regional outfits.

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Karnataka Election Results: Numbers prove BJP won the Muslim and SC/ST vote, Lingayat move backfired on Congress

While the broad mandate shows anti-incumbency against the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka, there are various contours of the verdict. Here are a few major talking points

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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: CFore survey raises more questions than answers; road ahead could be difficult for Siddaramaiah

The CFore survey on Karnataka polls shows that people focus more on local issues of drinking water, sanitation and infrastructure than on big national ones.

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Third Front talks are fine, but it's Congress which must beat BJP in its den to oust Narendra Modi in 2019

The 'Federal Front' may not be able to unseat Narendra Modi from the throne in 2019 unless the Congress manages to beat BJP in its own backyard.

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Karnataka poll dates announced by EC: Answer to who will win state Assembly polls may lie in its electoral history

BJP was leading in 132 assembly segments of Karnataka, comfortable majority out of 224 seats.

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Rahul Gandhi and Congress apart, triple anti-incumbency looms as major threat to Narendra Modi's return in 2019

BJP’s electoral success over the last four years that has seen it control almost two-thirds of India could become its own enemy, hobbling prospects of a slam dunk victory for Narendra Modi in 2019

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Delhi HC ruling on disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs makes Arvind Kejriwal a 'martyr', boosts party's prospects

The Delhi HC's decision provides a big boost to AAP's dwindling political fortunes. It couldn't have come at a better time for Arvind Kejriwal.

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Modi-Shah prep for pre-election show in Karnataka; Siddaramaiah adopts BJP tact, proves tough nut to crack

While no CM has returned to power in Karnataka since 1985, Siddaramaiah's aggressive countering has surprised even BJP strategists.

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Jay Panda's suspension gives a fillip to BJP; however significant challenges remain in its Odisha Mission 120+

BJP doesn’t have a face in Odisha. Dharmendra Pradhan and Giridhar Gomango do not enjoy state wide mass appeal.

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AAP may remain in power despite MLAs' disqualification; office of profit case will make voters rally behind Arvind Kejriwal

The office of profit case may just be what Arvind Kejriwal needs to rally AAP cadre and volunteers around his leadership in the fight against this selective targeting by government institutions

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Why a Bihar-like grand alliance to counter BJP in Uttar Pradesh is doomed to fail

If such an alliance is indeed stitched, its sole objective will be to defeat BJP. Hence its foundation will be on a negative vote rather than positive.

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Babri Masjid row and fates of 3 BJP leaders: After sidelining Advani, Narendra Modi's politics is bad news for Uma Bharti

Modi, touted as the second tallest leader in BJP's history, hoped that making Advani the president would be the ultimate guru dakshina.

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Maharashtra civic polls results 2017: BJP, Congress have a lot to cheer about while regional parties lose dominance

The results of three municipal polls – Panvel, Bhiwandi and Malegaon – have been declared and they have a mixed bag for all parties. While BJP has bagged the newly formed Panvel municipality, Congress has retained Bhiwandi.

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I-T raids will not deter Lalu Yadav: RJD chief has bounced back from worse crises in past

Lalu has come back victorious after many such crises in the past, which prove that he is a survivor, and his supporters see him as one championing the cause of the poor and the downtrodden

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West Bengal civic poll results: TMC's win establishes how non-Hindi speaking states remain challenge for BJP

The results of West Bengal municipal elections highlight continued weak performance of BJP in non-Hindi speaking states, and that it needs to push local leaders to counter TMC's Maa Maati Maanush formula

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Nitish Kumar has no prime ministerial ambition: A clever lie to misguide BJP; signals Congress to initiate talks

Bihar Chief Minister is actually applying pressure on anti-Modi/BJP group to announce him as the prime minister candidate by stating that he has no prime ministerial ambitions

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Mayawati tapes leaked by Naseemuddin Siddiqui brings back focus on the murky world of political funding

Tapes of conversations with Mayawati on Uttar Pradesh election funding leaked by Naseemuddin Siddiqui have brought the murky process of political funding back to the fore.

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Presidential Election 2017: UP, Uttarakhand wins give NDA an edge as Opposition camp unify to take on BJP's might

In Part II of a three-part series, Firstpost takes a look at how many votes does each party block have in the upcoming Presidential Election 2017

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EVM hacking: Is Narendra Modi govt's delay on funding for VVPAT the root cause of all speculations?

In June 2014, EC proposed to implement VVPAT at every polling station in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls asking for funds to the tune of Rs 3,174 crore from the government.