Articles by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay
May 20, 2019
Exit poll projections suggest Nitish Kumar could be in for a tough time as part of an NDA governmentThe relationship between BJP and Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) is complicated and unlike the ties with other partners, is likely to come under duress because of conflicting pulls in the event of Narendra Modi leading the BJP to another nationwide absolute majority on its own
Apr 19, 2019
BJP fielding Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal shows party's hardline fringe has become its mainstream Hindutva coreSadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's nomination by the BJP marks the total eclipse of the Sangh Parivar's original Hindutva combatants.
Apr 03, 2019
Several promises in Congress manifesto resound positively with people; Rahul Gandhi, party leaders must now get agenda across to votersWith this manifesto, the Congress has indicated that it is unwilling to settle for the 'B-Team' tag. Instead, the party aiming to be an 'A-Team' of its own standing. Now, party leaders, starting from Rahul, have the task of effectively bringing the message of this 48-page manifesto to voters.
Mar 31, 2019
Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad foray is bid to play safe, arguments of Congress' spin doctors fall flatRahul Gandhi's decision to contest from Wayanad is similar to Sonia Gandhi's decision in 1999 to contest from Bellary, and to Indira Gandhi's decision to contest from Medak.
Feb 12, 2019
Priyanka Gandhi scores valuable points on debut and rejuvenates Congress supporters, but battle has just begunPriyanka appears to have taken to the streets and mass politics the way a fish takes to water
Feb 02, 2019
Modi made his move with 'Interim' Budget; Opposition needs to highlight 'fine print' that makes it not so rosyWith the Budget, Narendra Modi has made a move and attempted to seize initiative with a series of financial statements and promises that go far beyond the convention in an election year.
Jan 29, 2019
Rahul Gandhi takes pole position with minimum income for poor announcement, puts Piyush Goyal under pressure ahead of BudgetRahul Gandhi has not just seized the initiative with his announcement but has also quietly declared a new phase of aggressive campaigning
Jan 24, 2019
Priyanka Gandhi poses sternest test for Narendra Modi, might force cracks in social coalition forged since 2014In the run up to his bid for another term, Priyanka's formal entry into politics is the sternest test till date for Modi, both in the short-run and in the long-term. The smart politician that he is, Modi will know that the completion of what former aide, Prashant Kishor, dubbed as "one of the most awaited entries in Indian politics" adds to his litany of headaches.
Jan 19, 2019
Mamata Banerjee's rally shows that 'certainty of 2019' in favour of BJP was false reading of political realityDifferent messages were sent out to two distinct audiences from the 'sea of humanity' at Mamata Banerjee's 'United India Rally'.
Jan 13, 2019
SP-BSP alliance in UP reduces options for BJP, ensures 2019 polls will not be referendum on Narendra ModiBy announcing their alliance, the BSP and SP have ensured that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will find it very difficult to get into a singular contest.