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Modi to reshuffle team in Sep; Scindia, Fadnavis in?

Modi to reshuffle team in Sep; Scindia, Fadnavis in?

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

The RSS wants three nominees inducted: Tejaswi Surya, the young BJP MP from Bengaluru South, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, a Rajya Sabha member, and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Modi kickstarts week one of Unlock 1 with 28 meetings

Modi kickstarts week one of Unlock 1 with 28 meetings

Rediff.com1 Jun 2020

On Tuesday, Modi will share his views with India Inc on 'Getting growth back'.

How India will open up: Places of worship, malls, local flights

How India will open up: Places of worship, malls, local flights

Rediff.com1 May 2020

PM to take a call on reopening places of worship on Saturday; state governments empowered to take a call on malls and wedding halls; domestic flights expected to resume on May 18, with Air India being first off the blocks.

Cabinet Secy asks states to check pre-flight ban travellers

Cabinet Secy asks states to check pre-flight ban travellers

Rediff.com27 Mar 2020

Rajiv Gauba says there is a gap in the number of passengers who should have been monitored and the actual number which may seriously jeopardise efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Rahul Gandhi underwent coronavirus test on return from Italy

Rahul Gandhi underwent coronavirus test on return from Italy

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

The Congress leader followed the drill issued by the Director-General of Civil Aviation for all passengers coming from Italy, which mandates a thorough check-up for covid-19, reports R Rajagopalan.

Modi to induct youngsters, allies as ministers

Modi to induct youngsters, allies as ministers

Rediff.com14 Feb 2020

Among the names being mentioned for inclusion as ministers are Tejasvi Surya, the 29-year-old MP from Bangalore South, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the 35-year-old MP from Ladakh, Locket Chatterjee, the 45-year old MP from Hooghly, and Dilip Ghosh, MP from West Medinipur and president of the BJP's West Bengal unit.

Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka set to lose airport privilege

Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka set to lose airport privilege

Rediff.com13 Feb 2020

Three months after the Modi government withdrew SPG cover to Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, they are all set to lose another special status provided to them.

BJP trying hard, but it's Kejri again in Delhi

BJP trying hard, but it's Kejri again in Delhi

Rediff.com5 Feb 2020

Arvind Kejriwal is poised to return to power with a simple majority. Even if the BJP wins 20 to 25 seats, it will be seen as a victory, says R Rajagopalan.

Delhi assembly polls may be held on February 13

Delhi assembly polls may be held on February 13

Rediff.com30 Dec 2019

The Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi's ruling party, is already in election mode.

How Yediyurappa won Karnataka by-polls

How Yediyurappa won Karnataka by-polls

Rediff.com10 Dec 2019

Karnataka, by reposing its faith in BSY, remains a Hindutva stronghold, reports R Rajagopalan.

Govt gets cracking on setting up Ayodhya temple trust

Govt gets cracking on setting up Ayodhya temple trust

Rediff.com11 Nov 2019

With Parliament's winter session is to begin on November 18, the Union home and law ministries want to complete the process of formation of the board of trustees in time, reports R Rajagopalan.

'Trump of Tropics' to be R-Day chief guest

'Trump of Tropics' to be R-Day chief guest

Rediff.com4 Nov 2019

With Donald Trump unable to make it, Modi settles for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

A crucial fortnight for Supreme Court. And for India

A crucial fortnight for Supreme Court. And for India

Rediff.com4 Nov 2019

Security has been put on high alert across the nation as the Supreme Court of India is all set to deliver its verdict in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, Sabarimala case and a host of other legal wrangles.

73 IAS officers empanelled for central govt duty

73 IAS officers empanelled for central govt duty

Rediff.com10 Oct 2019

Of the 73 names, 41 have been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for secretary-level posts, while 32 names have been cleared for holding additional secretary or equivalent-level posts, reports R Rajagopalan.

Gandhis will have to take SPG along on foreign trips

Gandhis will have to take SPG along on foreign trips

Rediff.com7 Oct 2019

SPG Act tweaked to ensure that commandoes accompany protectees overseas as well.

Why Modi chose Mahabalipuram as venue to meet Xi

Why Modi chose Mahabalipuram as venue to meet Xi

Rediff.com7 Oct 2019

Xi's presence in Mahabalipuram is more of a political message by Modi to the world -- as well as to regional parties in South India that they should be beware of the BJP's rise, says R Rajagopalan.

Tribute: Jaitley it was who brought Modi to Delhi

Tribute: Jaitley it was who brought Modi to Delhi

Rediff.com24 Aug 2019

'Jaitley was one of the earliest politicians to sense the changing political scenario in Delhi. He had closely watched the rise of the BJP and declining fortunes of the Congress party during the L K Advani era. But it was between 2009 and 2014 as the Leader of the Opposition that he began to read the tea leaves. 'And thus it was that he introduced Modi-Amit Shah duo to Lutyens Delhi,' says senior journalist R Rajagopalan who had known Jaitley since 1975.

First-time DMK MPs feel left out, look to Stalin for help

First-time DMK MPs feel left out, look to Stalin for help

Rediff.com5 Jul 2019

The DMK parliamentary party appears to be a house divided, reports R Rajagopalan.

Speaker faces MPs' tug of war over housing

Speaker faces MPs' tug of war over housing

Rediff.com20 Jun 2019

From deciding on the composition of various House committees to fixing the seating arrangement of MPs, Speaker Om Birla has a full plate.

Can Gehlot fill Jaitley's void in Rajya Sabha?

Can Gehlot fill Jaitley's void in Rajya Sabha?

Rediff.com14 Jun 2019

Even his critics say Thaawar Chand Gehlot is a man of delivery. 'If a task is assigned, he wins it over with political sagacity,' they say.

How Modi plans to change babudom

How Modi plans to change babudom

Rediff.com11 Jun 2019

The PM is keen to fill 40 per cent of joint secretary level openings with outsiders.

10 signs Amit Shah is 2nd only to Modi

10 signs Amit Shah is 2nd only to Modi

Rediff.com5 Jun 2019

Prime Minister Modi has entrusted Amit Shah with the task of coordinating all the agencies with their power to monitor movement and phone calls, says R Rajagopalan.

Did Modi misread south India?

Did Modi misread south India?

Rediff.com23 May 2019

In the next two years, reveals says R Rajagopalan, Modi-Shah will make a strong effort to woo the south.

Jaitley is Modi-Shah's go-to man for Lok Sabha poll

Jaitley is Modi-Shah's go-to man for Lok Sabha poll

Rediff.com13 Mar 2019

From handling the party organisation, finalising candidates, shooting the breeze with the media to pow-wows with diplomats and liaising with the PMO -- Arun Jaitley is the BJP's chief backroom manager in this election, reports R Rajagopalan.

Overseas friends lend Modi a helping hand

Overseas friends lend Modi a helping hand

Rediff.com11 Mar 2019

The Friends of Modi initiative is expected to to boost the BJP's vote count by at least 1%.

BJP's war cry for 2019: 350 Mumkin Hai!

BJP's war cry for 2019: 350 Mumkin Hai!

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

R Rajagopalan reveals the BJP's master plan to get Modi re-elected.

As Tamil Nadu readies for poll battle, PMK is the real winner

As Tamil Nadu readies for poll battle, PMK is the real winner

Rediff.com21 Feb 2019

'With its vote bank is intact, the PMK, though a smaller party of Vanniars, was able to twist around major parties like the DMK and AIADMK, negotiating with both before settling for Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswami's side.' 'There is a lesson in it for regional parties in other states as well, on how to dominate the national parties with a committed vote share of just 7 to 8 per cent,' says R Rajagopalan.

Modi's quota: Utmost secrecy, precise execution

Modi's quota: Utmost secrecy, precise execution

Rediff.com10 Jan 2019

Thus it was that for the first time in the history of the republic a constitutional amendment was announced and passed by Parliament within 72 hours, reports R Rajagopalan.

Will KCR be kingmaker in 2019?

Will KCR be kingmaker in 2019?

Rediff.com27 Dec 2018

'KCR's plan for the future is three-pronged. He wants to see a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre in 2019 so that he can become the Union minister for home or defence,' says R Rajagopalan.

Naidu is Rahul's new troubleshooter

Naidu is Rahul's new troubleshooter

Rediff.com10 Nov 2018

'Naidu understands electoral calculus, that the regional parties are yet to gain confidence in Rahul as a vote-catcher,' points out R Rajagopalan.

BJP could win 230 seats in 2019

BJP could win 230 seats in 2019

Rediff.com11 Sep 2018

'The BJP will be the single largest party in the next Lok Sabha, the only one party with a three digit tally.'

Karunanidhi leaves behind a vacuum in Dravida politics

Karunanidhi leaves behind a vacuum in Dravida politics

Rediff.com8 Aug 2018

In Karunanidhi's passing the real loser is Tamil Nadu and Tamil language. So far there is no one on the horizon to fill the vacuum left behind by him, says R Rajagopalan.

Is there more to Kamal's meeting with Rahul?

Is there more to Kamal's meeting with Rahul?

Rediff.com21 Jun 2018

Even as the actor-turned-politician said that it was just 'a courtesy call', speculation about a future alliance between them has been doing the rounds in the national capital, says R Rajagopalan.

Rajini's politics casts a shadow over his latest film

Rajini's politics casts a shadow over his latest film

Rediff.com8 Jun 2018

Rajinikanth's comments on the Cauvery issue have often made him the target of pro-Kannada outfits who threatened to disrupt his film's release in Karnataka. However, this time there has so far been a lack of fanfare even in Tamil Nadu. R Rajagopalan explains why.

Can united Opposition defeat Modi in 2019?

Can united Opposition defeat Modi in 2019?

Rediff.com11 Apr 2018

'The Modi-Shah duo won't leave the war zone without putting up a tough fight.' 'Modi's slogan for 2019 could well be, "I have done much. Give me one more chance to do even more".' '2019 will be tough for the BJP.' 'But it will be even tougher for the Opposition -- united or otherwise,' says R Rajagopalan.

Has Naidu misread Modi?

Has Naidu misread Modi?

Rediff.com8 Mar 2018

In early 2017, Amit A Shah warned Nara Chandrababu Naidu that Narendra D Modi was not like Atal Bihari Vajpayee to yield to pressure tactics. Soon, Naidu was to discover this for himself.

Tamil Nadu heads for Coalition Sarkar

Tamil Nadu heads for Coalition Sarkar

Rediff.com15 Feb 2018

R Rajagopalan predicts that Tamil Nadu won't have single party rule for the first time in its history.

Pawar eyes Opposition top slot but Mamata won't allow it

Pawar eyes Opposition top slot but Mamata won't allow it

Rediff.com31 Jan 2018

Banerjee feels that as long as Sonia Gandhi is the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party, she should be the undisputed leader of a united front of opposition parties, reports R Rajagopalan.

How Rahul is preparing to oust BJP by 2024

How Rahul is preparing to oust BJP by 2024

Rediff.com30 Jan 2018

The new Congress president is building a core team of youngsters while waiting for his mother's coterie to retire, reports R Rajagopalan.

Reading the tea leaves from RK Nagar bypoll

Reading the tea leaves from RK Nagar bypoll

Rediff.com26 Dec 2017

The RK Nagar bypoll result is a danger signal to the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, says R Rajagopalan.

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