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Congress suddenly remembers PV Narasimha Rao, but fails to join the dots
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Congress suddenly remembers PV Narasimha Rao, but fails to join the dots

The former PM's centenary celebrations should be an occasion to reflect on Congress' blind supplication to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty rather than an empty exercise in symbolism

Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP: Congress may point fingers at saffron party, but Madhya Pradesh imbroglio is primarily a self-goal
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Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP: Congress may point fingers at saffron party, but Madhya Pradesh imbroglio is primarily a self-goal

The conditions under which Scindia has taken this route have been created by the Congress ‘high command’ or whatever passes for it.

Congress accuses BJP of trying to topple MP govt, but analysts say internal rivalries over Rajya Sabha seat may be cause of crisis
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Congress accuses BJP of trying to topple MP govt, but analysts say internal rivalries over Rajya Sabha seat may be cause of crisis

The Congress has accused the BJP of holding eight of its MLAs captive at Gurugram in a bid to topple the government.

Congress emerges clear loser in Delhi Assembly election: Lack of intent, infighting and missing cadre base contributed to party's poll rout
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Congress emerges clear loser in Delhi Assembly election: Lack of intent, infighting and missing cadre base contributed to party's poll rout

The Congress, a party that ruled the National Capital for 15 long years has registered a blank in the recently-concluded polls.

BJP's Delhi poll campaign song taps into anger against anti-CAA protests; those accusing it of spreading hate are being hypocritical
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BJP's Delhi poll campaign song taps into anger against anti-CAA protests; those accusing it of spreading hate are being hypocritical

The protests at Shaheen Bagh are making the silent majority angrier by the day. The BJP's theme song is seeking to tap into that anger.

Delhi Assembly polls: Politics over Shaheen Bagh protests and Manish Sisodia's support to agitators may hand BJP a possible lifeline
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Delhi Assembly polls: Politics over Shaheen Bagh protests and Manish Sisodia's support to agitators may hand BJP a possible lifeline

Although Kejriwal has been trying to keep the poll narrative away from the CAA and Shaheen Bagh, a recent statement by Sisodia has changed matters.

JP Nadda appointed BJP president: Trusted Modi-Shah lieutenant and ace strategist takes over party reins at critical juncture
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JP Nadda appointed BJP president: Trusted Modi-Shah lieutenant and ace strategist takes over party reins at critical juncture

Nadda had faced the tough task of beating the arithmetic of the SP-BSP-RLD mahagathbandhan, and he ensured success for the BJP.

Why is Mamata Banerjee suddenly trying to distance herself from Congress and Left Front on CAA-NRC issue?
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Why is Mamata Banerjee suddenly trying to distance herself from Congress and Left Front on CAA-NRC issue?

Mamata's move in trying to publicly put some distance between the TMC and CPM-Congress alliance is a clever attempt at reinvigorating the struggling political forces so that the anti-TMC vote gets split instead of consolidating in favour of the BJP.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's remarks on Davinder Singh, Pulwama attack underscore Congress' flawed national security narrative
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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's remarks on Davinder Singh, Pulwama attack underscore Congress' flawed national security narrative

Chowdhury's remarks calling for a relook into the Pulwama incident come at a time when party strategists are seeking to re-invent Sonia Gandhi's lost aura.

From sparring over Baazigar meme to ad parodies, AAP, BJP and Congress battle for social media eyeballs ahead of Delhi polls
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From sparring over Baazigar meme to ad parodies, AAP, BJP and Congress battle for social media eyeballs ahead of Delhi polls

As the Delhi Assembly polls draw closer, the three major parties in the fray — the Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress — are engaged in a battle for the eyeballs on social media

Delhi Assembly election 2020: Social media battle hots up as BJP, Congress attempt to breach 'Kejri Wall'
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Delhi Assembly election 2020: Social media battle hots up as BJP, Congress attempt to breach 'Kejri Wall'

The social media battle is fast hotting up ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections with the AAP triggering a spoof-fest with its parody of a cement advertisement that had featured Boman Irani in which two brothers try to unsuccessfully bring down a wall, in this case the 'Kejri Wall'.

'If not Kejriwal, then who?' is AAP's calling card for Delhi polls as BJP hopes to paper over local inadequacies with Modi's popularity
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'If not Kejriwal, then who?' is AAP's calling card for Delhi polls as BJP hopes to paper over local inadequacies with Modi's popularity

Close on the heels of what can be politely described as a rout in the Lok Sabha election, the AAP appears to be the frontrunner in the Assembly poll battle.

Delhi elections a two-way fight between AAP and BJP; with Kejriwal showcasing developmental work, uphill task for saffron party lacking a CM face
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Delhi elections a two-way fight between AAP and BJP; with Kejriwal showcasing developmental work, uphill task for saffron party lacking a CM face

The other advantage of putting Kejriwal in the limelight is that the BJP in Delhi does not have a single credible face whose recall value in terms of leadership or oratorial skills that could compete with the AAP chief. The BJP is undecided on projecting any of its leader as face of Delhi election, a chief ministerial candidate who as a challenger would take on the incumbent chief minister.

Ceremonial appearances won’t bring unity; Opposition parties must focus on pan-India issues, find strong leader to challenge BJP
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Ceremonial appearances won’t bring unity; Opposition parties must focus on pan-India issues, find strong leader to challenge BJP

The resurgence of a strong and united Opposition needs a rallying point — a focussed pan-India issue and a strong leader, who can be identified as a figure who can pose a challenge to Narendra Modi

Sanjay Raut slams Devendra Fadnavis in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, says his 'haste to come to power' sank BJP in Maharashtra
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Sanjay Raut slams Devendra Fadnavis in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, says his 'haste to come to power' sank BJP in Maharashtra

With the coming together of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, what has happened in Maharashtra is acceptable to the country as well, Raut claimed in his column 'Rokhthok' in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra CM: With bruised BJP, shaky Shiv Sena, state heads for winter of discontent
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Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra CM: With bruised BJP, shaky Shiv Sena, state heads for winter of discontent

The image of Fadnavis as a sincere, straightforward statesman has come under a long shadow, evidently cast by political objects located in New Delhi, not Mumbai.

Replug: After Sharad Pawar-Narendra Modi meet in Delhi, here are four reasons why Shiv Sena should worry about Maharashtra power tussle
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Replug: After Sharad Pawar-Narendra Modi meet in Delhi, here are four reasons why Shiv Sena should worry about Maharashtra power tussle

Pawar’s meeting with Modi needs to be seen in the light of the ongoing brinkmanship by political parties in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra govt formation still uncertain: Sharad Pawar says Uddhav will be CM, but Congress, NCP say nothing final, meeting to continue Saturday
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Maharashtra govt formation still uncertain: Sharad Pawar says Uddhav will be CM, but Congress, NCP say nothing final, meeting to continue Saturday

Seems like it is back to square one for Maharashtra government formation. After NCP chief Sharad Pawar saying that Uddhav was the "unanimous" chief minister's choice among the newly-formed allies Congress-NCP-Sena, leaders of all the three parties have given vague and unclear statements to the press.

Mamata-Owaisi row: In her desperation to prevent split in Muslim vote bank, West Bengal CM has ended up giving a boost to AIMIM
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Mamata-Owaisi row: In her desperation to prevent split in Muslim vote bank, West Bengal CM has ended up giving a boost to AIMIM

Politics of identity has come home to roost in West Bengal. The war of words between Mamata Banerjee and Asaduddin Owaisi is indicative of the squeezing space for so-called 'secular parties' that have long carried out identity politics under the garb of 'secularism'.