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Will UP be a laboratory for an Opposition coalition? Prospective permutations don't paint image of national unity
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Will UP be a laboratory for an Opposition coalition? Prospective permutations don't paint image of national unity

In 2019, the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal came together to combat a buoyant BJP and were routed

Ex-Congress MP Jitin Prasada is marginal player, but his switch to BJP raises questions for both parties
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Ex-Congress MP Jitin Prasada is marginal player, but his switch to BJP raises questions for both parties

The BJP has always made a big production of its shtick about the Congress’ dynastic politics, but now it is welcoming a motley crew of dynasts into its ranks with no apparent sense of irony

Bengal Assembly elections: Not just Muslims, Scheduled Castes too hold key to TMC's prospects
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Bengal Assembly elections: Not just Muslims, Scheduled Castes too hold key to TMC's prospects

The SCs are the same vote bank that had migrated decisively from the CPM to the TMC in 2011 and to a large extent remained with it in 2016. The TMC’s ability to hold on to a sizeable chunk of this vote bank will decide the outcome of 2021 polls

Dinesh Trivedi's exit leaves TMC without key face in Delhi, urban Bengal ahead of bitter electoral battle
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Dinesh Trivedi's exit leaves TMC without key face in Delhi, urban Bengal ahead of bitter electoral battle

Trivedi is likely to cross over to the BJP, with media reports quoting him as saying that joining the BJP would be a 'privilege'

Bihar poll result analysis: Vote share dips for most, but BJP's margins rise; fewer women MLAs win despite high female turnout
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Bihar poll result analysis: Vote share dips for most, but BJP's margins rise; fewer women MLAs win despite high female turnout

The difference between the average vote share of first-time candidates and candidates who have contested in Bihar elections before , is highest for the Congress, potentially indicating that the party's performance varies highly based on the candidate

Koshyari's letter to Thackeray doesn't befit the impartiality expected from Governor's office
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Koshyari's letter to Thackeray doesn't befit the impartiality expected from Governor's office

Governors must loathe appearing as agents or appointees of the Central Government if they are to maintain their impartiality and the confidence of their ministers

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.