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Cong will find that gimmicks can no longer get slumdwellers to vote en masse. Technology, TV and phones mean slumdwellers are connected with issues larger than bijli, paani and gutter. They are talking about corruption, price rise and more.
It is not easy to guess why Raj Thackeray wants to bank Modi but not the BJP. Clearly, he is playing for larger stakes in the state.
Priyanka in Rae Bareli was what could have still given the Congress some hope, had Rahul managed to work half her charms. Sadly, her defence is too little, and most importantly, comes too late.
Shazia Ilmi meant to say something and said pretty much the opposite. She does not understand in a heated election cycle a savvy politician should never ever play sarcastic semantic games with words like “communal” and “secular”.
It is assumed that Muslims everywhere will vote against Modi. But some straws in the wind suggest the Muslim vote is not going to be monolithic, as there is also disenchantment with secular parties.
Kolkata's sandesh have jumped into the electoral fray. As Trinamool, CPM, BJP and Congress battle it out on the campaign trail for the hearts and minds of voters, their sandesh counterparts are engaged in a proxy battle for the city's sweet tooth.
The Aam Aadmi Party is being written off too quickly by pundits. But the idea of AAP is larger than the ideas currently exhibited by its leadership. It's real impact this time should be counted in vote share, not seats
The PM's previous media advisor, Harish Khare, has bashed Sanjaya Baru's book on the PM. He has called all media advisers as Grand Nobodies. But the attacks lack credibility.
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The whole BJP campaign has focused on Narendra Modi as the Man Who Knows It All. That’s the gist of what Rahul Gandhi alleged when the BJP’s manifesto was missing in action. The Man was the Manifesto. So what was the point of poring over Murli Manohar Joshi’s fine print. Modi has all the answers. Modi knows all.
Due to some degree of communal polarisation, Mayawati's chances have been written off. But her potential is probably being underestimated - especially since Muslims will be voting tactically this time to defeat the BJP
By picking on Sonia as a replacement for Rahul - apparently when the former was found to be ineffective - the BJP and its leaders such as Modi and Jaitley are perhaps falling into the trap that Sonia has laid. By this comparison, they have accepted her as a formidable leader of the Congress forgetting that all these years, they had never accepted her of any political acumen and had mostly made fun of her.
By snubbing a skullcap and embracing a veshti, Narendra Modi faces an uncomfortable question. Why is a veshti a sign of respect for someone’s traditions and a skull cap a symbol of pandering?
By making Rahul seem like a reluctant brat in Indian politics, a softie in the wrestling ring of Indian politics, the Opposition is also making Modi look like the authoritarian patriarch exuding grizzled authority.
Supriya Sule is expected to win easily in Baramati, but she's also preparing for a larger role, of fashioning the NCP's future.
Modi’s meeting with Rajinikanth and the latter speaking good things about him was not surprising, but Jaya lashing out against the the BJP was unexpected indeed.
Modi's meeting with the Tamil superstar hasn't gone down well with another superstar who's allying with him.
'Acche din aane waale hain,' the container trucks promised. But hardly good days for three truck drivers hauled off to court for driving without campaign permissions or documents.