All stories by RADHIKA RAMASESHAN
Can Priyanka stop the Congress exodus?Rediff.com5 Nov 2021
'About 90 per cent of our netas have no loyalty and will go with the winner.'
Bommai: Re-Election Man Or Fall Guy?Rediff.com4 Nov 2021
Where does Basavaraj Bommai stand three months after he assumed the reins of power in Karnataka?
Why Modi Won't Sack Minister MishraRediff.com19 Oct 2021
Sacking Ajay Mishra would further antagonise Brahmins in UP already upset with Yogi's government.
Centre's Taliban Response Puts UP BJP in A FixRediff.com14 Sep 2021
The pressure on Delhi mellowed Lucknow's ruling dispensation's initial enthusiasm to try and draw electoral mileage from the developments in Afghanistan.
BJP's pro-OBC agenda comes up against caste census demandRediff.com30 Aug 2021
A BJP source admitted that a census will inevitably reconfirm the numerical majority of the OBCs. 'That will overturn social equations and consign the upper castes to a twilight zone of marginalisation. The RSS won't accept it.' Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
3 Brahmin names that shake up the Yogi governmentRediff.com20 Aug 2021
Khushi Dubey, Hari Shankar Tiwari and Mata Prasad Pandey represent the resentment among Brahmins towards the Adityanath government. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
In Haryana, Khattar's problems stretch beyond farmers' protestRediff.com2 Aug 2021
Apart from the second pandemic upsurge in Haryana which devastated its cities and villages, in most districts panchayats stopped inviting BJP-JJP leaders to social gatherings, while a few announced a boycott.
Will turncoats, pandemic mar BJP's chances in Goa?Rediff.com15 Jul 2021
If pandemic (mis)management threatened to dominate Goa's electoral discourse, the BJP is up against a deeper structural issue in its organisation, created by the fact that a majority of the legislature party and the ministerial council is made up of Congress defectors, disparagingly referred to by the Opposition as "imports". Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
BJP or JD-U: Who's behind the breakup of Paswan's LJP?Rediff.com1 Jul 2021
Both the BJP and the JD-U abetted the LJP split but interestingly, independently. And there hangs a tale of conflicting interests, gamesmanship, subterfuge, and retribution, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
Between BJP and 2nd term in Uttarakhand stands CovidRediff.com19 Jun 2021
As the virus ravaged rural areas, the state BJP figured out it was impossible to underplay or escape its impact on its political plans.
Buoyed by panchayat poll results, SP pushes to win UP backRediff.com28 May 2021
'We have learnt lessons from Mamata Banerjee who overcame the BJP's canard by reciting Chandi Path and playing up her Brahmin origins in her campaign. We need to adopt strategies like asking Muslims to lie low and distributing tickets prudently so that we are not accused of favouring one community.' Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
Where is Prashant Kishor headed next?Rediff.com18 May 2021
A second shot at UP?
Even bypoll win won't smoothen things for YediyurappaRediff.com29 Apr 2021
'New Delhi is in a perpetual dilemma. It can't do without Yediyurappa, but it doesn't want a powerful CM. It stokes the opponents within against him. The result is he has never settled down in office, even in the present tenure'
BJP keeps Thackeray on tenterhooksRediff.com14 Apr 2021
'Can we slip through the cracks in the alliance and use the situation to our advantage?'
'BJP's Chanakyas mismanaged the Bengal exercise'Rediff.com6 Apr 2021
'It's a classic conflict between the old and the new BJP. The new BJP is made up of turncoats and the old of veterans who slogged for decades when the BJP barely existed in West Bengal'
Meet the BJP's silent army in BengalRediff.com3 Apr 2021
'They are our go-to men, our trouble-shooters.' 'They draw their strength from remaining low-key and accessible only to our workers.'
Assam conundrum: Even if BJP returns, Sonowal may notRediff.com22 Mar 2021
While Himanta Biswa Sarma scotched rumours that he would be the king this time, political sources in Guwahati maintained that he, and not Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, had a bigger say in choosing candidates, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
How Amit Shah gave BJP last-mile push in Gujarat civic pollsRediff.com8 Mar 2021
When Home Minister Amit Shah, who was in Gujarat to cast his vote in the urban body polls, learnt of the poor voter, instead of heading home he went to the Motera stadium, organised a control room, and was on the phone with practically everybody assigned duty on the ground: MPs, MLAs and BJP office-bearers. His single commandment was to check the voter list and phone or personally get people to the booths, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
Split in Rajasthan BJP: Raje loyalists want her to be made CM faceRediff.com2 Mar 2021
The fact that Home Minister Amit Shah recently met Raje was a marker that Delhi will be compelled to take her more seriously than it would care to. Like B S Yediyurappa, she's a regional chieftain who can't be discarded at will, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
'BJP is getting damaged in the north by farmers' stir'Rediff.com24 Jan 2021
If the protests have cemented the ties between the peasantry and the traders, the political implications for the BJP might become too serious to be disregarded because its core base was made up of the urban Khatri merchants.