articles by Chandrakant Naidu

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Vice-presidential election: Congress digs up old land scam against Venkaiah Naidu, puts BJP in bad light

A recount of the political saga involved in allocating land to a trust headed by M Venkaiah Naidu in 2004 shows how BJP almost succeeded in grabbing 20 acres of premium land through manipulations

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Madhya Pradesh CM credits PM Modi but it's Vajpayee posters that won Maihar for Chouhan

Although Chouhan has attributed the Maihar victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development policy, his posters were missing throughout the campaign.

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Shivraj Chouhan's Madhya Pradesh stares financial crisis in the face, after a decade in power

Weekend newspapers in Madhya Pradesh were full of pull-outs singing paeans for Shivraj Singh Chouhan who just completed a decade in office. The print media made substantial cash — while Chouhan made handsome goodwill capital — on the occasion. The government could not loosen its purse strings due to a severe financial crisis. But many who have benefited from the ruling party’s benevolence willingly bore the cost.

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Rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project displaced: Did three governments lie to the Supreme Court?

Have the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments hoodwinked the Supreme Court and the nation on the rehabilitation of the people displaced by the construction of dams on Narmada?

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Ratlam bypoll: Prestige at stake for both BJP, Congress after twin explosions in Petlawad

Coming close on the heels of Bihar Assembly poll debacle for the BJP, the by-election for Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh has aroused the nation’s curiosity on two counts.

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Throwback to Indira days: Is BJP’s core leadership riding roughshod over party's regional powerhouses?

The new regional leaders like Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Sushil Kumar Modi and Vasundhara Raje who judiciously blend old party values with an acceptably progressive outlook are all but relegated to background.

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Bogged down by Vyapam, MP govt now arms itself with controversial bill to tackle PILs

Four of the seven sessions so far has been curtailed due to unruly conduct of the members in the 14th one that was constituted in December 2013.

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Vyapam scam: Shivraj Chouhan reminds Shanta Kumar of 'values', breaks the same in process

How did Chouhan’s letter find its way into the media if he was preaching discipline to a senior leader?

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Vyapam scam troubles loom for RSS as the probe threatens to drag in Sangh Parivar elders

In the face of looming trouble, the message emerging from the Sangh Parivar huddles is loud and clear: drown the Congress campaign on Vyapam with aggression on the streets.

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Supreme Court to hear Vyapam scam petitions today: Here's what action it could take

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday deferred till 20 July a decision on the state government’s request to refer the Vyapam scam investigation to the CBI.

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Vyapam scam: Is Chouhan's request for CBI probe a last-minute face saving stunt?

Is Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chouhan’s plan to request the High Court to order a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam a tactical retreat or plain capitulation?

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Vyapam scam: Despite doubts over STF, CM Shivraj Chouhan continues to resist CBI probe

A condescending Shivraj Singh Chouhan has offered to hand the enquiry into the deaths of persons connected with the Vyapam scam to a special investigation team under high court’s supervision.

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The silence of the veterans: Is BJP’s old guard speaking up too late against Modi govt?

The BJP old guard is flexing political muscles. It’s doubtful whether the muscles have enough strength left to trouble the party leadership now, but critical observations from the likes of LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha have certainly embarrassed the party leadership when it is already under pressure from a resurgent opposition.

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25 deaths in Vyapam scam: Is Shivraj Chouhan's MP govt getting away with murder?

With two more accused in the infamous Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) aka Vyapam scam dying under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, the toll has now reached 25.

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NDA’s problem in Bihar: 11 CM candidates to chose from, not even one safe bet

The NDA has to get the 'Lalit Modi Gate' out of its way before it prepares for the battle.

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20 farmer suicides in 6 weeks mock Shivraj Singh Chauhan's agricultural growth story in MP

Suicides by at least 20 farmers in six weeks mock the Krishi Karman award trophies that Madhya Pradesh has won for three consecutive years for maximum wheat production.

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Shivraj bridges gap with Modi; BJP’s state meet turns into a mutual admiration club

The forgotten BJP poll mantra of Om NaMo Shivaye was back in circulation. If the Modi government, beleaguered over the land acquisition bill, needs support at the grassroots level, Chouhan needs the Centre’s backing while he faces charges in the professional examination board scam.

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Aziz Qureshi fails to break Mizoram jinx: State gets six governors in 9 months

Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi’s feud with the Centre has ended in defeat, but few expected him to win.

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What secular order? Madhya Pradesh church attacks make a mockery of Modi, Rajnath

The revival of attacks on Christian institutions in Madhya Pradesh has created doubts over Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s claims to restore secular order in the country.