All stories by Kumar Rakesh
Ex-EAM Yashwant Sinha says India should be 'open-minded' with TalibanRediff.com19 Aug 2021
'It appears on the face of it that the Taliban of 2021 is not the same Taliban of 2001. There appears to be some difference. They are making mature statements. That is something we have to take note of,' former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha said
BJP's silence hurts, relations can't be 'one-sided': ChiragRediff.com22 Jun 2021
'Hurt' at the Bharatiya Janata Party's silence while he battles challenges from within his party, Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan said on Tuesday his relations with the saffron party cannot remain 'one-sided' and he will consider all possibilities about his future political steps if attempts to corner him continue.
UP polls: BJP working to stitch-up social alliancesRediff.com13 Jun 2021
Joining hands with smaller parties with a political base in different castes was a part of the BJP strategy as it won big in Uttar Pradesh in the 2017 assembly polls and 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
PM Modi, Amitbhai will decide Assam CM: HimantaRediff.com25 Mar 2021
'They know everyone and have everyone's horoscope. If they feel Himanta Biswa Sarma is the right man for Assam, they will give it to me, if they feel Sarbananda Sonowal is the right man, they will give it to him, or if they feel both of them are not good, let's bring another person'
100%, Nitish Kumar will be CM: BJP Bihar chiefRediff.com11 Nov 2020
'We are allies and equals. We have to run Bihar collectively'
In Bihar's 3rd phase, all eyes on what Owaisi will doRediff.com5 Nov 2020
However, as the region with the state's highest concentration of Muslims readies for polls on November 7 in the last phase of the elections, it is the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress-Left alliance that draws considerable support from the community amid sporadic voices in Owaisi's support as they weigh their choices.
People of Bihar don't want Nitish back as CM: ChiragRediff.com5 Oct 2020
Anti-incumbency against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's 15-year-old rule in Bihar is stronger that what Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD regime faced in 2005, LJP president Chirag Paswan said on Monday, asserting that he walked out of the ruling alliance in the state so as not to have any 'guilt' of playing a role in continuation of the current dispensation.
Constitution supreme, no pressure on me: Rajasthan GuvRediff.com30 Jul 2020
In an interview to PTI, Mishra, who on Wednesday agreed with the state Cabinet's proposal to call an assembly session from August 14, said he has always directed the state government to follow constitutional provisions in sending its request for convening a session.
1 year of Modi 2.0: BJP's core agenda fulfilledRediff.com29 May 2020
With the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government marking its first anniversary on Saturday, the first year is likely to be remembered for the fulfilment of decades-old Hindutva demands as Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the huge majority his party won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to push through its core agenda.
Watershed year for BJP but new challenges emergeRediff.com31 Dec 2019
The party is likely to look back at 2019 with more than a touch of satisfaction as the year saw nullification of Article 370, criminalisation of triple talaq, enactment of CAA and a Supreme Court order paving the way for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, issues which have agitated Hindutva cadres for decades.
BJP's 'Chanakya' who strategised Modi Wave 2.0Rediff.com23 May 2019
Known as an astute strategist whose non-political interests range from playing chess and watching cricket to stage performances and listening to classical music, 54-year-old Shah is often hailed as the BJP's most successful president for crafting its way to power states after states.
How BJP is winning battle of alliancesRediff.com11 Mar 2019
The ruling party seems in far better shape than the Congress, which is yet to finalise seat-sharing agreements in several states.
BJP faces tough battle in states that powered its surgeRediff.com12 Dec 2018
BJP's loss of power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattigarh means that it will have to face a resurgent Congress in the three states where it had emerged victorious in 62 of 65 Lok Sabha seats.
How Vajpayee rose on foundation built by AdvaniRediff.com17 Aug 2018
If Advani's ideological leadership galvanised the party's cadres and core support, Vajpayee's soaring oratory, common touch, easy charm and convivial manners won over the masses and brought new allies on board.
Why BJP is not nervous despite discontent among sullen alliesRediff.com9 Mar 2018
Discontentment of allies may not look serious now, but the BJP needs to develop a better mechanism to deal with the allies ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
Yogi Adityanath drives BJP Hindutva campaign in eastern UPRediff.com2 Mar 2017
The fifth-term Lok Sabha member is the mascot of the party's Hindutva-wrapped agenda of development as the BJP makes a final push in its bid to capture power in the state