All stories by Radhika Ramaseshan
Ideology vs governance: How BJP plans to win BengalRediff.com3 Mar 2020
'The Shaheen Bagh model of bullets and biryani won't work. The RSS looked at a template that would play to Bengali pride and harp on the state's development. Mamata's slogan to defeat the Left Front was 'Bengal awake and arise'. She promised to check the flight of capital from Bengal to far-flung states and usher in a renaissance. The RSS wants the BJP to pitch this line because it feels Mamata hasn't delivered on her promises.'
How ABVP went from being teacher's pet to campus 'bully'Rediff.com28 Jan 2020
The student front of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has blotted its CV by allegedly instigating and engaging in violence on marquee campuses like JNU and Hyderabad Central University
AGP in a bind over massive anti-CAA stir in AssamRediff.com14 Jan 2020
The AGP, an ally of the BJP, voted for the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha, after Amit Shah's assurance. However, the scale, intensity and, persistence of the anti-CAA protests since then have taken it by surprise.
AJSU as Jharkhand's Shiv Sena, Mahato as Uddhav?Rediff.com17 Dec 2019
Although the back-fence talk was that the AJSU would return to the BJP if the Jharkhand verdict was inconclusive, the AJSU's Deosharan Bhagat rejected the hearsay. 'Jharkhand was born out of a long agitation and we were one of the agitators. We won't allow people's hopes to die with short-term compromises. Our slogan is our rule, our government,' he said. Another Sena and Mahato as another Uddhav Thackeray, asks Radhika Ramaseshan.
Will 'outsider' Raghubar Das be second-time lucky?Rediff.com26 Nov 2019
By conventional yardsticks, Das was an audacious choice by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP president Amit Shah, like Devendra Fadnavis was in Maharashtra and Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana. Will his choice pay off in the elections next month?
Jharkhand polls first test of Ayodhya's impact on votersRediff.com19 Nov 2019
Although conventional political wisdom would decree that the construction of a 'magnificent' Ram temple at his 'birth-place' would bring the BJP a big yield of votes in the prospective elections, its leaders know by now that the mandir must not exist in isolation in its game plan, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
Has the sun set on BJP's Chouhan, Vasundhara and Raman Singh?Rediff.com6 Nov 2019
Could the defeat of Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and Raman Singh in last year's polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, respectively, augur a transition in the command structure of these states, where they reigned supreme?
Cong-NCP defectors lead to disgruntlement in BJP, SenaRediff.com30 Sep 2019
Ahead of the assembly elections, the saffron allies may be ecstatic over the swelling, but it's a double-edged sword with many older leaders wondering what they have got after putting in years of hard work, reports Radhika Ramaseshan
How BJP plans to make inroads into TNRediff.com16 Sep 2019
Despite drawing a blank in Tamil Nadu, its leaders in the state claimed they should strike roots without using a crutch at this "most opportune" time, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
Why the law never caught up with Kuldeep SengarRediff.com12 Aug 2019
According to an insider, "Winning is all that matters to the BJP. The leaders were warned that he was an undesirable character but they said look at his victory margin."
After LS election, Modi-Shah engaged in 'another war'Rediff.com23 Jul 2019
In the Narendra Modi-Shah masterminded regime, organisational elections have acquired the gravity, authority and colour of a national or state poll, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
BJP in a fix over CM face in DelhiRediff.com18 Jul 2019
With four contenders for the top post in case the BJP wrests power from AAP, party sources say naming of a CM face may trigger factional fights.
BJP leader: 'Jagan won't be spared'Rediff.com9 Jul 2019
'The BJP will take time to come to power in Andhra.'
The many challenges that lie ahead for BJP in BengalRediff.com1 Jul 2019
With two years to go before West Bengal elects its next government, the BJP's internal objective is to scale down the Trinamool Congress tally from 211 to 45 seats. This amounts to an annihilation of the TMC while enabling the BJP to win a record 250 seats in the 295-member legislature, reports Radhika Ramaseshan
Meet Shah's minders tasked with ensuring BJP's victoryRediff.com14 Jan 2019
After the BJP lost the recent assembly polls, one of Shah's first acts was to appoint new prabharis before the Lok Sabha election. Radhika Ramaseshan reports on the significance of this post that doesn't exist in the BJP's constitution.
BJP won't succumb to RSS pressure on Ram templeRediff.com6 Nov 2018
'The saffron party is under pressure from RSS and other Hindutva quarters to move swiftly on construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.'
'What the party decides is the law for Vasundhara Raje'Rediff.com18 Oct 2018
'Change is the rule of politics.'
'Yes, we are sitting on a time bomb'Rediff.com17 Sep 2018
'If the Amendment Bill 2016 becomes law, the indigenous people of Assam will become a minority and the language, literature and culture of Assam will be lost.'
Akhilesh is oiling up the 'bicycle' to take on BJP in 2019Rediff.com28 Aug 2018
Gleaning lessons from Amit Shah's compendium of Chanakya-isms, the Samajwadi Party is keeping its operations low-key and working on an inclusive strategy.
Why Bengal is a hard nut to crack for BJPRediff.com30 Jul 2018
State party leaders admit that Hindu consolidation by itself was not good enough to unseat Didi.
BJP's 3-pronged strategy to fight Oppn joining hands in UPRediff.com23 Jul 2018
The kisan is as integral a part of the BJP's master plan for the 2019 polls as the Dalit because it surmised that the farmers and Dalits were as restive in UP as in much of the country, and if it had to cut its losses, its reflexes must kick in fast. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
Will seat-sharing talks wreck BJP-JD-U tieup?Rediff.com2 Jul 2018
The JD-U appears unwilling to become the BJP's second-string. A senior leader said, "If the BJP demands that the 2014 polls be made the yardstick for seat-sharing in 2019, we will insist the results of the last assembly polls become the criterion for the next state election." Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
Is BJP ready to take on TDP, TRS in 2019?Rediff.com4 Jun 2018
BJP's best bet lies in the TDP and the TRS striking a deal with the Congress and framing the battle as a UPA versus NDA clash, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
Will Yeddyurappa be CM if BJP wins Karnataka?Rediff.com12 May 2018
Yeddyurappa lacks the Karnataka BJP's unqualified support and Shah knows that.
How water wars in Karnataka affect BJP's prospectsRediff.com9 Apr 2018
If the Cauvery water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu -- dating back to 1892 between the erstwhile Madras Presidency under the British Raj and the princely Mysore state -- has exploded again into a war, the discord between Karnataka and Goa over dividing the water of the Mahadayi river simmers under the surface.
The men Modi and Shah rely onRediff.com9 Apr 2018
'Each of them is a setu (bridge) that links the government with the party, but their territories are different.'
How Yogi asserts his authority against party pressureRediff.com13 Mar 2018
It was conveyed that he would not have a free rein in making bureaucratic postings. Sunil Bansal, handpicked by BJP president Amit Shah to execute his UP blueprint, has made it clear the party's writ would run over the government. But Adityanath has institutionalised a system to keep Bansal out, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
Does BJP win Ayodhya on temple issue?Rediff.com10 Feb 2018
When the temple issue predominated BJP's discourse, its victory margins have been narrow.
Will farmers' issues derail BJP's campaign in MP?Rediff.com30 Jan 2018
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's task is to live down the hype and address the nitty-gritty, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
'The state and paramilitary forces watched motionless'Rediff.com6 Dec 2017
'The signals were clear. December 6 would not witness another show of "Hindu" strength staged periodically in Ayodhya. Something grave was afoot.' Radhika Ramaseshan's personal recollection of the events of December 6, 1992.
Will Modi sideline the VHP once again?Rediff.com28 Nov 2017
There are indications that the Modi dispensation was disinclined to bring the VHP into the temple-mosque frame.
BJP wrestles with populism vs pragmatism debate in K'takaRediff.com23 Nov 2017
Ahead of the assembly elections next year, the BJP has been wallowing in a welter of ideas that has resurrected the debate on populism versus pragmatism, as it has to pander to two important but incompatible constituencies, of the freebie consuming masses and Bengaluru's heavy hitters craving for even roads, pristine lakes and unbroken power supply, reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
State of economy spooks BJP allies, but no one's listeningRediff.com17 Oct 2017
Its governing allies are not happy on the economy and complain of ignored concerns but find themselves unable to be assertive.
South likely to remain BJP-mukt for nowRediff.com26 Sep 2017
Telangana is on Amit Shah's radar.
BJP yet to crack the gender equality equationRediff.com18 Sep 2017
Even with the elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman to the post of defence minister, the party still needs to redress the gender imbalance and fill the 33 per cent quota in posts.
What are Amit Shah's plans for Gujarat poll?Rediff.com14 Aug 2017
In Gujarat, Amit Shah's tactic of spiriting away Congress leaders and MLAs is jocularly called 'shop-and-buy votes'. Although haemorrhaging the Congress is a vital aspect of his election blueprint, an aide said, "Amitbhai wants to win on our strengths and not by weakening the Congress."
Yogi's Yuva Vahini continues to worry BJPRediff.com28 Jul 2017
The Sangh has let it be known that a 'social' outfit called the Hindu Yuva Vahini, set up years ago by Yogi, did not have its approval.
PM Modi faces a bureaucratic testRediff.com9 Jun 2017
Here comes the moment of truth. Modi prides himself on offering an "incorruptible" government. Will he dilute the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill to coax the administration's fealty and compromise his self-image?
Why the BJP monitors Yogi's governmentRediff.com29 May 2017
'That the commandments to officialdom were issued by a BJP functionary and not a minister is a reflection of the Yogi government's work style.'
How Sangh plans to 'decolonise' educationRediff.com19 Apr 2017
The RSS realises that with a majority BJP government at the Centre and in several states, now was the best time to undermine and perhaps outdo the Congress-Left 'stranglehold' over campuses and young minds.