All stories by Radhika Ramaseshan
'BJP is in a Rustom-Sohrab situation'Rediff.com27 Apr 2022
'The BJP's problem is what rabbit can it pull out of the conjurer's hat?'
How BJP Won UPRediff.com12 Mar 2022
The BJP campaign highlighted Yogi's persona as a tough-as-nails leader and an incorruptible man with no nest to feather; Modi's charisma which was turned on full blast in the penultimate phases; Amit Shah's ground work; a well-oiled party organisation, and the RSS's back-up.
How BJP ensures beneficiaries of govt schemes vote for itRediff.com28 Feb 2022
A vistarak is assigned to convince voters of the 'far-reaching benefits' of the schemes and doles handed out by the Centre and the UP government.
Keshav Maurya: Yogi's BJP ChallengerRediff.com31 Jan 2022
Keshav Prasad Maurya's election from Sirathu in Kaushambi will be among the keenly watched contests in UP. If he and the BJP win, will he be luckier this time?
Why Bommai needs New Delhi's backing to stay on as CMRediff.com17 Jan 2022
'Bommai is everybody's man and nobody's man'
Why BJP is crumbling in Bengal after a sensational riseRediff.com11 Jan 2022
'It doesn't help to transpose the Hindi heartland model on Bengal. Bengalis don't understand its dynamics. They won't comprehend the impact of Modi's dip in the Ganga because Bengal's political culture is different. Even in the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrams, Christ is worshipped on Christmas. It's difficult to polarise Bengal religiously'
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?'