articles by Chandrakant Naidu

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On Sushma turf, Digvijaya Singh gets shocker from loyalist

The Congress party is once again fighting itself over how to challenge the leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, in Vidisha, a constituency 35 miles north of Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal.

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Uma's tough clauses nix BJP plans to pit her against Sonia

Uma's frequent run-ups with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar came to the fore again as Bharti was banished to Uttar Pradesh.

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How the Congress is trying to match BJP's growing clout in MP

The party has tried to match BJP trick for trick in Madhya Pradesh. Some tricks may have worked for it but others might boomerang.

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Jaswant Singh to LK Advani: Is BJP treating its old guard right?

Bilochan Prasad, 54, hails from Chhapra in Bihar but, has spent half his life plying auto-rickshaws in Delhi. He is quite amused by the milling crowds at the headquarters of various political parties during the ticket distribution season.

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Why BJP refusing Bhopal to Advani is a warning to Shivraj

In rejecting Advani’s request the party (read Modi) has also handed a message to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who invited Advani to contest from Bhopal

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Total domination: BJP shrinks as Narendra Modi grows

Is the Modi wave strong enough not to brook dissent among scorned party veterans? If that is so why are senior BJP leaders scampering for safe seats?

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In Madhya Pradesh, infighting in BJP could cost party dearly

Disputes over candidates for the Lok Sabha election could hamper the BJP's chances of sweeping the state.

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Cong list in Madhya Pradesh: Seven who lost in 2009, others are sitting MPs

In Madhya Pradesh, only 16 of 95 Assembly segments of sitting MPs saw Cong candidates being elected in the recently concluded Assembly elections.

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Why is Congress powerless to stop BJP embarrassing it in MP?

The BJP has regularly timed its actions to pull the rug from under the opposition’s feat at crucial stages.

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Shivraj seeks cash dole for rain-hit MP farmers, runs into election commission

The state government is trying to win over the farmers by spreading the repayment of short term loan up to three years and bear the interest over it.

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Congress, BJP try to make hay as farmers weep in MP

The Congress has also kept its focus over the professional examination board scam which the government is trying to push under the carpet.

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BJP's 'parivar' problem in Madhya Pradesh: Leaders want tickets for kin

A senior leader said the ministers and other leaders should now look beyond personal gains or the party will have to pay for their greed.

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Has AAP stumbled before it even begins in Madhya Pradesh?

There is a question mark on AAP’s prospects in MP as most surveys have predicted a strong wave in BJP’s favour

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Madhya Pradesh: Has Congress conceded defeat before polls ?

Defeatist attitude afflicts the Congress’ approach to Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The party’s formula for candidates’ selection has led to several interpretations and speculation.

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BJP on mission to build Brand Shivraj as Plan-B

Chouhan has been around on the social media for less than a year. The response to his tweets is far from encouraging.

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Loose cannons boom in Madhya Pradesh, target Digvijaya

Digvijaya’s supporters suggested Sajjan Singh Verma might desert the party and could find takers in the BJP.

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Madhya Pradesh: Isolated at home, Digvijaya gets a political lifeline

The move to elevate Digvijaya Singh is apparently aimed at keeping the party united for the Lok Sabha elections due before May.

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PEB scam: Why won't Shivraj Chouhan order a CBI probe?

The Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police, which is conducting investigations into the scam, presented its preliminary inquiry report before the sessions judge in Bhopal.

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Congress reshuffles leaders in Madhya Pradesh ahead of elections

The party appointed Arun Yadav as Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president on the eve of his 40th birthday.

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Why Chouhan's rollback of a decision on liquor sale is important for the BJP

Though the Congress also has had great affinity for liquor mafiosi, it jumped at the opportunity of alleging a secret understanding between the BJP and the liquor barons.