All stories by Radhika Ramaseshan
BJP keeps Thackeray on tenterhooksRediff.com5 days ago
'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.
Why BJP's Tripura CM faces rebellionRediff.com16 Jan 2021
Biplab Kumar Deb is accused of 'punching above his weight' and being 'ignorant' of Tripura's ground realities.
BJP builds on early gains in TelanganaRediff.com11 Jan 2021
The BJP has incorporated caste as a significant component of its politics.
BJP's 2021 mantra: Winning electionsRediff.com8 Jan 2021
Winning an election may be a breeze for the BJP but the aftermath of victory isn't always painless.
Why BJP dropped Muralidhar Rao and brought him backRediff.com2 Dec 2020
The accent on 'making the south feel wanted' was the reason why P Muralidhar Rao, who was dropped as general secretary, was partially reinstated in the central apparatus as prabhari in charge of Madhya Pradesh. 'Pressure from the RSS was brought to bear on Rao's return,' a source said. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
Marandi's popularity faces a tough test within Jharkhand BJPRediff.com21 Oct 2020
Marandi returned to the BJP after 14 years and the party now wants him to lead the state unit. But a generation of new leaders isn't familiar with him, explains Radhika Ramaseshan.
How the BJP is making inroads into two Telugu statesRediff.com24 Sep 2020
In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the BJP is looking to fill the Opposition slot and not aspire to occupy pole position.
'BJP without Brahmins is like Ramlila without Ram'Rediff.com14 Sep 2020
The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh battles its own and Opposition over the community's 'victimisation' and alleged preference to the Rajputs. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
Ahead of civic polls, BJP, AAP at loggerheads againRediff.com11 Sep 2020
After an apparent truce between AAP and the BJP following the Delhi polls, sparks are flying once again. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
Vikas Dubey encounter breathes new life into Opposition in UPRediff.com27 Jul 2020
cution' of the Brahmins in the regime of Adityanath, a Rajput, accused of pandering to his caste's interests. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.
BJP set to cash in on valour of Bihar Regiment in LadakhRediff.com12 Jul 2020
JD-U sources conceded that the BJP's "Bihari martyrdom" line will give the coalition an edge or "at least help us combat anti-incumbency if the Opposition makes an issue of Nitish's governance".
BJP hopes to corner Mamata between Amphan and Covid-19Rediff.com29 Jun 2020
The party believes that Mamata's poor handling of the pandemic and the devastation brought on by Cyclone Amphan will provide it the political fillip it needs.
Campaigning in COVID-19 era: BJP's blueprint for Bihar pollsRediff.com22 Jun 2020
While P Muralidhar Rao, BJP general secretary, says, 'Digital electioneering is here to stay until the elections in 2021,' the BJP's rallies in Bihar will not be confined to cyberspace. Its strategists have devised other ways of getting around the hygiene protocol that Covid-19 has entailed.
Is all well between BJP and its alliance partners?Rediff.com17 May 2020
In this COVID-19 phase, the BJP leveraged its pre-eminence again to tip the power scales in its favour and relegate its allies in the National Democratic Alliance to a lesser position. Radhika Ramaseshan reports.