There are many opportunities for the opposition, but the question is, are they up to it?
In a one-to-one personality contest, the opposition leaders are very weak vis-à-vis Narendra Modi. They need to define their own agendas.
As the MCD goes to the polls, The Wire explains what these bodies do and why the elections are important.
It has become respectable now to articulate latent feelings about issues concerning minorities that were hardly talked about some years ago.
Despite the many challenges before it, what AAP has achieved in Delhi during its two years in power is commendable. When compared to the purely negative campaigns of other parties, the decision is clear.
Given the UP chief minister’s regressive views on women, his views on triple talaq are guided more by anti-Muslim sentiment than concern for women’s rights, say activists and opposition parties.
“The future challenge (for the RSS) would be to create a meta-narrative which can end all sectarian and narrow divisions,” Rakesh Sinha told The Wire.
The likely success of grand alliance in the recent UP polls suggests that the parties the BJP defeated in 2017 will put in a serious effort to get one going at the national level.
Despite Hindi being the language of the UP legislative assembly, BJP members have been allowed to take their oath in Sanskrit, while doing so in Urdu has been disallowed.
For the first time, the Nehruvian order is facing an existential challenge. It can be met – as it must be – but only by a morally superior politics.
In the current Lok Sabha, 18% of Adityanath’s debates have focussed on Hindu issues, including cow slaughter, enforcing a uniform civil code and protection of Hindu pilgrims.
Across the country, the BJP has fought elections by giving tickets to rebel Congress leaders rather than its own party cadre.
In a short period of time, Adityanath decimated the political mafia that existed in his area, emerged as a prominent force and polarised the region.
If we assume no major changes in the state elections held in 2018 and 2019 (a strong but unavoidable assumption since we can’t predict the future), the NDA approaches a Rajya Sabha majority only in 2020.
Each move Modi made awed us, even when he spewed venom. We were too ready, too eager to legitimise everything he did.
Adityanath’s appointment is his latest move. The task before us will now be to find virtue in what has been done.
How the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath hopes to use religious polarisation to trump caste fragmentation in the battle for Uttar Pradesh.
If the BJP is hegemonic today, it is so because its brute power enjoys popular endorsement. Counter-hegemony is the principal political challenge of our times.
The BJP had promised a resolution to the Bodoland issue as part of its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The court was responding to a plea filed by the Congress, which argued that governor Mridula Sinha’s invitation to the BJP to form government was “illegal”.
Modi has no clear vision, nor does he have the patience to comprehend complexities. Therefore, the hope that the state is now headed for rapid development is misplaced.
People suffered but voting may have been driven less by anger over the damage to immediate economic interests than by their belief that a ‘decisive’ Modi would make them better off in the long run.
The results point to the success of BJP’s election “war room” – the first of its kind in the state – led by Harvard-educated public policy expert Rajat Sethi.
With no chief minister candidate announced before the election, it now remains to be seen who will lead the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
It is evident that the ‘exit poll’ was part of a well-considered strategy to boost the prospects of the BJP in the UP elections. But who its authors are is still a mystery.
This was a closely fought triangular contest in UP, but it looks like the BJP and BSP are now the main contenders.
As voting for the 11th legislative assembly elections ends in Manipur today, a round-up of poll-related stories from the northeastern state.
Each party in UP banked on creating a coalition of caste groups and weaving a larger political narrative to win the confidence of the majority.
Political competition in Kerala has turned into concerted efforts to control bodies, minds and thoughts through brute force.
Despite the BJP’s confidence, changing realities on the ground mean that the party’s electoral arithmetic in UP may not work as expected.
Rajnath Singh’s comments came on the day before Manipur goes to the polls. But he did not mention his government’s stand on the people’s demand for a “separate administration”.
The ruling dispensation knows that things have not worked out during its tenure, so they are returning to what they know best – injecting fear into political life.
Given the involvement of “powerful and influential” local BJP leaders, a citizens’ fact-finding team says measures are being taken to impair the legal validity of the victim’s statement.
Daniel Langthasa posted a series of images about his father’s murder on his Facebook page, questioning the BJP for giving former militants benefits and power.
What is to become of us if communal, majoritarian language continues to be used and we do not oppose it?
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have raised the communal temperature in the state from the fourth phase onwards, but it remains to be seen whether the party will be able to get its critical mass of Hindu votes cutting across various castes.
Given the smaller Muslim population in the later phases of the UP elections, the BJP is focusing its energies on communal tactics.
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