Between 35-40% of candidates in the UP elections have a criminal record. Many criminal acts have ideological legitimacy, resulting in reward rather than punishment, as seen in the case of the UP BJP president.
While demonetisation and the resultant hardships have tarnished the reputation of the BJP-led central government, the Samajwadi Party’s record of criminalised politics may become a roadblock for it.
Political fallout from the selection of candidates and the realignment of voter communities is making a Samajwadi Party victory unlikely in phase three of the assembly elections.
The editor of the newspaper’s website must not be made a scapegoat for an illegal act that was committed by others more powerful than him
The BJP Manipur chief discusses the core issues the party is raising in the elections, why the party hasn’t declared a chief ministerial candidate for the state and more.
For several of these BJP leaders, the companies they are now on the boards of are unrelated to their past experience.
While the BJP and the BSP will gain from its troubles, the Samjawadi Party’s prospects of returning to power will suffer if it fails to repeat its 2012 performance in these areas.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
A not-so-important political figure in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu has tried every trick in the book in the last few months.
The move by the CIC can likely revive the BJP-AAP spat over the prime minister’s educational qualifications.
The Modi government’s claim that the public supports demonetisation ignores the localised agitations and dissenting voices from across the country.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
In the book I am a Troll, Sadhavi Khosla has said BJP IT cell head Arvind Gupta sent directions to volunteers on what to post, including attacks on journalists and politicians.
Both the BJP and Prakash Ambedkar have claimed that demonetisation was B.R. Ambedkar’s brainchild. But a closer look at his writing proves otherwise.
Although the BJP says demonetisation will target unaccounted money, it and other national parties have in the past failed to submit their income tax returns and disclose sources of donations.
There are concerns among the Christian community in the region about the gazetted holiday being diluted on account of government functions in celebration of Good Governance Day.
The BJP Delhi chief discusses the party’s strategy in the upcoming municipality elections, how the party plans to hold AAP accountable for its unmet election promises and more.
The RSS has been very picky about which parts of Ambedkar they praise and quote, careful to ignore his repeated and detailed criticisms of Hinduism.
Both campaigns revolved around illegal immigration, promises to bring about a change in governance and the demonisation of Islam.
The Peasants and Workers Party of India swept 15 seats while the Shiv Sena and Congress took one seat each.
Sangh Parivar’s fraternal organisations are worried that some of the Narendra Modi government’s recent decisions might add ammunition to claims of it being pro big-business made by its political rivals.
M.K. Venu and Saba Naqvi discuss the political climate in UP, whether the balance of power is changing and more.
Gautam Gambhir’s stand shouldn’t surprise us: he openly identifies himself with a political party that espouses hostility towards Pakistan, and has been an outspoken supporter of the current finance minister.
Sharmila will contest the polls against chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on a ticket from her new party, People’s Resurgence Justice Alliance, as well as from her home constituency of Khurai.
Public anger in Kashmir is unlikely to subside anytime soon, especially until New Delhi accepts that there is, in fact, a dispute.
Political violence in the state has increasingly become a show-down between the party ruling the country and the party ruling the state.
The politicisation of national security comes from Narendra Modi’s desire to be projected as India’s Rambo prime minister.
The BJP today asked the two not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”.
Irom Sharmila talks about her plans to form her own party and about seeking support from Arvind Kejriwal for the upcoming assembly elections in Manipur.
This has been one of the primary demands of the Maratha protests across the state.
The party is holding small meetings across the state to campaign for the upcoming elections, using alleged corruption and inefficiency in the Congress government as their plank.
The mass quitting of Congress MLAs on Friday to join People’s Party of Arunachal indicates that the party is once again set to lose power in the northeastern state.
The government should hold multiple rounds of talks, engage with experts on the possible solutions already laid out and be ready to work with Pakistan.
Testimonies provided by Christians to a fact-finding team show a surge of communal attacks – threats, violence and persecution – against the community.
The MPISA only seeks to address issues that have already been addressed through existing laws and then further empowers the police to absurd lengths.
Union minister of state for culture Mahesh Sharma on Sunday advised foreign women travelling to India to not wear skirts. This is far from the first time he’s said something controversial.
New governors for Punjab, Assam, Manipur and Andaman and Nicobar were announced today.
The recent high court order vesting all decision-making powers with the lieutenant governor will interrupt the national capital’s progress on all fronts.
The prime minister’s veiled reference to Raja Suheldev’s story pointed to the right-wing’s efforts to appropriate a popular medieval Dalit leader’s legacy and project him as a ‘cow protector’.
The prime minister’s measured comments on ‘gau rakshaks’ comes at a time when the Sangh parivar is desperately trying to consolidate in Gujarat and bring Dalits and other backward Hindu communities within its fold.