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The rise of a nephew in Mayawati's BSP

The rise of a nephew in Mayawati's BSP

Rediff.com30 Apr 2019

The journey for 24-year-old Akash Anand would be much tougher, because dynastic succession goes against the grain of Dalit politics that B R Ambedkar founded.

BJP woos NDA allies to keep numbers intact

BJP woos NDA allies to keep numbers intact

Rediff.com27 Apr 2019

The BJP's rediscovery of its allies, including the PM touching the feet of Parakash Singh Badal, would be interpreted as the party's efforts to keep its flock together if it falls short of the majority mark on May 23.

The Mahant keen to take on Modi in Varanasi

The Mahant keen to take on Modi in Varanasi

Rediff.com24 Apr 2019

One of Modi's foremost critics will contest if he is the common candidate of a united Opposition, but fielded by the Congress.

CEC Sunil Arora's big test

CEC Sunil Arora's big test

Rediff.com1 Apr 2019

'The EC is a sacred institution.' 'In the last few years, more than once, we have found the EC bending over backwards to accommodate the government.'

Will Priyanka contest from Varanasi?

Will Priyanka contest from Varanasi?

Rediff.com29 Mar 2019

Will 'Bhaiyyaji', as Priyanka is called in UP, contest against Modi?

Rahul to free MSMEs, start ups from inspector raj

Rahul to free MSMEs, start ups from inspector raj

Rediff.com28 Mar 2019

'This will spur job creation and unleash animal spirits.'

Rahul to contest from South where he leads Modi in polls

Rahul to contest from South where he leads Modi in polls

Rediff.com24 Mar 2019

With Rahul showing a significant lead over Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi in opinion polls across southern India but lagging in the north, the Congress believes his contesting from the south will help galvanise cadres.

Opposition's 'people's agenda' to take on Modi

Opposition's 'people's agenda' to take on Modi

Rediff.com15 Mar 2019

Some of the key proposals of the agenda relate to transforming the banking sector, addressing agrarian distress, countering hate crimes and discrimination, and spurring employment generation.

Congress manifesto to focus on jobs, farm and banking reforms

Congress manifesto to focus on jobs, farm and banking reforms

Rediff.com13 Mar 2019

The party's research department team, which Rajya Sabha member M V Rajeev Gowda heads, has sifted through the suggestions received in the last five months, and the manifesto is slated to be released later this month, reports Archis Mohan.

Congress bets on anger against 'dhokha'

Congress bets on anger against 'dhokha'

Rediff.com3 Mar 2019

The Congress surveys, at least until now, have indicated the nationalistic fervour over the Pulwama terror attack is more an effort by mainstream media outlets, like news channels and newspapers, to shape a particular narrative, when the people on the ground are still asking basic questions of livelihood, jobs and better price for farm produce.

'Terrific mandate of 2014 is being wasted day after day'

'Terrific mandate of 2014 is being wasted day after day'

Rediff.com5 Feb 2019

'Whoever whispered in his ears that go for demonetisation, misled him completely' and the PM lacked the sagacity to know that it would not work, Yashwant Sinha tells Archis Mohan.

Budget does its bit, now it's over to the Sangh Parivar

Budget does its bit, now it's over to the Sangh Parivar

Rediff.com4 Feb 2019

The interim Budget has attempted to tick all the boxes that could help the Modi government return to power, reports Archis Mohan.

Will BJP target Robert Vadra to get at Priyanka?

Will BJP target Robert Vadra to get at Priyanka?

Rediff.com25 Jan 2019

While some in the Congress were apprehensive that land grab allegations against her husband Robert Vadra could turn out to be Priyanka's Achilles heel, much of the BJP leadership opted not to bring up the issue at the current juncture.

WEF 2019: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana take rivalry to Davos

WEF 2019: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana take rivalry to Davos

Rediff.com22 Jan 2019

Stronger the pitch of various states, the better for India as a country. The two states plan to showcase their improved 'ease of doing business rankings'.

Who donated how much to BJP, Congress

Who donated how much to BJP, Congress

Rediff.com18 Jan 2019

Who donated how much to BJP, Congress

Congress looks at 'Jangipur model' in UP

Congress looks at 'Jangipur model' in UP

Rediff.com9 Jan 2019

Congress hopes to field upper caste candidates to eat into BJP voter base while SP-BSP focuses on consolidating Dalit-OBC votes in their favour.

Why Rahul gives Modi-Shah nightmares

Why Rahul gives Modi-Shah nightmares

Rediff.com1 Jan 2019

'In mocking him, Modi and Shah went horribly wrong.'
'It made Gandhi determined to fight to the finish, which now has the entire Sangh Parivar rattled,' says a Congress leader, privy to the repeated RSS outreach for a rapproachment.

'Something sinister in Urjit Patel's exit'?

'Something sinister in Urjit Patel's exit'?

Rediff.com30 Dec 2018

'Urjit Patel was not quite the picture of courage, but even he turned, he had to turn.' 'Perhaps there is something that is far more sinister than what we are aware of, which is the reason for his resigation.'

2018 was BJP's annus horribilis

2018 was BJP's annus horribilis

Rediff.com29 Dec 2018

In 2018, the BJP's rare successes in north-east India aside, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the party.

Congress set to promise single rate GST

Congress set to promise single rate GST

Rediff.com26 Dec 2018

Simpler GST structure will be key poll plank, Congress sources tell Archis Mohan.

Sidhu mocked Modi like no one else

Sidhu mocked Modi like no one else

Rediff.com22 Dec 2018

'His past as a cricketer makes it difficult for the BJP to question his nationalism.' 'He gets away by ridiculing Modi while something similar from most Congress leaders does not resonate as much.'

'I was not a PM afraid of talking to the press'

'I was not a PM afraid of talking to the press'

Rediff.com19 Dec 2018

Several Congress leaders interpreted it as a dig at Prime Minister Modi who is yet to address a single press conference in his 54-month tenure.

Opposition readies to use Urjit's resignation in House battle

Opposition readies to use Urjit's resignation in House battle

Rediff.com11 Dec 2018

Opposition leaders plan to go to the people to create awareness, as well as protest the "erosion of RBI's credibility" in Parliament, in the coming days and weeks to build public opinion against the Modi government's move to take away the RBI reserves, reports Archis Mohan.

'Modiji should have paid more attention'

'Modiji should have paid more attention'

Rediff.com4 Dec 2018

'There is no money with the villagers as there is little work.'

'You have to do good politics'

'You have to do good politics'

Rediff.com2 Dec 2018

'You have to do good work and also do good politics.' 'I think that part was missing, communication was an issue, but we have bridged that gap.'

'BJP will pay the price for ignoring us'

'BJP will pay the price for ignoring us'

Rediff.com29 Nov 2018

Rajasthan's teachers plan to teach Vasundhara Raje a lesson.

Rajasthan youths complain of lack of jobs, but have faith in Modi

Rajasthan youths complain of lack of jobs, but have faith in Modi

Rediff.com28 Nov 2018

The Congress has made lack of jobs, along with agrarian distress, its key election plank in the run-up to the December 7 assembly polls.

Why Congress is worried over the Jat vote in Rajasthan

Why Congress is worried over the Jat vote in Rajasthan

Rediff.com26 Nov 2018

The Jat community is itching to end its brief dalliance with the BJP, but it is also upset with the Congress, the party they have traditionally supported, for not giving them their due, reports Archis Mohan.

Is this why Modi is nervous?

Is this why Modi is nervous?

Rediff.com26 Nov 2018

'In this country, if any government acquires one of these images -- anti-farmer, or anti-poor or corrupt -- the government doesn't survive.' 'The Modi government is fast acquiring that anti-farmer image, that is why it is nervous.'

Naidu ready to save 'great nation' from Modi

Naidu ready to save 'great nation' from Modi

Rediff.com28 Oct 2018

'As a seasoned politician I know how to talk and understand the opinion and sentiments (of other political leaders).'

Congress to bank on Mahatma Gandhi to ensure 'BJP-free India' in 2019

Congress to bank on Mahatma Gandhi to ensure 'BJP-free India' in 2019

Rediff.com2 Oct 2018

The party will launch its 'Sevagram Se Sangram' likening its fight against Modi-led government to the freedom struggle against the British.

Congress may be forced to go ekla chalo re

Congress may be forced to go ekla chalo re

Rediff.com29 Sep 2018

Senior Congress leaders say Sharad Pawar's 'clean chit' to Modi in the Rafale deal is the most recent example of regional parties succumbing to pressure. The Congress is also convinced that Mayawati is being arm-twisted.

Ahead of 2019, BJP faces caste challenge

Ahead of 2019, BJP faces caste challenge

Rediff.com22 Sep 2018

Caste assertions, including from the upper castes, could have the Sangh Parivar stumble yet again in its efforts to construct a Hindu rashtra.

Ahead of 2019, BJP faces caste challenge

Ahead of 2019, BJP faces caste challenge

Rediff.com22 Sep 2018

Caste assertions, including from the upper castes, could have the Sangh Parivar stumble yet again in its efforts to construct a Hindu rashtra.

Rafale 'scam' effect: Big Business wary of funding Congress

Rafale 'scam' effect: Big Business wary of funding Congress

Rediff.com17 Sep 2018

The Congress's new treasurer Ahmed Patel has been meeting industrialists and businessmen. He met one of the biggest industrialists of the country last week, but the assurance of any significant donation was half-hearted from the other end. Business houses aren't exactly queuing up to offer donations, reports Archis Mohan.

BJP workers will 'educate' people on fuel price rise

BJP workers will 'educate' people on fuel price rise

Rediff.com13 Sep 2018

The party says it has trained over 1,00,000 workers in the last one year.

'Rajan's policies and not DeMo that slowed down economic growth'

'Rajan's policies and not DeMo that slowed down economic growth'

Rediff.com4 Sep 2018

NITI Aayog's Rajiv Kumar accused former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram of creating a 'false narrative'

What is different about J-K's new governor

What is different about J-K's new governor

Rediff.com31 Aug 2018

Will Malik's worldview, shaped by his years with the socialists, Charan Singh, the Congress and V P Singh, help him govern the troubled state? Or would his rule have the imprint of the party he joined in the latter years of his chequered political career?

BJP may lose 70 seats, says new app

BJP may lose 70 seats, says new app

Rediff.com25 Aug 2018

Neta app claims BJP is down to 212 seats from its 2014 tally of 282.

How Gurumurthy may change the RBI

How Gurumurthy may change the RBI

Rediff.com18 Aug 2018

With his strong views on Bharatiya economics, his appointment to the RBI board may well presage interesting times, says Archis Mohan.

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